Chemainus Theatre Festival Reveals 2020 Season

While the Vancouver Island town of Chemainus is famed for its collection of 50+ outdoor murals, the Chemainus Theatre Festival draws visitors far and wide indoors to view award-winning Island made theatre.  Home to the Playbill Dining Room, the Theatre’s unique dinner & theatre combination makes every visit to the Chemainus Theatre Festival an evening to remember.  

The Chemainus Theatre Festival recently released its line-up for another season of world-class theatre. 

The 2020 season includes: 

The Marvellous Wonderettes: February 14 – March 28, 2020
Four young teenage singers dream of the big time in this musical featuring the songs of the 50s & 60s. 

The 39 Steps: April 9 – May 3, 2020
Romance, espionage, and comedy come to the stage in this adaptation of Hitchcock’s masterpiece 

Disney’s Beauty & The Beast – The Broadway Musical: May 29 – August 29, 2020
The classic, and beloved, tale as old as time is brought to life. 

Glory: September 11 – October 3, 2020
Based on the true story of Ontario’s Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team who proved Canada’s sport isn’t just for men.

Joyful Noise: October 16 – November 7, 2020
Learn the dramatic, and miraculous backstory of the creation of George Frederick Handel’s Messiah 

Elf – The Musical: November 20 – December 31, 2020
The much loved comedy, adapted from the hit film, follows Buddy The Elf as he spreads Christmas cheer

Kidzplay – Winnie The Pooh: July 18 – August 9, 2020
Bring the whole family on a visit to the Hundred Acre Woods in this musical adaptation of AA Milne’s classic.

Season subscriptions are on sale now, purchase or renew before December 13th to be entered to win a Broadway Trip to NYC with Chemainus Theatre Festival 

Before the 2020 season begins, there’s still time to catch the final show of the 2019 – Miracle on 34th Street November 15 – December 29, 2019.

Presentation House Theatre presents launches 2019/20 season

North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre (PHT) launches its 2019/20 season October 8th.

NCHEM?U?S DAY

Before the season begins visit Presentation House Theatre this weekend, for Nchem?u?s Day on September 21st. The annual free community event welcomes everyone to join in the world’s largest Slahal “Bone Game”, an ancient traditional game of the Coast Salish territory. Presented in partnership with Spakwus Slolem (Bob Baker’s Eagle Song Dancers, Squamish Nation) and Tsatsu Stalqaya (Coastal Wolf Pack Dance Group, Musqueam Nation).

The Shipment

The 2019/20 season begins with the satirical comedy The Shipment, from SpeakEasy Theatre, which tests and challenges black culture stereotypes.  SpeakEasy Theatre Artistic Director Kayvon Khoshkam says, “The play does not judge, nor does it preach, rather it invites us in to share and listen. The Shipment is raw, challenging, and incredibly funny which is a perfect fit for the style of experience we have established for the company and our audiences.

Supporting their commitment to intergenerational theatre, PHT follows with Tomson Highway’s The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito from Ontario’s Carousel Players, an indigenous play for young audiences about acceptance and belonging.

Other shows in the 2019/20 season include Jake’s Gift (Juno Productions) the poignant remembrance of the legacy of veteransthe beloved wild rumpus of Where the Wild Things Are (Presentation House Theatre)God’s Lake (Castlereigh Theatre Project), a vivid original work of verbatim documentary theatre about the strength and resilience of the people in the remote fly-in reserve of God’s Lake Narrows, Manitoba. Germany’s Hands and Feet (Theatre Wrede) joyfully invites the littlest theatre newcomers into the magical realm of sound, movement and imagination. The season ends with the delightful House of Pooh Corner (Carousel Theatre with Presentation House Theatre), a celebration of friendship at every age. 

More information and show details can be found at www.phtheatre.org. Tickets are on sale now by phone at 604-990-3474 or online at  tickets.phtheatre.org

Gateway Theatre Announces 2019/20 Season

Last week, Gateway Theatre announced its 2019/2020 season line-up of productions. Introducing four MainStage shows and two Studio Gateway Theatre is bringing a season of productions which travel through culture and history to present a diverse collection of stories, guided by an all female line-up of directors.  The season takes the audience from China, to Newfoundland, and Alaska to tell true-life stories, family dramas, a physiological thriller, a satirical comedy, and one of the most-loved musicals. 

