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Acadian dinner theatre in Abram-Village

Cast members of the French dinner-theatre show “V’nez veiller:” (seated from left) Julie Arsenault, Janine Gallant and Kaylee Arsenault; (standing from left) Gerald Arsenault and Michael RichardWhat happens when a semi-retired psychiatrist temporarily moves into a seniors' care facility to anonymously evaluate the mental health of its residents and when one of the residents mistakenly assumes the new guy is a vicious, psychotic killer? You get a momentous amount of manor mayhem.

At least that’s when happens when this situation is the storyline of a new “V’nez veiller” dinner-theatre production at the Acadian Musical Village in Abram-Village this summer. This new French show, called Retour au fou-foyer (Return to the Crazy Manor), is a sequel to the 2007 dinner-theatre production.

After a seven-year absence, playwright-director Raymond J. Arsenault is back at the helm, 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 assembled a cast of veteran musicians and actors to perform in this year’s show, which again includes a musical portion as the residents of the seniors’ facility are putting on a concert to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The comedic 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’ll probably just fan the fire.

But 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. They’ll also enjoy a four-course meal.

The show plays every Wednesday and Thursday night at 6:30 pm from July 19 to August 30. Tickets must be reserved in advance by calling 902-854-3300.

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