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Mozart play by Theature in the Country features local talent

Play runs until April 27
Theatre in the Country has opened its production of ‘Amadeus’ on its main stage until April 27. (Shannon Pauls/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Tyler Boe has been involved in theatre since he was six years old, and is now playing the role of Mozart in Theatre in the Country’s production of ‘Amadeus.’

The play ‘Amadeus’ by Peter Shaffer follows the rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri in the 18th century.

Through his mom, Shelly, who was costume designer for previous TIC shows, Boe joined TIC as well eight years ago.

“Amadeus is actually one of the characters that I have related to the least recently, due to his crudeness, lack of filter, and all around seeming disregard for the opinions of those around him,” Boe commented.

Nonetheless, that won’t stop the Pitt Meadows resident from putting on a spectacular show for the audience.

“My favourite part of this show is getting to be absolutely absurd and over the top in a room full of the prim and proper,” Boe said.

Originally, Maple Ridge resident Nick Walton auditioned for the role of Mozart, but was offered the role of Gottfried van Swieten, which he said worked out better.

“I’ve found I have some things in common with the character that I didn’t know,” he said.

For one thing, both Walton and van Swieten have an appreciation for older music over modern day songs.

Van Swieten also feels that new music of his time was too inventive and lacks traditions that older music has, Walton commented.

“While he and I might have differing reasons, our feelings are much the same, which makes portraying the character feel quite natural in many ways,” he shared.

While a composer on the side, van Swieten is better known for his role as an Austrian diplomat, librarian, and government official during the Holy Roman Empire.

Walton is looking forward to the range of emotions the play and its characters offers.

“At times it is light and comical, and at others it’s dark and serious. It’s a show with a lot of emotional depth, so I’m excited to see how the audience will respond to it.”

The play is directed by Rachel Stephens, and runs at various times until April 27 at TIC’s main theatre located at 5708 Glover Rd.

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