The Muskoka Theatre Project

June 03, 2005 09:43 ET

Actress is Reunited After 37 Years

Muskoka Theatre Project Celebrates It's Fourth Season in Rosseau with a Reunion of Actress and Playwright Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Photo Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor ROSSEAU, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 3, 2005) - February, 2005 Canadian playwright Vince Grittani (also known as TV's "The Weekend Guy") was invited to an Espanola Little Theatre benefit performance of his award winning one-woman show "Quiet! I'm Talking".

The actress portraying Grittani's boozy, outspoken, 99 year old Pittsburgh socialite Bunny Bevington-Smythe who summers in Muskoka, was 75 year old Sharon Sproule.

Impressed, Grittani invites Sproule to perform "Quiet" this summer as part of his company, the Muskoka Theatre Project's, 2005 season in the Village of Rosseau on Lake Rosseau.

Ms. Sproule accepts the invitation under one condition that she could bring along her own personal stage manager, the love of her life, who also happens to be her 80 year old husband, Bob.

Grittani mentions that the last time he passed by Espanola was in 1968 on his way to to study pottery at the Elliot Lake Centre for Continuing Education.

Ms. Sproule recalled that she too (then 38) attended the Centre for a course conducted by Laurentian University's Bill Hart. But it was a different year.

Ms. Sproule tells a friend who also attended the Elliot Lake Centre about meeting Grittani.

Later the friend presents Sproule with a faded mimeographed programme for the final performance night of Sproule's week-long course at Elliot Lake.

It was dated July 26, 1968. There on the last page under production crew it read "Stagehand….Vincent Grittani". He was thirteen at the time.

Sharon Sproule stars in The Muskoka Theatre Project's presentation of "Quiet! I'm Talking" June 29- July 16 followed by the return of Grittani and composer Rosalind Mills' musical comedy "Wake Me When It's Over" starring Cirque du Soleil alumni Suzette Araujo and Sweeney MacArthur from "Mamma Mia". At The Stone Theatre in Rosseau. For online info and tickets visit www.weekendguy.com or call TicketWeb at 1-888-222-6608.
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Contact Information

  • Vince Grittani, Producer, Words Talk Productions
    Primary Phone: 705-732-1442
    Secondary Phone: 705-774-4487
    E-mail: vince@weekendguy.com