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Royal Canadian Theatre Company returns to New West stage

Shake off the pandemic blues with the silly, spooky Ghost of a Chance.
Anthony Lively as Floyd WEB
Anthony Lively as Floyd in the Royal Canadian Theatre Company production of Ghost of a Chance, onstage at the Anvil Theatre in New Westminster Oct. 22 to 29.

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is emerging from its pandemic hiatus with a silly, spooky offering for fall.

The company presents Ghost of a Chance at the Anvil Theatre in New Westminster from Oct. 22 to 29, following a run at the Surrey Arts Centre Oct. 14 and 15.

The play, written by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, follows the story of Bethany (Ivy Padmos), a strong-willed but insecure widow, as she heads to her cottage in the woods with her fiancé, Floyd (Anthony  Lively), and his mother, Verna (Kerri Norris). She’s determined to put her first husband’s death behind her — but little does she realize that Chance (Fernando Aloise), or rather his spirit, is still around and has no plans to leave or give up his wife for another man.

Also onstage are Amanda Haggett as Crystal and Nigel Brooke as Adam Lucas.

The production includes a set promised to be “built as ghostly as the main character, Chance, with see-through walls and missing parts.”

It’s directed by Patricia Brooke.

The play is suitable for older children (upwards of 12).

There’s also a special relaxed performance at 7:30 p.m.  on Oct. 26, designed for those with intellectual, behavioural or other challenges who might find a regular production too intense. They’re also suitable for those with babies in arms.

The relaxed performance is presented in partnership with the Massey Theatre Society.

For a relaxed performance:

  • sound and lighting cues are adjusted to be less intense than usual;
  • exiting and entering is allowed at any time;
  • auditorium lights are never fully turned off;
  • pre-performance, the cast explains what’s about to happen; and
  • audience noise, movement and the use of phones and fidget devices is permitted.

Catch Ghost of a Chance onstage in New West

  • What: Ghost of a Chance, presented by Royal Canadian Theatre Company
  • Where: Anvil Theatre, third floor, 777 Columbia St.
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 22 to Saturday, Oct. 29.  Performances at 3:30 p.m.  on Oct. 22, 23 and 29; evening shows at 7:30 p.m.  Oct. 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29. Relaxed performance Oct. 26.
  • Tickets: Regular: $34.99; seniors or 12 and under, $29.99. Family pack of four for $130; groups of 10 or more, $24.99 per ticket. (Group and family packs can only be booked by phone). Call 604-521-5050 or buy online

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