Driftwood Players Director Richard Lund believes that community theatre should go out to the community, so this month he is taking his new production of “Office Hours” to an unprecedented six venues across the Sunshine Coast for its seven performances.
The Canadian comedy by Norm Foster premieres on Friday May 12 at Roberts Creek Hall before travelling to the Botanical Garden Pavilion (May 13), Harmony Hall (May 14), Pender Harbour Music School (May 19), Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre (May 20 and 21) and Leo’s Tapas in Gibsons (May 26).
“As far as I know, this is the first stage play that has gone to so many venues,” said Lund. “I personally wanted to do that because, though I really like performances at the Heritage, I think community theatre should also go out to the neighbourhoods.”
“Of course, it means we have to use a fairly simple set, and it presents quite a challenge for the actors. But, I gotta say, we are all having so much fun with it.”
The comic production is set on a Friday afternoon in six separate offices in the big city. Six unique stories unfold during the madcap race towards quitting time, and yet there is much in common between the people and offices.
“Office Hours” premiered in 1996 in New Brunswick, and has become very popular with community theatre groups across the country. Author Norm Foster, who is considered to be Canada’s most-produced playwright, has had more than 50 plays produced on professional stages.
The 15 characters in “Office Hours” are played by 11 local actors: Aaron Fuller, Bill Forst, Corinna Savien, Francesca Ryan, Geran Capewell, Julian Alphilbert, Pam Schutz, Radhika Samwald, Stephen Archibald, Steven Schwabl, and Trudi D’Ambrumenil.
Tickets are $20, except for two of dinner theatre performances that include a meal. Those tickets are $50 for the Pender Harbour Music School and $40 for Leo’s Tapas. Tickets are available in Gibsons at the Blackberry Shop or Laedeli Gifts, Sechelt at the Visitor Centre, Madeira Park at Bluewater Books, or online at share-there.com.