April Fools’ celebration brings “ONEYmoon” back to Bancroft

ONEYMOON_POSTER_APRIL1 (2) (002)Everyone loves a wedding and on April 1, theatre fans are invited to attend a slightly unusual and extremely funny ceremony for one.

After her fiancé fails to show-up for their big day, Caroline (Christel Bartelse), the bride to be, decides to just go ahead and marry herself. And then, like other brides, she takes a honeymoon, or in her case – a “ONEYmoon.”

This non-stop, laugh ‘till you cry, tripple-threat performance returns to the Bancroft Village Playhouse just in time for April Fools’ Day celebrations. For those who had the pleasure of watching Bartelese, the fabulous Second City alumna, killing-it on stage with her award winning show last summer, it will be worth going back for a second time. Audiences raved about the jokes, the energy of the performance and they loved when people they knew were brought on stage to participate in the live show.

“This show was just so unique,” says Playhouse manager Heather Brough. “The combination of scripted comedy, music, dance, stand-up and improvisation was like nothing we’d seen here before especially when Bancroftonians were suddenly included in the show! Our summer audiences loved every minute of this production so with the long winter – we decided to bring back a great comedy to keep us going until Spring shows-up!”

In this comedic performance, the audience becomes family and friends for a very unusual wedding day, honeymoon and then we get the inside scoop on internet fame and married life. Filled with zany wit, improv, dance and song, Caroline pokes holes in our notions of “wedded bliss” – but ultimately finds that a long-term relationship with herself has its own pitfalls.

“ONEYmoon” premiered at the London, Ontario Fringe Festival and played Toronto soon after. This touring show has played to sold-out houses and rave reviews everywhere it is booked and the show and its creator, Christel Bartelse, have earned a Critics Choice award nomination and a Canadian Comedy award nomination for the effort.

“ONEYmoon” plays in Bancroft on April 1 at the Village Playhouse. To celebrate spring, there is an early-bird special of $20 for any tickets purchased before March. 22. After that time the ticket price is $25. Proceed from the shows support Hospice North Hastings as part of the Caring through Culture movement that is growing with every Playhouse production. Tickets are on sale now at Harvest Moon, Posies, Hospice House and the Playhouse Box Office. Tickets are also available online at bancroftvillageplayhouse.ca.