International Director and performance specialist David Cassel will present an intensive two-day workshop designed to introduce professional Actors, Dancers and Circus performers to a comprehensive creative process that explores physical and mental development towards the creation of original and exciting performance works. Read the rest of this entry »
Could you forgive someone who betrayed you and your family to an occupying military force, even if that betrayal led to the tragic deaths of your father and your sister? Could you help the persecuted, facing imprisonment and perhaps execution as a result? Could you remain true to your faith, even in the midst of the most horrific of atrocities? These are just some of the questions Gallery 7 Theatre will be exploring in their latest production of The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom’s inspiring true story of faith, forgiveness and survival set against a backdrop of war and genocide.
The Hiding Place, adapted by Timothy Gregory from the book by Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill, tells of Corrie ten Boom’s post-war mission to bring healing and forgiveness to victims of the holocaust, and how her mission reaches a crisis point when she comes face to face with the man who turned her and her family in to the Nazi police during the war. What follows is an incredible recounting of the ten Boom’s work with the Dutch underground to hide Jews in a hidden room above the family’s watch repair shop and their subsequent internment in a concentration camp. Wrestling with her own emotional scars, Corrie must come to terms with her need to forgive in this grim yet beautiful story that celebrates faith, mercy and courage.
“The Hiding Place is another one of those incredible, yet inspiring stories coming out of an extremely dark time in our recent history,” explains Executive/Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt. “While the play challenges us to ask what we would do in similar circumstances, it also inspires us to hold on to our faith and our humanity, even in the face of fear, injustice and persecution. Though the context of her story is dark and tragic, Corrie ten Boom’s journey ultimately moves toward hope and reconciliation.”
Gallery 7 Theatre’s production, which will be the Canadian premier of Timothy Gregory’s adaption, will feature twenty-three performers hailing from across the Fraser Valley and is the largest cast ever assembled in the company’s 23-year history. Playing the role of Corrie ten Boom is Carol Heynen, who last appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest. Her sister Betsie is played by Shelley Picard and her father, Casper, is played by Glen Pinchin. The remaining performers, often playing multiple characters, include Andrew Abrahams, Tracey Anderton, Pat Davis, Tamara Charman, Kenzie Hall, Melissa Franson, Joel Loeve, Megan Mackenzie, Cameron Mckerchar, Danielle Milette, Chloe Picard, Maryjane Sexton, Forest Shuster, Thomas Smith, Brittany Suderman, Tim Warkentin, Elisa Weber, Doug Wickers, Becky Wiebe and Michael Witmer.
Taking the director’s chair for The Hiding Place is Sarah Hu. Hu’s other directing credits with Gallery 7 Theatre include Sense and Sensibility, The Family Man and Steel Magnolias. Set design is by Dustin Froese, costume coordination is by Catrina Jackson, lighting design is by Ken Hildebrandt and sound design is by Brittany Grant. The stage manager is Maria Denholme, fight choreographer is Mike Kovac and production photography is by Dianna Lewis of Creative Memory Studios.
The Hiding Place will run March 14 & 15, 20 – 22, 27 – 29, 2014 @ 7:30 PM with discount matinees March 15, 22 & 29 @ 2:00 PM at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. Tickets for evening performances are $20 adults, $18 seniors & students, $17 groups (8+) and $12 children (12 & under). Tickets for matinee performances are $15 general admission and $12 children. They can be purchased at House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford (1-800-665-8828 or 604-852-3701) or online at www.gallery7theatre.com.
(left to right) Carol Heynen plays Corrie ten Boom and Shelley Picard plays her sister, Betsie ten Boom in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of The Hiding Place. Photo by Dianna Lewis, Creative Memory Studio.
AFTER Written by Martha Herrera-Lasso
Directed by Jessica Anne Nelson
AFTER is a collaboration between dream of passion productions (Stefania Indelicato) and Excavation Theatre (Jessica Anne Nelson) was born out of a friendship and working relationship that dates back to the 2011 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Nelson directed Indelicato, while playwright of AFTER, Martha Herrera-Lasso, acted alongside Indelicato in another play – both of which came together to make up the trilogy they were part of that year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kaylin Metchie
I’ll admit I did not have much knowledge about John Hirsch entering the Firehall last night, just some vague understanding of Canadian theatre history that I’ve learnt throughout my years as a post-secondary theatre student. And although there were a bunch of name drops during the course of this 90 minute play that flew right over my head, I gained the sense that John Hirsch was a complicated character who managed to inspire and touch many people. Read the rest of this entry »
Blog By: Keara Barnes
It’s the kind of play where you are simply stunned at the end, incapable of movement or rational thought for a few seconds while you slowly ease yourself back into reality. This is usually the time in a movie where the audience remains for an extended view of the credits, content for a moment to prolong the experience before extricating themselves from the fictional world they just faced. Read the rest of this entry »
Studio 58 – Innocence Lost: A Reading & Discussion with playwright Beverley Cooper Production Opens March 20February 24th, 2014
Innocence Lost: A Reading & Discussion with playwright Beverley Cooper
Friday, February 28th @ 8:00 pm in Studio 58
Award-winning playwright and Studio 58 alumna, Beverley Cooper will discuss her acclaimed play Innocence Lost: a play about Steven Truscott in support of the upcoming Studio 58 production on stage March 20 to April 6. For more information please visit www.studio58.ca. Read the rest of this entry »
Youth Panel seeks performers
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap – a staged reading by Western Gold Theatre, Feb 28 – March 2, 8pm, March 1 & 2 at 2pm. Directed by Anna Hagan, with Annabel Kershaw, Sean Allan, Russell Roberts, Luisa Jojic, Sebastien Archibald. At PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero Street. Tickets $25 available at brownpapertickets.com, or 604.363.5734.
Friday night Peter Jorgenson and Amy Wright of Patrick Street Productions brought composer Adam Guettel to Vancouver and shared him with us for an extraordinary evening of music and conversation. Guettel, one of the most important composers in the Musical Theatre, was is in Vancouver in conjunction with Patrick Street Productions’ Vancouver March premiere of Floyd Collins. Read the rest of this entry »