SOAP is pleased to announce that the cast and some key crew members have been announced for their upcoming spring performances of When the Wind Blows, by Raymond Briggs. In addition to the scheduled performances at Venables Theatre April 22-30, 2022, When the Wind Blows will be SOAP Theatre's entry in the 2022 Okanagan Zone Theatre Festival, to be held in Oliver May 20-28, 2022
Director, Nathan Linders, is pleased to announce that a full cast has been selected to stage The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon, to hit the Venables stage starting February 4. Thank you to all the others who expressed an interest in this show and a special welcome to SOAP Theatre newcomer actors Derek Beaton and Bill Shields (though Bill is currently rehearsing in his debut role in Flaming Idiots).
O. CLOUTIE (Jen Jensen): Travelling woman (or man). For untold millennia, Cloutie has skipped a curling rink in the Celestial Brier. She is founder of First Fallen Angel Church, Closed Assembly of Satan, and a very a poor loser.
WULLIE MacCRIMMON (David Badger): A shoe-maker, and continuing Presbyterian. He skips his curling rink. Like Cloutie, he prefers to win.
REVEREND PRINGLE (Joel Browne): Skilled curler. Since the union of the Methodist and Presbyterian churches in the twenties, he has been minister of Grace United Church.
ANNIE BROWN (Connie Mythen): Malleable Charlie Brown' wife. She is Mormon and does not curl. A little of Annie goes a long way and there seems to be quite a lot of her. She also is a poor loser.
PIPE-FITTING CHARLIE BROWN (Derek Beaton): Plumber, who curls second for Wullie. Over the years, the joints of his Protestant soul have sprung many leaks, but he feels that time and corrosion will heal up anything.
CLOCK CHARLIE BROWN (Clem Jones): A jeweler who curls lead for Wullie. He is Catholic.
MALLEABLE CHARLIE BROWN (Tom Szalay): A blacksmith who curls third for Wullie. He has two problems: (1) an untrustworthy lower back, and (2) his wife, Annie.
GUY FAWKES (Joe Rupcich): Explosive Englishman, who curls lead for Cloutie.
JUDAS ISCARIOT (Garry Doll): Lapsed Christian, who curls second for Cloutie.
MACBETH (Bill Shields): A rather wordy and ambitious countryman of Wullie's, who curls third for Cloutie. Like Wullie, he is a continuing Presbyterian and he can appreciate Malleable Charlie Brown’s marital problem.
We regret to announce that the ongoing COVID-19 situation has required the SOAP Theatre executive to cancel all shows in our 2020-2021 season.
Unfortunately, live performing arts events that rely on audiences greater than 50 people will be the most affected by this pandemic and will likely be one of the last social functions to re-start. When announcing their reopening plan on May 6, 2020, the Province of BC indicated that events with more than 50 people are not proposed to happen until Phase 4, which must be preceded by a successful vaccine, effective treatment or community immunity.
In addition to monetary pressures from audience size limits, we cannot resume rehearsals until safe to do so for our casts and crews. So, we have now cancelled all of our upcoming performances. Tickets already sold for cancelled SOAP Theatre shows are eligible for a credit or a refund. Patrons can contact the Venables Theatre by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 250-498-1626 Tuesdays through Thursdays between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Progress, or lack of progress, on COVID treatments or vaccines will determine when we can resume our normal operations. In the meantime, we are also exploring possible other adapted scripts and show formats that may permit safe rehearsals and can be produced to small audiences. We will keep our supporters informed on our web site, on social media and in future newsletters.
Born Yesterday wrapped up on February 15 to great, appreciative crowds. The show became an audience favourite as Friday-Saturday numbers on the closing weekend more than doubled the Saturday-Sunday crowds the weekend before. "This growth in numbers is likely directly attributed to the great word-of-mouth in the community, arising from fantastic performances by this talented cast the weekend before," speculated director, Tom Szalay. There were over 770 audience members who took in this show, including an energetic crowd of 240 on closing night. "It's always great to end on a standing ovation from a large house!"
What Local Audience Members said:
“We highly recommend this play. Everything about it was outstanding – casting, acting, sets, costumes. Besides being highly entertaining, it has an uncomfortable message about our world today even though it was written in 1946. This should not be missed.” – Cheryl Dumais
“Wow! What a terrific play. The set was amazing as were the costumes. The story Written by Garson Kanin was thought provoking and so topical – I loved the connections to the politics of today ... what talented people! Don’t miss this production! We are very fortunate to have such talented actors, directors and production crews in this valley!! Thank you!” – Birgit Arnstein
“Another fantastic performance by SOAP THEATRE! Everyone was sooo good and perfectly cast! Jenn, your accent rocked! Nathan, we wanted to get up and punch you countless times! Great job, Tom Szalay, your cast and crew were great!” – Angela Stuart
“Great play and great acting, enjoyable evening.” – Dan Clark
“Went and saw the show this afternoon. It was fabulous and we are so lucky to have these performances here. Congratulations to all the performers on a good show. Can’t say enough good things about it and highly recommend it.” - Marg Harkness
“Great show!!!” – Larry & Claire Schwartzenberger
"This is an awesome performance. The local actors are amazing. So much work and time spent, thank you." - Sandra Lawton
Great job as always by our costumer, Bernice, and our set designer/builder, Craig.
See more photos and full show details on our Born Yesterday show page.
The show is looking great. We open on February 7!
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