The ambitious and venerable Newmarket Stage Company is already rehearsing for its first play of the 2018 – 2019 theatrical season, and it’s not to be missed. In fact the whole schedule of theatre for the coming year is bound to tickle your funnybone!

Below is a list of the three hilarious productions for this theatrical year and the dates they are on stage, with all performances taking place at the Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley Street, Newmarket.

Our ticket price is once again a mere $15.  For groups of 10 or more, the ticket price is discounted to $13, paid in advance. Payment can be made by cash or by writing a cheque to the Newmarket Stage Company.  Stage 426 at the Newmarket Legion has comfortable cabaret seating with 8 people per table and group tickets will have ‘reserved tables’.

Doors will be open at 7:15pm for the evening shows and 1:15pm for the afternoon matinees.

For further questions, please contact the Newmarket Stage Company at 905-251-2065.

We look forward to having you join us for a wonderful theatre experience! Guaranteed to be a
fun outing!

The Cemetery Club
a Comedy by Ivan Menchell
November 29, 30, December 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8:00pm
Matinees – Saturday, December 1  &  Thursday, December 6  at 2:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley Street, Newmarket

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s
a Comedy  by Sam Bobrick and Ron Clark
NEW DATES February 21, 22, 23, 28, March 1, 2 at 8:00pm
Matinees – Sunday, February 24 & Thursday, February 28 at 2:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley Street, Newmarket

The Odd Couple(Female Version)
a Comedy by Neil Simon
May 30, 31, June 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8:00pm
Matinees – Sunday, June 2  & Thursday, June 6  at  2:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley Street, Newmarket

To order your tickets, contact the Box Office at 289-500-2114.

The Cemetery Club Promo

Get ready for some spirited dialogue!

You just never know what twists lie ahead in life! You just never know when you will meet someone, who just might turn your life around! And that’s what the hilarious ‘The Cemetery Club’ is all about – a chance meeting.

Now in rehearsals, the three good friends who all share one big thing in common – all of their husbands have passed on, are played by Marlo Alcock as Ida; Susan Lane as Lucille; and Denise Kennedy plays Doris. You may remember theatre veterans Marlo Alcock from the World Premiere of ‘Ace Galaski – The Race to Save Destiny’ presented at the Old Town Hall in 2017 and Susan Lane had that spirited role in ‘The Ladies Foursome’, presented by the Newmarket Stage Company in spring of 2018.

The lone male interested in this NSC production is Jeff Burke, who actually handily directed ‘The Ladies Foursome’ and lastly, but not least, also a theatre veteran, Zara Stuart-Jones plays Mildred. You may remember Zara, who had a big role in the NSC production of ‘Opal’s Million Dollar Duck.’

Tireless Sue Meacock is back as Producer of this Ivan Menchell comedy and says, “it’s a great script and we have lined up a seasoned cast for this hilarious Newmarket Stage Company presentation. It’s not to be missed!” Directing once again is veteran Teri Hallatt and set is by seasoned Peter Salt.

This NSC presentation will be at Stage 426, the Newmarket Legion, 707 Srigley St., Newmarket, with comfortable cabaret seating and refreshments available. It hits the Legion stage on Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 6, 7, and 8 at 8 p.m. and has two matinees – Dec. 1 and 6 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are only $15 and will be available in mid-September. Call the Newmarket Stage Company Box Office at 289-500-2114 between 2 and 4 p.m. daily.

Auditions for “The Cemetery Club”

Newmarket Stage Company is holding open auditions for “The Cemetery Club” by Ivan Menchell, Monday July 30, 7pm, at the Newmarket Legion, 707 Srigley Street.

Show dates are November 29, 30 and December  1, 6, 7, 8, with matinees on December
1 and 6.

Auditioning for one man, four women, character ages are late fifties, early sixties.

Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun; and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt-stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart. The Broadway production starred Eileen Heckart as Lucille. It was made into a film, starring Ellen Burstyn, Dianne Ladd, and Olympia Dukkakis.

Also seeking a costume manager.

For more details, please mail



Annual General Meeting Invitation

Newmarket Stage Company is holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 19th. 7:00p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley Street, Newmarket.

The meeting is open to members and the general public with an interest in becoming a member or just learning about live theatre.

