Gallery 7 Theatre enters 21st year with eclectic collection of shows

Following a successful 20th anniversary season, Gallery 7 Theatre, Abbotsford’s only full-time theatre company, is revving up for an exciting, compelling and entertaining new season which starts this month.

Following a successful 20th anniversary season, Gallery 7 Theatre, Abbotsford’s only full-time theatre company, is revving up for an exciting, compelling and entertaining new season which starts this month.

“This year, we will be exploring community in all its complexity, diversity and uniqueness, from both macro and micro perspectives,” said Ken Hildebrandt, the company’s founder and executive artistic director.

This year’s line-up is as follows:

The Outsiders: Adapted by Christopher Sergel, from S.E. Hinton’s Novel.  A tale about youth caught in a violent clash between social classes during the 1960s. Runs Nov. 4-19, 2011.

Robinson Crusoe: Adapted by Jim Helsinger, from the novel by Daniel DeFoe. Shipwrecked on a deserted island following a violent storm, imperialist and explorer, Robinson Crusoe experiences a crisis of faith and undergoes a spiritual and emotional transformation. Runs Jan. 20-Feb. 4, 2012.

The Importance of Being Earnest: Written by Oscar Wilde, the play is a hilarious, yet biting social satire of Victorian morals and manners. Wilde’s most famous comedy features a case of mistaken identity and explores matters of love, marriage and social status. Runs March 9 – 24, 2012.

The Fantastiks: Written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt.  Set on a simple platform suggesting a timeless period and nameless location, a story of love plays out as young sweet-hearts enjoy innocent bliss and romance. When they discover that their courtship is the result of the manipulations of their two fathers, the seeds of rebellion are sown and the temptations of the world threaten to pull them apart forever. Runs June 8-23, 2012.

The insane comedy of improv masters, Panic Squad & Friends, an international touring comedy improv team, will once again return to Gallery 7 Theatre to kick the season off on Sept. 30 with its unique and zany brand of clean comedy improv the entire family can enjoy.

To round out the 2011/2012 theatre season, Gallery 7 Theatre will be bringing back Theatre Side Chat, a fireside type lecture series featuring music by local artists, and an entertaining and informative chat by theatre artists.

This year’s theme will be The Heart and Soul of the Artist, providing the opportunity for audiences to explore the role and function of theatre in our society.

For those looking to hone their performance skills, Gallery 7 Theatre will again be hosting a number of acting workshops.

For information about season passes, visit www.gallery7theatre.com or call the Gallery 7 office at 604-504-5940.

Those wanting to either perform on-stage or work behind the scenes are asked to call Gallery 7 Theatre at 604-504-5940 for more information.

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