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Ted and Richard dream about becoming classical pianists. But they have to deal with pushy parents, bizarre teachers, life-consuming practice, stage fright and agonizing Conservatory examinations. Revel in the incredible results of this hilarious and moving journey by these talented duelling pianists.

“Simple, charming, funny, brilliant. An absolute joy. Great humour and music.”    CBC

“Magical! Superb! Laugh-out-loud funny! Poignant! Perfection!”   
The Globe & Mail

 

Bryce Kulak & Max Roll
(Photo: Max Telzerow)


2 Pianos 4 Hands was originally produced in April 1996, and has since been seen on stages across North America and in London, UK. Ranked by American Theatre Magazine as one of the Top 10 Most Produced Plays in the USA, this play has won numerous awards including:

  • 2006 – Marquis Entertainment’s production won the award for Outstanding Touring Production by the Connecticut Theatre Critics Circle (winning over Broadway touring productions of The Lion King and Wicked)
  • 1996 – won Toronto’s Dora Award for Outstanding Production and a Chalmers Award (Canadian National Award) for Playwriting

Get your tickets and join the ranks of over 2 million others who have enjoyed what is arguably the most successful play in the history of Canadian Theatre!

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From the Director

My theatrical instincts were honed in this very theatre; it’s where I began my professional career twelve years ago, and it’s where my artistry has been prompted, encouraged and supported ever since. As such, it’s a great honour to have been entrusted with this, the first production of CTF’s 25th anniversary season.

It’s in relationship and collaboration with my mentors and helpmates here that I’ve become the artist I am today. And it’s in tribute to these tremendous artists that I offer you this music-filled story of love and family: I wanted to create a performance that, hopefully, conveys the energy, humour and familial warmth of my best Chemainus memories.

Over the years, working here has revealed to me what I love and value, both onstage and in the greater sphere of life and community. In this way, the story of Elizabeth and Darcy rings true to me, too. They realize their capacity, and finally see themselves clearly, when each is reflected in the other.

The action of Pride and Prejudice derives from a series of snap judgements. Its magic is spun from slow-dawning realizations. Here’s hoping you enjoy both its spark, and its enticing, enduring sweetness.

Julie

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Cast & Creative Team of Pride & Prejudice

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Choreographer/Dance Captain

Musical Director

Set Designer

Costume Designer

Lighting Designer

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

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Elizabeth “Lizzie Bennet

Kitty Bennet/Lady Anne de Bourgh

Mary Bennet/Charlotte Lucas

Mr. George Wickham

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy

Mr. Collins/ Mr. Gadiner

Jane Bennet/Georgiana Darcy

Mrs. Gardiner/Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Mrs. Bennet/Mrs. Reynolds

Mr. Bennet

Mr. Charles Bingley

Lydia Bennet/Caroline Bingley

Julie McIsaac

Kayla Dunbar

Melissa Morris

Brian Ball

Crystal Hanson

John Webber

Anne Taylor

Mel Watkins

 

Yoshié Bancroft

Julie Casselman

Kayla Dunbar

Erik Gow

Brett Harris

Matthew Hendrickson

Melissa Morris

Caitriona Murphy

Amy Lee Newman

Paul Terry

Chris Walters

Lindsay Warnock

By |February 7th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Season, Pride & Prejudice|0 Comments

Celebrating A Classic!

Our 25th Season Begins With A Celebrated Classic.

As we began our twenty-fifth season, the notion of legacy was firmly in our minds. But not just our own history here in the Chemainus community, and in Canada’s theatre scene. We were caught up in the question of why certain stories have become timeless – in the way that today’s show, Pride and Prejudice, has become a celebrated classic.

Since Jane Austen’s story was published over 200 years ago, it has inspired millions of people. Readers and audiences have enjoyed the original work (and many adaptations), while artists of all varieties have used its themes to create countless derivatives in a variety of media.

Fortunately, as we directed, rehearsed, and produced this adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, we discovered some secrets behind the story’s far-reaching fondness:

Nothing (much) has changed. Although our physical world is radically different, the essence of human nature is enduring. Two centuries have passed since its writing and yet we can easily relate to the influences of wealth, manners, and social class on our culture.

  • Good drama is addictive. A scheming plot that’s told in intelligent conversation will always bring us back for another hit.
  • Everyone knows an Austen character (or two). Maybe a social climbing mother, silly sister, maverick change agent, haughty love interest, or buffoonish cousin? You’re sure to recognize a familiar face.
  • Some snark and clever irony makes for an especially delightful kind of humour.
  • Nostalgia for country life in Regency times makes a charming way to escape to the past.
  • Love has always been wonderfully complicated.

