Arielle Bernier hates feet.
“I’m a real pedaphobic,” the UNBC Drama Club student told the Free Press between rehearsals at Canfor Theatre on Sunday. She will overcome her fear of feet however long enough to play her role in their upcoming play Check Please which calls for her to be a foot reading psychic.
Bernier is from Dawson Creek and has three years of acting under her belt, having performed in Cats and other high school productions. Fellow cast member David Jackson is a final year at UNBC studying political science. Hailing from Alberta, Jackson has been acting since high school and is very pleased to be the foot interest of Bernier.
“I like the fact it relates to a blind date experience,” Jackson said. “This is my second year with the drama club and this play is like a grand finale to my (time) here at UNBC,” he said.
Jessica Bagnall plays the girl on a blind date with a pirate (Devon Flynn.)
“I like having a lead role,” said Bagnall. “My character is kind of dull and … confused.” Flynn interjects. “She’s more like conflicted after her breakup. So she doesn’t make the best date in the world.” Flynn likes his part because he says, “I get to be bad and crass which is totally unlike me. But I’m also an energetic guy and this is an energetic part, so it suits me that way.”
About 17 club members ranging in age from 15 to 28, are taking part in the upcoming play. Sufey Chen, 15, (she skipped three grades to enter UNBC at a young age) says she’s been acting all her life. She likes playing her character Donna, a doctor.” She’s just totally annoying. She’ll answer her cell phone at the table and is always flirting with other guys on the phone when she’s out on a date. She’s not the ideal date,” says Chen who has found fun and friendship within the drama club. “It’s a good group and Check Please is a very entertaining show so people should come out to see it,” she said.
Check Please is a short comedy written by Johnathan Rand in association with Playscripts Inc. The main characters Guy (roles shared by Jackson and Steve Grabowski) and Girl (Bagnall and Maria Peeters) have recently broken up and are being forced to re-enter the dating pool by their well intentioned friends. Unfortunately, the pool is filled with foot-reading psychics, frustrated polygamists and extreme accountants. And pirates. Check Please plays the UNBC campus in the Canfor Theatre on Friday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.. and Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. Admission to the club’s plays are always by donation and people of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy the show.