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The Young Ladies of Baddeck Club

by Christy MacRae-Ziss and Hannah Ziss

"Generates much laughter and is poignant at the same time."


"We have five weeks! How hard could it be?"

These are the famous last words of Marguerite McLeod who wants to put on a play to celebrate the 1908 incorporation of the village of Baddeck on Cape Breton Island. Marguerite, her contentious daughter Isabel, and two young girls who wouldn't know a soliloquy from a spinnaker, learn hilariously just how hard this task can be. Click here to read about the real Young Ladies of Baddeck Club that inspired the play! 


Director: Richard Quesnel

Marguerite McLeod: Christy MacRae-Ziss

Isabel McLeod: Hannah Ziss

Shirley MacInnes: Mary Austin

Bessie Archibald: Darwin Lyons


"And though the play is true to its comedic genre, with four flamboyant characters generating much laughter from the audience, it’s poignant at the same time. Timeless themes of coming and going, breaking or keeping tradition, and big-world dreams versus hometown realities, would resonate with generations in Cape Breton and beyond." - John MacNeil, Cape Breton Star

"It brought to life every artifact at the Bell Museum the following day. It was the highlight of our summer vacation!" - Soukwan Chan

"The play is witty and well-written. The performances of the four women were superb. I still can't believe how fortunate I was to attend such a wonderful performance." - Kathy (TripAdvisor)

"I was thoroughly entertained--laughed out loud many times and shed a few tears too. I wholeheartedly recommend this historic, comedic play as an engaging and authentic Baddeck experience to be enjoyed by visitors and residents alike." - Katrina MacKenzie

"I saw this show twice and I enjoyed it just as much the second time. They are professional and very funny. A must see for both locals and visitors. You will come away with a smile on your face and joy in your heart." - Troy (TripAdvisor)

"Both hilarious and heartbreaking, this play made me laugh, cry and everything in between. It is a great celebration of Cape Breton culture and heritage and illustrates why I am proud to call Cape Breton home. This show was a polished production by a talented group of professionals." - Maddy Kelly

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