The Village Musical Acadien is pleased to present its famous dinner-theater V'nez Veillez with Pi La Mère Marmotte (French Play) and Major Manor Mayhem (English Play), an enjoyable evening that should not be missed.
Our crazy comedies will provide you with a good evening full of laughter and great music as you enjoy a delicious meal that includes a salad, mussels, choice of entree, dessert and tea / coffee.
Excerpt from 2017 Performance
Choice of Entree
Acadian Variety Plate Seafood Casserole
PI LA MÈRE MARMOTTE (French) Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. From July 4 to August 29, 2018 (Except Jul. 5 and Aug. 15) MAJOR MANOR MAYHEM (English) Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. From July 3 to August 28, 2018
(must be reserved in advance) Adults – $33.90 plus HST Children – $14.80 plus HST (12 and under)
PI LA MÈRE MARMOTTE
Written and directed by: Raymond J. Arsenault. Featuring: Anne-Marie Poulin, Ryan Rix, Stéphane Bouchard, Paula Arsenault and Nicole Richard.
This summer's version of the "V'nez veiller" Acadian dinner-theatre in Abram-Village will overflow with misunderstandings, scoldings, dead-end and budding romances, along with tonnes of laughs, lots of music and a delicious four-course meal.
Local playwright-director Raymond J. Arsenault is once again serving up his usual in-your-face brand of comedy in the year's French-language play, "Pi la mère marmotte" (And the mother scolds). He's assembled a talented cast of Island musicians and actors that will definitely get the crowd going - and keep them roaring throughout the night.
"In today's modern circumstances, relationships are never easy - especially when both partners don't necessarily want the same thing. And of course, relationships are particularly difficult and disastrous but hilarious when they're featured in dinner-theatre shows such as this one.
The overprotective and overbearing mother, Agnès (hilarious comedienne Nicole Richard of Wellington, making her triumphant return to dinner-theatre), is turning 70 but she still dotes on her extremely nerdy and spineless 30-year-old son Melvin (Charlottetown musician-singer Ryan Rix, son of singer Angèle Haché-Rix), who is still living in her basement. If it was up to her, he'd live there for the rest of his life to take care of her in her golden years.
He however has a girlfriend, named Stéphanie (Charlottetown actress-singer Anne-Marie Poulin, daughter of artist Lucie Bernadette Bellemare) whom Agnès despises with a passion. Their two-year relationship is stagnant and they never do anything fun. Stéphanie wants to get married and start a family since her biological clock is ticking. But Melvin freaks out at the very mention of marriage and children.
Stéphanie's ex-boyfriend Brad (renowned jazz musician Stéphane Bouchard of Summerside), who's now a super-cool, charming and handsome actor, pops up seemingly out of the blue. He promises her everything that Melvin can hardly even talk about. She can't stop drooling at his amazing transformation (now that he's lost 60 pounds and has gotten lots of plastic surgery, fancy clothes and a new Ferrari) and forgets all about the way he dumped her and broke her heart several years ago.
Stéphanie's tai chi-loving, tree-hugging, hippy-dippy friend Soleil (well-known comedienne-musician Paula Arsenault of Abram-Village), just back from a trip to Mexico, drops in with gifts and an extremely risky plan to help Stéphanie pick the right man since she's utterly torn between the two men.
The old snooping Agnès overhears bits and pieces of their conversations and fills in the blanks with her paranoid ideas. She therefore proceeds with Phase 2 of her plan to break up her son's relationship. Unexplained pizza deliveries and a book of "positions" do nothing but complicate matters.
In addition to the regular cast members, guest fiddler Janelle Arsenault (from the group 112 Accords) will help the audience kick up their heels during the musical portion of the three-act show.
This production is made possible thanks to a contribution from Tourism PEI.
MAJOR MANOR MAYHEM
Written and directed by: Raymond J. Arsenault. Featuring: Julie Arsenault, Gerald Arsenault, Kaylee Arsenault, Michael Richard and Janine Gallant.
What happens when a semi-retired psychiatrist temporarily moves into a seniors' care facility to anonymously evaluate the mental status of its residents and when one of the residents mistakenly assumes the new guy is a vicious, psychotic killer? You get some "Major Manor Mayhem".
At least that's when happens when this situation is the storyline of the brand-new "V'nez veiller" dinner-theatre production at the Acadian Musical Village in Abram-Village this summer. This production is actually the English version of last year's hit French production, "Retour au fou-foyer".
Well-known playwright-director Raymond J. Arsenault is back at the helm of this year's show, serving up his usual brand of crazy comedy. "I'll readily admit that I was a huge fan of the TV show Three's Company so you can expect to see some of that type of comedy in my new play," he explains. "You'll see cases of mistaken identity, people overhearing parts of conversations and assuming the worse plus some Jack Tripper-type physical comedy."
Arsenault has reassembled last year's cast of popular veteran musicians and actors to once again perform the show, which again includes a musical portion as the residents of the seniors' facility are putting on a concert for friends and family.
The hilarious Gerald Arsenault is back in a lead role as the handsome and entertaining widower Manuel who charms all the ladies (namely Hortense, the uppity old girl played by Janine Gallant, and Julienne, the sarcastic old biddy played by Julie Arsenault). When the also-charming psychiatrist Dr. Philippe Thibodeau (West Prince dinner-theatre performer Michael Richard) moves in, Manuel becomes extremely jealous and sets out to discredit the newcomer and hopefully get him booted out.
Thankfully, the home's new, ditzy recreation director Suzanne (played by returning dancer-singer-musician-actress Kaylee Arsenault) is there to try to prevent an all-out war from breaking out. But she unwittingly just fans the flame.
One thing is for certain. The audiences will have ample opportunity to laugh throughout the whole evening, especially when they're not clapping along and stomping their feet to some lively Acadian and Canadian music, some in French and some in English. They'll also get to enjoy a delicious four-course meal served by the actors.