High school thespians compete with Canucks

New production by Maple Ridge Christian clashes with playoff games

Little Women of Orchard House features a cast of 35. It plays at Maple Ridge Christian School until Saturday.

Little Women of Orchard House features a cast of 35. It plays at Maple Ridge Christian School until Saturday.

Maple Ridge Christian School’s latest drama production is running into a haze of Canuck fever.

Little Women of Orchard House, a play by David Longest, has four shows planned this week but the school remains concerned that Vancouver hockey team’s battle against the Nashville the Predators will mean an empty theatre.

“We picked our dates in September so they would fit into the school schedule”, says drama teacher Reg Parks. “I’ve started offering game updates at intermission in order to show our support, but ticket sales for next weekend are definitely down.”

Only Friday remains a non-game day.

The show has 35 performers and crew involved in the production. It took two weeks for parents and teachers to build the two-storey house set that currently dominates the school gym.

There are kids from grade 2 to grade 12 in the show, and principal Valerie Sawka can’t believe her small private school is staging such an elaborate production.

“We are so proud of our excellent arts program”, beams Sawka, who caught the play on opening night last week. “Everyone should take the time to come see it.”

• Little Women of Orchard House runs Thursday, May 5 to Saturday May 7 at 7:30 PM.  There is a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday.  Tickets and reservations can be made at the school office or by calling 604-465-4442.