Showboat Festival Theatre Playbill and $13000 Investment into the Roselawn Centre

//Showboat Festival Theatre Playbill and $13000 Investment into the Roselawn Centre

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Showboat Festival Theatre Announces 2016 Playbill

Showboat invests $13000 into the Roselawn Centre

March 29, 2016. Port Colborne, ON– Artistic Director Derek Ritschel and Showboat Festival Theatre are proud to announce the 2016 playbill, marking Showboat’s 30th season. This riveting lineup is brimming with wit, music, romance and ingenious storytelling. The playbill showcases four Canadian plays, including two world premieres and two internationally acclaimed pieces that will all deliver an array of comedy on stage.

“One of the greatest things about this season is that we have two world premieres on our stage,” Ritschel shares. “This proves that Showboat is not just a playhouse but a leader in Canadian theatre.”

Showboat’s 2016 season will begin with the world premiere of FITZ HAPPENS! by new playwright Mark Weatherley. This incredibly funny musical moves from England to small town Canada with slap stick comedy and toe tapping tunes. Up next is REAL ESTATE by Allana Harkin. This show tickles the funny bone just as much as it tugs on your heart strings for that perfect mix of engaging theatre. Show number three is another world premiere by the award winning writing team of Marcia Kash and Douglas E Hughes (Who’s Under Where). SOMETHING FISHY takes five actors to play 18 characters. It’s fast and funny theatre that will have you rolling in the aisles. We round off our season with one of the most highly produced comedies in the world. PERFECT WEDDING will show you what ‘comic timing’ truly means. If there are a thousand ways a wedding day can fall apart, this show has picked the funniest one.

Showboat experienced a record breaking season in 2015, reaching the highest subscriptions in history and increasing attendance by 30%, growing from 55% in 2014 to almost 85% in 2015. Due to numerous sold out performances, Ritschel is thrilled to announce that an additional four performances have been added to the 2016 schedule.

“Showboat is growing at a very quick rate and if attendance continues at this pace, we will have to take steps to accommodate our future audiences,” explains Ritschel. “It’s a terrific problem to have.”

Showboat’s 2016 season is on stage from June 8th to August 14th. Subscriptions for 2016 have already reached 90% of 2015 sales, setting Showboat up for another record breaking season. Subscriptions, singles and group tickets are all available now. Just $105 for all four shows.

Showboat Invests $13000 into the Roselawn Centre

Showboat Festival Theatre has donated $5000 to the 2015-2016 Friends of Roselawn’s Capital Campaign aimed at restoring the Roselawn Centre’s roof and third floor.

“Showboat Festival Theatre has resided at the Roselawn Centre for many years and I felt it was only fitting that Showboat make a significant contribution to the capital campaign,” shares James Brennan, who has dedicated 12 years volunteering as Showboat’s Treasurer and President and has also acted as Roselawn’s President. “I’m very happy that it is finally being given this recognition through the Friends of Roselawn Centre, this important capital campaign and hopefully in the City’s forthcoming Arts & Culture Master Plan.”

On March 9th, Showboat also invested $8000 worth of sound and communications equipment into the Roselawn Centre for the Arts. A Behringer x32 Digital Mixer (Soundboard) was installed, a major upgrade to their current sound system, 4 Clear-Com headsets were added to allow people to communicate from different parts of the building and a BOSE 4 speaker monitor system for on stage music mixes. These technical upgrades will greatly benefit all events hosted at the Roselawn.

“It is important for Showboat Theatre to be more than just a tenant at the Roselawn Centre,” shares Ristchel. “We must be partners because when we are working as a team we can accomplish so much more for the Showboat and Roselawn audiences.”

Showboat is proud to assist in the growth of our thriving arts and culture community.

Showboat and Lighthouse Festival Theatre Partnership

In 2013, Showboat Festival Theatre and Port Dover’s Lighthouse Festival Theatre became partners, strengthening their ability to attract high quality talent. Physical improvements to the theatre include a brand new stage and updating lighting capabilities. This relationship has allowed Showboat to offer a superior level of professional summer theatre to their devoted patrons.

Showboat Festival Theatre is a registered charity; for donation and sponsorship inquiries please contact

For more information:

Nicole Campbell
Showboat Festival Theatre

2016 Playbill:

FITZ HAPPENS June 8 to 12
World Premiere Musical Comedy by Mark Weatherley
Directed by Liz Gilroy

Fitzwilliam is a fun loving British Aristocrat who has fallen on some tough luck. After almost every club in England has barred him from entry, his uncle sent him away to one of the colonies. Canada is his destination and despite his protests, the job of Canadian Mountie awaits him in his new small town life. Unfortunately, the town of Dry Gultch is full of bandits and criminals and Fitzwilliam must use his wit and charm to save the tiny prairie town from ruin.

REAL ESTATE June 29 to July 3
Comedy by Allana Harkin
Directed by Allana Harkin

What to do when your client has even less curb appeal than his house? Declutter, simplify, add a touch of ‘feng shui’ and watch the sparks fly! Add a blocked writer, a guy with perfect hair, an ex-wife and an incredibly determined realtor… what could possibly go wrong? The comedy is solid, the characters well drawn and the circumstances? Hilarious!

World Premiere Comedy/Farce by Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes
Directed by Marcia Kash

Local hero Raymond Bream is running in the federal election, and has come back to his hometown of Port Walmsley to make a major campaign announcement that just might put him over the top. Meanwhile, the incumbent he’s running against has sent a couple of henchmen to town to prevent Raymond from making that announcement- by any means necessary. The showdown between the two camps and the bumbling henchmen will have you laughing all night long!

PERFECT WEDDING August 10 to 14

Comedy by Robin Hawdon
Directed by Derek Ritschel

A bridegroom wakes in his bridal suite on his wedding morning, and finds a strange girl in bed beside him. His bride-to-be is about to arrive at any moment. The only way out of the dilemma is to persuade his best man to pretend that the strange girl is his girlfriend. By the time the bride’s parents and half the hotel staff get in on the act, the chaos reaches nuclear proportions!

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