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A Tennessee Williams Gem

Rarity begets richness – revealed at The Chemainus Theatre Festival.

Lovely Sunday

As we scour scripts for our season, we are sometimes surprised to find a lesser-known play that is bursting with character and entertainment. A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur is one of those lucky discoveries.

Written by well-known author, Tennessee Williams, the delicate and dynamic story is often overlooked in comparison to his famous works—The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, —and  is often underestimated.

The short play premiered in June 1978, a few years before Williams’ death, and caused immediate buzz – though not in the usual admiring fashion. Though A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur explores Williams’ most frequent of themes – heartbreak – it does so with an unexpected tenor of kindness and levity. Upon its debut, the nostalgic softness, rich symbolism, and witty dialogue of the story caught both fans and critics off-guard. And yet, at its heart, this play once again delivers “the Gothic joke of the American dream gone wrong.”

It is through a jovial lens and clever characters that Williams illuminates more solemn mid-century struggles. From schoolteacher Dottie’s naïve and desperate dreams to matriarchal matchmaking roommate Bodey, domineering colleague Helena, and the ever-present but never prominent mourning Miss Gluck, Williams pinpoints the still-familiar feeling of coping with loneliness and despair.

Despite its worldly themes, the play often departs from realistic technique into a unique blend of poetic language, slapstick humour, and sincere and tender moments that are sweet, different, and totally enjoyable.

We feel fortunate to share this masterful story, and hope that you will join us for another great Festival experience.

Book Your Tickets

Book online or call the box office now to book your tickets! 1-800-565-7738

Fall Into Inspiration

Enjoy the casual, intimate experience of our Studio Stage with this year’s Studio Production.

Falling Awake

One starry night the body of a young man, still strapped into his airplane seat, falls from the sky into the yard of Harold and Elsie’s farm. As the night unfolds, their mysterious guest effects a profound transformation in his hosts. Falling: A Wake is a haunting and surprisingly funny play about love, loss, and the redemptive power of letting go.

Tickets cost $27.

Show Location

This play is not at the theatre Mainstage, it’s at our Studio Stage

Available Performances

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Book Your Tickets

Book online or call the box office now to book your tickets! 1-800-565-7738

 

By |August 2nd, 2016|Categories: 2016 Season|1 Comment

Photos With The Stars!

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Get a photo with the stars after the show!

Bring your group to see our summer KidzPlay (ask our groups coordinator about our special groups rate!) and meet the cast after the show in the front courtyard.

Pet the Fish and Other Impossible Tales is a hero’s tale for kids, an imaginative, exciting fantasy adventure for children coming to life on the Chemainus Theatre Festival stage again this summer.

Last seen on the Chemainus Theatre stage in 2004, it was written by Chemainus Theatre Festival’s Artistic Director Mark DuMez, who says it was inspired by a trip to a gift shop with his young daughter. Fascinated by a brightly coloured stained glass fish, she insisted with the enthusiastic wonder of a small child that she wanted to “pet the fish”! Ruminating on the day’s shopping adventure inspired Mark to write this heartful tale of a child’s gift to her mother; being able to return the dreams her mother lost in the process of becoming a grown-up.

Josephine, the heroine, sets out with her unwilling brother in tow, on a journey that magically transforms their lives. Their impossible tale takes them to a talking oyster, a riddling troll, and out to sea to catch the Big One.

You can now reserve your seats in advance for KidzPlays!

Recommended for ages 4 and up, Pet the Fish runs until August 13th at the Chemainus Theatre Festival.

Tickets are only $12 (including taxes) for all ages. Or buy a family pack—buy 3 get one free! Show days and times: Tuesday 2 pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11 am.

Book online or call the box office now to book your tickets! 1-800-565-7738

Groups

Contact our Group Bookings Coordinator, Karen Sharonowski:
groups@chemainustheatre.ca
Ph: 250.246.4161 or 1.877.247.4161

 

By |July 21st, 2016|Categories: 2016 Season|0 Comments

More Chances To See Footloose!

Worried you won’t get to see this summer’s blockbuster?

We’ve got you covered!

Due to popular demand, we have added a number of shows to the schedule so you can be sure to see Footloose: The Musical this summer.

Book online at chemainustheatre.ca OR call the box office now to book your tickets! 1-800-565-7738

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By |July 15th, 2016|Categories: 2016 Season|1 Comment

Dream Big!

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Get ready to dream big with Pet the Fish and Other Impossible Tales

Pet the Fish and Other Impossible Tales is a hero’s tale for kids, an imaginative, exciting fantasy adventure for children coming to life on the Chemainus Theatre Festival stage again this summer.

