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 … [Read more...]

Summer and Smoke at the UVic Phoenix Theatre March 8-19 2016. A review.

Summer and Smoke at the UVic Phoenix Theatre March 8-19, 2016. A review. Summer and Smoke at the UVic Phoenix Theatre (March 8-19, 2016) is an elegant and rigourous examination of the heart’s deepest desires and perfidies. Set in small town, turn-of-the-century South, with its precise ways of life—where small nuances and inflections in language and manner are carefully scrutinized and everyone knows their place in a rigid hierarchy—Summer … [Read more...]

Camelot in Concert presented by Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony

Camelot in Concert presented by Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony. November 22nd and 23rd, 2014 in Victoria BC. Media release. I had the opportunity to attend the very first co-production by Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony last year when they presented a beautiful version of  South Pacific.  It proved so popular with audiences that these two venerable Victoria arts institutions decided to repeat this happy … [Read more...]

South Pacific musical co-presented by Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria Nov 23/24, 2013

Two of Victoria's largest performing arts organizations, the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria, collaborate on a production of the beloved musical South Pacific (Rodgers and Hammerstein) with performances November 23rd and 24th 2013 at the Royal Theatre. “This is a first”, declared POV Artistic Director Timothy Vernon.  “It’s the first time that Victoria audiences will experience this Broadway musical with a full orchestra and … [Read more...]

The Skin of Our Teeth, UVic Phoenix Theatre – a review

The Skin of Our Teeth currently at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre until November 23rd is a magnificent and mesmerizing spectacle, a veritable aural and visual feast that sustains the audience’s attention over almost three hours. Beloved American novelist and playwright Thornton Wilder had already been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and the play Our Town when, during a trip to Europe in 1941, he saw Mother Courage … [Read more...]