“We are excited that our 2019/2020 plays will cross the globe to tell the diverse stories of our country and our community,” says Interim Producer Barbara Tomasic. 

“Curated by former Artistic Director Jovanni Sy, the new season will take our audience on a tour from contemporary North America, to turn-of-the-century China, early nineteenth-century Newfoundland, and as far back as biblical times. We are particularly delighted that our season features all women directors and continues our commitment to diversity both onstage and through our playwrights and creative teams.” 

Gateway Theatre’s 2019/2020 Season includes:

China Doll
Written and Directed by Marjorie Chan
October 17–26, 2019 / MainStage

The daintier the foot, the more marriageable the girl.

Bound by tradition, Su-Ling’s world is closing in around her. Her grandmother is determined that she will marry well and bring prosperity to them both. But when she learns to read, Su-Ling’s mind is opened to new possibilities, setting her on a dangerous path to independence.

The Double Axe Murders
By Berni Stapleton
Directed by Tamara McCarthy
Produced by Rusticate Theatre 
November 14–23, 2019 / Studio B

Who will survive the long, haunting night?

On an evening colder than frostbite itself, Sarah, Payne, and Pelly wait out a winter storm. Is that a tree branch knocking on the cabin wall? And why does the howling wind sound more like a wailing Banshee?

Based on true events, this psychological thriller, steeped in Newfoundland folklore, will have you sleeping with the lights on.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  
Lyrics by Tim Rice & Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Barbara Tomasic
December 12–31, 2019 / MainStage

Any dream will do.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most well-loved musicals of all time. 

A joyous re-imagining of the biblical story of Joseph, Jacob, and the coat of many colours, this heartwarming hit will have your whole family humming along.

Straight White Men 
CANADIAN PREMIERE
By Young Jean Lee
Directed by Chelsea Haberlin and Fay Nass
Produced by ITSAZOO Productions 
February 6–15, 2020 / MainStage

An explosive evening of male bonding.

In this satirical comedy, three brothers return home for the holidays. Regressing to trash-talking and sibling pranks, they are caught off guard by a shift in the family dynamic, forcing them to examine the effects of traditional masculinity.

O’wet
By Quelemia Sparrow
Directed by Kim Senklip Harvey
Produced by Savage Society
March 19–28, 2020 / Studio B

One woman’s journey towards spiritual reclamation.

In O’wet, playwright and performer Quelemia Sparrow explores her identity as a mixed-race aboriginal woman in the present-day, colonized world. Taking the audience on a journey of discovery, Quelemia weaves real-life stories with spiritual awakening to reconnect with her First Nations heritage.

O’wet (oh-wee): a verb used to denote propelling a canoe. O’wet is also connected to a shaman’s canoe ride to the land of the dead to retrieve a lost soul.

From Alaska
By Sébastien Harrisson
Translated by Leanna Brodie
Directed by Diane Brown 
Produced by Ruby Slippers Theatre
April 16–25, 2020 / MainStage 

Two heartbroken souls healed by an unlikely connection.

A troubled teenager escaping from the world breaks into the house of an elderly woman. Time passes with the unpredictable rhythms of grief as the seemingly mismatched pair share their feelings of love and loss.

Moving effortlessly between street-smart humour and lyrical elegance, From Alaska explores the intense connection between young and old, the limits of language, and the ways in which we come to both change and mirror the ones we love.

Season subscription packages are on sale now from $116 visit gatewaytheatre.com for details.

Babelle Theatre reveals 2018 Season.

East Vancouver based Babelle Theatre has revealed its 2018 season of new works aimed for millennial and young audiences.
Co-directed by Marie Farsi and James Gordon King Babelle Theatre has a mandate is to produce experimental and ambitious theatrical works; inspired by multiple cultural traditions, the company aims to push borders of space and language and to assemble the common from the dissimilar. Babelle also seeks to nurture next generation of theatre artists through collaborations with other artists from all disciplines around the creation of theatre.   “Part of our success in producing original work is that Marie and I remain consistent in our collaboration process. We work in a way that is more integrative: the specificity of a performance space is integrated into a design concept, design concepts are integrated into play’s narration, actor’s personality traits are integrated into their roles.” says co-Artistic Director James Gordon King

For 2018, Farsi and King have created adventurous new works that investigate our relationships to the wild within and the wild without.

