The York University Theatre Department will present Foolish Fish Girls and The Pearl, a contemporary comedy. 

The play will be staged at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, 23, and 24, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25. Make reservations at General admission tickets are $10, and senior and student tickets are $7. University employees and students may attend free.

Former deep-sea divas Coral and Oceana, played by Leah Lane-Embray and Eliza Rohda respectively, didn’t exactly have the “happily ever after” storybook lives that the two ex-mermaids dreamed of when they rescued their handsome young sailors and swam ashore 30 years ago. Talk about unhappy endings! Foolish Fishgirls and The Pearl is a feisty fairy tale about a mermaid’s life on dry land after true love is found, lost, and found again. And, like Coral and Oceana, you may find that “happily ever after” is closer than you think! 

The cast also includes Dalton Brandt, Sam Cook, Addison Harrold, Orren Limbrick, and Drake Richtarik.

This will be the final York University mainstage production for Dalton Brandt and Leah Lane-Embray.

“My experience on the YU stage has been one of the best parts of my college career,” said Brandt, a senior from Aurora, Neb. “I’ve met some of my best friends while doing theatre here. I will never forget how much theatre means to me, or the people I’ve met while doing theatre at YU. It has truly become my passion and it’s a blessing to see that same passion grow within others.”

“I have loved being on the YU stage,” expressed Lane-Embray, a senior from St. Joseph, Mo. “I never did theatre before York, and I know that my time on this stage has changed my life forever. I’ll never forget this time, and I have a special place in my heart for John, the actors I’ve performed with, and the audiences I have gotten to perform for here at YU. I couldn’t be more thankful.”

“This is such a fun comedy to be a part of,” shared Cook, a junior from Murray, Neb. “There are endless laughs and it is super cool to see how intertwined the whole storyline is! We are all so excited to share this show with you!”

Director John Baker is in his 27th year at York University.  Foolish Fish Girls and The Pearl  is his 80th show directed on the YU stage. Tanner Lebs is the student assistant director.

The show will be held at the Bartholomew Performing Arts Center located at 1098 E 10th St. on the York University campus. 

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