ot many thespians find their passion for acting through their kids, but Langley resident Dave Williams did.
The retired teacher is in Love, Lies and Inbetweens, a one-act play to be performed by Langley's Centre Stage Players Aug. 15 and 16 at the Langley Seniors' Resource Centre.
"It's probably genetic," joked Williams of his passion for acting. "I got it from my daughter. My daughter has been active since she was three. She's been involved in dance and work with the Langley Players and is an actor."
Participating in the theatre scene for about six years, Williams acts, does set design, 3-D set modelling, set construction, and even helps produce posters for the Centre Stage Players. "Being involved with your kids opens doors for you," said Williams. "When opportunity knocks, you open the door."
The comedy-drama Love, Lies and Inbetweens was written by Ron May, a Langley playwright, singer, songwriter, actor, and director.
According to Centre Stage Players production manager Diane Gendron, "Playwright Ron May has packed a lot into this one-act play that is filled with quirky characters who will take the audience through the funfilled plot, negotiating surprising twists and turns along the way."
The evening of the 15th will also see Port Coquitlam's Autumn Thespians come to Langley to join the local actors. The troupe will perform the situation comedy one-act play, Oh Please, written by Port Coquitlam playwright Phyllis Mohr.
Despite the laughs sure to erupt during the shows, the road to getting the show ready wasn't all fun and games, Williams noted.
"There are times when you are frustrated and say, 'why on earth did I do this', but then, where else at the end of the day when you're done working at your job do people applaud?" he said.
Williams noted that although there are only three performances of Love, Lies and Inbetweens, (the two local shows, plus one
at the B.C. Senior's Games in Burnaby) the amount of work in preparing
is the same as if it were 20 performances.
"And yet, somehow, we [actors] keep saying yes [to another project]," he commented. "It's because you do like it and there is a passion."
The Centre Stage Players and the Autumn Thespians perform at the Senior's Games in Burnaby later in August.
Theatre lovers can take in the double-performance on the 15th for $12 at the Langley Seniors' Resource Centre. The evening starts with a cash-bar reception at 6 p.m., Oh Please at 7 p.m., then Love, Lies and In-betweens runs at 8: 15 p.m. after an intermission with light refreshments.
A second performance of Love, Lies and In-betweens will be Aug. 16 when the seniors' centre will be transformed into a dinner theatre. A four-course meal (cornish game hen) will be served prior to the curtain going up. The evening begins at 5: 30 p.m. with a cash bar reception and dinner at 6: 30 p.m. Dinner theatre tickets are $25.
Tickets for both evenings are at the front desk of the Langley Seniors' Recreation and Resource Centre at 20605 51B Ave. Or call 604-530-3020.
"We tend to go out to a lot of theatre," noted Williams of his family's interest. "As a family, we're committed to theatre."
OW TO WIN
A pair of tickets to Love, Lies and Inbetweens.
Two lucky readers will each win a pair of tickets to the show at Langley Seniors Resource Centre on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
How do you win?
. Visit the Langley Advance website at: www.langleyadvance.com, find "More Ways to Connect," and click on "send us your letters, photos, video."
. Fill in your name, email, and number.
. Then write a short note explaining why you want to attend this show. Please note your community, and include the keyword "Love, Lies and In-betweens" at the top. Preference given to Langley residents.
Entries must be received prior to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, and winners will be notified by telephone. Note: submitted comments could be used in future editions of the newspaper. No staff or family of the Langley Advance or Glacier Media. are eligible. This contest is restricted to online participants, 19 years or older only.