High Times at the Heart Institute new musical to fund-raise for local healthcare


By Ish Theilheimer, Directed by Chantal Elie-Sernoskie

High Times at the Heart Institute

High Times at the Heart Institute is a great time for a great cause - health care in the Ottawa Valley. It's a brand-new musical comedy written by Stone Fence Theatre producer Ish Theilheimer and directed by Chantal Elie-Sernoskie that celebrates Canada's health care system and takes a humorous look at aging Boomers coming to terms with mortality.

The show 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."

The show's plot involve 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 Tolhurst plays bass, Evan Burgess plays guitar, and Mr. Theilheimer plays percussion in the show.

Opening night on October 15, featured an appearance from Dr. Wilbert Keon, a native of Chapeau who founded the Ottawa Heart Institute.

The musical has been touring through the Ottawa Valley to towns with hospitals (Renfrew, Barry's Bay, Deep River, Pembroke and Almonte) with proceeds after expenses going to support the hospitals in towns being visited and the Heart Institute. 

January 21 "High Times at the Heart Institute" will be presented at a gala benefit for the Ottawa Heart Institute at the Hellenic Centre in Ottawa. 

Tickets for all shows are available by clicking here , from the box office - 613-628-6600 or, toll-free, 1-866-310-1004, or from local outlets in the towns the tour is visiting.


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