Creston’s Footlighters Theatre Society auditioning for season opener

Web Lead

Susan Jorgensen and Rylan Lavallee in last summer's melodrama produced by Footlighters Theatre Society.

Days after Footlighters Theatre Society’s 20th season concludes with this weekend’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the troupe will be back at it, holding auditions at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Snoring Sasquatch for The Great Ice Cream Scheme, which opens the 21st season in July.

Directed by Jason Smith, the comedy will offer a modern twist on the classic melodrama format.

“We always add some pop culture references and jokes, as well as songs, to add to the fun,” said Smith, who previously directed Headed South from the Great White North in 2013, and co-wrote Almost Golden, which won best production at the Kootenay Zone festival, Centre Stage, held in Creston last year.

The play centres around Pop Sicle’s Ice Cream Parlour, where Pop serves ice cream made with a secret recipe known only to him, his sister Nana Peel and his adopted son Robin Baskins.

Things get sticky when cold-hearted villain I.C. Custard decides to steal Pop’s recipe. He hires Parfait Deluxe, an ex-chorus girl and total klutz, to steal the recipe from Robin — but his heart already belongs to new waitress Marsha Mallow.

The cast requires six men and five women, along with optional extras. Auditions will be by cold readings from the script, as well as briefly singing. While not all performers will have to sing solo in the performance, leading actors will likely take part in a song or two.

“This type of comedy leaves a lot of room for extra material, so everyone involved will be able to bring a lot of their own ideas to the production,” said Smith.

For more information, contact Jason Smith at 250-428-9553.

The production of The Great Ice Cream Scheme will run July 9-11, kicking off a season currently scheduled to include a revival of Shakespeare in the Park — returning after a five-year absence — in August, and two other plays in December and March.

—FOOTLIGHTERS THEATRE SOCIETY

Just Posted

Kootenay fires grow — more evacuation alerts

Syringa fire prompts evacuation alerts plus HWY 3 closure and U.S. fire crosses into B.C.

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Meachen Creek fire changed little overnight

Mayor reaches out to thank community; evacuation alert notices are being delivered door to door so no one is missed

Castlegar bridge designed by architect of collapsed Italian bridge

Riccardo Morandi designed the Kinnaird Bridge, which is part of Highway 3.

Interior Health evacuates Kimberley facilities

Residents at Kimberley Special Care Home and Garden View Village evacuted

‘We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Smoke scraps Nelson’s MS Bike Challenge

The annual fundraising event cancelled its cycling Saturday because of poor air quality

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

44 drownings so far this year in B.C.

Lifesaving Society urging caution to prevent deaths while on lakes, oceans and in pools

Some of B.C.’s air quality levels worse than Jodhpur, India

Okanagan, northern B.C. seeing some of the worst air quality globally

Most Read