ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE
New Gallery 7 theatre season opens with different elements
Artistic director Ken Hildebrandt says to expect the return of some traditional theatre experiences.
raser Valley audiences are in for an exciting and entertaining year of classic productions as Gallery 7 Theatre presents its 29th annual season of theatre starting in September. Featuring a diverse and delightful mix of full-scale plays, a musical, a short-play festival, a seasonal offering of Christmas music and stories in partnership with Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre, and a super-fun, super-clean, family-friendly comedy improv night, the season is guaranteed to captivate, engage, and inspire.
“We’re pulling out all the stops for an incredible season of classic stories,” explains Gallery 7 Theatre’s Executive/Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt. “All of the shows in the upcoming season explore love and family in some shape or form, and all of them promise to bring levity to our lives. But there’s lots here for the soul and mind too – themes that will challenge our way of thinking, encourage us in our faith, and inspire us to greatness.”
The main stage season launches in November with a production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Canadian playwright, Tom Wood. The season continues in January with a production of Beau Jest, a hilarious comedy by James Sherman about family, romance, and living life authentically.
In March, musical theatre fans will delight in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. With lyrics by Tim Rice, the irresistible family musical tells the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours. The mainstage series concludes with Gallery 7 Theatre’s first-ever production of a Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, arguably one of The Bard’s most famous comedies.
In September, the theatre will host its second annual one-act play showcase, now called Abby Theatre Fest. The festival will feature an eclectic mix of short plays that are sure to challenge and stretch boundaries while showcasing the talents of emerging and established directors, actors and designers from through-out the Lower Mainland. “If you’re looking for something different and something edgy, be sure to attend this year’s short-play festival,” encourages Hildebrandt.
In December, Gallery 7 will partner with Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre in presenting Christmas Presence, an annual favourite featuring a potpourri of seasonal music and stories sure to lift spirits just in time for the holidays. Then, in March, the always funny, always amazing Panic Squad and Friends will take to the stage with their unique brand of hilarious clean comedy improv.
“Decide right now to invest in a year of heart, soul and mind entertainment by purchasing a season pass,” concludes Hildebrandt. “It’s simple to subscribe, you guarantee your spot for a year’s worth of meaningful theatre and you save money!” For more information on Gallery 7 Theatre’s 2018/2019 “Back to Classics” Theatre season, including complete play descriptions, schedules, and subscription packages, please visit www.gallery7theatre.com.