Auditions for The Matchmaker take place April 7

Auditions for Thorton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, the final production of Gallery 7 Theatre and Performing Arts Society’s 20th season, will be held on April 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Male and female performers between the ages of 16 and 65 are invited to attend. Those interested in working behind the scenes in such areas as assistant stage management, sound operation, running crew and others are also encouraged to attend the audition.

The Matchmaker will be directed by actor, film consultant and theatre director, Annette Reilly.

Horace Vandergelder, a shrewd and wealthy merchant, is ready to get married. Securing the services of a matchmaker, Vandergelder entrusts his Yonkers shop to the care of his clerks while he heads to New York City in search of love.

Tired of their mundane lives and longing for romance, the clerks close up shop and embark on their own adventure to the city, but things get complicated when they nearly run head-long into their blustery boss in the city streets.

A series of hilarious episodes of hide-and-seek ensue in this farcical adventure that inspired the smash-hit Broadway musical, Hello Dolly!

“What better way to end our 20th anniversary season than with a comedy about love and adventure,” said Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7 Theatre’s executive artistic director. “This play provides some wonderfully fun roles for both men and women in the 16 – 65 age range, and we especially encourage men between the ages of 30 – 65 to attend.”

The Matchmaker will run June 10-11, 16–18, and 23–25 at 7:30 p.m. with additional matinees on June 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.

Rehearsals start April 11 and will occur on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. A couple of Saturday rehearsals will also be held.

All performances and rehearsals will be held at the MEI Theatre in Abbotsford.

All interested individuals are asked to sign up for the audition ahead of time by calling 604-504-5940, sending an e-mail to info@gallery7theatre.com, or visiting www.gallery7theatre.com.

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