Gallery 7 Theatre releases lineup for new season

Four productions are on the agenda for the 2012/13 season

Abbotsford’s Gallery 7 Theatre has released its lineup for a new season called Theatre for Life.

“There’s nothing quite like the live theatre experience,” said artistic director Ken Hildebrandt. “When those house lights go down, the actors take the stage, and a story unfolds in three dimensions, something truly amazing happens. We experience something universal and communal, something that takes us beyond ourselves.”

The 2012/2013 season  includes a Jane Austen classic; a Canadian story of love, loss and war; a Canadian amateur premiere of a children’s classic; and a hilarious comedy.

– Sense and Sensibility, adapted by Jon Jory. Jane Austen’s classic story of two sisters and their search for the right man is brought to life in this stage adaptation.

While Elinor is enamoured by the unassuming and awkward Edward, Marianne is swept off her feet by the vivacious Willoughby. When the men’s secret lives are revealed, the sisters must depend on one another for support.

The show runs Nov. 2-17.

– Mary’s Wedding, by Stephen Massicotte. On the night before her wedding, Mary dreams of love, war, what was and what could be.

Her thoughts focus on her first love, Charlie, who she met by chance in a barn while seeking shelter from a prairie thunderstorm.

The show runs Jan. 18 to Feb. 2.

– Swallows and Amazons, adapted by Helen Edmundson with music by Neil Hannon.

When John, Susan, Titty and Roger are granted their wish to camp on an island, they eagerly look forward to a summer full of adventure and fun. Fueled by their imagination and a desire for new experiences, they set sail in their trusty boat, Swallow.

The show runs March 9-24.

– The Foreigner, by Larry Shue.  Charlie, a pathologically shy young man, is a little down on his luck of late. His best friend “Froggy,” a munitions expert in the British Army, treats Charlie to a vacation at a small fishing lodge in rural Georgia.

Before leaving, Froggy announces to all that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and can’t speak a lick of English. And so the fun begins. As Charlie listens in on sinister plots and scandalous revelations, he unwittingly becomes the catalyst to righting what has been wronged.

The show runs June 7-22. For more information visit gallery7theatre.com or call 604-504-5940.