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EVENT: Sudbury Performance Group is bringing dinner theatre back to Sudbury

Enjoy an entertaining evening of dinner and theatre at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall

After a two-and-a half year hiatus, Sudbury’s premiere arts and entertainment group is bringing the dinner theatre experience back to what it once was in Sudbury.

After two previous successful dinner theatre seasons in 2017 and 2018, Sudbury Performance Group (SPG) will once again be launching their dinner theatre season beginning with a Norm Foster comedy, ‘On a First Name Basis,’ on November 19 and 20, said Mark Mannisto, the company’s president.

The show features local actors and real-life husband and wife team, Ray and Helen Landry, playing successful novelist David and his housekeeper of many years, Lucy.

The show explores the lives and relationship between the two people. Mannisto said while the two know each other as Lucy has been cleaning his house for 28 years, they don’t really “know” one another. Until one day David, who is suffering from writer’s block and has just received some devastating news, invites Lucy, who has her own secrets, to stay for a drink.

They start talking and sharing all of their life stories, and as they get to know one another Lucy realizes that he’s more than just the writer she cleans for, and David realizes she’s more than just the lady that cleans his house. As drinks continue to flow and secrets and truths are revealed, the two begin to mean something more to one another, and have more in common, than they realized.

Mannisto said their previous dinner theatre productions were well-received and people were so excited about them that shows sold-out. Now, with restrictions finally being eased, they felt that it was the perfect time to reintroduce the dinner theatre experience back to the community.

SPG’s dinner theatre season will be held at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall on Frood Rd., which Mannisto said is an ideal location because it’s central location.  “The whole point of doing dinner theatres is giving audiences a very quaint atmosphere, good food, a night out with friends, good wine and a fun show,” he said, adding that after the couple of years we’ve endured, each show in their dinner theatre season aims to provide an enjoyable night out.

“All of our dinner theatre’s are comedies,” Mannisto said. “We don’t want to bog audiences down with heavy subjects…we keep it fun and light and make it so that it doesn’t matter if you’re a well-versed theatre goer or this is your first time seeing a play, it’s something that, odds are, you’re going to enjoy.”

SPG’s remaining dinner theatre season includes two more productions. The next show will be a bedroom farce ‘Who’s in Bed with the Butler’ in time for Valentine’s Day 2022, and rounding out the season in March 2022, the romantic comedy ‘Things My Mother Taught Me.’

Tickets for SPG’s upcoming dinner theatre are $50.00 and are on sale now which includes your meal and the show. There will also be a cash bar onsite.  Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, please call 705-662-8518, order online or go to Jeff-Landry Music located at 1119 Lasalle Blvd.

Please note: If you have specific dietary needs, please let SPG know so they can put you in touch with the caterer to ensure your needs are met.