Theatre

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’

 

Jennifer Kelly, Dean Chadwick and Miranda Murphy (from left) are among the instructors offering classes as part of the Harbour City Alliance Society’s new Inspirations program (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Harbour City Theatre Alliance launches new arts education programming

Registration for new COVID-19-conscious ‘Inspirations’ program now underway

 

Hospice worker Glorie, played by Kim Rogers, cares for the dying Grace, played by Patricia Zogar (from right), in the Yellow Point Drama Group production of ‘Grace and Glorie.’ (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Hospice worker and patient butt heads in upcoming theatre production

Yellow Point Drama Group presents ‘Grace and Glorie’ at Cedar Community Hall

 

Barbara Metcalf and Brian March, seen here in rehearsal, star as crossword puzzle enthusiaists who meet on the San Francisco subway in ‘2 Across.’ (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo’s Western Edge Theatre returns to the stage in Port Theatre debut

Theatre group presents ‘2 Across,’ described as a ‘middle-aged romantic comedy’

Barbara Metcalf and Brian March, seen here in rehearsal, star as crossword puzzle enthusiaists who meet on the San Francisco subway in ‘2 Across.’ (Photo submitted)
Scott Rivers, Jennefer Laidley, Donna Deacon and David Innell (clockwise from top-left) star in ‘All and Nothing,’ a new play by Gabriola playwright T.J. Radcliffe. The play will be staged online via Zoom. (Image courtesy Ray Appel)

Gabriola theatre group live-streaming two new pandemic-themed plays

Gabriola Players to broadcast ‘All and Nothing’ and ‘Syd’s Cosmic Slump’ using Zoom

Scott Rivers, Jennefer Laidley, Donna Deacon and David Innell (clockwise from top-left) star in ‘All and Nothing,’ a new play by Gabriola playwright T.J. Radcliffe. The play will be staged online via Zoom. (Image courtesy Ray Appel)
Actors Rob Atkinson and David Bigelow (from left) rehearse a socially-distanced scene that involves an audience participant in the Nanaimo Theatre Group production of the one-person show ‘Every Brilliant Thing.’ (Josef Jacobson/The New Bulletin)

Live theatre coming back as Nanaimo Theatre Group will present one-person show

Theatre company staging COVID-19-conscious production of ‘Every Brilliant Thing’

Actors Rob Atkinson and David Bigelow (from left) rehearse a socially-distanced scene that involves an audience participant in the Nanaimo Theatre Group production of the one-person show ‘Every Brilliant Thing.’ (Josef Jacobson/The New Bulletin)
Lantzville playwright Nicolle Nattrass is presenting of reading of her latest play, Suddenly 50, via Zoom on Aug. 28. (Photo courtesy Joni Marcolin)

Lantzville playwright explores middle age in new solo show

Nicolle Nattrass to present an online reading of her latest play, ‘Suddenly 50’

Lantzville playwright Nicolle Nattrass is presenting of reading of her latest play, Suddenly 50, via Zoom on Aug. 28. (Photo courtesy Joni Marcolin)
Connor Runnings, Willem Roelants, and Beholder Entertainment’s Sam Wharram, Ty Wesley and Miles Kehoe (clockwise from left) have all had to modify their productions to suit the Nanaimo Fringe Festival’s online format. (Photos courtesy Connor Runnings, Willem Roelants and Sam Wharram)

Nanaimo Fringe Festival productions adapt to new online format

10th annual festival to be live-streamed due to COVID-19

Connor Runnings, Willem Roelants, and Beholder Entertainment’s Sam Wharram, Ty Wesley and Miles Kehoe (clockwise from left) have all had to modify their productions to suit the Nanaimo Fringe Festival’s online format. (Photos courtesy Connor Runnings, Willem Roelants and Sam Wharram)
The Port Theatre. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo will look at replacing all the Port Theatre’s windows next year

Replacement of 199 windows would cost $750,000, staff reports

The Port Theatre. (News Bulletin file photo)
Last month Frank Moher, Barbara Metcalf, Lorna McLellan and Brian March (clockwise from top-left) performed in Western Edge Theatre’s production of ‘Sandpiper Serenade,’ by local playwright Bill Miner, over the online videoconferencing platform Zoom. (Screenshot courtesy Frank Moher)

Nanaimo’s Western Edge Theatre staging online production via Zoom

Theatre company to present ‘The Shadow World’ by local playwright Bill Miner

Last month Frank Moher, Barbara Metcalf, Lorna McLellan and Brian March (clockwise from top-left) performed in Western Edge Theatre’s production of ‘Sandpiper Serenade,’ by local playwright Bill Miner, over the online videoconferencing platform Zoom. (Screenshot courtesy Frank Moher)
Beholder Entertainment co-founders Miles Kehoe, production manager, Ty Wesley, writer and recipient of the inaugural Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre artist sponsorship, and Sam Wharram, director (from left) present ‘Gender Sucks!’ at the upcoming 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Photo courtesy Sam Wharram)

