Ken Hildebrandt

Ken Hildebrandt

Performers needed for Gallery 7 season finale

Auditions for the comedy The Foreigner, will take place in Abbotsford on April 3.

Abbotsford’s Gallery 7 Theatre will be holding open auditions for its final production of the 2012/2013 season, The Foreigner, a comedy by Larry Shue.

The audition, to be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m., is is open to male performers ages 16 and up and female performers ages 18 and up.

The story is about Charlie, a pathologically shy young man who is a little down on his luck. 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. Written by one of America’s great comic writers, this is a hilarious play with a classic good versus evil story at its heart.

“The Foreigner is pure fun, filled with adventure, intrigue and even a touch of romance,” explained Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7 Theatre’s executive artistic director. “For those looking for a little spiritual and intellectual nourishment, there’s a few food-for-thought things sprinkled in too about relationships, racism and truth verses lies.”

The cast consists of five male and two female characters, and will be directed by Carissa Boynton. Boynton has directed numerous productions for Gallery 7 Theatre, including Robinson Crusoe and the popular Tuesdays with Morrie.

The show will run June 7-8, 13-15 and 20-22 at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Road.

Rehearsals begin April 8, and take place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. Two Saturday rehearsals will also be held.

Those interested in working behind the scenes in such areas as stage management, sound operation, running crew and others are also invited to attend the audition. For more information, or to register for the audition, call 604-504-5940 or email info@gallery7theatre.com.