Never one to let a pandemic get it down, Western Edge Theatre has moved online for the summer with a pair of pithy short plays by Nanaimo playwright Bill Miner.
The first, Sandpiper Serenade, was performed as a reading on the company’s YouTube channel in June and can still be viewed there. Meanwhile, the next, The Shadow World, will debut as a livestream on the channel on June 30th at 7 pm, also performed as a reading but with a mix of old and new theatrical trimmings – costumes, virtual backgrounds, sound effects, and music.
Miner describes The Shadow World as “an homage to the gothic thrillers of the ‘40s.” In it, financially desperate siblings Dylan and Delores visit their Uncle Edward, once the world’s greatest spiritualist, now a recluse on a Gulf Island. They hope to learn the whereabouts of the family’s long-lost fortune. But they discover a much more sinister secret.
Featured in the cast are Randy Humchitt, Rick Meyers, Erik Tully, and Diane Verhiel. Bill Miner and Brian March are the co-directors.
The Shadow World may be viewed live on the Western Edge Theatre You Tube channel (alternate link: https://bit.ly/weyoutube) on Thurs., July 30th at 7 pm. There is no charge to watch, but donations to encourage more such livestreams and help sustain Western Edge during the pandemic will be welcome (and may also be made in advance at https://westernedge.org/donate). The production will remain available for viewing after its premiere.
Like theatres around the world, Western Edge was forced to halt stage productions by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have appreciated the support of our audience and the community at large during this difficult time,” says executive director Frank Moher. “We look forward to being able to return to full production when the time is right. Meantime, see you online.”