New season of theatre announced

Abbotsford's Gallery 7 Theatre company will present of variety of plays.

Gallery 7 Theatre of Abbotsford has released a list of production that will make up its 23rd season of theatre.

“Since variety is the spice of life, we’ve included something this year to please every taste,” said Ken Hildebrandt, executive/artistic director.

“We feature a little adventure as we follow that lovable scallywag, Tom Sawyer, through his hilarious exploits; some comedy as a young mom-to-be attempts to appease her parents by hosting her first family dinner; some drama as we follow Corrie ten Boom’s plight to find forgiveness and faith in the midst of horrific tragedy; and some passion as that beloved Canadian icon, Anne Shirley, seeks to make Green Gables a place to call home.

“Each story has something to say about identity and finding a sense of purpose and belonging.”

The 2013/2014 features:

n The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Laura Eason from the Mark Twain novel. Rediscover this classic American tale about the lovable scallywag, Tom Sawyer, as he sets out for adventure and manages to break the rules along the way!

The show runs Nov. 8  to 23.

n Having Hope at Home, a distinctly Canadian comedy by David S. Craig. It’s the mother of all peace treaties: a formal family dinner. Carolyn has invited her estranged parents over to make peace. The table is laid, the turkey is in the oven and Carolyn has just gone into labor. In a valiant attempt to hide her labour pains from her parents, Carolyn struggles to maintain the façade of civility as she wrestles to find her place in the family.

The play runs Jan. 24 to Feb. 8.

n The Hiding Place, by Timothy Gregory from the book, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill. Corrie ten Boom’s post-war mission to bring healing and forgiveness to victims of the holocaust reaches a crisis when she comes face to face with the man who turned her and her family in to the Nazi police during the war. What follows is an incredible recounting of the ten Boone’s work with the Dutch underground to hide Jews in a hidden room above the family’s watch repair shop.

The play runs March 14 to 29.

n Anne (of Green Gables), by Paul Ledoux from the novel by L.M. Montgomery. The girl with the fiery red hair and an imagination that knows no bounds comes to vibrant life onstage as we celebrate a classic Canadian tale. Matthew and Marilla want to adopt a boy to help with the farm chores. Instead, they get the precocious Anne.

The play runs June 13 to 28.

For more information about this year’s season, visit www.gallery7theatre.com or call 604-504-5940. All performances, take place at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Rd.