Bernadette loves to support local community theatre. She has contributed her services to several recent productions from the Markham Little Theatre at Flato Markham Theatre and East Side Players at Papermill Theatre.
See her work on stage in the galleries below.
- The Sunshine Boys
- Private Lives
- Old Love
- Nude with Violin
- Enchanted April
Gaslight, Markham Little Theatre, 2012-2013 Season
The play is set in fog-bound London in 1880 at the home of Jack Manningham and his wife Bella. It is late afternoon, a time which Hamilton notes as being the time “before the feeble dawn of gaslight and tea”.
At the opening of the drama Bella is clearly on edge, and the stern reproaches from her overbearing husband (who flirts with the servants) makes matters worse. What most perturbs Bella is Manningham’s unexplained disappearances from the house: he will not tell her where he is going, and this increases her anxiety. As the drama unfolds, it becomes clear that Manningham is intent on convincing Bella that she is going insane, even to the point of assuring her she is “imagining” the gas light in the house is dimming.
The appearance of a police detective called Rough soon leads Bella to realise that Manningham is responsible for her torment. Rough explains that the apartment above was once occupied by one Alice Barlow, a wealthy woman who was murdered for her jewels but that the murderer never uncovered them.
In fact, Manningham goes to the flat each night, searching for the jewels and causing the light in the house below to go down. Rough convinces Bella to assist him in exposing Manningham as the murderer, which she does, but not before she takes revenge on Manningham by pretending to help him escape. At the last minute she reminds him that, having gone insane, she is not accountable for her actions. The play closes with Manningham being led away by the police.
The Sunshine Boys, Markham Little Theatre, 2012-2013 Season
The play focuses on aging Al Lewis and Willie Clark, a one-time vaudvellian team known as “Lewis and Clark” who, over the course of forty-odd years, not only grew to hate each other but never spoke to each other off-stage throughout the final year of their act. The stubborn Clark, who was not ready for retirement, resented the wiser Lewis for breaking up the act when he opted to leave show business. It is now 1972 and CBS is inviting the team to reunite for a special on the history of comedy, with the pair representing the vaudeville era at its best. Clark is convinced by his nephew Ben to revive one of the old routines one last time. Much of the humor is derived from efforts to get the two cantankerous actors into the same room for a rehearsal, their differences of opinion once they reunite, and their shenanigans on the actual broadcast.
Trying, Markham Little Theatre, 2013-2014 Season
The two-act play depicts the final year in the life Francis Biddle—the United States Attorney General under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Chief Judge of the Nuremberg Trials—as it was seen through the eyes of his then twenty-five-year-old assistant, Sarah Schorr. As the young woman relates to the audience, she is merely the latest and coincidentally the last in a long and unsuccessful line of personal secretaries, all of whom have disappointed Biddle in some way. Much of the story revolves around issues of aging and the breakdown of communication over divisions of age and class.
Private Lives, Markham Little Theatre, 2013-2014 Season
Private Lives is a 1930 comedy of matters in three acts by Noel Coward. It focuses on a divorced couple who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, discover that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. Despite a perpetually stormy relationship, they realise that they still have feelings for each other.
Old Love, Markham Little Theatre, 2013-2014 Season
A funny and touching love story about love in our later years. He is newly divorced… and she is a new widow. He has had his eyes on her for years, only to make a move on her at a funeral, of all places! Will love make a return to their lives?
Nude with Violin, East Side Players, 2014 Season
The play is set in Paris in 1954. The famous painter, Paul Sorodin, has died. His relatives and hangers-on converge on his studio, hopeful of financial gain, and are stunned to learn from his valet, Sebastien, that Sorodin has left a letter in which he admits that he never painted a picture in his life. The paintings of Sorodin’s supposed three major periods turn out to have been executed by a choleric aristocrat, Anya Pavlikov; a jolly barmaid, Cherry-May Waterton; and a Jamaican Seventh Day Adventist, Obadiah Lewellyn.