At the meeting, we will be electing the executive for the 2018-2019 season, only members in good standing are allowed to vote but the general public are welcome to attend.

We typically produce 3 shows a year and we’re looking for new members that are interested in helping out with one or more productions. There are a wide variety of activities that are associated with a production. As well as the obvious acting roles there are many roles that go into a successful production such as directing, costumes,
lighting, set building etc. In fact, there are always more people involved off-stage than on!

If you think your skills can be of use to the group or you’re interested in learning some new skills, please join us at the AGM. Refreshments will be provided.

Come out and experience the magic of live theatre.

Review – The Ladies Foursome

Review of ‘The Ladies Foursome’ – put online by The Era

Burke shows a ‘gifted hand’
directing ‘Ladies Foursome’

By Rod Urquhart
The venerable Newmarket Stage Company’s presentation of ‘The Ladies Foursome’ opened last Thursday night with quite the flourish at Stage 426 Newmarket Legion and definitely scored a ‘hole in one!’

With a gifted hand, seasoned director Jeff Burke guided some spirited acting from Joanna Kaufman as Dory, Susan Lane as Margo, Jo-Anne Pulfer as Tate and Julie Wood as Connie. As the play unfolds, with much interaction between the four of them, no one actor was a standout with all four shining brightly in their own right.

Taking place on an actual golf course, playing a round of 18 holes, after the death of their fourth, three women take to the golf course to honour her and are joined by a woman they’ve never met. Friendships tested and friendships found, this is one round of golf that you won’t want to miss!

‘The Ladies Foursome ‘ is scripted by Canada’s most produced playwright Norm Foster, and produced by seasoned veteran Sue Meacock. The rather simple yet very effective set is by Peter Salt, with a grand lighting design by Mark Hayward and lights and sound by Sara and Nicole Hayward. Fran Wachna handles the costumes quite nicely.

Act one takes place in the morning on the golf course and the sensational Act Two happens for another nine holes later in the morning. With fast-moving dialogue and lots of humour, sometimes ribald, the women share a colourful round of golf, complete with carrying their golf clubs.

At Opening Night, the appreciative audience clapped after each hole of golf and gave the competent actors a good five minute ovation to show how much they enjoyed this wonderful presentation.
If you ever wondered just what women talk about the golf course, and the revelations that come out of it, ‘The Ladies Foursome’ has it all — even with a dramatic conclusion, but I won’t spoil it for you!

This was only the second time ‘The Ladies Foursome’ has been presented by a community theatre group since it was released for their use last year and the Newmarket Stage Company, even with the limitations of a small Legion stage, do Norm Foster quite proud with a hearty rendition of this fast-paced play, complete with actual golf clubs and swinging of the clubs!

‘The Ladies Foursome’ continues today (May 3) at 2 p.m. and also tonight, May 4 and May 5 at 8 p.m. at the Newmarket Legion, 707 Srigley Street. Tickets are a mere $15 and available at the Box Office at 905-727-3290.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, one would be hard-pressed to find a better gift than to offer to take her to see this uplifting, yet extremely humourous presentation!

Rod Urquhart is author of two humour books – ‘Talk Turkey With Urqey’ and ‘Tales for the Outhouse’ and also a poetry book, entitled ‘Life Lines’. All three are available at the Georgina Art Centre & Gallery and Turn The Page Bookstore, both in Sutton.

“The Ladies Foursome” Opens Soon

The Ladies Foursome Poster ImageThe Newmarket Stage Company is very busy working on the last play of this season — The Ladies Foursome — a comedy by Canada’s most produced playwright, and Newmarket native, Norm Foster.

Jeff Burke is directing the 4 ladies who are playing golf but talking up a storm (or 2)!!

Jo-Anne Pulfer, Susan Lane, Joanna Kaufman and Julie Wood are the Fantastic Foursome.

It’s the day after the funeral of a friend, and three women gather for a round of golf in honour of their recently deceased playing partner. They are joined by a fourth woman, another old friend of the deceased that the other three didn’t know about. During the round the women discuss life, love, men, sex, children, careers…everything but golf. Many surprises, secrets and confessions come to the surface during this hilarious and heart-warming round of golf.

