Judy Collins in Concert at The McPherson Playhouse

Judy Collins
March 30, 2019
Tickets: $47.50

McPherson Playhouse
3 Centennial Place Victoria BC

Who: The Victoria Folk Music Society presents: Judy Collins in Concert When: Saturday, March 30, 2019 7:30 pm

Where: McPherson Playhouse 3 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC

Tickets and more information: Tickets are available at the McPherson Box Office and usual outlets, charge by phone at 250-386-6121 or toll free 1-888-717-6121, or www.rmts.bc.ca

Proceeds benefit the Victoria Folk Music Society

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices.

Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

Judy Collins in Concert at The McPherson Playhouse

Judy Collins in ConcertJudy Collins
March 30, 2019
Tickets: $47.50

McPherson Playhouse
3 Centennial Place Victoria BC

Who: The Victoria Folk Music Society presents: Judy Collins in Concert When: Saturday, March 30, 2019 7:30 pm

Where: McPherson Playhouse 3 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC

Tickets and more information: Tickets are available at the McPherson Box Office and usual outlets, charge by phone at 250-386-6121 or toll free 1-888-717-6121, or www.rmts.bc.ca

Proceeds benefit the Victoria Folk Music Society

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices.

Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

Listen to Judy Collins on Spotify

Christmas with the Rat Pack

Don’t miss this fun-filled evening of good music, good fun and tom-foolery with Andy DiMino as Dean… Lambus Dean as Sammy and Gary Anthony as Frank… portrayed exactly like the originators did so many years ago. [click image to read more]

Christmas with the Rat Pack

MCPHERSON PLAYHOUSE  DECEMBER 20, 7:30PM | TICKETS

The legendary Rat Pack lived and died the high life of booze, broads and bright lights, always projecting a sense of detachment and serenity. Through it all, they remained just outside the realm of understanding… the most distant stars in the firmament. Dean Martin’s biographer (Nick Tosches) once noted very appropriately, these guys are what the Italians call a menefreghista… “one who simply doesn’t give a damn.”

Don’t miss this fun-filled evening of good music, good fun and tom-foolery with Andy DiMino as Dean… Lambus Dean as Sammy and Gary Anthony as Frank… portrayed exactly like the originators did so many years ago.

Victoria Jazzfest Twin Bill: Morgan James & Jamison Ross

Victoria Jazzfest A veteran performer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, vocalist Morgan James is a phenomenal talent with a genuine feel for soul music and songwriting. Reckless Abandon, her recent recording of all-original material, proved to be a hit with critics and the public. The charismatic James shows a mature sense of balance on stage that makes an evening with her a memorable delight.

Victoria Jazzfest presents a veteran performer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, vocalist Morgan James is a phenomenal talent with a genuine feel for soul music and songwriting. Reckless Abandon, her recent recording of all-original material, proved to be a hit with critics and the public. The charismatic James shows a mature sense of balance on stage that makes an evening with her a memorable delight.

Victoria JazzfestPraised for having “the intuitive musicality of Stevie Wonder”, New Orleans’ Jamison Ross was destined to make his mark on jazz from behind a drum kit. Ross’s debut album, Jamison, showcased his percussive and singing skills in gospel and R&B-inflected jazz compositions that earned a 2015 Grammy nod. His January 2018 Concord release All for One continues to showcase his highly resonant and soulful vocals. Ross is a fresh, dazzling talent.

Don’t miss this unique Victoria Jazzfest twin bill engagement at the McPherson Playhouse on June 25!

Morgan James: http://jazzvictoria.ca/jazz-fest/event/morgan-james

Jamison Ross: http://jazzvictoria.ca/jazz-fest/event/jamison-ross

 

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Jane Austen’s Persuasion in Victoria At The McPherson Playhouse

Jane Austen’s Persuasion in Victoria

Jane Austen's Pursuasion in VictoriaJane Austen’s Persuasion in Victoria. This original musical adaptation has toured multiple UK and US cities over the past five years and was a popular event at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

July 3: Victoria Tickets
July 5: Port Alberni Tickets
July 6: Port Alberni Tickets

This summer will be the production’s first tour to Canada, where it will also be performed July 5-6 at the Jane Austen Festival in Port Alberni in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Persuasion.  The widely acclaimed stage production features songs from Jane Austen’s manuscripts and music of the era, chamber orchestra with Celtic and period instruments, beautiful Regency costumes, projected scenery, and world-champion Irish dancers!

