Lakeside Living – April 2024

Don Beaudreau


From the Lakeside Living Editor: Please note that deadline for submission of notices about a local cultural, civic, or charitable event is the first day of the month, an entire month BEFORE the article can appear in El Ojo Del Lago. Appropriate notices should include the name of the event, its location, date(s), time, and cost (if applicable). Please include a high-resolution photo if possible. But no lengthy articles, please! Send such information to me directly at  Thank you. Don Beaudreau

2024 Winter/Spring Productions and Presentations

See the Lakeside Little Theatre website for further details and ticket information:



by Jean Baptiste Moliere

April 5 – 14, 2024

Directed by Lynn Phelan

Stage Manager, Sally Jo Bartlett

Translation by Christopher Hampton

Tartuffe, a religious charlatan, worms his way into Orgon’s household, blinding him with his religious “devotion”, all the while planning to seduce his wife and disinherit his children. Lechery. Greed. Hypocrisy. Just as common and hilarious today, in Christopher Hampton’s modern-English translation of Tartuffe as they were in Moliere’s 17th Century Paris.

The Cast of Tartuffe
Rear: Pamela Johnson, Patrick Trotter, Jan Mayer, Linda Goman, Mark Nichols, Cat Clements, Wayne Waterman, Front: Devin Van Domelin, Mark Donaldson, John Ward, Gary Hassis, Donna Burroughs, Photo Credit: Jack Voller


Romeo et Juliette (Gounod)

April 20, 21 and 22, 4:00pm

Approx. runtime: 3:31 [1 Intermission]

La Rondine (Puccini)

May 4 and 5, 4:00pm

Approx. runtime: 2:47 [1 Intermission]

Madama Butterfly (Puccini)

May 25, 26 and 27, 4:00pm

Approx. runtime: 3:15 [1 Intermission]



April 27-28, 2024  4:00 pm

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.


Two Performances on Saturday, May 4, 2pm and 4:30 pm

Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 250 San Jorge, Riberas.

Tickets are $350 each and can be reserved by email at Early booking is strongly advised as all LCO concerts sell out quickly.

The ever dynamic and exciting Lake Chapala Orchestra brings an afternoon of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Lakeside on Saturday May 4.

Mozart is considered one of the greatest composers of all time and even though his short life spanned only 36 years he created over 600 compositions. The orchestra will feature two of his best loved works, the Symphony No. 29 and the Sinfonia Concertante for solo violin and viola.

Michael Reason, the LCO artistic director has invited Chris Wilshere, the artistic director of the Festival de Febrero and Luis Barrios, the orchestra’s principal viola to be the soloists. Chris is well known to local music lovers and his appearance follows his highly acclaimed performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto last year.

Luis Barrios

In addition to the Mozart pieces, the orchestra will be joined by the young students of Violines de la Casa from Tzipan performing a new work by British composer Dan Blackford called “The Oak and the Ash.” Chris Martin, one of the LCO’s violinists, is the founder of Violines de la Casa, and his students have earned high praise from local residents. The Lake Chapala Orchestra is very keen to foster collaborations with young musical groups.

There are 2 performances at 2pm and 4.30pm on Saturday May 4. The venue is Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 250 San Jorge, Riberas. Tickets are $350 each and can be reserved by email at . Early reservations are encouraged as every LCO concert sells out weeks in advance

The Best Brothers by Daniel MacIvor

Friday, April 26,  Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28 

All shows are at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are $200 pesos


Join us at our new location, San Lucas #19, one block down from the Catholic Church on the lake side of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar. Door and Bar open at 3:00 pm. Parking is available in the church parking lot. All bar proceeds go to Operation Feed. Seats are held till 3:50 pm.

About the Play:

Nova Scotia playwright Daniel MacIvor makes death, dysfunction, conflicting personalities, resentments, and resolutions all come together hilariously in The Best Brothers. Oh, and did we mention their dearly departed mother’s pet dog whose custody becomes the focal point of the play and a catalyst for brotherly rapprochement.Underlying all the tension between them is an unspoken rivalry over which of them their mother loved the best. When their mother dies after an accident that falls far outside the ordinary, the pair must come together to deal with her affairs.

Even the mother turns up to comment. The brother’s “Mom Monologues” are an incredibly interesting device, because MacIvor has each brother playing their late mother!  But what you get is “Mom” the way each of them really saw her.

The Cast and Director: At this writing the Cast has yet to be chosen. The director is Darlene Sherwood:

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The Guild is proud to be showing its art at The Bravo! Theatre (Hidalgo 441, Riberas del Pilar, Ajijic).  Not only does it give patrons something nice to look at before the show, but should they be taken with a piece, they can purchase it and enjoy it at home. We will be changing the art every couple of months to enhance your enjoyment.  Enjoy a glass of wine, some exquisite art and an amazing production in one evening. The current show will be up until the middle of May. Stephany Andrews, President of Lake Chapala Fine Arts Guild.

For more information about Lake Chapala visit:

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