The Shop Around the Corner at The Guild in November
ACT (a community theatre) will present The Shop Around the Corner November 16 to 18 at The Guild in Charlottetown. Adapted from the classic Jimmy Stewart movie of the same name, this show brings all the charm and charisma of the golden age of cinema to the stage.
Matuschek & Co. is the shop in question, and is the saving grace for a small group of people struggling to make ends meet in the middle of the Great Depression. Alfred Kralik (Adam Gauthier), head clerk of Matuschek and Co., is highly unimpressed by his boss’s newest headstrong employee, Klara Novak (Teresa Wright), who is equally uninspired by Kralik’s unwavering perfectionism. While at odds with one another in the workplace, both are able to temper their aggravation through anonymous pen pals with whom they each exchange long, soul-searching letters.
In addition to the two main characters, The Shop Around the Corner has a cast of loveable workers. The affable family man Mr. Pirovitch (Richard Haines) and gossip-hungry Ms. Novotni (Marti Hopson) offer encouragement and support to Kralik and Novak as they come to terms with meeting their pen pals and possible soul-mates. Errand boy Pepi (Jim McClean) is a scamp, but still a loyal servant to big business man and store owner Mr. Matuschek (Gordon Cobb), which is contrasted greatly by the oh-so-vain and volatile Mr. Vadas (Mike Mallaley).
“This is a show that deals with some very heavy subjects but still manages to be light and funny without being dismissive of those darker issues,” says Mariève MacGregor, director of the show. “It shows the perseverance of the human spirit, even in the face of hardships. The themes are timeless, and equally as relevant today as they were in the 1930s.”
Also serving as the basis for the Judy Garland musical In the Good Old Summertime and the Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks movie You’ve Got Mail, The Shop Around the Corner is a fun, light-hearted, feel-good play that will be enjoyed by all.