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Gallery 7 Theatre in Abbotsford holds auditions

Actors invited to try out Tuesday, Oct. 29 for production Tempting Providence

Gallery 7 Theatre holds open auditions in Abbotsford on Tuesday, Oct. 29 for its production in the new year of Tempting Providence by Robert Chafe.

The auditions take place at the theatre’s rehearsal hall (#100 – 34595 Third Ave.) for the production that is part of the2019-20 “Ordinary Heroes” season.

Auditions are open to performers ages 18 and up. Anyone interested in working behind the scenes as an assistant stage manager, running crew and sound or lighting operator is also welcome to attend.

Gallery 7 executive/artistic director Ken Hildebrandt said he has been waiting a long time to stage the play.

“The show is so heart-warming, compelling and entertaining. It’s based on a true story and is a real piece of Canadiana,” he said.

”The play is performed by four actors, some of whom play multiple roles, thus providing actors with a challenging yet fulfilling and rewarding artistic experience.”

Based on a true story, the tenacious and resilient Myra Bennett leaves her life in England in the early 20th century and journeys to the remote village of Daniel’s Harbour in Newfoundland to be the region’s medical practitioner.

Despite the cold, harsh winters and the townspeople’s initial skepticism about her abilities, Bennet determines to confound expectations through her down-to-earth courage and fortitude.

Can she earn the community’s respect? An inspiring and highly theatrical tale of heroism, sprinkled with generous doses of humour and romance, this play asks big questions about whether life happens simply by chance, or by the hand of a larger force unseen.

Tempting Providence will be directed by Trinity Western University’s theatre department professor, Dr. Lloyd Arnett. Arnett has directed productions of Cotton Patch Gospel and Shadowlands for Gallery 7 Theatre.

Tempting Providence will run Jan. 24 to Feb. 8 at the Abbotsford Community Arts Addition, 2329 Crescent Way.

Rehearsals start Nov. 13. An additional run of the show may be scheduled in Vancouver following the initial run at Gallery 7 Theatre.

To register for an audition, or for more information, visit gallery7theatre.com or call 604-504-5940. Audition time slots and a monologue will be assigned closer to the audition.

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