“Everybody Loves Opal” is more than a comedy — it is one long April Fool’s joke that only the audience is in on.
The Carol Players of Labrador West brought “Everybody Loves Opal” to the stage of the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre as their entry in this year’s Provincial Drama Festival Thursday evening. Rehearsing a scene (from left) are Michael Drover, Lori Greene, Marty Byrne and Jennifer Cooper. — Photo by Frank Gale/The Western Star
The Carol Players of Labrador City performed the show Wednesday, directed by Mary Byrne, as the group’s contribution to the Provincial Drama Festival, which is ongoing in Stephenville this week.
Opal Kronkie, played by Lori Greene, is a wealthy, middle-aged hoarder who resides in a run-down mansion near the town dump.
Opal, being an eternal optimist, sees the good in everyone, including three low-life scam artists, who make her a silent partner in their business so they can persuade her into getting life insurance with the motif of killing her for a quick payday.
She remains oblivious to the attempts on her life made by her three beneficiaries.
The set was magnificent. Her home was filled to the brim with everything imaginable. Opal’s “collectables” were strewn right to the edge of the stage giving the audience a real sense of the severity of Opal’s hoarding.
Greene set the mood of this show from the first second she was on stage as she clumsily dragged a small wagon filled with junk up a set of stairs while humming an oddly amusing tune.
Greene managed to keep exuding this benevolent energy flawlessly throughout the show despite some minor cue and line flubs made by several parties.
The challenge of overcoming minor incidents is an underappreciated art which Greene has mastered.
The trio of scam artists plotted her demise, but like the audience, they one-by-one grew to love Opal for her kind and generous spirit.
This play left audiences with a warm and fuzzy feeling and the belief that a positive attitude actually might conquer all.
Northern Lights Theatre Co. of Labrador West followed the act Thursday with “God of Carnage.” Tonight, the Mokami Players of Happy Valley-Goose Bay will perform “Girl in the Goldfish Bowl.”
The festival concludes Saturday night with “The Laramie Project” as performed by the Avion Players of Gander.