The Canadian Collage of Performing Arts 20th anniversary season 2017-2018

The Canadian Collage of Performing Arts 20th anniversary season 2017-2018

The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) is looking to celebrate its 20th birthday with thousands of its best friends.

CCPA’s year-end production, in April 2018 at the McPherson Playhouse will be a celebration of some of CCPA’s best musical theatre performances from the past 20 years and will feature suites by the creative team of Jacques Lemay and Janis Dunning, the original founders of the college.

There are also plans in the works to invite back alumni of the college for events and celebrations throughout the New Year with more details to come.

CCPA’s 2017-18 season will feature some striking new and classic theatrical productions, among them,  The Old Curiosity Shop, a fresh adaptation of one of Charles Dickens’ most classic tales; Wintertime, a modern American play directed by good friend of the college and renowned Actor-Director, Sara-Jeanne Hosie and the hit Broadway musical, Cabaret, directed by multi-award winning director Ron Jenkins. The college also looks forward to returning to the Royal Theatre for a special collaboration with the Victoria Symphony whose audiences are always very appreciative of the college’s emerging artists.

Dicken’s The Old Curiosity Shop adapted by Simon Webb, directed by Sarah Rodgers
Company C, the Canadian College of Performing Arts
October 19-22

Little Nell must rescue her grandmother from her crippling debt by running away together. With nothing but her wits and innate goodness, she encounters a host of Dickens’ richest characters.

The Old Curiosity Shop was bigger than Harry Potter when it became a breakout hit in 1841. Fans rioted at the New York docks when the final monthly installment from England arrived.

Wintertime by Charles L. Mee, directed by Sara-Jeanne Hosie
Company C, the Canadian College of Performing Arts
November 30-December 3

Described as a sweet, dreamy, romantic comedy from the world of The Winter’s Tale, The Cherry Orchard, Molière and Magritte. “I like plays that are not too neat, too finished, too presentable. My plays are broken, jagged, filled with sharp edges, filled with things that take sudden turns and careen into each other,” says author Charles L. Mee. “It feels like my life; it feels like the world.”

Theatrical Treasures
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Barbara Pogemiller
Year II, the Canadian College of Performing Arts
December 13-16, 2017

An evocative moonlit adventure, charged with erotic energy, the ‘Dream’ explores imbalance of male/female power. Titania, Queen of the Fairies, challenges her King, Oberon, with the idea that the dissention between them creates havoc in the natural world. The play’s fuel is desire, and the chaos it unleashes before balance is restored. It is brilliantly conceived, funny and magical.

The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.


Written by Christopher Isherwood | Music by John Kander | Lyrics by Fred Ebb |
Directed by Ron Jenkins* | Choreographed by Laura Krewski* | Musically directed by Heather Burns
Company C, the Canadian College of Performing Arts
January 26-February 3

In Berlin, the 1920s draw to a close. A garish Master of Ceremonies hosts the audience, luring them in to forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs, the iconic Sally Bowles and the Kit Kat Club dancing girls setting the scene, “Cabaret” explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

Broadway Lights with the Victoria Symphony
March 9-11, 2018

Join conductor Brian Jackson, the talented artists of the Victoria Symphony, and the students of CCPA as they bring the bright lights of Broadway to the Royal Theatre stage in this high energy extravaganza

TD Festival of New Works
March 27-28, 2018
Musical Theatre  |  Choral  |  Playwriting  |  Directing  |  Choreography

Featuring original works and direction by the College’s Year II students. A provocative and engaging showcase of music, dance, and theatre.

‘Wouldn’t you like to be able to say, just once, ‘I knew them when they were just starting out’?”
-Janis La Couvée, on The Festival Of New Works

At this unique event, Victoria audiences are given a rare glimpse of the first stirrings of creation. In September, a few second-year students start making a new piece for the stage. Each artist works closely with a mentor for three months. The students strive to learn the skills of preparation and incubation, gaining fresh insights through trial and error. Then, each new artist gets to test the piece in front of you, a Victoria arts lover. Our audiences get a rare opportunity to see and hear these bold experiments. Join us for this provocative event!

“GALA!”: The Best of CCPA From the Past 20 Years
April 26-28, 2018

An “On Broadway!” presentation
Directed by Janis Dunning and Jacques Lemay
McPherson Playhouse

This year’s end-of-year show, “GALA!”, will celebrate the fact that our graduates’ careers have taken them to Broadway, London, Berlin, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Stratford and more, to perform in some of the world’s most famous shows!
CCPA is celebrating 20 Years of Excellence in performing arts training, so join us for the hits of CCPA in a GALA evening directed by co-founders Jacques Lemay and Janis Dunning.

CCPA Alumni Company
Summer 2018


For tickets and ticket information please contact the Canadian College of Performing Arts Box Office at 250-595-9970 or go to


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