“No ‘persuasion’ needed to see this treat for the eyes and ears … astounding!” (Isle of Wight Press)

“Perfect synchronicity between the cast and the impressive chamber orchestra…retaining much original dialogue which is complemented superbly by Austen’s favourite music and luxurious costumes.”  (**** Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

“Flashes of humour, great dancing, a small but perfect orchestra, clever scene changes with very well done projections, and the cast of over 30 all playing their roles to perfection … one of the best evening’s entertainment I’ve had” (Bury Free Press)

Further information about Jane Austen’s Persuasion in Victoria visit at www.chamberoperatours.org

Ticket Details

 Jane Austen’s Persuasion in Victoria

*Tickets are $30.00 | On sale now.

Just added: military rates which will be available by end of day on both performances…$15CAN in PA, and $20CAN in Victoria.

Please note: Online ticket sales end one hour prior to the performance start time.  Tickets may be available from the box office.

Tickets for the Port Alberni performance HERE

Jane Austen’s Persuasion
 A Musical Drama

The Reviews are Spectacular! 

The Art Theatre was a perfect setting for this opera and provided a similar atmosphere to the Buxton Opera House. The opera gains it’s authenticity from meticulous research using music that was known to Jane Austen and composed by Beethoven, Corelli, Handel, Haydn as well as several others. The cast contained both Americans and non Americans but the accents were all British no doubt due to the efforts of the dialect coach listed in the programme. The quality of the singing was uniformly excellent especially given the size of the cast which exceeded the cast sizes usually seen at the Buxton Festival. This was a comic opera reflecting the humour as well as the romance of Austen’s novel. On occasion the actors/singers were required to play scenes for laughs and occasionally sing intentionally out of tune and this very much added to the fun of the production. An interesting addition to Austen’s story was the inclusion of Irish dancing. This is authentic since many Irishmen served in the British navy at the time. The exuberant sight of Irish dancers in naval uniforms provided an enjoyable interlude and change of pace. The staging was creative and very effective. The movement between locations was signified by projecting the location onto the main stage backdrop and subtle staging effects were achieved by projecting onto a transparent half curtain and using a raise platform erected to one side of the stage. All that was then required was a few relevant pieces of furniture and the audience was transported in an instant between the homes of the various protagonists or to Austen’s favourite location of Bath.The Buxton Festival fringe is very fortunate that Chamber Opera Chicago has brought this substantial production to the festival. Alex Watts, 2017 

There is perfect synchronicity between the cast and the impressive chamber orchestra.  One of the most striking observations for Austen fans is Barbara Landis’ commitment to retaining much original dialogue which is complemented superbly by Austen’s favourite music and luxurious costumes. There are a great many highlights to this performance – not least the rousing sailor songs which demonstrate the vocal talents of the entire company and treat us to Irish tap routines of the highest order. Joshua Clarke, Broadway Baby, 4-star review featured in the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

This is a big budget show with fabulous costumes and incredibly detailed projection on the backdrop to show changes in location, time and weather. The cast were undeniably talented, with some incredibly strong voices on show in both solo and group numbers, and the band were faultless.  The narrative stayed very faithful to the original book, was easy to follow without ever feeling clunky, and the script contained enough detail to properly establish each scene and character in full...Steve Griffin, Edinburgh 49

No ‘Persuasion’ needed to see this treat……astounding!~ Emily Scotcher, Isle of Wight County Press

Landis’s touring production takes music from Austen’s own collections as well as by many other composers to create an operetta version of the story. It’s very faithful to the novel… the acting as well as the singing is of a high standard~ Anne Morley-Priestman, WhatsOnStage.com

The vocal performances were so powerful they pushed you backwards into your seat while successfully able to convey the romance that you always seem to find in Jane Austen’s novels.Suzanne Day, In Suffolk

A very real affection for Jane lies at the heart of Barbara Landis’ adaptation…Rousing sailors’ chorus and quicksilver Irish dancers were wonderful – all the ensemble moved with grace and skill..Louise Schweitzer, Brighton Argus

The intriguing narrative is driven by an excellent supporting ensemble that delivers a powerful performance as well as the highlight of the show.  Their portrayal of Irish sailors, featuring dancers from the Trinity Irish Dance Company, is superbly executed and moved the audience to an extra-long applause.  Credit must also be paid to the orchestra who were fantastic, filling the Thames Street theatre with the music of Beethoven, Handel and Haydn.Sam Murray, The Royal Burrough Observer, Windsor

