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English Acadian dinner theatre in Abram Village

Cast of Major Manor Mayhem: Julie Arsenault, Gerald Arsenault, Kaylee Arsenault, Michael Richard and Janine GallantWhat happens when a semi-retired psychiatrist temporarily moves into a seniors’ care facility to anonymously evaluate the mental status of its residents and when a resident mistakenly assumes the new guy is a vicious, psychotic killer? You get some Major Manor Mayhem.

At least that’s when happens when this situation is the storyline of the brand-new V’nez veiller dinner-theatre production at the Acadian Musical Village in Abram-Village this summer. This production is the English version of last year’s French show Retour au fou-foyer.

Playwright-director Raymond J. Arsenault is back at the helm  serving up his usual brand of crazy comedy. 

Arsenault has reassembled last year’s cast of veteran musicians and actors to perform the show, which includes a musical portion as the residents of the seniors’ facility are putting on a concert for friends and family.

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 (Michael Richard) moves in, Manuel becomes jealous and sets out to discredit the newcomer and hopefully get him booted out.

Thankfully, the home’s new, ditzy recreation director Suzanne (dancer-singer-musician-actress Kaylee Arsenault) is there to try to prevent an all-out war from breaking out. But she unwittingly just fans the flame.

One thing is for certain. The audiences will have ample opportunity to laugh, especially when they’re not clapping along and stomping their feet to some lively Acadian and Canadian music, some in French and some in English. They’ll also get to enjoy a four-course meal served by the actors. The show plays every Tuesday night at 6:30 pm July 3 to Aug 28. Tickets must be reserved in advance by calling 854-3300.

A French dinner theatre production, Pi la mère marmotte  also by Raymond J. Arsenault, will be performed on Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 4.

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