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Glory

SEP 16 – OCT 9

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GLORY

SEP 16 – OCT 9

An inspirational and triumphant true story

The inspirational, triumphant, and incredible true story of the Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team. In 1933, four friends set out to prove to Canada that hockey isn’t just a sport for men. As they fight through the Great Depression, prejudice, and personal upheaval, can they overcome the odds and forge their own path to glory? Featuring electrifying swing dance choreography inspired by the jazz age, GLORY captures all the thrills, excitement, and tension of a great hockey game. Go Rivulettes!

AUDIENCE GUIDANCE: Minor profanity. Ages 12+

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Show Calendar: Glory

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Dinner Menu

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Our 2022 Shows

What are you excited about down the road this season? Getting together? The thrill of a live performance? Enjoying time with friends or family in a space that you cherish and love?

We are thrilled to be returning to the Mainstage with a full 2022 season. A season full of comedy, music, and stories that inspire and nourish the human spirit. Our preseason kicked off with our first-ever Min-Film Festival and The Journey from Michael Clark, and now we run headlong into a classic comedy with The 39 Steps.

All summer long we will be travelling down Classic Country Roads with tributes to favourite country stars. In the fall, we turn the corner on three Canadian-made shows celebrating women in hockey, the chameleon talents of Zachary Stevenson, and finally, Ebeneezer Scrooge with a twist.

We will continue the Cabaret Series in the Playbill Dining Room between shows on the Main Stage and have a great lineup planned throughout the year. We are also thrilled to be releasing Seasiders, a series of webisodes created for adults and children alike.

Join us for the open roads and dramatic vistas of 2022 and cruise back to Chemainus!

Mark DuMez
Artistic Director

APR 22 - MAY 22

THE 39 STEPS

Hitchcock Meets Hilarious

SEP 16 - 0CT 9

GLORY

Inspirational and triumphant true story

JUN 17 - AUG 21

CLASSIC COUNTRY ROADS

A Tribute to Country All-Stars

DEC 2 - 23

A TINY CHRISTMAS CAROL

Holiday Classic with a Twist

And … a bonus show for all the Buddy Holly fans out there!

Oct 21 - Nov 13

Dead Ringer

A Dead Ringer for Dead Singers

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By |April 3rd, 2022|Comments Off on Our 2022 Shows

Our 2022 Shows

What are you excited about down the road this season? Getting together? The thrill of a live performance? Enjoying time with friends or family in a space that you cherish and love?

We are thrilled to be returning to the Mainstage with a full 2022 season. A season full of comedy, music, and stories that inspire and nourish the human spirit. Our preseason kicked off with our first-ever Min-Film Festival and The Journey from Michael Clark, and now we run headlong into a classic comedy with The 39 Steps.

All summer long we will be travelling down Classic Country Roads with tributes to favourite country stars. In the fall, we turn the corner on three Canadian-made shows celebrating women in hockey, the chameleon talents of Zachary Stevenson, and finally, Ebeneezer Scrooge with a twist.

We will continue the Cabaret Series in the Playbill Dining Room between shows on the Main Stage and have a great lineup planned throughout the year. We are also thrilled to be releasing Seasiders, a series of webisodes created for adults and children alike.

Join us for the open roads and dramatic vistas of 2022 and cruise back to Chemainus!

Mark DuMez
Artistic Director

APR 22 - MAY 22

THE 39 STEPS

Hitchcock Meets Hilarious

SEP 16 - 0CT 9

GLORY

Inspirational and triumphant true story

JUN 17 - AUG 21

CLASSIC COUNTRY ROADS

A Tribute to Country All-Stars

DEC 2 - 23

A TINY CHRISTMAS CAROL

Holiday Classic with a Twist

And … a bonus show for all the Buddy Holly fans out there!

