St Luke’s Players celebrate 70 years with their 2018-2019 season

2018 marks the 70th anniversary for St Luke’s Players intrepid band of thespians who have, since 1948, been producing community theatre, based out of St Luke’s Anglican Church Hall at the corner of Cedar Hill and Cedar Hill Crossroad. The season includes, typically, at least one murder mystery, a comedy and of course, the famous Christmas pantomime which is usually sold-out as soon as tickets go on sale in November. Performers and creative … [Read more...]

A Fall of Theatre 2017 in Victoria BC. September-December.

A Fall of Theatre 2017 in Victoria BC. September-December. In the last five year period, the number of shows produced has almost tripled.  This fall sees a record 70+ productions, festivals and special events from musicals to improvised theatre,  cabaret to drama, radio plays to solo shows, on stages big and small  in the Capital Region.  Don't let anyone tell you Victoria is a cultural backwater.  Our ticket prices continue to be some of … [Read more...]

St Luke’s Players 2017-2018 season

St Luke’s Players 2017-2018 season Long before the introduction of professional theatre companies to Victoria, all theatre was community based. One of the oldest troupes is St Luke’s Players.  The upcoming season represents the 69th for this stalwart band of thespians. In 2015, members answered a few questions for me which will provide more background on the troupe’s mission statement and philosophy. The pantomime, a more recent annual … [Read more...]

A Murder is Announced by St Luke’s Players October12-23, 2016. A review.

A Murder is Announced by St Luke’s Players October12-23, 2016. A review. Who doesn’t love a good mystery—particularly when it’s written by the undisputed queen—Agatha Christie, whose books have sold more copies than any other author and publication (except the Bible and the Bard). Originally penned in 1950, and adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon in 1977, A Murder is Announced (the first production in Saint Luke’s Players 68th season) is … [Read more...]

ArtSmarts Monday Magazine October 2016

ArtSmarts Monday Magazine October 2016. Spooky theatre among October events. This content was first published in the October 2016 print edition of Monday Magazine and I have been given permission to re-publish it online. For theatre enthusiast in Victoria, October represents one of the year’s busiest months with chances to experience shows in every genre in a wide variety of venues—including a scene shop and a federal institution. Whether … [Read more...]

A Fall of Theatre 2016 in Victoria BC

A Fall of Theatre 2016 in Victoria BC Fall, with its abundance of theatre performances, is once again here--I count an astonishing forty performances in the period September-December 2016 (and am sure there will be more announced! This article will be updated regularly as I become aware of them.) The Belfry Theatre celebrates a 41st season that is "Contemporary.Canadian." with an emphasis on plays by women, about women, directed by … [Read more...]

St Luke’s Players 2016-2017 season

St Luke's Players 2016-2017 season. Long before the introduction of professional theatre companies to Victoria, all theatre was community based. One of the oldest troupes is St Luke’s Players.  The upcoming season represents the 68th for this stalwart band of thespians. Last year, members answered a few questions for me which will provide more background on the troupe's mission statement and philosophy. The pantomime, a more recent … [Read more...]

A Spring of Theatre 2016 in Victoria BC

A Spring of Theatre 2016 in Victoria BC. March-May 2016. This post is accurate as of February 29, 2016 and  will be updated as required. Spring is a busy time in the local arts calendar.  It’s book-ended by two festivals—SPARK in March and UNO Fest in May—and features works by emerging and well-established companies—local, Canadian and international. There’s a chance to experience the classics (Summer and Smoke, Long Day's Journey into … [Read more...]

St Luke’s Players announce 2015-2016 season, their 67th. Victoria BC.

St Luke's Players announce 2015-2016 season, their 67th. Victoria BC. Long before the introduction of professional theatre companies to Victoria, all theatre was community based. One of the oldest troupes is St Luke's Players. Members of the troupe were kind enough to answer a few questions for me. The website states, “From the earliest days the objective of the Players has been to produce (in words of Harry Lukey) “good, clean plays … [Read more...]

A Spring of Theatre 2015 in Victoria BC. March-May.

A Spring of Theatre 2015 in Victoria BC. March-May. Spring is a busy time in the local arts calendar.  It’s book-ended by two festivals—SPARK in March and UNO Fest in May—and features works by emerging and well-established companies—local, Canadian and international. There’s a chance to experience the classics (Waiting for Godot, Hedda Gabler), Shakespeare (Macbeth), musicals (Chorus Line Cabaret, Bye Bye Birdie, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, … [Read more...]