Chronicle Review: 1949

Canadian History unfolds in local production of David French play

The Yellowpoint Drama group transform the Cedar Community Hall into a living classroom with their production of 1949. It captures the familiarity of those days in school learning about Canadian history, but with double the entertainment value.

1949 centres around the Mercers, a deeply rooted Newfoundland family that has relocated to Toronto, where the play is set. At the time, Newfoundland is on the verge of joining confederation and the family is morally divided at the notion of their homeland losing its independence.

Adding to that is a number of sub-plots facing each character, giving the audience a plethora of stories to keep their attention.

1949 is one of several plays following the trials and tribulations of the Mercer family, and is written by Canadian playwright David French.

Despite its dramatic overtones, 1949 delivers enough comic relief to keep the audience well engaged throughout its approximate 140 minute running time.

Young Pierce Melnick and Colton Van Der Minne perform spectacularly as the Mercer children, Ben and Billy. Audiences can expect fabulous performances from the entire cast, which includes Alan Watt as Jacob Mercer, Jenny Harrison as aunt Rachel, Maureen Molyneaux as Dot Roach and Torry Clark as Captain McKenzie.

There are only two more opportunities to see 1949; October 21 and 22 at the Cedar Community Hall.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show to follow at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors and children, though parents should be advised of brief coarse language.

To reserve your ticket or find out more information, call 250-722-3067 or email ypdg@shaw.ca