Some of the cast of Flappers & Fedoras; No Dancing Allowed!

Some of the cast of Flappers & Fedoras; No Dancing Allowed!

TheatreWorks taps into the ’20s

Flappers & Fedoras; No Dancing Allowed! runs Aug. 14-15.

It’s 1923 and Prohibition is in full swing. No dancing allowed!

TheatreWorks production of Flappers & Fedoras; No Dancing Allowed! runs Aug. 14-15.

If you head on down to Tin Pan Alley you may find, behind the green door, a hidden-away establishment that caters to all the swells that are keen to shake a leg.

Charleston you might say.

The powers that be feel that dancing is bad for the community and will be society’s downfall. Dancing is prohibited so the Dandies and the Dames have their secret passwords and are testing out the two hottest joints in town.   Rivalry ensues, double-crossing high-jinx unfolds and “wise guys” bumble their orders.

This TheatreWorks show for all ages is sure to be the bees knees. Make sure you have your passwords ready to get in. Tell them Vinnie sent you.

Kymme Patrick has set herself as a teacher-director, her five teen mentors and 23 actors aged 11 to 16 years an intense and exciting challenge.

After meeting the group once in June, she wrote this fast-paced and funny play with a significantly challenging role for each young performer. In only eight five-hour rehearsals before opening night, with the able assistance of her team of skilled, experienced and enthusiastic mentors, with support from keen parent volunteers, this colourful and comic production will have you laughing out loud and tapping your toes.

This is the third TheatreWorks production class this summer to take one of Kymme’s original plays from first reading circle to audience ready. The mentors play vital roles, from contributing to script development, modelling theatre etiquette, shadow directing, production design and makeup, backstage management, lighting and sound. And in this play they also show their talents as actors. Through dedicating six weeks of their summer to team-building, tasking, sharing, managing and leading, these gifted individuals epitomize what mentoring is all about.

So bring the kids and see why TheatreWorks has achieved its reputation as the premiere theatre training ground for children and teens. Don’t worry about picking up tickets in advance; they’re available for $10 at the door of Gaglardi Academy, 1475 Noel Ave. in Comox. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. both nights (Aug. 14-15).

For more information on this and other programs contact TheatreWorks at   theatreworks@shaw.ca or by phone at 250 792-2031.