Ill Be Back


Before Midnight


By Peter Colley


Directed By Roseann Wilshere

THE DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT:


I have been lucky to direct this play more than once.  Peter Colley, the Canadian author, wrote a one hour version for a small lunchtime theatre in Toronto called Solar Stage, where I had the privilege of first conversing with him and directing his work.  Peter has been helpful ever since and the opportunity to bring the full length version to the Ajijic stage has been a pleasure. 

 

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight was described by the Toronto Globe & Mail as the most popular stage play in Canadian history.  It has been produced in 29 countries, 48 of the 50 states in the U.S. and every province in Canada.  It has broken numerous box office records including two record-breaking UK National Tours.  It became a Hollywood film starring Heather Locklear, Ned Beatty, Robert Carradine, & Susannah York. 

 

I am thrilled to have the soundtrack from the original 1979 production, courtesy of the Toronto composer, John Roby.  The sound for this production is one of the most complicated I have worked on - it is akin to a movie score.  Special effects have been a challenge, and without the help of my incredible backstage crew, it could not have been accomplished. My actors on this production have also been a thrill to work with. Together we have taken a creative journey and along the way become great friends.

 

AND REMEMBER: This show has pyrotechnics and special effects – it is not recommended for children (or the faint of heart!)



   Collette                                Ken                                    Candace                          Mark     

       Clavadetscher              Yakiwchuk                 Luciano                           Bennett

       As  Jan                                      As  Greg                        As  Laura                         As George

 



 

 

The Amazing Crew

 

 

Director............................................. Roseann Wilshere

Stage Manager............................................. Diane Jones

Assistant Stage Manager........................ Kathleen Morris

Production Assistant................................ Richard Roche

Set Design & Construction Chief.............. Alex Pinkerton

Set Construction......... Richard Bansbach, Brian Selesky,

                  David White, John Blackmer, Chet Beeswanger

Special Effects......................................... Alex Pinkerton

Special Effects Crew.... John Blackmer, Chet Beeswanger

Set Decoration................................... Roberta Hilleman

Set Painting......................... Margo Eberly, Dana Douin,

                                   Liz Naidoff, Diane Laris, Pamela Steed

Props Manager.................................... Chet Beeswanger

Props.............................. Beth Leitch, Richard Bansbach

Sound.................. Emma Bergh-Apton, Pierre Blackburn

Lighting Design.................................. Roseann Wilshere

Lighting Operation...................................... Pierre Huot

Wardrobe..................................................... Lois Cugini

Wardrobe Assistant.................................. Beth Cathcart

Wardrobe for Laura’s costume................... Karin Eichler

Makeup........... Maxcine Tate & Season 48 Makeup Team

 

LLT audience spooked by dark, dexterous thriller

All the clever special effects went off without a hitch.

 

Hairpin turns, double twists and enough red herrings to grace a Danish smorgasbord, LLT’s “I’ll Be Back By Midnight” kept audiences barely in their seats and loving every minute of it.

 

Director Roseann Wilshere … outdid herself with this work of spooky kitsch. Her cast Collette Clavadetcher as the neurotic and terrified wife, Ken Yakiwchuk as the supportive (or is he?) husband. Mark Bennett as George, the friendly (or is he?) farmer and Candace Luciano as the bitchy and incestuous (yes, she is) sister-in-law - all played their roles to the hilt.

 

… There were lots of special effects from exploding pot-bellied stoves to protoplasm (or was it?) drifting through the sheer curtains and bumps in the night. The effects came off without a hitch, not an easy task in a small community theatre. Compliments must go to the special effects chair Alex Pinkerton and his crew John Blackmer and Chet Beeswanger, as well as sound technician Emma Bergh-Apton… her fiftieth show and Pierre Blackburn who operated the sound  

 

Taken from Jeanne Chaussee’s Review in the Guadalajara Reporter Nov. 11-16 2012

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