Bard to Broadway sets stage for 2012

Summer theatre company producing two shows in July and August

Summer theatre in Qualicum Beach resumes July 9 as Bard to Broadway kicks off its 13th season.

Summer theatre in Qualicum Beach resumes July 9 as Bard to Broadway kicks off its 13th season.

Bard to Broadway’s live summer theatre kicks off it’s thirteenth season with two sensational shows on the stage of the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach July 9 to August 18.

The smash hit Broadway musical Hello Dolly along with Becky’s New Car an irresistible laugh-out-loud comedy will be performed for B2B’s live summer repertory theatre.

Becky’s New Car is a thoroughly original comedy by Steven Dietz with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken and stars Candice Appleby as Becky.

Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage — with no prospects for change on the horizon.  Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works.

Becky is offered nothing short of a new life and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare.

Director Don Harper is in his seventh season with B2B, having appeared in the Sound of Music (2006), Lend Me a Tenor and Guys and Dolls (2007), Annie Get Your Gun (2008), Little Shop of Horrors (2009) and Anne of Green Gables last year.

His directing credits for B2B include The Foreigner (2009) and Maggie’s Getting Married (2010).

For ECHO Players, he has appeared in Ned Durango Comes to Big Oak, Gigi, and Over the River and Through the Woods and has directed I Never Sang for My Father, and Uh-Oh! Here Comes Christmas.

Hello Dolly has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success since it was first produced in 1964.

The winner of 10 Tony Awards on Broadway Hello Dolly tells the story of Mrs. Dolly Levi’s effort to marry Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire.

Along the way she also succeeds in matching up the young and beautiful widow Molloy with Vandergelder’s head clerk, Cornelius Hackl; Cornelius’ assistant, Barnaby Tucker, with Molloy’s assistant, Minnie Fay; and the struggling artist, Ambrose Kemper, with Vandergelder’s weeping niece, Ermengarde.

The group takes off on a whirlwind adventure from Yonkers, New York into the big city of New York where love and excitement await.

Director Gary Brown, is a proud co-founder of B2B and is once again thrilled to be in the director’s chair.

Performing and directing for B2B has always brought joy to Brown and he said the past 13 years have been the best theatrical experience of his life.

The principle cast includes Amy Mikkelborg as Dolly Gallagher Levi, Brian Lecky as Horace Vandergelder, Morganna Clarkson as Irene Molloy, David Mathews as Cornelius Hackl, Emily Blake as Minne Fay and Nicholas Atkinson as Barnaby Tucker.

He said Atkinson who plays the role of Barnaby is amazing.

“He is a very talented kid.  His whole family is … he is the next jewel in the crown.  He’s brilliant in Hello Dolly and he will be a joy to watch,” admitted Brown.

He said Atkinson and Mathews, who plays Corneilus, are great together.

“They auditioned on the same day. I gave them both a script and when they read it I knew right away it was a perfect pairing. They are both so talented.”

Brown said rehearsals are going well and he is confident it will be a strong show that audiences will enjoy.

The B2B box office opens June 19, but you can check out the 2012 schedule on line at www.b2btheatre.com.