FAST FACTS

Five Alarm Chili pot red hot pepper flame and blue ribbon
SHOW TIMES:

Evening Performances at 8 pm: Oct 29, 30,31 & Nov 4,5,6,7,12,13,14,19,20,21
Matinee Performances at 2 pm:  Nov 1, 7 &15

SHOW RUN:

Oct 29 – Nov 21, 2020

There is NO  Director’s Talk  for this show.

The Preview is on Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 – it is the final dress rehearsal.

  • Running Time: approx 1 hour 30 minutes . There is NO  INTERMISSION
LOCATION:

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

Chef chopping chili for the pot - five alarm
TICKET PRICING:

From $30 for Adults/Students/Seniors with a special every Wednesday 2 tickets for $50. Preview is $21.

*GST is included in all ticket prices

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

 

BOX OFFICE WINDOWS HOURS:

BOX OFFICE OPENS 4:30pm on Performance Days 

Voicemail or email responses at other times
Box Office Phone: 604 266 7191
LICENSED LOUNGE HOURS:

No Bar or Concession Service for this show due to COVID-19 protocols

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 interview

Previews & Reviews

Huge thanks to Lorraine Graves of The Richmond Sentinel for coming out to opening night of Five Alarm and Hannah Scott for writing this great review.

Cast of Five Alarm on set


Thanks for the shoutout for #FiveAlarm BCIT Arts and Entertainment Evolution 107.9  You can find the article by Brooke McCarthy here:

 

Five Alarm - Looking for something


Big thanks to Mark Booth of The Delta Optimist for conducting an interview with FIVE ALARM cast members and publishing this Preview.

Five Alarm Chefs and their assistants

Production Photos

All photo credits to Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

Photo Links

Flickr Album

 

Press Release: Five Alarm

With COVID-19 protocols practiced for Safety First ALWAYS, Metro Theatre is thrilled to raise the curtain for our 58th continuous Season with the spicy, hot comedy FIVE ALARM on stage Oct 29 – Nov 21,2020 Written by Canadian playwright Kristen Da Silva and directed by Nicky Anderton the show is a BC premiere not to be missed!

EAch cast memeber contributing to the chili pot - Five AlarmAs the sauce simmers, bitter rivalry, mystery and zany comedy come to a rolling boil in this small town – traditional Chili Cook-Off

Ava Rose wants to win her hometown chili cook-off after years (16 to be exact) of failing to nab the top prize. Before the day is over, childhood secrets will be exposed, blood will be shed,a pot of chili will be tossed, and another sabotaged. If she can piece together her father’s missing Five Alarm Chili recipe and keep her assistant from maiming herself, Ava is sure to finally take home the trophy, cash prize and most importantly – prestige of the annual Memorial Chili Cook Off  named for her father Wayne Rose.

This funny, heartwarming and spicy comedy by Kristen Da Silva will fill your bellies with laughs and remind us of the triumphs, challenges and joys of being human.  Small town shenanigans, warm hearted fun with extra zing abound in this Five Alarm Chili cook-off competition. ”  Nicky Anderton, Director. 

Tickets from $30 (includes GST) 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 58th continuous Season of bringing laughter, intrigue and surprise to live audiences. FIVE ALARM is our 524th show.

CAST and Production Team for FIVE ALARM

CHILI COOK OFF FIVE ALARMCharacter……………………………………………………..Performer

Ava Rose…………………………..Marcia Strang

Ellen Pellham……………………..Erica Bearss

Connie Gardiner………………….Cindy Hirschberg-Schon

Tucker Dell………………………….Mark “Sparky” MacDonald

Caleb Seaton……………………….Shane Steward

 

Production Team……………………………………………………………Name

Director…………………………………………………………………Nicky Anderton

Assistant Director……………………………………………………Simon Roberts

Production Manager………………………………………………..Heather Stewart

Stage Manager…………………………………………………………Kate Chubbs

Set Designer…………………………………………………………….Heather Stewart

Costumer Designer……………………………………………………Claire Turner

Lighting Designer………………………………………………………Les Erskine

Sound Designer…………………………………………………………..Roger Monk

Properties……………………………………………………………….Barbara Walsh

Technical Director…………………………………………………………Les Erskine

General Manager…………………………………………………………..Les Erskine

Head Carpenter………………………………………………………Robin Richardson

Set Decoration…………………………………………………Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

