The Chilliwack Players Guild presents French farce A Flea in Her Ear Nov. 16 to 25 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack Players Guild presents saucy French farce

Comedic misunderstandings, mistaken identities, and racy relationship tribulations star in A Flea in Her Ear

Amourous antics abound this month as the Chilliwack Players Guild brings A Flea in Her Ear to the Hub International Theatre stage at Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

From award-winning director Janet Carroll, and production duo Patti Lawn and Debra Archer, this hilarious interpretation of Georges Feydeau’s classic farce showcases the wit and creative might of the Chilliwack Players Guild (CPG) elite.

Transporting audiences to early 1900s Paris, this saucy French farce revolves around mistaken identities, a seedy hotel, a plot to catch a cheating spouse, sexual innuendo, and slamming doors — all resulting in an avalanche of comic chaos. Standing the test of time, Feydeau’s mix of witty dialogue, fast paced action, outlandish characters, and rapid fire plot twists have made A Flea in Her Ear a worldwide favourite with both professional and community theatre companies alike.

Bringing the script to life, this CPG production stars: Darcy Ferrier as Victor Chandebise/Poche, Sheri Eyre as Raymonde Chandebise, Emily Hamel as Lucienne Homenides de Histangua, Brady Moore as Camille Chandebise, Jeffrey Nordstrom as Don Carlos Homenides de Histangua; Ken Fynn as Dr. Finache, Andy Rolleman as Romain Tournel, Pauline Dynowski as Antionette, Stephen Wilhite as Etienne, Larry Hamm as Ferraillon, Katy Lowe as Olympia, Deanne Ratzlaff as Eugenie, Malcolm Mincher as Baptiste, and Steve Saunders as Rugby.

This charismatic cast is supported by a host of theatre professionals and volunteers both on stage and behind the scenes who make everything, from the elaborate costuming to decadent stage styling, possible.

In the spirit of supporting fellow organizations and talented performers in its community, the opening night reception for the production will be sponsored by the Chilliwack Community Arts Council. On Friday, Nov. 17 starting at 6:30 p.m., guests will enjoy refreshments and appetizers compliments of Vanessa Chase and her team from the Rusty Putter Restaurant, and a chance to mix and mingle before the curtains part at 7:30 p.m.

Say “oui!” to the CPG’s production of A Flea in Her Ear, running Nov. 16 to 25. Evening performances are Nov. 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m., with a special 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 19.

Tickets: $25/adults and $20/students and seniors, and available over the phone by calling 604-391-7469, online at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or in-person at the Centre Box Office (9201 Corbould Street).

One dollar from each ticket purchased for the Friday, Nov. 24 performance will be donated to Starfish Pack Chilliwack, feeding hungry children in our community.

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