Don’t miss the shenanigans stirring in Springfield…

Join the quirky residents of the Sunrise Retirement and Convalescent Home (and “Sherlock Holmes” and his trusty Watson) as strangers stir up mischief and shenanigans ensue.

Tickets for all 15 performance dates of our 23rd production, Shenanigans at Sunrise, will be on sale beginning October 3, 2015!  Here’s how you can secure your spot for an evening of delicious eats and fabulous entertainment:

Saturday, October 3
Time: 9.00 AM
Where: Oakbank United Church, 582 Balsam Crescent

Book your tickets after October 3 by calling (204) 541-0045.

Ticket purchases may be made using debit or Visa or MasterCard. This service is available for all in-person and telephone transactions (Please note that there is a $2/ticket service fee for purchases made by credit card). You may also make payment with cash or cheque.

Click here for more details on dates, times, and seating arrangements.

Shenanigans at Sunrise

Time: 1905

Place: Sunrise Retirement and Convalescent Home, Oak Bank, Manitoba

Exciting but disturbing news arrives at the Sunrise Retirement and Convalescent Home, run by the merry widow, Mrs. Mary Morning, in Oak Bank. Two notorious thieves from Kenora could be headed their way. Not only that, these crooks were related to Dirty Dan McBride who’d been arrested in the Springfield area over 30 years before, having stashed his ill-gotten gains somewhere in the vicinity. The stolen goods had never been found.

When several strangers appear in town and two in particular become very interested in Mrs. Morning, the quirky residents of the home, together with the local doctor and postman, decide to keep an eye on things and may be stumble across the treasure too if they’re lucky. Keeping who’s who straight doesn’t prove as easy as you’d think especially as one resident is convinced he’s Sherlock Holmes and is on the trail with his trusty Watson. A new resident causes a stir and that’s only the beginning of the shenanigans at the Sunrise Retirement and Convalescent Home.

Backstage Pass

Hmmmm.  Ever wonder what was happening on the other side of the Shady Shark’s gunnel?  What really was going on in Laguna’s little underwater world?


Well, when you saw this happening…..


…or maybe this on-stage….


…here’s what it looked like behind the gunnel.  Laguna kneeling on a plumped-up couch and our stagehand ninja, Hans Peper, operating her mermaid tail.  Take a look at how much room Hans has in which to manoeuvre himself and the tail.  Not much!


And check out those support 2×4’s.  Whenever Laguna dove out of sight, she (…and her tail…) had to make sure not to bump into a support.  Hence the carpet covering!

???????????????????????????????And as the action continued on stage….

07 …our ninja followed along in his script to see what was coming up next on his list of duties…


…and Laguna took time to made some costume adjustments.  Take a look at Johnny Deep in the background, studiously getting ready to play the next song.  Oh wait.  Upon closer scrutiny, we see that he’s actually…


…checking out the Jets game on his phone.


As Laguna is getting into position to pop up and scare the bejeezers out of the pirate students, (again, look at the space that Hans is working in)….

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…our second stagehand, Cheryl Sinclair, is getting “Finn the fish” ready for his debut….


…in their little corner of the stage.  Hmmm, looks like Hans drew the short straw on space allocation.  Cheryl and Finn did however share their space with Laguna each night, when she had to avoid a flying black blur….


….otherwise known as a seasick Noah.  Our villain also had to deftly avoid hitting the cross-supports (and Hans too!) as he tumbled over the gunnel.


A few minutes on the couch while Hans squirts him with water and drapes some seaweed over him, and Noah’s soon back on stage and up to no-good.  Did poor Hans ever get a chance to stretch his cramped legs, you wonder?


Well, when you saw ‘slow motion’ happening on-stage….


…this is the man behind it all.  (“Ahhhh, that feels sooooo good.”)


Finally, the show draws to a close, and Laguna’s tail makes its final appearance…


…and is miraculously replaced by honest-to-goodness legs that Laguna uses to climb over the gunnel.


We all know that new legs take a little getting used to, but all is well…


…and Kenny grabs his bodhran drum (hanging on the backside of the gunnel) for the finale…

21…while Paddy O’Stone wonders just what on earth, er, ocean, he’s gotten himself into! 

Special thanks to Tammy Bleue, Cheryl Sinclair and Al Doern for the photos, and to Shirley Gibb for the write up.

More photos of the 2015 production can be found under the History tab in the menu above.

Live by the Pirate Code

Everyone needs a set of standards to live by… but the Pirate’s Code? Well why not! Pirates might have been dastardly thieves and mercenaries, but they weren’t fools and it might surprise you just how fair and filled with common sense some of their rules were.


