Experience Stage Fright at Presentation HAUNTED House

Presentation HAUNTED House

Presentation House Theatre has long had rumours of paranormal activity in the building, tonight the veil is lifted and the Presentation HAUNTED House invites those who dare, to seek the truth for themselves. Co-produced by the HIVE Performance Collective and Presentation House Theatre, this spooky encounter features nine emerging theatre companies filling every nook and cranny of the building with innovative creepiness. The frights take place tonight, October 31, as well as November 1, and November 2, 2019. 

“This event is going to be different from your traditional haunted house, where you simply walk through a maze with spooky surroundings,” says Andrea Loewen, Presentation House Theatre Managing Director, “It’s a guided, theatrical experience created by some of the Lower Mainland’s most exciting up-and-coming artists. Every theatre has ghosts, and PHT is actually certified as haunted by the Cornerstone Supernatural Society, something the HIVE Collective has taken its inspiration from. What could be creepier than that?”

Says Kim Selody, PHT Artistic Director, “Each of the nine companies has their own take on the idea of a haunted place so there will be lots of different and interesting ways to be scared in some unexpected spaces.”

Audiences will venture through secret and hidden areas of Presentation House that are usually unseen by the public, including vaults, back passages, odd doors to unexplained rooms, along with the more traditional spaces of the building.

The HIVE Performance Collective appeared at PHT as part of the revival of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in 2019. The ad-hoc collective made up of a dozen independent theatre makers works collaboratively as a non-hierarchical group creating and thinking together. Companies appearing at the Presentation HAUNTED House include Little Thief Theatre, Nebula Theatre, Re:current Theatre, Star Star Theatre, The Troika Collective, and Unladylike Co.

“I am incredibly excited to see what the artists from the HIVE Performance Collective create in our building,” adds Loewen. “They’re so creative and innovative in their work, and I know they’ll transform our entire building into something fun and spooky.”

All proceeds from this immersive, multidisciplinary event will benefit the HIVE Performance Collective and Presentation House Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now at 604-990-3474 or online at tickets.phtheatre.org
More information and show details can be found at phtheatre.org. Presentation HAUNTED House is recommended for ages 8+.

Picks of the Week : October 30, 2019

Halloween is upon us, scarying up a bevy of entertaining picks this week.

Fright Nights

Spooks: The most frightful time of the year, Fright Nights at PNE, fills the fair with haunted houses, thrilling rides and ghoulish ghosts until Halloween

Trolley: Get spooked and learn some of the dark side of Vancouver’s history on the Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour, until October 31

Train: Head into the Rabbit Hole when you follow Alice in Nightmareland at The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train until Halloween night.

Scares: It’s the final weekend to catch a fright at the 17th annual Potter’s House of Horrors, one of the lower mainland’s most beloved Halloween haunts, before it closes November 2nd

Sandra Bernhard

Fest: Chutzpah Festival continues with more entertainment including Sandra Bernhard at The Vogue tomorrow evening

Theatre: October 31, November 1 & 2, find out what “stage fright” really feels like at Presentation Haunted House. A selection of new theatre companies fill every nook and cranny of the Presentation House Theatre with paranormal adventures

Dance: Ballet BC begins its season with Program 1, October 31, November 1 & 2 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Howl: Tomorrow, Big Wreck plays the CFOX Halloween Howler, plus a follow up gig on November 1st, at the Commodore Ballroom.

Roar: The BC Lions play host to Calgary Stampeders at BC Place on Saturday evening.

From Here : acrylic on canvas by David Wilson

Art: In his latest exhibition, Everywhere From Here, Vancouver artist, David Wilson, takes a look at local landmarks The Lions as the starting point for this collection, on view until November 5 at 1387 Railspur Alley on Granville Island.

Gig: Saturday night, join multi award winning and Juno nominated indigenous artist Don Amero in concert at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

Accessibility: The Arts Club Theatre Company is presenting the Canadian premiere of Martyna Majok’s acclaimed play Cost of Living until November 3rd

Jiila Kuns : Volcano Woman by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

Exhibition: Until April 5, 2020, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art presents Out of Concealment, a solo exhibition by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, an innovative re-imagining of supernatural beings from the oral traditions of Haida Gwaii.

BigTop: Cirque du Soleil brings their latest show, Luzia to the Big Top at Concorde Pacific Place, continuing through the end of the year

Installation: Full Circle First Nations Performance and the Vancouver Public Library co-host the art and film installation pîkiskwe-speak: An Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation until December 15th in the Samuel & Frances Belzberg Family Exhibit Space at Vancouver Central Library.

