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Island Stories Festival – May 13, 2014

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Island Stories Festival, featuring new songs written and performed by The Other Guys Theatre. “BC in Song – Creating Legends” is a collection of dramatic stories and songs of Western history, along with readings, songs, skits and stories from locals across Vancouver Island and special guests. If you enjoyed Good Timber and the Island Stories Festival in 2013, you won’t want to miss this intimate, casual evening.

This show is presented by Chemainus Theatre Festival to provide opportunities for patron and community members to view, engage and participate in the arts. These auxiliary programs, that include Playwright Pairings, Kidzplay shows, Talkback Tuesdays and the Island Stories Festival, are about enhancement, deepened engagement and investigation of stories that are part of the heartbeat of Vancouver Island.

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Price: Tickets by donation – bring a friend!
Where: Chemainus Theatre Festival

Talking to the Director of Waiting for the Parade

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Colleen Winton, Director of Waiting for the Parade talks to us about the show

WWII resonates for us all; our lives echo with the experience of generations. This iconic photo, Wait for Me, Daddy, of The British Columbia regiment marching down Eighth Street in New Westminster was taken on October 1, 1940, a short distance from my family home. My mother and grandmother looked on. Featured in LIFE Magazine and blazed around the world, it became the most published Canadian image of the war.

I grew up with it. What strikes me is not just little “Whitey” Bernard, desperate to grasp his Daddy’s hand in that column of men, but the column of women that follow alongside, heroes all, hanging on until that last moment, the moment that separates front line from home front. Their war is just beginning as well. This play echoes with my memories of years ago at Showcase Festival and these five amazing women whose performances resonate more deeply now. I share it with you in the hope that it honours the heroic women and men in your family.

About Colleen

Colleen returns to Chemainus after playing Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Aunt Penniman in The Heiress, choreographer for Pirates of Penzance and Little Women. Other directing credits: Queen Lear (Western Gold), Merry Wives of Windsor (Graffiti Theatre), Taming of the Shrew (Showcase Festival), Little Shop of Horrors (TUTS). She is grateful to Jeremy, Mark, the Showcase Festival, her menfolk and all the bold women who surround this lovely play.

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Help Give Chemainus Theatre Festival a Little Push

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As a not for profit registered charity (like all theatres in Canada), we rely on the support of the community to survive. There are many ways to support Chemainus Theatre and some of them won’t cost you a thing.

If you enjoy today’s performance, please share your experience with others! Post it on Facebook, blog about it or write a TripAdvisor review. Word of mouth is the most effective and compelling form of marketing. By sharing your experience you help convince others to buy tickets and that helps us.

Another great way is to support Chemainus Theatre is by supporting one of the amazing businesses that sponsor us. Check out the list of companies below that are not only great at what they do but great for giving back and supporting the arts. As you’re out and about ticking items off your to-do list. gives these folks a try. After all, they’ve helped make your experience here today possible and each dollar you spend with them helps ensure they can continue to support us. It’s a wonderful merry-go-round that needs to keep turning. Help by giving it a push.

Our Sponsors:

49th Parallel Grocery
Boulevard Transportation Group
Coastal Community
Cowichan Sound & Cellular
Doc The Barber
Duncan Iron Works
Intact Insurance
Island Farms
Island return It
Island Savings
LMG Pringle Insurance
reMax Bonnie Siddals
South Cowichan Eyecare
TD Bank Group
Western Forest Products Inc.
Willow Street Café
Season Media Sponsors
89.7 Sun FM
Cowichan Valley Citizen
CVV Magazine
HarbourLiving.ca
Nanaimo Daily News / Harbour City Star
Valley Voice
Times Colonist

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