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December 1 - 30

The Hunchback of Notre-PANTO

White Rock Players’ Club The Hunchback of Notre Panto



It’s that time of year again when the White Rock Players’ Club presents its annual Pantomime. Having produced PANTO’s for over 50 years, this year has a few fresh faces taking the helm. This year’s Panto is, “lovingly ripped-off”, from the Victor Hugo masterwork ~ The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and based on the script by Panto master, Dave Baron.  The new creative team invites you to step in to a different take on this classic.

Under the direction of Alex Lowe and Ann-Marie Zak, with Music Director Marquis Byrd, and Choreographer Rachael Carlson, the Hunchback and the realm of pantomime collide in a glorious explosion of music and magic. This show is shaped with elements that will be very familiar to long-time White Rock Panto-goers, and will add a few new motifs rolled into the mix.

SUMMARY—Set in Paris in the roaring twenties; our show follows a cast of characters struggling to make a life in one of the most important courtyards in the city – La Cathedral de Notre Dame. Beggars, aristocrats, and poets all live under the watchful eyes of Cardinal Frollo, portrayed by Kelly Thompson. Kelly adds the right amount of evil, all the while keeping a watchful eye on Quasimodo – Ben Pilger. Ben leaps with both feet into the guise of the shy misguided bell ringer.

Samantha Silver transforms into the young poet Pierre Bonhomme. Samantha injects a sense of pride and wonderment into the role, as she attempts to woo and win the heart of the beautiful Esmeralda, played by Juliana Peralta. The Queen of the BeggarsLa Belle Chantefleure (Dame Bryce Mills), returns to the Panto stage as a lady with a secret!  Dramatic as always, he (or should we say SHE) will bring laughter to the Grinchiest Grinch.

Dates: November 29 – December 30

Director: Alex Lowe

Based on the script written by: Dave Baron

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January 6th, 2018

Eric Samuels ~ Mind Games

Rock.It Boy Entertainment presents ERIC SAMUELS: MIND GAMES on Saturday, January 6 at the Coast Capital Playhouse in White Rock. Tickets are $30.00 (plus Facility Fee and Services Charges) at the Coast Capital Playhouse Box Office.

Eric Samuels is The Mentalist.  Using a deft combination of psychology, suggestion and stagecraft, Samuels goes where other people can’t:  inside your mind.  His shows have enthralled crowds right around the globe; engaging, energizing, and laugh-out-loud funny, they deliver on the “wow” factor as much as they entertain.  Get ready for a highly interactive, fun, thought-provoking night that will have you thinking about what you’ve experienced for days.  So, if you don’t believe that someone could actually read your thoughts, it’s time you experienced Samuels in performance.  He will blow your mind.

“It’s like Seth Godin & The Amazing Kreskin, morphed into one guy!” raves Tim McCauley Television ProducerAaron BuckleyRogers adds, “Absolutely mind-blowing and funny as hell!”  “The show was so fantastic, I couldn’t stop thinking about it!” adds Jan Lacock – Impressions.  “Breath-Taking ending! People were really buzzing after the show,” concludes Dave Charles – Byrnes Media.

ERIC SAMUELS: MIND GAMES will open your mind, spark your imagination and keep you talking long after the show is done. For a demo and more information about Eric Samuels visit: www.ericsamuels.com.

Saturday, January 6 at the Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd, White Rock.

Tickets are $30.00 (plus Facility Fee & Service Charges) at the Coast Capital Playhouse Box Office.

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Previews February 7 & 8; Show February 9 - 24

Don’t Dress for Dinner

Synopsis: A sex farce sequel to Boeing Boeing. Bernard and Robert are back! Now married, Bernard has not given up his swinging lifestyle. Hoping to spend a romantic weekend with his mistress, he tries to send his wife, Jacqueline, to her sick mother’s, under the pretense that he’s going to have a boy’s weekend with his pal, Robert.

But when Jacqueline finds out Robert, who happens to be her lover, is coming, she finds a way to stay, throwing off her husband’s perfect plans.

Queue the panic as everyone tries to hide their illicit affair. Don’t Dress for Dinner is full of lusty plots, busty mistresses, cover ups and cover off’s. It’s a real “who’s who” of who’s-whose-lover, full of twists and turns.

Dates: February 7 – 24

Written by: Marc Camoletti

Director: Julianne Christie

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April 13 - 28

August: Osage County

Synopsis:  A black comedy, it’s the story of a pill-popping sharp-tongued cancer patient matriarch whose three daughters rush home when they hear their father has disappeared.

August: Osage County is a dramatic tour-de-force filled with incredible roles and powerful dialogue.

Dates: April 11 – 28

Written by: Tracy Letts

Director: Ryan Mooney

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June 8 - 23


Synopsis: The Russians are set on recovering the Romanovs’ lost treasures. But when a charming French art collector proves to be more obstinate than they expected, the government sends out their best agent, Ninotchka.

A summer romance set in Paris and featuring soviet spies, royal treasures and joie de vivre, Lengyel’s play delivers a sharp and unfortunately timely critique of Cold War-era politics.

