Lately I have been all about Rovers Return Inn. For those of you who love the British soap opera Coronation Street, or “Corrie”, you already know that Tracy has been devastated by her wedding disaster -just as she was about to walk down the aisle her would be sister-in-law, Carla, turned in her brother Rob - the groom for being a murderer. Why did Carla wait until the guests were seated and the bride was just about to enter, especially when she has known about the crime for over a month? Well that is the nature of the soap opera genre - it is all about the drama - and the classic Coronation Street, set in Weatherfield, England is one of the best. There are numerous fan pages, tours and millions of fans throughout the world that watched Tracy and Rob’s wedding crisis this week and we all loved it.
As I have mentioned in previous columns, the theatre company I work with, New Vintage Theatre, hosts a monthly improvised soap opera. The plot lines are all based on real Kelowna locations and events, we discuss the upcoming election and have a “candidate” all ready to take over the mayor’s chair, have a winery owner, wealthy hotelier and a local spa operator who runs a little bordello on the side. There is a concession operator from the hospital and a Lady of The Lake Princess as well as numerous tourists new to the area who decide to stay. The major plot points of each episode are planned one week in advance but the specifics and the dialogue is entirely improvised on the spot. Our audiences love to seeing us tackle the challenge of managing our characters and the salacious circumstances we find ourselves in and how we dig ourselves out of trouble or deeper into it.
Our upcoming episode, titled Coronation Avenue, is entirely inspired by Coronation Street. We will be serving English treats, have a Brit inspired door prize, have a Rovers Return Inn style bar and will be encouraging people to dress their Brit Union Jack best as they watch our cast deal with their trials and tribulations as they await a visit from Prince Charles. There will be romance, murder, intrigue and more - just the way Corrie fans like it.
You can’t expect an appearance by the iconic stars of the British hit, but I promise you will have a lot of fun with our version, set on Coronation Ave, on Sunday night.
New Vintage Theatre’s Soap Opera-Coronation Ave episode is on Sunday, Nov.16 at 7:30pm at The Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $10 from www.selectyourtickets.com or $15 at the door (cash only). You can also purchase a season’s soap pass for just $35 which includes a ticket to our New Year’s Eve party & episode. For more information, check out our website at www.newvintage.ca
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