Though now commonplace, acting was condemned as "public lying," with offenders being yanked off the streets with novelty-sized shepherd's crooks. Embrace vaudevillainy with today's Groupon: for $30, you get two tickets to see Sir John Eh? The Musical(up to a $67.80 value, depending on admission type), performed in the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Church in conjunction with the Macdonald Festival. This Groupon is valid for evening and matinee performances from August 7 through August 14.
The Macdonald Festival commemorates the nation’s first Prime Minister with a bevy of activities and attractions including the rollicking Sir John Eh? The Musical, performed in the same church frequented by the festival’s eponymous honoree in the 1800s. Gape in awe as a band of indie music-makers on a video shoot in a graveyard come face to eye-holed bed sheet with the ghost of Sir. John A. Macdonald, immediately accusing him of ruining the country and lying about perming his hair. Haunted hijinks ensue as cadre of the late prime minister’s phantom peers help defend him against the slanderous allegations and musical beats hurled at his spectral person by the modern minstrels. Directed by renowned playwright Jim Garrard, the ebullient tale treats audiences to tasty historical and political factoids swathed in a delicious, tune-infused shell, ensuring brains are prepped for acing the post-play exam needed to exit the theatre.
In addition to the performance, festival-goers can also check out other Macdonald-themed activities not included in this Groupon such as a walking tour, gallery showing, and additional entertainment. Guests can also partake in the picnic atmosphere surrounding the grounds of St. Andrews or munch on specialty menu items at the Tavern, an eatery once patronized by Macdonald and people Macdonald may have sneezed on.