Gallery 7 Theatre holds auditions for Shadowlands

Production takes place in January at the Abbotsford Arts Centre

Gallery 7 Theatre holds open auditions on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. for William Nicholson’s Shadowlands, the theatre’s second production of the 2014/2015 Refined by Fire theatre season.

The auditions are open to all men ages 25 to 60 and to boys ages 10 to 14.

They will be held at Gallery 7 Theatre’s new rehearsal hall at Huntington Station, #100 – 34595 Third Ave. in Abbotsford.

Call-back auditions will be held Oct. 18 and rehearsals begin the week of Nov. 5.

Shadowlands depicts how the serene world of C.S. Lewis – Oxford professor, famous author and determined bachelor – is turned inside out when he is visited by the spirited poet Joy Gresham.

What starts as a cordial friendship transforms into an ardent romance. When Joy develops terminal cancer, C.S. Lewis is forced to re-think his stoic philosophy on pain and suffering and experiences love and compassion on an entirely new level.

This heart-warming West End and Broadway hit explores the power of love, and how suffering and loss can both challenge and transform a person’s character and resolve.

“Shadowlands is a powerful and inspirational story of love and commitment,” said Ken Hildebrandt, executive/artistic director of Gallery 7 Theatre. “But it also explores the important distinction and tension between philosophical intellectualism, and the real-world experience of relationships and hardship. The play is both challenging and uplifting as a result.”

Shadowlands will run Jan. 23 and 24 and 29-31 at 7:30 p.m. with discount matinees on Jan. 24 and 31 at 2 p.m. at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way.

The production will be directed by Lloyd Arnett, faculty member and professor of theatre at Trinity Western University’s School for the Arts, Media and Culture.

To register for the audition, or for more information, contact Gallery 7 Theatre at 604-504-5940 or visit gallery7theatre.com.

Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend the auditions.