Press Release: The Gazebo

They’re sitting on the perfect crime; having a perfectly wonderful time

Metro Theatre is pleased to present The Gazebo an absolutely delicious black comedy written by Alec Coppel and directed by Greg Rogers on stage February 21 – March 7, 2020.

 

Husband and Wife holding a model of a gazeboIt is 1958. Television writer Elliott Nash dreams up near perfect crimes each week for his TV show. In an iconic twist, Elliot is blackmailed and faced with the prospect of committing a real perfect murder to protect his wife Nell’s reputation.  Now a rising soap opera star, Nell  had once tried marijuana as a teenager.

Despite his best efforts and a “To Do” list, things do not go according to this best laid plan. Even his shovel is taken away and he has to find a solution quickly.  Elliot decides to plant the body of the blackmailer he believes he has killed in a fresh concrete foundation just poured for a gazebo that Nell recently purchased at auction.

 

 

dead body on the florr with a mystery man casting a shadow on itIn the meantime, the blackmailer he thought he had killed is found shot dead elsewhere.  So, who did he shoot?  Soon, the Nash residence is crawling with law enforcement, one of which is his neighbour and best friend, the assistant D.A., and then there are the nefarious gang members – all looking to point the finger somewhere. Suffice it to say that Elliot’s attempt at the real thing is less perfect than those he writes for TV.

 

 

woman smoking with her friends gathered in the loungeFilm Noir, Love, Larceny, Loyalty and Laughter- Lots of Laughter …Oh! Did I mention Multiple Murders? LOL”  Greg Rogers, Director.  The Gazebo isn’t your run of the mill “whodunit”. Frisky blends of suspense and tomfoolery with hilarious levels of farce make it a very unique live theatre experience.

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

 

  • Audience Advisory: Please be advised that  there are Gun Shots and Flashes in this production of The Gazebo. You are welcome to call the Box Office 604 266 7191 for more details about this trigger warning.

 

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. THE GAZEBO is our 522nd show.

 

The Gazebo CAST

Character……………………………………..Actor

Elliott Nash…………………………………. Kimball Finigan

Nell Nash……………………………………. Ashley Syer

Harlow Edison………………………………Bill McNaughton

Matilda ………………………………………..Aggie Cheung

Charlie Thorpe…………………………….Ken McNicol

Mrs. Chandler………………………………Su Hanson

The Dook……………………………………..Kevin Sloan

Louie……………………………………………Mark “Sparky” MacDonald

Officer Potts, The Body………………. Yasmin Tayob

Detective Jenkins…………………………. Joe Kelly

Dr. Wyner ……………………………………Rhona Lichtenwald

Druker………………………………………… Tim Rapal

 

The Gazebo PRODUCTION TEAM

 

Director……………………………………….. ……Greg Rogers

Producer……………………………………………. Jon Morris

Stage Manager…………………………………….Toni Scott

General Manager/Technical Director ……….Les Erskine

ASM/Props………………………………………….Barbara Walsh

Set Design………………………………………….. Heather Stewart

Costume Design………………………………….. Claire Turner

Sound Design……………………………………… Roger Monk

Lighting Design…………………………………… Les Erskine

Scenic Carpenter…………………………………. Robin Richardson

Scenic Painting/Set Decoration………………. Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

Wardrobe Manager…………………………………Sean Ullmann

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

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

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

The Story

The story takes place in 1958.  Someone is dredging up dirt of the past, someone is trying to bury it.  Someone is about to pay the price and a deadly price it is!  Times have changed.  Today, cannabis is considered legal over most of North America but what would have been the consequences for indulging in 1958?

 

polieman over body

The Gazebo – A Play, produced on Broadway in 1958, turned into a movie starring Debbie Reynolds and Canadian Glenn Ford in 1959,  released to the movie theatres as a Musical Comedy in 1960, has been produced extensively ever since.

This Production is different from any other that came before because a “Film Noir” vision has been taken by the Director and Design Team. Adopting a darker filmic approach, complimented by a stunning sound scape, a masterful/moody lighting design, and the modern 50’s architecture and wardrobe, we hope to create an atmosphere of a more innocent time… but is it?  How far would a loved-one go to protect the other? – murder maybe?

woman screaming and kneeling beside a dead body

 

There are the likely suspects along with an abundance of unsavory characters.  The top flatfoot is on hand, with his team of experts, to put everything into perspective…? More than anything this is a love story.  To sum it up, I would say it’s very much like “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour meets I Love Lucy”!!

