“We got some really good people,” said Tony James, producer of this year’s Kimberley Summer Theatre season, on the audition process, which took place in Calgary and Vancouver, and right here in Kimberley.
James announced last Friday that the company has been cast for the two shows Kimberley Summer Theatre will present this summer.
The cast will be coming from far and wide, including Fiona McIntyre, a Vancouver native currently pursuing a degree in Musical Theatre in New York City.
“She’s coming back to Canada for this,” James said.
The main cast also includes local Brent Gill from Cranbrook as well as Jeremy Verkley, Raymond Johnson-Brown, Thia Sterling and Trisha Woodley.
The shows will have two venues, an adult comedy Self Help at Centre 64 in July, and The Wizard of Oz for the whole family at McKim Theatre in August.
With the Wizard of Oz comes the need for a larger cast.
There are 14 junior cast members, James said.
“The youngest is age seven and it goes up to about 15. Some of these kids have never done anything like this before, so it’s fun for us to say, ‘yes, come on board’. It’s a great opportunity for kids to have fun and learn, to be mentored.”
All the junior cast is local.
There are still two male roles to be cast; the character of Uncle Henry/Guard and the Munchkin Mayor for the Wizard of Oz.
Anyone interested in those characters can contact James at email@example.com
James is also enthusiastic about the production team put together.
“We’ve got a good mix of local people and out of towners. They are going to present a great season of shows.”
Tickets will be going on sale this week and a box office has been set up at Centre 64. You can go there in person or call 250-427-4080.
Self Help is for an adult audience and tickets are $23. Tickets for Oz are $23, children 3 to 12, $13.
There are numerous early bird discount deals, package deals and dinner deals available (a great Mothers Day gift), as well as deals on block bookings of ten or more. There will be seniors matinee deals, as well as behind the scenes deals, a lecture series matinee and more.
Full details are available at kimberleysummertheatre.com and Facebook.
The cast comes to town early June and rehearsals begin June 11.