Gallery 7 Theatre holds auditions for production of Schoolhouse

Auditions on Tuesday, Jan. 12 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Ken Hildebrandt

Ken Hildebrandt

Gallery 7 Theatre holds open auditions on Tuesday, Jan. 12 for the next production in its 25th anniversary season.

The auditions for the play Schoolhouse begin at 6:30 p.m. at Huntington Station, #100 – 34595 Third Ave. They are open to all male and female performers from the ages of 14 to 75.

Schoolhouse is written by Canadian playwright Leanna Brodie. It is set in 1938 in a one-room schoolhouse in the fictional town of Baker’s Creek in rural Canada, where a young but precocious Melita Linton is appointed teacher of an endearing yet rambunctious group of children.

Quickly gaining the respect of her young charges, Linton is challenged by the arrival of a new student, a juvenile delinquent named Ewart, who was sent to the community after doing time in Battenville Training School.

Linton attempts to reach out to the young boy and struggles to help both the town and the young man move beyond their fears and insecurities.

“Schoolhouse celebrates those teachers who have had a positive impact in our lives,” said Ken Hildebrandt, executive/artistic director of Gallery 7 Theatre.

“It’s an inspiring and distinctly Canadian story that explores the importance of seeing the potential in others to do great things. The play is sure to be an audience-pleaser.”

Schoolhouse runs April 8 and 9, 13 to 16 at 7:30 p.m. with discount matinees on April 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Ave.

Call-back auditions will be held Jan. 16 at 10 a.m., and rehearsals begin the week of Feb. 3. The production will be directed by Sarah Hu, who last directed The Hiding Place for Gallery 7 Theatre.

To register for the audition, or for more information, call 604-504-5940 or visit gallery7theatre.com. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend the audition.