Re-enactors Roving

The program provides a dynamic and accessible inroad to Surrey’s history.

Surrey's Past: See It to Believe It

The Re-enactors are an award-winning heritage re-enactment performance troupe based on real people from Surrey's past. With a focus on the period of 1872 to 1972, they attend City's major events.

The Re-enactors are consistent event favorites, offering musical entertainment, intriguing stories of Surrey's past, and lively, often humorous audience interactions.

Each of the historical characters has a poignant part in Surrey's past. Portrayed by actors who do not break character, they are a troupe to behold.

2021 Performance Schedule

Date

Performance Details

Location

Sat. July 10
11am-2:30pm
Re-enactor Roving:
Mary Jane Shannon, Eric Anderson & Zennosuke Inouye
Darts Hill Gardens

Fri. July 16
Sat. July 17
Sun. July 18
3pm and 7pm

Surrey Civic Theatres’ POP! Summer Stroll
The Re-enactors will be one of the many groups performing.

Bear Creek Park
Reserve Tickets
Fri. July 23
1-2:30pm
Seniors’ Centres Without Walls
The Re-enactors' Radio Drama: Zennosuke Inouye
Online.
Hosted by Seniors’ Centre Without Walls
Call 604-531-9400 ext. 205 or email scww@comeshare.ca to register.

Sat. July 24
1-3:30pm

Roving: Zennosuke Inouye, Mary Jane Shannon and Eric Anderson
Register for a Farmhouse Tour Historic Stewart Farm
Historic Stewart Farm

Sun. July 25
1-3:30pm

Roving: Zennosuke Inouye, Mary Jane Shannon and Eric Anderson
Register for a Farmhouse Tour
Historic Stewart Farm

Sat. Aug. 7
1-3:30pm

Re-enactors Roving: Zennosuke Inouye and Eric Anderson
Register for a Farmhouse Tour
Historic Stewart Farm

Fri. Aug. 27
1-2:30pm

Seniors’ Centres Without Walls
The Re-enactors' Radio Drama: Eric Anderson
Online.
Hosted by Seniors’ Centre Without Walls
Call 604-531-9400 ext. 205 or email scww@comeshare.ca to register.

Sat. Aug. 28
1-3:30pm

Roving: Zennosuke Inouye, Mary Jane Shannon and Eric Anderson
Register for a Farmhouse Tour
Historic Stewart Farm
Fri. Sept. 17
1 - 2:30pm

Seniors’ Centres Without Walls
The Re-enactors' Radio Drama: Mary Jane Shannon

Online.
Hosted by Seniors’ Centre Without Walls
Call 604-531-9400 ext. 205 or email scww@comeshare.ca to register.
Sat. Sept. 18
1-4pm
Back to School with the Re-enactors
Zennosuke Inouye, Mary Jane Shannon and Eric Anderson
Register for a Museum Visit
Museum of Surrey
Sun. Sept. 19
1-3:30pm
Re-enactors Roving: Zennosuke Inouye, Mary Jane Shannon and Eric Anderson
Register for a Farmhouse Tour
Historic Stewart Farm
Sat. Sept. 25
1-3:30pm

Re-enactors Roving: Mary Jane Shannon and Eric Anderson
Register for a Farmhouse Tour

Historic Stewart Farm

 

Meet the Cast

An archival image of Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson
1852 - 1911

Eric left his home of Sweden when he was just 11 years old in 1863. He made his way to Canada in 1872 when his ship arrived in the Burrard Inlet. As the ship’s carpenter, he was sent ashore to gather timber for ship repairs. Upon seeing BC’s natural beauty, he abandoned his hard life on the whaling ship and crossed the Fraser River to settle near Mud Bay, on the Nicomekl River. He was a homesteader and carpenter and early settler of Surrey.

Actor Ryan Handeman

Portrayed by Ryan Haneman

Ryan started acting when he was six and fell in love with performance from the first time he stepped in front of an audience. He grew up in Ottawa and learned the craft from several teachers around North America. He has performed in theatres across Canada as well television  and motion pictures. Ryan has entertained almost in every style of performance, including magic shows, mime, busking, stand-up, improv, corporate gigs, musicals and more.


 

An archival image of Zennosuke Inouye

Zennosuke Inouye
1884 - 1957

Zennosuke moved to Vancouver from Hiroshima at 16. He enlisted in the Overseas Expeditionary Force and fought for Canada in France. After the war, he purchased 80 acres of land in Strawberry Hills and built a homestead. He was President of the Surrey Berry Growers' Association.

During World War II, he and his family endured the hardship of the internment camps and the repossession of his farmland, profitable business and home. He wrote 80 letters to government offices and ministers, fighting to regain his land. He is the only Japanese Canadian war veteran to have his land returned to him.

Kevin Takahide Lee

Portrayed by Kevin Takahide Lee

A 4th generation Chinese Japanese Canadian, Kevin descends from a family who experienced the head tax and the Japanese Canadian Internment of WWII. Growing up, he witnessed similar challenges regarding accessibility and cultural preservation. This led him to work in the performing arts and advocacy.

A firm believer arts must be interwoven with social needs, he created/ directed the Newcomers’ Choir to bridge divides between immigrants and established Canadians. He has participated in many panels concerning Truth and Reconciliation and disability and has exhibited at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.


 

An archival image of Mary Jane Shannon

Mary Jane Shannon
1876 - 1964

Mary Jane Shannon began her life as a student in the first Surrey school, established by her father, Thomas Shannon and a few others. She attended high school in Vancouver and after teaching in the wilds of Lac La Hache, she returned to Cloverdale to become the teacher at her old school.

She was a remarkable woman who had a zest for life and learning. She left her teaching post to pursue a degree in Nursing at Columbia University. Always one for adventure, she studied writing in New York after World War II and spent her later years back in Surrey writing her Cariboo Tales.

Sara Holt

Portrayed by Sara Holt

Sara has been  fortunate in her career and has been working professionally as an actor on repeat contracts since Graduating Langara College’s professional actor training program, Studio 58, in the spring of 2000. The three main companies she has performed for are Fort Steele Heritage Town, DreamRider Productions and the City of Surrey.

She is a founding member of DreamRider Productions, resident actor, costume designer and choreographer. She has a passion for historic theatre, musical theatre and theatre for young audiences and writing. When she is not busy working and creating, Sara is a happily married, busy mom of two.


*The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance • Opera • Theatre Policy.

Accolades

The Re-enactors were the winners of the 2015 British Columbia Parks and Recreation Association’s Program Excellence Award.