Quilting comedy will keep people in stitches

“I love this play and these girls are so fun to work with,” said Bowes.

Dave Mathieson webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on October 2, 2014
Mary MacLeod (left), Barb Bowes, and Mary MacLeod star in The Beehive, a Brown Bag Theatre production running Oct. 16 and 17 at the Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church in Amherst. The comedy is about two quilters who are transformed by a young lady who joins their quilting circle. 
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AMHERST – A meeting of different dispositions take place in The Beehive, the latest Brown Bag Theatre production staged by the Tantramar Theatre.

“Two ladies in the play are quilters, and they have been quilting for some time,” said Bette Douglas, director of the comedy. “And a young lady has asked to join their quilting circle, That’s Barb.”

Barb Bowes is a veteran of Brown Bag Theatre productions and says The Beehive is one of her favourite plays.

“I love this play and these girls are so fun to work with,” said Bowes.

The other two actresses in the play are Christine Pipes and Mary MacLeod.

This is Pipes’ first time on the Brown Bag Theatre stage.

“My character is caustic,” said Pipes.

MacLeod’s character isn’t quite as cynical.

“My character is more hopeful and a bit naïve,” said MacLeod.

And what kind of character does Bowes play?

“She’s very fancy,” said Bowes. “She cares very much about her appearance and won’t give up her makeup or high heels for anything, but really believes she can become a quilter.”

The two seasoned quilters are not sure if the new recruit is ready to make the commitment because quilting is a serious business and they’re apprehensive about her.

She joins the quilters and makes a major change in the lives of the two women.

“The play is in two acts. There is a one minute intermission between the first and second acts,” said Douglas. “When the characters come back out in the second act they are transformed.”

Valerie Fahey of Toronto wrote the Beehive.

“She wrote it for us for the Fibre Arts Festival,” said Douglas. “Every year the Tantramar Theatre puts a play on during the festival.”

The Beehive runs Oct. 16 and 17 at the Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church in Amherst.

Lunch is provided by Bambino’s Pizzeria.

“This year Bambino’s does turkey sandwiches with homemade bread,” said Douglas.

Doors open for The Beehive at 11:45 a.m., and the play starts a 12 p.m.

The Tantramar Theatre is now preparing for their third annual Christmas show at the Amherst Golf Club.

“The name of the Christmas play is christmasbride.com,” said Douglas.

Tickets for The Beehive are available at JG Jewellers or are available at the door.