By Sarah Quick and Globus Theatre
June 12th-16th, 2018 4 actors, minimal set
A clever production with tons of heart, a hilarious and thoughtful comedy, in which the four actors perform nearly 30 unique characters — sometimes in the same scene — in a tribute to the seniors’ bus tour industry. It is all about snowbirds heading off to Florida on a coach tour!
In Sunshine Express, the audience is welcomed aboard a “Charlie Cheetles Charters” tour bus going from Ontario to Florida and back. Their tour guide for the trip is the warm and welcoming Sandy and friendly and enthusiastic bus driver Tommy. The trip is seen through the eyes of Alan and Brenda, a couple dealing with the daily stresses of kids, money, and the Canadian recession. When Alan turns 40, a well-meaning elderly aunt books the couple onto a seniors’ tour bus down to the Sunshine State.
Boarding a bus filled with eccentric elderly characters, the couple initially seems out of place and Alan’s jaded skepticism about the entire trip is noted. Soon they experience border crossings, lemon smuggling, southern breakfasts, Wal-Mart visits, Happy Hour, Bingo, sing-a-longs, and the politics of getting back to the bus on time and the “slow clap.”
As their journey goes deeper into the American South, Alan and Brenda realize that — despite the age gap — they aren’t that different from their elderly traveling companions, and they discover you’re never too old to make new friends and have a good time. Their journey is filled with laughter, love, and a lot of heart as Alan and Brenda discover the true magic of Charlie Cheetles Charters.