Three Mission residents star in The Matchmaker

Three Mission residents are being featured in Gallery 7 Theatre and Performing Arts production of The Matchmaker, which is running until June 25 at MEI theatre in Abbotsford.

Three Mission residents are being featured in Gallery 7 Theatre and Performing Arts production of The Matchmaker, which is running until June 25 at MEI theatre in Abbotsford.

Kim Larson stars as Minnie Faye, Kenzie Hall plays Barnaby Tucker, and Glen Kask is Joe Scanlon in this Thornton Wilder play.

“The Matchmaker is a farce with real heart. The characters, and the adventures they embark on, are great fun,” explains Gallery 7 Theatre’s artistic director, Ken Hildebrandt. “I think this production will be an outstanding way to celebrate the arrival of summer.”

Horace Vandergelder, a shrewd and wealthy merchant, has decided 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. Things really get complicated when they nearly run head-long in to 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!

The cast of The Matchmaker is made up of talented performers from across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

Actor, director, film coach and Maple Ridge resident, Annette Reilly, returns to direct The Matchmaker, having directed last season’s run-away hit production, Pride and Prejudice.

The Matchmaker runs June 16 – 18 and 23 – 25 at 7:30 p.m. with additional discounted matinees on June 11 and June 18 at 2 p.m. at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. Tickets for evening performances are $16/adults; $14/senior (65+) and students; $13 for groups of 10 or more; and $9 for children 12 and under. Tickets for matinee performances are $12 for general admission and $9 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available by calling 604-852-3701 or 1-800-665-8828.