A Chorus of Disapproval: A Comedy by Alan Ayckbourn

A Chorus of Disapproval

A Chorus of Disapproval “Brilliantly constructed, ruthlessly observant, hilarious and hard as nails.” Sunday Times

A diffident widower attempts to escape loneliness by joining the local amateur light operatic society. By accident, rather than by design — in fact, by not saying no to anything, be it a request to obtain confidential information from his company, or an offer of illicit sex — he advances from a small part to the lead. Parallels are skillfully drawn between “The Beggar’s Opera” and the day-to-day activities of the society which is performing it.

SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES.

DIRECTED by Wendy Merk

FEATURING
TBA
Auditions: March 3 & 4, Callbacks: March 6

TICKET PRICES
– $23 Adults
– $21 Seniors (ages 65+)
– $17 Students (with ID)
– $10 Student Rush
– $18 per ticket for Groups 10+
– $12 Previews (first Wednesday and Thursday)
– $17 Tuesdays
– $10 Student Rush Ticket (15 minutes before curtain with ID, subject to availability)

SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE: Monday May 7, 2018

You may also like: The Clean House on now at Langham Court Theatre through May 5.

ALICE: Metro Studio Theatre

Tumbleweeds Theatre presents Alice: Metro Studio Theatre May 26th and 27th, 2018 – 1411 Quadra st. Victoria BC.

Tickets available through eventbrite.ca search ‘Alice $16.00 per ticket Showtime 7:30pm. Our story takes a mad turn as Alice starts her day in Victorian England reading with her cat Dinah, follows a white rabbit down a rather large hole, and lands in the politically turbulent world of 1960s America.

Tumbleweeds Theatre presents Alice: Metro Studio Theatre

May 26th and 27th, 2018 – 1411 Quadra st. Victoria BC.

Tickets available through eventbrite.ca search ‘Alice $16.00 per ticket Showtime 7:30pm. Our story takes a mad turn as Alice starts her day in Victorian England reading with her cat Dinah, follows a white rabbit down a rather large hole, and lands in the politically turbulent world of 1960s America.

Mirroring our world today, our Alice is a timely tale. Our cast include neuro-typical, and neuro-atypical youth on the Autism Spectrum, who come together as Tumbleweeds Theatre and break down societal barriers and labels to create a main stage production bi annually.

 

LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT in Victoria. See who’s playing.

Langham Court Theatre presents: The Clean House

2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Finalist. “A gorgeous production… tart humour, theatrical audacity, emotional richness.” New York Times

The Clean House: A Surreal Comedy by Sarah Ruhl

2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Finalist.

“A gorgeous production… tart humour, theatrical audacity, emotional richness.” New York Times

This theatrical and wildly funny play is a quirky comedy centred on Matilde, a young Brazilian cleaning woman who hates to clean and would rather be a comedian. Matilde works for Lane, a sharp doctor who is perfectly satisfied with her structured life. Lane’s sister Virginia loves to clean and sets up her own deal with Matilde, hoping that Lane doesn’t catch on. But Lane’s attention is diverted when she discovers that her husband and co-worker, Charles, is leaving her for his patient, the older and vivacious Ana. The Clean House is a piece written in the genre of magical realism; it’s a comedy about cancer, death, and love that dares to laugh in the face of trauma and celebrates the beautiful chaos of a messy life.

SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES.

DIRECTED by Jason Vikse

FEATURING
Sarah Heyman as Lane
Fran Patterson as Virginia
Dani Parkinson as Matilde
Gloria Snider as Ana
Michael Romano as Charles

PRODUCTION TEAM
Angela Henry: Producer
Caitlin Dowe: Stage Manager
Euphemia MacMurchy: ASM
Sean Thompson: Set Design
Jason Vikse: Set Design
Paul Hilton: Lighting Design
Jason King: Sound Design
Jean de Cartier: Properties
Drew Waveryn: Properties
Joyce Kline: Set Decor
Ainsley Harrington: Costume Design
Mice Albano: Portuguese Coach
Martha McGachie: Spanish Coach

TICKET PRICES
– $23 Adults
– $21 Seniors (ages 65+)
– $17 Students (with ID)
– $10 Student Rush
– $18 per ticket for Groups 10+
– $12 Previews (first Wednesday and Thursday)
– $17 Tuesdays
– $10 Student Rush Ticket (15 minutes before curtain with ID, subject to availability)

The Clean House Opens at Langham Court Theatre

The Clean House Opens at Langham Court Theatre April 18th

The Clean House Opens at Langham Court Theatre:

A ROMANTIC SURREAL COMEDY BY SARAH RUHL
DIRECTED BY JASON VIKSE

Clean House Langham Court Theatre “A clean house is the sign of a sick mind,” so says the bumper sticker. This theatrical and wildly funny play is a whimsical romantic comedy centered on Matilde, a quirky Brazilian cleaning woman who hates to clean and would rather be a comedian. It is an examination of our first world values and a poignant look at class, comedy and the true nature of love.

