Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Don't miss Caught in the Net at the Princess Ave. Theatre

You'll be rolling with laughter during Caught in the Net!
Directed by Mary Anne Ciuciura

The Play

Caught in the Net is written by Ray Cooney, considered by many in the theatre world as The Master of Farce.

In Caught in the Net, John Smith has been happily married to two wives for 18 years. Of course, the two women don’t know about each other. Barbara and her 16-year-old son, Gavin, live in Streatham and Mary and her 15-year-old daughter, Vicki, live in Wimbledon.

One day Gavin and Vicki meet while surfing online and they are amazed by all the coincidences between their fathers.  Both are named John, aged 43, and are taxi drivers. What are the chances of all those similarities in two different fathers? Right? Of course, Vicki invites Gavin for tea.

When John finds out that Gavin is coming to tea he spends the next two hours attempting to stop the inevitable meeting. His friend and lodger, Stanley, who is not really the brightest, could be John’s saviour . . . or not.

And so the farce begins.

The set envisioned and created by ETG’s volunteers blends two apartments into one stage with plenty of stairs to run up and down and lots of doors to slam in true farcial tradition.

The Cast

John Smith is played by Jason Freeman.  Jason’s most recent role was Lawrence and Liam in ETG’s Calendar Girls.

Mary Smith is played by Phyllis Leighton. Phyllis’ last role was as Mrs. Potiphar, in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat with the Kincardine Theatre Guild

Barbara Smith is played by Ronda Stewart. In 2016, Ronda enjoyed her role as Elaine in Calendar Girls and March Hare in the British Panto of Alice in Wonderland.

Stanley Gardner is played by Timothy Hedden. Tim has graced the ETG stage numerous times over the years, most recently played the orphan sister Brandy in the British pantomime Alice in Wonderland and Tom Shaw in Ned Durango.

Stanley’s dad is played by John Palmer. John will keep you in stitches with his wonderful character’s silly antics.

The Smith children are played by Kaitlyn Stollery and Chris Trottier.


Tickets are available online at or in person at Simply Pure Water, 123 Wellington Street in St. Thomas.

The show runs from February 23 to March 5 with evening performances at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.  Preview night is Thursday, February 23rd and tickets for this night only are $12 each. Tickets for all other nights are $18.

For over 40 seasons, the Elgin Theatre Guild has been entertaining audiences with productions ranging from comedies to dramas. Run entirely by volunteers, the ETG produces four shows each year at the historic Princess Ave. Theatre which is located at 40 Princess Avenue in St. Thomas.

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