Drayton Festival Theatre presents Buying The Farm: a love letter to farming

DRAYTON – The return of summer theatre continues as country wit meets city bluster in the fast-paced romantic comedy Buying The Farm, coming soon to the Drayton Festival Theatre, on stage from June 29 to July 16.

Buying The Farm follows aging bachelor Magnus Bjornson, a farmer who finds himself with mounting debt, some health concerns, and suburban neighbourhoods intruding on his land from every direction. 

Buying The Farm is relatable, heartfelt, and above all else, very funny,” says Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. 

“The production is packed with so many wonderful moments of levity, balanced by flashes of insight and tenderness which speak to the plight of the independent farmer. It’s the perfect summer comedy.”

The story is brought to life by esteemed director Lee MacDougall, joined by set designer Meaghan Carpentier, costume designer Nicole Del Cul, lighting designer Lyle Franklin, stage manager Laurel Oneil, and apprentice stage manager Stephanie Dilnot.

Terry Barna takes on the role of Magnus Bjornson, the cantankerous but loveable old farmer who is ready to give up the family farm. 

The cast also includes Kelly Van der Burg as Esme Van Fossen, Magnus’ quick-tempered niece from the city determined to save the family farm. Alex Furber is Brad Deacon, the young real estate agent hoping to lock down a major sale. 

Buying The Farm is written by award-winning TV writer Shelley Hoffman and actor Stephen Sparks. This is their first stage play written together, inspired by Spark’s youth on his family farm. 

In order to accommodate patrons of all comfort levels, performances are offered at various capacity limits and with differing vaccination requirements. Patrons should choose the performance that best suits their comfort level.

Regular performance tickets are $53 for adults, $32 for youth under 20 years of age and $43 for groups of 20 or more and select Discount Dates. HST is applicable to all ticket prices. 

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 519-638-5555 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866), or online instantly at www.draytonentertainment.com.