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Nostalgia and satire are on the menu as Daly House Museum presents "An Evening with Stephen Leacock" on Saturday at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall at the BU School of Music.
All proceeds from the show will go directly to the museum.
Leacock’s stories are hilarious and were best-sellers throughout the English-speaking world in the early part of the 20th century.
They are also enduring, as they are still studied at Canadian universities. Most of his short stories made fun, however gently, of the pretensions of a fictitious Ontario town, Mariposa.
"The thing that strikes me about his stories is that human nature hasn’t changed much," says Trish Buri, director of the show and a member of the Daly House Museum Board.
"Since most of Brandon’s early residents came from Ontario, the characters in Leacock’s stories are not unlike our forerunners. To some extent the stories throw a light on our own history."
"Behind the Beyond," a 45-minute play, will constitute the first half of the program, followed by a reading of "The Marine Excursions of the Knights of Pythias" in the second half.
"Behind the Beyond" satirizes "problem" plays of the time, while "Knights of Pythias" is a hilarious story of a community picnic. Complimentary refreshments will be served at intermission and audience members may stay after the show for a talkback with the actors.
Curator Eileen Trott says she’s quite excited about the project.
"Our job is to preserve Brandon’s past, and I think the play relates strongly to the time period (1882-1920) that the museum focuses on.
If the evening is popular, we may consider making a theatre project an annual event."
Experienced actors, mostly alumni of 7 Ages Productions, have volunteered to perform in the show, including George Buri, Christine Penner, Peter Buehler, Julia Redfern, Andrew Mok, Maryann Buri and Taylor Sukut.
Local actors Nancy Miller and James Warnez are readers for the second half of the program.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Admission is only $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased at the door or you may buy in advance from the Daly House Museum, 727-1722.