Chris Hornby (left) and Roland Class work on a scene from Potato Dreams during a recent workshop.  There will be another workshop this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre.

Chris Hornby (left) and Roland Class work on a scene from Potato Dreams during a recent workshop. There will be another workshop this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre.

Potato Dreams premieres on July 4

The Potato Dreams play will be performed for the first time on July 4 at the Potato House in Williams Lake.

The Potato Dreams play will be performed for the first time on July 4 in conjunction with the Station House Gallery’s opening reception of the summer show Community Roots, says artistic director Debra McNie.

The audience will have the option to view the gallery exhibit first then go to the Potato House where they will watch Potato Dreams, McNie says.

Gallery openings have been moved from Thursdays to Wednesdays through the summer months to accommodate Performances in the Park which take place in Boitanio Park on Thursdays.

The Station House Gallery’s summer show Community Roots is inspired by the Potato House Sustainability Project.

The deadline for artists to submit artwork inspired by the Potato House is coming up on May 31 at 5 p.m.

For more details on artist submissions contact Beth or Diane at the Station House Gallery 250-392-6113 or Leah at

The Community Roots exhibition will run at the Station House July 6 to Sept. 1.

Actors who won parts in the Potato Dreams play and others interested in participating in the production are invited to a play workshop this Sunday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Centre next to city hall.

“The workshop will include improvisation, theatre games, movement, and drumming all for the purpose of bringing together the individual pieces that will begin to create Potato Dreams,” says artistic director Debra McNie.

“We are looking for people to help behind the scenes as well.”

Potato Dreams is set in the mid 1960’s. A young girl named Isabella is being raised alone by her father as her mother Alma (which means spirit) passed away when Isabella was just a five years old.

The young girl’s parents immigrated to Canada in the mid-1950’s and settled with just enough money to buy a small house in a very small village.

Peggy McKinlay, McNie’s inspiration for the present day Isabella is assisting her in editing the script she has written for the play.

“Chris Hutton will play Andre, young Isabella’s father,” McNie says. “Young Isabella is yet to be cast but there are a few young gals being considered.”

McNie says Sandi Alaric, (a noted lakecity singer and musical theatre director) has agreed to play the role of  the adult Isabella.

An original Potato Dreams song is being written by Pharis and Jason Romero.

Some of the dream sequences in process are One Potato by Carl Johnson including an original song by Johnson; Magical Jesaja created and performed by Jesaja Class; Urban Indian, written by Helen Sandy, and performed by Pow Wow and Hip Hop dancers.

Will Reierson is creating an original drum song and his mother Barbara Flach joins him during the song.

A sequence called Sustainable Mamma’s has been written, staged and performed by Mary Forbes and Juli Harland.

Likely Day Drama Camp led by Venta Rutkauskas is writing Yukon Gold which will be performed by the children of the day camp.

Spirit is being performed by Lana Wright in collaboration with McNie who will be writing and developing her character.

McNie says Chris Hornby and Cody Slinn will be giving tours of the Potato House house after each performance.  Casey Bennett is photographing the cast and will film the play.

People can also contact McNie at 250-398-6344 or by e-mail at


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