Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Nov 5-22: Calderwood, Rodgers launch twin BILLY BISHOPs

You'll remember Damon Calderwood as THE ELEPHANT MAN, or as Richard Rich in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS - or, if your memory is long enough, an actor in The Pacific Salt Company and our annual Murder Mystery shows. Damon's always dreamed of playing Billy Bishop in the classic Canadian musical, and his time has come! 

Curiously enough, the director of THE ELEPHANT MAN, Sarah Rodgers - who also helmed our DRIVING MISS DAISY, and is about to dig in on JESUS MY BOY with David Adams, Sheree Plett and Jeremy Eisenhauer - has just piloted another production of BILLY B, this one at the Chan Centre. 

First Impressions Theatre proudly presents
a musical by John Gray & Eric Peterson

Wednesdays to Saturdays, November 5-22 at 8:00pm
Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver, BC

First Impressions Theatre celebrates its 25th anniversary season with one of Canada's most popular and internationally renowned musicals "Billy Bishop Goes to War", by John Gray with Eric Peterson. This heart-warming, funny and moving narrative is based on a true story about Canada's World War I flying ace, Billy Bishop.

Audiences will fall in love with Billy Bishop as he recounts his days in combat as a rebellious young Canadian fighter pilot and unexpectedly becomes the most decorated Royal Air Corps officer and heroic figure of the Great War.

Veteran Vancouver actors Damon Calderwood and Gordon Roberts are teaming up in this two-man show with Equity director Gerry McKay to bring the iconic Canadian musical "Billy Bishop Goes To War" to the Deep Cove Shaw Stage. Damon Calderwood will star as the feisty Canadian WWI flying ace Billy Bishop performing 18 different characters while Gordon Roberts will perform the role of Narrator/piano player.

To commemorate "Billy Bishop Goes to War" 30th Anniversary production, First Impressions Theatre will host a Special Fundraising Event on Remembrance Day, Tuesday, November 11, at 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20, all proceeds go to the Poppy Fund.

Show performances: November 5 through 22, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Avenue (at Panorama Drive) in North Vancouver

Tickets: $18 adults; $15 for seniors and students.
Book your tickets early! Call First Impressions Theatre at 604-929-9456.


Theatre at UBC matches this production by First Impressions Theatre with a convergent mounting October 29 - November 11 at the Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre for Performing Arts, UBC Point Gray Campus. Director Sarah Rodgers and starring Ryan Beil & John Gray's son Zachary Gray.

UBC Box Office: 604 822.2678

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