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LLT’s ‘Cake Walk’ rife with Canadian culture

Lakeside Little Theater concludes its 57th season with the amusing “Cake Walk” by Colleen Curran. On Canada Day 1984, four women (and a man!) vie to win the cake competition.

To interest the audience, the consequences for characters must be critically important. While this is ostensibly a frivolous contest, each person has a compelling reason for wanting to win.

We first meet Leigh (Barbara Pruitt) as she enters the basement of an inn, a waiting room for cake contestants. The set is sufficiently “1980s basement” to give us a sense of place. We discover that Leigh is a Catholic nun who is questioning her vocation. The other contestants are Ruby (Georgette Richmond), the wife of a local tow-truck operator, café owner Martha (Pamela Johnson), and wealthy mom Augusta (Tracy Fox). Our lone male baker is Taylor (Malory Murdock).

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The play is rife with Canadian culture—from Timbits to Madame Benoit and the Wayne and Shuster Show. Canadian playgoers will find plenty of entertaining and nostalgic references.

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