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Patron Advisory – COVID-19


Quick Update for The 39 Steps

We’ve pushed the opening of The 39 Steps and will open as soon as it is possible.

If you have already purchased tickets, the full value of your purchase (Tickets, Playbill, Hotel if applicable) are being held as a credit on your account for when the show opens or it can be used against a future production of your choice. 

Once the new dates have been determined, you will be contacted directly by our box office.  We ask that you please DO NOT call the Box Office regarding your tickets. Our staff are unable to take calls at this time, if you have an urgent matter, please click here Box Office to email.


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We are so thankful to have a loyal and courageous community of patrons, volunteers, staff, artists, and communities who care for the Chemainus Theatre Festival as it creates theatre and experiences that nourish and enrich the human spirit. In these trying times, we will work to safeguard this special place and trust that we will be able to celebrate and uplift our Vancouver Island community with great theatre when this time has passed. We have a dedicated team working to ensure the continued long term viability of our theatre and we are diligently developing plans to ensure we remain strong.

We will remerge, when it is safe to do so, with creative energy, artistry, determination, and heart. Adversity offers a chance for resilience, and the Chemainus Theatre Festival, in this for the long haul, looks forward to another chance to shine with you all again.

This is a difficult and challenging time for our community and the country at large. Rest assure we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our patrons, volunteers, staff, artists and community. After thoughtful and careful consideration, the Chemainus Theatre Festival is suspending operations to do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately. This temporary suspension will be in effect until further notice.

Current Update
• Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is postponed for now. Current ticket holders will receive new tickets (this includes theatre tickets, Playbilling Dining Room bookings and Theatre Hotel Getaway packages) once dates have been determined and you will be contacted directly by our box office. We ask that you please DO NOT call the Box Office regarding your tickets.
It is our goal to resume operations as soon as it is determined safe to do so. If you are a season ticket holder or have already purchased tickets for an upcoming show, we ask that you please hold off rebooking your tickets until we can reschedule our season. You will be contacted directly by the box office to make future arrangements. We will work with you to reissue updated tickets and offer flexible options as schedules evolve.

The doors to the box office are currently closed and we are unable to accept incoming calls during this time. Staff are working remotely and we are available to answer your questions via email. We anticipate email volume will be high for the next couple of weeks, so we thank you in advance for your patience as our staff respond to your inquiries.

How can I help?
We thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support during these extraordinary times. If you wish to donate to support the Chemainus Theatre Festival it will go a long way to ensuring that we can continue creating live professional theatre as soon as the business is back to normal. Click here for donations to the Chemainus Theatre Festival.

We will continue to look to the Public Health Agency of Canada and HealthLink BC for recommendations, guidance, and direction. As we receive more information, we will provide updates via email and on our website in the coming weeks. We are acting with an abundance of caution as a not-for-profit organization and have carefully considered the tremendous impact of this decision.

Thank you for your patience, support and understanding.

Randal Huber, Managing Director
Mark DuMez, Artistic Director


Please email us at info@chemainustheatre.ca if you have any questions.

By |March 12th, 2020|Categories: Theatre News|0 Comments

Kim’s Convenience Video


We were lucky enough to sit down for a short interview with James Yi, who plays Appa in the play. You also get a peek at the stage design and some of the other characters you’ll meet. This play is on until May 26th, don’t miss your chance to see this moving and funny play that audiences are falling in love with!

By |May 4th, 2018|Categories: 2018 Season, Videos|0 Comments

Video: Once at Chemainus Theatre

Romance and music blend charmingly in the smash-hit multi-award winning musical ‘Once’ – a new musical. From February 9 to March 10, visit Chemainus Theatre Festival and see the winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Here’s a peek at our production, some of the music and background from the director. Enjoy!

By |February 15th, 2018|Categories: 2018 Season, Videos|0 Comments

Opening Soon: Once

Winner of 8 Tony Awards, Including Best Musical!

When a singing Irishman, with little faith left in love and music, meets a beautiful Czech woman in a Dublin bar, they are drawn together by their shared love of music. From flirtation to friendship to an uncommon romance, the unlikely pair connects in search of long-forgotten dreams – a passionate pursuit that may just tear them apart.

Mild language advisory, click for details
Once is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

By |January 9th, 2018|Categories: 2018 Season|0 Comments

Current Exhibition: October 13 to November 4

Philip Mix

October 13 – November 4

About Philip

Philip Mix was born in Edmonton Alberta in 1955. He received his Bachelor of Arts in painting from the Alberta College of Art, Calgary in1980. His paintings have shown in several Canadian galleries and abroad including London, Israel and Cyprus. He operated a conservation studio, Fine Art Restoration, in Victoria B.C. from 1986 to 2011. During that time he was a member of the Pacific Conservation Group, and Canadian Conservation Associates. Now retired from paintings conservation, he lives in a small community on Vancouver Island and devotes all his energy to his family, his studio, and an uncooperative garden.

My paintings are intentionally spare and dispassionate. They are a study in reduction:in economy of line,confined design,select chords of colour and minimized depth of field. My desire is to produce an artwork that is beautiful for its singleness of purity and purpose: the elegance of simplicity. I choose subjects whose form or function lends itself to the discovery of some intrinsic beauty; a beauty that becomes intriguing once the inherent grace of its form has been recognized and captured.

Philip’s Website

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By |October 18th, 2017|Categories: The Gallery Gift Shop|0 Comments

Now Playing: Silent Sky

Silent Sky at Chemainus Theatre

Cosmic Love Story

Henrietta Leavitt sees greatness in the stars – if only others saw the brilliance in her. While many earthly complications stand in her way, her astonishing discoveries of astronomy, family, and love will change everyone’s (outer) worldly perspective.

Silent Sky is a startling, entertaining true story of a brilliant, history-making woman.” – AtlantaInTown.com

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By |October 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Now Playing: Hilda’s Yard


How unbreakable are the ties that bind a family together? It’s 1956, and happy empty-nesters Sam and Hilda are finally enjoying life on their own. But their peaceful home turns chaotic when their unemployed son and newly-single daughter return for an unexpected stay. Can these traditional parents and far-out children bridge the generational divide?

Enjoy the hilarious situational comedy of this Norm Foster gem.

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By |October 7th, 2016|Categories: 2016 Season, Hilda's Yard|0 Comments

Upcoming Gallery Exhibit: Martin Kaspers, October 7

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About Martin Kaspers

Martin Kaspers became a full time artist in 2000 using photography as his primary medium.

He moved to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in 2006 and has his studio there. At his studio he does all his own printing and framing. He also prints for many other artists and helps photographers with adjusting their images.

Presently, he sells his art in galleries across western Canada. Much of his subject matter is the beautiful west coast.

Martin’s Website

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