A modern setting and wry sense of humor add to the fun when Christmas is abolished because “it is too much trouble”. Eleven year old Sandy enlists the help of her mentally disabled friend Willy to find out why. The investigation of the two amateur sleuths uncovers even more questions. In pursuit of the answers, Sandy and Willy learn some very interesting things about themselves, their families, and the magic of Christmas.
Playwrights: Marney Heatley, Stephen Heatley and Edward Connell
Director: Stephen Heatley
Cast: Lori Biamonte, Geoff Brumlik, Jeff Haslam, Karen Johnson-Diamond , Greg Lawson and Kristen van Ritzen Music Director: Edward Connell Set Designer: Daniel van Heyst Lighting Designer: Ruth Lysak-Martynkiw Costume Assistant: Theresa Hiemstra Stage Manager: Betty Hushlak Assistant Stage Manager: Nancy Yuen Production Manager: Steve Roy Technical Director: Kathy Cooper
CAST & CREW
Jeff last appeared with Theatre Network in HABITAT in 2006. Among his previous credits with the company are THE LAST BUS, UNCLE JOE AGAIN, and THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POLE. He’s just completed his second years as Artistic Director of Teatro La Quindicina, where in addition to recent onstage appearances in THE OCULIST’S HOLIDAY, MOTHER OF THE YEAR, CONNIE IN EGYPT, HAPPY TOES, and A ROCKY NIGHT FOR HIS NIBS, he also directed THRUBWELL’S PIES, and produced the hit musical EVERYBODY GOES TO MITZI’S. Jeff’s other recent projects include appearing in HMS PINAFORE for the Edmonton Opera, and writing and performing for CBC Radio’s THE IRRELEVANT SHOW. He’s a four-time Sterling Award winner, for performances in BURN THIS, 2-2-TANGO, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and CITIZEN PLATE. He’s also a core company member of the live improvised soap opera DIE-NASTY, and last February, he improvised for 50 straight hours in the SOAPATHON in London, England. Jeff continues to appear as Eros, god of Love on the monthly variety show OH SUSANNA at the Varscona. In December, he’ll once again appear as George Bailey in Teatro’s holiday presentation of the live radio version of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and in the New Year he’ll be in DIAL M FOR MURDER at the The Mayfield Dinner Theatre.
Betty is very pleased to be part of the company of WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW. Betty has stage managed Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre’s production of CAFE DAUGHTER in Belgrade, Serbia, Herceg Novi, Montenegro, at the sPARK Festival/ Belfry Theatre, Victoria, BC, the National Arts and Cultural Centre, Yellowknife, NWT, and at CANADA SCENE at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON. Other credits include: producer; WiLDLIFE — a video installation at River Valley Crossing in Edmonton, assistant stage manager; DON GIOVANNI, Edmonton Opera, stage manager for the Alberta Ballet. She goes onto co-produce and stage manage Conni Massing’s, OH! CHRISTMAS TREE, as part of the Roxy Performance Series this December.