Oct 21 - Nov 13

Dead Ringer

A Dead Ringer for Dead Singers

SEASON CALENDAR
ORDER NOW

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Playbill Dining Room

Let us welcome you to the Playbill Dining Room with some great food, the usual warm hospitality, and live piano entertainment.

Our Executive Chef has prepared an impressive menu with fresh seasonal salads, delicious starters, choice of three plated dinner meals and some delectable desserts!  Complement this array of culinary delights with a beverage from our specialty menu of wines, beers, and estate ciders.

GLORY Menu

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Born in Toronto, Ontario, Elissa grew up in North Vancouver. She then studied Graphic Art at George Brown College in Ontario. She worked as a graphic artist for many yrs in Toronto until taking a position as a Sales Manager for a Display Company in Toronto. This job was fulfilling on many levels. She was able to be a liaison and convey ideas between the artists creating the work and the corporations who were buying it. She found this work very rewarding, and this experience became the cornerstone for eventually having her own art-based business. In 1991 she moved to England, where she was exposed to the galleries and museums of Europe. She enthusiastically began taking fine art courses at the MAC in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.

Her move to Vancouver Island proved inspirational, and she has been painting in oils ever since. One of her students claimed, “we think about art, but Elissa IS art.” Her life has become a whirlwind of creativity ~ oil painting, pottery, jewellery making, and teaching art to consume her days. Often her work takes on a slightly native/spiritual slant which is of no surprise considering Elissa is ¼ Mohawk. This is an area she is consciously pursuing at the moment.

Her work is collected by people across Canada, and she shows in several galleries here on Vancouver Island as well as the Gust Gallery in Waterton national park. Recently, two of her paintings were chosen by Roger’s Chocolates of Victoria to grace their Collectors Tins. Her “Botanical Beach” tin and “Canoes on Central Lake” tin is now available online.

Please note that some of the works appearing on this website may not be on display or available for sale.

By |August 17th, 2021|Comments Off on Elissa Anthony

2020 Season Update

The Plan for 2020

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. 

We Need Your Help!

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. 

2020 Season Subscribers

If you have purchased a 2020 Season Ticket Subscription you can choose from a range of options including 2021 credits, donation opportunities and refunds.

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Single Ticket Holders

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.

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why have you cancelled your entire season?

The Chemainus Theatre Festival has been working hard to assess the best possible plan moving forward in the 2020 Season and beyond.  We have been following the advice 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.

How do I contact the Chemainus Theatre?

The Chemainus Theatre offices are closed until further notice. Box Office staff are working remotely and can be reached via email. We are unable to accept incoming phone calls at this time.

If you have purchased tickets, we ask that you please submit the Ticket & Subscription Options form on our website.

For other inquiries, please email boxoffice@chemainustheatre.ca. Email volume is currently high, so we thank you for your patience as we respond to your inquiries.

Which shows are cancelled?

The Chemainus Theatre has suspended the remainder of its 2020 Season. The theatre will reopen when health officials declare that it is safe to do so.

The following shows have been cancelled for the 2020 season:

  • THE 39 STEPS
  • BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
  • GLORY
  • JOYFUL NOISE
  • ELF: THE MUSICAL
  • HOUSE ON POOH CORNER

Will these shows come back next season?

At this time we are unable to confirm whether or not these shows will come back next season. Our team will be diligently working on the 2021 Season during this closure and look forward to sharing an update when possible.

What happens to my tickets?

If you have purchased tickets this this season, you can choose from a range of options including 2021 credits, donation opportunities and refund. We ask that patrons please fill out and submit the Ticket & Subscription Options form, indicating your preference.

When can I expect my request to be processed?

We will be working as quickly as we can to process ticket forms. The initial volume will be very high and we appreciate your patience and understanding. It is our goal to process all requests by June 5.

What happens to my Best Western hotel booking?

If you booked hotel accommodations through the Chemainus Theatre as part of a Getaway Package, your hotel reservation will automatically be cancelled by us. You do not need to contact the hotel separately.

