Menopause the Musical

Menopause the Musical is returning to Pictou County next month with a Nov. 3 performance at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. Cast members include, Janet Martin, from left, Iowa housewife; Sarah Strange, Earth mother; Michelle White, professional woman; and Jayne Lewis, soap star. White and Lewis have been replaced by Alana Bridgewater and Barb Scheffler since this photo was taken.

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A smash hit musical is making its way back to Pictou County after a three-year hiatus.

Menopause the Musical returns to the deCoste Performing Arts Centre for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Nov. 3.

“It’s overdue and especially now, as we emerge from the pandemic, it’s time to enjoy a hilarious night out at the theatre,” said Mark Zimmerman, co-producer of the Shaggypup Productions show, in a press release. “I think this is the perfect prescription to wipe out the COVID blues (away). Menopause the Musical is truly a worldwide phenomenon because it’s just so brilliantly funny, but at its core, it’s really about female empowerment.”

The musical uses comedy and top hit songs from the 1960s-’80s to show that women are fairly similar and need to embrace each other in a giant sisterhood.

Since its debut, Menopause the Musical has evolved into a grassroots movement for women, dealing with life’s adjustments like the aging process.

Cast members include Janet Martin and Alana Bridgewater, two of the show’s original cast members. Bridgewater was absent for some time and recently rejoined the show. The others are Sarah Strange and Barb Scheffler.

“It’s hilarious—it’s great,” said Jennifer MacLennan, the centre’s marketing manager. “Ticket sales have been going very well. It’s certainly a performance that has sold out in the past, and we hope we can do that this year.”

The original Off-Broadway musical comedy is set in a department store, where four women meet by chance while shopping for a black lace bra. After noticing unmistakable similarities with one another, the female cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain, memory loss, too much sex, not enough sex, and more.

The four women form a sisterhood and a special bond with audiences as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is not “the Silent Passage” anymore.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Masking and two-dose COVID-19 vaccination requirements are in place.


Steve Goodwin is never without his camera and a notebook. He has been covering news and sports in Pictou County for more than four decades.