10th annual Nanaimo Fringe Festival to be held online due to COVID-19

Festival will feature six productions by local, regional and international artists

Beholder Entertainment co-founders Miles Kehoe, production manager, Ty Wesley, writer and recipient of the inaugural Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre artist sponsorship, and Sam Wharram, director (from left) present ‘Gender Sucks!’ at the upcoming 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Photo courtesy Sam Wharram)
Bonnie Catterson is closing Nanaimo’s Kismet Theatre Academy after eight years due to COVID-19 and her own health issues. Among the school’s productions was Rock of Ages in 2018. (Photos courtesy Vital Image/submitted)

Nanaimo’s Kismet Theatre Academy closes after eight years due to COVID-19

Bonnie Catterson founded the school in 2012 as ‘a place for the oddballs’

Bonnie Catterson is closing Nanaimo’s Kismet Theatre Academy after eight years due to COVID-19 and her own health issues. Among the school’s productions was Rock of Ages in 2018. (Photos courtesy Vital Image/submitted)
Dr. Donald Hilton and Joyce Hilton donated $50,000 to the Chemainus Theatre. (Submitted photo)

Family pledges to match up to $50,000 in donations to Chemainus Theatre fund

Donald Hilton and Joyce Hilton helping theatre through a time of COVID-19 cancellations

Dr. Donald Hilton and Joyce Hilton donated $50,000 to the Chemainus Theatre. (Submitted photo)
The City of Nanaimo announced that the Port Theatre has been denied a $15.5-million government grant to fund its community performing arts centre expansion project. (News Bulletin file photo)

Port Theatre expansion project halts following denial of $15.5-million grant

Plans for community performing arts centre have been ongoing for more than 30 years

The City of Nanaimo announced that the Port Theatre has been denied a $15.5-million government grant to fund its community performing arts centre expansion project. (News Bulletin file photo)
Yellow Point Drama Group festival committee member and Western Edge Theatre artistic director Brian March said both theatre groups are giving people the chance to “step into the theatre world.” (Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo theatre companies seek play and script submissions

Yellow Point Drama Group, Western Edge giving opportunities to local theatre artists

Yellow Point Drama Group festival committee member and Western Edge Theatre artistic director Brian March said both theatre groups are giving people the chance to “step into the theatre world.” (Bulletin file photo)
The Port Theatre has been closed until further notice. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Port Theatre has been closed until further notice. (News Bulletin file photo)
Chemainus-based playwright David Gow will unveil his new play Stream in a staged reading in the Port Theatre lobby. (Photo submitted)

Island playwright predicts future where people plug into ‘hopped-up’ internet

TheatreOne presents staged reading of ‘Stream’ by David Gow at the Port Theatre

Chemainus-based playwright David Gow will unveil his new play Stream in a staged reading in the Port Theatre lobby. (Photo submitted)
Globe Theatre attiring woman Kate, played by Ana Carvalho (front), is attacked by a trio of zombies played by Brookner Tobin, Ian Cambronero and Sam Wharran (from left) in the VIU theatre department production of William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead: The True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

VIU theatre department imagines zombie plague in Shakespeare’s time

‘William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead’ being staged March 4-7 and March 12-14

Globe Theatre attiring woman Kate, played by Ana Carvalho (front), is attacked by a trio of zombies played by Brookner Tobin, Ian Cambronero and Sam Wharran (from left) in the VIU theatre department production of William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead: The True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Unlikely pair Tom and Will, played by Alyxandar Szasz-Nicholson and Fred Jacklin (from left), meet at a gentlemen’s club and get an eyeful in the upcoming Merrick Productions production of The Birth of Weza at the Harbour City Theatre. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Play debating merits of procreation opens in Nanaimo

Merrick Productions presents ‘The Birth of Weza’ at Harbour City Theatre

Unlikely pair Tom and Will, played by Alyxandar Szasz-Nicholson and Fred Jacklin (from left), meet at a gentlemen’s club and get an eyeful in the upcoming Merrick Productions production of The Birth of Weza at the Harbour City Theatre. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Manual Cinema presents Frankenstein at the Port Theatre on March 8. (Photo courtesy Michael Brosilow)

‘Frankenstein’ to be adapted as silent film made in real time at Port Theatre

Production merges stories of author Mary Shelley and character Victor Frankenstein

Manual Cinema presents Frankenstein at the Port Theatre on March 8. (Photo courtesy Michael Brosilow)