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Directed by Catherine Hannon

In this comedy/drama, five would-be actors take part in a small-town community drama class over six weeks.
They form new relationships, gain insights into themselves and each other, and change in small but radical ways.
The action takes place during the drama games, and in breaks between exercises. Some games are unscripted and truly improvisational.

Tickets are on sale now at the Sid Williams Theatre Box Office.


MARTY: Yvette Menard
JAMES: Michael Bach
SCHULTZ: Richard Ostle
THERESA: Kim June Johnson
LAUREN: Celie Lacasse

Auditions April 21 – 23 for
CLT’s Fall 2023 Production
The Shoplifters by Morris Panych

Playwright, actor and director Morris Panych has been described as “a man for all seasons in Canadian theatre.” He has appeared in over fifty theatre productions and in numerous television and film roles. He has directed more than ninety productions and written over a dozen plays that have been translated and produced throughout the world. He has twice won the Governor General’s Award and has won the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award fourteen times for acting and directing. He has also been nominated six times for Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award and three times for the Chalmers Award. His classic 7 Stories ranks 9th among the ten best selling plays in Canada, outselling9 the Coles version of Romeo & Juliet.


In this riotously funny new comedy from Morris Panych, we meet Alma, a seasoned career shoplifter who prefers the five-finger discount over some lousy seniors’ day deal. But it’s not just an empty wallet that leads Alma to a life of petty crime – it’s also her strong convictions about social justice and economic equality.

Along for the ride is Phyllis, Alma’s frazzled accomplice who lacks her mentor’s cool demeanour and snappy comebacks. It’s Alma who does the talking when the pair is apprehended at the grocery store by Dom, an overzealous rookie security guard. Guided by the strictness of his born-again Christian belief, Dom is ready to handcuff the culprits and call the police, but his affable senior partner, Otto, intervenes with a more sympathetic view of the crime: “It’s just a couple a steaks.” As Alma, Phyllis, Dom, and Otto share their wildly different takes on the situation, complex views on morality and ethics begin to emerge.

With its cast of oddball characters, Panych’s comedy offers biting observations about society’s haves and have-nots and how much they might actually have in common.


At CLT Rehearsal space, 2683 Moray Avenue, Units A & B, Courtenay
Friday, April 21st, 7-9 evening – an introduction and sign up for auditions
Saturday, April 22nd, 10am – 3pm – individual auditions 15 minutes with scenes from the play
Sunday, April 23rd, — Call backs, 10am – 3pm


We will have a full read-through asap after auditions are complete and the cast has been confirmed.
Rehearsals will be two evenings and one weekend afternoon per week, starting mid July.
All Cast members must be available from mid-July through October 1st.


Cast of 2 women and 2 men.
Alma: a “seasoned career shoplifter; 45+
Phyllis: younger and, perhaps, not as bright as Alma
Otto: affable senior store detective near the end of his career
Dom: an overzealous rookie store detective at the very beginning of his career

Notes For Auditioners

Courtenay Little Theatre respects all individuals and welcomes diversity. Anyone interested in auditioning is welcome to participate. Casting choices will be made based on the director’s decisions and what they think is best suited for the role.

Courtenay Little Theatre will follow the BC Health Authority Orders as they change.

To notify of intention to audition and for more information, please email the Director at robb.mowbray@hotmail.com or phone 250-713-0232


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