WHITE ROCK – If you’ve ever had a moment that made you realize you’re no longer a spring chicken, then you’ll be up to speed with all the cracks in White Rock Players’ Club’s upcoming production of Quartet.
The charming play, written by Ronald Harwood, stars four ex-opera singers living together in a retirement home as they come to terms with the realities of getting older, while still dealing with past wounds.
"To a very large extent, it’s (about) the pitfalls of the challenges of growing older and dealing with the fact that, inside, you’re still the same person, you just can’t do some of the things you could do," said Adrian Duncan, who plays the part of Wilf, a jokingly lascivious widower.
"You haven’t lost your spirit, and this is a challenge, and four different people in this play are dealing with it in their own individual ways."
Duncan stars alongside George Stone (who plays the embittered Reggie), Alison Schamberger (the flirtatious and eccentric Cissy) and Nina Shoroplova (the diva Jean).
In all, the actors said Sunday afternoon (March 29) during rehearsal at Coast Capital Playhouse, the story is about growing older while never truly growing up.
"I think that… I don’t know about women, but for guys, they get to a certain point in their life and they realize that some of the things they thought were important in the past aren’t as important as they thought they were," said Stone, a recent Alberta transplant.
"I think that Reggie in this play has come to that point, he says, ‘This place has been so calm and so agreeable’ … there was this one huge problem in the past – that lady there," Stone said, pointing to Shoroplova with a laugh.
Quartet runs from April 8 to 25 at Coast Capital Playhouse. Tickets ($18) can be purchased at Whiterockplayers.com and at the theatre’s box office, 1532 Johnston Rd.
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