Family, forgiveness, faith in Chilliwack-written play Found

The Chilliwack Alliance Church’s Christmas production, Found, is about the hopes, joys and struggles that every family faces



A Five Corners Christmas is back with its annual drama production this December, but the familiar downtown Chilliwack setting has taken on a whole new look.

This year’s play, Found, is set in Chilliwack in modern time.

Gone are the historic buildings of Chilliwack’s Five Corners from the sets of past productions. In their place is a vast mural of Mt. Cheam splashed across the stage. Painted by local artist, Astrid Beugling, bright winter colours of blue, purple and white swirl together to make a vivid backdrop.

Found runs for four performances Dec. 2-4 at Chilliwack Alliance Church.

The church has put on its Five Corners Christmas production for seven years. The first play was set in the late 1800s and over the years, they’ve worked their way through the decades. Last year’s was set in the 1950s.

“This year’s is set in modern time, which is a first for us,” says Greg Zacharias, pastor of music and worship at the church.

It follows the Brooks family, a modern day dairy farming family in Chilliwack.

It’s a story of someone who leaves home, gets into all kinds of trouble, and returns in desperation to the family for love, help and support, says Zacharias.

It’s about the “hopes, joys and struggles that every family faces even through Christmas — a story about faith, love, forgiveness and renewal.”

The cast of Found comprises seven members. Accompanying them will be a 60-voice choir and a five-piece orchestra performing contemporary Christian music.

Found is written by UFV/SFU graduate Megan Mackenzie. She has been involved in more than 100 productions over the past 15 years as an actor, director, scriptwriter, and crew member.

The play is directed by Cody Friesen, who has taken part in more than 50 productions across the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver.

Performing in the lobby will be Debbie Fortnum and the Josh Roberts Trio.

During intermission, kids will have the chance to walk through Brooks Barn, an interactive display featuring live animals such as goats, chicks, bunnies and puppies. Complimentary baked goods and refreshments will be provided as well during intermission.

Evening showings are Dec. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m., and matinees are Dec. 3 and 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Found is a full-length production, about two to two-and-a-half hours long. It is an all-ages, family-friendly play. Tickets are free, but must be picked up beforehand at the church office (8700 Young Rd.).

For more info, call 604-792-0051.

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