Theatre

Kelt Eccleston, Margo Milton, Mark Hellman and Colleen Eccleston (clockwise from top-left) are starring in the upcoming historical musical revue ‘Flotsam and Jetsam.’ (Photo courtesy Mary Desprez)

B.C. history gets musical treatment at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre

The Other Guys Theatre Company presents ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’

 

In spring 2020 Schmooze Productions was in the midst of rehearsals for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ when the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to in-person performance. Now Schmooze and other area groups are returning to the stage with the global production ‘All Together Now’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo and area theatre groups participating in global theatre event

Auditions upcoming for mid-Island production of musical revue ‘All Together Now’

 

Laura Buechler, Lisa Rokeby and Aislynn Mede (from left) play three women competing over the resources of a river in Joy Dubé’s ‘River: A Metaphor,’ one of the local plays being staged during the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Fringe Festival to feature new and returning local playwrights

Festival to include both indoor and outdoor plays by regional theatre artists

 

Stephen Chbosky’s “Dear Evan Hansen,” based on the smash stage musical, will be the opening night gala presentation at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matthew Murphy

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to open Toronto International Film Festival

Steven Levenson adapted his hit Tony Award-winning stage show with Ben Platt reprising his acclaimed leading role

Stephen Chbosky’s “Dear Evan Hansen,” based on the smash stage musical, will be the opening night gala presentation at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matthew Murphy
Last summer Western Edge Theatre presented plays over Zoom, including ‘Sandpiper Serenade,’ by local playwright Bill Miner, starring Frank Moher, Barbara Metcalf, Lorna McLellan and Brian March (clockwise from top-left). The local theatre company has launched a new digital theatre initiative for mid-Island theatre artists. (Zoom screenshot)

Nanaimo’s Western Edge Theatre launches new digital theatre initiative

Group to award $3,000 in grants to four independent central-Island theatre artists

Last summer Western Edge Theatre presented plays over Zoom, including ‘Sandpiper Serenade,’ by local playwright Bill Miner, starring Frank Moher, Barbara Metcalf, Lorna McLellan and Brian March (clockwise from top-left). The local theatre company has launched a new digital theatre initiative for mid-Island theatre artists. (Zoom screenshot)
Small town residents Reed and Dusty, played by drama students Niya Irving and Cole Simpson, contemplate what brought them to a condemned park and what is keeping them there in the Dover Bay Secondary School production of ‘Bethel Park Falls.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

High school drama students present outdoor performance at Nanaimo’s Dover Bay

Production to be staged in school courtyard with in-person audience

Small town residents Reed and Dusty, played by drama students Niya Irving and Cole Simpson, contemplate what brought them to a condemned park and what is keeping them there in the Dover Bay Secondary School production of ‘Bethel Park Falls.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Playwrights Jessica Schacht and Sam Young of Duncan and Burnaby, respectively, present an online reading of their play ‘You Are Not A Ghost’ June 8 as part of TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices series. (Photos courtesy Centric Photography/Sam Young)

West Coast playwrights turning viral advice column letter into experimental play

Nanaimo’s TheatreOne presents online reading of ‘You Are Not A Ghost’

Playwrights Jessica Schacht and Sam Young of Duncan and Burnaby, respectively, present an online reading of their play ‘You Are Not A Ghost’ June 8 as part of TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices series. (Photos courtesy Centric Photography/Sam Young)
Playwrights Jessica Schacht and Sam Young of Duncan and Burnaby, respectively, present an online reading of their play ‘You Are Not A Ghost’ June 8 as part of TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices series. (Photos courtesy Centric Photography/Sam Young)

West Coast playwrights turning viral advice column letter into experimental play

Nanaimo’s TheatreOne presents online reading of ‘You Are Not A Ghost’

Playwrights Jessica Schacht and Sam Young of Duncan and Burnaby, respectively, present an online reading of their play ‘You Are Not A Ghost’ June 8 as part of TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices series. (Photos courtesy Centric Photography/Sam Young)
Playwrights Scott Rivers (left) and Ray Appel (right) play contestants on a Gabriola Island-themed quiz show hosted by Lesley Hazeldine (centre) in ‘Gabriola Squares.’ (Video still courtesy Ray Appel)

Gabriola Players theatre group presents virtual one-act play festival

Three local productions will be debuted during online event starting this week

Playwrights Scott Rivers (left) and Ray Appel (right) play contestants on a Gabriola Island-themed quiz show hosted by Lesley Hazeldine (centre) in ‘Gabriola Squares.’ (Video still courtesy Ray Appel)
Nicolle Nattrass and Michael Armstrong are presenting an online reading on May 9. (Photos courtesy Joni Marcolin/Heather Armstrong)

Nanaimo playwrights present online Mother’s Day script readings

Nicolle Nattrass and Michael Armstrong to read from in-progress plays

Nicolle Nattrass and Michael Armstrong are presenting an online reading on May 9. (Photos courtesy Joni Marcolin/Heather Armstrong)
Nanaimo playwright Anne Nesbitt is presenting a staged reading of her play about Indigenous conservationist Gertrude Bernard, also known as Anahareo (from left). (Photo courtesy Andrew Nesbitt/Riding Mountain National Park)

Nanaimo playwright tells the story of Indigenous woman who ‘saved the beaver’

