From December 14-17 Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre invites Victoria audiences to once again experience classic radio drama as it was produced in the “golden age of radio” at its home, The Roxy Theatre, in the heart of Quadra Village, Victoria.
Reviving its perennial favourite It’s A Wonderful Life based on the 1947 film of the same name by Frank Capra, Blue Bridge will also premiere a new adaptation of the 1940’s Ernest Lubitsch film The Shop Around The Corner by Andrew Bailey.
“This really is an extraordinary way to welcome the holiday season,” says Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director, Brian Richmond. “Audiences get the chance to not only experience these heart warming classic stories performed by a company of 17 of the city’s most talented professional and emerging actors, but they also get to see our live on stage Foley Sound expert R.J. Peters make the audience believe they are hearing footsteps in the snow as he crunches corn starch in a leather pouch. Watching the story come to life using the techniques of a bygone era has been delighting audiences since we began the series nearly a decade ago.”
Returning to the acting company this season are veteran performers Wes Tritter in the role of Clarence, the would-be angel, along with Michael Armstrong, Shauna Baird, Wes Borg, Morgan Cranny, Sarah Donald, Jack-Harris Bruce, Griffin Lea, Chris Mackie, Emma Newton, Daniel Yaxley, Noa Paster, Samuel Walmsley-Byrne, Brian Richmond, Jacob Richmond, Tara Britt, Jeff Poynter and Laura-Jane Wallace. The shows are directed by Brian Richmond. Costumes are by Patricia Reilly, lights by Rebekah Johnson, and Foley Sound by R.J. Peters.
Both offerings will be performed in repertory; performances of Shop Around The Corner are on December 14 and 16 at 8 pm, with a 2 pm matinee on December 17, while It’s A Wonderful Life may be seen on December 15 and 17 at 8pm, with a 2 pm matinee on December 16. Tickets range from $15 for youth to $25 for seniors and students and $30 for adults. They can be purchased online at bluebridgetheatre.ca, by calling 250-382-3370,or in person at the Roxy Theatre, 2657 Quadra Street, Wednesday to Saturday from 12 noon to 4 pm.