The Clean House Opens at Langham Court Theatre: SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

“A gorgeous production… tart humour, theatrical audacity, emotional richness”
NEW YORK TIMES

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Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival

Paper Street Theatre Improv FestivalPaper Street Theatre Improv Festival Showcasing Improv From Around The World

VICTORIA – Paper Street Theatre is known for innovative improvisation, and this year’s festival fills the stage with world-class performances from Seattle, Vancouver, Sweden and Finland.

“I think when people think about improv, they think about comedy. My mission has always been to get people to think beyond that,” said director Dave Morris. “This festival brings some of the most experimental improv in the world to Victoria. People are really going to see improv that feels like theatre.”

With two performances a night for five nights the festival is packed with creativity. Audiences can enjoy shows from 4and20 Improv from Seattle, GBG Impro from Sweden, Kaisa Kokko from Finland as well as Paper Street’s award-winning improv and performances from the Festival Ensemble. Plus, Paper Street’s famous Late Night Mash-Up shows!

Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival 

April 24-28 | Festival Pass $50

Intrepid Theatre, 1609 Blanshard

Check out the schedule on the festival website: http://www.paperstreettheatre.ca/festival.html

Buy a Festival Pass: paperstreettheatre.ca/festivalpasses.html

Paper Street Theatre creates improvisation that feels like theatre. With seven seasons under its belt this award-winning company has tackled genres and styles from Lovecraft to Jane Austen to Quentin Tarantino and has toured across Canada and Europe.

2018 SPARK Festival

2018 SPARK Festival

The 2018 SPARK opens March 8 with True Crime by Torquil Campbell (from Stars)

Spark FesitvalWednesday, February 14, 2018 — Victoria, BC…From March 8 to 25, 2018, the Belfry Theatre will present its annual SPARK Festival, highlighting some of the best new theatre in Canada. One of the ambitions of the SPARK Festival is to play with the notion of what theatre is, what it could be, and how it’s changing.

Highlights of this year’s festival include True Crime (performed by Campbell with live music by Julian Brown), the return of Daniel MacIvor with his piece, Who Killed Spalding Gray?, and Inuit actor and storyteller, Tiffany Ayalik in Café Daughter (based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck).

Iconic musician and provocateur Torquil Campbell was inspired by real life con-man Clark Rockefeller. Rockefeller, now serving a life sentence in California, duped hundreds into believing he was the scion of the wealthy clan, with cataclysmic consequences. Check out Vanity Fair’s The Man in the Rockefeller Suit for the full story.Torquil’s dogged investigation and impersonation challenges us to find the truth in True Crimeand confront our cultural addiction to a good story.

On March 12, at an undisclosed location, we invite the audience to be a part of an exhilarating choral adventure. Why We Are Here!, created by Brian Quirt and Martin Julien, is a unique and stand-alone experience that invites audience members to become a choir and sing in a site that they would not normally be able to sing in.

Why We Are Here! was a tremendous success at last year’s festival.

Daniel MacIvor has been called Canada’s Spalding Gray, so it’s especially intriguing to see one monologist take on another in Who Killed Spalding Gray? (March 13 – 17). Daniel has always pushed and reshaped the boundaries of a good story and to see him perform is a real treat.

Currently on tour in the UK, Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken will be performing their incredible show, Mouthpiece, at SPARK from March 13 – 17. Please note – advance sales for Mouthpiece are very strong and we expect the show to sell out prior to opening.

“…we were speechless. Mouthpiece touches on every part of the female experience from birth to death using dance, music, and wicked humour with just a bathtub for scenery. It’s impossible to describe and truly unforgettable.” Jodie Foster & Alexandra Hedison

On Sunday, March 18 we’ll host the New Play Cabaret featuring new work from UVic’s Creative Writing Department, read by UVic Theatre students.

