A longtime Brookswood resident and veteran of the entertainment industry will make Surrey laugh and give the town a first-ever dinner show.
Ellie King will bring her latest direction, a theatrical adaptation by Nick Hall eat your heartat the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey.
The Royal Canadian Theater Company production will take audiences through the journey of young Charlie. He wants to make it big as an actor but is currently working in various restaurants to earn money. King said Charlie’s decisions and encounters with other characters will make audiences laugh.
For those who have never attended a dinner theater, King explained that the concept allows people to enjoy the show and dinner simultaneously.
A dinner theater was King’s longtime dream, which she will finally stage in front of a socially distanced audience.
“It’s in a completely different setting…it’s a different vibe,” she added.
King shared that the show was special for her as her youngest son starred as Charlie 20 years ago in Surrey Theatre.
King, an English-born entertainer, has been in the entertainment business since the age of two and a half – taking on multiple roles including actor, dancer, singer and writer.
Her talent was discovered at a very young age when a doctor suggested she take ballet lessons to strengthen her weak ankles. The ballet school provided King with various opportunities in their dance and theater performances.
The British Columbia theater industry welcomed her with open arms in the early 80s, and she soon moved to Langley to settle in Brookswood. As a veteran and over 35, King said she was agitated by the lack of theater space in Langley. Current options in Langley are not viable and she wants to bring her productions to her “hometown”.
During last year’s election campaign, Deputy Premier Chrystia Freeland offered Liberal support for a new public entertainment center in Langley Township. The firm has pledged to support the township on a proposed $65 million performance space.
The pledge is not a guarantee of funding, but Freeland said it is a commitment to work with local authorities to get the project approved.
MP John Aldag’s office told the Langley Advance Times that Aldag will soon meet with Freeland to finalize delivery timelines for this investment. The exact date and time of the meeting were not disclosed.
Kings eat your heart will be presented in the hotel’s ballroom from January 27 to 29, with dinner at 7 p.m. and curtain at 8 p.m. There will also be a short intermission between the one-hour play. Tickets start at $85.87 and are available online at eventbrite.ca. For more information, people can visit the Royal Canadian Theater Company website at rctheatreco.com.
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