Steve Anderson

Community theatre rocks

New plans staged for old Sooke community theatre group

When Stagewest Players became Sooke Harbour Players a shift happened. That shift was in the name which was not as recognizable to many community theatre fans. Since 1981 thespians, singers, dancers and musicians have been entertaining Sooke audiences with such productions as South Pacific, Grease, On Golden Pond, The Pirates of Penzance and scores of other well-known and not so well-known musicals, plays and theatre performances.

Community theatre is the one place where whole families can get involved, a place where young and old are valued for their contributions and where you don’t need physical prowess to succeed.

Steve Anderson is the new president of Sooke Harbour Players and he wants to jump start his term with a new focus and energy. His first all out theatre show was Howl and it got him more hooked on being involved on the stage, not just behind it.

He spent the last three years as director for Fawlty Towers.

“Community theatre is vitally important, not everyone is involved in sports and there is a void for creative types, they need an outlet,” said Anderson.

He wants more people to join the players group. Being involved is free, although there is a small fee for membership (individuals $15 and family $25).

“There’s no cost to participate. Parents, if you want to keep your kid off the street, send them to us. If they (the kids) are seeking attention, this is the best way to get it,” he said.

Sooke Harbour Players involve kids — a lot. They can be involved on the stage singing and dancing, or behind the scenes working and learning about theatre by doing sound, lights, costumes, make up, front of house or sets, you name it. The same goes for adults. There are some slots to fill and Anderson said they are seeking a music director who could take over, as well as some assistant directors.

Upcoming is Show Time a production with an issue important to many — bullying or in this case anti-bullying.

“It will be positive and self-empowering,” Anderson stated, “and it will have skits and music.”

They have the theme but they don’t yet have a title. Rehearsals will restart in January, with the show scheduled for the spring. Other plans include a possible dinner theatre in the spring.

Sooke Harbour Players are involved in a number of other productions coming to Sooke — Barney Bentall and the Grand Cariboo Opry on November 17. They are working backstage and front of house for the one-of-a-kind variety show featuring some of B.C.’s best musicians.

The players are also helping with Seussical, a Dr. Seuss musical performed by Langford’s Four Seasons Musical Theatre.

“Since we didn’t have a huge fall show, we thought we would help with these,” said Anderson.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Tour de Rock riders zoom through Sooke, visit big donor

11-year-old Sooke girl raised over $10,000 for Tour de Rock with bottle drive

Sooke seeks feedback on new building regulation bylaw

In addition to the online survey, a virtual online meeting takes place Oct. 22

Employees at Sooke business recognize Orange Shirt Day

Event remembers Indigenous children sent to residential schools

B.C. Greens introduce all-women slate for Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay ridings

School trustee Nicole Duncan assumes Oak Bay-Gordon Head candidacy

Wetland property next to Saanich home donated for parkland through will

Brian Patriquin gained a love of nature and the environment spending time at Cedar Hill property

Orange Shirt Society launches first textbook on residential school history

Phyllis Webstad and Joan Sorley worked on the 156-page book to help educate students

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm die from illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

U.S. boater fined $1,000 for violation of Quarantine Act

49-year-old man entered Canada to visit girlfriend in Surrey

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

More sex abuse charges laid against B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’

Investigators now focussing efforts on alleged victims within the Glad Tidings Church community

Reader’s Lens

Reader’s photo of the week

B.C. VOTES 2020: Businesses now owe $6 billion in deferred tax payments

COVID-19 relief from remittance to province ends with September

Abandoned Neucel mill in Port Alice to cost at least $17 million to decommission

Removing hazardous waste and de-risking the site ratchet up bill to taxpayers

Most Read