2 C
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Connecting Our Communities

Making the Most of their Art work

Happy Days star to take the stage in Drayton Entertainment’s upcoming production of the hit play ‘Art’


News Briefs

Woolwich nixes traffic islands Displeased with the troublesome pedestrian islands installed during the Region of Waterloo’s reconstruction of Church Street...

Woolwich proposes 5% tax hike for 2020

Budget talks underway this week, Woolwich council is looking at five per cent hike in property taxes, a...

20-year-old agreement causes a stir

An Elmira environmentalist’s “smoking gun” appears to be shooting blanks. Al Marshall, a long-time critic of cleanup efforts at...

Woolwich looks to add green projects as part of climate action plan

Planting trees remains Woolwich’s priority in rolling out a 0.5 per cent greening levy on property taxes again...


light rain
2 ° C
3.9 °
0.6 °
94 %
100 %
2 °
1 °
0 °
-1 °
-3 °

These are indeed Happy Days at Drayton Entertainment, which has recruited Don Most to star in the upcoming production at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse.

Most, best known for his role as jokester Ralph Malph on the classic sitcom Happy Days, has been in the theatre company’s production of ‘Art’.

“Not all actors on film and TV and stage go from one to the other – Don does. He’s a very versatile guy,” said director Max Reimer of Most’s casting. “You have to find that special celebrity that’s just as comfortable onstage, and that he is.

“It was recommendations of other celebrities that we’ve known and looking at his versatility and his interest … so we reached out and asked if he’d be interested in coming and doing this with us.”

Happy Days was a popular sitcom that aired from 1974 to 1984, spanning 11 seasons. Its popularity resulted in several spinoff series, eight books, a musical and variety of merchandise, along with ongoing syndication.

The hit show chronicled the escapades of Milwaukee teenagers in the 1950s, including the lovable wise-cracking Ralph Malph (Most). He started out as a guest star and was upgraded to a series regular in the second season, as a testament to his acting ability. Now, Most will play Serge in ‘Art’.

The play revolves around three friends – Serge, Marc and Yvan – who find their solid, longstanding friendship on shaky ground after Serge buys a large, expensive painting. It is abstract piece depicts a white canvas with fine diagonal white streaks – essentially what Reimer describes as a “blank canvas.”

Marc, played by Broadway performer Lee MacDougall, aggressively questions this decision, which ignites a fierce debate about the value of art and tests the boundaries of three friendships.

“It feels like a situational comedy. The art is just a trigger for this relationship. It messes up these guys impressions of each other. It brings out conversations about “What is art?” said Reimer.

“It’s wry humour, there’s physical comedy in it … these guys get into it; they actually end up in a fight at one point.”

Accomplished actor Jeffrey Wetsch was originally set to play Yvan, the level-headed friend that often gets caught in the middle of these heated disputes. Unfortunately, Wetsch had to step down due to a knee injury, from which he is expected to recover but not in the timeframe. The new cast member will be announced soon.

“The fun of the show is we hear the men talk like men do. That’s the thing about the play: it’s raw. We hear the guys say out loud things that guys actually say out loud. That’s the refreshing part of it,” said Reimer. “This is how guys talk, and this is what they talk about. At times there’s no filter… they just say what they think.”

Originally written in French by playwright Yasmina Reza, the play premiered in 1994. The production caught the eye of Micheline Roquebrune, the wife of Hollywood icon Sean Connery. The James Bond star quickly snapped up the rights, became a leader producer and facilitated its translation into English.

Most is not the first major casting featuring television stars that Drayton Entertainment has pulled off. George Wendt of the sitcom Cheers starred in their 2017 production, Death of a Salesman, and Cindy Williams from sitcom Laverne and Shirley appeared in the play Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Drayton Entertainment’s artistic director, Alex Mustakas, expects Most’s appearance will spark similar interest.

“Donny Most remains one of Hollywood’s most cherished television actors. In addition to his memorable role as funny-guy Ralph Malph on Happy Days, he’s appeared as a guest star on countless other TV shows, and built an equally impressive career as a stage performer,” he said in a release. “Based on the incredible response when George Wendt was in St. Jacobs in 2017, I recommend that patrons buy tickets as soon as possible.”

‘Art’ runs from October 2 to October 20 at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. Tickets are $48 for adults and $29 for youth under 20 years of age, available at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, online or by calling the box office at (519) 747-7788 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866).

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to The Observer's online community. Pseudonyms are not permitted. By submitting a comment, you accept that The Observer has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner The Observer chooses. Please note that The Observer does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our submission guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.


Catholic teachers join public board on the picket lines

Local Catholic elementary and high school teachers hit the picket lines Tuesday, marching up and down Arthur Street in Elmira as part of a one-day, province-wide strike. It’s not an...

In Print. Online. In Pictures. In Depth.

You obviously love community journalism. Thanks for visiting today. If you have a great local story, let us know.

Job vacancies become harder to fill in the townships

It’s becoming increasingly tough for employers to find the right candidates to fill vacancies, particularly in local and rural areas, says a new report...

Water and sewer rates to rise again this year, as Woolwich approves budget

Flush with cash or otherwise, you’ll be paying more again this year for turning on the taps and taking care of business in...

Woolwich whittles down tax hike somewhat to 3.9%

Woolwich taxpayers are looking at a 3.9 per cent tax hike as councillors last week made a few tweaks to the budget, dropping...

Sugar Kings lose for the first time in 2020

A couple of streaks came to an end Sunday as the Elmira Sugar Kings played their lone game of the week: the four...
- Advertisement -