The Les Misérables Audience Says… Part Two!

For any who have yet to see LES MISERABLE in Chemainus, it is one you don’t want to miss.

Brenda, Facebook

Terrific Professional Summer Theatre…Excellent production of Les Miserables…

Freddie754, TripAdvisor

We saw Les Miserables and it was incredible!

mhbaird, TripAdvisor

This was a fantastic evening…

Ross M, TripAdvisor

It surpassed any expectations. What a wonderful job they have done, even bringing tears to my eyes…

Kathy F, TripAdvisor

Do yourself a favour and go see Les Mis in this intimate venue. Loved it!

Opinion16, TripAdvisor

Wonderful production. Loved it. So lucky to have it close to home. The set, costumes, music and actors are wonderful. I highly recommend it.

IslandGirl5265, TripAdvisor

Terrific cast, excellent small band, and excellent acoustics…

minimuffinlover, TripAdvisor

We were amazed at the production!!!! The quality and professionalism were world class. Unbelievable, we enjoyed every minute of the show. The musicians, the singing, the actors, the set…. everything was top notch.

Deborah & George, Blog Comment

WOW. Superb, heartfelt, and so moving! In the middle of an afternoon, I had tears rolling down my face!

Lynne, Facebook Comment

By |August 31st, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season|0 Comments

The Les Misérables Audience Says…

“The whole production is unbelievably good, breathtaking!!! I couldn’t single out one part or actor/actress! I came home from the show and on the same evening bought another ticket … I’m going to watch the show again in August!”

“I saw this in London – in my opinion your production was the best! Every minute was excellent! The voices were awesome – I could hear every word. Thank you for a wonderful experience!”

“Amazing production! As a volunteer usher at the Theatre, I hear people raving about the show as they leave, comparing it to other productions seen internationally. Fabulous work, CFT !!”

As residents of Chemainus my wife and I have had many opportunities to enjoy performances at the Theatre Festival there.

We constantly marvel at the professionalism and quality of everything that they do.

No surprise, then, that we treated ourselves to tickets to their most recent venture – Les Misérables.

Having seen the musical performed in London by the original cast, and, more recently, having watched the 2012 Tom Hooper movie, we went with a great deal of curiosity as to how such a lavish show could be adapted to our smaller local environment. Much curiosity, but frankly no great expectations.

Boy, were we surprised! Peter Jorgensen’s direction is inspired. The performance was superb, from the set design to the singing to the costumes to the acting. It is hard to single out any specific talent, it all worked so well together. All in all, the most memorable performance of all the excellent ones at the Chemainus Theatre festival. An A+++!

We are writing this letter to encourage anyone who may not have already booked their tickets to do so with haste. You will have a wonderful time and, like us, will be humming the melodies for weeks to come.

Peter and Margaret

As good as the large stage performance! I did not know what to expect as it is a small Theatre. It surpassed any expectations. What a wonderful job they have done, even bringing tears to my eyes.

Kathy F, Trip Advisor

We saw Les Miserables and it was incredible! We also had the buffet, which was also excellent….

mhbaird, Trip Advisor

Terrific Professional Summer Theatre! Excellent production of Les Miserables. Consistently good theatre…

Freddie754, Trip Advisor

I am a Les Mis fan, and attended this with great anticipation and curiosity as to how this small theatre company would approach the stage and setting options as well hoping that my favourite songs would be met with the vocal strength required to sing them. In my opinion, everything about this production was perfect. The staging, the singing, the actors, really everything was just excellent. Lunch at the theatre is a wonderful experience, the customer service is at every corner is great. Leave time to walk around Chemainus, great shopping too. Note that this production is a long one, just over 3 hours.

yesiamtrish2, Trip Advisor

By |August 30th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season|0 Comments

Director’s introduction to Freud’s Last Session

cast_freud_1You’re about to meet two of the most exciting and influential intellects of the 20th century! Mark St. Germain encountered the possibility that C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud might have met in a book called The Question of God by Harvard Medical School psychiatrist Dr. Armand M. Nicholi Jr.. The 2002 book distills 37 years of spirited discussions with Nicholi’s students in the wildly popular seminar he had offered every year since 1967. (PBS adapted the book in a 2-part documentary mini-series in 2004).

The play you’ll see today premiered in 2009 at Mark St. Germain’s home theatre The Barrington Stage Company, and ran several months in New York where it won the Best Play Award from the Off Broadway Alliance. When my teaching colleagues Randy Ritz and Michael Peng proposed that I direct and design a production for them, I happily accepted after reading this remarkable script. At the Edmonton International Fringe Festival last summer, we enjoyed a sold-out run, were held over, and were nominated for three Sterling Awards. We are so pleased that Artistic Director Mark DuMez invited us to launch Chemainus Festival Theatre’s Studio Stage with this revival of our encounter with these two great characters!

