Susan Chisholm, from left, Brian Sears, and Jennifer MacLean get ready for a Hubtown Theatre Society rehearsal of Norm Foster’s ‘The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby’. The theatre society is presenting the play at the Marigold Cultural Centre from March 27 to 30. Raissa Tetanish – Hub Now

TRURO – A fishing derby is taking on new life under the Hubtown Theatre Society.

Under the direction of Brian and Marlene Sears, the actors and actresses are honing their skills to present Norm Foster’s ‘The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby.’ The production runs March 27 to 30 at the Marigold Cultural Centre.

“We read plays as regularly as possible and I brought this up at one of our play readings,” said Brian, who also plays the role of Kirk in the production. “I tend to read a lot of Norm Foster. I’m very fond of him. He’s Canadian and there’s a lot of comedy.”

“He’s very prolific in his playwriting,” said Marlene, of Foster.

Brian said the theatre society tends to produce one Norm Foster play annually, along with other artists. Many are comedic, including one last year that Brian says was “slap it up farce” and “over the top.”

“But this play also has elements that are personable – male and female roles, and a romantic angle. I think it’s a good choice,” he said.

Along with Brian Sears, the stage will welcome two new Hubtown Theatre members – Jennifer MacLean plays Melanie, while Jon-Erik Hill will fill the role of James. Regular cast members Susan Chisholm and Christine Finn have been cast as Sienna and Rhonda, respectively.

Brian remembers the theatre society once performing Norm Foster’s ‘The Melville Boys’, which he says is one of Foster’s more dramatic pieces.

“There aren’t many Norm Foster plays I don’t like,” he said. “This one is right for this cast and the kind of thing we want to do.”

“It’s a kind of feel good play,” added Marlene.

The production comes with its country quirks, and features a city boy stranded in a rural area.

“He’s this young overachiever among these quirky country kids,” said Brian. “They play with him, and play jokes on him. There’s a lot of interplay going back and forth.”

“It’s a really good cast and they get along well together,” Marlene said. “It’s just a fun, feel good play.”

The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby begins at 7:30 p.m. each night from March 27 to 30. Doors open at the Marigold Cultural Centre at 7 p.m. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased at the Marigold box office or MacQuarries Pharmasave on the Esplanade. Tickets are assigned seating.