Coronation Hall in Bristol has hosted many weddings over the years, but never anything quite like Francie and Kyle’s. This weekend, the rustic hall hosts the Pontiac Community Players production of “Happily Every After, A Wedding Comedy,” by Mark Dunn.
This is community theatre at its best, made better in the beautiful setting of the 1936 hall on a perfect summer’s night. Coronation is home to Producer, Greg Graham, who has acted in, written and directed plays here over the past 10 years.
In the opening scenes of the play, we learn that the bride, Francie Renfro, played by Tanya-Leigh Maguire, is having second thoughts about getting married to Kyle Longacere, Conner Stephens. She has locked herself in the church nursery and taken a few too many of her mother’s tranquilizers.
In the meantime, quirky caterer Polly Rosenhaus, played by Leona Lalonde, begins to uncover the whole story with help from Maid of Honour, Renee Purdy, Emma Findlay and catering assistant, Gwenjane Searcy, Alyssa Graham.
When Francie finally emerges, fully clad in bridal gown and tiara, she keeps the audience in stitches tripping over herself and her words as she confesses her love for another man, Gurt Fleers, played by Brodie Telford. Flabbergasted parents, Adelle and Chester Renfro, Marguerite Carmichael and Craig Young do their best to convince Francie otherwise, while brother and Best Man, Cash, Gavin Murray, delivers some of the funniest lines of the evening.
The cast did an amazing job, clearly having worked together on many projects in the past. Their timing and obvious camaraderie brought the story to life and kept the audience laughing.
Newcomer Brodie Telford stole the show as gruff-voiced, Gurt Fleers. His twangy dialogue, hilarious facial expressions and outright physical comedy made him somewhat likeable as the shady womanizer.
The Pontiac Players never fail to entertain. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket for Saturday’s performance, grab a friend and make your way to Bristol. “Happily Every After, A Wedding Comedy,” is a must see.