Summerland Players take it on the road

This fall, a local performance troupe is taking their act on the road though they won’t ever be leaving their regular stomping grounds of Centre Stage Theatre.

This fall,  a local performance troupe is taking their act on the road though they won’t ever be leaving their regular stomping grounds of Centre Stage Theatre.

The Summerland Singers and Players have chosen Mesa, by award-winning Canadian playwright Doug Curtis as their fall production.

They describe Mesa as a funny and poignant road trip story, which Curtis based on a true story.

Bud is 93 and for many years has been travelling, along with his wife Molly, from their home in Calgary to their snowbird home in Mesa, Ariz.

Sadly, Molly has passed on — Bud wants to make one last trip but is not able to drive himself. His grandson-in-law, Paul, is roped in to do the driving.

Paul is looking forward to the trip as a great adventure but Bud has other ideas. He wants to get from Calgary to Mesa in as short a time as possible and there lies the story.

Curtis gives this look at the generation gap a humorous treatment, but the events take a surprising turn when each man has to come to grips with the needs and wants of the other.

Mesa stars James Fofonoff and Bob Read with special guest Jack Godwin of the Kettle Valley Brakemen.

The play will only be on for a short run with evening performances at 8 p.m. in Summerland’s Centre Stage Theatre from Oct. 20 to 22. There will also be a single matinee performance on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors, for the Oct. 20 show. Tickets for the other dates are  $17 and $15 students and seniors. They’re available in Summerland at Sweet Tooth and the Summerland Art Gallery and in Penticton at Dragon’s Den on Front Street.