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2011 - 2012

Productions
at the
JERICHO ARTS CENTRE
August 16 - 21

NUNSENSE

Directed by Fighting Chance Artistic Director Ryan Mooney
with music direction by Vashti Fairbairn

Fighting Chance Productions, who was most recently at the Jericho Arts Centre to present the sold-out critically acclaimed SWEENEY TODD is thrilled to get all Catholic with our production of NUNSENSE.

If you haven’t heard of this hilarious phenomenon you’ve probably been living under a rock! 

NUNSENSE tells the story of what happens when all but five of the Little Sisters of Hoboken die in a leper colony. Mother Superior has a vision to stage a variety show to raise funds for the burials.

Join circus-performing Mother Superior, memory-strapped Mary Amnesia, straight-shooting Robert Anne, ballet aficionado Mary Leo and second-in-command Mary Hubert in this off-Broadway smash which ran for 3,672 performances!

FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS
September 2 - 25

HAY FEVER

by Noel Coward
Directed by Victor Vasuta


No playwright captures the sophisticated wit of the era between the two world wars like Noel Coward, and Hay Fever is the epitome of the Coward style. Inspired by a weekend Coward spent at the house of the actor Laurette Taylor, Hay Fever is a comedy of manners about a family whose theatrical excesses torment a group of unsuspecting visitors.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
September 5, 6, 7

SCREAMING SILENTLY
by Shane Rochon
Directed by Heather Dallas

“What once was hurt, what once was friction, what left a mark no longer stings because grace finds beauty in ugly things” – Bono Four siblings need to reconcile among themselves as they prepare for their deceased father's memorial service. A story on the gift of second chances.

ME2YOU PRODUCTIONS
October 4 - 23

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
With permission by Musical Theatre International
Directed by Cathy Wilmot, Music Direction by Sarah Jaysmith, Choreography by Dawn Ewen

"A good, clean, dirty show! Brings back belly laughs!" - Time Magazine

Starring Steve Dotto, Cameron Dunster, Dan Johnston, Elyse Maloway, Matt Ramer and Ryan Mooney as Pseudolus. Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written-the perfect escape from life's troubles. "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan for his young master, in exchange for freedom.

FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS
November 11 – December 4

Canadian Première
THE PRIORY
by Michael Wynne
Directed by Keven Bennett

This year New Year’s Eve will be different! A few friends; people we like; no craziness. The days of a big blowout are over. But successful, stressed-out thirty-somethings in search of a good time can make for one very fearsome party…. and some surprising resolutions.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
November 13 at 2pm

THE PASSIONATE SAX
The pleasure of your company is requested as the "Saxalamode" sax quartet plays some of the all time great jazz standards along with the sensual and rhythmic tangos of Astor Piazzolla.
December 7 - 23
Preview: Dec 7

CHRISTMAS CRACKERS
Written by Yvette Dudley-Neuman
Directed by Mauri Bernstein


When Jane Humphries commits the ultimate Christmas crime by tossing out her secret Santa gifts and declaring Christmas, “Holiday Hoo-Ha”, she is trapped in her office cubicle by the Magnus 4100 Operating System. Frustrated and famished, Jane is forced to recover her secret Santa gift, a box of Christmas crackers. Each time Jane eats a candy surprise from a Christmas cracker, she is whisked away on a journey of Christmas discovery! Zany, Irreverent and Funny! This Christmas Something’s Going to Snap!

better than tteeVy productions
Jan 20 – Feb 12
Preview: Jan19 ($10.00) Opening: Jan 20
Talkback: Jan 26

DUET FOR ONE
by Tom Kempinski

Director John Murphy
Tom Kempinski’s dazzling play emerges as a gripping, witty and ultimately life-enhancing tribute to the human spirit. Stephanie Abrahams, a brilliant concert violinist who seemingly has it all, is forced to re-evaluate her life when struck down by an unforeseen tragedy. Faced with a truth too difficult to comprehend, she engages the help of a psychiatrist. Through a series of highly charged encounters, Stephanie is led to examine her deepest emotions and finally to consider a future without music.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
February 22 - March 4

THE UGLY ONE
by Marius von Mayenburg, translated by Maja Zade
Directed by Richard Wolfe

“A delectable black comedy” - Evening Standard.
Featuring David Beairsto, Amber Lewis, Jack Paterson and Brian J. Sutton

PLAN B COLLECTIVE
March 6 - 17
Preview: March 6
Talkback: March 8

THE ODD COUPLE - Female Version
by Neil Simon
Director: David C. Jones

Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.

FROLICKING DIVAS PRODUCTIONS
Mar 30 – April 22
Preview: Mar 29 ($10.00) Opening: Mar 30
Talkback: Apr 5

Canadian Première
BURNT BY THE S
UN
by Peter Flannery
Director: Elizabth McLaughlin

from the screenplay by Rustam Ibragimbekov & Mikia Mikhalkov
One glorious morning in 1936 as Colonel Kotov enjoys a summer break with family and friends, his wife’s former lover returns after a long absence. Amidst a tangle of sexual jealousy, retribution and remorseless political backstabbing, Kotov feels the full, horrifying reach of Stalin’s rule.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
May 3 - 19
Previews: May 1 & 2

Canadian Première
GREY GARDENS
An American musical with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, and lyrics by Michael Korie
based on the 1975 documentary of the same title about the lives of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale ("Big Edie") and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale ("Little Edie") by Albert and David Maysles. The Beales were Jacqueline Kennedy's aunt and cousin, respectively. The musical tracks the progression of their lives from their original status as rich and socially polished aristocrats to their eventual largely isolated existence in a home overrun by cats and cited for repeated health code violations. However, its more central purpose is to untangle the complicated dynamics of their dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship.

FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS
June 17

SAXALAMODE
An eveing of jazz with Victor Guy, Brian Kinniston, Bruce Nirris ans Colin Maskell.
Jun 1 – 24
Preview: May 31 ($10.00) Opening: Jun 1
Talkback: Jun 7

LONDON ASSURANCE
by Dion Boucicault

Director: Adam Henderson
Sir Harcourt Courtly is lured away from fashionable London by the promise of a rich and beautiful bride, Grace, several decades his junior. He marvels at this rural Venus until her charms are eclipsed by her hearty cousin, the foxhunting Lady Gay Spanker. Meanwhile his disguised son turns up in flight from his creditors and falls head over heels for Grace…

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
July 6 - 28
Wed-Sun: 8pm

THE ALCHEMIST
by Ben Johnson

When hucksters Subtle, Face and Doll Common join forces to pose as alchemists, dupes of every kind queue up to fulfill their crazy lusts and dreams. And as the client list escalates so the frenetic con artists demonstrate ever more outlandish acts of improvisation to avoid discovery and rake in the cash. Bursting with energy and invention, Ben Jonson's comedic masterpiece offers an irresistible critique of human greed and gullibility.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY