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Legoland and Never Swim Alone

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Friday, June 24th, 2022
June 23, 24, 25, 8 pm; June 26, 2 pm

Nanaimo Theatre Group’s most recent production of Legoland by Jacob Richmond and Never Swim Alone by Daniel McIvor truly were “the little plays that could”. Originally scheduled to run April & May of 2020, the show was shut down by Covid just a week before dress rehearsal. Undaunted, director Sherri McLean extended the royalty rights to spring 2021 and then to spring 2022. Following its run at the Bailey, the production went on to compete in the North Island Theatre Festival in Courtenay, and to say it was successful would be an understatement. Among the many awards presented by Adjudicator, Tamara McCarthy, were Best Production and Best Director.

Tasha Ballantyne won both Best Actress for her role as Penny Lamb in Legoland, and Best Supporting Actress for her role as the Referee in Never Swim Alone. Zane Downy took the Best Actor award for his role as Ezra Lamb in Legoland, and the entire cast of both shows won Best Ensemble. Trophies for outstanding achievement in design were also presented to Ed Gueulette for lighting, Doug Blackmore for sound, Sheila Fremont-Male for costumes, and Greg Jones and Kristal Atkinson for outstanding set decoration and properties. In addition to this award, Greg & Kristal also received a Certificate of Merit for their creative puppets. Other Certificates of Merit included one for hair and makeup to Melissa Kahan and Ann Mcinulty-Gogo, and for best technical coordination by a stage management team presented to Nikita Towe and Wendy Karpuik, who also won the trophy for best backstage coordination.

It is now on to Mainstage in Vernon for the cast and crew, but Nanaimo audiences have one more opportunity to see what all the accolades were for. Legoland is a darkly funny, high energy tale of 16 year old Penny and 13 year old Ezra, two innocents off to see the world. Never Swim Alone is a satirical, often funny, but ultimately tragic story about two egotistical men played by Jim Maher and Alejandro Mujica, locked in a ruthless competition of one upmanship. It is a haunting look into egotism and how trauma shapes who we are.

The plays are meant for mature audiences.

Cost: General: $24
Category: Arts | Entertainment
Location: Bailey Studio
2373 Rosstown Rd., Nanaimo
This event is for Adults, Teens, Seniors, Singles, Student / College
More Info: Joan Roszmann
[email protected]
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