Live theatre

Live concerts could return to venues such as Blue Frog Studios in White Rock by year’s end - provided immunizations make a diference and COVID variants are held in check - according to a recent round table including provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry and reprsentatives of performing arts groups. (Submitted photo)

B.C. performing arts groups could see gradual return of live events

Round table between Dr. Bonnie Henry and arts groups gives rise to cautious optimism

 

It’s been almost a year since the last public performance inside the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Lead donors pledge $60,000 in matching campaign at the Chemainus Theatre

Perrys, Hiltons and Duncan Iron Works help to Bridge the Gap during COVID shutdown

 

The main players in the upcoming pantomime ‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ will be Sam Mellemstrand as The Prince, Sierrah Borjeau as Snow White, Bill Levity as The King, Alex Gallacher as The Evil Queen and Grant Mellemstrand as The Mirror. (Submitted)

Cowichan pantomime production postponed until late January

‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ was scheduled for late December

The main players in the upcoming pantomime ‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ will be Sam Mellemstrand as The Prince, Sierrah Borjeau as Snow White, Bill Levity as The King, Alex Gallacher as The Evil Queen and Grant Mellemstrand as The Mirror. (Submitted)
The main players in the upcoming pantomime Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs will be Sam Mellemstrand as The Prince, Sierrah Borjeau as Snow White, Bill Levity as The King, Alex Gallacher as The Evil Queen and Grant Mellemstrand as The Mirror. (Submitted)
The main players in the upcoming pantomime Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs will be Sam Mellemstrand as The Prince, Sierrah Borjeau as Snow White, Bill Levity as The King, Alex Gallacher as The Evil Queen and Grant Mellemstrand as The Mirror. (Submitted)
Auditions in Cowichan this month for ‘Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind’

Auditions in Cowichan this month for ‘Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind’

New youth theatre group producing 30 neo-futurist plays in 60 minutes

Auditions in Cowichan this month for ‘Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind’
The Shawnigan Players are offering scenes from ‘The Winter’s Tale’ this August for a limited audience. (submitted)

Scenes from ‘The Winter’s Tale’ coming to live audiences in Cowichan Station

The Players had been preparing two new shows for the annual summer theatre festival

  • Jul 20, 2020
The Shawnigan Players are offering scenes from ‘The Winter’s Tale’ this August for a limited audience. (submitted)
The Cowichan Musical Society’s last production was ‘Mamma Mia’. They are now auditioning for their next blockbuster. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Musical Society holding auditions for mystery show June 21

“Still can’t tell you the name of this well-known Disney show”

The Cowichan Musical Society’s last production was ‘Mamma Mia’. They are now auditioning for their next blockbuster. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Dr. Donald Hilton and Mrs. Joyce Hilton donated $50,000 to the Chemainus Theatre (Photo submitted)

Chemainus family pledges $50,000 to Chemainus Theatre Crisis Relief Fund

Hilton family’s gift if fully matched will raise $100,000

Dr. Donald Hilton and Mrs. Joyce Hilton donated $50,000 to the Chemainus Theatre (Photo submitted)
It looked like it was going to be a great last half of the year at the Chemainus Theatre, as artistic director Mark DuMex rolled out the lineup during last October’s show unveiling celebration. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Theatre Festival cancels remainder of 2020 season

COVID-19 restrictions likely to linger longer for the theatre industry, leaving no other alternative

It looked like it was going to be a great last half of the year at the Chemainus Theatre, as artistic director Mark DuMex rolled out the lineup during last October’s show unveiling celebration. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Theatre BC president Peter Wienold, of Port Alberni, officially opens Mainstage Festival 2019. The festival, which features eight of the best plays in B.C. in eight days, has been cancelled for 2020. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Theatre BC cancels festivals in response to COVID-19

‘Provincials’ of community theatre set to take place on Vancouver Island in July 2020

Theatre BC president Peter Wienold, of Port Alberni, officially opens Mainstage Festival 2019. The festival, which features eight of the best plays in B.C. in eight days, has been cancelled for 2020. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Set and cast are putting the finishing touches on the Mercury Players’ upcoming show ‘The Women of Lockerbie’. (Sylvia Swift photo)

UPDATE: Mercury Players’ ‘Women of Lockerbie’ postponed due to COVID-19

Maddie relentlessly searches the hills to find some sign of her missing son.

  • Mar 16, 2020
Set and cast are putting the finishing touches on the Mercury Players’ upcoming show ‘The Women of Lockerbie’. (Sylvia Swift photo)
Sir Lancelot (Callum Blake-Currier) is deep in thought, flanked by fellow crusaders Sir Bedevere (Torren Kaiser), Patsy (Brendan O’Farrell) and Sir Galahad (Felix Wilson) in Brentwood College School’s production of ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot.’ (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Get ready to enjoy the ride and laugh along with Brentwood’s ‘Spamalot’

Spamalot is a twisted musical take on the tales of King Arthur.

Sir Lancelot (Callum Blake-Currier) is deep in thought, flanked by fellow crusaders Sir Bedevere (Torren Kaiser), Patsy (Brendan O’Farrell) and Sir Galahad (Felix Wilson) in Brentwood College School’s production of ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot.’ (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Marvelous Wonderettes bring great tunes of the 1950s and ’60s to life. From left: Missy (Julia Ullrich), Suzy (Alison MacDonald), Betty Jean (Ali Watson) and Cindy Lou (Makayla Moore). (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Marvelous Wonderettes bring great tunes of the 1950s and ’60s to life. From left: Missy (Julia Ullrich), Suzy (Alison MacDonald), Betty Jean (Ali Watson) and Cindy Lou (Makayla Moore). (Photo by Don Bodger)
Donna sings ‘Money, Money, Money’ in the Cowichan Musical Society’s production of ‘Mamma Mia’. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

‘Mamma Mia!’ raises the bar for Cowichan Musical Society

“The quality of the singing and acting was superb”

Donna sings ‘Money, Money, Money’ in the Cowichan Musical Society’s production of ‘Mamma Mia’. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Chemainus Theatre Festival is kicking off their 2020 season with ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’. (submitted)

Chemainus Theatre opens 2020 season with nostalgic musical comedy

The Marvelous Wonderettes debuts on Valentine’s Day

  • Feb 5, 2020
The Chemainus Theatre Festival is kicking off their 2020 season with ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’. (submitted)