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 23, 2019

As October rolls on, we find the darker nights leading closer to Halloween and a plethora of spooktober picks.

Eat: Tasting Plates Gastown and Chinatown invites you to find out what’s new in the oldest neighbourhoods, tonight to explore the restaurants and cafés in the downtown Vancouver food scene.

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

Dracula: Fabulist Theatre & Director Damon Bradley Jang bring a modern adaptation of a old-time radio play to life with Dracula: A Modern Radio Play, performed live (not broadcast) at CBC Studio 700, October 25-27

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.

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 October 24 – November 5 at 1387 Railspur Alley on Granville Island. Wilson will be in attendance at the public opening on Saturday between 2-4pm.

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, closing October 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

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 – Jennifer Tong & Manami Hara photo: Tim Matheson

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

Jazz: Friday Jazz is live at Tyrant Studios, this week featuring Jonathan Bauer Project

Comedy: Saturday Comedy takes the stage at Tyrant Studios, this week’s stand-up features Yumi Nagashima supported by Ed Hill and Myles Anderson 

Pucks: Friday night, celebrate Diwali at Rogers Arena with Vancouver Canucks as they host Washington Capitals

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- Irina Medvedeva as Maid Annina, Emily Dorn as Violetta, Andrew Haji as Alfredo photo: Tim Matheson

Opera: The Vancouver Opera 2019/20 season is underway with performances of La Traviata at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, playing October 24 and 27th.

Home: Get inspired for all your season’s home decor and renovation projects at the Vancouver Fall Home Show at Vancouver Convention Centre October 24 – 27.

Halloween comes to PNE – Playland

As the weather has taken turn to Fall there is a chill in the air, it’s time to get a chill up your spine as the PNE and Playland get ready for Halloween.
Fright Nights welcomes you to scare your pants off with the fun starting Wednesday October 17.  Six flight houses, including a new house – FEAR, 13 rides and the new show Monsters Of Schlock bring out the freaks and fun.
Watch a preview of Fright Nights

For something a little less frightening and more family friendly check out The Great Big Boo. Five family friendly performances run October 20 & 21 in the safe, dry  and not-so-scary PNE Forum.
Follow Justin, Zoe and their zany character friends from Boo Alley as they sing and dance their way through a maze of wacky adventures to save Halloween! Dress up in you favourite Halloween costume and go trick-or-treating with the stars of the show after the curtain closes.
Produced by Patrick Roberge Productions, famed for the Vancouver Olympic & Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, The Great Big Boo! is the ultimate family Halloween experience that combines a theatrical musical show with trick-or-treating fun!

The Great Big Boo showtimes are Saturday, October 20th at 11:00am, 2:00pm and 5:00pm; Sunday, October 21st at 2:00pm and 5:00pm. Visit Ticketleader.com for tickets from $19.50 plus fees.
Fright Nights at Playland run October 17 – 31, from 6pm until late nightly. When you purchase passes online at www.fightnights.ca, you’ll save $3 per pass! Buy early, evenings may sell out!