4000 Miles at the Belfry Theatre

An intergenerational comedy about finding peace, love and understanding. New York. The middle of the night. Vera, an irascible, politically active 90-year old is awakened by her grandson Leo, who has cycled from Seattle on a trip with his best friend

April 9—May 5, 2019 4000 Miles By Amy Herzog

4000 Miles at the Belfry Theatre

“…funny, moving, altogether wonderful. . . A heartening reminder that a keen focus on life’s small moments can pay off in a big way onstage.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES

4000 Miles at the Belfry Theatre: An intergenerational comedy about finding peace, love and understanding. New York. The middle of the night. Vera, an irascible, politically active 90-year old is awakened by her grandson Leo, who has cycled from Seattle on a trip with his best friend.

In their month together, Vera and Leo bewilder each other, argue and connect as they discover the thin line between growing up and growing old. A finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, Herzog’s 4000 Miles is populated with beautifully drawn characters you’ll fall in love with.

Amy Herzog’s writing is so exquisite, and this story is so simple and true and affecting, I have wanted to program it for years. Funny and recognizable – it sneaks up on you, and before you know it – you don’t want to say goodbye to these people. —MS

4000 Miles at the Belfry Theatre
$20-55
Single tickets now on sale at 250-385-6815
or tickets.belfry.bc.ca

 

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Bears at the Belfry Theatre

A multi-disciplinary journey through our wondrous and contested environment. Pursued by the RCMP, Floyd has to get out of town fast. Heading through the Rockies for the Pacific, through the forests and along the rivers, he experiences changes – inside and out. Floyd’s journey is assisted by the wildlife he encounters – especially the bears.

January 29—February 24, 2019 Bears By Matthew MacKenzie

★★★★★ “… a witty, riveting and evocative production…Bears will leave you breathless.” —NOW MAGAZINE

“a combination of ingenuity, humour and the fire of political commitment.” —TORONTO STAR

“…a highly entertaining evening at the theatre thanks to MacKenzie’s clever direction and Monica Dottor’s ingenious choreography.” —GLOBE & MAIL

Bears at the Belfry Theatre: A multi-disciplinary journey through our wondrous and contested environment. Pursued by the RCMP, Floyd has to get out of town fast. Heading through the Rockies for the Pacific, through the forests and along the rivers, he experiences changes – inside and out. Floyd’s journey is assisted by the wildlife he encounters – especially the bears. Bears won two Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards in Edmonton for Outstanding Musical Score and Outstanding Choreography. Bears won the 2018 Dora Awards (Toronto) for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production.

“I’d never seen a piece that speaks to issues facing Canada’s Indigenous peoples as effectively and beautifully as Bears does.” —JERRY SADDLEBACK, CREE ELDER AND DEAN OF CULTURAL STUDIES AT MASKWACÎS COLLEGE AN ALBERTA ABORIGINAL PERFORMING ARTS AND PUNCTUATE! THEATRE (EDMONTON) PRODUCTION

Single tickets on sale now at 250-385-6815 or tickets.belfry.bc.ca

 

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Moscow Ballet presents Swan Lake

40 star-studded dancers perform Olympic-worthy leaps in Moscow Ballet’s lavish Swan Lake. “Brimful with feeling” says the New York Times.

40 star-studded dancers perform Olympic-worthy leaps in Moscow Ballet’s lavish Swan Lake. “Brimful with feeling” says the New York Times. Moscow Ballet’s traditional telling of the tragic Swan Lake story includes award-winning dancers and lavish costumes. Celebrate Russian ballet and the beauty of the world renowned dancers in Moscow Ballet’s Swan Lake.

“Expansive… brimful with feeling ….elegantly generous”
New York Times

“Expressive and a delight to watch”
Washington Post

Ticket Details

*Tickets starting at $37.50

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

More info: https://www.rmts.bc.ca/events/moscow-ballet-swan-lake-2018-royal-theatre

 

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Indie Film Series presents HEARTS BEAT LOUD: SPECIAL EDITION

Indie Film Series at Capitol 6 presents HEARTS BEAT LOUD: SPECIAL EDITION

Capitol 6 Victoria
805 Yates Street, Victoria BC, V8W 1M1
7:00 PM
Tickets: $13.00

One-night only special presentation of Brett Haley\’s critically acclaimed new movie starring Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation, 21 Jump Street) and Kiersey Clemons, now sitting at 88% at Rotten Tomatoes!

