Are you tired of seeing men in all the quirky, action-packed lead roles on our stages? And Bella Sang With Us, a fast-paced historical drama about women, features breathtaking fights between flawed women, fights that have been choreographed by a very talented man. A man who is not afraid to don a skirt in the service of his work. Thank you, Derek Metz!
Derek Metz, a Jessie award nominated and winning actor, as well as nominated producer, is enjoying a resurgence as fight choreographer. Other ‘scraps’ guided by Metz: West Side Story (Theatre Under the Stars), Macbeth (Pound of Flesh), Cowboy King (Caravan). The reason Derek became an actor was, in large part, due to Simon Webb (playing Constable Fields, Alderman Crane, and Connor O’Rourke in And Bella Sang With Us) and he is relishing this opportunity to work with his acting idol! We are relishing the opportunity to work with Derek.
In rehearsal above from left to right: Sarah May Redmond as Bella Boychuk, Leanna Brodie as Constable Harris and Derek Metz as, well, Fight Choreographer.
And Bella Sang With Us, written by Sally Stubbs and directed by Sarah Rodgers with Ian Harmon, runs at the Vancouver Fringe from September 9 to 17. Tickets are moving fast. For information or to purchase tickets click Here.
Stay tuned for our next post featuring actor/dancer/choreographer Amanda Testini.
CONSTABLE HARRIS: Look around. How many of these doorways are fronts for somethin’ foul? Prostitution, gamblin’, narcotics. This is war.
Leanna Brodie and Sarah Louise Turner in rehearsal for And Bella Sang With Us.
Brodie, as Constables Harris, and Turner, as Constable Miller, get a good look at Vancouver’s Dupont Street (now East Pender St.) in Chinatown, 1912.
And Bella Sang With Us opens at the Vancouver Fringe Festival on September 9. For information & tickets click: Here.
Okay, maybe not, but tickets for And Bella Sang With Us
at the Vancouver Fringe Festival ARE ON SALE NOW!
Only six shows. Don’t miss out!
Sarah May Redmond as Bella and Leanna Brodie as
Constable Lurancy Harris duke it out in rehearsal
under the expert eye of fight choreographer,
Derek Metz. Thanks Derek!
Please tune in for updates on And Bella Sang With Us.
I’ll be posting on rehearsals – music with Matt Grinke
coming soon – and the rest of the brilliant cast and
Not long until opening now!
Tickets $14. tickets.vancouverfringe.com
VanCity Culture Lab, Vancouver East Cultural Centre
Show Dates & Times:
Friday, Sept 9, 7:25 pm (opening)
Saturday, Sept 10, 10 pm
Sunday, Sept 11, 2:55 pm
Wednesday, Sept 14, 7 pm
Friday, Sept 16, 5:15 pm
Saturday, Sept 17, 2:45 pm (closing).
Leanna Brodie and Sarah Louise Turner as Constables
Lurancy D. Harris and Minnie Miller.
Thank you to Sandi McDonald and Emily Cooper for
the beautiful poster design and photography!
More information on the show and the outstanding
creative team coming soon.
And please check the post below for links to
production photos and headshots of the cast and
Hi! I’m Sally Stubbs.
I’m so glad you stopped by.
Honestly, I was beginning to think this day would never come, but here it is folks.
Right now I’m busy getting ready to produce my play–
AND BELLA SANG WITH US–in the up and coming Vancouver Fringe Festival.
The inimitable Sarah Rodgers is directing a stellar cast and creative team. You can read about them here.
This production is ridiculously important to me. The script is the result of extensive rewrites of an earlier– and very different play– Kid Gloves. The new production will be part of the Dramatic works series at the Cultch.
I’ve posted some production photos here so come have a look.
If you would like to read about my writing adventures in 2015/2016, click on my News page here.
If you’re interested in my Current Writing Projects, click here.
And thanks again for visiting.
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