Also called a “Panto”, it has nothing to do with mime. Basically, it’s a light-hearted, comical, musical melodrama, usually based on a fairy tale. There’s always an outrageous Dame, bright costumes, silly songs, dances, double-entendre jokes, heroes, villains, and audience participation. Fun for all ages!
What time is the show?
White Rock Players' productions run Wednesday - Sunday.
Wednesday - Saturday, performances begin at 8 PM (Panto is 7:30 PM).
Sundays are matinees at 2:30 PM.
Where can I park?
During shows, our guests can park in our lot, directly behind the theatre. This can be accessed off of George Street. There is also a gravel parking lot to the right of our building, off the corner of Johnston Road and Russell Avenue.
Why do actors say “Break a leg”?
It’s not as often thought, to be wishing someone bad luck so they have good luck. Actually, it refers to the actor making an entrance, usually through the curtains at the side of the stage, which are called “legs”.
What are “upstage” and “downstage”?
In the early days of theatre, the stage was sloped upwards to the back, so the audience could see what was happening there. It must have been difficult for the actors to seem to walk “normally”. Nowadays the audience sits on tiered seating.
What are “stage left” and “stage right”?
Left and right, looking towards the audience from the stage. In melodramas and Pantos, the good guys always enter from the right, the bad guys from the left. Factoid – the Latin word for “left” is sinister …....
Who are the Club’s financial sponsors?
We have none. We finance all our operations and productions by donations and by production, rental and parking revenues.
Does the Club receive grants from any level of government?
The City of White Rock discounts our property taxes. If they become available, we look forward to gaining grants to improve our facility and technical equipment. For instance, we are beginning to change our stage lights to LEDs, which are initially expensive but use far less power.
Why is it called “community theatre”?
Because it is theatre performed by people in our community, for our community.
Are the actors paid?
Only in applause! This is community theatre. All production staff and actors are volunteers. If Equity (actor’s union) people want to perform in a community theatre production (eg for experience or fun), they get a waiver from Equity.
Is community theatre worthwhile training for a professional career?
Several WRPC alumni have gone on to successful stage, TV and choreography careers. It’s a great way to find out if a) you’re any good, and b) if you like doing it!
Can anyone volunteer?
Yes! Anyone can audition to act in a show, or help with stage crew, set construction and decoration, props, costumes, and front-of-house ushering and concession.
Is it true that the Playhouse is haunted?
Many people have had strange experiences, like unexplained switching on and off of lights, music heard by just one person, odd feelings, etc. Paranormal investigators have checked it out, but there’s no definitive proof (is there ever?)