What is a Chemainus Theatre Account Credit?

A Chemainus Theatre account credit offers ticketholders the most flexibility. It is a secure and efficient way to deal with tickets to cancelled performances.

  • Credits live in each patron’s Chemainus Theatre account. It is yours to use however you want, whenever you want.
  • If you are unable to attend the new show dates, you can use your credit towards any future show booking, including theatre tickets, dining, hotel and subscription packages.
  • You can convert your credit into a Gift Certificate at any time.
  • Credits can be used in one transaction or spread across multiple transactions.
  • Credits do not expire.

How do I use my account credit for another booking?

Once regular operations resume, you can call the Box Office at 1-800-565-7738 or book online. You can access your credit from your shopping cart.

How can I help?

As a not-for-profit organization, the Chemainus Theatre Festival relies on the generous support of our patrons and sponsors.  The Chemainus Theatre Crisis Relief Fund has been established to help us withstand this difficult time and emerge strong when it is safe to do so.  Today more than ever, we will rely on the charitable support of our community to help bring the quality entertainment you’ve come to expect.  If you are able to help, any donation will be an integral part of helping us build towards our next season.  Click to donate here.

I booked with a 2 for 1 Coupon. Will my coupon be honoured next season?

Coupons from the 2020 coupon books are valid for the 2020 calendar year, in accordance with each coupon book publisher. The amount credited to you is the total amount paid in the original transaction.

By |May 21st, 2020|Categories: Theatre News|0 Comments

Les Misérables Show Synopsis (Spoiler Alerts!)

ACT ONE

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Cast of Les Misérables

1795

Lights up on a chain gang in early 19th Century France. The men do hard labor. One prisoner, referred to as ‘number 24601,’ appears. His name is Jean Valjean and was imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. His time is finally up and he is being released but Javert, an overzealous policeman, reminds him he will always be a sinner. Because he is branded as a former prisoner, it is impossible for Valjean to find work. (1815) Starving again, he is taken in by a bishop and fed; however, he flees in the night, stealing some expensive silver. The bishop, learning his plight, tells the police that he gave Valjean the silver. The bishop has bought Valjean’s soul for God, and Valjean vows to be a good citizen.

1802

Seven years later, the poor of France are starving and desperate. Inside a factory at Montreuil, a group of women are desperate to hold on to their jobs. A young woman, Fantine, will not respond to the foreman’s sexual advances. The other women discover she has a daughter out of wedlock who lives with an innkeeper in the country, and worry that Fantine’s trouble will become their trouble. A fight breaks out and the mayor and factory owner – Valjean in disguise – instructs the foreman to sort it out. He unfairly fires Fantine (“At the End of the Day”). (1822) Desperate and alone, Fantine remembers her summer of love and the man who broke his promises that brought her to this point in life (“I Dreamed A Dream”).

Fantine finds herself in the red-light district, surrounded by sailors and whores. She tries to sell her last possessions so that she may have money for her daughter, Cosette, to see a doctor. The Madame she sells to, however, will not give her a fair price. Fantine is forced to sell her hair and then finally herself. However, when the time comes, she cannot bring herself to it and gets into a fight with the gentleman. Javert appears and arrests Fantine, showing her no mercy. Valjean sees her and recognizes that her misfortune is partially his doing. He has her taken to the hospital (“The Docks”).

Next, a cart crashes and Valjean inexplicably lifts it so that the man trapped underneath is pulled clear. Javert recognizes Valjean’s strength as being similar to a prisoner he knew many years ago, but assures Valjean that the man has been recaptured and awaits trial. Valjean wrestles with a moral dilemma – if he lets the other man take the fall for him, he will finally be free and the factory workers dependent on him will be taken care of; however, he also will be damned and will have reneged on his promised life for God. He decides he cannot stay silent and goes to the court, announcing his identity and then rushes away to Fantine’s hospital (“Who Am I?”).

