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Media Release: Curtain Call Theatre’s Lucky 13th Production is Norm Foster’s Looking For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 2014 Timmins, ON — Curtain Call is readying their thirteenth main stage production, a comedy by Canadian playwright Norm Foster called Looking. It runs for three nights, starting Thursday, April 10, at the William Dawson Auditorium at TH&VS. This is the sixth time the group has put on a Norm Foster play. “There’s a reason we keep coming back to his works,” says the play’s director, Gerard Arsenault. “He has a truly Canadian sense of humour. His plays are funny, and our audiences seem to love them.” Looking is a comedy about two pairs of friends, middle-age singles who are looking for relationships. But love never takes a straight path to any of their doors. Personal ads, rock concerts, handcuffs, jazz music, Rasputin, Tupperware and truly bad waitresses are all part of this entertaining story. Critics have called Looking “touchingly funny” and “everything you would want in an adult romantic comedy”. The cast is Nina Alberton, Joan Charlebois, Gary Schelling and Ben Swietek. Each of them have been on stage for the company at one time or another. For Rick Cecconi, one of the plays Stage Managers,  Looking seemed like the right play to bring the company back to the stage. “Well. let’s just say that many of our cast members can relate to the four middle-aged characters: a radio personality, a nurse, a cop and a businessman.” Making audiences laugh is the main reason Arsenault and a group of his theatre-loving friends formed the troupe twenty-one years ago. Arsenault says, “We take the community part of community theatre very seriously. Productions like this may have only four people on stage, but there are a whole lot of people from our community involved. Besides the backstage, creative and technical people, there are local business owners that support us by donating rehearsal space, buying ads in our program and getting the word out about our plays. We couldn’t do it without them.” The plays other Stage Manager, Eldon Springer, who also stage managed the group’s first play, another Norm Foster comedy, says that the most important partner the company has is the audience. “We work for months on these plays, and we think we’ve got every laugh figured out, and then on opening night, the audience finds something funny we never thought of — we love it when that happens. We really have great audiences.” Looking is on stage at Timmins High & Vocational School’s William Dawson Auditorium Thursday, April 10, through Saturday, April 12. The performance starts each of the three nights at 8:00 p.m. Advance tickets for Looking are $20 and are on sale now at both Shoppers Drug Marts in Timmins. Tickets will also be available at the door the nights of the performances for $25.