Screening includes the Victoria Premiere of film and an exclusive interview to play afterwards, with more bonus features to be announced! ABOUT: In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Nick Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to college, while being forced to close his vintage shop.

Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly \”jam sesh\” into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an Internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.

“The #1 Feel Good Movie of the Summer.” — Mike McGranaghan, The Aisle Seat

“This is a movie you not only want to see, but also to put on the turntable.” — Peter Howell, The Toronto Star

“The feel good movie we need right now….” — Ryan Scott, Movieweb

“One of the more heartwarming movies of the year, helped by top-notch original music and a pair of winning performances from Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons” — Stephen Sliver, Splice Today

Advance reserved seating tickets NOW available at www.capitol6.ca!

The 10th Annual SKAMpede

SKAMpede is Theatre SKAM’s 10th annual outdoor live performance festival and is for the first time, FREE! The festival runs July 14th and 15th along the Galloping Goose trail and Harbour Road and will offer 14 different mini shows, ranging from dance to song, and theatre to spoken word. Each show is site-specific, designed for folks of all ages, and accessible by any legal Galloping Goose transportation.

SKAMpede is Theatre SKAM’s 10th annual outdoor live performance festival and is for the first time, FREE!

The festival runs July 14th and 15th along the Galloping Goose trail and Harbour Road and will offer 14 different mini shows, ranging from dance to song, and theatre to spoken word.

Each show is site-specific, designed for folks of all ages, and accessible by any legal Galloping Goose transportation. Described and ASL Interpreted tours are available during the festival and audiences requiring such services are encouraged to contact Theatre SKAM at skam.ca. SKAMpede will be offering special events during the festival including an opening ceremony hosted by Lekwungen Traditional dancers, a 10th Birthday party, a happy hour silent auction, and a ritzy sneak preview called Friday Night Feast.

You can reach us at skam.ca.

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A Doll’s House Part 2 at the Belfry

A Doll’s House
at the Belfry

Dolls A Doll's House at the Belfry Theatre

September 16—October 14, 2018 A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Belfry By Lucas Hnath CANADIAN PREMIERE

“So endlessly stimulating…stirs the heart even as it invigorates the mind…” —BROADWAY NEWS

“Smart, funny and utterly engrossing…” —THE NEW YORK TIMES

A culture-defining drama revisited.

More about A Doll’s House Part 2 at the Belfry:

In 1879, when Nora left her husband and children at the end of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, her door slam reverberated around the world, creating a storm of controversy; much of it focussed on Ibsen’s clarion call for gender equality.

Hnath’s stunning new drama begins with a knock on that same door 15 years later, as Nora returns with an urgent request, confronting husband, daughter and the woman who raised her children. Layered and very current, A Doll’s House, Part 2 was nominated for the 2017 Tony Award – Best Play.

About Lucas Hnath

Lucas Hnath‘s plays include The Christians, Red Speedo, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Nightnight, Isaac’s Eye, Death Tax, and The Courtship of Anna Nicole Smith. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service. Lucas has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011 and is a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. Lucas is a winner of the 2012 Whitfield Cook Award for Isaac’s Eye and received a 2013 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation for Death Tax. He has also received commissions from the EST/Sloan Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast RepertoryPlaywrights Horizons, New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, and The Royal Court Theatre. Lucas Holds a BFA and an MFA from New York University’s Department of Dramatic Writing.

 

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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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FEAST: Food & Film

FEAST: Food & Film is an annual food-focused Festival brought to you by the Victoria Film Festival to highlight local and regional food and drink paired with great films. From June 14 to 16th, Feast will host six scrumptious screenings and tastings, this year provided by: Mother Nature’s Market, Toque Catering, Sheringham Distillery, Sea Cider, The Strath Liquor Store, Victoria Caledonian Distillery and more to be announced!!

FEAST: Food & Film is an annual food-focused Festival brought to you by the Victoria Film Festival to highlight local and regional food and drink paired with great films.

From June 14 to 16th, Feast will host six scrumptious screenings and tastings, this year provided by: Mother Nature’s Market, Toque Catering, Sheringham Distillery, Sea Cider, The Strath Liquor Store, Victoria Caledonian Distillery and more to be announced!!

