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Vancouver’s Metro Theatre still going strong, 500 shows later

Metro Theatre's production of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility marks the theatre's 500th production. From left to right - character Willoughby played by Kenneth Tynan, Marianne DAshwood played by Cassie Ledoux, Colonel Brandon played by Matthew Spears, Elinor Dashwood played by Lindsay Nelson.
Metro Theatre’s production of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility marks the theatre’s 500th production. From left to right – character Willoughby played by Kenneth Tynan, Marianne Dashwood played by Cassie Ledoux, Colonel Brandon played by Matthew Spears, Elinor Dashwood played by Lindsay Nelson, and Edward Ferrars played by Jordon Navratil

Sense and Sensibility

Oct. 29 to Nov. 19 | Metro Theatre

Tickets and info: $24 (adult)/$21 (senior/student), metrotheatre.com

It’s that little theatre on Southwest Marine Drive, the one you might glance out the car window on the way to the airport. Yet somehow, the small, independent company that operates out of that former movie house has survived for over 50 years — long enough to put on its 500th production, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.

“It’s a people-pleaser,” said Les Erskine, technical director of the play and Metro’s general manager.

In the past, Metro has put on other Jane Austen-based work, including Pride and Prejudice, and Emma.

For this, the 54th season, Erskine said “We put a season together that will appeal to our subscriber base.” Some of those, he adds, are long-term subscribers who have been with the company for twenty-some years.

“It’s a bit of branding, I guess. All of the Jane Austen stuff has had appeal over the years. And it’s good to do something historical, something with a bit of period to it.”

Joan Bryans is directing the play, as she has for the company’s previous two Austen-based works. Actors, costumes and set are all new. Other productions for the 2016/17 season include the theatre’s annual holiday pantomime (with a cast of 27) and, in the new year, the family-friendly play Crossing Delancey.

As technical director, Erskine oversees lighting and sound. “I’ll do the rigging, I’ll bring the set in. I’ll be putting up the sign on the marquee.”

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