The Chemainus Theatre Festival has been performing live theatre on Vancouver Island for 28 seasons. It has grown stronger through each challenge it has faced – enduring epic snowstorms, windstorms, and economic downturns.
The Chemainus Theatre Festival has been working hard to assess the best possible plan to move forward in the 2020 Season and beyond. We have been following the mandates of government officials, public health authorities, and medical professionals to address the health, safety, and well-being of our patrons, staff, volunteers, and artists. With social distancing measures in place and the uncertainty of when the ban on larger public gatherings will be lifted, it is more evident than ever that we must remain closed for the unforeseen future. Because of this, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of our 2020 season.
We are so thankful to have a loyal and courageous community who care for the Chemainus Theatre Festival. This is one of the most challenging and heartbreaking decisions we have ever had to make. We acknowledge the impact it will have on our Chemainus Theatre community. We feel the loss of the 2020 Season and all that it touches. We are a theatre of celebration and hope. While we hope for the best, we recognize that planning for the long-term life of the theatre society requires other measures.
COVID-19 has closed live professional theatres and mass gatherings across Canada. While government officials and public health authorities have begun to publicly discuss plans to lessen restrictions, unfortunately, the theatre industry’s great intermission, as recently described in the Globe and Mail, seems to have only just begun.
These are unsettling times. The Chemainus Theatre Crisis Relief Fund has been established to help us withstand this difficult time and return in 2021 when it is safe to do so. Today more than ever, we will rely on charitable support. If you are able to help, any donation will be an integral part of helping us build towards our next season.
If you have purchased a 2020 Season Ticket Subscription you can choose from a range of options including 2021 credits, donation opportunities and refunds.
If you have purchased tickets to any of our 2020 Shows you can choose from a range of options including 2021 credits, donation opportunities and refunds.
Thank you for your patience, support, and understanding and for being a part of the Chemainus Theatre Experience. Be well and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you next season when we can all share our creative energy, artistry, determination, and heart.