The opening production of the UFV Theatre department’s 2012/13 season of theatre will be Once in a Lifetime, the hilarious comedy from George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, which follows the progress of a trio of failing vaudevillians who attempt to boost their chances of employment by working as elocutionists in a 1920s Hollywood that is in the process of switching from silent movies to the talkies.
Once in a Lifetime is a full-blown extravaganza, filled with a host of crazy characters and farcical situations that are guaranteed to tickle the funny bones of the most discerning theatre patrons. If you liked the Oscar winning movie The Artist, and the classic Singing in the Rain, you’ll love Once in a Lifetime, which is the epitome of feel -good entertainment.
Director Ian Fenwick has assembled a large cast of UFV Theatre students for this production, with many cast members playing several roles.
Performers playing major roles include Danielle Warmenhoven as May Daniels, Eli Funk as Jerry Hyland, Karliana DeWolff as Susan Walker, Thomas Smith as George Lewis , Melissa Regamble as Mrs Walker and John Carroll as Mr. Glogauer. Other performers, all playing multiple roles, include: Rebekah Brisco, Katherine Beswick, Melissa Harris, Haley Raddysh, Shannon Hayes, Alana Cook, Rae MacEachern-Eastwood, Rene Weisgerber, Corryn Ginter, Gabriel Kirkley, Liam Archer, Kirk McFarlane, Ron Jackson, Tim Howe, Nial Harrison-Morry, Luke Stevens, Danny Campbell and Julian MacPherson.
Set and lighting design for Once in a Lifetime is by Astrid Beugeling, with costumes co- designed by Heather Robertson and Catrina Jackson. Projection design is by Julie Ruffell with props design by Aaron Froc and sound design by Stephen Wilhite. Stage manager for this production is Nicole Janisch.
Season tickets are still available for the 2012/13 season, including: Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout by Tomson Highway and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
Once in a Lifetime opens Friday Nov 9 at 7:30 pm in the theatre on the Chilliwack Yale Road campus (note: the theatre hasn’t moved to the Canada Education Park; it remains on Yale Road) with reduced rate previews November 7 and 8, and continues November 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24 at 7:30 pm, with matinees Sun, Nov 18 and 25 at 2 pm and Tues, Nov 20, at noon. The Sun, November 18, matinee is a pay-what-you-can event with a recommended price of $10. Other prices range between $14 to $22. For tickets and information call 604-795-2814 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org