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Sidekick Players Club return to the stage with Marion Bridge

After a 23-month shutdown due to COVID-19, the Tsawwassen Arts Centre is reopening
Marion Bridge
The Sidekick Players Club returns to the stage with Marion Bridge opening on Nov. 12. Pictured left to right is the cast of: Cathy Collis, Alison Main-Tourneur and Lisa Gach.

The Sidekick Players Club is thrilled to be back in the theatre!

After a 23-month shutdown due to COVID-19, the Tsawwassen Arts Centre is reopening.

Sidekick will be producing three plays for this 25th season - an all-Canadian mini season opening with Daniel MacIvor’s Marion Bridge, followed by Norm Foster’s Drinking Alone and Jonas and Barry in the Home.   

In Marion Bridge, three adult sisters have gathered at their childhood home in Nova Scotia to care for their mother in her final days. The three women are a curious, troubled bunch. Agnes (Lisa Gach), whose hand is rarely without a drink, fled their rural Canadian home to make her way as an actor in Toronto. She's brought her personal theatrics with her on this trip home.

Theresa (Alison Main-Tourneau) is a nun who farms with her convent. A sliver of doubt has entered her life. And then there's Louise (Cathy Collis), who has all but retreated from adult life in favor of disappearing into the world of soap operas and serials. 

MacIvor was born in Sydney, N.S. and he lived in Cape Breton, where Marion Bridge is located. When interviewed, MacIvor said his mother asked him to write a play that she would like! Marion Bridge was that play, and Mom liked it a lot. 

“It’s great to be back rehearsing again,” said Sidekick director, Carroll Lefebvre. “The three women in this play are exceptional. We are all excited to be back in front of an audience and on the stage.”

Because Sidekick had to close down their season in March 2020, subscribers didn’t see the last two productions scheduled, which were Marion Bridge and Drinking Alone. All subscribers from that season will have their subscriptions honoured for those two plays. There won’t be a subscription offer this season, but it will be offered for next season in the spring.   

Marion Bridge opens Friday, Nov. 12 and runs to Dec. 4. Evening performances will be at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees will be at 2 p.m. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Performances will be Thursday to Saturday (evening) and Sundays (matinees). There is limited seating due to COVID-19 regulations, so early reservations are recommended.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors/students. Call the box office at 604-288-2415 to reserve your seat.