From left: Ben Odberg

From left: Ben Odberg

Theatre launches three more lifeboats

Surrey Little Theatre play offers three more showings of The Last Lifeboat after wins at Fraser Valley festival.

Surrey Little Theatre’s (SLT) play The Last Lifeboat has won at the Fraser Valley Zone Festival in both the Outstanding Production category and the Outstanding Director category.

The Last Lifeboat was one of seven plays presented at the festival, hosted by the Langley Players Drama Club, on the week of May 22-28.

The Last Lifeboat, which features a cast of 15 playing multiple roles, also won the award for Outstanding Backstage Cooperation, honouring the team of 25 crew, production team and actors.

The play will go on to compete at the provincial level at Mainstage in Chilliwack on July 4.

In the meantime, SLT is holding three additional performances for their local audiences from June 23-25 at 8 p.m. at 7027 184 St.

The funds raised at these extra shows will help offset the costs of taking the show to Chilliwack.

“I’m extremely pleased and excited that our show has won Theatre BC’s Fraser Valley Zone,” said Mike Busswood, production manager and actor in the play. “It gives us an opportunity to do our show again in a much bigger venue for an audience of our peers from all over the province.”

The Last Lifeboat is a drama centred around the sinking of the Titanic.

In his research of this event, Yankee uncovered new revelations about the event when the “unsinkable” passenger liner collided with an iceberg during her maiden voyage in April 1912.

The tale explores not only the tragedy itself, but the sensationalized trials and aftermath for those including J. Bruce Ismay, the owner of the White Star Line at the time of the sinking.

Ismay’s decision to save himself rather than go down with the ship made him the scapegoat for one of the greatest disasters of all time. The play addresses the issues of corporate greed, commercial success-vs.-human safety, survivors’ guilt, and how making the choice not to follow one’s heart can destroy a life, even if it is “saved.”

Tickets are $15. For reservations, call 604-576-8451 email reservations@surreylittletheatre.com or visit brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are also available at the theatre with cash or Interac. For more information, visit surreylittletheatre.com

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