Fall Message from the Managing Director

The Professional Association of Canadian Theatre recently released a study that found 80% of Canadians believe live theatre is important to making communities both vibrant places to live and helping attract visitors. Looking at Chemainus and the Cowichan region, this certainly holds true as the Chemainus Theatre has become a cultural and economic cornerstone drawing close to 70,000 theatre goers per year to our artsy seaside corner of the Island.

Even on the broad national scene, Chemainus plays an integral role. Last year, roughly 8 million tickets were sold for live theatre across our country. This means 1 out of every 114 people who attended a theatre performance in Canada did so by visiting the Chemainus Theatre.

Theatre plays a key role creating vibrancy and drawing us together to help create and support that elusive sense of community. Even if it’s just for a few hours as an audience sharing a collective experience, theatre is a living breathing thing that flourishes and grows with greater participation.

Randal Huber

By |September 29th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season, Theatre Fundraising|0 Comments

About Over the River and Through the Woods

 Over the River and Through the Woods

The Play

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey whose parents have retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of grandparents for dinner every Sunday. But then he gets offered his dream job. The job he’s been waiting for – marketing executive – would take him away from his beloved, but overwhelming grandparents. When he tells them they begin a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio & Emma have a plan but we won’t give the ending away here.

The Playwright

Joe DiPietro
Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical. His other plays and musicals include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (the longest running musical revue in off-Broadway history); The Toxic Avenger and The Thing About Men (both winners of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway musical,); the much-produced comedy Over the River and Through the Woods; The Art of Murder (Edgar Award winner for Best Mystery Play) and the Broadway musical All Shook Up. His drama Creating Claire debuted at George Street Playhouse in 2010. His work has received thousands of productions across the United States and around the world.

The Director

Pamela Halstead

photo_over_directorPamela recently completed her tenure as the Artistic Director of Lunchbox Theatre (Calgary, AB) and is the former Artistic Producer of Ship’s Company Theatre (Parrsboro, NS). In her 10 years between these two companies she directed and/or produced over 60 productions, the majority of them premieres of new works. Pamela is Artistic Adviser to Valley Summer Theatre (Wolfville, NS), Artistic Producer of DMV Theatre (Halifax, NS) and the PERFORM! Coordinator for Theatre Nova Scotia. Recent credits include: directing Mass Appeal for Valley Summer Theatre and The Net for Theatre New Brunswick, directing and dramaturging the world premieres of Never A Syllable for Onelight Theatre and Bingo Ladies for Lunchbox Theatre, and producing White Rabbit, Red Rabbit for DMV Theatre. She also returned recently to Lunchbox to curate and coordinate the 27th Suncor Energy Stage One Festival. In 2013, Pamela was awarded the inaugural Evans Award at the Calgary Critics’ Awards for her contribution to the vibrancy of the Calgary theatre community. She recently returned to Nova Scotia and is thrilled to be back living by the sea.

By |September 27th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season|0 Comments

Opening October 3: Over the River and Through the Woods


Meet Nick – a single Italian-American from New Jersey – and both sets of his meddling grandparents over a series of Sunday dinners, as they try to sort out his love life and their destiny through pasta and wise-cracks. This heartwarming and hilarious family comedy plays with old world values, new family traditions and the differences between the generations. Tengo famiglia!

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By |September 22nd, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season|0 Comments

Audition Notice: Child Actors for Sherlock


We are accepting video auditions for Child Actors for our Christmas production of:

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol”


Young Sherlock Holmes:
Boy who can play an age range of 7-11 years old. Ability to speak in a standard British accent is a bonus.

Boy who can play an age range of 7-11 years old. Ability to speak in a Cockney accent is a bonus.

Audition Requirements:

All applicants will be required to prepare and perform a specific portion of the script for the audition.

Please contact Victoria Caldwell vcaldwell@chemainustheatre.ca for the audition pieces. (required material will be provided.)

Deadline for Submission:

Monday, September 15th, 2014

For further information please contact Victoria Caldwell, Production Coordinator at vcaldwell@chemainustheatre.ca Please submit all video auditions to the above email as well.

By |September 13th, 2014|Categories: Auditions|0 Comments

Les Misérables Held Over by Popular Demand!


The Chemainus Theatre is proud to announce, due to remarkable demand, Les Misérables has been held over for two extra weeks – until September 20! Seen by more than 65 million people in 42 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, it is still breaking box-office records everywhere. Don’t miss your chance to see the show that everyone is talking about!

Book Your Tickets Now!

By |September 1st, 2014|Categories: 2014 Season|0 Comments