Lucas Myers in the making of: The Revelstoke Project
Lucas Myers, an actor based in Nelson, BC was commissioned to produce a show with original music around skiing, mountain culture and how Revelstoke was changing. This included two weeks of structured research, one in winter and one in summer, a community-wide questionnaire and small interventions, followed by a development period and two final performances at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre (RPAC).
It includes video, song, puppetry, lots of humour, and audience engagement. Myers’ inhabits multiple different characters, based on real Revelstoke residents and experiences, and in this way he manages to capture many of the personal challenges and benefits of the mountain culture milieu in Revelstoke.
All the people who participated in the research and development process, through interviews or taking him on adventures were invited to the premiere of the work. There was also a post show discussion, offering a space for the larger conversation about the changes in the community.
This project helped the RPAC connect with the Revelstoke community by creating a performance that celebrated mountain culture as well as addressing emerging issues such as the shift from a blue-collar, logging town to a major ski and tourist destination. The final performances were very well received and the show has returned multiple times since its premiere, most recently recorded as part of our REVY. Live Online series.