Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre has dodged a creative bullet and is moving forward with the production of its season-opening show, Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days.
With the departure for family reasons of both actor Nora McLellan and director Don Shipley, the Victoria company was left scrambling to find replacements for the show, running April 23 to May 5 at the Roxy Theatre on Quadra Street.
They did so promptly, nailing down the services of veteran director Arne Zaslove, a former artistic director for the National Theatre School of Canada who is said to be “steeped in the works of Beckett; and for the lead role of Winnie, accomplished actor and Shaw Festival veteran, Donna Belleville.
“Blue Bridge and its audiences are indeed fortunate to have secured the services of such talented and experienced artists on such short notice,” said Blue Bridge artistic director Brian Richmond in a release.
“It is a testament to, not only our ability as a theatre to attract artists of this stature, but of the enormous dedication of our friends and associates in the Canadian theatre community who so quickly and fearlessly assisted us in finding a solution.”
Tickets are available for Happy Days at bluebridgetheatre.ca or by calling the box office at 250-382-3370.