Peninsula Productions is looking for old photos like this one for its summer production is an original musical, Sea of Stories, a musical about life in small-town Canada. (Photo: Submitted)

MINTY: Old photos will create backdrop for musical about small-town life

Collected images will be projected as part of the production, which is part of the Canada 150 Celebration

Wow. What a summer we are having so far. Blue skies, sunshine and snapping photos just seem to go together.

I try not to take photos or be in them. Those captured images just seem to be outside my artistic abilities. But, betcha lots of you out there have photos from way back. You know, before the digital era and photos (like books) were printed.

Peninsula Productions is looking for these older photos. They need to be of White Rock from days gone by. Do you have pictures of the White Rock Swim Club? Pictures of the Silver Moon or any of the dances that happened in White Rock in the ’50s? Pictures of White Rock during the Second World War?

Why is Peninsula Productions looking for these photos? Simple. Their summer production is an original musical, Sea of Stories, a musical about life in small town Canada. The play centres on the history of White Rock, its people, its triumphs and its challenges.

The collected images will be projected as part of the production. Lovely concept, and the whole project is part of the Canada 150 Celebration.

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Sea of Stories runs at the Coast Capital Playhouse (1532 Johnston Road, White Rock) from Aug. 9 to 26, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Call the box office for tickets at 604-536-7535 (Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Tickets are $13 for students, $22 for seniors and $27 for adults.

I know – it isn’t until August. But tickets are on sale already – and already there is a big demand. So I wanted to get it out to you now. Then I can’t be blamed if this is something you wanted to see and then couldn’t get tickets because you waited too long.

Here are the people involved in this production – you probably know a few – writer Shawn Macdonald, composer/music director Dominik Heins (his first musical), director Wendy Bollard, assistant director Cory Haas, choreographer Keri Minty, set, lighting, projection design Alan Brodie and costume designer Ines Ortner.

The cast has a few familiar names as well: Sam Bob, Cathy Wilmot, Nancy Ebert, Anthony Goncharov, Cory Haas, Theo James Matthew Budd, Tegan Verheul, Paige Gibbs, Kirsten Kwong, Jessie Chou, Miranda Gilbert and Andrew Woods.

Sure, that is a long list of people to wade through, and there are even more people involved in the production. Live theatre is all about real people. In Sea of Stories, moments of times past in White Rock will be captured by old photos and new (ish) people. It’s history, art, culture and a bit of Canada all wrapped up as entertainment. Love it!


The popular Coast Capital Theatre will not be empty during July. Oh no. This popular theatre venue, owned and operated by the White Rock Players, offers just the right sized theatre space for many other ‘outside’ groups, like Peninsula Productions.

White Rock Players presents a co-production with the Page Theatre this July at this location. It’s called Beyond Therapy, by Christopher Durang. Just what we need for the summer. This crazy Broadway hit is macho, adult, wacky and does contain simulated gun noise and strong language.

I have to confess that I have not heard about the Page Theatre, even though I do know some of the people involved.

Helmed by artistic director Alexandra Wilson, the Page Theatre was born from a desire to entertain and make people think about the world we share, as well as a place to indulge in the lighter side of life.

This year, the Page Theatre is happy to team up with the Delta Community Animal Shelter. A donation jar will be available for the run of the show, as well as a portion of ticket sales from the July 14 show will go to DCAS to help animals in need.

Show dates are: July 8 to 22 (so it is already running) and runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with a July 16th matinée at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18; call the box office 604-536-7535, or online at White Rock Players.

See you in therapy? We may need it.