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Shaw finds leading lady in Semple
Toronto Star- 12/ 2/ 2003
Goldie Semple will be lording it as Lady Bracknell in the 2004 Shaw Festival production of Oscar Wilde's ever-popular comedy The Importance Of Being Earnest. And Jim Mezon's Henry Higgins will teach Tara Rosling's Eliza Doolittle to pronounce the letter H in Shaw's Pygmalion, the festival revealed yesterday in its announcement of casting for next season.Earnest also stars David Leyshon as Algernon, Evan Buliung as Jack, Diana Donnelly as Cecily and Fiona Byrne as Gwendolyn.The comedy Three Men On A Horse will bank on Kevin Bundy as Erwin, Catherine McGregor as his wife and Simon Bradbury, Peter Hutt and Jeff Lillico as the three opportunistic gamblers.As previously reported in the Star, Adam Brazier has the title role in the Rodgers and Hart musical Pal Joey, with Laurie Paton as the rich and bewitched Vera. Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! stars Jared Brown as teenager Richard Miller and Norman Browning and Wendy Thatcher as his worried parents.Michael Ball plays the bullying industrialist and Dylan Trowbridge his son in Rutherford And Son by Githa Sowerby. And the five Canadian women who keep the home fires burning in John Murrell's Waiting For The Parade will be played by Paton, Donna Belleville, Kelli Fox, Helen Taylor and Jenny L. Wright.Leyshon joins Trish Lindstrom, Nora McLellan and William Vickers in J.M. Synge's one-acter The Tinker's Wedding. Shaw's epic Man And Superman will star Ben Carlson as Jack Tanner and Byrne as Ann Whitefield.George F. Walker's Nothing Sacred stars Mezon, Jeff Meadows, Benedict Campbell and Mike Shara while Hutt and Semple star as a theatre couple in Terence Rattigan's Harlequinade and Jay Turvey is trapped in the title role of the musical Floyd Collins.The season runs from April 4 to Dec. 4 at the festival's three theatres in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
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