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Rivercity Players offer up something Short and Sweet later this month

Annual evening of one act plays, this year featuring three short plays, and something new

Mystery, comedy, romance, sci fi, farce – definitely something for everyone at Short and Sweet!

Two characters, played by Dick Poulton (left) and Gerry Pittman, contemplate life on various planets during Life on Mars, one of Rivercity Players’ one-act plays that make up Short And Sweet, An Evening of One Acts opening Sept. 28. Photo by Alistair Taylor

Rivercity Players will present it’s annual evening of one act plays, this year featuring three short plays, and something new.

Up first is Road Toll by Sarah Tighe. This Australian drama tells the story of an elderly woman who is visited by two police officers with the unfortunate news that her son has passed away in a car accident. However, all is not as it seems! Road Toll is directed by Barb Baldwin.

Next is Tooth or Dare by Canadian playwright, Rose Scollard. In this charming comedy, two seniors meet up in a sushi rolling class, and we see their relationship develop as they take turns sharing their story. Alistair Taylor directs this play.

Life on Mars is also written by a Canadian – Elliott Hayes. This play, directed by Patrick Baird, gives us a glimpse into the life of two short order cooks, as they contemplate the universe from behind the restaurant where they work.

Short and Sweet! will also introduce Campbell River to Rivercity Players’ new sketch comedy group – Dark Night Players. Directed by Dee Poulton, the Players will close the evening with laughter as they perform several short sketches.

“The main motivator when we started having our one acts was to provide an opportunity for people to try something new,” explains Lynne Macara, who is producing. “It’s a good way to try something you haven’t done before, on a smaller project, to get your feet wet.” Baldwin and Baird, while not new to Rivercity Players, are trying their hand at directing in this production.

Short and Sweet! will run at the Rivercity Stage on Sept. 28, 29, 30, 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 1 and 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at

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