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By Beverley Elliott
Directed by Lynna Goldhar Smith
Produced by HappyGoodThings Productions

An evening of song and story with Beverley Elliott from ABC Television’s hit series Once Upon a Time.

November 16 - 25, 2017 • StudioB

Beverley Elliott last graced the Gateway Studio in 2015 with her smash hit cabaret show …didn’t see that coming. Known by her fans around the world for her recurring role as “Granny” on ABC Television’s hit series, Once Upon a Time, Beverley is excited to bring her latest show Sink or Swim to Gateway Theatre this year.

Sink or Swim, like …didn’t see that coming, is an evening of songs and stories from a singular talent. In Sink or Swim, Beverley vividly reveals all the fears and foibles of five-year-old ‘Smelly Elliott’.

“It’s Little House on the Prairie meets Lord of the Flies,” says Elliott, as she trades the safety of the family farm for the thugs of a one-room school. In this poignant, playful, and achingly relatable prequel to …didn’t see that coming, Elliott navigates the uncharted waters, big adventures, betrayals and epiphanies that shape us all into the adults we become. It answers life’s big questions like “Why did I eat the fish food?”.

Renowned musician Bill Costin returns to accompany Beverley on piano. Together, they have penned two of the production’s five original songs, “Green Grass” and “Busy”. In the hands of these performers, Sink or Swim promises to be an evening of hilarious and heartbreaking storytelling.

"Beverley Elliott is magnetic. It’s hard not to feel disappointed every time she walks off the stage."- Erika Thorkelson, Vancouver Sun

"… an amazingly generous performer. Icing on this cake is her gorgeous voice."- Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

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Special Performances & Events

Friday, November 17, 2017 - Post-show
Opening Night

Come celebrate the opening of Sink or Swim with the artists along with refreshments and cake after the show!

Cast & Creative Team

BILL COSTIN as Accompanist Musical Director BILL COSTIN
  Lighting Designer NICOLE WEISMILLER
  Lighting Design Assistant KEAGAN ELRICK
  Projection Designer JORDAN LLOYD WATKINS
  Sound Advisor CHRIS NOWLAND

Reflections in Time: 2017/2018 Season
Oct. 12-21, 2017 Nov. 16-25, 2017 Dec. 7-24, 2017

A Little Night Music - Oct 12-21, 2017

Sink or Swim - November 16-25, 2017

A Christmas Carol, December 5-24, 2017

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Salt-Water Moon, Feb 15-24, 2018

I Lost My Husband

Nine Dragons - April 12 - 21, 2018


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