Sharing a funny bone with her director made Mary Renvall the obvious candidate to take on the role as producer of Surrey Little Theatre's latest comedy The Foursome.
The Walnut Grove thespian first saw this "hilarious" show by playwright Norm Foster, back in 2006, and said it was both her admiration for director Pat McDermott's work and the play's storyline that prompted her to volunteer for this latest undertaking.
There's something about the play, which opens tonight (Thursday, Oct. 3) that was appealing, said Renvall, who's been involved in a few Surrey productions but is an lifetime member of Langley Players after serving for about a decade as the drama club's president.
In The Foursome, these four old college buddies are attending their reunion and they head for the golf course.
What do you have when you gather a boozer, a conniver, a worry wart, and a doting dad together? she queried.
"It's that familiar feeling of picking up where you left off, like you do with close friends," that Renvall liked, noting the four actor are "nice guys" and that comes out in their characters.
With the curtain set to go up tonight, Renvall shared that her biggest challenge in preparing for this show has been set development - and that's saying something for the queen of theatre sets.
But working with graphic artists Brent Flink and Caroline Smith, they came up with a cartoonish backdrop "very different from anything I've ever done." Following two months of intense rehearsals and long hours of behind the scenes work, Renvall is excited to see this play debut, and warns audience members to be ready for "lots of laughter."
The Foursome runs until Oct. 26, Thursdays through Saturdays, at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Surrey Little Theatre in Clayton, 7027 184th St.
Tickets are available at 604-576-8451, online at www.brownpapertickets.com, or via email at email@example.com.
How to win
A pair of tickets to see Surrey Little Theatre's production of The Foursome.
One lucky reader will win a pair of tickets to the play, running tonight to Oct. 26 How do you win?
Visit the Langley Advance Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ LangleyAdvance, and write a short note explaining why you want to attend this production. Please note your community. Preference is given to Langley residents.
Entries must be received prior to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8 and the winner will be notified via the same Facebook posting. 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.
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