Please come out and support us on April 26, 27, 28 or May 3, 4, 5 at 8pm or May 3 at 2 pm. Tickets are only $15!!
Box Office — 905-727-3290

At Stage 426, Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley St, Newmarket ON L3Y 1X4

By special arrangement with Gary Goddard Agency.

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Review – Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Review of ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’
JC Paquet is ‘brilliant’ as Barney!

By Rod Urquhart (As appeared in The Newmarket Era)
JC Paquet, fresh off the stage from Ace Galaksi – Space Dick at Large in October, is back with a simply brilliant performance in ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’, now on Stage 426 at the Royal Canadian Legion.

If that isn’t enough, the flamboyant JC is joined by three seasoned veterans of community theatre in this raucous production of the Neil Simon Classic, and a guaranteed top-notch performance unheard of today in community theatre!

A tip of the hat goes to director Teri Hallatt, who skillfully managed to get the cast to actually do some really nifty acting – as opposed to just ‘walking through their part’ – to give the audience more than one or two, or even a dozen, laughs – this is a rib-tickler!

JC Paquet is Barney, a 47-year-old who ponders the idea of having an affair after more than a quarter century of marriage to his faithful wife. So he invites three women, all separately of course, to his mother’s apartment for some extra-curricular activity.

But Barney is new to this sort of fling and the women he invites in this play set in the late ‘60s at the end of the sexual revolution, are all so completely different, the perplexed Barney has his definite troubles cohorting with these women!

First up on stage is Laurie Williams as Elaine, who did a wonderful job as Gus in ‘Cookin’ With Gus’ last year with the Newmarket Stage Company, as the over-eager sex-craved married woman. Of course, Barney is new at this sort of thing, so it simply leads to hilarity.

Then in the second Act, next up is Cheidre Kyle Mackey, as Bobbi. She really does a great job as a space cadet wanna-be actress and night club singer with little more than air bubbles in her head. This sets the tone of the second Act, as Barney and her get into a strange, but very funny, dialogue.

Finally, it’s his long-time friend Erin Wrightson, as Jeannette, who wonders out loud about the morals of society and the right and wrong of having an affair. All three of these women are perfectly cast, as is JC, that you actually believe what they are putting on stage — again, my hat off to director Teri Hallatt for all her hard work.

With the limitations of Stage 426 at the Newmarket Legion, it’s really a wonder the Newmarket Stage Company and set designers Peter Salt and Victor Pierrynowski could come up with such a ‘perfect’ set for this hilarity to take place. Kudos to these two.

Lighting and sound were on cue all night, so a tip of the cap to Sara and Nicole Hayward, and lighting designer Mark Hayward, spot-on costumes for the late 1960s by Fran Wachna and hair by the multi-talented Laurie Williams. Co-produced with enthusiasm by Diane Ament and Sue Meacock, by special arrangement with Samuel French.

Really, if you are looking for a fun night out, check out ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’, being put on by the Newmarket Stage Company and continuing Feb. 2, 3, and 8, 9, and 10 all at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on the Thursday, all at Stage 426, the Newmarket Legion. Phone 905-727-3290 for tickets.

As an aside, auditions will soon be held by the ambitious Newmarket Stage Company’s production of Norm Foster’s ‘The Ladies Foursome’, which will run next April and May. Four women are needed for this production – if you are interested, call 905-895-2075.

Rod Urquhart is author of two humour books – ‘Talk Turkey With Urqey’ and ‘Tales for the Outhouse’ and also a poetry book, entitled ‘Life Lines’. All three are available at the Georgina Art Centre & Gallery and Turn The Page Bookstore, both in Sutton.

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

NSC presents “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” by Neil Simon, directed by Teri Hallat, February 1 to 10, 2018.

Barney Cashman is forty-seven, happily married, the father of three children, a successful businessman, and a man going through a midlife crisis. Barney has come to the realization that his whole life can be summed up in one word: nice. And Barney has realized that “nice” simply isn’t enough. He wants to experience his secret fantasies and dreams at least once, and so Barney determines to have an affair.

For tickets, call 905-727-3290

Performances: 8pm February 1,2,3,8,9 and 10, 2pm matinee February 8. Cabaret seating.

At Stage 426, Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley St, Newmarket ON L3Y 1X4

By special arrangement with Samuel French.