Footloose The Musical at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review.

Country Bar Footloose

Footloose The Musical at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review. Drawing upon timeless themes and buoyed by hit music from the 1984 film, Footloose at the Chemainus Theatre Festival (June 10-August 27, 2016) presents a feel-good exploration of family and inter-generational skirmishes. When Ren McCormack (Justin Stadnyk) and his mom Ethel (Sarah Carlé) are forced to leave the big city for small town Bomont, the adjustments to their … [Read more...]

She Stoops to Conquer at Langham Court Theatre, June 8-25, 2016. A review.

She Stoops to Conquer. Charles and Kate.

She Stoops to Conquer at Langham Court Theatre, June 8-25, 2016. A review. Equal parts comedy of romance, manners, errors and situation, She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, with its sharp observations and witty banter, transcends time and place. Originally written in 1773, the version currently onstage at Langham Court Theatre (June 8-25, 2016) has been adapted by director Toshik Bukowiecki to the 1920s—a time of shifting societal … [Read more...]

Roller Derby Saved My Soul at OUTstages Festival 2016. An interview with Nancy Kenny.

Roller Derby Saved My Soul

Roller Derby Saved My Soul at OUTstages Festival 2016. An interview with Nancy Kenny. She's back! Nancy Kenny returns with her hit one-woman show to the 2nd annual OUTstages Festival produced by Intrepid Theatre. What sparked the creation of this show? I've been participating in Fringes since 2002. I always admired one person shows. I never knew how to approach it until one day I read an article about roller derby in Ottawa. It was the … [Read more...]

Seventh Annual Summer So(u)lstice at Royal Oak Burial Park. June 25, 2016.

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Seventh Annual Summer So(u)lstice at Royal Oak Burial Park. June 25, 2016. When my husband Yves Loran passed away in 2001, I did what many people do--keep his cremated ashes at home--while I made a decision about a final resting place.  Many years later, after exploring all options, and remembering that my beloved grandfather was buried at Royal Oak Burial Park (ROBP), we chose a columbarium nestled in a grove of trees.  Royal Oak Burial … [Read more...]

Ludwig & Lohengrin at OUTstages Festival 2016. An interview with Kyall Rakoz.

Ludwig & Lohengrin photo June 2016

Ludwig & Lohengrin at OUTstages Festival 2016. An interview with Kyall Rakoz. Kyall Rakoz first performed Ludwig and Lohengrin at the Calgary Fringe in 2013 and has since toured the show extensively. What sparked the creation of this show? Is this your first one person show? Yes this is the first show I have ever written. I was inspired to write the show after taking a tour of Ludwig's famous castle Schloss Neuschwanstein while I was … [Read more...]

OUTstages Victoria’s new Queer Theatre Festival June 20-25, 2016. Preview.

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OUTstages Victoria's new Queer Theatre Festival June 20-25, 2016. Preview.  (Media Release). Launched last summer, OUTstages, Victoria’s new queer theatre festival returns for a second high-heeled run, kicking off the Pride season in Victoria with shows and events running June 20-25, just before Victoria Pride Week. OUTstages, Victoria’s new queer theatre festival, is back for year two, after a stellar first outing last summer. OUTstages … [Read more...]

Pretty Good Not Bad Festival June 17-19 2016. Preview.

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Pretty Good Not Bad Festival June 17-19 2016. Preview. A new festival for Victoria BC. When noted musical improviser Dan Godlovitch contacted me with news of a new festival—I was intrigued.  Over the years I’ve come to know Dan more for his work with Paper Street Theatre Co, but others will recognize him from The Krells, Urban Therapy, Cloud Sounds and CFUV. Media release follows: Pretty Good Not Bad (PGNB) is a brand new festival … [Read more...]

The Hidden City by Scrumpy Theatre June 8-11, 2016. An interview with Julian Cervello.

The Hidden City June 2016

The Hidden City by Scrumpy Theatre June 8-11, 2016. An interview with Julian Cervello. Local theatre troupe Scrumpy Theatre produces their first original play--The Hidden City, based on an epic poem by Stanley K. Freiberg--June 8-11, 2016 at the Paul Phillips Hall (1923 Fernwood Road).  Director Julian Cervello agreed to answer a few questions. What sparked the creation of this show? This play is the result of four Projects, previous to … [Read more...]

A Summer of Theatre 2016 in Victoria BC.

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A Summer of Theatre 2016 in Victoria BC. Ah—summer! The regular theatre season concludes and audiences can look forward to festivals and evenings outdoors.  Although the volume slows down somewhat, there are still plenty of wonderful seasonal surprises for your viewing pleasure. This list is current as of June 1 2016.  I will continue to update it as shows are announced. June 2016 Pizazz and All That Jazz at Jim Pattison Toyota a … [Read more...]

Mammoths Giant of the Ice Age at the Royal British Columbia Museum. June 3-December 31. 2016

Mammoths sign June 2016

Mammoths Giant of the Ice Age at the Royal British Columbia Museum. June 3-December 31, 2016. I still remember my first visit to see Woolly, the mammoth at the Royal BC Museum—the year was 1968 and the new building at the corner of Belleville and Government had just opened.  Everyone was in awe—what a difference from the antique display cases in the basement of the Legislative Buildings. Over the years, I returned many times, always finding … [Read more...]