On May 6 & 7, MAP presented a hilarious fundraiser based on the hit BBC comedy.
UPDATE: The Vicar of Dibley was a very successful event, artistically and financially. The show played to around 850 people over two nights, and raised almost six thousand dollars for MAP. Thank you to the volunteer actors and director, as well as to Crescent Fort Rouge United Church for their hospitality to the arts - providing the venue, promoting the show, organizing volunteers, etc.
7:30 pm on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (525 Wardlaw). Tickets are $15. You can get them in advance from Rory at MAP - 204.942.8941 - or at the door.
Set in the mid-1990s, The Vicar of Dibley is the story of a small English village suddenly faced with the unimaginable - a female vicar! (The Church of England ordained its first women priests in 1994.) Rev. Geraldine Granger tries to win over her parishioners in the face of staunch opposition, through sheer determination and a lot of humour.
Based on the BBC TV comedy written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer and adapted for the stage by playwright Arthur Milner, The Vicar of Dibley is being presented as a fundraiser for the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, in it continuing work of supporting playwrights at all stages of development, and for the St. Matthew's-Maryland Community Ministry, which provides drop-in and support services for people living in poverty in Winnipeg's West End.
Rory Runnells at MAP got the idea from his friend Arthur Milner, who adapted the script a few years ago. Milner had been commissioned by Jennifer Brewin, artistic director of Common Boots Theatre, who came with the idea of a fundraiser production in Toronto in which all the parts were played by Anglican and United Church ministers. Rev. barb janes at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church heard about the idea and thought it would make a great addition to CFRUC's annual ArtsFest. (Crescent Fort Rouge has "hospitality to the arts" as part of its mission.)
MAP member Scott Douglas was brought on to direct, and a casting call resulted in a variety of clergy folk willing to tread the boards for a good cause. The cast includes Anglican priests, United Church ministers, retired ministers, student ministers, and deacons. Lenise Francis, Ted Dodd, Allison Courey, Donald McKenzie, Di Panting, Don Schau, Maureen McCarney, Patrick Woodbeck, Helen Kennedy, and others have all been rehearsing since January (once a week; ministers' lives are busy).
"They're a very generous cast," says director Scott Douglas. "Not a lot of egos to contend with, and we laugh a lot. Some have acting experience, and some very little, but everyone is really open to exploring these zany comical characters and tell this story. Some of the humour is dry, and some it is silly, and some of it is irreverent and flat-out rude, but they're game."
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