Dateline Cowichan: Things in Cowichan take a dramatic turn
By February 1980 and after a hiatus of several years, it seemed musical theatre was on the upswing in Cowichan: rehearsals were about to begin for Pip, a musical written by Duncan’s Michael Crosbie, based on Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations.
According to show producer Christine Proctor, auditions brought aspiring actors, singers, dancers and musicians from as far away as Courtenay and Victoria. Cast in major roles in the show directed by Bindon Kinghorn were Robert Hazard as Magwidge; Jim Winfrey as Joe Gargery; and Vera Auchinachie playing Mrs. Joe.
The role of Pip as a boy went to Art Blundell; while Don Marwood was cast as Pip the elder. The writer’s daughter Nicole Crosbie was young Estelle, and Valerie Baker would play older Estella. Jean Davis was cast as Miss Haversham. Others in the troupe were Danny Hughes, Mark Tibando, Bert Johnston, Kate Walsh, Greg Blundell, Harry Cossey, Bill Cockburn and Barbara Desprez.
Meanwhile, January Players were offering Heaven Can Wait – directed by Arlene Blundell. Included in the cast were Mark Ribando, Tim Moir, Dave Scotthorne, Greg Anderson, Sarah Wilson and Danna Mattin.
In their B.C. Cup first round game, youth soccer Div. 6A champions Cowichan Image cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Cordova Bay with two goals by Dimitri Gilbert and a single from Wily Barnes.
Eugene Thorne, Bill Thorne and Earl George scored for the Duncan United division four senior soccer team when they lost 5-3 to Oak Bay. Selected as playing well on the day were Willy Louie and Bill Thorne.
Winning rink in the Ladies Valentine Bonspiel A event were Evanne Branting, Dot Collins, Fan Berkey and Joanne Moon.