DIRECTOR’S TALK

Director Greg pouring a drink behind the Metro Lounge BArJoin director Greg Rogers and the cast on Friday February 28th immediately following that evenings performance of The Gazebo.  This is Greg’s first time directing for  Metro Theatre.  You may recognize him from his acting roles as a regular on the TV show Arrow or a recent national Hyundai commercial shot in Vancouver in January.

The focus of the remarks will be on:

  • Developing a character with relationship to accents.
  • Allowing the humour to come out of real situations.
  • The art of giving and taking focus on the stage.
  • Establishing and sustaining trust within the cast and crew….. Is there a place for ego in the process????

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.

Tech

Set Designer, Heather Stewart, takes us through her process for The Gazebo Set

One of the volunteer aspects of Metro is the freedom to try new areas of working backstage. There is always someone experienced to show you what works and doesn’t work. There is fun in learning new things.

After a few shows you are confident when you reply yes to the role of set designer. You know what is needed for the technical director, the set painter, set decorator and carpenters and they will answer any questions that arise. So far nothing out of the ordinary. Script in hand you plan a day to go to the library for some research.

Often, in the back of the script, you may find a floor plan from the original production – often a Broadway sized stage. Next, get out the floor plan for Metro theatre and start reading the script.

You peruse the page that indicates the time and place for the play (number of scenes); then, turn the page to read the playwright’s description where the action takes place. A door here, a window there… this is the scene of the play throughout.

A little farther along The Gazebo is described by a performer as the item is shown on stage – an elaborate prop… doable. I was going to the library anyway.

Prop model build of The GazeboA little further along, The Gazebo is actually a set piece – that needs to do what ?????? – Fall down in front of the audience (without any damage to the structure/appearance) and then be upright again in place on the stage before the next performance !!!!!

Oh my, thank goodness for the library! Twelve books and many hours of reading, working plans to build a Gazebo that our carpenter can use for the Metro stage plus a copy of plans for the props manager that she will use to build the prop version of the Gazebo.

Enter our hero, Robin, carpenter extraordinaire. I hand him a set of plans for a Gazebo, and discuss how we only need to see this section, and at the end of the play –  the Gazebo has to disassemble – AND be back up for the next performance! I rely on Robin’s construction knowledge and experience to build this specialty item.

Next, set painter Tracy-Lynn with paint brush in hand to work her scenic magic (you saw the Eiffel Tower from earlier this season), she brings the Gazebo more to life.

Finally, the Gazebo needs to be “rigged” to allow it to do what it needs to do – Les, our technical director  works out how that  gets done!

Creativity abounds with this team.  We invite you to come and see what our combined knowledge has developed for the very unique set build of THE GAZEBO on stage February 21 – March 7, 2020.

FAST FACTS

gazebo graphic
SHOW TIMES:

Evening Performances: Feb 21, 22, 27, 28 29 & Mar 5, 6, 7 at 8 pm

Matinee Performances: Feb 23 & Mar 1 at 2 pm

SHOW RUN:

Feb 21 – Mar 7, 2020

The Director’s Talk is Friday, Feb 28, 2020

The Preview is on Thursday, FEb 20, 2020 – it is the final dress rehearsal.

  • Running Time: 2 hours 30 min (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 .

A mand and a women in each others armsTICKET 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.

Production Photos

Credit  and our thanks to Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

The Gazebo Produciton Photo Album

Preview, Reviews, & Press

  • Huge thanks to Christian Steckler of REVIEW VANCOUVER for this smashing review

This Metro Theatre presentation is unique, mixing comedy and suspense in a fully satisfying and darkly exhilarating presentation.

Read the full review here: Review Vancouver Reviews The Gazebo


  • Big thanks to Monika Forberger of Entertainment Vancouver for coming out to the Director’s Talk on Friday and posting this REVIEW.

Metro Theatre’s latest production certainly gives us a suspenseful, comedy-laced evening of great entertainment. It’s a large cast, but each actor seems tailor made for the roles they play.

Read the full REVIEW here: The Gazebo Provides Mayhem and Mirth


  • Thanks to Hannah Scott of The Richmond Sentinel for taking the time to interview Director Greg Rogers  for this PREVIEW article

“They work every day and they have the passion and desire to come out and put their heart and soul into something,” says Rogers of his current cast.

Read the article here: Interview with Greg Rogers Director of The Gazebo


  • CBC Radio Early Edition came out to tour Metro Theatre and chat with us for their ‘Still Standing’ feature. The segment aired on February 25, 2020. Thanks  to story producer Jake Costello and on air personality Stephen Quinn for this awesome feature.

Community theatre is a creative outlet for young actors and retired enthusiasts alike

Have a listen: Still Standing – The Metro Theatre

or read the web article here: CBC Interview with Metro Theatre for Still Standing