A play about a shady renter who turns a family farm into a marijuana grow-op might not sound like a hilarious way to kick off the 2012-2013 theatre season.
But Western Canada Theatre promises audiences plenty of fast-paced laughs when Harvest opens at the Pavilion Theatre on Sept. 13.
Written by Ken Cameron, the play follows the misadventures of an aging couple who discover their new tenant, an airline pilot, isn't who they thought he'd be.
Director Mark DuMez, who helmed the play in Chemainus earlier this year, said Harvest is a light-hearted comic mystery despite the serious subject matter.
It's also a love story about Charlotte and Allan, the couple on the cusp of retirement who are duped by the unscrupulous renter.
"They have to really contend with how they could be so suckered," said DuMez.
Recreating their roles from the Chemainus run are Norma Bowen and Brian Linds. DuMez said there are 12 characters in Harvest and Bowen and Linds play them all, which adds to the hilarity.
Playing multiple characters is no easy task, especially when several of the characters share the same scene, said Linds.
In one such scene Linds plays four old church ladies opposite Bowen. With no time for costume changes, Linds has to alter his voice and mannerisms to shift from one character to another. And each character must be unique enough for the audience to know who is who.
"It's a bit of a mind warp," he said.
There are also times when he and Bowen play multiple characters in the same scene, and even take turns playing the same character.
"It's tricky," said Linds,
But fun. The cast was one day into rehearsal on Friday and a lot of script and caricatures were coming back, he said.
DuMez expects the play will be as big a hit with Kamloops audiences as it was in Chemainus.
Harvest runs until Sept. 29 at the Pavilion. Tickets are available at Kamloops LIVE! Box Office.