As we explained in last week’s trivia, The Pirate’s Code was established to maintain discipline on-board a pirate vessel. It set forth the code of conduct each member of the crew was expected to follow and established a protocol for handling a variety of situations including the distribution of treasure and the resolution of disputes. It does not appear that there was one universal code applicable to all crews, but rather that each captain set forth his own version.

The most well-known version of the Pirate’s Code is “The Shipboard Articles of 1721” established by Bartholomew Roberts (aka Black Bart), who was one of the most successful pirates operating in the Caribbean at that time. Among these articles were rules for deciding the affairs of the ship, expected behavior of the crew both at sea and on-shore, and guidelines for handling those who failed to abide by the articles.

So is the Pirate’s Code still of value today? Well we think so!  Here are some common situations and ways to use the code to resolve them.

Situation #1: Mom baked 18 chocolate chip cookies and her two kids immediately start squabbling over how many each of them should get. If mom embraces her inner pirate, how will she handle this?

Article VIII of the Pirate’s Code: The captain and the quartermaster shall each receive two shares of a prize, the master gunner and boatswain, one and one half shares, all other officers one and one quarter, and private gentlemen of fortune one share each.

Applying the Code: I think we can safely say that Mom and Dad are on the same level as the captain and quartermaster and the kids can be considered equivalent to “private gentleman of fortune.” Thus mom and dad will get approximately 6 cookies each and the kids would get 3 each. Problem solved – the pirate way!


Situation #2: You’ve gathered with your friends and are trying to decide what to do this weekend. One friend is loudly insisting that you should go to the movies. How would a pirate handle this situation?

Article I of the Pirate’s Code: Every man shall have an equal vote in affairs of the moment.

Applying the code: According to the Pirate’s Code, majority rules. Take a vote and do whatever the group decides. If your friend doesn’t like it, make her walk the plank!


Scenario #3: You have to work tomorrow and need to go to bed. Your roommate is on vacation and wants to party in the living room with his friends. What would a pirate do here?

Article IV of the Pirate’s Code:The lights shall be put out at 8:00pm and any of the crew who wishes to sit up and drink after that hour shall do so on deck and without lights.

Applying the Code: OK, so 8:00pm is a little bit early. However it seems clear that it should be lights-out at an agreed upon time and if your roommate wants to stay up after that he needs to take it outside.


Scenario #4: You catch your teenage son attempting to sneak his girlfriend into the house after curfew.

Article V of the Pirate’s Code: No woman is to be found among them. If any man shall be found seducing any of the latter sex and carrying her to sea in disguise he shall suffer death.

Applying the Code: OK, so your son wasn’t in a disguise and he didn’t try to carry his girlfriend off to sea and you aren’t allowed to kill him. However, the Pirate’s Code suggests that you are completely justified in being really, really angry!


Scenario #5: It is time for the weekly battle against dirt and dust but when you look around you realize that the people who are supposed to be helping you with the house cleaning are nowhere to be found.

Article VI of the Pirate’s Code: He that shall desert the ship or his quarters in time of battle shall be punished by death or marooning.

Applying the Code: Once again you aren’t allowed to kill your slacker family members, however marooning sounds like a splendid idea! A few weeks marooned on a deserted island will probably change their thinking about skipping out on cleaning day. And imagine how clean your place will stay while they’re gone!



Tuesday Treasure Trivia

Each Tuesday we’ll be testing your pirate knowledge in celebration of this year’s play. Here’s the next installment…good luck!


The pirate code was an invention by pirate captains that served a purpose very similar to a constitution in a government. It was a code that applied to all crew members no matter what rank or status and was one of the few democratic methods of governing seen anywhere in the world at the time.  There was no universal code that applied to all pirates but a dozen or so elements were included in almost every variation found by historians. Which of the following elements was not commonly found in pirate constitution:

  • No gambling on the ship
  • Lights out at 8:00
  • Duels were only allowed on deck

Check the answer here!

Tuesday Treasure Trivia

Each Tuesday we’ll be testing your pirate knowledge in celebration of this year’s play. Here’s the next installment…good luck!


Successful pirate attacks became so frequent and troublesome that governments were forced to take strong action. In the 18th century, heavily armed naval warships were sent to the pirates’ favourite hunting grounds with orders to destroy pirate vessels. Why were pirate attacks so often successful?

