North Delta actress in Metro Theatre production

North Delta actress Michelle Collier stars in the latest offering from Metro Theatre.

The non-profit theatre company, based in Vancouver, presents Always a Bridesmaid from Jan. 17 to Feb. 1.

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Committed to the notion that careers, waistlines, and even marriages may disappear, but real friendships last a lifetime, four high school girlfriends honour the vow they made to each other at their dateless prom: no matter where, no matter when, they would all show up to stand as bridesmaids when one of them got married.

Forsaking all others, in sickness and in health, they repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding in spite of fistfights at the altar, runaway brides or the mistaken and unfortunate, release of a flock of white doves.

If you’ve ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride’s bouquet, seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying “I Do” or been forced to wear the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress, this deliriously funny comedy is definitely for you … and your dearly beloved!

Always a Bridesmaid demonstrates that good friends are a family we choose; and they are bound to us with a loyalty which is voluntary rather than a requirement of birth,” said director Don Briard. “The bridesmaids prove that the more important the event, the more likely the unexpected will come to pass.

Collier plays the wonderfully flamboyant and boisterous Monette Gentry.

“Monette is the 'serial' bride of the bunch – 30 years later still getting married for the umpteenth time,” writes Metro Theatre in a press release. “Typical Monette philosophy: ‘whoever said laughter is the best medicine never had a margarita.’ Typical Monette wedding advice: ‘do anything you feel like doing, just don't do anything you'd be embarrassed to tell the paramedics.’”

Always a Bridesmaidhas evening performances at 8 p.m. on Jan. 17, 18, 23 to 25, 30 to 31 and Feb. 1, with 2 p.m. matinees on Jan. 19 and 26.

There is a Director’s Talk on Jan. 24.

Tickets are $28 for adults or $25 for students and seniors. Tickets can be reserved by phone at 604-266-7191 or on-line at: https://tickets.metrotheatre.com.

Metro Theatre is located at: 1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver.

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