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Portal Players Dramatic Society proudly presents our final production of our 2013/14 season: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.
Derek and Debra Burke direct this production of Ed Graczyk’s 1976 play which straddles two time periods—1955 and 1975—and tells the story of an all-female fan club called the Disciples of James Dean which meets at a Woolworths five-and-dime store in McCarthy, Texas.
In 1955, when they were teenagers, James Dean is filming Giant in Marfa, not far from where the eponymous “five and dime” stands. As middle-aged women, they reunite in 1975 to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Dean’s death, and the story explores their memories and shared experiences, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives. One of them, an extra in the film, has a child whom she says was conceived with Dean during the shoot. The ladies’ congenial reminiscences mingle with flashbacks to their youth; then the arrival of a stunning but familiar stranger sets off a series of confrontations that smash their delusions and expose bitter disappointments.
The material provides a rich playground for some of Portal Players’ strongest female actors: Teresa Mulligan, Yvette Deveau, Belinda Williams, Carrera Schroeder, Melanie Anderson, Melissa Lowe, and Ashley Romuld. Newcomers to our stage Evelyn Ridsdale and Randy Humchitt complete this dynamic ensemble cast who deftly slip between decades to bring this story to life.
Produced by Brent Ronning, Stage Manager Peggy Geismar, Set Design Chris Doman & Peter Kulich, Costume Design Marina Connah, Set Dresser Jessica Burns, Lighting Nathan Satterlee, Sound Design Chris Donaldson.
The production is Portal Players’ official entry in the North Island Zone Drama Festival on Thursday, May 22 at the Village Theatre in Qualicum. It begins its three-week limited run at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, opening May 1 and closing May 17.
The Woman in Black
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm, October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, November 1 (2014)
Seussical the Musical
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm, February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, March 6, 7 (2015)
Sunday Matinees, 2:00 pm, February 22, March 1 (2015)
Jeeves in Bloom
(official entry in North Island Zone Drama Festival)
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm, April 24, 25, May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 (2015)
One Act Summer Playhouse Series
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm, July 17, 18, 24, 25 (2015)
Thanks to your amazing support, all performances of “The Wizard of Oz” were sold out. We would like to extend a very sincere thanks to our Port Alberni audiences and friends from abroad who have supported Portal Players by attending this production. Huge thanks to you, to our sponsors and of course to our incredible cast, crew and entire production team for making this show such a success.
Here’s a lovely feature on our Props Master Hannele Talkio, who was also awarded Portal Players’ “Volunteer Of The Year” Award in 2012!
Enjoying the 2014 production, here is Beverly Foster who played Dorothy in a 1954 production of this musical in Port Alberni:
Hear an exclusive Behind The Scenes episode of the “In The Theatre” podcast with Janet Schlackl, Denis Levasseur, Elliot Drew and Peter Wienold recorded after a full-house opening night, courtesy of inthetheatre.info (click on the player button below):
The cast of The Wizard of Oz…
Portal Players Dramatic Society co-produced “An Evening Out” in late 2013 with co-hosts Peter Wienold and Denis Levasseur. The night featured 3 Generations of the Mallon family: patriarch Hank Mallon was joined on stage by son Mike, and grandson Carson during this concert & interview evening. Mike’s band, Lazy Mike & The Rockin’ Recliners also took part in entertaining the crowd of just over 100 during “An Evening Out”.
The Mallon’s chose Ty Watson House/Alberni Valley Hospice Society as the beneficiary for the fund raiser. Pictured above are event organizers Peter Wienold (far left) and Denis Levasseur (far right), with Hank Mallon and Mike Mallon (at centre), donating a cheque for $500 to Lenore Benedict (left) and Rita Mayo (right) from the Alberni Hospice Society.
By all accounts the event was a resounding success, raising awareness and funds for the Alberni Valley Hospice Society which operates Ty Watson House. The crowd enjoyed an entertaining evening of music and chat, hearing stories from the Mallon’s about their musical beginnings and journey. Thanks to everyone involved for a wonderful night. Find out more at the links below: