Live theatre

The Mercury Players cast of ‘The Women of Lockerbie’ pose for a photo against the backdrop of the rolling hills of Lockerbie, Scotland after their dress rehearsal at the Duncan Showroom on May 25. (Chadd cawson/Citizen)

Review: Duncan production of ‘The Women of Lockerbie’ wows with emotion

In the works since 2020, ‘The Women of Lockerbie’ hits home with heart at the Duncan Showroom

 

Ali Scott, left to right, Damon Mitchell, Daniel Puglas and Jesse Wilson as they rehearse at the Nanaimo Association for Community Living on May 4 for Reconciliation Theatre’s upcoming production ‘The Berlin Blues’ at the OV Arts Centre, showing May 25-27. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Farcical play coming to Nanaimo imagines developers pitching Indigenous theme park

‘The Berlin Blues’ will be staged at the OV Arts Centre from May 25-27

 

Nyiri Karakas as Bella and Ben Sanders as Jack in a new adaptation of the classic play ‘Gaslight’ at the Chemainus Theatre until May 28. (Photo by Koh Lauren Quan)

Review: Tension in Chemainus Theatre’s superb ‘Gaslight’ will have you on the edge of your seat

Do the gas lights really dim, and thumping noises sound from the attic or is it all in Bella’s head?

 

Bella (Nyiri Karakas) and Jack (Ben Sanders) amid the lavish set for Gaslight at the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Koh Lauren Quan)

Chemainus Theatre preparing to Gaslight Vancouver Island audiences

New adaptation of classic play opens April 28 for month-long run

Bella (Nyiri Karakas) and Jack (Ben Sanders) amid the lavish set for Gaslight at the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Koh Lauren Quan)
Sophie Maher, left, and Sherri McLean will portray Marie Curie and Hertha Ayrton, respectively, in the Nanaimo Theatre Group’s upcoming spring production, ‘The Half-Life of Marie Curie.’ (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo Theatre Group’s new show offers glimpse into life of Marie Curie

‘The Half-Life of Marie Curie’ to be staged at Bailey Studio from April 26 until May 13

Sophie Maher, left, and Sherri McLean will portray Marie Curie and Hertha Ayrton, respectively, in the Nanaimo Theatre Group’s upcoming spring production, ‘The Half-Life of Marie Curie.’ (Submitted photo)
360 Wrestling head trainer Mike Becherer, ring name Eddie Osbourne, displays the proper way to do a spot, with assistant trainer Nolan James during class. Photo Edward Hitchins/Campbell River Mirror

New Vancouver Island school wants to help you wrestle with your dreams

360 Wrestling Academy in Campbell River helps recruits realize their sports-entertainment dreams

360 Wrestling head trainer Mike Becherer, ring name Eddie Osbourne, displays the proper way to do a spot, with assistant trainer Nolan James during class. Photo Edward Hitchins/Campbell River Mirror
Jordan Holloway, Lauren Semple and Haley Turnbull will take to the stage for the revitalized iteration of ‘The Cult of Brother 12,’ showing at the Malaspina Theatre from March 30 until April 2. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Revitalized musical about infamous cult leader returns to Nanaimo

Bill Miner’s ‘The Cult of Brother 12’ will be staged at the Malaspina Theatre from March 30-April 2

Jordan Holloway, Lauren Semple and Haley Turnbull will take to the stage for the revitalized iteration of ‘The Cult of Brother 12,’ showing at the Malaspina Theatre from March 30 until April 2. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Melissa Kahan and Curtis Magas share a tender moment during rehearsal of Western Edge Theatre’s latest production ‘I and You’ by Lauren Gunderson, which opens March 24 at the OV Arts Centre. (Submitted photo)

Western Edge Theatre stages tender teen romantic dramedy as season finale

‘I and You’ will be staged at the OV Arts Centre starting March 24

Melissa Kahan and Curtis Magas share a tender moment during rehearsal of Western Edge Theatre’s latest production ‘I and You’ by Lauren Gunderson, which opens March 24 at the OV Arts Centre. (Submitted photo)
Melanie Teichroeb can been seen at the Port Theatre as Ingrid Larsdottir in the latest staging of ‘Shield Maiden’ on March 16. (Photo by Jeanette Martin)

‘Shield Maiden’ show meant to inspire women to find their warrior spirit

Gabriola playwright will stage a ‘10th-century version of a Ted Talk’ at Port Theatre on March 16

Melanie Teichroeb can been seen at the Port Theatre as Ingrid Larsdottir in the latest staging of ‘Shield Maiden’ on March 16. (Photo by Jeanette Martin)
Continuous entertainment is provided by Bart Dunwood (Michael Clarke) and Mike Young (Kaden Forsberg) on the air during a snowstorm in the community. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Review: There’s no dead air in Chemainus Theatre Festival’s ‘Naked Radio’

You will giggle, chuckle, laugh, groan and even guffaw

Continuous entertainment is provided by Bart Dunwood (Michael Clarke) and Mike Young (Kaden Forsberg) on the air during a snowstorm in the community. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Lexi Barudin as Farrah the Faerie and Brandon Caul as Orcus rehearse a scene for ‘She Kills Monsters’ which will be staged at Vancouver Island University’s Malaspina Theatre from March 2-11. (Leon Potter Photo)

VIU’s theatre students staging Dungeons and Dragons-inspired dramedy

‘She Kills Monsters’ will run March 2-11 at university’s Malaspina Theatre

Lexi Barudin as Farrah the Faerie and Brandon Caul as Orcus rehearse a scene for ‘She Kills Monsters’ which will be staged at Vancouver Island University’s Malaspina Theatre from March 2-11. (Leon Potter Photo)
Jennifer Ottenbreit, left, Tracy Ottenbreit, Cole Landry, Tasha Ballantyne, Wes Lazaroff and Erin Mudry during rehearsal for Nanaimo Theatre group’s latest production, ‘A Fox on the Fairway,’ which runs Feb. 19 until March 10 at Nanaimo’s Bailey Studio. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo Theatre Group stages ‘hilarious romp’ about a country club golf tournament wager

Ken Ludwig’s ‘A Fox on the Fairway’ will play Feb. 19 until March 10 at Bailey Studio

Jennifer Ottenbreit, left, Tracy Ottenbreit, Cole Landry, Tasha Ballantyne, Wes Lazaroff and Erin Mudry during rehearsal for Nanaimo Theatre group’s latest production, ‘A Fox on the Fairway,’ which runs Feb. 19 until March 10 at Nanaimo’s Bailey Studio. (Submitted photo)
The works of Bonnie Catterson-Kent, left, and Mary Littlejohn will be a part of Western Edge Theatre’s New Waves Festival this year as staged reading from Feb. 7-8 at the OV Arts Centre. (Submitted photos)

Theatre festival in Nanaimo takes on tough topics

Western Edge’s New Waves Festival to feature staged readings, a workshop and discussion panel

The works of Bonnie Catterson-Kent, left, and Mary Littlejohn will be a part of Western Edge Theatre’s New Waves Festival this year as staged reading from Feb. 7-8 at the OV Arts Centre. (Submitted photos)
Sherri Wade, front left, comforts a distraught Mary Littlejohn as Jim Maher, back left, and Ben Francis look on during rehearsal for Western Edge Theatre’s latest production ‘The Scottish Curse,’ written by Sean Enns and directed by Tamara McCarthy. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Western Edge Theatre’s latest production aims to challenge audience’s superstitions

‘The Scottish Curse’ will run Feb. 3-12 at the OV Arts Centre in Nanaimo

Sherri Wade, front left, comforts a distraught Mary Littlejohn as Jim Maher, back left, and Ben Francis look on during rehearsal for Western Edge Theatre’s latest production ‘The Scottish Curse,’ written by Sean Enns and directed by Tamara McCarthy. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
The cast is deep into rehearsals for the Cowichan Musical Society's production of 'Shrek The Musical', which hits the stage at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre at the end of January, through the beginning of February. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Musical Society)
The cast is deep into rehearsals for the Cowichan Musical Society's production of 'Shrek The Musical', which hits the stage at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre at the end of January, through the beginning of February. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Musical Society)
Jesse Wilson, left, Zane Downey, Barbara Ryper and Jacob Rysz rehearse for the Nanaimo Theatre Group’s production ‘Hansel and Gretel: The Pantomime’ at the Bailey Studio on Rosstown Road. (Submitted photo)
Jesse Wilson, left, Zane Downey, Barbara Ryper and Jacob Rysz rehearse for the Nanaimo Theatre Group’s production ‘Hansel and Gretel: The Pantomime’ at the Bailey Studio on Rosstown Road. (Submitted photo)
Dover Bay Secondary School student Lana Nepomuceno struggles to fit in the glass slipper during a rehearsal for the drama program’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella musical. (Submitted photo)
Dover Bay Secondary School student Lana Nepomuceno struggles to fit in the glass slipper during a rehearsal for the drama program’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella musical. (Submitted photo)
The cast of five in A Tiny Christmas Carol. From left: Emma Slipp, Jay Clift, Louise Phillips, Yasmin D’Oshun and Stephen Thakkar. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Review: Outstanding Scrooge anchors ‘Tiny Christmas Carol’ in Chemainus

Louise Phillips is an absolute delight as this iconic character

The cast of five in A Tiny Christmas Carol. From left: Emma Slipp, Jay Clift, Louise Phillips, Yasmin D’Oshun and Stephen Thakkar. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A serene group surrounds Scrooge (Louise Phillips) in the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s A Tiny Christmas Carol. From left: Yasmin D’Oshun, Jay Clift, Emma Slipp and Stephen Thakkar. (Photo by Don Bodger)

A Tiny Christmas Carol challenges expectations at the Chemainus Theatre

Small cast covers large number of roles in adaptation of a familiar Dickens classic

A serene group surrounds Scrooge (Louise Phillips) in the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s A Tiny Christmas Carol. From left: Yasmin D’Oshun, Jay Clift, Emma Slipp and Stephen Thakkar. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Candice Roberts plays Larry at the Tidemark Theatre Dec. 16. Photo by Kristine Cofsky

Vancouver Island-raised performer brings ‘one-man’ exploration of dude-ism home

Candice Roberts is getting laughs with Larry — someone you will probably recognize

Candice Roberts plays Larry at the Tidemark Theatre Dec. 16. Photo by Kristine Cofsky