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Sidekick Players open season 26 with Outlaw

Production marks number 50 for director Carroll Lefebvre
Sidekick players The Outlaw
Pictured left to right; the Sidekick Players cast of Outlaw, Brad Felton (Roland Keets), Adrian Pryce (Sherrif Tarwarter), Dean Sanderson (Bob Hicks) and Jeff Pannell (Will Vanhorne).

The Sidekick Players are pleased to present the first production of its 26th Season, Outlaw by Norm Foster, directed by Carroll Lefebvre. 

A young Canadian homesteader, Bob Hicks (Dean Sanderson) travelling far from home finds himself accused of murder in the state of Kansas in 1871.

He encounters Will (Jeff Pannell) who is a wrangler in the area and searching for the murderer of Roland Keet’s (Brad Felton) brother.

With only his wits to defend himself, Bob turns the law of the land - and the men hell-bent on enforcing it - upside down.

Sheriff Dupuis Tarwater (Adrian Pryce) enters the scene and gives Bob relief as he is about to be hung.  But...does he, or doesn’t he? This authentic western is a unique take on the days when guns were the law.   

Foster has introduced the “men” from Jenny’s House of Joy (a past Sidekick Production) in this hilarious play. Their names will be recognized as well as their relationships at the “house”!

As usual, Foster manages to weave laughter with something to think about. He also touches on the Canadian habit of saying “sorry” all the time. Gun laws in Canada and the US were vastly different then and definitely are now, as are the gun users. This reflection in the script makes one to be very proud to be a Canadian. 

This marks more than 50 productions Lefebvre has directed.

Her first full length play was Waiting for the Parade by John Murrell. It won several awards both with the CTC and Theatre BC, including Best Director.

She names some of her favourites as being The Laramie Project, Jenny’s House of Joy, Twelve Angry Men, The Secret Mask, Les Belles Soeurs and so many more.

It’s hard to just choose a few. Lefebvre isn’t happy doing a project unless it challenges her and there have been many that have absolutely fit into that category.

She’s found a new love with set design over the last few years and especially the set decoration component. With Outlaw, she has designed the set, built very large props and learned a few tricks while doing so. Other Deltans who have assisted with the set are Margaret Currivan, Laura Sutherland-Smith, Tanya Lefebvre and especially, Colm Currivan. 

Sidekick is pleased to welcome back to the stage after a long absence, Dean Sanderson as Bob. Joining Sanderson are Sidekick favourites, Jeff Pannell (Will) and Brad Felton (Roland Keets). Making his stage debut is newcomer Adrian Pryce (Sheriff Dupuis Tarwarter).   

Outlaw opens at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre, 1172 56th Street, on Thursday, Oct. 20 and runs to Nov. 5 Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Curtain is at 8 p.m.

There are two matinees on Sundays, Oct. 23 and 30 at 2 p.m.

Early reservations are recommended as seating capacity is being kept at a maximum of 70. 

Reservations can be made by calling 604-288-2415.

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