Intrepid Theatre’s Sean Guist will direct a reading of Jordan Tannahill’s Sunday in Sodom on Monday, March 19. Both readings are free events.

In the third week of SPARK, high school students from the Belfry’s education outreach program, Belfry 101, will begin rehearsals with Dave Morris (Paper Street Theatre) and Erin Macklem, the Belfry’s Artistic Associate and Outreach Coordinator.

Canadian Inuit actor and storyteller, Tiffany Ayalik will arrive to perform Café Daughter (March 20 – 24), written by Kenneth T. Williams (adapted from his book). Based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck. Café Daughter is the powerful, funny and touching tale of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage.

That week (March 20 – 24) Calgary’s Ghost River Theatre offers up an unforgettable immersive audio experience created for a blindfolded audience.

That’s right – everyone in the audience will be given their own set of headphones and blindfolded to experience Tomorrow’s Child, adapted from Ray Bradbury’s short story by Eric Rose, Matthew Waddell and David van Belle. Like Mouthpiece, Tomorrow’s Child is almost sold out.

SPARK will close on March 25 with Belfry 101 Live – a show created by the students of Belfry 101 in response to the performances they’ve seen at the Belfry over the past seven months. Their remarkable take on the themes and stories they’ve witnessed is always eye-opening.

Scattered throughout SPARK will be a host of free events, including concerts, an all-ages dance party (Hootenanny on March 11), and the perennially popular mini plays – 10-minute plays performed throughout the building.

Torquil Campbell (Creator /performer of True Crime) and Lisa C. Ravensbergen (director of Café Daughter) will host professional development workshops on March 10 and March 24 respectively.

Tickets for SPARK are on sale now. For further information check out www.sparkfestival.ca – our satellite site for the festival.

SPARK Sponsors
The 2018 SPARK Festival is generously supported by The Zone @91.3100.3 the QCaffe FantasticoCV TV (Culture Vulture TV) and the Government of Canada.

Season Sponsors
The Belfry is generously supported by The Times Colonist and Helijet.

Public Funders
The Belfry is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Development and the City of Victoria.

 

Ticket Information
Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at tickets.belfry.bc.ca. Prices are subject to change.

Ticket Discounts
High School Students – 50%
University / College / Post Secondary Students – 15%
Seniors – 15%
Members of the Military – 25%

 

SPARK Festival Schedule (March 8 – 25)

DateTimeEvent
Thurs, March 087:30 pmTrue Crime
Fri, March 098:00 pmTrue Crime
Sat, March 10Call UsPD Workshop – Torquil Campbell
8:00 pmTrue Crime
Sun, March 114:00 pmHootenanny
Mon, March 127:00 pmWhy We Are Here!
Tues, March 137:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (P)
7:30 pmMouthpiece (P)
Wed, March 147:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (O)
7:30 pmMouthpiece (O)
Thurs, March 157:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray?
7:30 pmMouthpiece
Fri, March 167:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray?
8:00 pmMouthpiece
Sat, March 177:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (C)
8:00 pmMouthpiece (C)
Sun, March 187:00 pmNew Play Cabaret
Mon, March 197:30 pmSunday in Sodom by Jordan Tannahill
Tues, March 207:30 pmCafé Daughter (P)
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child (P)
Wed, March 217:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmCafé Daughter (O)
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child (O)
Thurs, March 227:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmCafé Daughter
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child
Fri, March 237:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmCafé Daughter
8:00 pmTomorrow’s Child
Sat, March 24Call UsPD Workshop – Lisa C. Ravensbergen
7:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmCafé Daughter (C)
8:00 pmTomorrow’s Child (C)
Sun, March 257:30 pmBelfry 101 Live!

Forget About Tomorrow at The Belfry

Forget About Tomorrow at The Belfry

January 23— February 18, 2018 Forget About Tomorrow  at the Belfry Theatre: by Jill Daum with songs by John Mann Directed by Michael Shamata WORLD PREMIERE Can you re-imagine a lifetime together?

Forget About Tomorrow is a play about a family – a loving family in crisis. When Jane’s husband Tom begins having trouble remembering things, she enters a world of denial.

Forget About Tomorrow  – at times extremely funny and always deeply moving – is Jane’s long and reluctant journey to accepting her husband’s fate, and the new role that she is expected to play.

