New theatre company debuts show this weekend

Sounder News

Tuesday, September 15 2015

This is an exciting time for Gabriolans who enjoy theatrical programs of all kinds—comedies and dramas and improvisation, concerts, dance productions, and classes for people of all ages who’d like to see what goes on behind the stage and what it takes to make a show ready. The Gabriola Performing Arts Foundation is awaiting completion of a rezoning request that will allow for land to be used for a performing arts centre - planning continues toward creating it. 

One group of theatre-loving Gabriolans have founded the Iconic Theatre Company to produce some unusual plays. The founders of the Company are familiar names and faces among Gabriola theatergoers—all members of Gabriola Players, contributors to its most recent productions. Iconic Theatre Company has welcomed several long-time Gabriola Players members to the cast and crew for its first production. 

The first production is: And Slowly Beauty by Quebecois playwright Michel Nadeau, translated by Maureen Labonté. Director Anne Drozd saw it performed in Victoria in 2011 and added it to her list of “must-do” plays. It accompanies a quiet bureaucrat on his lyrical journey from a humdrum job and dispiriting family life toward the freedom to live out his awakening dreams. 

Performances will be September 19, 20 and 21 at the Theatre Centre on Peterson Road. Cast members are Roger Carter, Lisa Chambers, Alex Dewar, Mark Smith, Linda St. Clair and Adela Torchia. The crew includes stage manager Wanda Blok and Catherine Andersen, Annie Holmes, Miranda Holmes and Jan Innell as front-of-house , Dave Innell and Charlie Cheffins as the sound and lighting department and, as always, others. 

Admission is by sign up at North Road Sports; tickets are $18, except the Saturday matinee where tickets will be $5.