ECT season opens this month with That Summer

David French’s That Summer opens the 2009-10 season of the Elora Com­munity Theatre on Nov. 13.

Directed by ECT veteran Julie Wheeler Bryant, That Summer takes place in the summer of 1958 at a little cottage in southern Ontario. 

Wheeler Bryant summar­ized the play, “Summers come and go, but for each of us there is ‘that summer’ that changed our lives forever. Nestle down with that old family photo album of the ’50s, listen to the nostalgic tunes of the hit parade while the waters of the lake lap against the dock…and remem­ber ‘that summer’….  It’s about family, young love, and lives that could never be the same again.”

French is one of Canada’s most popular and critically acclaimed playwrights, whose other plays include Leaving Home, Salt Water Moon, and Jitters.  He has won many maj­or theatrical awards including the Dora Mavor Moore, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.  That Summer opened Blyth’s 25th anniversary sea­son in 1999 for its premiere per­formance directed by Willi­am Glassco.

Wheeler Bryant has as­sem­bled a  cast that includes Alma Bennett, Zoe Dunbar, Maurena Taylor, Brianna Hastie, Pat Dunn, Sam Turner, and David McCormick. The show is being produced by Gary Bryant and stage managed by Ed Lange­vin.

That Summer runs from Nov. 13 to 15 and 19 to 21 and is part of a three-play season for ECT; Having Hope at Home runs Feb. 5 to 7 and 11 to 13, with I Take This Man closing the season May 7 to 9  and 13-15. Tickets are available through the box office at the Fergus Grand Theatre, or by

For further information on That Summer, please contact Julie Wheeler Bryant at