Daniel vanHeyst

By |August 18th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season|0 Comments

Freud’s Last Session: The Creative Team

Meet the creative team behind our upcoming show Freud’s Last Session


Mark St. Germain


Mark has written the plays Camping with Henry and Tom(Outer Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award), Out of Gas on Lovers’ Leap and Forgiving Typhoid Mary (Time Magazine’s Year’s Ten Best), Ears on a Beetle and The God Committee, all published by Samuel French and Dramatist Play Service. With Randy Courts, he wrote the musicals The Gifts of the Magi, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller (winner of an AT&T New Plays for the Nineties Award), and Jack’s Holiday at Playwrights Horizons. Mark’s musical, Stand by Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story was created for Nashville’s Ryman Theater. Television credits include Writer and Creative Consultant for The Cosby Show. He co-wrote the screenplay for Carroll Ballard’s Warner Brothers film, Duma. Mark directed and co-produced the upcoming documentary, My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story, featuring, Richard Gere, Glenn Close and Edward Albee among many others. St. Germain is an alumnus of New Dramatists, where he was given the Joe A. Callaway Award, a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Writer’s Guild East and a Board Member of the Barrington Stage Company. He was awarded the New Voices In American Theatre award at the William Inge Theatre Festival.


Daniel vanHeyst

Director/Production Designer

Daniel is Professor of Drama at The King’s University College, where he heads the drama, visual art, and communications programs. Since 1981, he has designed hundreds of professional, educational, and community theatre productions, including 14 seasons of The Canadian Badlands Passion Play. A past president of Theatre Alberta and resident designer at Theatre Network for 10 seasons, Daniel keeps active in Edmonton’s theatre community, particularly through recent shows with Kompany Family Theatre.


Michael Peng

C.S. Lewis

Since 1994, Michael has worked professionally in theatre as an actor, director, designer, teacher, and producer – in Alberta, Ontario, the U.S., and Europe. In 2008, he received his MFA in Theatre Directing at the University of Alberta and is Co-Artistic director of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Edmonton company, wishbone theatre. In Alberta, Michael’s busy freelance career has seen him performing with The Citadel Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, Theatre Calgary, wishbone, Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Kill Your Television, Studio Theatre, and Surreal SoReal Theatre, among others. Recent Fringe hits include lauded wishbone productions of Bashir Lazhar, by Evelyne de la Chenelière (2009), SHIMMER, by John O’Keefe (2010), and Parlour Song, by Jez Butterworth (2012). Upcoming projects include performances in Sartre’s Shorts with Surreal SoReal and a new translation of Chekov’s The Three Sisters.


Randy Ritz

Sigmund Freud

As an actor, Randy has performed in Dallas, Berlin, Beijing and Thorsby, AB. He has directed over forty drama productions—many of them national in scope. Randy is also an author and curriculum writer for Standard Publishing, has produced two independent feature films including a supernatural thriller called “Unfinished Business” and he is a passionate educator and story coach. For thirty years has served as chair of the Drama Department at Concordia University College.

By |August 17th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season|0 Comments

Opening August 20th: Freud’s Last Session


Join Us for a Lively Debate!

Did an afternoon meeting with the avowed atheist Sigmund Freud inspire Christian apologist C. S. Lewis to create his most personal – and most enduring – defense of God…? In this marvellous, witty “what if..?” scenario, a dying Freud summons Lewis (then an ambitious young Oxford professor) to his London study – for reasons that gradually become clear. As a result, on the day in 1939 that England declares war on Germany (beginning World War II), the two men trade body blows and punch lines about what they each love and fear: war, death, God, sex, suffering… and their fathers (NOT their mothers…!!).

Freud confronts the notion of belief in his fi nal days, Lewis begins battling theological problems that will plague him for a lifetime, and we become witnesses to the kind of passionate, mindful, moving exchange that has forever spurred the human imagination.

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By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season|0 Comments

Current Gallery Exhibition: Christine Reimer


From August 1 to September 20, The Gallery Gift Shop is exhibiting the works of painter Christine Reimer.

Christine Reimer is an established British Columbia artist recognized for her bold, colourful interpretation of Canadian landscape. Subject matter of her evocative, acrylic on canvas paintings include coastal, rural, vineyards and townscapes in Canada, France & Italy. As well she has created a whimsical series of paintings of women in imaginary settings and a series of abstract florals which incorporate some collage elements. The dramatic beauty of British Columbia remains her primary inspiration.

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By |August 9th, 2014|Categories: The Gallery Gift Shop|0 Comments