By Betty Barton
And the show must go on. This is definitely the philosophy of Terrace Little Theatre’s Robin MacLeod. Robin is the director of the upcoming farce RUMORS, by Neil Simon. In the midst of rehearsals, Robin broke her leg in the third week of January, had surgery, and assisted by a wheelchair, decided to carry on.
The play opens at the McColl Playhouse in Terrace on Feb. 21 – thanks to the support of her husband, cast, crew and the TLT board.
Simon’s play Rumors “has nothing on its mind except making the audience laugh”. Cast members describe the scenes as ‘filled with misdirection and deception’, amidst the usually heavy topics of affairs, real estate, cooking, divorce, anniversaries, parties, politics, psychoanalysis and suicide. As the confusion and miscommunications mount at a dinner party gone topsy turvey, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
The ten-person cast includes both newcomers and old hands to the theatre stage – Sally Sousa, Jim Branch, Janine Hamming, Garnett Doell, Kirsty Wilson, Cole Lamke, Sandy Watson, Matt Mageau, Cindy Rice, and Cody MacDougall.
Behind the scenes are chief set builder Don MacLeod and helper Gerry Hopkins, now putting the finishing touches on the set, the many doors and a window: high school drama student Elijah Bowen – new on sound; long-time thespian Maryann Lawrence walking cast members through their lines before each rehearsal; Brandon Kirkwood and Melanya Ross, prompter during rehearsals and stage crew.
Nathan Archer has set up sound and Nancy Stone-Archer is setting up the lights. Pam Bibby sewed some of the costumes. What the audience doesn’t see is as extensive as what goes on-stage.
Terrace Little Theatre presents Rumors at the McColl Playhouse, 3625 Kalum Street, Terrace on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m., from Feb. 21 through Mar.14.
Tickets available at Uniglobe Courtesy Travel, at eventbrite.ca or at the door, if seats are available.
Break a leg (usually, a figurative good luck in theatre).