Worth the Weight
Florence Reiher developed body image issues at a young age, and as if defying the arrows pointing towards healthy choices, soon after found herself seeking a career in the most image-centric industry known: showbiz. After being consumed by the competitive environment in theatre school and entering the daunting, soul-searching decade of one's twenties, Florence began to question her worth and talent. What started out as healthy habits quickly became a deadly game of restriction and over-exercising. In Worth the Weight, Florence shares her journey of rising and falling (and falling again repeatedly), letting us into an intimate and vulnerable place, while sending you to your knees with hilarious tales of tears, control and peer pressure, all in the pursuit of unattainable perfection.
After successful runs of All New People and Bachelorette, Ben Bilodeau Productions is proud to have partnered with local actor-turned-playwright and composer, Florence Reiher, on their first co-production and original work. Both graduates of Capilano University, Benand Florence decided to join forces on this project after working together in FCP's Virgins: A Musical Threesome and welcome Katie-Rose Connors to the team as Musical Director. The Worth the Weight team is proud to be able to share a story that is profound and honest, yet hilarious and heartwarming - it is through sharing stories like this, that we can open up a healthy dialogue about mental illness.
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Ten years out of high school, Regan, Gena and Katie convene in the luxurious bridal suite of their old friend, Becky, the night before her wedding in New York City. Fueled by jealousy and resentment, the girls embark on a night of debauchery that goes from playfully wasted to devastatingly destructive. Their old fears, unfulfilled desires and deep bonds with each other transform a prenuptial bender into a night they'll never forget. A wicked black comedy about female friendship and growing up in an age of excess.
Fighting Chance Productions' VIRGINS: A Musical Threesome. Though this is not a show under Ben Bilodeau Productions, I am happy and honoured to have my Fighting Chance Productions directorial debut.
Not just one musical, Virgins is three one act musicals that will be sure to make you laugh.
In THE VIRGIN WARS we meet socially conscious teen Tracy who along with her four friends, travels the county dispersing information about celibacy, abstinence and how to avoid the dreaded STD.
In THE GIRL ON THE
SCREEN a female journalist is asked to write an article about the women who work on internet porn sites. What she finds is not only shocking, but hilarious.
In the final act JUMPIN’ THE Q is an American Idol style reality show in which the contestants are seeking the ultimate prize, a green card.
All New People
A dark comedy about a man whose attempts at taking his own life are interrupted by unexpected guests including a misguided real estate agent, a drug dealing fireman, and an escort with a heart of gold.
Starring: Cameron Dunster as Charlie, Jill Raymond as Emma, Kevin Parr as Myron and Taylor Hastings as Kim.
Directed by Ben Bilodeau, with design and Stage Management by Tessa Gunn.