CAST & ARTISTS

    • Jennifer Lines
    • Jane
    • Craig Erickson
    • Tom
    • Colleen Wheeler
    • Lori
    • Aren Okemaysim
    • Aaron
    • Aleita Northey
    • Wynn
    • Hrothgar Mathews
    • Wayne

Jill Daum Playwright
Michael Shamata Director
Pam Johnson Set & Costume Designer
Bryan Kenney Lighting Designer
Candelario Andrade Projection Designer
James Coomber Sound Designer
John Mann Songs
Caryn Fehr Stage Manager
Christopher Sibbald Assistant Stage Manager

Tickets range from $20-53 and are available at 250-385-6815 or tickets.belfry.bc.ca.

 

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Forget About Tomorrow at The Belfry

Forget About Tomorrow at The Belfry Theatre January 23

Forget About Tomorrow at the Belfry Theatre
Forget About Tomorrow at the Belfry Theatre

January 23— February 18, 2018 Forget About Tomorrow  at the Belfry Theatre: by Jill Daum with songs by John Mann Directed by Michael Shamata WORLD PREMIERE Can you re-imagine a lifetime together?

Forget About Tomorrow is a play about a family – a loving family in crisis. When Jane’s husband Tom begins having trouble remembering things, she enters a world of denial.

Forget About Tomorrow  – at times extremely funny and always deeply moving – is Jane’s long and reluctant journey to accepting her husband’s fate, and the new role that she is expected to play.

Cast & Artists

    • Jennifer Lines
    • Jane
    • Craig Erickson
    • Tom
    • Colleen Wheeler
    • Lori
    • Aren Okemaysim
    • Aaron
    • Aleita Northey
    • Wynn
    • Hrothgar Mathews
    • Wayne

Jill Daum Playwright
Michael Shamata Director
Pam Johnson Set & Costume Designer
Bryan Kenney Lighting Designer
Candelario Andrade Projection Designer
James Coomber Sound Designer
John Mann Songs
Caryn Fehr Stage Manager
Christopher Sibbald Assistant Stage Manager

Tickets range from $20-53 and are available at 250-385-6815 or tickets.belfry.bc.ca.

 

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Crimes of the Heart comes to the Phoenix Theatre

Crimes of the Heart

UVic Phoenix Theatre
February 15 – 24, 2018
8:00 PM Cost: $15-$26

Crimes of the HeartCrimes of the Heart: Through teasing and laughter, the Magrath sisters relive sweet memories and confront past resentments at their Grandaddy’s house, after the youngest sister Babe is arrested for shooting her abusive husband. Each sister must come to terms with the consequences of their own crimes of the heart. Humorous and heartfelt, this Pulitzer prize-winning black comedy, written by Beth Henley, beautifully captures the incredible power of family.

Crimes of the Heart Runs February 15 – 24 2018 Note: Free pre-show lecture on Friday February 16 at 7pm.

Tickets: $15-$26

UVic Phoenix Theatre
3800 Finnerty Road Victoria, BC V8P 5C2 Canada

Phoenix Theatre productions serve an integral part of the academic requirements of students enrolled the Department of Theatre’s Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees.

When you attend the Phoenix Theatre you experience some of this city’s most exciting and eclectic theatre – while participating in the education of our students. Our students learn by doing! They are involved in every aspect of these productions – from acting on stage, to the design, creation and management of sets, costumes, props, sound and lighting.

Discover the difference that the youth, talent and energy of our students can make and get a preview of Canada’s next generation of theatre artists!

You may also like: Live Theatre at the Belfry.

Belfry Theatre presents: Onegin starting October 17

Onegin October 17 – November 12 Based on the poem by Pushkin and the opera by Tchaikovsky Directed by Amiel Gladstone / Musical direction by Veda Hille

“You’re lucky to be alive right now because you get to see Onegin” The Georgia Straight

“…breathtaking…” Vancouver Sun A lush

Passionate and acclaimed new musical about trying not to fall in love. When Onegin, a dashing but jaded aristocrat from St. Petersburg, inherits his uncle’s estate in the country, his arrival sets hearts afire and stirs the embers of jealousy. Even the reclusive young Tatyana falls hopelessly under the spell of the aloof Onegin, and professes her love for him. Will playing with lonely Russian hearts reap heartbreak or romance? Tickets $20-53

More info: http://www.belfry.bc.ca/onegin/