ARTISTS

MELODY A. JOHNSON

MISS CALEDONIA

Written & Performed by Melody A. Johnson

Directed by Rick Roberts and Aaron Willis

 

2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominee  – OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY

2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominee – OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE – FEMALE

 

The year is 1955. Desperate to escape the chicory-pulling, stall-cleaning, hay-baling drudgery of life in RR#2 Caledonia, Peggy Ann Douglas has a plan. Following in the footsteps of starlets Debbie Reynolds and Lee Meriwether, Peggy Ann will simply become a movie star – and she will start her journey to the top by winning the local pageant. Can she sing, twirl and pivot her way into the judges’ hearts, or will shaky nerves and a “Puritanical Work Ethic” sabotage her efforts? Brimming with love, comedy, and a staggering work ethic of its own, Miss Caledonia is a delightful exploration of optimism and reality down on the farm. Dora and Canadian Comedy Award winner Melody A. Johnson, along with the delightful accompaniment of Alison Porter on fiddle, will have you in the palm of her hand on her quest for the tiara in Miss Caledonia.

 

What the critics are saying…

 

“Miss Caledonia takes the crown. Johnson’s script is a marvel of economy, establishing a no nonsense language that always feels authentic” – NNNNN (4 stars)  NOW Magazine

“I would truly pay money to hear Johnson read the phonebook…she really knows how to deliver the goods.” – The Toronto Star

“Looks, charm, and no end of congeniality…a winning show you’d take your grandmother or granddaughter to in a wink.” The Globe and Mail

“…irresistable…heartwarming…”  – The National Post

“Powerful simplicity make Miss Caledonia a prime example of the scope and spirit of Canadian theatre.”– Mooney on Theatre

“..captivating and fresh…” –  Stage Door


One-Act version available

 

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UPCOMING DATES

Apr. 29-May 11/14 – Neptune Theatre – Halifax, NS

May 23 – 31/14 – Talk Is Free Theatre / Mady Centre – Barrie, ON

July 10/14 – Theatre 311 – Listowell, ON

July 11/14 – Westben Arts Festival – Campbellford, ON

Oct. 2/14 – Consort School Theatre – Consort, AB

Oct. 3/14 – Coronation Community Centre – Coronation, AB

Oct. 23/14 – Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts – Richmond Hill, ON

Nov. 5/14 – Fredericton Playhouse – Fredericton, NB

Nov. 6/14 – Imperial Theatre – Saint John, NB

Nov. 7/14 – Riverview Arts Centre – Riverview, NB

Nov. 8/14 – Chester Playhouse – Chester, NS

Nov. 9/14 – King’s Theatre – Annapolis Royal, NS

Nov. 11/14 – Eastern Labrador Arts Alliance – Goose Bay, NL

Nov. 21/14 – Childs’ Auditorium – Deep River, ON

Mar. 5 – 14 / 15 –Gateway Theatre – Richmond, BC

Apr. 9 – 11 / 15 – Evergreen Cultural Centre – Coquitlam, BC

Apr. 13 / 15 – ArtSpring – Salt Spring Island, BC

Apr. 16 – 18 / 15 – Malaspina Theatre – Nanaimo, BC