President's Message: Our 11th season: 2013

Welcome to our new season; our 11th season. We took a bit of a hiatus this fall and it felt good to have a bit of a break. In eleven years, we have produced 37 plays, including productions that traveled to the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Prince George, Creston, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and last year to Kamloops, where we represented the Fraser Valley Zone of Theatre BC as Best Production at Mainstage and came home with Best Costumes and Best Ensemble for A Particular Class of Women. We co-hosted the 2006 Mainstage Provincial Drama Festival here at the ACT, and again in 2009, when we focused attention on the theme of the environment with our slogan “Go Green with Sharon and Kathleen!” We have supported countless community events, including Canada Day, Pitt Meadows Day, Earth Day, Heritage Day, Rivers Day, Family Literacy Day and my personal favorite The Christmas Haven. We have marched in the rain and facepainted and dressed up in whatever crazy outfit the occasion called for – James Bond, Humphrey Bogart, go-go dancers, nuns, steampunk pirates, or the Royal family. We even stayed up all night on the bandstand the first year we did Shakespeare in the park because we couldn’t afford to pay for security back then!

Yes, it was nice to have a break. But we are so excited to be back and to bring you another fabulous season of plays that you will not see anywhere else! Tell Me On A Sunday is a beautiful, funny and touching story told entirely in song, by the delightful Robyn Van Luven. It is so fitting that this is our Valentine’s Day production – you will absolutely fall in love with the music and this show.

In May, you will see our next “festival” entry, Trying by Joanna McClelland Glass, directed by Simon Challenger. This is a semi-autobiographical story of a young Canadian woman who goes to work for the former Attorney General of the United States, Francis Biddle, in his last year of life. She is hired by Biddle’s wife to help him put his affairs in order as his health is declining. It is a heartwarming story of two people at opposite ends of life’s journey, “trying” to understand each other. Don’t miss this award-winning play by an award-winning company!

But wait until July! Bard on the Bandstand 2013 promises to be a midsummer’s nightmare! It’s time to bring on The Scottish Play. We can’t tell you the name (Shhhh! Don’t say it!), but it’s directed by Cathie Young, who wants you to get ready to play in the park … in the dark!

And if you think this is our best season (which it is!), just wait til you see what we have in store for you next year!

Enjoy the show! ... and don't forget to thank our sponsors and fabulous local businesses that generously support the arts!

~ Sharon