Snakebite Players

In the spring of 1984 Larry Warwaruk, principal of the Beechy School, called a meeting to discuss organizing a Community Theatre. Due to the encouraging response, Snakebite Players were formed. It was decided at the first meeting to mount a production of “Paper Wheat”in the fall of that year. This was the first of many successful productions.

The mandate of Snakebite Players has been to produce plays written by Canadians and especially western Canadian playwrights.

We need to give special mention to Larry Warwaruk who, along with being responsible for the formation of Snakebite Players in the first place, also directed several of our productions; and Glenda MacFarlane, whose background in theatre was a great asset.

In 1989, we performed “the Shipbuilder” at the Provincial Drama Festival in Moose Jaw. Our production won best director, best actress, best actor, winning entry, best visual presentation, technical merit and an award based on excellence.

In the fall of 1997 we started work on a collective production which was eventually entitled “Railroaded”. This chronicled the history of a small prairie town, focusing on three separate eras - the struggles of early settlement, the boom years of the 50’s and 60’s, and the uncertainties of today. We did several performances of Railroaded in 1998, including a performance for the Allied Arts Council in Swift Current. In 1999 we were asked to perform “Railroaded” for the SARM convention in Saskatoon.

Throughout the years we have included people from the communities of Lucky Lake, Demaine, Kyle, Elrose, Dinsmore, as well as Beechy. A unique aspect of Snakebite Players is the fact that we not only perform in Beechy, but take our productions to many neighboring communities.

We hope to continue to delight audiences for many years to come.

Snakebite productions include:

  • Paper Wheat
  • Waiting for the Parade
  • The Tomorrow Box
  • The Swapper and The Valedictorian ( Two 1-Act Plays)
  • The Shipbuilder
  • The Black Bonspiel of Wullie McCrimmon
  • The Prince of Melville
  • Black Powder
  • The Odd Couple
    Opening Night
  • The Kite
  • Railroaded
  • Squabbles
  • Maggie’s Getting Married
  • The Foursome
  • Drinking Alone
  • Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun

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