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Delta Stageworks hosting storytelling workshop and cabaret fundraiser April 20

Beverly Elliott — Granny on ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time’ — will teach, perform her original show ‘Sink or Swim’

An “extraordinary double feature” with Vancouver actor Beverly Elliott is coming to Tsawwassen later this month, with partial proceeds to help Delta Stageworks mount their fall play.

On Saturday, April 20, Stageworks will be bringing acclaimed TV and stage actor/singer Beverley Elliott — perhaps best known for her role as Granny Lucas on ABC’s Once Upon A Time — to the Red Barn in Southlands for an evening performance of her cabaret-style show Sink or Swim: A Heartfelt Exploration, preceded by a mid-day storytelling workshop.

Written by Elliott and featuring original songs, Sink or Swim is billed as a funny, poignant and critically-acclaimed production that delves into Elliott’s early years, blending heartfelt exploration with playful storytelling.

“Described as ‘childhood stories for adults,’ Sink or Swim navigates uncharted waters filled with surprises, big adventures and the betrayals that shape the journey we take on our way to becoming our grown-up selves,” according to an event press release.

The show is directed by multi-disciplinary theatre artist Lynna Goldhar-Smith, with musical direction by award-winning Vancouver musician Bill Costin.

The performance will serve as a fundraiser for Delta Stageworks’ fall show, To Perfection, playing at Ladner’s Genesis Theatre this October.

“We’re over the moon that Beverley can bring her award-winning show to Delta and support our efforts to bring professional theatre to Delta,” Stageworks artistic lead Peg Christopherson-Keenleyside said in a press release.

Sink or Swim runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at 6333 Market Ave. Tickets are $100 (available at and include a shared charcuterie board.

Earlier that day, Delta Stageworks is hosting a storytelling workshop with Elliott from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., also at the Red Barn.

Using her 40 years of film, television, theatre, storytelling and cabaret experience, Elliott will guide a small group of participants through a two-hour “approach to crafting a pivotal moment from their own life and shaping it into a compelling story perfect for the stage or a campfire setting,” according to a press release.

The workshop, which is limited to 10 participants, will cover essential storytelling elements such as where to start the story, necessary beats, specific details, creating a strong ending and more.

Tickets are $40 plus fees and available by contacting Delta Stageworks by email ( or by phone (778-384-2948).

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