Music, poetry and rare images found in the B.C. Archives come together in a rollicking revue celebrating the culture of the lumberjack.
Created and presented by Victoria-based The Other Guys theatre company, Good Timber opens Tuesday for three shows at The Sagebrush Theatre.
Good Timber pays tribute to the legendary bulls, hookers, hi-riggers, fallers, whistle punks and locie engineers from a time when loggers climbed trees, explained Ross Desprez, artistic director for The Other Guys and one of the revue's performers.
"We have a glossary in the program that explains some of the terminology," said Desprez, adding some of the words don't mean what people think they do.
The songs and skits in Good Timber are taken from the works of logger/poet Robert E. Swanson, who is known in the coastal logging industry as the Bard of Woods.
Swanson's poems read like song lyrics, which made them easy to translate into music, said Desprez.
"They are kind of like Robert Service poems. They have that (musical) lilt to them," he said. "They aren't complex haikus."
All the percussion in Good Timber is performed with saws, wrenches and axes — tools found in any logging camp, he said. At one point one of the female cast members performs a song using a six-foot long saw.
The archival images — along with one show-stopping film of two men falling a large spruce tree — are projected throughout the production. Desprez said members of the audience have approached the cast after shows saying they've seen themselves or a family member in some of the pictures.
Good Timber debuts Tuesday at 8 p.m. and continues Wednesday with a matinee at 2 p.m. and evening performance at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $24 and $28 and available through Kamloops Live! Box Office. They can be purchase by phoning 250-374-5483 or online at kamloopslive.ca.