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The 39 Steps with Aidan deSalaiz, Felix LeBlanc, Caitlin Driscoll and Alexandra Brynn is on stage at the Chemainus Theatre April 22-May 22. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Review: Fast-paced Chemainus Theatre show just plain funny

The 39 Steps will have you guffawing at regular intervals

 

The cast of The 39 Steps. Back from left: Aidan deSalaiz and Alexandra Brynn. Front: Felix LeBlanc and Caitlin Driscoll. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Laughter generated from The 39 Steps the best medicine

Cast members prepared to deliver a much-needed respite for the audience

 

Cirque du Soliel returns to Victoria with OVO this June. (Courtesy Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre)

Cirque du Soleil returns to Vancouver Island this spring with OVO

Seven performances will transform Victoria’s Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in June

 

The Ms Adventures (Linda Safford, Joanna Finch, Hazel Lennox and Judy Norbury) will be on hand to celebrate the season finale of the Villagers’ Fireside Variety Show. Photo supplied

Cumberland Villagers’ Fireside Variety Show season finale Friday

Welcoming everyone to the Cumberland Weird Church (Corner of Penrith and First)…

The Ms Adventures (Linda Safford, Joanna Finch, Hazel Lennox and Judy Norbury) will be on hand to celebrate the season finale of the Villagers’ Fireside Variety Show. Photo supplied
Chemainus Theatre artistic director Mark DuMez, left, and managing director Randy Huber between the banners for The 39 Steps and Glory that were on the schedule for 2020 before the pandemic and are now again prominent for the 2022 season. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Smaller casts, but still big performances on Island theatre’s 2022 show schedule

The 39 Steps and Glory return to the lineup from postponed 2020 season

Chemainus Theatre artistic director Mark DuMez, left, and managing director Randy Huber between the banners for The 39 Steps and Glory that were on the schedule for 2020 before the pandemic and are now again prominent for the 2022 season. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Jesse Hatch (Patrick), Stella Swanson (SpongeBob) and Olivia Parsons (Sandy Cheeks the Squirrel) stand ready to save Bikini Bottom. Photo, Jake Fernandes.

Live SD71 theatre is back with SpongeBob

Musical happens onstage at Highland through March 12

Jesse Hatch (Patrick), Stella Swanson (SpongeBob) and Olivia Parsons (Sandy Cheeks the Squirrel) stand ready to save Bikini Bottom. Photo, Jake Fernandes.
Morrissey Dunn (left) directs Leina DeBoer in Prelude to a Kiss – The Love Songs of Ella Fitzgerald at the Sid Williams Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 16. Photo contributed

Prelude to a Kiss presents the iconic music of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald

Appearing at Courtenay’s sid Williams Theatre on Feb. 16

  • Feb 8, 2022
Morrissey Dunn (left) directs Leina DeBoer in Prelude to a Kiss – The Love Songs of Ella Fitzgerald at the Sid Williams Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 16. Photo contributed
The Peanuts gang takes to the stage in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, at the Sid Williams Theatre Dec. 26-31. Photo supplied

Courtenay Little Theatre returns with ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

Lynn Hodge Special to the Record Courtenay Little Theatre is returning to…

The Peanuts gang takes to the stage in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, at the Sid Williams Theatre Dec. 26-31. Photo supplied
The stage is set for a full season of theatre again in 2022 at the Chemainus Theatre with the current fundraising campaign that's underway supported with substantial contributions from Gregg Perry, left, and Dr. Don Hilton. The Holiday Jubilation concert for Christmas will be a stepping stone. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Funding campaigns help popular Island theatre stage a comeback

Matching donations go a long way toward a 2022 full season Chemainus Theatre reopening

The stage is set for a full season of theatre again in 2022 at the Chemainus Theatre with the current fundraising campaign that's underway supported with substantial contributions from Gregg Perry, left, and Dr. Don Hilton. The Holiday Jubilation concert for Christmas will be a stepping stone. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Old Church Theatre will be coming to life again under the artistic direction of Doug Cox. Photo via Doug Cox/Facebook

