Gabriella (Kirstin Shale) in blue

Gabriella (Kirstin Shale) in blue

White Rock Players Club launches `60s sex farce

Director Ryan Mooney's latest show tells tale of swinging bachelor juggling three women

White Rock Players Club is winging its way into the past –  the ‘Swinging ’60s’  to be precise – with its next offering, Marc Camoletti’s enduring farce Boeing Boeing, running March 3-19 at the Coast Capital Playhouse.

Directed by Ryan Mooney and produced by Josh Fuller, the show features a plot-line that could have only sprung from the era of Playboy and miniskirts.

Wily Parisian Bernard lives in a swinger’s paradise – skilfully juggling three fiancees, flight stewardesses Gloria, Gabriella and Gretchen, who have frequent stopovers in Paris, but never at the same time, thanks to rigid airline timetables of the day.

But when Boeing introduces a new jet – with a dramatically faster flying speed – Bernard’s own flight plan encounters major turbulence.

With the wrong fiancees showing up unexpectedly and unannounced, it’s up to Bernard to keep calm and navigate a new course, with the help of obliging buddy Robert and maid Berthe.

The show features White Rock residents Stefanie Colliar and Robyn Bradley (as Gloria and Berthe); Kirsten Shale as Gabriella; Tegan Verheul as Gretchen, Alexander Morris as Bernard, and Robert Feher as Robert.

Also featured are a Paris apartment set by Andrea Olund, lighting design by Guy Paterson and a newly-created wardrobe designed for the show by Stella Gardner.

“I have a passion for era clothing and bright colours,” Gardner said, in a press release, adding that the fun and flirty outfits are grounded in research into ’60s design, but with some updating to make it “a little sexier”.

“We’re also building from scratch, using fabrics that were found back in the ’60s to make the costumes look modern and new, rather than second-hand products,” she said.

Coast Capital Playhouse is located at 1532 Johnston Rd. Curtain is at 8 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees on March 6 and 13 (there will also be Talk Back Thursdays March 10 and 17, which enable audience members to speak with cast and director after the performances).

Tickets are available by calling 604-536-7535, emailing boxoffice@whiterockplayers.ca or visiting www.whiterockplayers.ca