The Langley Seniors Centre will be whisked away to a land of mystery, drama and comedy later this month when two plays being featured at the BC Seniors’ Games will be showcased.
On Aug. 15, Langley’s Centre Stage Players and Port Coquitlam’s Autumn Thespians will present their one-act plays in a special showing, followed by a dinner and second showing of the Centre Stage play the following night on Aug. 16.
The Autumn Thespians will start the night with an original play, Oh Please, written by Phyllis Mohr.
Centre Stage will then close the evening on Aug. 15 with Love, Lies and In-Betweens. Written by Langley playwright Ron May, the show features many familiar local actors, including Dave Williams, Bev Pride, Beebe Fleming, Dan Tribe and Diane Gendron.
The play, which follows the life of a homeless man who is taken in by his sister, is filled with “quirky characters,” and “surprising twists and turns,” said Diane Gendron, production manager and actress for the character Clara.
At the second event on Aug 16, audiences will be offered a new and unique experience as the hall at the Langley Seniors’ Centre is transformed into a dinner theatre venue. A four-course dinner, prepared and served by Langley Seniors’ Centre staff will be followed by a showing of Love, Lies and In-Betweens.
For the actors involved (all ages 55 and up), the performances are a fun way to express their creative outlets, Gendron said.
The Langley group has been rehearsing up to three times a week since May for their debut performance at the Langley Seniors’ Centre and for the BC Senior’s Games coming up at the end of August. This is on top of other plays many are involved with at the Langley Players and Surrey Little Theatre.
“Being involved with the Centre Stage Players gives us one more opportunity within our local theatre community to do what we all love to do … to be on stage entertaining an audience,” Gendron said.
“It’s a bonus to be in this play.”
Tickets for the Aug. 15 show are $12 and the Aug. 16 event is $25. They are available at the front desk of the Langley Seniors’ Centre, 20605 51B Ave., or by calling 604-530-3020. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. The evening begins at 6 p.m. on Aug. 15 and 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 16.