May 12th, 2001 - BERWICK -- A few laughs, a few songs, a good meal and fun company is in store for those who attend the May 12 dinner theatre, presented by the Apple Capital Museum Society.

Basin Productions from Digby will be in the house -- the Berwick Lions Hall -- to present their original musical, "The Sweep of the Fundy."

"It's about friendship and love, and the changes in relationships over time," says actor and playwriter Hal Theriault. "It's very much about how things change, but how we need to keep up our relationships and mend old fences."

Mr. Theriault wrote the play a number of years ago, depicting two young men living in a small fishing village. The friends fell in love with the same girl, and after one was successful in courtship, the other sets off for Europe and the Second World War. When he returns home with a war bride several years later, he settles in the Valley as a farmer, and the two former friends never cross paths. Years later, when the wives have passed away, the two men do meet and decide it's time to pick up their friendship.

"It's very much about local issues, there's some comments about government, it's sad in places and humorous in others, "Mr. Theriault says.

He and actor Brian Isles have been working together for 11 years, performing, teaching theatre and directing. The pair are bringing Mr. Theriault's brother, Philip, with them for the Berwick performance to provide the accompanying music for 10 original songs.

"It's pure entertainment, and people have really enjoyed the play," Mr. Theriault says.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m., with turkey dinner served by the Lions and Lionettes. Between courses, the production will begin, and the audience can settle in for an enjoyable evening.

Tickets are $15 each and are available now from Norm Palmer, 538-7722; Paul Ward, 538-3361; Ken Pineo, 538-9373; Bob Chute, 538-3776; or at the Register office and Main Street Video. Pick up yours early, as this show has sold out at other Valley performances.

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