Theatre

Damon Mitchell, left, and Dan Puglas rehearse at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library on June 9 for Reconciliation Theatre’s inaugural production ‘True West’ by Sam Shepard. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Indigenous-focused Nanaimo theatre company getting ready to stage ‘True West’

Reconciliation Theatre will perform at the OV Arts Centre June 28 to July 2

 

Playwright Ward Norcutt will host a partial reading of his upcoming play A Baker’s Dozen at the Vancouver Island Regional Library Nanaimo’s Harbourfront branch on Thursday, June 9. (submitted photos)

Nanaimo playwright hosts reading at library for upcoming play

Reading of ‘A Baker’s Dozen’ takes place June 9 at Harbourfront Library

 

Tasha Ballantyne and Zane Downey star in the one-act play Legoland presented by Nanaimo Theatre Group starting April 27. (Photo courtesy Sheila Fremont-Male)

Nanaimo Theatre Group staging long-awaited one-act plays

‘Legoland’ and ‘Never Swim Alone’ debut April 27 at the Bailey Studio

Tasha Ballantyne and Zane Downey star in the one-act play Legoland presented by Nanaimo Theatre Group starting April 27. (Photo courtesy Sheila Fremont-Male)
Kim Senklip Harvey, a Syilx and Tsilhqot’in playwright and director, presents Break Horizons on April 12 at the Port Theatre lobby as part of TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices series. (Photo submitted)

Governor-General award-winning playwright featured in theatre series in Nanaimo

TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices presents Kim Senklip Harvey’s Break Horizons on April 12

Kim Senklip Harvey, a Syilx and Tsilhqot’in playwright and director, presents Break Horizons on April 12 at the Port Theatre lobby as part of TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices series. (Photo submitted)
David Warburton has been hired as the next executive director of the Port Theatre. (Photo submitted/News Bulletin file photo)
David Warburton has been hired as the next executive director of the Port Theatre. (Photo submitted/News Bulletin file photo)
Lauren Semple, as Madame Zee, and Dean Chadwick, as Brother XII, rehearse a scene from Western Edge Theatre’s upcoming musical ‘The Cult of Brother 12.’ (Photo courtesy Western Edge Theatre)

Notorious Nanaimo cult leader’s story re-imagined in new musical

Western Edge Theatre presents ‘The Cult of Brother 12’ starting March 25

Lauren Semple, as Madame Zee, and Dean Chadwick, as Brother XII, rehearse a scene from Western Edge Theatre’s upcoming musical ‘The Cult of Brother 12.’ (Photo courtesy Western Edge Theatre)
TheatreOne is hosting a staged reading of Anna Marie Anderson’s play The Shape of Your Good Days at the Port Theatre on March 22. (Photo submitted)

Audience invited to staged reading of play as part of ‘Emerging Voices’ series

Anna Marie Anderson’s play ‘The Shape of Your Good Days’ to be presented March 22

TheatreOne is hosting a staged reading of Anna Marie Anderson’s play The Shape of Your Good Days at the Port Theatre on March 22. (Photo submitted)
Billionaire Claire Zachanassian, played by Emily Dunigan (top), parades through town with her entourage - Daleal Monjazeb, Charlie Lincoln, Emma St. Laurent, Cameron Le and Curtis Magas (from left) - during rehearsals for the upcoming VIU theatre production, ‘The Visitor.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Woman puts $1-billion bounty on treacherous ex-boyfriend in VIU play

Director Leon Potter presents ‘The Visitor’ at Malaspina Theatre

Billionaire Claire Zachanassian, played by Emily Dunigan (top), parades through town with her entourage - Daleal Monjazeb, Charlie Lincoln, Emma St. Laurent, Cameron Le and Curtis Magas (from left) - during rehearsals for the upcoming VIU theatre production, ‘The Visitor.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Oliver, played by Damon Mitchell, argues with aunt Charlotte and cousin May, played by Susan Warner and Talela Manson (from left), in their motel room following a funeral during rehearsals for ‘Mourning in Rm. 243’ at the OV Arts Centre. The play is one of five featured in Western Edge Theatre’s 2022 New Waves Festival. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Western Edge Theatre’s New Waves Festival returns with all-Indigenous lineup

Plays to be staged in-person throughout February after going virtual in 2021

Oliver, played by Damon Mitchell, argues with aunt Charlotte and cousin May, played by Susan Warner and Talela Manson (from left), in their motel room following a funeral during rehearsals for ‘Mourning in Rm. 243’ at the OV Arts Centre. The play is one of five featured in Western Edge Theatre’s 2022 New Waves Festival. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Comox playwright Yvette Menard is presenting a staged reading of her in-progress one-woman show, ‘The Ties that Bind.’ (Photo courtesy Katie Clarkson/Sitka Stage & Screen)

Playwright pens ‘tragicomedy clown play’ about being trapped by past choices

Yvette Menard presents ‘The Ties that Bind’ as part of TheatreOne staged reading series

Comox playwright Yvette Menard is presenting a staged reading of her in-progress one-woman show, ‘The Ties that Bind.’ (Photo courtesy Katie Clarkson/Sitka Stage & Screen)
’River: A Metaphor,’ ‘Wings Over Water: A Diaspora Bird Dance,’ ‘Built Different’ and ‘The Great Might-Have-Been’ (clockwise from top-left) were among the plays staged during the 2021 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. Submissions are now open for this year’s event. (Photos courtesy Forest Ferns Photography)

Submissions now open for this year’s Nanaimo Fringe Festival

International artists once again welcome to apply as travel restrictions have loosened

’River: A Metaphor,’ ‘Wings Over Water: A Diaspora Bird Dance,’ ‘Built Different’ and ‘The Great Might-Have-Been’ (clockwise from top-left) were among the plays staged during the 2021 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. Submissions are now open for this year’s event. (Photos courtesy Forest Ferns Photography)
Dancers fill the roles of the menu and pieces of cutlery during the beloved song “Be Our Guest” from the Cowichan Musical Society’s production of Beauty and the Beast. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Dancers fill the roles of the menu and pieces of cutlery during the beloved song “Be Our Guest” from the Cowichan Musical Society’s production of Beauty and the Beast. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
VIU theatre professor Leon Potter is presenting a colloquium lecture on ‘Theatre of the Grotesque.’ (Photo courtesy Shimon Photo)

VIU theatre professor explains ‘Theatre of the Grotesque’ in colloquium talk

Leon Potter to discuss theatre movement and upcoming VIU production

VIU theatre professor Leon Potter is presenting a colloquium lecture on ‘Theatre of the Grotesque.’ (Photo courtesy Shimon Photo)
A young Scrooge, played by Jackson Deegan, is visited by a surfer dude Ghost of Christmas Past, played by Jesse Wilson (from left), in the Nanaimo Theatre Group’s upcoming production of ‘Little Scrooge.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Theatre Group resumes Christmas tradition with ‘Little Scrooge’

Last year’s annual Christmas production was cancelled due to COVID-19

A young Scrooge, played by Jackson Deegan, is visited by a surfer dude Ghost of Christmas Past, played by Jesse Wilson (from left), in the Nanaimo Theatre Group’s upcoming production of ‘Little Scrooge.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Drag performers Kash, Vikki Smudge, Olive ThisTea and Boy Gorgeous (clockwise from top left) are among those appearing in the OV Arts Centre’s upcoming Holigay Special. (Photos supplied)

Nanaimo’s OV Arts Centre presents ‘Holigay Special’ drag show

Festive production to feature nine mid-Island drag performers

Drag performers Kash, Vikki Smudge, Olive ThisTea and Boy Gorgeous (clockwise from top left) are among those appearing in the OV Arts Centre’s upcoming Holigay Special. (Photos supplied)
Clarice McCord and Icarus Skelly play a grandmother and grandson who reconnect in Western Edge Theatre’s production of ‘4000 Miles.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

A grandmother and grandson bond in Western Edge Theatre’s season opener

‘4000 Miles’ was to have been staged in 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19

Clarice McCord and Icarus Skelly play a grandmother and grandson who reconnect in Western Edge Theatre’s production of ‘4000 Miles.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Aaron Malkin and Alastair Knowles present ‘O Christmas Tea’ at the Port Theatre on Nov. 21. (Photo supplied)

Christmas comedy production returns to Nanaimo after two-year absence

Aaron Malkin and Alastair Knowles present ‘O Christmas Tea’ at the Port Theatre

Aaron Malkin and Alastair Knowles present ‘O Christmas Tea’ at the Port Theatre on Nov. 21. (Photo supplied)
Port Theatre general manager Bruce Halliday is retiring after 23 years at the theatre, including 15 as general manager. (Photo courtesy Ron Dash/Farm Fresh Design)

Port Theatre general manager retiring after 23 years

Bruce Halliday was first hired as technical director, has been general manager since 2006

Port Theatre general manager Bruce Halliday is retiring after 23 years at the theatre, including 15 as general manager. (Photo courtesy Ron Dash/Farm Fresh Design)
Costume designer Michelle Lieffertz described her Messages on Doors project as “physically de-constructing the Victorian/colonial silhouette and using the fabric from it to make the lining of a robe.” (Photo courtesy Michelle Lieffertz)

Indigenous, non-Indigenous theatre artists create collaborative project

‘Messages on Doors’ to be presented at Snuneymuxw Recreation and Wellness Centre

Costume designer Michelle Lieffertz described her Messages on Doors project as “physically de-constructing the Victorian/colonial silhouette and using the fabric from it to make the lining of a robe.” (Photo courtesy Michelle Lieffertz)