Mark DuMez, Felix LeBlanc, Gaelan Beatty, and Andrew Legg are the lumberjacks who find themselves in love when a lady comes to camp. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Chemainus Theatre offers fall fun with ‘Lumberjacks in Love’

Are you ready for a musical called Lumberjacks in Love? Join the crowd for a fun night out

Are you eager to join Minnesota Slim, Dirty Bob, Muskrat, Moonlight and The Kid as they tell of the wonders and woes of being a logger in love with songs like ‘The Bachelor’s Prayer’, ‘Stupid Love’ and ‘Could It Be Cabin Fever?’

Better contact the Chemainus Theatre right now at 1-800-565-7738 or visit chemainustheatre.ca and find out if there are any tickets left for their upcoming show, Lumberjacks in Love. According to publicist Michelle Vogelgesang, there’s been a land-office rush for seats, and more than a week before opening night, it looked as if the entire run might sell out before the curtain goes up on Oct. 18.

This slap-happy tale brings big belly laughs and pure silliness as we watch to see if romance will bloom where bath time is once a month and the only thing that brings these big, burly boys running is the sound of the dinner bell.

An instrumental lineup of banjo, upright bass, guitar and a washboard played with a wooden spoon lends to the warmth of the upbeat, folksy bluegrass tunes that help tell the story: ‘Someday I Will Be Clean’, ‘Buncha Naked Lumberjacks’ and ‘Stupid, Stupid Love’, among them.

Yep, with song titles like that this is a musical all right.

“The core of Lumberjacks in Love is a group of folks who are not your typical lumberjacks,” says Melissa Berger, director. “Whether they long for love, fear their mortality, or search for their true identity, all of these characters are multi-faceted and do not neatly fit into a set stereotype. They’re individuals and that’s OK. They learn to accept that about each other. It’s the heart of the piece.”

There are plenty of laughs, gags, slapstick, and a few jigs throughout the piece; all of the characters in Lumberjacks in Love are driven by their hearts. And singing?

Yep, she said, and dancing, too.

“All of our actors play instruments and sing and dance. It was a great challenge but they were up to it.”

There are catchy numbers you’ll be humming on the way home from the theatre but there are also some great ballads, too, she said, adding, “the heart of the show is quite lovely, there’s great character work in it.”

Berger directs Gaelan Beatty, Mark DuMez, Felix Leblanc, Andrew Legg, Alison MacDonald and Cate Richardson in this show and they’ve been fantastic to work with, she said.

With book and lyrics by Fred Ally and music by James Kaplan, Lumberjacks in Love the perfect antidote for the fall doldrums. Call the Box Office at 1-800-565-7738 or visit chemainustheatre.ca to book your tickets.

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Mark DuMez, Felix LeBlanc, Gaelan Beatty, and Andrew Legg are the lumberjacks who find themselves in love when a lady comes to camp. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Tempers fray among characters played by Gaelan Beatty, Felix LeBlanc, Mark DuMez and Andew Legg as a lady arrives on the scene. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Tempers fray among characters played by Gaelan Beatty, Felix LeBlanc, Mark DuMez and Andew Legg as a lady arrives on the scene. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Tempers fray among characters played by Gaelan Beatty, Felix LeBlanc, Mark DuMez and Andew Legg as a lady arrives on the scene. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

There’s fun in the forest when Mark DuMez, Felix LeBlanc, Gaelan Beatty, and Andrew Legg discover a lady has arrived. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Tough but tuneful, lumberjacks Mark DuMez, Felix LeBlanc, Gaelan Beatty, and Andrew Legg think they’re up for anything until faced with a lady in camp. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Mark DuMez, Felix LeBlanc, Gaelan Beatty, and and Andrew Legg are the Lumberjacks in Love. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Mark DuMez plays Muskrat in Lumberjacks in Love on his home turf, Chemainus Theatre Festival, where he is artistic director. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

You all know Andrew Legg’s quality. He’s appeared in ‘A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, and ‘Annie’ among others. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Felix LeBlanc is making his Chemainus Theatre debut with this show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Gaelan Beatty was last in Chemainus for All Shook Up, where he played the roustabout, Chad. Now, he’s returning from a stint in New York to join the fun. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Gaelan Beatty was last in Chemainus for All Shook Up, where he played the roustabout, Chad. Now, he’s returning from a stint in New York to join the fun. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

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