This, Here 
By James Gordon King. Directed by Marie Farsi
July 12 – 14, 2018 — Gibsons Heritage Hall (Gibsons)
July 18 – 28, 2018 — The Culture Lab (Vancouver)

A vacation slideshow at an intimate party unpacks big existential questions.

Torontonian couple, Alison and Maddie, just got back from a trip to Gibsons, BC to visit Alison’s father, Brian, who she hasn’t seen in three years. Recalling events as photos are projected, their trip submerges into a murky world of decomposing appearances and unresolved issues as the distinction between wild and civilized elides. As Alison re-discovers her natural environment, she re-examines her connection to the people she loves, and in turn, her relationship to herself. Through the simplicity and intimacy of an informal gathering, This, Here asks audiences to consider who we are in relation to each other and our environment.

All My Friends Are Animals
By James Gordon King. Directed by Marie Farsi
A co-production with Axis Theatre
September 2018. Russian Hall, Vancouver.
50 min. Ages 10+. Attendance free for school groups and the community.

An all-ages romp from the city into the wild.

When a bear wanders from the mountains into the city, natural boundaries are blurred and a perplexed teenager named Jo struggles to makes her way home. On her adventures, she crosses paths with coyotes, raccoons, and mice, and learns the importance of trusting her instincts. Loosely based on the real-life story of a bear that entered downtown Vancouver in the Winter of 2011, All My Friends Are Animals is about the extraordinary nature of these encounters and the primal feelings they awaken. Featuring performances from four youth aged 15-24, and intended for audiences aged 10 and up, this is a playful little piece that ignites a youthful spirit and sense of delight.

Visit babelletheatre.com for tickets and more information on the 2018 Season.

Babelle 2018 Season Trailer from Babelle Theatre on Vimeo.

The Art Club Ashlie Corcoran announces 2018-19 season

This week, The Arts Club Theatre Company announced the shows coming for the 2018-2019 season.  As we reach the midpoint of the current season, the final season for long-time Artistic Director Bill Millerd’s before he retires, the incoming Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran is making her mark on the future of the Arts Club.

“For this new season, I seek to build on the legacy of Bill Millerd, continuing his remarkable work through eclectic programming that celebrates local talent, offers opportunities for emerging artists, and strengthens diversity. With these goals in mind, I’ve curated eleven plays by Canadians, eleven by women, seven by BC artists, and four by artists of colour or Indigenous artists.” says Ms Corcoran.  The season also includes remounts of some Arts Club favourites, a number of partnerships with other Canadian theatre companies including the announcement of Hardline Theatre as the 2018-19 resident company.

The full Arts Club Theatre Company 2018-2019 Season includes:

STANLEY INDUSTRIAL ALLIANCE STAGE

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time: by Simon Stephens, adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon
Multiple Olivier and Tony Award winning mystery
September 6–October 7, 2018 

Sweat, by Lynn Nottage
A working-class drama and 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner
October 18–November 18, 2018
Canadian premiere; in partnership with Citadel Theatre 

Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton
A remount of last year’s hit presentation of Disney’s beloved fairy-tale musical
December 1, 2018–January 6, 2019 

The Matchmaker, by Thornton Wilder
A classic farce that provided the source material for the musical Hello Dolly!
January 24–February 24, 2019

The Orchard (After Chekhov), by Sarena Parmar
Set in the Okanagan Valley, a Canadian take on Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard
March 21–April 21, 2019 

Matilda The Musical, book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, from the novel by Roald Dahl
Multiple award-winning hit musical based on the Roald Dahl story
May 16–July 14, 2019
In partnership with Citadel Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE

Mustard, by Kat Sandler
An unconventional comedy about growing up
September 20–October 20, 2018
In partnership with Belfry Theatre

Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley, by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
The festive season Pride and Prejudice follow-up
November 15–December 30, 2018 

The Shoplifters, by Morris Panych
A hilariously biting story about society’s haves and have-nots
February 7–March 9, 2019 

Bed and Breakfast, by Mark Crawford
A charming comedy about the ‘inns’ and being out in a small town
April 4–May 4, 2019

Mom’s The Word: Nest ½ Empty, by the Mom’s the Word Collective
What happens when the kids fly the coop?
June 6–July 20, 2019
Third show in the Mom’s the Word series; remount of 2017 Arts Club premiere

