High Times coming to Almonte

Response has been so great to the upcoming performance of High Times at the Heart Institute on November 26 at the Old Town Hall Theatre in Almonte that a 2 p.m. matinee has been added.

posterStone Fence Theatre has launched a tour of its new show, High Times at the Heart Institute, with hopes to raise at least $25,000 for health care including the Almonte General Hospital.

The show will hit the Old Town Hall Theatre in Almonte on Saturday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m.  As the Fundraising Chair for the Almonte General Hospital / Fairview Manor Foundation, Joy Delahunt is excited about both the fundraising potential and the important health message.

“My husband Bert has received cardiac care at both the AGH and the Heart Institute,” said Delahunt.  “Attending this play will support our local hospital and help people understand more about cardiac health care in general.”

Tickets for the Almonte show cost $29 and are available from the Volunteer Gift Shop at the AGH or Alliance Coin & Bank Note at 88 Mill St. in Almonte.  They can also be purchased from Stone Fence Theatre’s box office at 613-628-6600 or, toll-free 1-866-310-1004, or ordered online at www.stonefence.ca

The play, written by the company’s producer Ish Theilheimer and directed by Chantal           Elie-Sernoskie, celebrates Canada’s health care system and takes a humorous look at aging Boomers coming to terms with mortality.


“It was inspired by my own personal experience as a patient at the Ottawa Heart Institute,” says Mr. Theilheimer. “I have been so impressed by the care and service I’ve received both at the Institute and at all the local hospitals that are tied in with it.”

Dates for the other shows will include the company’s home venue, the Eganville Community Centre. After that, it goes on the road with theatre-style seating and no catering at shows. The first stop on the tour is the Renfrew Recreation Centre on October 21 and 22.  After that it goes to Childs Auditorium at Mackenzie High School in Deep River on November 12; Calvin United Church in Pembroke on November 18 and 19, and the Helenic Centre in Ottawa on January 20 and 21. Plans are in the works, as well, for a tour stop in Arnprior next Spring.

Tickets cost $25.66 each plus HST, with proceeds after expenses going to support the local hospitals in towns being visited and the Heart Institute for the Ottawa shows.

The show’s plot involves four heart patients who find themselves thrust together by their health issues. They include Bobby (John Haslam) and Wendy (Fran Pinkerton), two aging rock and rollers and exes who can’t stand each other, left-wing cynic Arthur (Peter Brown), and Tea Party American Maggie (Lesley Sneddon), whose health insurance company leaves her high and dry. Toni (Shirley Hill), a stressed-out and overworked nurse tries to cope with all their needs. In the end, Wendy uses a secret from her old hippie days to save the day. Conrad Boyce, Nigel Epps, Cathy Lyons, Elaine Neigel make up the chorus, known as “The Interns.”  Derek Tollhurst plays bass, Evan Burgess plays guitar, and Mr. Theilheimer plays percussion in the show.

“If we fill all the halls we visit, we’ll raise at least $25,000 for local health care,” said Mr. Theilheimer. “And at each show, the local hospitals and the Heart Institute will be able to tell their stories, which are very important. I think people will find it a great way to combine a good time and a good cause.”