Vancouver’s Metro Theatre has been putting on plays for fifty-four seasons. And while that is an impressive number in itself, this season the community theatre celebrates an even bigger milestone, with a production of Sense and Sensibility as its 500th show.
Founded in 1962 with a $5,000 grant from the City of Vancouver to turn the derelict movie house into a live theatre, the group’s permanent home became a reality in 1964. The inaugural production that year was the drama Dark Side of the Moon, presented by White Rock Players, one of eleven amateur companies in the original theatre co-operative. And even while the original theatre collective did not survive, Metro Theatre continues to occupy the Southwest Marine Drive venue.
Joining Metro Theatre in 1968 was the company’s current general manager, Les Erskine. A newbie to the world of theatre at the time, through his early involvement with Metro, Erskine went on to a forty-year career in television and film.
“However, I was never far from Metro’s stage as I kept returning as a lighting designer every few years,” says Erskine. “My roles at Metro have never been on-stage, at least not unless the lights are off.”
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