  • Pirates were expert sailors who were able to out-sail ordinary ships.
  • Pirate ships carried more crew and ammunition than ordinary ships.
  • Pirate ships were lighter since they rarely carried any cargo and could sail faster.

Check the answer here!

Tuesday Treasure Trivia


This week’s trivia focuses on the oceans that support the pirating practices of the plunderers in this year’s play.  Good luck!

The tongue of a blue whale weighs about as much as which land animal?

  • lion, elephant, water buffalo, moose

Which animal is the fastest fish in the ocean and can travel at speeds of almost 70 mph?

  • squid, sailfish, eel, marlin

An ocean loving octopus has more than 1 heart. How many does it have?

  • 2, 5, 3, 7

What is peculiar about the eyes of fish?

  • they shed tears, they grow larger each day, they do not close, they have eyelashes

Which ocean is the deepest?

  • Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Indian

A group of dolphins or porpoises is called a …. ?

  • Qwerty, Complex, Box, Pod

There are at least 340 types of sharks, but how many of these are actually dangerous to man?

  • 70, 100, 0, 20

Which ocean has the most islands in it?

  • Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian


The tongue of a blue whale weighs about as much as which land animal?

  • elephant: Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and upwards of 200 tons (181 metric tons). Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. Their hearts, as much as an automobile.

Which animal is the fastest fish in the ocean and can travel at speeds of almost 70 mph?

  • sailfish: The fastest fish in the ocean, sailfish can reach speeds of 68 miles (110 kilometers) per hour. Their large size and spirited fight make them a favorite among trophy fishers.

An ocean loving octopus has more than 1 heart. How many does it have?

  • 3: An octopus has three hearts and its blood is light blue

What is peculiar about the eyes of fish?

  • they do not close: Humans have eyelids to prevent the cornea drying out, we blink to moisten them. Fish do not need eyelids as their eyes are constantly moist from exposure to water.

Which ocean is the deepest?

  • Pacific: The Marianas Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean, to the east of the Mariana Islands. The trench is about 2,550 kilometres long but has an average width of only 69 kilometres. It reaches a maximum-known depth of 10.994 km

A group of dolphins or porpoises is called a …. ?

  • Pod: A group of dolphins is called a “pod”. Male dolphins are called “bulls”, females “cows” and young dolphins are called “calves”

There are at least 375 types of sharks, but how many of these are actually dangerous to man?

  • 20: Over 375 shark species have been identified, but only about a 20 are considered particularly dangerous. Three species are responsible for most human attacks: great white (Carcharodon carcharias), tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier), and bull (Carcharhinus leucas) sharks.

Which ocean has the most islands in it?

  • Pacific: More islands are found in the Pacific than in all of the other oceans combined. Most of these 25,000 islands are huddled near the equator, between the 30°N and 30°S latitudes. Those found to the west including Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea and New Zealand, which arise from continental plates.

(Almost) Tuesday Treasure Trivia

Each Tuesday we’ll be testing your pirate knowledge in celebration of this year’s play. Here’s the next installment…good luck!

singing pirates

It’s the 19th century. You’re a young man seeking adventure and a test of your manhood. You decide to sign up on a ship to see exotic foreign lands, so you take the trip to the coast. You find a big coastal town and you walk through the docks admiring the ships. Finally, you spot one that you like. You walk on deck and a tall man dressed in black coat confronts you. It’s the captain.

“What do you want lad?”

“I want to sign on board sir,” you say.

He looks you up and down, and says “Aye. But first I need to give you a test.”

You’re not worried. You were expecting this and, in fact, hoping for it. You want to show the captain what you can do. After all, you were always the strongest out of all your friends. You could climb up any rock or tree since you learned how to walk. And you also knew a bit about navigation from your grandfather. You were eager to show what a great addition to the crew you’d make.

The Captain asks how well you can…
a) sing.
b) write.
c) swim.

Check the answer here!

Tuesday Treasure Trivia

Each Tuesday we’ll be testing your pirate knowledge in celebration of this year’s play. Here’s the next installment…good luck!



The so-called “Golden Age of Piracy” lasted from about 1700 to 1725. During this time, thousands of men turned to piracy as a way to make a living. It is known as the “Golden Age” because conditions were perfect for pirates to flourish, and many of the individuals we associate with piracy, such as Blackbeard, “Calico Jack” Rackham or “Black Bart” Roberts, were active during this time. Which of the following facts is true?

  • Pirates almost always buried treasure to keep it safe.
  • Some of the most famous pirates were actually women.
  • Pirating occurred only in the Caribbean.


Check the answer here!