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Thursday, 17 June 2010

36th Blyth Festival Season Opens with World Premiere of A Killing Snow

[Press Release] Blyth, Ontario, June 17, 2010— The world premiere of A Killing Snow by Paul Ciufo officially opens the 36th Blyth Festival season on June 25.

Artistic Director Eric Coates says, "Every year I marvel at the extraordinary passion of the artists, technicians, administrators and volunteers who bring this festival to life. This season is no different, as we open with two very demanding productions, which are both sure to hit home with our audience. I am confident that word of mouth is going to be our best friend in 2010 when it comes to box office sales. Also, I’m pleased to announce that I've banned the vuvuzela from Blyth Memorial Hall."

A Killing Snow is a witty take on the murder mystery genre and follows many of the conventions of a typical whodunit. The play revolves around four travelers who take refuge from a Huron County blizzard in the secluded home of Gerald Goldie, retired Latin teacher. All of the strangers share a working knowledge of Latin, a serious distaste for their host…and a growing animosity for each other. As ominous Latin phrases begin to appear on the walls, it becomes clear that someone has murder on the mind. And as the body count rises, the stranded guests are forced to choose between certain death in the blizzard, or tempting fate in the safety of Gerald’s home.

A Killing Snow is Ciufo’s second play to premiere at the Blyth Festival. His 2007 hit, Reverend Jonah, was a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Awards.

Familiar faces appearing in A Killing Snow include Catherine Fitch, Gil Garratt and Lisa Norton. The cast also includes Patricia Hamilton, who makes her Blyth Festival debut, and Sam Malkin, whose last appearance at the festival was in 1979. A Killing Snow is directed by Kate Lynch.

Preview performances of A Killing Snow will run June 23 -24, prior to the official opening on June 25. A Killing Snow plays at the Blyth Festival in repertory until August 13.

A Killing Snow is sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 420, Blyth and the Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Branch 420. Media Sponsors are CKNX Radio – am920, 101.7 The One and 94.5 The Bull.

The Blyth Festival’s 2010 season runs June 23 to September 4 and also features Bordertown Café, Pearl Gidley and The Book of Esther. For more information please visit http://www.blythfestival.com/ or call 1-877-862-5984.

2010 Season Sponsors are Sparling’s Propane Company Limited and CTV.

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