When: June 14, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
Where: Courtyard Theatre, LVR High School
“I, Claudia” by Kristen Thomson
Claudia is an official pre-teen, still reeling from her parents’ divorce. Her father is getting re-married, she has a science fair project coming due, and she is in the physical and emotional throes of puberty. Finding refuge in the basement of her school, Claudia discovers the pain at the centre of her brimming child’s heart. Some important adults in Claudia’s life; her grandfather, her father’s new girlfriend, and the school custodian, help shed light on her situation.
Portrayed by a single actor (Lynn van Deursen) the four characters are brought to life with the help of four distinctive masks beautifully hand crafted by Robin Wiltse. This charming one act play blends the humorous and the painful aspects of life’s struggles with authentic language expertly written by Ms. Thomson and delightfully portrayed by Ms. van Deursen. PG 13
“I, Claudia” was the winner of the 2001 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play.
“with lines and moments that are hilariously funny, totally unexpected and unimpeachably true”The National Post
“Claudia is a wonderfully winsome young woman trembling on the cusp of adolescence, the best piece of theatre to hit the stage in a long time”The Toronto Star
Lynn studied theatre at the University of Victoria in the 1980′s. She toured Vancouver Island with The Shakespeare Plus Players before working back stage and front of house for City Stage Theatre in Vancouver. She moved to the Kootenays in 1995 to pursue her biggest role to date; that of being a wife and mother. In recent years Lynn has performed in “Appearances” with Amber Byatt, “The MacOddo” with all of Argenta, “Harvest” with Gary Schneider, and “Becky’s New Car” with half of Kaslo.
In between shows, Lynn spends her working hours managing the office at Boards by George Lumber in Meadow Creek. She has also had the pleasure of performing in Jim van Horn’s Co-op Radio fundraisers called “The History of Country Music” for two years running and looks forward to the next one at the Capital Theatre in October. Last May was her first crack at a solo show with “I, Claudia” at the Langham theatre in Kaslo which thoroughly entertained the two sold out audiences. Lynn couldn’t do any of this without the support & talent of her husband Paul, who builds the sets and does the sound & lights for all her shows. She is very excited to be re-mounting the production and thrilled to be able to share it with all her Kootenay neighbours.
May 31 & June 1 ~ Kaslo @ The Langham
June 7 ~ Crawford Bay @ Crawford Bay School
June 8 ~ Rossland @ The Miners Hall
June 14 ~ Nelson @ The Courtyard Theatre at LVR Highschool
June 15 ~ Silverton @ The Silverton Gallery
Tickets will be $12 for all shows and will only be available at the door.
All shows will start @ 7:30 pm ~ PG 13 ~
For more information please contact: vanfam (at) telus . net