The Rossland Light Opera Players are getting set for their new main stage show The Show Must Go On! (60 Years Of Memories).
There will be three performances starting this weekend, two will be in Trail at the Charles Bailey Theatre, and one is in Rossland at the Rossland Secondary School Auditorium next week.
Dawn Graham, the director and writer of the show, is excited for this year’s performance.
The players are celebrating their 60th anniversary show and so Graham wrote a show that highlights past performances, while adding some new touches and laughs.
“We’re celebrating all of the history of the shows that (the players) have done,” she said. “We’re showcasing 17 of them, there are more, but we’re showcasing 17. We’re performing songs from the shows.”
Initially, they were set to do another show, but couldn’t find enough chorus members, so Graham said they went back to the drawing board.
“I wrote this show in the first two weeks of January and then we started rehearsals in the second week,” Graham said, explaining that normally they start prepping for the February show in October. This show had to come together quickly and she has been impressed by the performers’ attitudes to put the play on. Despite being a volunteer-run organization, the players put on a professional-level show.
Graham said this show also highlights the Rossland Light Opera Players orchestra, as it is right on stage with the performers.
“We’ve never done that before, so that was something I really wanted to try, to showcase them,” she said. “So they get to do their own solos, which is unusual, since they are usually there to accompany, but they are having their moment in the sun as well.”
There is also a slideshow presentation in the show that goes back through the years.
RLOP will perform at Charles Bailey Theatre this on Friday and Saturday, both shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at the box office and are $19 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under.
The Rossland show is March 1 at 7:30p.m. Tickets are available from Rossland Hardware and are $17 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under.