Play set to take stage

Midway and Beyond Little theatre will raise the curtain on their first production next week in the Midway Community Hall.

Tannis Killough (left) considers a hat she might wear in the upcoming production of All that Glisters with theatre Bev Hibberson and Jan Kohlhauser of the Midway and Beyond Little Theatre Company costume department.

All That Glisters: An original play by the Midway and Beyond Little Theatre based on the infamous Camp McKinney gold robbery.

Theft leads to murder in this dramatization of the 1896 robbery and ensuing trial.

“I have always been fascinated by this story,” Hibberson told the Times earlier this week. “Gordy Jones gave me a copy of the testimony of Joe Keene at his trial for the murder of Mathew Roderick.

“I got all of these voices – even though it is the formal law and legal proceedings you can really pick up the character of the people and what they are really like.”

Hibberson say his research took him to the newspaper archives in Spokane where he found an address by George McCauley that further helped inform writing of the script.

Hibberson said he’s read many stories of Camp McKinney and the robbery of the three gold bars. “If anybody could find the gold bars, it would be me,” says Hibberson with a laugh. “I have some pretty interesting theories about what actually happened after.”

“It is a live radio play – while we are using scripts I am hoping that it is dramatized enough that the audience will enjoy it.”

“My cast is terrific,” said Hibberson. “They are really doing a good job. John Siewert is brilliant. Mark Danyluk is really taking it seriously; and there are 30 people helping on the crew.”

This will be the inaugural production for the new theatre group. They will stage two shows – Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Midway Community Hall.

During intermission there will be musical entertainment by Denise Herdman and Mike Tomlinson; and a cash bar will be available.

“Come out for a good evening,” invited Hibberson. “You are going to be surprised at this little hall – it is going to be a good theatre.”

Tickets are available at The Spot in Midway. For more information contact: John Hibberson 250-449-2378.