Kitchen Witches, Big Band headline FYI Show
FYI SHOW: JUST THE FACTS
• FYI Lifestyle Show, at the Royal Botanical Gardens,
680 Plains Road West, Burlington, May 25, 10 to 4.
• For more information, visit rbg.ca or call 905-842-6591
The knives will come out, the sparks will fly and laughter is sure to follow as Burl-Oak Theatre Group offers a taste of its season-ender Kitchen Witchesat the FYI Lifestyle Show, May 25 at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
The play, by Caroline Smith, running May 1-4 at Oakville Centre, won the 2005 Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Award. The plot focuses on two cable cooking show hostesses – Dolly Biddle and Isobel Lomax – both facing cancellation by the network.
When a spiteful Isobel shows up during the final broadcast of Dolly’s show, “the reunion is quite electrifying,” says Dina Dametto, who plays Dolly.
“It’s a lot of fun, a great show,” she says. “The ladies command the stage. Audience members will have a really good time.”
It’s the third Burl-Oak show for Dametto, an Oakville actress and teacher, who also portrayed Aida Gianelli in Over the River, Through the Woods and Frau Fahrenkopf in Night of the Iguana.
She’s enthusiastic about the company.
“We all volunteer and purely for the love of theatre,” she says. “We all come together with that one common love and a goal to provide the best possible entertainment.”
Burl-Oak will be promoting its upcoming season, starting in October with the Neil Simon comedy The Sunshine Boys, another sparks-flying reunion, this time between two aging Vaudeville performers.
The other two season offerings include Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig, in January, about a scam threatened to be derailed by gender; and Real Estate, by Allana Harkin, in April, a heart-warming comedy that deals with serious subjects such as love, loss, and aging parents.
In addition to the theatrical presentation, the FYI show will bring back the ever-popular Toronto All-Star Big Band.
“We have a very good relationship with FYI,” says Zygmunt Jedrzejek, TABB’s founder and artistic director, who operates the private music school Toronto Faculty of Music in Etobicoke.
The young musicians, ranging in age from 16 to 21, who recreate the sounds of the swing era, first began performing at these shows in the late 1990s, then just a fledgling group who found an ideal audience in the FYI readers who had grown up with the musical genre. Over the years, they’ve continued to delight FYI audiences as they have also continued to expand their reputation beyond the borders of the GTA. They now perform some 80 to 90 shows each year at venues across Ontario and in the U.S.
Today, Jedrzejek says, the band is finding a niche in music lovers who appreciate jazz and swing music and has developed a following of fans. “Like the Grateful Dead audiences, I find some will travel distances just to come out and see the band.”
The FYI show will kick-off the summer season for the band that is a popular entertainment at a variety of festivals, fairs and street parties, among them the Barrie Waterfront Festival, Wasaga Beachfest, Trenton Big Band Festival, Toronto’s Beaches Jazz Festival, Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Parry Sound’s Festival of the Sound, and the Muskoka Lakes Festival.
They’ll also do a weeklong gig at the Walter’s Dinner Theatre at Bright, Ont., where they’re becoming a seasonal staple.
The Lifestyle show features dozens of vendors and exhibitors with information and products encompassing health care, housing, financial services, leisure activities and travel, to be explored by Hamilton region’s boomer population, searching for new adventures as the contemplate their retirement years.
The FYI Lifestyle show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25 at the Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W. in Burlington. Admission is free, as is the ample parking.
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