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So Close to the Bone

The Victoria Playhouse continues to celebrate its 35th season with Canadian Cree playwright Tomson Highway’s one-woman musical The (Post) Mistress which opened on Sunday night, August 7th. Among the sold-out audience were a number of Island post mistresses and post masters who were invited to the performance.

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“We want to extend the invitation to all Island post mistresses and masters to see this play which pays tribute to their profession,” said General Manager Pat Stunden Smith, “The work they do, and have done, in our communities is invaluable and this play recognizes that fact.”

The (Post) Mistress stars well-known Island-raised actor Martha Irving as Marie-Louise, a small-town post mistress in a time before fax or email. Marie-Louise has the uncanny ability to discern the contents of the townspeople’s mail and, it turns out, her small town has a lot of big secrets.

“So close to the bone,” said Janet Moszynski, one-time post mistress for the village of Victoria.

‘Melville Boys’ Opens 35th Victoria Season

The Victoria Playhouse opens its thirty-fifth season on June 26 with Norm Foster’s classic Canadian comedy, The Melville Boys. The Victoria Playhouse has produced dozens of works by Canadian playwrights, both emerging and established, since its first season in 1982.

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“Norm Foster is Canada’s most produced playwright,” says Pat Stunden Smith, Managing Director of the Victoria Playhouse. “He has a great instinct for dialogue and his scripts are at once funny and real.”

The Melville Boys features Jeremie Saunders and Becca Griffin, reprising the dynamic onstage rapport that made 2014’s Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun such an outstanding success. Newcomers to the Victoria Playhouse, Corey Turner and Helen Killorn, round out this vibrant cast.