New management, new vision for Courtenay’s Old Church Theatre

The Old Church Theatre at Eighth Street and Harmston Avenue is coming…

The Old Church Theatre will be coming to life again under the artistic direction of Doug Cox. Photo via Doug Cox/Facebook
Courtenay Little Theatre is offering two productions to be performed on the Comox Rotary Stage at Filberg Heritage Park in Comox. Photo by Terry Farrell

Courtenay Little Theatre staging two productions at Filberg Park

By Lynn Hodge Special to The Record Live theatre is in the…

Courtenay Little Theatre is offering two productions to be performed on the Comox Rotary Stage at Filberg Heritage Park in Comox. Photo by Terry Farrell
Live concerts could return to venues such as Blue Frog Studios in White Rock by year’s end - provided immunizations make a diference and COVID variants are held in check - according to a recent round table including provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry and reprsentatives of performing arts groups. (Submitted photo)

B.C. performing arts groups could see gradual return of live events

Round table between Dr. Bonnie Henry and arts groups gives rise to cautious optimism

Live concerts could return to venues such as Blue Frog Studios in White Rock by year’s end - provided immunizations make a diference and COVID variants are held in check - according to a recent round table including provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry and reprsentatives of performing arts groups. (Submitted photo)
Adelie Simson and Sarah Dolman in a scene from Quaranteened, one of two one-act plays that Courtenay Little Theatre will be presenting virtually, April 2-5. Photo supplied

Courtenay Little Theatre returning with a virtual event

The Pandemic Diaries featuring two original one-act plays, can be viewed April 2-5

Adelie Simson and Sarah Dolman in a scene from Quaranteened, one of two one-act plays that Courtenay Little Theatre will be presenting virtually, April 2-5. Photo supplied
The Sid Williams Theatre has a capacity of 500 people.

Sid Williams Theatre offering online holiday entertainment

Join the Sid Williams Theatre online for some laughs and holiday cheer.…

  • Dec 7, 2020
The Sid Williams Theatre has a capacity of 500 people.
The Sid Williams Theatre marquee is once again proudly displaying upcoming events. Photo supplied

Courtenay’s Sid Williams Theatre reopening in a limited capacity

The Sid Williams Theatre Society spent many months since March’s forced closure…

  • Oct 22, 2020
The Sid Williams Theatre marquee is once again proudly displaying upcoming events. Photo supplied
It looked like it was going to be a great last half of the year at the Chemainus Theatre, as artistic director Mark DuMex rolled out the lineup during last October’s show unveiling celebration. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Remainder of 2020 season cancelled at popular Island theatre

Chemainus Theatre Festival succumbs to COVID-19 restrictions on large crowds likely to linger longer

It looked like it was going to be a great last half of the year at the Chemainus Theatre, as artistic director Mark DuMex rolled out the lineup during last October’s show unveiling celebration. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Theatre BC president Peter Wienold, of Port Alberni, officially opens Mainstage Festival 2019. The festival, which features eight of the best plays in B.C. in eight days, has been cancelled for 2020. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Theatre BC cancels festivals in response to COVID-19

‘Provincials’ of community theatre set to take place on Vancouver Island in July 2020

Theatre BC president Peter Wienold, of Port Alberni, officially opens Mainstage Festival 2019. The festival, which features eight of the best plays in B.C. in eight days, has been cancelled for 2020. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
photo is of the muses. The muses are (from left), back row - Taite Marcoux, Olivia Parsons, Nik Strilets; second row - Grace Riley, Jenna Gill, Ananiah Bartsch; front - Gillian Hegg, Adelie Simson.

Comox Valley school district drama students present Xanadu

Venice Beach, California, 1980. An aspiring young artist paints a mural, and…

  • Feb 22, 2020
photo is of the muses. The muses are (from left), back row - Taite Marcoux, Olivia Parsons, Nik Strilets; second row - Grace Riley, Jenna Gill, Ananiah Bartsch; front - Gillian Hegg, Adelie Simson.