Gail, a beekeeper, is attempting to keep the farmer next door at bay over his use of insecticides and his endless quest for the perfect woman. That’s when Gail’s recently separated, almost 40, turkey farmer daughter, moves back home. The daughter is in a desperate state about the running down of her biological clock. Meanwhile a young, handsome researcher has been given the run of the place to prepare his thesis on Gail’s bees. As the weeks go by, endless comic misadventures lead them all to learn one of life’s biggest lessons: It’s always important to take good care of your honey!
“Belly laugh after belly laugh in this outstanding, warm hearted comedy...” - London Free Press
“Expect to see more productions of this hilarious but thoughtful comedy far and wide.” - Stage Door
“The Birds and the Bees starts out as a wild and woolly sex farce but deepens to touch the heart in equal measure with the funny bone.” - Reid Between The Lines
“Not to be missed! It feels like being on some kind of comedy roller coaster where every line, situation, and joke comes faster than the last.” - Blyth Citizen
“The laughs come one right after another… While the characters are all a little bit crazy, they are very recognizable. We become charmed by them and want the best for each of them.” - Entertain This
Often funny, sometimes heartwarming, and thoroughly charming . . . This may be just the type of play a lot of us need.” - CBC
“Warm-hearted and sweet, offering genuine belly laughs and moments of deeply felt emotion.” - Winnipeg Free Press
“…through a deeper message about love and family…you will laugh heartily until your cheeks hurt!” - The Buzz, PEI
("The Birds and the Bees" contains some adult content)
Mark Crawford is a Canadian theatre actor and playwright. He is best known for his 2016 play The Birds and the Bees, one of the most widely-produced new Canadian plays of the 2010s. Originally from Glencoe, Ontario, he is a graduate of the theatre programs at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. He was a stage actor for ten years before premiering his first theatrical play Stag and Doe at the Blyth Festival in 2014. His second play Bed and Breakfast, about a gay couple from Toronto who open a bed and breakfast in a small town, premiered at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in 2015, and The Birds and the Bees, a comedy about an adult woman returning to live with her elderly mother after her divorce, premiered at the Blyth Festival in 2016. In 2017 he premiered Boys, Girls and Other Mythological Creatures, a youth play about a young child struggling with gender identity issues. His most recent play The New Canadian Curling Club, a comedy about new immigrants joining a curling team, premiered at Blyth in 2018 and has also since been produced across Canada
Daniel is a Vancouver-based actor originally from Nanaimo, Vancouver Island. He is a recent graduate of Studio 58 and is ecstatic to be making his Prince George debut as Ben in Miracle Theatre's production of The Birds and the Bees. Daniel is very thankful for the exciting opportunity to work with these talented artists while supporting the Children of Prince George Fund. Past onstage credits have included: Edward Sergeant in Skylight (Peninsula Productions); Alexander in Inhale (Studio 58); Dylan in Incognito Mode (Neworld Theatre/ Studio 58); Donny in Mortified (Touchstone Theatre/ Studio 58); Officer in Cabaret (Studio 58); and Mr. Tremayne in The Skin of Our Teeth (Studio 58). Select Film & TV credits: Sucker Punch (Warner Bros); Under The Apple Box (Horizon Motion Pictures); The Uninvited (Dreamworks/ Paramount); Slapshot: The Junior League (Universal); Flash & Dash (Inter Pacific Productions). Daniel would like to thank his endlessly supportive family, friends, teachers, and agent for believing in him. Gobble gobble!
Frances Flanagan has been an integral part of Canada's Film, Television and Stage scene since 1975. Her film debut was opposite Bette Davis in A Piano for Mrs. Cimino. Beginning her stage career at the prestigious National Arts Centre in Ottawa, she went on to perform with numerous regional production companies such as The Globe Theatre and The Arts Club in Vancouver. Some favourite Arts Club theatre credits are Snowing on Saltspring, Sex Tips, and Angry Housewives. She has a very long list of Film & Television credits that includes roles as a Principal for CBC, ABC, NBC, FOX, MGM, Alliance, Disney Films, and Hallmark. She is the founder of Workshops in the Performing Arts, a groundbreaking organization that hosted internationally renowned master teachers from 1979 to 1990. Frances has been a board member for Women in Film and TV since 2012.
Dana is an actor, writer and opera director and thrilled to be performing for the first time with Miracle Theatre! Performance credits include: the title role in Candida (Classic Theatre Festival), Hogtown (The Campbell House), The Things We Do For Love and The Servant of Two Masters (Odyssey Theatre, Prix Rideau Award best actress) and clown/acrobat in Die Walkure and La Boheme (Canadian Opera Company). Dana is a co-founder of Keystone Theatre and co-creator of their three successful shows; The Belle of Winnipeg (Dora Award), The Last Man on Earth and Gold Fever (NOW magazine top ten new plays). Directing credits include; Director for Opera Excerpt Showcase (Laurier University), associate director No One’s Safe (The Banff Centre) and revival director Brundibar (Canadian Children’s Opera Company). Dana has written two successful short films; Satisfaction (Platinum Award Houston, Audience Choice Award) and Case of the Massey Bodice Ripping (Best short Venice Short Film Festival). TV and film credits include; No Good Deed, Bajilionnaires, First Light, Reign and Unleashed. Upcoming, Dana will be assistant director for Powder Her Face (Opera on the Avalon) and playing Julia Craven in The Philanderer at Classic Theatre Festival this summer.
Wally MacKinnon is an award-winning actor, director and teacher. In his 30+ year career, he has performed in theatre productions across Canada. His theatre credits include: It’s a Wonderful Life, The Hobbit (Theatre New Brunswick), Ben Hur, Goodnight Bird (Festival Antigonish), Merritt Award-winning play KAMP, Flying on Her Own (EFT/Neptune), Jacob’s Wake, Miles From Home, The Diligent River Daughter (Ships Company Theatre), The Foursome, Who’s Under Where (CPT Alberta), Gaslight Follies (Palace Grand Theatre, Dawson City). Wally has numerous film and television credits that range from small independent films to large Hollywood productions. This includes the International Emmy Award-winning film, The Phantoms. Wally is happy to be making his debut at the Miracle Theatre working with Ted Price and Anne Laughlin and reprising the role of Earl. As always, thank you to his wife Sandi and son Liam for their love and support.
Elliot is delighted to be a part of Miracle Theatre’s: The Birds and the Bees. Elliot was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but moved to Vancouver to attend Studio 58’s production program. This is her first time in Prince George! Having just graduated from Studio 58 in December, Elliot looks forward to continuing her career as an aspiring stage manager and designer. Previous credits include Production Assistant for East Van Panto’s Pinocchio (Theatre Replacement), Assistant to the Set Designer for Antony and Cleopatra (Studio 58), Stage Manager and Costume Designer for Our Town, (Peninsula Productions), Sound Designer and Co Set/Prop Designer for Hot House (Studio 58), Stage Manager for Cabaret (Studio 58).