Vanderhoof residents will get to watch a new play this week and it comprises of a selection of songs from all the musicals produced by the Vanderhoof Community Theatre over the past 30 years, woven together with a pandemic theme.
The play is called PandeMusical Revue, written by Lisa Striegler and the dates for the show are Dec. 2, 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 as well.
“We thought it would provide a lighthearted entertainment for the community, but it ended up also offering me the opportunity to express myself about the pandemic. So, while it includes numbers from previous shows, it is it’s own show with its own theme,” Striegler said.
Libby Hart and Strigler co-directed the show, each bringing their own style and technique to the production. Choreography in the play has been done by Mark Durupt and production leadership was provided by Wendy Clement. The Music Director for the show is Thea Doyle.
“So it has really been a team effort!” Striegler said.
A really neat aspect of the production this year is the pit band. There are two more mature members and two teens who make up the ensemble. There will also be a guest appearance both on stage and in the pit band by Doug Goodwin, who wrote the original play Nothing To Good For A Cowboy in 1992.
“The play was based off the book series written by local rancher Rich Hobson. Doug has joined in on band rehearsals via zoom from his home on Vancouver Island,” she added.
Auditions for the play were held mid-August, and rehearsals took place three times a week over a three-month period.
“These productions take a huge amount of time and dedication but it has been so rewarding to play, sing and dance together, that every moment has been worth it. We hope this show will leave people feeling happy and hopeful,” Striegler added.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 restrictions will be in effect, with a proof of vaccination along with photo ID required to allow entry into the Integris Community Theatre at Nechako Valley Secondary School for the play. Doors will open 30 minutes before showtime.