Jay Norton has always been drawn to scripts that can make people both laugh and cry and that’s why he was drawn to Always a Bridesmaid.
Norton is directing the play for Bard to Broadway at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach and it runs from July 3 to Aug. 11.
“I’ve done Steel Magnolias and Crimes of the Heart‚ there’s some really good scripts out there that are really funny but at a point in the script they’ll make you cry too,” he said.
The story surrounds four women who get into the liquor on the night of their senior prom and make a pact to be in each other’s weddings no matter what. This ends up playing out more than once for some of the women, however.
“The play has a nice Southern twang to it,” Norton said, as it’s set in the Southern United States and rather than one lead role, each of the four women have meaty roles.
“They are good female parts,” he said. “They’ve got lots of diversity from one character to the other.”
There are also two other women in the play, making it an all-female cast.
It’s a very well written script, Norton said, created by the Jones Hope Wooten trio (Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten), the most produced playwrights in the United States.
The comedy is said to be a laugh-out-loud and poignant journey of four friends in their quests for ultimate love and happiness.
“It’s about the bond and the friendship that they’ve had over the 30-ish years,” said Norton, adding the play takes place over about seven years.
Women will identify with the play, Norton said, but guys will also enjoy it, as he does.
Catch Always A Bridesmaid at the Village Theatre. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $11 for children, available at the box office: 110 West Second Ave. Call 250-752-4470 to book tickets or to find out office hours. Special two-for-one pricing is available July 3 through 7.
For more information visit www.b2btheatre.com.