Last seen on the Chemainus Theatre stage in 2004, it was written by Chemainus Theatre Festival’s Artistic Director Mark DuMez, who says it was inspired by a trip to a gift shop with his young daughter. Fascinated by a brightly coloured stained glass fish, she insisted with the enthusiastic wonder of a small child that she wanted to “pet the fish”! Ruminating on the day’s shopping adventure inspired Mark to write this heartful tale of a child’s gift to her mother; being able to return the dreams her mother lost in the process of becoming a grown-up.

Josephine, the heroine, sets out with her unwilling brother in tow, on a journey that magically transforms their lives. Their impossible tale takes them to a talking oyster, a riddling troll, and out to sea to catch the Big One.

Samantha Currie, who appeared as Josephine in the original production, is thrilled to be making her Chemainus Theatre Festival directorial debut with this production about losing dreams, finding them, and holding onto them. She brings a wealth of performance and directing experience to this show and is eager to share this story with “all the dreamers, tall and small”.

Newcomers Lindsay Curl and John Han play Josephine and Jonathan, respectively. Stefano Giulianetti, previously seen at Chemainus Theatre Festival in Animal Tales and Munsch Ado About Nothing returns to play Poseidon.

Working with Samantha Currie on this production of Pet the Fish and Other Impossible Tales are: Set Designer Kevin McAllister, Costume Designer Kendra Cooper, Sound Designer Alexander Ferguson, Lighting Designer Nicole Lamb and Stage Manager Breanne Harmon.

You can now reserve your seats in advance for KidzPlays!

Recommended for ages 4 and up, Pet the Fish opens July 16th and runs until August 13th at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. Tickets are only $12 (including taxes) for all ages. Or buy a family pack—buy 3 get one free! Show days and times: Tuesday 2 pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11 am.

Book online or call the box office now to book your tickets! 1-800-565-7738

 

By |July 5th, 2016|Categories: 2016 Season|0 Comments

Footloose Brings It – ALL of It!

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The Cast of Footloose: The Musical (photo: Cim MacDonald)

Footloose: The Musical brings back the best of the 80’s, in all its vibrancy and punctuated by“truly emotional performances that really take the show to the next level.” – Lexi Bainas, Cowichan Valley Citizen

The audience says:

“What a performance! I was amazed at the Broadway quality voice and superb casting.”

“This is enjoyable for everyone and I’m booking again now as these tickets will be hard to get this summer.”

“…greatly deserved the standing ovation that the packed house delivered at the end of the show.”

“I found myself clapping and filled with emotion as the story unfolded.”

” We’ll be back in July to see the show again!”

By |June 23rd, 2016|Categories: 2016 Season|0 Comments

Cut Footloose!

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Dance can be a way to express our deepest emotions – joy, love, and sometimes even sadness. We dance at weddings, birthdays, and great celebrations. There is a sense of abandon when we dance, a loss of intellectual control.

Footloose is a story about dancing, but it’s also about a family and a town that is grieving a great loss. It’s a story about how fear and grief can cause us to control the things around us, when what we really need is to let go.

I love this story and I’m so grateful to be telling it with the team here in Chemainus who are so generous of spirit and creativity. It takes me back to my teens, a time when, as an adolescent, I struggled to make the adults around me see what I believed to be the truth. I didn’t understand that they were dealing with their own emotions and fears and that perhaps there was a meeting ground where we could connect and learn from each other.

It is also a musical filled with love, heart, and open youthful energy, something that we can all use a bit of in our sometimes challenging and adult lives. So, we invite you to let that energy take you beyond your worries and cares and CUT FOOTLOOSE!!!

Feel free to dance in your seat.

About Barbara

I’m thrilled to be making my debut at CTF with this terrific cast and creative team! Favourite credits: Cathy – The Last Five Years, directing Crazy for You, Goblin Market and completing my MFA at UBC. Upcoming: Directing The Music Man at Gateway Theatre this winter and 42nd Street at Studio 58 in the spring. Thanks to my friends and family, and my team at Da Costa Talent.

By |May 30th, 2016|Categories: 2016 Season|2 Comments

Book Sale Fundraiser!

 

Chemainus Theatre Festival Society is a not-for-profit registered charity and ticket sales covered roughly 81% of our expenses in 2015. Every year we raise funds to help cover the remaining expenses.

This year we are holding a Giant Book Sale Fundraiser on July 9th in front of the theatre and we need your help.

We are looking for books of every imaginable genre, in both soft covers and hard covers. If you can donate your used books, they can be dropped off at our Administration Building 9574 Bare Point Road Chemainus, Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Thank you for your generous patronage and support!

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By |May 25th, 2016|Categories: 2016 Season|0 Comments