1823

At the hospital, Fantine is in a delirium and Valjean promises to adopt Cosette as Fantine takes her final breath (“Fantine’s Death”). Javert finds Valjean in the hospital, and again shows no mercy despite Valjean trying to explain he must rescue the child. Javert believes that any man who is a sinner will always be a sinner. The two men fight, and Valjean manages to escape.

Miles away, at an Inn, Cosette dreams of a happier life (“Castle On A Cloud”). The greedy and evil Mme. Thénardier, the innkeeper’s wife, interrupts her wistful fantasy. The Thénardiers young daughter, Éponine is there as well. Mme. sends Cosette out into the dark to the well against Cosette’s protests (“Little Cosette”). While the inn fills with patrons, Thénardier revels with the patrons. As they get drunker and drunker, the host enumerates the many ways he cuts corners and takes advantage of his customers (“The Innkeeper’s Song”). Valjean meets young Cosette wandering in the woods and brings her back to the inn. He haggles with the Thénardiers over their darling Cosette and the couple finally settles on a price and turns the child over to Valjean (“The Bargain”).

1832

Ten years pass and we find ourselves in the teeming, squalid streets of Paris. The beggars, led by a young boy named Gavroche, continue to suffer. Everyone is on edge (“The Beggars”). In their midst comes the young revolutionary Marius and his friend Enjolras; they seek justice from the powers in France. Only one politician cares for the poor: LeMarque. He is on his deathbed. The students plan to use his death as a catalyst for revolution. Thénardier, no longer an innkeeper, leads a gang of criminals on the street corner. Éponine, now all grown up, is torn between loyalty towards her father & mother and her attraction to old friend Marius. Suddenly, Valjean and Cosette appear; Thénardier recognizes Valjean and asks for money. They scuffle and Valjean’s shirt is ripped open showing his tattoo. Javert, not recognizing Valjean, tells him to be careful on the street (“The Robbery”). He turns to find that Valjean and Cosette, who had run into Marius, have disappeared. Thénardier tells Javert about the brand on the stranger’s chest and Javert wonders if it could be the man he has been seeking all these years. Javert, the obsessed lawman, swears that he will never rest until Valjean is behind bars (“Stars”).

Elsewhere, Marius meets Éponine to ask her to find the young girl with whom he had met earlier. Éponine then remembers her childhood with Cosette but refuses to mention anything. Out of her love for Marius, she eventually agrees to help him.

At a neighboring inn, revolutionary men talk of their plans and tease Marius about his falling in love for the first time. They prepare for their student revolution (“The ABC Café”). Barricades will rise and they will take to the streets, and all will come when called. As they cheer, Gavroche rushes in to inform them that LeMarque has passed. Enjolras, recognizing the sign to begin, leads the group in a rousing cry to action (“The People’s Song”).

1832

Later, on the Rue Plumet, Cosette contemplates her past life, which she cannot seem to remember, and all of her father’s secrets (“Rue Plumet”). Éponine leads Marius to the street where Cossette lives. Éponine tells of her unrequited love for Marius who exchanges affectionate words with Cosette (“A Heart Full Of Love”). Suddenly, one of Thénardiers men come to rob the house of Valjean, but Éponine vows to protect Marius instead of helping her father. When her father refuses to be dissuaded, she screams and the robbers make for the sewers in order to escape (“The Attack On Rue Plumet”). Marius thanks Éponine for saving them and rather than betraying Éponine, Cosette tells her father it was she who screamed because of a mysterious man at the gate who ran away. Valjean now mistakenly fears the men who were lurking in the street were with Javert. He plans to flee from France with Cosette in order to escape Javert. Marius is heartbroken at the thought of losing his love, as his compatriots prepare for battle (“One Day More”)

ACT TWO

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Cast of Les Misérables

A barricade is being built in the streets of Paris. Marius sees Éponine and asks her to deliver a letter to Cosette; she agrees, though it breaks her heart. On the Rue Plumet, Éponine meets Valjean and gives him the letter (“Building the Barricade”). He realizes that Marius is in love with Cosette and quickly exits. All alone in the city streets, Éponine laments the intensity of her feelings for Marius, who does not return her affection (“On My Own”).

