Imagine the Chairlift Revue meets Whistler Stories, starring some of the most visionary, iconic, and peculiar characters this town has seen in the last 100 years.
On Thursday August 4th, 2011, The Whistler Writers Group, in partnership with the Whistler Museum, will present Rolled Into Town and Broke My Wheels, a theatre performance featuring 10 Whistler characters, at MY Millennium Place, starting at 8 p.m.
Rolled Into Town and Broke My Wheels is a suite of storytelling performances that celebrates Whistler’s unusual heritage. Each of the ten vignettes explores why these unique characters came to Whistler, and how they ended up planting roots. Local writers, actors and musicians have been commissioned to present the series that features local legends such as Myrtle and Alex Philip, pioneers Bill Bailiff and Charlie Chandler, a black bear, the ubiquitous Aussie, downhill skier Dave Murray, and more.
The showflow features:
Dearest Father by Nancy Routley
Walk the Line by Stephen Vogler
The Woods Family Band by Rebecca Wood Barrett
Dead Men Don’t Talk much by Rebecca Wood Barrett
Lynn of All Trades by Karen McLean
The Crazy Canuck and the Psychic by Katherine Fawcett
Australians: the Spice in Whistler’s Soup by GD Maxwell
The Bear Lady by Sue Oakey and Katherine Fawcett
Brad Sills by Nicole Fitzgerald
Admission is by donation. All proceeds will go to supporting the 2011 Whistler Readers and Writers Festival (October 14th to 16th). The show is part of the 100 Years of Dreams celebration, hosted by the Whistler Museum, to commemorate the centennial of Alex and Myrtle Philip’s first trip via brutal three-day trek to Alta Lake on horseback. They fell in love with the pristine lakes and mountains, and built Rainbow Lodge, establishing the valley as a vacation destination. Today, Alta Lake is more famously known as Whistler, an Olympic town where every year millions of guests spend their holidays. Some decide to stay. And the Whistler Writers tackle the Big Question: why?