Gallery 7 Theatre: 2019/2020 season
Gallery 7 Theatre announced the line-up for their 29th season 2019-2020 ‘Ordinary Heroes’, set to begin this fall. Featuring an all-new playbill that is sure to entertain while offering nourishment for the heart, soul and mind, the season will include an award-winning musical, a Canadian play, plus two shows from the international repertoire. Also included will be the return of their annual one-act play festival, a seasonal offering of Christmas music and stories in partnership with Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre, and a super-fun, super-clean, family-friendly comedy improv night.
“I think you’ll find our upcoming season will feature all that you’ve come to know and love at G7 – plays that explore all aspects of the human experience with a vision towards hope, reconciliation and redemption,” explains Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7 Theatre’s executive artistic director. “I think you’re going to laugh, be moved to tears, be challenged to engage important themes, and I think you’re going to be wildly entertained.”
The 2019-2020 mainstage season will feature the following shows:
A Wrinkle in Time. Adapted by John Glore from Madeleine L’Engle’s novel. Young heroine, Meg Wallace, embarks on an epic journey through time and space to rescue her father from the evil clutches of IT. Along the way, she discovers the true value of family, friendship, and that true love can actually triumph over evil. And that, yes, there is such a thing as a tesseract. Runs Nov. 8 – 16, 2019 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre.
Tempting Providence. Written by Robert Chafe. Tenacious and resilient Myra Bennet journeys to the remote village of Daniel’s Harbour in Newfoundland to serve as the region’s only medical practitioner in the early 20th century. There, she is determined to confound expectations through her down-to-earth practicality. Can she earn the community’s respect? An inspiring story of heroism, sprinkled with generous doses of humour and romance, the play asks big questions about whether life happens by chance, or by the influence of a larger force unseen. Runs Jan. 24 – Feb. 8, 2020 at the Abbotsford Community Arts Addition.
The Secret Garden. Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman, music by Lucy Simon. Adapted from Francis Hodgson Burnett’s novel. Orphaned in India and sent to England to live with her reclusive Uncle Archibald, and his invalid son, Colin, Mary Lennox discovers a secret garden on the estate. She dedicates herself to restoring the garden to its former glory, forging new friendships along the way. A story of healing, forgiveness and renewal, this Award-Winning musical will warm your heart and refresh your spirit. Runs March 27 – April 4, 2020 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre.
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Written by Ken Ludwig. Master sleuth, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty side-kick, Watson, must stop a cold-blooded murderer from wiping out the male heirs of the Baskerville family line. Can our heroes discover the truth in time? A mad-cap comedy performed by five actors who play over 40 characters, this mystery-adventure will leave you breathless with excitement and put a smile on your face. Runs May 15 – 23, 2020 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.
“If there’s a common thread that ties our four mainstage shows together, it’s that the characters in each show are faced with an epic situation that lures them from their familiar and comfortable surroundings and forces them to accomplish great and mighty deeds that transform their world,” says Hildebrandt. “What’s fascinating about these characters is that despite their tenacity, their resourcefulness, or their resilience, they are just like you and me. They are ordinary people doing extraordinary things and discover life-transforming lessons along the way.”
In addition to the mainstage series, Gallery 7 Theatre will also be offering an exciting ‘second-stage’ series. In September, the theatre will host Abby Theatre Fest. This festival will feature an eclectic mix of short plays that are sure to challenge and stretch boundaries while showcasing the talents of emerging and established directors, playwrights, actors and designers from through-out the Lower Mainland. Then, in December, Gallery 7 Theatre will join forces with Pacific Theatre in Vancouver to bring the community Christmas Presence, a stocking stuffed full of seasonal music and stories. Then, in March, the always funny, always amazing Panic Squad and Friends will take to the stage with their unique brand of hilarious clean comedy improv.
“This season, be inspired to greatness,” concludes Hildebrandt. “With all that we have planned, I think Fraser Valley audiences are in for a compelling, uplifting and thought-provoking year of quality live theatre.”
Season subscriptions are now available for purchase at discounts of up to 25 percent off individual ticket prices. For more information on Gallery 7 Theatre’s 2019/2020 ‘Ordinary Heroes’ Theatre season, including complete play descriptions, schedules, and subscription packages, visit www.gallery7theatre.com.