The Love List will be the third Norm Foster play directed by Rod DeBoice.
Foster, considered to be Canada’s most-produced playwright, appeals to DeBoice because of how relatable his material is to middle-class Canadians.
That accessibility is important for community theatre groups like the Kamloops Players, with whom all of DeBoice’s acting and directing experience has come.
And it’s not just the audience, it’s the actors, too — including Stephanie Saunders, who will make her acting debut.
“I think it really does help. It’s very relatable to our culture, so it’s not as big a stretch for them,” he said.
DeBoice’s direction has to work for an array of experiences, including the new Saunders or her more experienced co-stars, Jay Goddard and Laurel Brewer.
For a new actor, DeBoice said he starts with the fundamentals — voice projection and speaking from the diaphragm. From there, it’s about getting into character.
“You actually get them to read the script, tell them as a director what your vision of the character is, and then get them to write out what they think that character’s background is,” he said.
Saunders has been hard at work with the rest of the cast and crew, rehearsing three times a week on evenings and weekends.
The play itself tells the story of two men in their 50s — one, a shallow cynical novelist and the other, his divorced friend. Feeling for his recently single pal, the two seek the advice of a gypsy woman who helps them create a list of attributes of the perfect woman, who is played by Saunders. What follows is a Monkey’s Paw situation and the two quickly lose control.
The Love List runs from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16 and from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23 at the Stage House Theatre, 422 Tranquille Rd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the play starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door, less for seniors and students. They are also available online at kamloopslive.ca.