The barricade has been completed and even though the revolutionaries will get no official help, they believe that the people will rise to throw off their yoke of tyranny. Javert (in disguise) climbs the barricade, tells them of the enemies’ plans and is called a liar by Gavroche who knows his true identity. Javert is tied up and is to be taken to a people’s court, which he renounces (“Javert at the Barricade”). Éponine, fatally wounded, climbs the barricade and dies in Marius’ arms, as he weeps and tells her of his deep love and admiration (“A Little Fall Of Rain”). Valjean then arrives to help and protect Marius, unbeknownst to him.

There is an attack and Valjean helps the students. Enjolras thanks him and they officially welcome him (“The First Attack”). Because of this, Enjolras gives Valjean the opportunity to take care of Javert. Valjean, however, shows mercy and cuts his bonds urging him to flee before the others find out. Javert tells Valjean even if he is freed he will continue to try to ensnare Valjean. Valjean tells the policeman he is free with no conditions and if they survive he can find him on Rue Plumet. Javert leaves, his faith shaken.

Later that night, the men drink and reflect on the situation. Valjean watches over Marius and hopes that he will survive the battle for Cosette’s sake (“Night”). The second attack begins. Marius and Valjean argue as to whom will climb the barricade to pick up desperately needed ammunition from the corpses in the street. While they argue, Gavroche climbs the barricade in defiance and is shot to death (“The Second Attack”).

The final battle begins, the revolutionaries refuse to give up, and all are killed (“The Final Battle”). The only survivors are Valjean and a seriously wounded Marius. More determined than ever, Valjean carries Marius into the sewers. They come across Thénardier, who is looting from the corpses. Valjean collapses with exhaustion and Thénardier steals Marius’ ring from the unconscious man’s finger (“Dog Eat Dog”). When he recognizes Valjean, Thénardier flees. A revived Valjean, still carrying the body of Marius, continues his journey through the sewers. As they emerge from the sewers, they meet Javert. Valjean pleads with Javert that he must save the boy’s life and that in one hour he will be Javert’s prisoner. Javert lets him go and wanders to a bridge in shock as he tries to reconcile Valjean’s letting him go free when he could have taken his revenge. His world is totally shaken and he decides to commit suicide by throwing himself into the river (“Javert’s Suicide”).

Several months later. Marius, although delusional and haunted by the ghosts of his dead friends, is slowly recovering (“Café Song”). Encouraged by Cosette, he becomes stronger and stronger. The young lovers proclaim their feelings for one another and Marius acknowledges his debt to Valjean. With Cosette out of the room, Valjean reveals his plans of leaving forever but not before he tells Marius of his past crime, punishment, and breaking of parole. He insists he must leave in order to protect Cosette from his dark past (“Marius and Cosette”).

1833

Now at Marius and Cosette’s wedding, the Thénardiers, disguised as Baron & Baroness de Thenard, arrive. Posing as nobility, they refuse to leave and for a small price, reveal who saved Marius the night the barricade fell. When a ring is revealed, Marius informs Cosette that Valjean is his savior; they must go see him. The Thénardiers stay behind and celebrate with stolen silver (“The Wedding”).

We transition to Valjean, alone in his room, waiting to die. The spirit of Fantine appears to tell him that because he fulfilled his promise by raising Cosette, he will finally be with God. Marius and Cosette then enter and Marius thanks Valjean for saving his life. Valjean gives Cosette his last confession: the story of those who loved her. The ghosts of Fantine and Éponine take Valjean to his glory while Valjean reminds Cosette that love is of highest importance and they will all be free when ‘tomorrow’ comes (“Epilogue”).

Source: Music Theatre International
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