Anne Nesbitt presents ‘Anahareo’ as part of TheatreOne staged reading series

Nanaimo playwright Anne Nesbitt is presenting a staged reading of her play about Indigenous conservationist Gertrude Bernard, also known as Anahareo (from left). (Photo courtesy Andrew Nesbitt/Riding Mountain National Park)
Nanaimo Fringe Festival artistic managing producer Bryony Dixon, board chair Brianna Hamilton and associate artistic producer Tamara McCarthy (from left) live-streamed their Nanaimo Fringe Festival draw from Kitties and Cream café on April 2. (Facebook video screenshot)

Artist lineup announced for this year’s Nanaimo Fringe Festival

Organizers hope to offer both indoor, outdoor and live-streamed performances

Nanaimo Fringe Festival artistic managing producer Bryony Dixon, board chair Brianna Hamilton and associate artistic producer Tamara McCarthy (from left) live-streamed their Nanaimo Fringe Festival draw from Kitties and Cream café on April 2. (Facebook video screenshot)
The shadow cast of the Satyr Players production of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’: Linda Dohmeier as Dr. Scott, Olivia Erickson as Columbia, Brandon Caul as Rocky, Christopher Carter as Brad, Charlie Prince as Eddie, Branden Martell as Riff Raff, Jenna Morgan as Magenta, Megan Rhode as Janet and Adrien Kennedy as Dr. Frank-N-Furter (clockwise from left). (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

VIU student actors go online for 25th-annual ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Satyr Players theatre company to broadcast pre-recorded shadow production

The shadow cast of the Satyr Players production of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’: Linda Dohmeier as Dr. Scott, Olivia Erickson as Columbia, Brandon Caul as Rocky, Christopher Carter as Brad, Charlie Prince as Eddie, Branden Martell as Riff Raff, Jenna Morgan as Magenta, Megan Rhode as Janet and Adrien Kennedy as Dr. Frank-N-Furter (clockwise from left). (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
William Anderson’s Father Francis attempts an exorcism on Danni, played by Whitley Dunn, to remove demon Nicole Potvin (from left) in ‘Dispossessed, or Danni’s Inferno’ by local playwright Sean Enns at the 2019 New Waves Festival. This year’s festival is taking place online. (Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s Western Edge Theatre announces New Waves Festival lineup

Two-day event to feature online staged readings of plays by four area playwrights

William Anderson’s Father Francis attempts an exorcism on Danni, played by Whitley Dunn, to remove demon Nicole Potvin (from left) in ‘Dispossessed, or Danni’s Inferno’ by local playwright Sean Enns at the 2019 New Waves Festival. This year’s festival is taking place online. (Bulletin file photo)
Ty Wesley, Nicole Darlington and Cameron Macaulay (from left) performed in the Beholder Entertainment production <em>Gender Sucks!</em> in the 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Video still courtesy Sam Wharram)

Nanaimo Fringe Festival artist lottery open to local and B.C. playwrights

Organizers hope to stage plays in-person at indoor and outdoor venues this summer

Ty Wesley, Nicole Darlington and Cameron Macaulay (from left) performed in the Beholder Entertainment production <em>Gender Sucks!</em> in the 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Video still courtesy Sam Wharram)
Nadine Mourao and Catherine Andersen starred in ‘Mimi and Me’ by Kitty Dubin in last year’s Gabriola Players One-Act Play Festival. This year’s festival is taking place online due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Bill Pope)

Gabriola one-act play festival to be held online due to COVID-19

Submissions sought for plays that adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols

Nadine Mourao and Catherine Andersen starred in ‘Mimi and Me’ by Kitty Dubin in last year’s Gabriola Players One-Act Play Festival. This year’s festival is taking place online due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Bill Pope)
Western Edge Theatre artistic director Brian March and local theatre artists Brianna Hamilton and Daniel Puglas (from left) make up Western Edge’s new team of “artistic associates.” (News Bulletin file photos/Courtney Harder)

Nanaimo theatre company adds younger, diverse voices to artistic team

Western Edge hopes new ‘artistic associates’ will help form new ideas, reach new audiences

Western Edge Theatre artistic director Brian March and local theatre artists Brianna Hamilton and Daniel Puglas (from left) make up Western Edge’s new team of “artistic associates.” (News Bulletin file photos/Courtney Harder)
Dean Chadwick and Sophie and Jim Maher, seen here with some props and sound effects devices, are the sole actors in the upcoming production of <em>A Christmas Carol</em> at the Harbour City Theatre. (Photo courtesy Diane Chadwick)

Harbour City Theatre presents ‘A Christmas Carol’ live-stream

Production features three actors playing all roles and musical performances

Dean Chadwick and Sophie and Jim Maher, seen here with some props and sound effects devices, are the sole actors in the upcoming production of <em>A Christmas Carol</em> at the Harbour City Theatre. (Photo courtesy Diane Chadwick)
The city has announced that the Port Theatre will be closed until the new year. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s Port Theatre to remain closed until end of 2020

Refunds available as December events rescheduled due to COVID-19 restrictions

The city has announced that the Port Theatre will be closed until the new year. (News Bulletin file photo)
Melissa Kahan played Cinderella and Alejandro Mujica played her close friend Buttons in the Nanaimo Theatre Group’s 2019 Christmas pantomime, ‘Cinderella.’ This year’s panto has been cancelled due to COVID-19. (Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Theatre Group Christmas pantomime cancelled due to COVID-19

Annual Christmas production ‘not possible under COVID restrictions’

Melissa Kahan played Cinderella and Alejandro Mujica played her close friend Buttons in the Nanaimo Theatre Group’s 2019 Christmas pantomime, ‘Cinderella.’ This year’s panto has been cancelled due to COVID-19. (Bulletin file photo)