The Trouper-Royale Orpheum Galaxie Theatre is a jewel in the entertainment crown of Niagara Falls. At least, that’s what the marquee out front says. To the Fabulous Trouper Quintuplets their family’s old theatre is a thorn in the crown of their adolescent memories.
Under their famous-child-actor-turned-director father’s overbearing, and narcissistic eye, the quintuplets are raised on a strict diet of Golden Age entertainment and homeschooling to mold them into the best actors of their generation. But through a series of hilarious and tragic events, the siblings begin to develop their own personalities and ambitions, rebelling against their father’s aspirations for them. The tension rising from the quintuplets’ newfound individualism sparks an onstage brawl during a performance on their 18th birthday that changes the trajectory of all their lives.
Twenty years later, the quintuplets reunite for the reading of their father’s will and his demand for one last performance.
Richard Scarsbrook is an award-winning author and screenwriter whose short stories and poems have been published widely in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. Royal Blood, the first of Scarsbrook’s screenplays to be produced, won Best Short Film at the TIFF-associated Milton Film Festival in 2019 and his last novel, Rockets versus Gravity, was a National Post bestseller. Scarsbrook currently teaches courses in creative writing at the Humber School for Writers and George Brown College. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
“In The Troupers, Richard Scarsbrook creates a family like few others. I mean, how many parents are blessed with five children born on the very same day? Each of the quintuplets has their own personality, quirks, and crosses to bear as they are moulded by their flawed father and family patriarch, the legendary actor, John Lionel Trouper. By turns hilarious and heart-rending, this brilliantly written tale is one wild ride that will stay with you long after the curtain falls. ”
— Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour
“Humour set against a backdrop of sadness is the best way to describe the atmosphere of this story, but the constant presence of all five siblings . .. ensures there is always someone to rely on, or commiserate with. . .. I could have read another 100 pages about these Troupers. ”
— Anne Logan
“Combining the best elements of theatre, mystery and cinema, The Troupers will keep you engaged till the credits roll. ”
— Wilma Aalbers
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