Le Petit Theatre de Terrebonne is wrapping up rehearsals this week for director Danielle Marchive’s first production, “Moon Over the Brewery.”

The comedic drama debuts Friday with the story of an eccentric single mother, Miriam, played by Stephanie Dumond, and her precocious daughter, Amanda, played by Carlie Hay.

Amanda has a habit of scaring off her mother’s suitors, testing them with an encyclopedia game of her own creation.

With the help of her imaginary friend Randolph, played by Christopher Thurstin, Amanda has been quite successful in keeping her mother single.

But one man begins to change all of that.

Warren, a mailman played by Carlisle Jukes, beats Amanda at her game as she slowly starts to realize that she cannot hold her mother back forever.

The performance is one of five plays selected for the theater’s 2017-18 season.

“I really like it and I pushed for us to do it,” Marchive said. “I felt mirrored to the mother in the show with different things she does. She paints, sculpts, sews, and is very eccentric and just herself.”

The play has such a good message, she said, she was falling in love with it from the first read.

“It mimics my life in some sort of ways. I’m a single mom too,” Marchive said.

She hopes others can relate to the story line as well, especially teenagers or other single parents who have gone through the same thing.

The show is Marchive’s first directing job, though she’s been acting on Le Petit Theatre’s stage since 1996.

After joining the organization’s Board of Directors last year, she became more involved in the production and creative side of performances.

Because of her love for this play, Marchive knew she wanted to have creative control.

“I already had in my mind what I wanted the set to look like, a lot of it comes from my house,” she said. “I love it.”

The play runs through Nov. 19, excluding Nov. 13.

Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

To make reservations, visit houmalittletheatre.com or call the box office at 876-4278.

Reservations are required.


Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or julia.arenstam@houmatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @gingerale214.