We are not just local potters in Ladysmith, BC on Vancouver Island, but we’re active members of our community, and we’re even involved with the Ladysmith Players for the Ladysmith Little Theatre. That means we’re not just makers of art, but also participants in the arts.
We’ve had the pleasure of becoming deeply involved with our theatre, first for Jo came directing Larry Kramer’s amazing play about the early days of the AIDS pandemic, The Normal Heart. Vic was truly helpful during that rehearsal and production period, frequently reading lines with actors and once on set, acting as one of the stage hands.
We both caught the bug, and it wasn’t long before we were both involved in Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town. Though the real joy of that production was the way it not only involved us, but also our son and an “adopted” granddaughter.
I actually became a member of the Board of Directors in July. Vic has also become a handyman for our theatre which is an old school, about 100 years old!
This summer the theatre decided to keep residents interested by running old time radio plays, “theatre of the mind” plays really. Audiences got to see the actors working their voices to convey the texture and meaning of both a Philip Marlowe show called The Green Flame and an old Fibber McGee show called The Piano. I actually played Dodi Whitmar, a sophisticated wealthy owner of a number of news magazines and papers.
Vic is now into the last two weeks of rehearsals for his part in Norm Foster’s Opening Night. We can hardly wait for, you guessed it, Opening Night on September 12. The show will be playing at the Ladysmith Little Theatre. Dinner shows are on Fridays and Saturdays. Regular shows on Thursday evenings, and two Sunday Matinees with the closing on September 29. You can order your tickets online. Vic’s quite the performer, and I think he’ll be playing at least one show a year given the opportunity.