Grab a friend, bring a lawn chair, and pray that the rain will hold.
The Williams Lake Studio Theater Society presents outdoor theater from Thursday August 5 through Sunday August 8.
Consisting of three short 15-minute tracks, “Garden Shorts” is presented at the UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest on Fox Mountain at 795 Campbell Road.
Theatergoers will sit down to watch one play, then grab their lawn chairs and move on to the next.
Actors Kathleen MacDonald (The Teacher), Curt Sprickerhoff (The Good Samaritain) and Mimi Searls (The Jumper) and director Cathie Hamm have said they are coming together Dramatic Writing 101: The Rooftop Lesson by Rich Orloff was fun.
“It was different playing a short play as opposed to a two-and-a-half-hour play,” Searls said.
Sometimes playing the part is complicated, but in some ways it’s the easiest part of a play, MacDonald added.
“All the scenes, the sounds, the staging – that stuff is amazing. Sometimes we have the easiest job.
Working with MacDonald, Searls and Hamm was the part that Sprickerhoff enjoyed the most, he said.
“I was lucky Cathie picked us all because it was so much fun working on the play.”
Hamm said that as seasoned actors the three knew what to do and she praised them for their willingness to do the action scenes.
The play explores the best way to tell a story and ends up doing just that.
Louis and Dave, by Norm Foster, presents three newbies. It was Kate Bertenshaw’s directorial debut and the first time that Donatien Cyr (Louis) and Kristian Volkmann (Dave) performed in a WLST play.
The play follows the antics of two longtime friends cruising on a Saturday night making chat calls to women they see along the way.
“I thought having two guys in a car would be a COVID-friendly option,” Bertenshaw said. “We were supposed to have simple sets and this one stood out for me. I also like the play because it is Canadian.
Volkmann has just graduated from Maranatha Christian School and hopes to get into acting in the future. So participating in the play was a good experience, he said. .
Cyr has already played Maranatha and it was his former drama teacher who recommended him to audition.
“I came here and it was an amazing learning experience,” said Cyr. “Everyone always said I was a great actor back then, but I see some of the older actors here and I’m just buddy to them.”
Audiences will love seeing Dave muster the confidence to finally reveal that he is and always has been an intellectual.
Snocky, by Jules Tasca, contains adult content and is strategically staged in the most romantic area of the property with a small lake in the background.
Actors Veronica Larson (Madeline), Gabriel Zamorano (John) and director Sheryl-Lynn Lewis said the creation of the play was based on mutual trust.
It’s about a man and a woman trying to have an affair, but when they meet in a hotel room for a morning date, things start to take a turn for the worse.
“Sheryl-Lynn was instrumental in bringing it together,” said Larson. “The words on the page were funny, but literally with each repeat it just got funnier and funnier for us.”
Zamorano said trust is important because the characters have never met before and need to create playful intimacy through the choreography.
“Every kiss and every caress is all choreographed, so it’s done in a safe way,” he said.
Equally important are the comic elements of the play, he added.
Tickets purchased for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening performances have the option of including dinner from Mint & Lime Catering Co. for an additional cost, although food orders should preferably be received by Wednesday August 4 or Thursday August 5. at 4 p.m. at the latest.
Show time is 6.30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays also have mornings from noon, but without the catering option.
Tickets are available at The Open Book at 247 Oliver Street and will not be available at the door.
Bottled water will be provided, but people are encouraged to bring their own.
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