The New Canadian Curling Club sweeps laughter onto the Sagebrush Theatre stage January 23 to February 1! Comedy abounds when a small town organizes a Learn-to-Curl class to welcome newcomers. But when its organizer slips on the ice and breaks her hip, the rink’s ice-maker and former champion curler, Stuart MacPhail (Guy Bannerman), is forced to step in as head coach. Trouble is, Stuart has some strong opinions about immigrants. And the four people who turn up for the classes are there for reasons other than to learn to curl.
Mike Chang (Richard Lam) is a medical resident from China; Jamaican-born Charmaine Bailey (Jenni Burke) has lived in Canada for 27 years; Anoopjeet Singh (Richard Young) emigrated with his family from India more than seven years ago; and Fatima Al-Sayed (Parmida Vand) is a recent Syrian refugee. Their reasons for taking the class range from love and relationships to hopes to further their career ambitions.
A comedy that lands right on the button, this is the inspiring and hilarious story about burning rocks, bonspiel beers, and underdog athletes becoming champions. The New Canadian Curling Club is written by Mark Crawford, the playwright of the WCT hit The Birds and the Bees of a couple of seasons ago. This is co-production of WCT with Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque, ON, where it played to great reviews. Audiences said it was “So funny and entertaining”, that “This is a must see production” that “Made us laugh … made us think!”
With this production, WCT is delighted to be able to introduce Kamloops audiences to some creative talent from across Canada: Andrew Kushnir (who was in WCT’s Peter and the Starcatcher in the role of Boy) this time joins us as the Director, along with newcomers to WCT Steve Lucas as the Set and Lighting Designer, Victoria Wallace as the Costume Designer, and Verne Good as the Sound Designer. Kamloops resident and WCT veteran Madison Henry is back as the Stage Manager, with new-to-WCT Cole Vincent as the Assistant Stage Manager.
Come on down and Rock the House with The New Canadian Curling Club. Tickets at wctlive.ca.