The Mail Order Bride: Langley resident stars in the title role

Langley, B.C.—Are we all just products of our family? Do we truly make choices or are we just characters in a pre-determined play? Opening October 23rd, 2003, Trinity Western University’s Drama Department presents Robert Clinton’s award-winning play The Mail Order Bride, a production that addresses these life questions and more through a whimsical look at three generations of the Teeter family.

Langley’s Christy-Lynne Guthrie plays the title role of Charlotte Emery Teeter, the Mail Order Bride. When Charlotte decides to go to the prairies as a mail order bride in 1908, she sets in motion a sequence of events that are the source of conflict for the Teeter family.

“I’m looking forward to working with a character that is such a keystone to the events that unfold in the play,” says Guthrie.

Originally a music student, Guthrie discovered her love for the theater in her second year of study at TWU. “Once I experienced acting, it just made sense. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else,” says Guthrie. Since then, she has built a list of theatre credits including Hedda Gabler, The Lesson, and Ten November.

“It’s a play about cause and effect—life choices and their consequences—told through an unusual blending of past and present,” says Angela Konrad, TWU professor and director of the production. Weaved throughout the play, the characters simultaneously recover memories from different time periods.

Set in1954, Russell Teeter, the central character is forced to return to his family’s homestead after his grandmother’s death. When he arrives, he begins a process of discovery that reveals a thorny family history with the potential to change his future.

“The story deals with how people get to where they are in life and, ultimately, what they’re going to do with that,” says Konrad.

The rest of the cast includes talent from all over North America including: Dan Amos of Surrey, Naomi Betterton of Mission, Alana Bloom of Minnesota, Colin Janz and Dennis Neufeld of Abbotsford, Kim Starmer of Winnipeg, and Mike Wipf of Kelowna.

The Mail Order Bride will run October 23rd to 25th and October 31st to November 1st at 8:00pm, with additional 2:00pm matinees on Saturdays. The theatre is located in Freedom Hall of the Robert N. Thompson building on the TWU campus (7600 Glover Road). All tickets are $10 and available at the University Bookstore or at the door. For ticket reservations, call 604-513-2058. For more information, contact Angela Konrad at angelak@twu.ca.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 other graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2015-07-13
Author: Keela Keeping