About the Play

A happy, fictionalized version of Saskatoon set in 1948 when the province had voted in a CCF government. The male protagonist wins a lottery and gets a second chance at a relationship and at a reformative political vocation.

Yesteryear is produced by special arrangement with Playwrights Canada Press

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Yesteryear was written by outstanding Canadian playwright Joanna McClelland Glass and is set in the fictitious town of Raglan, Saskatchewan in 1948. The action takes place in the back room of Howard’s Hardware Store. The male brass of the town gather there in the evenings, for a gab and a relax. The feces hits the fan when the lowly painter of interiors, David McTavish, wins the Irish Sweepstakes. Past loves are tested and the future of the town is in question. Shall the meek inherit the earth? – Val Mason

Welcome to North Vancouver Community Players production of Yesteryear. This play is the final show of the 2016/2017 season. Don’t forget to pick up a brochure in the lobby for the 2017/2018 season. It promises to be an exciting year of theatre! Tonight takes you back to 1948 Raglan, Saskatchewan. A Canadian play to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. It has been a pleasure to have also been the Production Manager for this heartwarming comedy! We hope that you will leave Hendry Hall tonight having enjoyed a wonderful evening of live entertainment. If you would like to join into the fun on and off stage, please check out our website North Van Community Players under the section Volunteer. We would love to have you aboard! – Fran Heaney

