PRESS RELEASE

Always A Bridesmaid

Navigates the choppy waters of Love and Matrimony

Metro Theatre is delighted to present Always A Bridesmaid a Jones Hope Wooten comedy directed by Don Briard playing January 17 to February 1, 2020.

Bridesmaids looking at their gownsCommitted to the notion that careers, waistlines, and even marriages may disappear, but real friendships last a lifetime, four high school girlfriends honour the  vow  they made to each other at their dateless prom: no matter where, no matter when, they would all show up to stand as bridesmaids when one of them got married.  Forsaking all others, in sickness and in health, they repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding in spite of fistfights at the altar, runaway brides or the mistaken and unfortunate, release of a flock of white doves.

bridesmaid smelling the flowersIf you’ve ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride’s bouquet, seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying “I Do” or been forced to wear the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress, this deliriously funny comedy is definitely for you … and your dearly beloved!

Always a Bridesmaid demonstrates that good friends are a family we choose; and they are bound to us with a loyalty which is voluntary rather than a requirement of birth. The bridesmaids prove that the more important the event, the more likely the unexpected will come to pass.” Don Briard, Director

bride and wedding planner checking out the flowersALWAYS A BRIDESMAID is written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten, directed by Don Briard,  stage managed by  Al Zylstra and produced by Joan Koebel   Photo credits to Tracy-Lynn Chernaske.  

Tickets $28 Adult or $25 Student/Senior can be reserved by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191 or Purchase Tickets

Metro Theatre is a non-profit theatre company, dedicated to promoting and developing theatre arts.  This is our 57th continuous season of bringing laughter, intrigue and surprise to live audiences. Always A Bridesmaid is our 521st show.

 

Bridesmaid and their wedding planner making a toast in the flower shopCAST OF CHARACTERS

KARI AMES-BISSETTE                              Nicole Park

LIBBY RUTH AMES                                    Carol L Mann

SEDALIA ELLICCOTT                                Joan Koebel

MONETTE GENTRY                                   Michelle Collier

CHARLIE COLLINS                                    Annie Nelson

DEEDRA WINGATE                                    Sheila Keating

 

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTOR                                                            Don Briard

PRODUCTION MANAGER                                    Joan Koebel

STAGE MANAGER                                                  Al Zylstra

ASST STAGE MANAGER                                       Dominic Duff

PROPERTIES                                                        Heather Stewart

BOOTH OPERATOR                                             Leslie Thompson

SET DESIGNER                                                     Don Briard

COSTUME DESIGNER                                          Rene Schindel

LIGHTING DESIGNER                                             Les Erskine

SOUND DESIGNER                                                Don Briard & Al Zylstra

GENERAL MANAGER                                             Les Erskine

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR                                        Les Erskine

SCENIC CARPENTER                                           Robin Richardson & Robert Moser

SCENIC PAINTING/SET DECORATION                Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

PUBLICITY                                                               Debra Danny

GRAPHIC DESIGN                                                  Barbara LaBounta

PHOTOGRAPHY                                                     Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

four plastic dllo bridesmaids on top of a cake

DIRECTOR’S TALK

Director Don Briard smilingJoin director Don Briard and the cast on Friday January 24th immediately following that evenings performance of Always A Bridesmaid.

The focus of Don’s remarks will be on the effort to create “the illusion of the first time”—giving the audience the feeling that these words have never been heard before.  Of course, this leads to technical issues regarding diction, dealing with laughs, and dealing with accents.

We hope to engage the audience in an exploration of how successful this endeavour was and of course answer any questions they have.

There is no additional charge for the Director’s Talk, just stay in your seats or move up a bit closer to the stage.  The session will last approximately 20 minutes.

In Rehearsal

FAST FACTS

bridesmaid in flowershop
SHOW TIMES:

Evening Performances: Jan 17, 18 ,23, 24, 25, 30, 31 & Feb 1 at 8 pm

Matinee Performances: Jan 19 & 26 at 2 pm

SHOW RUN:

Jan 17 – Feb 1, 2020

The Director’s Talk is Friday, Jan 24, 2020

The Preview is on Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 – it is the final dress rehearsal.

  • Running Time: 2 hours (includes the 15 minute intermission)
LOCATION:

1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC.  Next to the on-ramp to the Arthur Lang Bridge by Marine Drive and Granville .

bride holding up a wedding dressTICKET PRICING:

$28 for Adults or $25 for Students/ Seniors with a special every Thursday 2 tickets for $40.  Preview $15.  *GST is additional on all ticket prices

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191 or purchased on line TICKETS

BOX OFFICE WINDOWS HOURS:

Thurs – Sat 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm  show weeks & 1 Hour before each show.
Box Office Phone: 604 266 7191

LICENSED LOUNGE HOURS:

Performance Evenings – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Performance Matinees – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

PARKING:

There is plenty of easy parking – in the parking lot, on the street, even ‘All Evening Parking’ for $4 at the Liquor Store Lot just up the street from Metro.

BUS ROUTES:

We’re close to the Marpole bus loop and on the #10 route. Check out www.translink.ca for transit directions.

CONTACT:

Metro Theatre via the contact form at the bottom of this page for more information, publicity photos, and arrangements for interviews.

THE STORY

four girlfriends

“Always a Bridesmaid” is, first and foremost a comedy that uses as its setting a series of weddings which take place at a stately home in Virginia.  Four friends made a pact on the day of their high school graduation, that they would be bridesmaids for each other as they found their true loves.

Of course, life gets in the way of the romantic visions of high school girls, but the four women, whose adult lives took them along divergent paths, remained true to their promises.

The play shows us four weddings and we see how the women, and their views on romance, have developed—and we get a primer on the idea that what can go wrong…will go wrong.

Through thick and thin the bridesmaids show us the value of loyalty and friendship…and let us laugh with them, and at them, along the way.

Production Photos

Credit  and our thanks to Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID –  ALBUM

BRIDE DRINKING A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE IN THE WAITING ROOM

PREVIEWS & REVIEWS

Cast and crew on the set
  • Check out this wonderful REVIEW by Lorraine Graves (with Hannah Scott) of the Richmond Sentinel.  Thanks for coming to see our play.

Read the Full REVIEW: Always A Bridesmaid

  • Huge thanks to Ian Jacques of The Delta Optimisit for this wonderful Preview of  Always A Bridesmaid.

Read the full artilce here: Delta Optimist Preview

  • Big thanks to Hannah Scott of Richmond Sentinel for this awesome interview with director Don Briard for Always A Bridesmaid.

Richmond Sentinel Preview Always A Bridesmaid