Publicity……………………………………………………………..Debra Danny

Graphic Design…………………………………………………….Barbara LaBounta

Photography……………………………………………………Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

Five Alarm ~ The Story

The fairgrounds of small town in Lumby, BC is home to the annual Wayne Rose Memorial Chili Cook-off where local residents fight tooth and nail for the title (and cash prize) of Chili Champion.

The most determined is Ava Rose, who has pursued the title (unsuccessfully) for sixteen years, to commemorate the memory of her father and former chili expert. This year with the help of her new and quirky assistant (Ellen), Ava returns for a 17th time to battle her former childhood friend and rival, Connie, who has bested her five years in a row.

If Ava can piece together her late father’s missing Five Alarm Chili recipe she might just have a chance at piecing together the mysteries of her past and finally bring home the trophy.

 BEHIND THE SCENES: FIVE ALARM

Set Design amid COVID

We are in an interesting time due to COVID-19. With safety protocols in place – time to open the theatre. On with the show.

Set Design √ – wait, hmmm… how to design the set keeping in mind the protocols for the Performing Arts returning to operation.

First step: Reading the play – oh, Dr. Bonnie will be pleased. Five (5) characters on stage “fewer faces,” and this play takes place outdoors “bigger spaces.”

Then: Create furniture plot; really, 2- tables, that is the only set dressing required? Phew! And, easily to keep sanitized.

Feeling a little more confident that I can create a fun space – a safe space – for the cast and crew create in.

Social distancing at 6 feet, so, if I start with the floor and create a series of 6 foot squares, thus allowing the actors to have a visual reference for social distancing purposes; allows the Director to block the show using social distancing.

Turns out this show couldn’t be more COVID friendly to design for. “This is not forever. It is for now” – Dr. Bonnie Henry

Heather Stewart
Set Designer  for Five Alarm

 Stories from the Fair

Marica Strang – Ava Rose

I’ve tried for years to create a good chili, one that is both delicious, not too spicy, and is gentle on the digestion!  My best tip has been to try a combination of different meats, and make sure to soak and cook the beans enough beforehand; that seems to be the way to go. Like my character Ava in the play, my Dad loved to cook, and I have great memories of him in the kitchen or at the BBQ cooking a big meal for our family.  

Five Alarm Cast and CrewKate Chubbs – Stage Manager

It’s not exactly a fair, but I have good memories of going to the Saturday market on Salt Spring Island. My family would go camping every May long weekend, and it would always include a day at the market. I love trying all the food, exploring the artists’ stalls, and sitting in the park listening to the xylophone musicians.

 

Five AlarmMark ‘Sparky’ MacDonald – Tucker Dell

“One time when I came home late from something, I had an hour or so to grab a bite to eat before I had to go to work my usual night shift. So I decide to heat up a can of chili. I spend a few minutes cutting up some carrots and browsing the internet while I wait, but when I check on the chili it hasn’t heated up at all. I turned the dial to a relatively low heat, but it should’ve warmed up by then. I spend a good 10 minutes fiddling with the stove trying to figure out what is going on, but then I find out that the element it was on wasn’t plugged back in after it was cleaned earlier that day. I was screaming internally as I ate my chili. When I actually FINALLY heated it up of course.”

 

Five AlarmCindy Hirschberg-Schon  – Connie Gardiner

I’m a working mom like many. When my kids were small I would make chill often for dinner. I thought it was pretty good. But every time I’d hear their same response “Daycare makes it better”…

 

CORN JOKES:

I got a dog last week. His name’s Cornelius.”  

You know, I was born in December…Im a Capricorn. 

What did I say when my mom told me were having corn for dinner again? Aw shucks! 

Some people say popcorn is hard to chew, and you know, theres a kernel of truth to that.