The Newmarket

Old Town Hall

January 21, 2017

Confessions of

Red Headed

Coffeeshop Girl

If Rebecca Perry comes back to Newmarket and the historic Old Town Hall with her one-woman presentation of ‘Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl’ mark it immediately on your calendar for this award-winner. It’s more than well-worth your time and your coffeeshop money!

The delightful ambience of the Old Town Hall was perfect for today’s performance by Rebecca, whose only accompaniment is an electric piano player.  Not only is this a fantastic premise for a play – an anthropology graduate, Joanie Little, making the most out of her barista job by studying the ‘creatures’ (aka humans) of the Coffeeshop Jungle – but her top-notch singing and her lyrics are ‘right-on’.

Rebecca not only wrote the play and songs, but puts on this one-woman, 60-minute view of some very normal humans who take on some rather jungle attributes, like Gabe the Coffeeshop owner, who is more like a ‘big ape’ in her eyes.

As the appreciative audience finds out, Joanie Little has an ex-boyfriend, but soon enough meets a new man, a mysterious man, named Marco. Marco does more for Joanie than just become a love interest as he introduces her to the one-woman in the world she idolizes. As reported, “her comedic timing is spot on, her acting superb as she slips in and out of character, and her singing is pitch perfect.”

But I won’t give away the story in case this Fringe Festival Big Hit and multiple world-wide award-winner and Rebecca Perry come back to the sleepy town of Newmarket for ‘Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl’! I should say, the once ‘sleepy town’. The  Old Town Hall “is the perfect centre for many future productions.”

If ‘Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl’ is any indication, Newmarket could easily now become a hub of really sensational theatre and musical acts. Stay tuned! And, as we find out at the end of today’s show, “There is nothing ‘little’ about Joanie Little – and pretty soon, the same will be said about Newmarket’s theatre presence!

by: Rod Urquhart

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