Pride and Prejudice is a phenomenon for these reasons and more. We hope you’ll enjoy this performance and the many more experiences we have for you during our 25th Anniversary Season. Like this classic story, we hope to create a legacy of theatre that you remember fondly, and repeat often.

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By |January 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Season, Pride & Prejudice|0 Comments

2017 Season Tickets on Sale Now!

 You won’t want to miss a minute of our 25th Anniversary Season!

Every year, your support and patronage emboldens us to continue providing theatre in creative new ways – and in 2017 we aim to ignite your imagination again.

We kick off with Jane Austen’s classic, Pride and Prejudice, an absolute joy of Regency romances.  Find out if the illustrious manservant Jeeves saves the scene and the day in Jeeves Takes a Bow. We will gaze into the awesomeness of creative achievements through a tale of the stars and passion for life (near and far) in the exquisite play, Silent Sky.

We’re going to hop through the summer with Rock Legends – the eagerly anticipated sequel to Twist and Shout – as well as pay tribute to our own past with popular KidzPlay and Studio programming. The riotous music of the Canadian blockbuster 2 Pianos 4 Hands is likely to make you giddy – and at Christmas we’ll bring out your wacky side when the Cornwalls return with an all new original Chemainus Theatre Festival adventure.

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Which of our outstanding musicals, tributes, dramas, and comedies will you see in 2017?

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By |December 6th, 2016|Categories: 2017 Season|0 Comments

Scut Farkas Auction is LIVE Now!

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Let the Chemainus Theatre be your one stop Christmas shop!

Imagine dinner and an evening of theatre with a Vancouver Canuck “King” Richard Brodeur or a tranquil stay at the Tigh Na Mara Seaside Resort and Spa…

We are excited to launch our Scut Farkus Auction Extravaganza in conjunction with the opening of A Christmas Story! Featuring getaways, artwork, gift baskets and more! The auction will open November 18th at 5:00 PM and close December 22nd at 12:00 AM midnight (just in the nick of time to get your gifts under the tree!)

A Family Christmas Classic

aboutxmasstoryThe final show of the Festival’s Season always stands apart. It’s not that the artistry and entertainment value differ from any other production; our teams are always giving you their greatest. The specialness comes from the holiday spirit and feeling of anticipation we all share.

Looking forward to what’s coming is an exciting part of coming to the end of a season. At the same time, we are comforted by the nostalgia of looking back. At the Festival, we have fond memories from nearly 25 years of holiday productions, all of which start with the same wish – to share a theatrical moment you’ll cherish with us.

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This year, that wishful quality of Christmas is at the heart of our comedic play, A Christmas Story. Turning back the pages to 1938, we will see young Ralphie’s attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift – and hear through his older, perhaps wiser, narration, how hope can lead us in many interesting directions.

The play is an adaptation of the award winning 1983 film – derived from the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author Jean Shepherd (published in his book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash (1966). Having deep resonance in North American culture, the story is considered a holiday classic with a message: no matter how crazy the path our personal wishes lead us, in the end we find happiness from the caring of others.

Our greatest wish is to share inspiring theatre with you, and we thank you for being part of this memorable chapter in our own “Christmas Story.” Enjoy your festivities, and we hope you’ll continue to celebrate with us in 2017 as we mark 25 years of outstanding Festival performances!

 

Get your dollars matched!

Between now and December 1, 2016, every dollar donated to the Chemainus Theatre Endowment Fund will be matched by the Department of Canadian Heritage. Our goal is to raise $15,000

Current 2016 donations are $7,350 Help us raise $7,650 by December 1, 2016!
The Chemainus Theatre Endowment Fund helps the theatre keep pace with the rising cost of producing and presenting professional theatre, and preserves our role as a leading cultural institution for the region.

All donations to this important initiative stay in the fund forever, yet the Chemainus Theatre benefits from the interest earned on the fund. The bigger the endowment grows, the more interest revenue we receive! This new source of income is important to our survival and that’s why we’ve set a new target – to raise $15,000.00 towards our endowment.

You can help us reach our goal by giving a one-time gift, making a multi-year pledge, donating public securities, or leaving us a bequest through your estate planning.

You can donate by clicking here or by calling our box office at 1.800.565.7738.

 

By |October 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Now Playing: Hilda’s Yard

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How unbreakable are the ties that bind a family together? It’s 1956, and happy empty-nesters Sam and Hilda are finally enjoying life on their own. But their peaceful home turns chaotic when their unemployed son and newly-single daughter return for an unexpected stay. Can these traditional parents and far-out children bridge the generational divide?

Enjoy the hilarious situational comedy of this Norm Foster gem.

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By |October 7th, 2016|Categories: 2016 Season, Hilda's Yard|0 Comments