The Vagabond Players are opening their season with a world premiere of a work by a local playwright.
Body and Soul, by Elizabeth Elwood, runs from Oct. 6 to 29 at the Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park.
The play, described as “a romantic comedy full of whimsical fun and a lively ghost,” tells a uniquely New Westminster-based story, with the storyline taking place in a heritage home in Queen’s Park. It follows the tale of Timothy Grey, who quits his job to write a book about one of the Royal City’s forefathers.
His friend, Conrad, finds an unorthodox way to ensure that the historic details are correct: With the help of a psychic seamstress, he restores the resident ghost and “sets off a chain of events that turns history upside down,” as a press release says.
Elwood also directs the production, which includes cast members Alex Ross as the struggling writer, Heather Evens as his disapproving fiancée and Tracy Labrosse as the librarian “who has a lot more going for her than a knowledge of musty old books,” according to a synopsis.
Jeremy Heynen is Conrad and Alison Main-Tourneur appears as Tibby, the psychic. Together, they restore the ghost of Mary Fairfax, played by Jacqollyne Keathe.
Rounding out the cast are Robert Bowes as the cranky landlord and Rob Larsen as Ernie, the pizza delivery man.
Body and Soul is onstage Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17, or $15 for seniors and youth, with $12 previews on Oct. 6 and 7.
You can buy tickets online at www.vagabondplayers.ca/tickets or call 604-521-0412.