Ticket prices vary $20-$25. All events are 19 and older. Full details are available at http://bit.ly/AFeastOfFilm

The Sixth Annual Family Theatre Festival

Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People is proud to announce our upcoming Family Theatre Festival, taking place on June 9th and 10th at the Belfry Theatre, and June 16th in Langford.

For our sixth year, Kaleidoscope is delighted to be expanding our festival, reaching out to new communities and areas. In Victoria, we have partnered with the Belfry Theatre to bring four productions to life over the weekend of June 9th and 10th, running from 11 AM to 5 PM. Kaleidoscope will be premiering “When the Sun Crosses the Line”.

The Family Theatre Festival: 3 Days of Great Performances, 2 New Locations, and a World Premiere!

Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People is proud to announce our upcoming Family Theatre Festival, taking place on June 9th and 10th at the Belfry Theatre, and June 16th in Langford.

For our sixth year, Kaleidoscope is delighted to be expanding our festival, reaching out to new communities and areas. In Victoria, we have partnered with the Belfry Theatre to bring four productions to life over the weekend of June 9th and 10th, running from 11 AM to 5 PM. Kaleidoscope will be premiering “When the Sun Crosses the Line”. Touching, loving and historical, this new work by Kaleidoscope Theatre’s artistic director, Roderick Glanville, does not shy away from some tough questions.

“I feel its important for us to understand the complex issues of what reconciliation really means to those that may be afraid to ask,” Roderick explains.  “Knowing our history changes our future. In our play, June, a thirteen year old girl, asks those though questions that are often the ‘Elephant in the Room’.”

Kaleidoscope will also be joined by four of our wonderful partners: Story Theatre, with their production of “Off the Shelf”, Star Star Theatre, with their production of “Raccoonaissance”, and Bonnie Duncan, with her work, “Squirrel Stole My Underpants!” There will be activities in Fernwood Square, food trucks, and free performances by Cam & Daisy.

On June 16th, thanks to the support of presenting sponsor the West Shore Arts Council, Kaleidoscope will be bringing the Family Theatre Festival to the West Shore for the first time! This one-day extension to the festival will be taking place at the Belmont Secondary School Theatre, running from 11 AM to 3:30 PM. We will be joined by Story Theatre and long-time Kaleidoscope partner Paul Kilshaw, as well as our old friends Cam & Daisy.

Tickets for each show at the Family Theatre Festival are $15 for adults, and $10 for children. Tickets to our Belfry productions can be purchased through the Belfry Theatre’s ticket site (https://tickets.belfry.bc.ca/TheatreManager/1/online?event=0), and tickets to the West Shore productions are available through our Canada Helps page (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/kaleidoscopetheatre/events/the-sixth-annual-family-theatre-festival/). Tickets will also be available at the door!

Time’s Arrow: An Improv Show that Travels Through Time

Seattle Experimental Theater and Paper Street Theatre are proud to present Time’s Arrow: an original improvised play featuring improvisers from Seattle Washington, and an opening set of Deja-Vu featuring local favourites Dave Morris and Scott Thompson.

Seattle Experimental Theater and Paper Street Theatre are proud to present Time’s Arrow: an original improvised play featuring improvisers from Seattle Washington, and an opening set of Deja-Vu featuring local favourites Dave Morris and Scott Thompson.

*** TIME’S ARROW ***

The spaces around us are rich with history and ripe with future possibilities. Spaces are defined by wonderful, terrible, forgettable, sublime individual and collective experiences, yet we exist in them for only one moment at a time. Time’s Arrow invites you to take a walk through the spaces of the past and future using stories from the audience to explore the layers of life piled in a single location. Every performance will be completely improvised and unique, based on that evening’s stories from the audience.

*** DÉJÀ VU ***

The first time you saw it it was sad, the second time it was hilarious, the third time it filled you with a sense of wonder and awe. In Déjà Vu, Paper Street Theatre’s Scott Thompson and Dave Morris will improvise the same scene over and over again, but with each recreation something will change. The subtle romance you barely noticed, may become the crux of the narrative. The theme of hard work that was just mentioned once, may become the moral of the story. The mistaken word that was said, may become the truth of the scene. Every time you’ll notice something different, and every time we’ll explore that difference together.

Fri June 1st & Sat June 2nd
8pm | $15
@ Intrepid Studio Theatre