Picks of the Week – October 16, 2019

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the next occasion, Halloween, brings us plenty of picks to entertain us over the next week.

Alpen#DasOriginal Oktoberfest wraps up another year of fun, this weekend, at Vancouver Alpen Club

Spooks: The most frightful time of the year, Fright Nights at PNE, fills the fair with haunted houses, thrilling rides and ghoulish ghosts until Halloween

Trolley: Get spooked and learn some of the dark side of Vancouver’s history on the Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour, from October 11 – 31

North: It’s the last week to, take off and see the Great White North meets the Land of Fire and Ice as Flyover Canada welcomes Flyover Iceland to the cinematic adventure

Improv: Vancouver TheatreSports is hosting a world of laughter until October 20 as the 2019 International Theatresports Institute Conference and Festival comes to Granville Island.

Train: Head into the Rabbit Hole when you follow Alice in Nightmareland at The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train until Halloween night.

Jivesh Parasram – Take D Milk, Nah?

Diwali: The Cultch partners with Diwali in BC to present Pandemic Theatre and Rumble Theatre’s Take D Milk, Nah? a solo show from Jivesh Parasram about his Indo-Caribbean heritage, running October 16-26, at the Vancity Culture Lab

BigTop: Cirque du Soleil brings their latest show, Luzia to the Big Top at Concorde Pacific Place, continuing through the end of the year

Country: American country star Luke Combs brings his Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour to Rogers Arena on Saturday night

Bedrooms: The Arts Club Granville Island Stage opens The Birds & the Bees is a Canadian bedroom comedy about love, lust, beekeeping, and the artificial insemination of turkeys, until October 26

China Doll photo: David Cooper

Opening: Gateway Theatre in Richmond opens its 2019-2020 season with Marjorie Chan’s historical drama, China Doll, running October 17 – 26.

Jazz: Friday Jazz is live at Tyrant Studios, this week featuring Joan Bessie + Raene

Comedy: Saturday Comedy takes the stage at Tyrant Studios, this week’s stand-up finds Katie-Ellen Humphries on stage, supported by Stuart Jones and Randee Neumeyer

Indie: Irish singer/songwriter Hozier returns to Vancouver with his Wasteland Baby! Tour, at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre Friday

Art: Full Circle First Nations Performance and the Vancouver Public Library co-host the art and film installation pîkiskwe-speak: An Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation from October 16th to December 15th in the Samuel & Frances Belzberg Family Exhibit Space at Vancouver Central Library.

La Traviata

Opera: The Vancouver Opera 2019/20 season gets underway Thursday with the opening of La Traviata at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, also playing October 19, 24 and 27th.

5 Fun Frights for Halloween in Vancouver

Halloween is just around the corner; leaves are falling, pumpkins are being carved, candy is being selected for trick or treaters.
Get a chill when you take on these frightening (but family friendly) Halloween in Vancouver.

  1. Fright Nights at Playland: Until October 31st, the annual fright fest at Playland is loaded with haunted houses and thrilling rides, but not for the younger members of the family. 
  2. Halloween at Fly Over Canada: Enroll in Broomelda’s Witch Academy at Fly Over Canada until October 31st.
  3. Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour: Seek out the haunted spots all around the city; Shaughnessy mansions, Mountain View Cemetary,  Vancouver Police Museum morgue are just some of the ghost tales you’ll hear on the nightly Trolley Tours.
  4. Stanley Park Ghost Train: Experience the thrills and chills of the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, plus the Spooky Barn is a haunted indoor space away from the weather.
  5. Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum: On October 27 – 30,  witches, ghosts and all manner of storybook characters will come to life over the wicked weekend. Watch what might be around the corner. 

Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum

Step back in time to an era of misty Victorian streets, Jack The Ripper & other ghastly spirits. The 1920’s All Hallows Eve comes to (after)life as the Burnaby Village Museum invites you to creep through the street and shops of the Haunted Village, but be careful, the village is filled with ghouls and goblins around every corner. Patrons are invited to get in the ‘spirit’ and participate with the actors and staff roaming Main Street and wear your own costume and be ready to leap with fright as darkness and mist envelops the historic outdoor village.

Activities abound throughout the village, costume parades, dancing with witches on Main Street, taste terrifying treats at Voodoo Cafe, make a withdrawal from the Blood Bank or check out the latest in witch hat fashion and at the historic carousel watch a circus sideshow.
Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum runs October 26-28, admission for adults, youth & seniors is $14, children: $9, admission includes trick or treating for children and unlimited carousel rides.
Burnaby Village Museum is located at 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby