Triple threat kids and “Wonderist” for summer season home stretch

It takes a village theatre camp Aug 2017 rev-page-001It’s been a busy summer at the Bancroft Village Playhouse and the home stretch for the summer season shows no signs of slowing as the theatre welcomed a group of kids this week focused on learning what it takes to be triple threat performers.

The “It Takes a Village Summer Camp” rolled-out new repertoire with “Alice in Wonderland,” and with only five days of camp, the kids were up for a challenge as they learned how to sing, dance and act. But judging by the laughter and the smiles, these kids were up for the learning adventure.

Under the direction of Juno Award winner Dianne Winmill, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year, the kids are actually learning from the best in Canada during their five days of show prep at the Village Playhouse in downtown Bancroft. The kids, all 8 – 13 years of age, will get to spend the week in the old theatre learning their lines, blocking, choreography, vocal techniques as well as having a hand in costuming, set building and lighting design and by their dress rehearsal on Friday afternoon, these kids will be pros.

To celebrate the great learning and artistic growth of these future stars, everyone is invited to their two performances of “Alice in Wonderland” at the Village Playhouse on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2 and 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for the show.

Once Alice’s adventures wrap on Saturday, the Playhouse team jumps into magic mode as they prepare for the final show of the summer season with the return of Chris Funk, The Wonderist.

Chris Funk 9x12Also entering showbiz at a young age, Chris Funk has now spent years travelling across Canada and the United States performing a style of magic that has been called refreshingly different. As his stage persona “The Wonderist,” Funk combines intuition, influence, and illusion with side-splitting comedy to create moments that baffle and amuse. Funk is also an improv master, allowing him to interact with the audience and make every show different from the last. Last year, his sold-out show in Bancroft was the highlight of the summer season.

Funk’s family-friendly show includes borrowed objects, which disappear and re-appear in unusual places; a violin concerto playing as cards mysteriously float out of their deck; visual effects you’d only find in cartoons; and, of course, mysteries for the mind that will keep the audience scratching their heads and wanting more. Plus, every performance features Chris Funk’s signature Prediction, which ends off each show in true mind-blowing fashion.

Chris Funk, The Wonderist, will amaze the Playhouse audience on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 7:30pm. The show is sponsored by Baragar Funeral Home. Tickets for Chris Funk and “Alice in Wonderland” are available at Harvest Moon, Posie’s, Hospice House and online at Both shows are family friendly with proceeds supporting Hospice North Hastings as part of their Caring through Culture initiative.