Live theatre

The stage is set for a full season of theatre again in 2022 at the Chemainus Theatre with the current fundraising campaign that's underway supported with substantial contributions from Gregg Perry, left, and Dr. Don Hilton. The Holiday Jubilation concert for Christmas will be a stepping stone. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Funding campaigns help popular Island theatre stage a comeback

Matching donations go a long way toward a 2022 full season Chemainus Theatre reopening

 

The Blue Bridge Theatre Society’s recent decision to sell the Roxy Theatre followed the Salvation Army’s listing of the Stan Hagen Centre for Families next door on Quadra Street. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Victoria’s Blue Bridge Theatre Society puts Roxy up for sale

Company pledges to finish 2021/22 season in Quadra Village, considers potential partnerships

 

Patrick Du Wors, a theatre design professor at the University of Victoria, revisits a previous scenographic concept as Phoenix Theatre presents Dead Man’s Cell Phone by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl. (Courtesy UVic Department of Theatre)
Patrick Du Wors, a theatre design professor at the University of Victoria, revisits a previous scenographic concept as Phoenix Theatre presents Dead Man’s Cell Phone by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl. (Courtesy UVic Department of Theatre)
Canadian comic Bruce McCulloch will share stories of the “weird things” from his life that put him in “weird” situations when he performs at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre Nov. 4. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

Kids in the Hall alumni Bruce McCulloch brings humour, poetic storytelling to Sidney

Canadian comic’s one-person show titled Tales of Bravery and Stupidity on stage Nov. 4

Canadian comic Bruce McCulloch will share stories of the “weird things” from his life that put him in “weird” situations when he performs at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre Nov. 4. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
The performance stage in Pioneer Park in Brentwood Bay is one of the venues for “The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People at different locations in July and August. (Black Press file Media photo)

Kaleidoscope Theatre free performances set to fly around Greater Victoria

The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito plays between Aug. 28 and Sept. 12

The performance stage in Pioneer Park in Brentwood Bay is one of the venues for “The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People at different locations in July and August. (Black Press file Media photo)
The Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival returns to the Intrepid Theatre this Friday, Aug. 13 with both virtual and in-person shows available for advance ticket sales. (Courtesy of Intrepid Theatre)

Intrepid Theatre raises curtains for Fringe Festival

20 in-person and virtual productions will take the stage starting Friday

The Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival returns to the Intrepid Theatre this Friday, Aug. 13 with both virtual and in-person shows available for advance ticket sales. (Courtesy of Intrepid Theatre)
The Capital Regional District Art Commission is handing out $121,000 in its second round of grant allocations to local arts groups. (Photo by Pexels)

Greater Victoria not-for-profit arts groups to receive over $121,000 from CRD

Funding to support projects such as a community arts hub, choir program, mural festival and more

The Capital Regional District Art Commission is handing out $121,000 in its second round of grant allocations to local arts groups. (Photo by Pexels)
Theatre SKAM is offering mobile, pop-up performances to Greater Victoria residents once again this summer. They’ll feature emerging artists Yasmin D’Oshun, Courtney Crawford, Kaelan Bain and Kendra Bidwell (left to right). (Courtesy of Theatre SKAM)
Theatre SKAM is offering mobile, pop-up performances to Greater Victoria residents once again this summer. They’ll feature emerging artists Yasmin D’Oshun, Courtney Crawford, Kaelan Bain and Kendra Bidwell (left to right). (Courtesy of Theatre SKAM)
CCPA performs Urinetown June 3 at 7:30 p.m., June 4 at 6 p.m. and June 5 at 12:30 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available online at ccpacanada.com, by phone at 250-595-9970 or email boxoffice@ccpacanada.com.(Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Greater Victoria performance school livestreams Urinetown for season finale

Canadian College of Performing Arts livestreamed shows presented through June 6

CCPA performs Urinetown June 3 at 7:30 p.m., June 4 at 6 p.m. and June 5 at 12:30 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available online at ccpacanada.com, by phone at 250-595-9970 or email boxoffice@ccpacanada.com.(Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
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

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)
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)

Remainder of 2020 season cancelled at popular Island theatre

Chemainus Theatre Festival succumbs to COVID-19 restrictions on large crowds likely to linger longer

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
Shows are going on as scheduled currently at the Royal Theatre (above) and McPherson Playhouse in Victoria, with added precautionary disinfecting of surfaces being undertaken to reduce the risk to patrons of contracting COVID-19. Black Press file photo

COVID-19: Precautions being taken, Victoria shows going on so far

Live performance venues ramp up theatre sanitizing measures to help prevent spread of virus

Shows are going on as scheduled currently at the Royal Theatre (above) and McPherson Playhouse in Victoria, with added precautionary disinfecting of surfaces being undertaken to reduce the risk to patrons of contracting COVID-19. Black Press file photo
Ballet Victoria: Taking a step outside the box

Ballet Victoria: Taking a step outside the box

Company debuting its take on The Little Prince, as well as other new works, March 21-22

Ballet Victoria: Taking a step outside the box
Cast members from the Vic High musical theatre production of Runaways. The show tells the stories of street-entrenched youth in New York, but has been informed by conversations with youth support workers in Victoria. (Photo by Kimberly Sholinder)

Vic High theatre tackles youth homelessness and more in 2020 musical

‘Runaways’ created in New York, but has parallels in Victoria: director

Cast members from the Vic High musical theatre production of Runaways. The show tells the stories of street-entrenched youth in New York, but has been informed by conversations with youth support workers in Victoria. (Photo by Kimberly Sholinder)
Oak Bay High’s presentation of Fiddler on the Roof runs Feb. 28 to March 7 in the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. for the Feb. 28, and 29, March 4 to 7, with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 1. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Oak Bay High’s presentation of Fiddler on the Roof runs Feb. 28 to March 7 in the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. for the Feb. 28, and 29, March 4 to 7, with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 1. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
A robotic actor somehow is given the ability to laugh, which leads to hilarious results, in Phoenix Theatre’s newest production, Comic Potential, running Feb. 13-22.

‘Actoids’ hit the stage at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre in February

Robots full of Comic Potential in latest play from UVic’s play

A robotic actor somehow is given the ability to laugh, which leads to hilarious results, in Phoenix Theatre’s newest production, Comic Potential, running Feb. 13-22.
Sheldon Elter, as Clem, and P.J. Prudat, as Mary, go through rehearsals for The Ministry of Grace, running Feb. 4 to March 1 at the Belfry Theatre. Photos by Peter Pokorny

Actors asked to find a spirituality for new Belfry production

Playwright/director Tara Beagan’s The Ministry of Grace tells Indigenous tale of challenge, love

Sheldon Elter, as Clem, and P.J. Prudat, as Mary, go through rehearsals for The Ministry of Grace, running Feb. 4 to March 1 at the Belfry Theatre. Photos by Peter Pokorny
Tony-winning musical comes alive at Langham Court

Tony-winning musical comes alive at Langham Court

Community theatre group takes on Company, Jan. 15 to Feb. 1

  • Jan 5, 2020
Tony-winning musical comes alive at Langham Court