Chester Theatre Company wrapping up its season with "Folk"

CHESTER — Chester Theatre Company wraps up its 2017 season with the opening Thursday of Tom Wells' "Folk" at Town Hall Theatre, 15 Middlefield Road, where it is scheduled to run through Aug. 27.

Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

James Warwick is directing.

"Folk" was first produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre in England at the start of a tour by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre.

For Winnie, a Guinness-hoisting nun, and Stephen, a shy maintenance worker, Friday nights are for playing and singing. Until 15-year-old Kayleigh lobs a brick through Winnie's window. These three band together into the unlikeliest of folk trios, and an equally unexpected family.

The show's three actors — Emery Henderson (Kayleigh), Michael Sean McGuinness (Stephen) and Michele Tauber (Sister Winnie) — will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including tin whistles, guitar, and the spoons. Katryna Nields, of The Nields, is music consultant for the production

Henderson is a native of Western Massachusetts. Her regional credits include The Majestic Theater and New Century Theatre as well as three seasons with Majestic Children's Theater. She will attend The Boston Conservatory at Berklee as a musical theater major in the fall.

McGuinness' credits include Off-Broadway and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Portland Stage, Vermont Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pig Iron Theatre Company and Philadelphia Area Repertory Theatre.

Tauber's Chester Theatre Company credits include numerous roles in the production of "pride@prejudice." She also has extensive New York, regional theater, film and television credits

Warwick has served as associate artistic director at both Chester Theatre Company and Berkshire Theatre Festival, and artistic director at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. "Folk" is his eighth production for CTC.

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