There were flashes of humour, plenty of over-acting and some great dancing (the two Irish dancing lads were definitely scene-stealers, and rightly so), all held together by a multi-talented group of musicians in the small but perfect orchestra…I’ve not even mentioned the costumes, the choreography, the clever scene changes – mainly with very well done projections onto translucent curtains – and the cast of over 30 all playing their roles to perfection.  In case you haven’t yet got the message – I was totally blown away by one of the best evening’s entertainment I’ve had at the beautifully restored Regency Theatre Royal. ~ John Bottle, Bury Free Press

Jane Austen’s Persuasion in Victoria: Tickets

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The Proclaimers McPherson Playhouse September 8

The Proclaimers

Atomique Productions presents…

THE PROCLAIMERS
plus Siobhan Wilson
Saturday, September 8
The Royal & McPherson Theatres Society
Doors: 7:00 PM
All Ages

Advance tickets: $39.50 – $44.50 + s/c – Available at www.rmts.bc.ca(http://bit.ly/PRCLMRSVIC) or at the Royal or McPherson Box Offices

THE PROCLAIMERS
THE PROCLAIMERS

The Proclaimers: Born in Leith in 1962, Craig and Charlie Reid grew up in Edinburgh, Cornwall and Auchtermuchty in Fife. At home, they listened to early rock ‘n’ roll and country greats such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams. At school they played in punk bands and formed The Proclaimers in 1983.

With a fervent live following growing in Scotland, particularly in Inverness where they performed regularly, The Proclaimers first big break came late in 1986 when they were invited to tour with The Housemartins. Then in January 1987 they made a now seminal appearance on the Channel 4 pop programme The Tube, performing Letter From America & Throw The ‘R’ Away. Singing in regional accents about Scotland – its emigration and its politics – they were a far cry from the mid-Eighties playlist staples of Rick Astley and Sinitta, and became a phenomenon almost overnight, signing to Chrysalis within a month and recording their debut album acoustically, This Is The Story, a week later, produced by the man who also signed them to Chrysalis, John Williams.

The Proclaimers

 Voted NME Readers Best New Band that year, The Proclaimers toured the UK extensively and a new ‘band’ version of Letter From America, produced by Gerry Rafferty went Top 3 in November. Complementing their raw, stripped down delivery with the greater musical scope of a full band, they then embraced country and rock on their second album, 1988’s Sunshine On Leith produced by Pete Wingfield, which also saw them form their first full live band and go on a 9 month World tour.

In addition to the deeply moving classic title track which has gone on to be an anthem for Hibs fans, the album featured hit singles, the raucous, euphoric I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) and I’m On My Way. In 1989 ‘I’m Gonna Be’ spent 6 weeks at number 1 in Australia and a was a top 10 college radio hit in USA. The song went on to soar to No. 3 during a 6-month reign in the US Billboard Singles Chart in 1993 after appearing on the soundtrack of the Johnny Depp film Benny And Joon. I’m On My Way also re-emerged in 2001 when it subsequently accompanied one of the pivotal scenes in the hit movie Shrek.

The Proclaimers, Craig and Charlie,  have reached the rarefied status that few have been able to achieve: with nearly three decades of career longevity, they are as innovative as ever and with every album and show played, they’ve continued to garner new fans. Their songs have been used extensively in adverts across the World and the list of movies they have featured in includes The Commitments, The Crossing, Mama’s Boy, Bottle Rocket, Benny & Joon, Shrek, Dumb & Dumber, Bye Bye Love, Burke And Hare, The Angel’s Share, Bachelorette, Perfect Pitch.

www.proclaimers.co.uk/
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Kaleidoscope Theatre presents: The Secret Garden Nov. 4-5

In 2014, Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young Audiences presented an original stage adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s book, The Secret Garden. Originally scheduled for four performances, it sold out so quickly that a fifth date had to be added to the schedule.

Now that we have returned to the McPherson Theatre for our 44th season, Kaleidoscope is reuniting nearly our entire cast to stage a fully-realized production. Join us for an evening dedicated to the healing power of love.

The Secret Garden takes place at the turn of the century, in an old manor home in England. After a cholera epidemic in India kills her parents and servants, Mary Lennox is sent to live with a reclusive uncle that she has never met, and his invalid son who never leaves the home. An angry and hurt 10-year-old girl, Mary’s life is changed forever when she finds a key to her uncle’s locked and overgrown garden. As she brings the garden back to life, Mary also connects with her uncle, his staff, and his son, bringing light and love back into their lives.

MCPHERSON PLAYHOUSE  NOV. 4, 2:00PM – NOVEMBER 5, 2:00PM

Tickets are $22.00 for Adults/$12.00 for Children 16 and under