Triple-threat theatrics meant triple the ovations at gala opening of Barkerville’s Theatre Royal season

Barkerville’s historic Theatre Royal opened its 2013 season with a gala event and reception

Chris Nickless photo  The 2887 Rocky Mountain Rangers Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps travelled to Barkerville for the Barkerville and Theatre Royal Gala Opening on June 15. Commanding Officer Capt. Dale Bachmier

Chris Nickless photo The 2887 Rocky Mountain Rangers Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps travelled to Barkerville for the Barkerville and Theatre Royal Gala Opening on June 15. Commanding Officer Capt. Dale Bachmier

Barkerville’s historic Theatre Royal opened its 2013 season with a gala event and reception on June 15 that began with the Barkerville Heritage Trust AGM at 11 a.m., and ended with a boot-stomping shindig that lasted until well-past 11 p.m. at the House Hotel Saloon.

In between, the cast and crew of Newman & Wright Theatre Company managed to squeeze in the premieres of two brand-new musical variety shows and a celebrated a one-woman historical drama, raise some much-appreciated funds in a hilarious charity auction, and receive tremendous applause for their efforts.

“Rehearsals are over, and they have paid off,” said Theatre Royal producer, Richard Wright.

“We had three standing ovations [on Saturday]: for Lady Overlander, Pathway to Gold and a foot-stamping, clapping, whistling ovation for The Lafont & Ward Musical Revue.”

Every summer season since Barkerville was first declared a provincial heritage site more than 50 years ago, a passionate troupe of actors, singers, dancers and musicians assemble in the historic town to re-create the joy and creativity of the original Theatre Royal, which was built in 1868. It provided much-needed respite to generations of Cariboo miners, businesspeople, and families throughout the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

“Barkerville has always been fortunate enough to attract creative and talented people from all over the world who come together each season to help us celebrate the opening of the Theatre Royal,” said Judy Campbell, Barkerville’s chief executive officer.

“The Barkerville Heritage Trust is proud to support this tradition, and we are thankful to those members of our local and provincial governments, businesses, and the community at large who support us year after year.”

For more information about Barkerville’s Theatre Royal Gala, or any of this season’s special events, contact Fairlith Harvey at fharvey@barkerville.ca or visit www.barkerville.ca/events.htm.