All the big hair, tie dye and colourful antics of the ’60s are playing out in a comedic flashback to the good old days.
Doesn’t Time Fly is a two-act, dinner theatre musical production on nightly at the Schubert Centre Feb. 11-15. Set in 2019, the play follows a couple who get a call from a couple they roomed with in 1969. Despite being 50 years ago, their memories are still strong, although not always on the same page. They recall their younger selves not having a care in the world, living off peace, love and a bit of recreational marijuana. The split stage plays out the parallels in a funny musical, yet carrying an undertone of regrets and missed opportunities.
“This year’s Carnival theme of the ’60s was really a blessing as I am one of those rare people that grew up in and remember the good times we had,” writer and director Mike Poirier said.
And the music was like a dream come true for Julie Armitage, the music director for the play.
“There was so much awesome music in the ’60s, she spent hours trying to choose the 11 songs we have,” Poirier said.
The youth in the cast also recently played out their skills to raise funds for the Schubert Centre, which needs a new furnace. Staged at Home Building Centre, they stood as mannequins in the store and gave snippets of the play when ever someone dropped money in the donation bucket. The fundraising continues throughout Carnival and Home Building Centre will match the funds donated.
Poirier and Armitage have been putting on dinner theater since 2006 with a few breaks in between.
“We partnered with Winter Carnival and the Schubert Centre for several reasons,” Poirier said. “The Winter Carnival is an amazing community participation event that allows me to write a play about our town, its citizens and to follow the Carnival theme for that year. The Schubert Centre was chosen as our preferred venue because of the room, availability during Carnival and Jack Gareb’s enthusiasm to have us there.”
The show runs nightly at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 and show at 7:30. Tickets, $49, are available at the Vernon Winter Carnival office or at vernonwintercarnival.com or at the Schubert Centre.