"A certifiable hit!" - Kitchener-Waterloo Record


Brian MacKay in the Theatre Aquarius production of Jasper Station. 2003



Jasper Station is a musical which tells the story of six lone travellers awaiting their train from Jasper, Alberta to Vancouver, British Columbia. They each have hopes and dreams, anticipation and fear of what lies ahead.


(Sterling Mimms enters the train station U.C.. He is carrying a suitcase and a briefcase. He approaches the counter cautiously.)
BERT: Good evening, sir. Can I help you?
STERLING: Yes. Actually, no. Well, maybe. You're the uh..I mean, you sell the..uh..no. No, you can't help me. I'm sorry. I'm sorry to have bothered you. (He begins to back away towards the front doors.) I don't know what I was thinking. I'm sorry. Forgive me. (Sterling exits. A moment later he returns again.) Actually, yes you can help me. That's it. My mind is made up. I am going to do this. I am absolutely, positively..Well, maybe not. No. Maybe I should just go back home. Well, home. I wouldn't call it home. It's a bachelor apartment over a lubricant manufacturer. I tell you if I've slipped on those stairs once I've slipped a hundred times. No, you know what? I'm going to do this. I am. I mean, what have I got to lose? How much lower can I go? So, that's it. I'm going. That's final! Oh, boy, that feels good. I mean, you know, to have finally made a decision on this. Woo! I am so relieved.
BERT: Yes, I'm euphoric myself, sir. Now, how may I help you?
STERLING: Well, I'd like a..uh…one of those things so I can ride, and it gets punched and 'all aboard'!! And they collect them, and um…
BERT: A ticket.
BERT: You want a ticket.
STERLING: Bingo. That's what I want.
BERT: Good. On the train to Vancouver?
STERLING: Yes. Vancouver. And then down to uh..you know.. south..where they're sleepless with the space needle and the tall thing…
BERT: Seattle.
STERLING: Seattle! Yes!
BERT: All right. A ticket to Vancouver with a connection to Seattle.
STERLING: That's it. That is it. Yes! Whew! I've done it. Yesirree Bob. There's no turning back now.
BERT: Actually, I haven't run the ticket through yet, sir.
STERLING: Oh, thank God! Cancel it! (He rushes upstage and exits. Seconds later he enters again.) No! No, I have got to do this. If I don't, I'll regret it for the rest of my life. I know I will. So, give me the uh…punch thing, all aboard, collecting so I can ride…
BERT: Ticket.
STERLING: Give me the ticket. Yes.
BERT: You're sure this time?
STERLING: Positive. Absolutely dead sure positive.
BERT: Good. One way or return?
STERLING: Why do you ask that?
BERT: Well...
STERLING: You don't think it's going to work out, is that it?
BERT: No, it's just...
STERLING: You think I'll be coming back here with my tail between my legs, right? Is that what you think?
BERT: Actually, I ask everyone that question.
STERLING: Ah, you're probably right. I mean, it is a big step, especially at my age. To chuck everything and try to start a new career now. What if it doesn't work out? Then where will I be? I'll be up the camel without a straw, that's where I'll be. So, you think it's a bad idea too, huh?
BERT: Sir, I don't even know what the hell you're talking about.
  Copyright 2001 Norm Foster


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