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Ministers act out for Haiti relief

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

Ten United Church ministers of the Hills and Shores Presbytery — (from left) Jamie York, David Lander, Darlene Keddy, Cathy Gradante, Cheryl MacMurray, Bruce Fraser, Norm Long, Kathy Edmison, Calvin Stone and Doug Throop — welcome you to their dramatic presentation of The Vicar of Dibley, in three performances throughout the county. All agree it's been a lot of fun, and a collection will be taken at each show for Hurricane Matthew relief in Haiti.
CECILIA NASMITH Northumberland Today

Ten United Church ministers of the Hills and Shores Presbytery — (from left) Jamie York, David Lander, Darlene Keddy, Cathy Gradante, Cheryl MacMurray, Bruce Fraser, Norm Long, Kathy Edmison, Calvin Stone and Doug Throop — welcome you to their dramatic presentation of The Vicar of Dibley, in three performances throughout the county. All agree it's been a lot of fun, and a collection will be taken at each show for Hurricane Matthew relief in Haiti. CECILIA NASMITH Northumberland Today

NORTHUMBERLAND  - 

If you loved the BBC series The Vicar of Dibley, it may give you pause to see it interpreted by 10 United Church ministers of the Hills and Shores Presbytery.

But the three shows are all in good fun, and all in support of Hurricane Matthew relief in Haiti.

The Vicar of Dibley was based on an English congregation's reaction when their elderly vicar died and was replaced by the out-going and vivacious Geraldine Granger. Needless to say, Geraldine had her challenges winning over the somewhat-stodgy Parish Council.

“The series has been adapted for stage by Arthur Milner, and has been put on in the last couple of years in the larger centres of Toronto and Winnipeg,” David Lander of the Castleton-Grafton Pastoral Charge said.

“It is almost word-for-word of three YouTube episodes called The Arrival, The Window and the Weather, and Easter Bunny.”

The series had some racy dialogue that they have toned down somewhat, Lander said, “but it will still contain a little language seldom heard in church — though quite hilarious in its context. Folks can be guaranteed to laugh.”

The players — Jamie York, Darlene Keddy, Cathy Gradante, Cheryl MacMurray, Bruce Fraser, Norm Long, Kathy Edmison, Calvin Stone and Doug Throop, along with Lander — have certainly had a lot of laughs at their weekly rehearsals, taking place among the various churches they represent.

Lander is the one who had the idea of staging it. It seemed like fun, he said, so he ran it past his colleagues and they jumped on board.

Because, as Jamie York of the Hastings-Roseneath Pastoral Charge remarked, everyone knows ministers never do anything fun — it seemed like a change.

“We are actually laughing at ourselves,” Doug Throop of Port Hope United Church added.

“And parts of it are all too true.”

Performances will take place in dramatic-reading format (meaning, their scripts will be handy), and three 7 p.m .shows are planned:

• Oct. 21 at Trinity-St. Andrew's United Church in Brighton (56 Prince Edward St.).

• Nov. 4 at Wooler United Church (2798 County Rd. 40).

• Nov. 18 at Port Hope United Church (34 South St.).

There is no admission charge, but a free-will donation will be taken.

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