Last week I said that the first week in September is the most stressful week of the year. And this week, we have a Friday the 13th. Not that I subscribe to triskaidekaphobia, but old superstitions do still linger out there in our modern world. And nowhere are superstitions held in higher regard than in the theatre. It's unlucky to say good luck on opening night, don't mention "the Scottish play," don't whisper, and other things like that.
Keeping a live theatre company operating is a constant challenge, so anything that might keep the jinx away is OK. One superstition though - don't walk under a ladder - makes perfect sense in the theatre, because it's likely a 50-foot ladder with a technician at the top installing 100-pound lights. That is just common sense to avoid walking under those ladders, don't you think? White Rock Players' Club, now in its 69th season, has been one of the few community theatres to own and operate its own building. The company produces five shows every season, including comedies, thrillers, dramas and the popular Christmas pantomime, a local tradition since 1954.
Wow, 69 seasons of plays! Impressive.
The 2013-14 season opens with Arthur Miller's The Crucible at Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd., White Rock. The show runs from Oct. 9 to 26, Wednesdays through Saturdays, with a Sunday matinee on Oct. 20. Get a good price of $10 per ticket for the previews Oct. 9 and 10 only. Otherwise, tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students, seniors and CCS members, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the box office at 604-536-7535 or visit www.whiterockplayers.ca to buy tickets online.
Directed by Ryan Mooney, this classic play is being done with a twist, I am told. Expect the unexpected.
Costumes are designed by Pat McLean and the play features 20 actors, including
JC Roy as John Proctor, Rebecca Strom as Abigail Williams, Rebekah McEwan as Elizabeth Proctor, Tom Gage as John Hale, Mike Busswood as Giles Corey, Tim Driscoll as Hathorne, Ken Fynn as Danforth and Jane Mantle as Ann Putnam. Good cast - should attract solid houses.
Surrey Little Theatre begins its season with The Foursome, written by Norm Foster. Pat McDermott directs this golf-centric play, the script of which revolves around four college pals who reunite at their 20-year reunion for a couple of rounds of golf. There's more than just golf clubs in those golf bags! This play runs from Oct. 3 to 26, Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on Oct. 13 and 20. Phone 604-576-8451 to reserve tickets, or email email@example.com. Cash only at the door, but pay by credit card at brownpapertickets.com.
So September has a stressful beginning, a Friday the 13th middle, and now all it needs is a big finish. Ta-da! Culture Days finish off the month.
Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections, providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture.
Arts Club Theatre Company, celebrating its 50th year, is the largest notfor-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. Led by artistic managing director Bill Millerd and executive director Howard R. Jang, it offers professional theatre at three venues - Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage and Revue Stage - as well as on tour throughout the province. One of the company's ontour spots is Surrey Arts Centre.
Arts Club is presenting a special free event on Sept. 28 with a roving tour, talks and other interactive happenings. For now, just keep the date in mind. I'll tell you more about it later, because I'm out of time and space. Keep your fingers crossed, think good thoughts and we will all survive September.
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