Sea of Stories, a White Rock Play


A professional theatre group in White Rock has added a page to Greater Vancouver’s collective history books.  In ‘Sea of Stories,’ a teenager begrudgingly researches White Rock for a school project and discovers himself immersed in vignettes from different eras.

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The detailed costume of Seagod X’ya:s the Transformer was crafted by Semiahmoo First Nation member Roxanne Charles.

Peninsula Productions partnered with the City of White Rock to apply for a Canada 150 grant and the result was an original play with acting, singing, dancing, video and still projections, explained show producer Janet Ellis.

Artistic Director Wendy Bollard said the scriptwriting phase drew members of the community together. “People would sit around a table and start talking about things from the 1950s and it was very funny,  and different people would meet different people.” Play organizers also worked with members of Semiahmoo First Nation to weave their stories into the script.

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White Rock Pier in 1964.

Performer and assistant director Cory Haas says the play’s message goes beyond the borders of White Rock.  “It is a story of community building and people coming together  –and it’s musical, so there is singing and dancing that people love to come to!”

 

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