Based on last night’s DalTheatre performance of Carol Sinclair’s Firefly, I predict a boatload of success for the graduating students of the Class of 2009. The play itself—a musical set in the early 1900s on PEI--was an ideal vehicle for showcasing the students’ considerable talents. It’s difficult to single out performances from such a strong ensemble, particularly when the casting seems so spot-on. Sarah Jane MacDonald anchors the whole play with her charming performance and her big voice and she is well-matched by Nick MacInnes as her love interested, Jack. Peter Perina’s set design is clever and economical and I particularly liked the telephone pole that sat firmly centre-stage, reminding us of the theme of the play. The only problem with the whole production is that a five-day run is not nearly long enough to accommodate everyone who would enjoy this play!
Firefly runs until Saturday, 8 p.m., with a matinee Saturday, 2 p.m., in the David MacK. Murray Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre. TICKETS: $6 and $12. Call 494-3820 or visit the Dalhousie Arts Centre box office.