Always A Bridesmaid – The Show and it’s Performances
Press Release: Always A Bridesmaid
Navigate the choppy waters of Love and Matrimony
Metro Theatre is delighted to present Always A Bridesmaid a Jones Hope Wooten comedy directed by Don Briard playing January 17 to February 1, 2020.
Committed to the notion that careers, waistlines, and even marriages may disappear, but real friendships last a lifetime, four high school girlfriends honour the vow they made to each other at their dateless prom: no matter where, no matter when, they would all show up to stand as bridesmaids when one of them got married. Forsaking all others, in sickness and in health, they repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding in spite of fistfights at the altar, runaway brides or the mistaken and unfortunate, release of a flock of white doves.
If you’ve ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride’s bouquet, seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying “I Do” or been forced to wear the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress, this deliriously funny comedy is definitely for you … and your dearly beloved!
“Always a Bridesmaid demonstrates that good friends are a family we choose; and they are bound to us with a loyalty which is voluntary rather than a requirement of birth. The bridesmaids prove that the more important the event, the more likely the unexpected will come to pass.” Don Briard, Director
ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID is written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten, directed by Don Briard, stage managed by Al Zylstra and produced by Joan Koebel Photo credits to Tracy-Lynn Chernaske.
Metro Theatre is a non-profit theatre company, dedicated to promoting and developing theatre arts. This is our 57th continuous season of bringing laughter, intrigue and surprise to live audiences. Always A Bridesmaid is our 521st show.
Cast and Production Team
KARI AMES-BISSETTE Nicole Park
LIBBY RUTH AMES Carol L Mann
SEDALIA ELLICCOTT Joan Koebel
MONETTE GENTRY Michelle Collier
CHARLIE COLLINS Annie Nelson
DEEDRA WINGATE Sheila Keating
DIRECTOR Don Briard
PRODUCTION MANAGER Joan Koebel
STAGE MANAGER Al Zylstra
ASST STAGE MANAGER Dominic Duff
PROPERTIES Heather Stewart
BOOTH OPERATOR Leslie Thompson
SET DESIGNER Don Briard
COSTUME DESIGNER Rene Schindel
LIGHTING DESIGNER Les Erskine
SOUND DESIGNER Don Briard & Al Zylstra
GENERAL MANAGER Les Erskine
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Les Erskine
SCENIC CARPENTER Robin Richardson & Robert Moser
SCENIC PAINTING/SET DECORATION Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
PUBLICITY Debra Danny
GRAPHIC DESIGN Barbara LaBounta
PHOTOGRAPHY Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
“Always a Bridesmaid” is, first and foremost a comedy that uses as its setting a series of weddings which take place at a stately home in Virginia. Four friends made a pact on the day of their high school graduation, that they would be bridesmaids for each other as they found their true loves.
Of course, life gets in the way of the romantic visions of high school girls, but the four women, whose adult lives took them along divergent paths, remained true to their promises.
The play shows us four weddings and we see how the women, and their views on romance, have developed—and we get a primer on the idea that what can go wrong…will go wrong.
Through thick and thin the bridesmaids show us the value of loyalty and friendship…and let us laugh with them, and at them, along the way.
Reviews & Being Said
Check out the wonderful REVIEW by Lorraine Graves (with Hannah Scott) of the Richmond Sentinel. Thanks for the kind words reviewing our play.
Huge thanks to Ian Jacques of The Delta Optimisit for a wonderful Preview of Always A Bridesmaid.
Big thanks to Hannah Scott of Richmond Sentinel for the awesome interview with director Don Briard for Always A Bridesmaid.
Director Don Briard and the cast were available immediately following that evenings performance of Always A Bridesmaid on Firday Jan 24th.
The focus of Don’s remarks were on the effort to create “the illusion of the first time”—giving the audience the feeling that these words have never been heard before. Of course, this leads to technical issues regarding diction, dealing with laughs, and dealing with accents.