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Theatre zone festival hits Chilliwack

Larry Hamm and Judy Becker appear in the original run of Caliban: House-Sitter in 2000. Larry Hamm returns for the remounted production onstage this month at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, joining seven other plays as part of Theatre BC’s Fraser Valley Zone Fest. - Submitted
Larry Hamm and Judy Becker appear in the original run of Caliban: House-Sitter in 2000. Larry Hamm returns for the remounted production onstage this month at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, joining seven other plays as part of Theatre BC’s Fraser Valley Zone Fest.
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If you have an insatiable appetite for theatre, the odds are in your favour this month: the Chilliwack Players Guild (CPG) hosts the Zone Festival this year from May 19 to 22.

Eight shows from all over the valley will travel to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre to strut their stuff, competing for the top spot and the right to travel on to the Mainstage festival finale in Kamloops.

“There’s quality community theatre in our zone, and the productions we have lined up represent myriad talent from around the Fraser Valley,” states Festival co-chair Patti Lawn.

Rick Mawson is directing one of the three Chilliwack shows on tap. His play, Caliban: House-Sitter is equal parts mystery, comedy and drama.

“The best way to describe it would probably be ‘dark metaphysical comedy,’” he says. “It’s about an actor who is house-sitting for some friends in a lakeside house, and while his friends are away he’s visited by someone who is supposedly a neighbour . . . I can’t say too much more without spoiling it.”

The second CPG show, The Death of Me, is a classic Norm Foster comedy directed by Malcom Mincher. To complete the hat trick of Chilliwack shows, Chilliwack School of Performing Arts presents Leave of Absence. Five more valley shows finish the week off, with theatre troupes commuting in from Langley, Surrey and Maple Ridge to perform on the Cultural Centre’s stage.

• Festival passes are $90, or individual shows are $18. For more information or to buy tickets, contact the box office at 604-391-7469, online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or in person on Corbould Street.

 

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