July 11, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Theatre Royal’s, Motherlode touring troupe is teaming up the Cariboo Road towards your town this summer to mark B.C.’s 150th anniversary.
And producer Richard Wright is looking for communities to host this high-energy musical theatre show that weaves a rich tapestry of B.C. history.
“The show has just completed a month-long tour with the CP Spirit of 150 train where they performed for thousands of people from Cranbrook to Vancouver,” said Wright.
“Now our cast is ready to go into communities from Hope to Barkerville – not only to perform but to put their piece of the story into the show.”
Wright said the Motherlode troupe will stay in a community for two days, conducting a workshop with local residents to help them tell their town’s story. The resulting short vignette will become part of the performance on the second evening.
“We’ve been to Walhachin, Ashcroft, Wells and Barkerville and the format works well,” said Wright. “Next to the story the best part is there is no cost to communities.”
The tour is being financially supported by the New Pathways to Gold Society through funding from various partners, including BC150. That means any community that wants to host the show just has to provide a workshop and performance space.
Set against the backdrop of the B.C. gold rush, the Motherlode centers around several 1860s characters who find themselves sharing an evening at a roadhouse on the Cariboo Road. The cast uses legend, song, First Nations stories, Chinese poetry and more to evoke the Gold Rush and the birth of British Columbia
“The play highlights the multicultural make-up of the thousands of pioneers who participated in the creation of the Cariboo Road and the establishment of the province as a part of Canada,” says Newman & Wright Theatre Company partner Amy Newman.
The musical production and the accompanying workshops are an initiative of the New Pathways To Gold Society and Newman & Wright Theatre Company at Theatre Royal, in Barkerville Historic Town.
For information on how to book the tour show and workshops, please call the Theatre Royal at 250-994-3225 or Richard Wright at 250-994-3340, or visit www.theatreroyal.ca or www.newpathwaystogold.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Don Hauka, Communications/Creative Director