GOLDCORP STAGE AT THE BMO THEATRE CENTRE

Blind Date, a spontaneous theatre creation by Rebecca Northan
One actor + One audience member = A Blind Date Like No Other
November 22–December 30, 2018 

True Crime, by Torquil Campbell (of the band, Stars) and Chris Abraham
A genre-mixing examination of a conman
January 31–February 24, 2019 

Redpatch, by Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver
A historical drama about a young Métis soldier & his company
March 7–31, 2019
In partnership with Citadel Theatre and Hardline Productions, our 2018–2019 Resident Company 

The Great Leap, by Lauren Yee
American basketball historically goes to China
April 25–May 19, 2019
A Canadian premiere

5 Winter Events to close the Festive Season

Happy New Year! While we are already into 2018, the lead up to the Holidays is sometime so busy we don’t have time to take in all the festive events. Here’s a few seasonal winter events that you can still catch for a few more weeks:

Beauty and the Beast at Stanley TheatreDisney’s Beauty and the Beast – The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a brilliant adaptation of Disney’s ‘tale as old as time’. Fun for the whole family as Belle and The Beast are supported by Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts and others at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until January 13th – Tickets online at artsclub.com

Lights at Lafarge – Coquitlam’s Winter Light Festival is the largest free light display in the Lower Mainland, Town Centre Park is illuminated with hundreds of thousands of lights, with roving performers, hot chocolate & cookies all just steps from Lafarge Lake – Douglas Skytrain Station, making this one of the most easily accessible winter events. Continuing until January 21st, 2018 – Free Admission

Chinese Lantern FestivalVancouver Chinese Lantern Festival – the PNE features the largest festival of its kind in Canada. One of the most beautiful and culturally significant festivals lights up the night with dozens of spectacular gossamer lanterns, some reaching nearly 200 feet in length, transforming the 14 acres of Hastings Park, running until January 21, 2018. – Admission $19 online

Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park continues until January 28th, 2018. Thousands of lights spread throughout the Park, the bridge, Treetops Adventures, with 8 of the tallest living Christmas Tree. – All-day Adult park admission is $42.95, includes the holiday activities, crafts and entertainment beginning at 4pm each day.

Robson Square Ice Rink – hit the ice for some old-fashioned outdoor winter fun, all-ages can lace up and enjoy the free skating experience at Robson Square. Until February 28, 2018, open from 9am to 9pm Sunday – Thursday and 9am to 11pm Friday – Saturday.  Skating is free, skate rentals are $4 (last rental, 30 minutes prior to closing)

Théâtre la Seizième Announced 2017-18 Season

Théâtre la Seizième has announced its 2017-2018 season, including two local and four visiting productions coming to Vancouver stages.  Founded in 1974, Théâtre la Seizième is the only French language, professional theatre company in British Columbia. Every year, Théâtre la Seizième presents a mainstage season, and a young audiences season, in addition to a series of drama workshops, a training and dramaturgical development program for local artists.

No matter the language, Théâtre la Seizième aims to reach all culture lovers while also surprising its audience with new faces and new forms of stage performance.  This season’s plays have been selected for the light they shed on some of today’s hot button issues (immigration, superficiality and appearance, birth rate and environmental protection, individualism and unity of the family, and the cult of performance).

“We are living in an age marked by profound changes and it is good, sometimes, to sit together and take stock of what is taking place around us. This is precisely what this season’s plays are offering, intelligently and with creativity.” stressed Esther Duquette, Artistic and Managing Director. 

Théâtre la Seizième adds performances English surtitles, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday shows to allow more non-French speaking culture lovers to experience the works.

This year’s season includes;

Mainstage Productions:

UNITÉ MODÈLE
October 17-28, 2017 at Studio 16

BIBISH DE KINSHASA
November 28 – December 2, 2017 at Studio 16

POURQUOI TU PLEURES…?
February 16-17, 2018 at Waterfront Theatre

DES ARBRES
May 8-12, 2018 at Studio 16 

Young Audiences Productions:

CRÈME-GLACÉE
April 7, 2018 at Studio 16
On tour in primary schools from April 3 to June 8, 2018

AVANT L’ARCHIPEL
On tour in high schools from May 3-25, 2018

Find production details and information plus book subscription packages and single performance tickets visit seizieme.ca