Professional theatre returns to the central region with the 13th Season of Beyond The Overpass Theatre Festival. Gander performances begin on July 7th.

Professional theatre returns to the central region with the 13th Season of Beyond The Overpass Theatre Festival. Gander performances begin on July 7th.

Starting on July 7th is “The Last 5 Years”. An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

On July 14th it’s “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”. This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as “the relationship.” Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, “Say, what are you doing Saturday night?”

On July 26th  it’s “Perfect Wedding”. An appalling situation. A bridegroom wakes on his wedding morning in his own bridal suite, with his bride-to-be about to arrive any moment, and finds a strange girl in bed beside him. What’s more an extremely attractive girl whom, in the depths of his post stag-night hangover, he can’t remotely remember even having been introduced to. Worse – during the ensuing panic to get the stranger dressed and out of the way, the bride arrives, the girl is trapped in the bathroom, the best man pretends the hidden girl is his girl friend, his real girl friend has to be kept ignorant of the fact, and the hotel chamber maid gets mistaken for everybody’s girl friend! By the time the bride’s parents and half the hotel staff get in on the act, the chaos reaches nuclear proportions! It is that rare combination – a riotous comedy and a touching love story at the same time.

On August 3rd it’s “Cowgirls”. “Cowgirls” is a musical comedy that focuses on a trio of classically trained female musicians that is mistakenly booked to play Hiram Hall, a country western concert bar in Kansas. The owner of the club, Jo Carlson, must raise enough money during the weekend to pay off debtors or the hall will be closed. Though mostly unfamiliar with country music, the trio convinces Jo and her employees, Mickey and Mo, to allow them the chance to transform themselves into legitimate cowgirl performers in time for the first performance.

Beyond The Overpass Theatre Company, Inc. is a not-for-profit, professional arts organization dedicated to providing new and established artists with an opportunity to develop their craft while producing contemporary theatre in a rural environment. Beyond is passionately committed to advancing opportunities and experiences for artists through the presentation of plays from around the world and through the development of new, indigenous work.  By promoting and encouraging the unique potential and talent of each artist, and by presenting material that is current and moving, the organization aims to continually develop artistic practice in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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