A new season of theatre starts in QB in three weeks

Echo players has four productions slated to appear at the Village Theatre this season, starting with Separate Tables Oct. 11

It’s theatre season again in Qualicum Beach.

Echo Players’ season kicks off with Separate Tables beginning Oct. 11, a drama that involves two one-act plays that both take place at a seaside hotel in South England.

The first play, Table by the Window, surrounds a journalist and disgraced politician and his relationship with his ex-wife. The second, Table Number Seven, is about a scandal involving an upstanding regular at the hotel, who is also a retired army officer.

Separate Tables was written by Sir Terence Rattigan, and played on broadway before being made into a motion picture in 1958. The play will be directed by Gerri Hemphill and runs Oct. 11-28.

The Annual Vancouver Island One Act Play Festival will return to the Village Theatre from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, and promises to entertain with a variety of plays from around Vancouver Island.

A hilarious comedy comes just in time for Christmas: The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol. This play is directed by Thea Stavroff and can be enjoyed by the whole family. It runs Dec. 13-29.

A musical comedy, HMS Pinafore is a romantic satire of the British class system, promising wonderful music and fabulous costumes. The play will be directed by Lesley McVey, with musical direction by Hilary Whelton and choreography by Donna Wilkins. HMS Pinafore runs Feb. 14-March 3, 2013.

A dark comedy called The Memory of Water surrounds three sisters and explores both the funny and profound aspects of family relationships. The production will be directed by Gordon May and entered into Theatre B.C.’s North Island Zone Festival. This play runs April 4-21, 2013.

Finally, the farce Arsenic and Old Lace will wrap up the season, running from May 23-June 9. This production, directed by Eileen Pope, is about a struggling drama critic that finds out insanity runs in his family, particularly when he discovers his elderly aunts have developed a rather peculiar hobby.

Details about these plays are available in the 2012/2013 season brochure, available from the Village Theatre, and are also on the website www.echoplayers.ca.

To enquire about season tickets, phone the Village Theatre Box Office at 250-752-3522.