From Hearse to Roadster….we keep rolling along.
Align Entertainment Inc. is presenting our third show February 5th to 20th 2016 at the Michael J Fox Theatre in Burnaby.
Last year’s Hearse is being replaced by a vintage Roadster that can “float and fly”, in the wonderful family favourite, Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, presented by Scotia Bank.
So where did we find a vintage Roadster you may want to know? As we pondered how exactly to build this fantasmagorical car, we received an email from Randy Leslie at the Kelowna Actors Studio.
Their company had presented a dinner theatre production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and they were looking for a buyer for their car. Sure, count us in……. so on December 30th, 2015 our Set Coordinator, Stage Manager and our Director met in Kelowna to load up Chitty and bring her down to the coast for a run at the beautiful Michael J Fox Theatre.
Now of course, we all want our shows to be unique so some modifications are underway, but she is a beautiful piece of machinery nonetheless. You’ll want to get tickets to this great show, available through www.vtixonline.com and come see for yourself how those modifications turned out.
The Story of our Hearse - An interview with Patti Volk, Producer
Where did you find the hearse?
We found it through Craigslist. It was in Sooke, BC.
Who fixed it up?
My husband, Horst, and his friend, Dan
What needed fixing?
You name it, it needed it! Reportedly just needing a fuel pump, we soon found it needed everything but! A new smog pump, an alternator, a fuel filter, and a tune up and now she runs like a top (well, a very loud top). The window still leaks, hence it can be a little damp in there. It still needs a few things, but we need some dollars to do it up perfectly.
Gave it a spray bomb paint job (it used to be white) now it’s a very spooky looking burgundy!
Worked with a company called Canawrap in New Westminster to apply some graphics to it so we can have it work as mobile advertising, it certainly does turn heads on the street. Many thanks, to Jon and his crew at Canawrap for their assistance in getting it ready for the Halloween parade.
Whose idea was it to use a hearse?
My husband. He’s a car guy and thought the hearse would make a perfect advertising vehicle.
What places has the hearse been?
It showed up at the Halloween Parade and at our first rehearsal for The Addams Family. It will be in the Santa Clause Parade on Dec 7th and of course during the show dates we will have it available for photos at the theatre.
Were there any problems with fixing it up?
Time and space to work on it and a lack of dollars were the biggest factors. Not sure my neighbours were thrilled with the fact there was a hearse in the driveway. We’re still seeking out opportunities for sponsorship to help with restoring it.
Burnaby NOW Halloween 2014 Colouring Contest
One lucky entry won tickets to see our production of The Addams Family! Here are a few of the entries: