Bobbie-Jo Macnair (left) who plays Catherine in the Studio Theatre production of Proof

Bobbie-Jo Macnair (left) who plays Catherine in the Studio Theatre production of Proof

Theatre newcomers enjoy challenge of Proof

Opening night was great! I am so proud of how our play Proof all came together and what magic can be created by the whole cast and crew.

Sheryl-Lynn Lewis

Special to the Tribune/Advisor

Opening night was great! I am so proud of how our play Proof all came together and what magic can be created by the whole cast and crew.

Two relative newcomers to the Studio Theatre are creating memorable performances in the production.

Bobbie-Jo Macnair, who plays Catherine, was born and raised in Williams Lake and has worked as the program co-ordinator for Axis Family Services for three years.  This is her second time on stage with the Studio Theatre.

Two years ago she played Alice in Closer.

“I had so much fun last time I did a play,” Macnair says. “This is a really strong female lead and the role really intrigued me.”

She has enjoyed digging deeply into the characters of this play and exploring so many different emotions in such a short amount of time.

Macnair advises people who may be interested in theatre, but are a bit shy, to just come out to the theatre and “do it.”

“There is no experience necessary and there is some really strong talent in Williams Lake to help you,” Macnair says. “Come try it. There are so many different ways to be involved that there is something for everybody.”

Dan Patterson, who plays Hal in Proof, moved to Williams Lake from Kamloops in August 2014. His foray into community theatre started with a desire to get involved with the community.

A friend kept encouraging him to audition for Proof so he decided to take the risk.

His role as Hal is his first ever involvement with theatre.

“It’s been a blast,” Patterson says, although he wishes someone had told him ahead of time that “theatre becomes your life, but in a good way.”

What he’s learned from being on stage with Proof is to enter and exit the stage with purpose. Patterson said that’s what he really likes about this experience is that “everyone is working towards the same purpose.”

Proof, the Studio Theatre’s final play of the regular season is on stage this week May 13 to 16 and will also be an entry in the Central Interior Zone Drama Festival coming up in Williams Lake May 29 to 31.

Proof is about family entanglements and includes Jay Goddard as Robert, a brilliant but unstable mathematician; Bobbie-Jo Macnair as Catherine, Robert’s daughter; Becky Strickland as Claire, Catherine’s estranged sister; and Dan Patterson playing Hal, a former student of Robert’s.

Showtimes are at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at The Open Book, Realm of Toys, and About Face Photography.

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