Shuswap Theatre will be humming with activity for three days at the end of July.
Theatre on the Edge, an exciting new event, will provide theatregoers with a weekend of short plays, live music, and a rich and stimulating café atmosphere.
The stage will be alive from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with five performances a day and seven different shows to see.
“In between performances, theatregoers can enjoy music, delicious food and licensed drinks on the patio,” says organizer Jaci Metivier.
Four Shuswap theatre artists are on the schedule. Nina Dickins is offering Bed Among the Lentils, her solo play about a quiet churchman’s wife with a surprising secret. Julia Body is directing the dark comedy, A Bench at the Edge, Peter Blacklock’s A Very Silly Love Story concerns two people, a shipwreck and a bad case of amnesia. Calvin White will present his show, The Question Is …, an unsettling look at an individual’s search for purpose, previously performed at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
Three out-of-town companies round out the program. Kelowna’s Fred Skeleton Theatre will bring their production of Christie in Love, an intense drama about serial killer John Christie.
Saucy Fops from Kamloops is bringing their new play Back and Forth and Back, and Katrina Kadoski is touring her musical play Cougar Annie Tales about the life of a legendary pioneer and Vancouver Island postmistress.
“It’s a fantastic collection of great theatre that we have lined up,” says Shuswap Theatre president Joyce Henderson.
“Our local theatre artists are taking the opportunity to try something new – such as moving a show to a higher level, or taking on something they might not otherwise try.”
“All the shows are about 40 to 60 minutes,” says Metivier. “And we’re hoping to make this an annual event.”
Tickets and information about artists and schedules are available on Facebook or at www.shuswaptheatre.com. Single tickets are $10, with three, five and seven show passes available.