Barkerville’s Theatre Royal to Host Gala Event on Saturday, June 16th

In 2012, Barkerville Historic Town’s famous Theatre Royal celebrates its 144th year. Established soon after the great Barkerville fire of 1868, an event that both devastated the town and inspired its regrowth, the Theatre Royal has stood as a testament to an appreciation of things that are beautiful and inspiring, even in times of great adversity. Every summer season since Barkerville was first declared a provincial heritage site more than fifty years ago, a dedicated troupe of actors, singers, dancers and musicians assemble in the historic town to re-create the mission of the original Cariboo Amateur Dramatic Association: bringing joy and creativity to the goldfields.

“This season, which marks 144 years since the original Theatre Royal building opened its doors, Barkerville’s Newman and Wright Theatre Company will play host to a gala event acknowledging the achievements of the theatre and the admiration and support of its audience,” said James Douglas, Manager of Visitor Experiences. “On Saturday, June 16th, friends, colleagues and the community will come together for a full day of celebrating Newman and Wright Theatre Company, the Theatre Royal, and, of course, the original Cariboo Dramatic Association, whose traditions are lovingly carried on today.”

Newman and Wright Theatre Company will begin its gala performances at 1:00pm on June 16th with Danette Boucher’s one-woman show The Bride of Barkerville, a thrilling story about Cariboo Amateur Dramatic Association co-founder, Florence Wilson. The day will continue with two offerings from the Newman and Wright’s entire Theatre Royal cast: Westering Man – James Anderson’s Journey, a musical drama about the infamous “Bard of Barkerville,” at 4:00pm, and the 2012 edition of Gold Rush Revue, a musical variety show that is sure to delight theatre goers of any age, at 8:00pm.

Afterwards, beginning at 9:00pm, there will be more music, merriment, and mercantile opportunities at Barkerville’s Theatre Royal, the Barkerville Hotel, House Hotel, and Mason and Daly General Merchants.

Gala tickets are available for $40.00 (plus HST) and include admission to Barkerville, access to all three Theatre Royal shows, the evening festivities, and a seat at the Barkerville Heritage Trust’s annual general meeting. During the day, and between shows, gala ticket holders can enjoy Barkerville’s award-winning historical interpretation programs, town tours, and a variety of demonstrations throughout the site.

For more information about the 2012 Theatre Royal Gala, or to reserve tickets, please visit http://www.theatreroyal.ca, or call (250) 994-3340.