An Enchanted close to Gallery 7’s season
Gallery 7 Theatre is closing its 2017/2018 “Be Transformed” theatre season, with Elizabeth von Arnim’s Enchanted April, adapted by Matthew Barber. Described as “a lush, thoroughly refreshing theatrical holiday” and “a magical triumph” by the Los Angeles Times and “a comical, restorative journey of discovery” by Daily Variety, Enchanted April is poised to be a transformative theatre experience for audiences.
Set in 1922, two frustrated English housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy to escape their bleak, predictable lives and recruit two very different English women to share in the cost and experience. Among the wisteria blossoms and gorgeous Mediterranean sunshine, all four women begin to rediscover themselves in ways they didn’t expect, and gain new perspective on what’s most important in their lives.
“What a fitting conclusion to a season dedicated to the theme of transformation,” says Gallery 7 Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt. “This production promises to be an uplifting and inspiring theatre experience for audiences, and will feature both new and veteran G7 performers.”
Directing her first production at Gallery 7 Theatre is Kate Muchmore Woo, theatre professor at Trinity Western University. Muchmore Woo is a director with credits from around the United States and B.C., including The Women of Lockerbie (Lock and Key Theatre), The Illusion, As Little Children, and Twelfth Night for TWU SAMC Theatre as well as Crime & Punishment (Pacific Theatre/Stone’s Throw Productions). She holds an MFA degree in Directing from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Playing the role of Lotty Wilson is Charlene Crawford, while Rose Arnott will be played by newcomer, Laura Kehler. Caroline Bramble will be played by Shannon Tauber, while the crotchety Mrs. Graves will be played by Sue Backs. Mellersh, Lotty’s man-about-town husband, will be played by Scott Campbell while Tamara Charman takes on the role of Constanza. Rounding out the cast are Marco Darvasi and Mark Kroeker.
Set design is by Shelby Wyminga, costume design is by Jina Chatterton, lighting design is by Gabe Kirkley, sound design is by Eli Funk and make-up design is by Victoria Hu. The stage manager is Danielle Milette and production photography is by Dianna Lewis Photography.
Enchanted April runs May 19 & 20, 24 – 27 at 7:30 pm with additional matinees on May 20 & 27 at 2:00 pm at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford. Tickets can be purchased in-person or by-phone by visiting House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford or by calling 604-852-3701. For more information or to purchase tickets online, please visit gallery7theatre.com.