This year, Chemainus Theatre Festival celebrates a wide range of musicals, comedies, and dramas which examine themes of identity, calling and compassion. In concert with the supporting work of food, festivity and artistic enrichment, the Chemainus Theatre Festival Experience continues to feed the heart and soul of Vancouver Island.
The season opens with a chamber company of actor musicians in The Sound of Music, celebrating staying authentic while finding love and a true calling in the caring community of family. Then, romp through a classic comedy of confusion that unmasks stereotypes with The Foreigner. In the summer, travel to the Mediterranean to play in song and sea-foam with Mamma Mia! as an energetic “extended” family reunites. During the summer, KidzPlay brings back the team who staged the wildly popular The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, with a new adaptation of The Magician’s Nephew.
In the Fall, Mrs. Warren’s Profession will dig deep to debate and debunk social moorings and question how far sacrificial love should go. The cheeky, charming musical comedy, Lumberjacks in Love, will skip and shuffle across the haywire stage for a short run of folksy fun. The season closes with a Canadian adaptation of the holiday classic that questions the value of the faith of a child with the play Miracle on 34th Street!
The live, professional Chemainus Theatre Festival Experience is always enhanced by the imaginative and inviting Playbill Dining Room, Fireside Lounge and enticing Gallery Gift Shop.
In addition to all this on-stage work, outreach and engagement opportunities strengthen and deepen the arts. We continue to provide Island Savings Discover Theatre Workshops across Vancouver Island, create growth opportunities for young artists through week-long Theatre Intensives and support emerging artists, technicians and administrators through work studies and apprenticeships.
Chemainus Theatre Festival continues to thrive on jubilant, thrilling, and engaging experiences. We look forward to seeing you!