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SYNOPSIS: dramatic comedy with a musical twist.

 Join a group of 4 older women at their once-a-week gathering at a bridge club. This is their time to momentarily suspend feelings of loneliness, isolation and fear, and begin to indulge, revel and celebrate the wonderful intimacy they form as a small group of ‘bridge club biddies’ or ‘the white glove brigade’ …. the ‘blue-rinse set’ . The play becomes a musical in two ways.  It requires 3 original songs by each theatre company that produces it.  The music must fit certain genres but words can change to suit the need.  Genres include (1) Gilbert & Sullivan style, (2) Gospel style, and (3) unspecified (which could be the blues). The game of bridge is a metaphor for the women’s lives.

Thirteen Hands

Written by Carol Shields

Directed by Jeannette Desnoyers     2009

CAST:

Rachel Christie … Margot Heatherling,  South

Jennifer Henkes … Doris Veal, North

Lorna Kent …. Ruth Sprague, East

Trace McGuire … Clara Wesley (Heatherling), West

Elizabeth Adler …. Peaked Cap; Flowery hat; Fur Coat;

                                                   Scarf; Gospel Singer; Hip Hop Dancer

CREW:

Tanya Laing Gahr …..... Producer                              Amanda Ball ….......... Associate Producers

Terry Miller, Harriet Pollock, Nikole Spring …............................................. Lighting Design

Tanya Laing Gahr ......… Sound Track                       Don Montgomery …. Lighting & Sound Tech

Ron Spring …................ Set Building                        Kimberly Davidson … Prompter

Jeannette Desnoyers … Properties                           Ashlee Perrault …...... Dance Choreography

Jim Cameron ….............. Poster & Ticket Design     Judie Blakley .............. Bridge Consultant

Jeannette Desnoyers … Costume Design                Jean Neve ................… Seamstress

Jeannette Desnoyers … Makeup and Hair               Amigos Printing .....… Printer

Heather Montgomery.. Concession Manager        Amanda Ball ..........….. Program 

Marge Kemp ….............. Front of House Manager   

Jeanette Desnoyers and Mark Paron …......................................................... Set Design

Mark Paron, David Stock & Terry Miller ….................................................... Decorating Crew

MUSIC:

*Music for “Clara’s Theme”, Thirteen Hands and Nickelodeon was written and recorded by Jim Cameron.

*Lyrics for Thirteen Hands by Gregg Lower

*‘It’s a Sin Rap’ instrumental written and recorded by Matt McKenzie.