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BCP takes flight with second show of the season

See You at the Theatre: Auditions in January for “The Sunshine Boys”
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Tickets are almost sold out for Battlefords Community Players run of “Here on the Flight Path.”

THE BATTLEFORDS ‑ Battlefords Community Players offer up “Here on the Flight Path” beginning Nov. 30 and running with eight performances until closing Dec. 11.

This exciting play by Norm Foster, the most produced playwright in Canadian theatre, takes place over a period of three and a half years. John Cummings has three different women as neighbours. As he interacts with them from the balcony of his apartment, each have a unique impact on his life – from Faye, a practising member of the world’s oldest profession; to aspiring country singer, Angel; and the emotional, recently divorced Gwen. Laughter and tears abound in this comedy classic.

Got your tickets already, that was a good move. At this time, we have only a few for show only Nov. 30 or Dec. 7 and for dinner theatre, we also have a few for the final performance Dec.11. Call 306-446-3133 and leave a message if you want those last few tickets. Tickets are not available at the door. COVID regulations include proof of full vaccination and ID at the door, masks worn and social distancing in place at all times.

As many know, we got only half way through the first show of the season when we had a setback and had to postpone the final three nights of the two one-act plays. But not to worry. We are all fine and back in rehearsal again with a couple of new cast members, because of conflicts with the new dates – the show must go on – even if it isn’t until Jan. 13, 14 and 15. Our patrons are holding on to their tickets and looking forward to seeing the show on the new dates and we thank them again for their continued support. Last year only one of our shows actually happened on the planned dates, so our patrons are amazing.

It’s not all work, we do take time out to socialize as best we can and bask in our successes as we should. We will take a little time off to enjoy the holiday season with our family and friends but rehearsal will continue throughout and right after to ensure we are ready for our early return to the theatre. Remember, the last three nights of “The Foyer” and “Cowboys and Actors” will be seen in the New Year.

Auditions for the next production, “The Sunshine Boys,” ‑ a great comedy set in the mid 1980s by one of the best comedy writers every, Neil Simon, will take place Jan. 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the clubhouse (102 - 26th St., Battleford). Al and Willie as “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for more than 40 years. Now they aren’t even speaking. CBS requests them for “History of Comedy,” a retrospective, and a grudging reunion brings the two back together.

BCP needs two men to play these amazingly funny fellows aged to look like they are in their 80s or really that age and three other men 60 to 30 and two women 30 plus. We may well need a great makeup artist to assist with making our actors look the appropriate ages. Auditions are open to everyone and no experience is necessary. We will also be seeking people interested in helping in many other ways, because actors are great but they certainly do much better when they have a great team working with them.

We are proud of our many volunteers, all of them, no matter how much time they give or how little, they are most valuable to the club and its future.

Battlefords Community Players want to thank everyone for their support again during this past difficult year and wish everyone the best of the holiday season. Stay safe! See you soon, as we work to keep live theatre live in the Battlefords.