Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review.

Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review. Working the Musical may be forty years old this year but it still packs an emotional wallop.  Students from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, under the leadership of director and choreographer Matthew Howe, do great tribute to these stories of ordinary working people.  Based on the book written in 1972 by ethnographer and oral historian Studs Terkel, of his … [Read more...]

Company C presents Cabaret at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review.

Company C presents Cabaret at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review. The 2017 Company C of the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) caps off two years of training, and a solid 5 months of ensemble work, with the quintessential musical Cabaret. Packed with gravitas and grit, and featuring both bold ensemble numbers and punchy solos, this production whisks the audience away to the heady time between wars, when life in Berlin … [Read more...]

Ruddigore, presented by CCPA’s Company C, Jan 27-Feb 4, 2017. Interview with Glynis Leyshon.

Ruddigore, presented by CCPA’s Company C, Jan 27-Feb 4, 2017. Interview with Glynis Leyshon. The sounds of bodhran, bagpipes and violin will join with keyboard, piano and guitar under the musical leadership of Heather Burns for the final production of CCPA’s Company C Studio Ensemble in Ruddigore, directed by the acclaimed, award-winning director Glynis Leyshon. This is Leyshon’s third foray with the students of the Canadian College of … [Read more...]

Our Town by Company C, the Canadian College of Performing Arts. October 20-23, 2016. Interview.

Our Town by Company C, the Canadian College of Performing Arts. October 20-23, 2016. Interview. The Canadian College of Performing Arts’ third year collaborative theatrical collective—Company C—enables students to develop and mount three separate performances between September and February, guided by guest directors. For the 11th Company C season of 2016-2017 the first production is Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Our Town … [Read more...]

Canadian College of Performing Arts 2016-2017 season

Canadian College of Performing Arts 2016-2017 season To celebrate their 19th season, the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) returns to classics by Thornton Wilder, Dylan Thomas, and the celebrated duo of Gilbert and Sullivan, as well as the much loved Disney musical Beauty and the Beast.  Students of Company C, the Year 3 theatre collective, in collaboration with the Belfry Theatre, will premiere a new work, This Little Light, by local … [Read more...]

Company C presents Marat Sade October 22-25, 2015. Preview.

Company C presents Marat Sade October 22-25, 2015.  Preview. Company C is the Year III collaborative theatre collective of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. During a four month period (September-January) students produce three shows and perform every function necessary to its creation, from acting to stage management to design (set, costumes, light, sound) and publicity/fundraising, assisted by theatre professionals and mentors, … [Read more...]

Smokey Joe’s Cafe at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review.

Smokey Joe's Café at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review.  Presented April 16-25, 2015 in Victoria BC. Youthful energy and exuberance abound in Smokey Joe’s Café, the end-of-year On Broadway! production by the first and second year students of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. With no story line or dialogue Smokey Joe’s relies on staging and the ability of the artists to convey the emotional through line. The College, … [Read more...]

A Winter of Theatre 2015 in Victoria BC. January and February.

A Winter of Theatre in Victoria BC. January and February. Do you remember in The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy says “Toto, we aren’t in Kansas anymore?” That’s the way I feel about the Victoria theatre scene in January and February.  It was only a few short years ago that my theatre viewing consisted of TWO shows.  Last year there were a possible 25 if my memory serves me correctly (I saw 13), and this year is not going to be very different.  … [Read more...]

New Works Festival – Canadian College of Performing Arts

Wouldn't you like to be able to say, just once, "I knew them when they were just starting out"?  You'll have that opportunity at the Canadian College of Performing Arts New Works Festival January 19-21st in Victoria BC. Join creators in dance, theatre and playwriting; experience the pulse of youthful creation; learn what it means to be a performing artist in 2012. … [Read more...]