CastCrewProduction InfoAbout the Company
Character Played by
Andy Campbell Nigel Barker
Emma Day Colleen Brow
David McTavish Liam Coughlan
Sandy MacMillan Tony Fletcher
Mildred Douglas Julia Grace
Bob Ramsay Jaxson Jensen
Howard Robertson William Ladic
Tom Wallace Terrence Loychuk
Beth MacMillan Becky Oben
Malcolm MacGregor Barry Walker
Producer Fran Heaney
Director Val Mason
Author Joanna McClelland Glass
Stage Manager Shirley Helgason
Set Designer Glynnis Brassil
Set Construction Bob Martin, Joe Vanbelois, and Clive Sanders
Set Decorators Glynnis Brassil, Val Mason, Fran Heaney, Jennifer Morabito, and Linda Sharp
Properties Marie Brazier, Alison Thomas, and Heather Guthrie-Sheane
Lighting Designer Simon Drake
Sound Designers Anne Marsh, and Bill Ruptash
Lighting and Sound Operator Bill Ruptash
Costumes Alison Sawers
Costume Assistant Fran Heaney
Hair and Make-Up Rob Walters
Graphic Artist Linda Sharp
Publicity and Program Anne Marsh, and Pam Kearns
Front-of-House Coordinator Mary Gray
Opening Night Catering/Decoration Sandy Branning, and Leslie Whittaker
Box Office Marie Brazier
Photographer Damon Calderwood
Videographer Paul Paterson
Original Performance Dates May 26 to June 10, 2017
Venue The Theatre at Hendry Hall, North Vancouver, BC
Production Length 1 hour and 40 minutes
Production Style Heart Warming Comedy
Special Thanks To Thrifty Foods, North Vancouver, Capilano University Costuming, Theatre West Van, Deep Cove Stage Society, Terry Mulder, Liz Lilly, Wendy Affleck, Linda Sharp, Marie Brazier, Tony and Isabelle Zoobkoff, Tom and Wendy Lucas, Linda Jackson, Arnie Ostevik, Tunde Friend
Val Mason Director – Val has been involved with community theatre since she was a teenager, in Woodstock, Ontario, then Toronto, Sydney (Australia) and Vancouver. She works in the arts and plays in the theatre. Val was the Managing Director of Presentation House Arts Centre for 10 years and is presently the General Manager for the Word Vancouver Festival and the BC Book Prizes. She invites you to immerse yourself in the little town of Raglan and enjoy the cast of characters that inhabit it.
Nigel Barker Andy Campbell – Nigel has appeared in many productions at Hendry Hall over the years, and is delighted to once again represent the long arm of the law, as Police Chief Andy Campbell in NVCP’s Yesteryear. His greatest wish this evening is that you have fun and enjoy the show!
Colleen Brow Emma Day – Colleen’s never been to a brothel. But, she has been to Saskatchewan. Still, playing a “Madame” was a stretch (without the field research). Thankfully, she’s working with a wonderfully supportive cast and crew. Her most recent role was Micky the Cop in this season’s opening play The Odd Couple (Female Version). Other notable acting gigs include Theatre Under the Stars, Metro Theatre, and The Brow Home (when she needs something).
Liam Coughlan David McTavish – Liam is thrilled to return to Hendry Hall following his role as Oscar Nelson in Mary, Mary (2016). Other recent roles include Italian Opera singer Tito Merelli in Lend Me A Tenor (2015) and four ensemble roles in More Fawlty Towers (2014), both with Vagabond Players. Liam is a Union of BC Performers/ACTRA Apprentice Member, and has recently earned film credits on Altered Carbon (Netflix-2017), The Man in the High Castle (Amazon-2016), and Beijing Meets Seattle (2017).
Tony Fletcher Sandy MacMillan – Tony is excited that his first foray into live theatre is at the intimate Hendry Hall under the wonderful direction of Val Mason and with the kind support of a fabulous cast and crew. Although Tony has limited acting experience, he did have an imaginary friend as a child, so he has that going for him.
Julia Grace Mildred Douglas – Julia is thrilled to participate in her first show in the charming little theatre of Hendry Hall with North Vancouver Community Players. She has walked the stage for over 20 years playing a variety of roles, and last year she sailed on the Titanic all the way to Theatre BC Mainstage with the award-winning The Last Lifeboat. When not on stage, Julia is a writer and arthritis advocate, determined to show there is still a fulfilling life to live in the face of chronic illness.
Jaxon Jensen Bob Ramsay – Jaxon made his theatre debut at the age of seven as Kurt in The Sound of Music. Since then he has had the privilege of performing many varied and exciting roles such as Angel in Rent, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro. Jaxon is double majoring in Opera Performance and International Relations at UBC, and in his spare time is a yoga instructor, singer, and travel blog writer.
William Ladic Howard Robertson – After three years away from theatre, William was feeling the ‘itch’ to get back into the saddle and jumped at the opportunity to be involved with Yesteryear. He spent five years helping the Central Alberta Theatre in Red Deer Alberta with many of their plays as a sound and lighting operator and designer between 2009 and 2013. In 2014, he returned to Vancouver after being away for nine years and he took on his first on stage role for Vagabond Theatre’s rendition of More Fawlty Towers.
Terrence Loychuk Tom Wallace – Participation in the Greater Vancouver community theatre scene began with Nuts at Hendry hall in the mid-nineties and continues with this production of Yesteryear.  Having a hard drive with the memory of a pong game, and living day to day, the present is the only thing that counts. Yesteryear is the pinnacle of his years on the boards and he absolutely loves everything about it from the play itself to the director to the cast and crew.
Becky Oben Beth MacMillan – Becky is very excited to be playing the challenging part of Beth MacMillan with so many talented actors and crew. Some memorable past productions have been Lend Me A Tenor, Mother Load, Death of a Devil, Criminal Hearts, The Pink Flamingo, Ravenscroft, Knight Fever, The Three Clever Pigs and Pippin. You will see her next playing a juror for the Lifetime TV movie Menendez. Enjoy going back in time to 1948 Raglan, Saskatchewan.
Barry Walker Malcolm MacGregor – Barry came to Hendry Hall stage ten years ago on a dare. He is thrilled to be back on the boards with this talented cast as the Mayor of Raglan, Saskatchewan. He would like to thank the director, Val Mason, and the crew for making Joanna McClelland Glass’s heartwarming revelation of this Canadian experience come to life.