New West Theatre’s new theatre for young people show “Luke’s Lunchbox” has grown right out of the imagination of New West Theatre artistic director Sharon Peat who workshopped it with cast members Camille Pavlenko, Ryan Reese and Kelly Malcom, not to mention consulted with her students to ensure it had a modern flavour.
It comes fresh out of the box and onto the stage of the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Dec. 26-Jan. 7.
Drama teacher Sharon Peat was thinking about the idea of students trading lunches when New West started putting together this season’s schedule, but actively started writing it in September.
“I wanted to write a play about eating healthy and well being but in a fun, non-preachy, storytelling kind of way,” Peat said.
“I workshopped it with the cast to decide what parts go where and read it to a number of students who are a lot closer to trading lunches than I am,” she said.
“So it comes out fresher than a play that has been done hundreds of times,” Pavlenko added.
“And you can only see Rogue One so many times, so come out and be part of the story. TV and movies are passive entertainment, but live theatre is active,” Pavlenko continued.