Gwen’s graduation showcase


Our second daughter, Gwen, had her graduation show at the Stanley Theatre in Vancouver this week. She is in the Acting for Stage and Screen Program at Capilano University.

The Stanley Theatre is in South Granville, a district on Vancouver’s west side. This is an area we like and visit fairly often, either to visit the theatre or go to shopping. There’s also the best Indian restaurant in North America (Vij’s).

On Wednesday, the day of the show, there was also the first NHL playoff game. I doubt that the friends, family and occasional agent or talent scout swelled the traffic much, compared to the thousands of Canuck fans. What did not help was the City choosing to cut down some fire damaged trees in Stanley Park on this day. The Lions Gate Bridge got closed and downtown traffic was grid locked for an hour or so.

We did make it through and in good enough time to be able to eat. We skipped the lines for Vij’s and ate at the neighbouring sister restaurant, Rangoli’s. The food was excellent too and set us up for the show.

The show featured the 12 actors in the program showing examples of their work both on screen and in live performance. In pairs the actors showed clips from the work they’d done over the last year, and acted out a part of a play.

It is interesting to see your child on the stage. You feel pride in their abilities of course. But it is a measure of their success that you also see them in their character. Suddenly they are no longer the child you know, but have become someone else. Someone grown up.

We were certainly proud parents and pleased that Gwen and her fellow grads have obviously done so well. Let’s hope that the agents and talent scouts did make it through the traffic and appreciated their performances as much as we did.

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