Trinity Western University students lost at sea -- TWU partners with Pacific Theatre to perform Steven Dietz’s Ten November

Langley, B.C.—On November 10, 1975, the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sailed along Lake Superior, until precisely 7:25pm when the boat and all of its 29 men disappeared suddenly and without a trace. No bodies were found, and no witnesses present.

In 1976, playwright Steven Dietz was inspired to respond to the tragedy. After collaborating with composer Eric Bain Peltoniemi, the play Ten November emerged as a haunting Maritime tale that gives several theatrical accounts of why the boat may have mysteriously sunk
From now until June 14th, 2003, the Langley community can experience the eerie tale as presented by some of its own. Eight of the eleven performers in the Pacific Theatre production are either former or current Trinity Western students. They include: Jonathan Auxier (‘03), Rebecca deKleer (’01), Angela Dueck (’01), Rebecca Gibbons (’03), Christy-Lynne Guthrie (current student), Kyle Jespersen (’03), Rob Olguin (current student) and Arnica Skulstad-Brown (’03).

“It’s a great display of the breadth of talent our Trinity Students have,” says Angela Konrad, TWU drama professor and former instructor of all of the Trinity Western actors. “One of my favourite things about the show is the music, sung beautifully a capella by Christy-Lynne, Rebecca and Arnica.” The three singers are interwoven with the actors, adding to the complexity and intimacy of play.

TWU professor Ron Reed is Artistic Director of Pacific Theatre; however, it is TWU alumnus and the company’s Associate Producer Scott Campbell who is making the show happen as the Director of Ten November.

Both Konrad and Reed are proud of their former student. “Scott was clearly a gifted student who Ron and I both tried to talk into becoming an actor,” says Angela. “Pacific Theatre is the perfect place for him because he has an opportunity to act and also to put his many other talents to good use. This is a great play to showcase his directing abilities. It allows him to express his creativity through movement, music and light. It’s been fascinating to see what he’s done with the script.”

Event: Ten November

Date: May 23—June 14, 2003, Wednesdays to Saturdays

Time: 8:00pm each day with 2:00pm matinees on Saturdays

Location: Pacific Theatre, 1420 W 12th Ave, Vancouver

Cost: Adult Tickets $21.50 Wed & Thurs, $26 Fri & Sat; Student and Senior Tickets $14, Wed & Thurs, $18.50 Fri & Sat, Matinees 2 for $26.

Contact: Pacific Theatre box office 604.731.5518 or visit Tickets for groups available through The Group Ticket Centre 604.709.4122 or email

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,200 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 counselling psychology, theology and administrative

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