Williams Lake Studio Theater play Buying the Moose brings light and laughter
I slipped just past the curtain, having missed the opening moments of Williams Lake Studio Theater’s new play Buying the Moose.
Even though he didn’t catch the front rows, it was easy to assume the game was going well.
The small audience of crew and fans at the dress rehearsal, unlike their small numbers, absolutely filled the theater with laughter.
Within minutes I was laughing with the noisy audience while trying to focus on capturing photos of the actors on stage and trying to hold the camera steady in the dim light.
Buying the Moose is a lighthearted look at relationships and (mis)communication.
After two years of heavy news and with shorter days, Canadian comedy is a bright spark in the dark.
Two new cast members will be making their public debut when the play opens tonight, November 9, and they look set to go up the curtain.
“The growth they’ve shown from our debut to now is just phenomenal,” said director Brad Lawryk of actors Keegan Follack, who plays Betty, and Jakob Schwab, who plays Rob. “It was a real pleasure to work with them.”
After the November 7 dress rehearsal, Follack was excited to perform for the live audience.
“Oh my God, that was exhilarating,” she said. “I understand why people do it.”
Follack and fellow actress Megan Monds provided fantastic entertainment, their facial expressions speaking volumes as they played Betty and Cheryl, the wine-drinking friends who share their collective confusion over the behaviors of their male partners.
Lawryk, who is in his 13th year with the theater studio, chose the play because he wanted to direct a comedy so audiences could “come and sit and forget things for a few hours” and Buying the Moose delivers. .
Marriage-based humor is family-friendly, Lawryk said, and there are aspects that everyone who’s been in a relationship can relate to.
After a husband puts himself in a compromising situation, wife and husband seek solace with a friend and hidden secrets and gender stereotypes are the subject of some laughter.
The play will run for three weeks November 9-12, 16-19, and 23-26, 2022 with doors opening at 7 p.m. and curtain at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available in advance via the website at: https://www.wlstudiotheatre.ca/ and at the door, while supplies last.
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