Dates: June 6 – 23

Written by: Melchior Lengyel

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White Rock Players' Club

Meet the Choreographer:
Rachael is delighted to be working on her second White Rock Players' Club production as choreographer.

She is a graduate of the Capilano University Musical Theatre Program, previously attending the Certificate in Performing Arts Program at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Recently she has directed and choreographed A Chorus Line (Fighting Chance Productions), and choreographed Peter Pan (Kaleidoscope Theatre), Alice in Wonderland (White Rock Players Club), Snow White (Kaleidoscope Theatre), and Cats (Fighting Chance Productions). Her previous directing credits include Mary’s Wedding (Warning: Canadian Content), and Boudicca (RSC). Recent performance credits include Mary in Sunset Boulevard (Victoria Operatic Society- Best Supporting Actor), Tzeitel understudy/Ensemble in Fiddler on the Roof (Royal City Musical Theatre), Rose Lennox in The Secret Garden (Exit 22), Anna Andreyevna in The Government Inspector (Exit 22), and Bombalurina in Cats (URP).

Thank you for all your hard work Rachel!

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Let's meet some more people behind the scenes!

Costume Designers - Amara Anderson and Kevin Kreisz (The Dame's Costumes)

Both costumers have worked with WRPC -
Amara was nominated for a CTC Award for last year's Alice in Wonderland Panto! We are so happy to have you back Amara, for these 1920's inspired costumes!

Kevin has worked on other WRPC shows, but this is his first PANTO! Kevin honed his costume-design talents with Royal City Youth Ballet and Royal City Musical Theatre. Kevin grew up in the world of community theatre, and is known as a dancer, performer and now, finally, costume designer. The Surrey Leader/Now called Kevin's dame gowns "... the best of show."

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Ann-Marie Zak

Ann-Marie Zak is a Burnaby resident and Capilano University musical theatre grad. She is also a seasoned dance and musical theatre instructor who had much to bring to this year's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE PANTO! The club thanks you for all your hard work Ann-Marie!

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A caring, dedicated, and determined young professional with an innate talent for finding the humor in everything, Alexander started his career in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Upon graduating theater school at Capilano University, he immediately began cutting his teeth in the industry, including a leading stage role in Saskatchewan. Following this success, Alex returned to Vancouver and continues his professional development by working with The Actor's Foundry, and (lucky for us!) Directing The HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE PANTO! www.imdb.com/name/nm7739716/?ref_=nmbio_bio_nm

"The creative proces has been a constant journey of playing with the cast and the script... this was not a process many were expecting (for) a Panto...without (the cast's) willingess to play with us, we wouldn't have a show!"

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What a fun and talented bunch!

Jake Hildebrand - The Victim/Chorus After living his entire life in White Rock, Jake is excited to finally make his debut with the local theatre company. Jake would like to thank Alex and Ann-Marie for including this funny little guy in their show, and as always, he thanks his family and friends for their ongoing love and support.

Diün Billie John Macdonald - Chorus
Diün was born in Montreal, 2003, and raised in P.E.I., where her love of music was supported with her first public performances at local ceilidhs. Diün has lived in White Rock with her family since 2010, and has been fortunate to participate for 4 years in the White Rock Children’s Choir, as well as dancing with Spiral Dance, and acting with The Drama Class; This is Diün’s second season performing in the White Rock Pantomime. Now 14, Diün looks forward to a creative life of sharing her talents with the world!

Tessa Milne – Chorus
This is Tessa's 2nd pantomime and 2nd show with the White Rock Players. Her first show with the company was as the mummy in Who Walks in the Dark in 2012. She is very happy to be performing with the club again.

Brianna St. Laurent - Chorus
Brianna is very excited to be in her first pantomime. She was last seen in The Lion King Kids.Her passion is live theatre and to date she has written, produced, directed and acted
in five productions at her elementary school!

Keoni Rebeiro – Chorus
Keoni is 12 years old. He has always loved music and performing. This is Keoni's fourth pantomime with the White Rock Player's Club. Other shows Keoni has done include a small part in the award winning The Last Lifeboat at Surrey Little Theatre, which took home Best Production for the Mainstage and Community Theatre Coalition 2016,and more recently his first TV commercial for Raymond James Financial.

Samantha Hussey - Chorus
Samantha received her BFA majoring in acting in 2014 from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, in her home province of Newfoundland. She's had the privilege of playing the roles of Beth in Abandon Hope Mabel Dorothy, Bianca in Taming of the Shrew, Elizabeth in In the Next Room, and many more!

And, Dani Hanuse - Chorus! Thank you all for your hours of rehearsals, and your dedication to the performances! ❤️
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Shenanigans galore in The Hunchback of Notre… PANTO! https://t.co/ciBXxhbkPl @WR_PlayersClub

"The Hunchback and the realm of pantomime collide in a glorious explosion of music and magic." The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Panto @WR_PlayersClub December 1–30. https://t.co/ldhEPgEDnD #yvr #WhiteRock

It's PANTO time! The HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE PANTO is running now through Dec 30th @ The Coast Capital Playhouse. 1532 Johnston Road... Tickets available https://t.co/dv1eHxDBdL

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