Debra Hamilton

Debra Hamilton

A ‘Fine’ performance at the Capitol

The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls is worth taking in at Port Alberni's Capitol Theatre.

The Fine sisters gave a fine performance on their opening night at Capitol Theatre Friday night.

Melanie Anderson, Teresa Drew and Debra Hamilton are aptly cast as the three sisters reunited by their father’s death in The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls, the latest Portal Players production.

This talented trio of women had the audience laughing out loud at their antics as they revisit childhood rivalries that have survived to adulthood.

Anderson, playing the youngest sister Jelly Fine, may be the most “fine” of all the sisters, having cared for her ailing father and practically setting about fulfilling his wish for a big party.

Hamilton portrays middle sister Jojo, the consummate businesswoman who is hiding behind her Blackberry and has a secret that really isn’t a secret to her sisters.

Jayne Fine, played by Drew, is the older sister, an academic who has man troubles.

The three women carry the whole show themselves without an intermission, even changing the sets while staying in character.

And while there were some opening night jitters Friday night, the flow of the story never faltered and the comedic punch lines as well as the poignant moments were carried off convincingly.

The play cleverly creates characters that never appear on stage but who have convincing off stage interaction with the Fine girls.

Of course those who really are behind the scenes must be credited with bringing this charming play to the Alberni Valley.

Derek and Deb Burke are experienced directors and producers and it shows in the quality of the production of the piece.

Backed up by a crew of Portal Players regulars, The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls is well presented.

Running for three more weekends, this production is a must see of the season for Portal Players.

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