Teeing up a farce on the fairway

The rivalry between competing golf clubs heats up with both presidents ready to do almost anything to win an upcoming golf tournament.

The Fox on The Fairway by the Players' Guild is in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

The Fox on The Fairway by the Players' Guild is in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

The Fox on the Fairway, a charming comedy about love, life and golf is the next theatrical production from the Chilliwack Players’ Guild at the Cultural Centre, April 23 to May 2.

The Fox on the Fairway is a madcap farce that pays homage to British and Marx Brothers styles of humour: fast, furious and full of physical comedy.

However it is the stellar quality of playwright Ken Ludwig’s dialogue that truly sets the production apart.

“Ludwig is a tremendously talented writer and some of the most hilarious moments in this play are generated from the witty, verbal interplay between the various outlandish characters,” said the director, and former UFV Theatre department member, Rick Mawson.

The action focuses on the rivalry between the presidents of the competing golf clubs, both who will do almost anything to win an upcoming tournament. A substantial bet between the two raises the stakes and creates a fertile environment for entertaining mayhem.

A cast of talented performers for this production include: Darcy Ferrier as Henry Bingham, The president of Quail Valley, Larry Hamm and Rachel Plaza as Justin and Louise, two naive employees at the Quail Valley club, Carol Taylor as Muriel, Bingham’s domineering wife, Pat McDermott as Dickie Bell, president of Crouching Squirrel, and Jacqui Higginbottom as Pamela, Dickie’s glamorous former wife.

Set design for the play is by Graham Archer, with costume design by Sue Sroka, lighting design by Clint Hames, sound design by Harold Bell and props design and set dressing by Christine Newsome and Joy St John.

It’s produced by Guild veteran Malcom Mincher, with John Ayris as stage manager.

The Fox on the Fairway is a farce about golf and golfers, but you don’t have to be a golfer to appreciate it, just a fan of hilarious comedy.

The Fox on The Fairway in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, April 23, 24, 25, 30 and May 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. on April 26. For tickets and information call 604 391 7469 or visit chilliwackculturalcentre.ca