Tignish performers move dinner theatre after fire destroyed restaurant

Eric McCarthy newsroom@journalpioneer.com
Published on November 27, 2015

A group of entertainers from various Cousins Restaurant dinner theatre performances over the past 17 years, are putting on a special Christmas show.

Before they could proceed, though, they had to find a new venue.

They will be performing upstairs at the Tignish Legion every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday night until Christmas, starting last night.

Unfortunately, Cousins Restaurant was destroyed by fire in August, thus the need for a new venue.

Although there would be room to accommodate a larger audience at the Legion, the cast has decided to limit their nightly groups to 120 diners.

“We’re trying to keep it small,” said Danalee Lynch-Veinotte. “We just decided, as a cast, we really liked the intimacy Gunners had.”

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It was in Gunners Pub, in the basement of Cousins Restaurant that shows had been performed every year since 1998.

Lynch-Veinotte is the only member of the original cast who will be performing in this year’s Christmas show.

She will be sharing the stage with Laura Lee Shea, Brendan Shea, Sarah Rennie-Shea, Bruce Arsenault and Sean Doyle.

The three Sheas in the cast, Sarah, Laura Lee and Brendan, were part of this year’s summer dinner theatre at Cousins.

This Christmas show is not meant to replace the dinner theatre at Cousins.

That’s irreplaceable, Lynch-Veinotte stressed.

“It’s just to give people a chance to laugh during the Christmas season which, for many people, can be a difficult time.”

Planning for the Christmas show, “Somethin’s Fishy This Christmas,” started in September.

They purchased the script for “Somethin’s Fishy This Christmas” online and made it their own.

Nancy Peters-Doyle will assist the cast in directing the production.

Tickets to any of the shows from Nov. 27 to Dec. 20 can be arranged by calling 902-8561685 any day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Lynch-Veinotte said tickets are moving well.

A decision has not been finalized on whether to rebuild Cousins Restaurant.

“We’re still trying to decide what to do,” said co-owner Ruby Greenan.

The Tignish Restaurant burned on Aug. 19.

The provincial fire marshal’s office reported Tuesday the cause of the fire has been undetermined.