Theatre

Bard to Broadway Theatre Society may stage shows outdoors next summer. (PQB News photo file)

Qualicum Beach’s Bard to Broadway group may stage shows outdoors

Theatre society plans smaller productions due to ongoing pandemic

Bard to Broadway Theatre Society may stage shows outdoors next summer. (PQB News photo file)
Hospice worker Glorie, played by Kim Rogers, cares for the dying Grace, played by Patricia Zogar (from right), in the Yellow Point Drama Group production of ‘Grace and Glorie.’ (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Hospice worker and patient butt heads in upcoming Nanaimo theatre production

Yellow Point Drama Group presents ‘Grace and Glorie’ at Cedar Community Hall

Hospice worker Glorie, played by Kim Rogers, cares for the dying Grace, played by Patricia Zogar (from right), in the Yellow Point Drama Group production of ‘Grace and Glorie.’ (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Barbara Metcalf and Brian March, seen here in rehearsal, star as crossword puzzle enthusiaists who meet on the San Francisco subway in ‘2 Across.’ (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo’s Western Edge Theatre returns to the stage in Port Theatre debut

Theatre group presents ‘2 Across,’ described as a ‘middle-aged romantic comedy’

Barbara Metcalf and Brian March, seen here in rehearsal, star as crossword puzzle enthusiaists who meet on the San Francisco subway in ‘2 Across.’ (Photo submitted)
Scott Rivers, Jennefer Laidley, Donna Deacon and David Innell (clockwise from top-left) star in ‘All and Nothing,’ a new play by Gabriola playwright T.J. Radcliffe. The play will be staged online via Zoom. (Image courtesy Ray Appel)

Gabriola theatre group live-streaming two new pandemic-themed plays

Gabriola Players to broadcast ‘All and Nothing’ and ‘Syd’s Cosmic Slump’ using Zoom

Scott Rivers, Jennefer Laidley, Donna Deacon and David Innell (clockwise from top-left) star in ‘All and Nothing,’ a new play by Gabriola playwright T.J. Radcliffe. The play will be staged online via Zoom. (Image courtesy Ray Appel)
Actors Rob Atkinson and David Bigelow (from left) rehearse a socially-distanced scene that involves an audience participant in the Nanaimo Theatre Group production of the one-person show ‘Every Brilliant Thing.’ (Josef Jacobson/The New Bulletin)

Live theatre coming back as Nanaimo Theatre Group will present one-person show

Theatre company staging COVID-19-conscious production of ‘Every Brilliant Thing’

Actors Rob Atkinson and David Bigelow (from left) rehearse a socially-distanced scene that involves an audience participant in the Nanaimo Theatre Group production of the one-person show ‘Every Brilliant Thing.’ (Josef Jacobson/The New Bulletin)
Lantzville playwright Nicolle Nattrass is presenting of reading of her latest play, Suddenly 50, via Zoom on Aug. 28. (Photo courtesy Joni Marcolin)

Lantzville playwright explores middle age in new solo show

Nicolle Nattrass to present an online reading of her latest play, ‘Suddenly 50’

Lantzville playwright Nicolle Nattrass is presenting of reading of her latest play, Suddenly 50, via Zoom on Aug. 28. (Photo courtesy Joni Marcolin)
Connor Runnings, Willem Roelants, and Beholder Entertainment’s Sam Wharram, Ty Wesley and Miles Kehoe (clockwise from left) have all had to modify their productions to suit the Nanaimo Fringe Festival’s online format. (Photos courtesy Connor Runnings, Willem Roelants and Sam Wharram)

Nanaimo Fringe Festival productions adapt to new online format

10th annual festival to be live-streamed due to COVID-19

Connor Runnings, Willem Roelants, and Beholder Entertainment’s Sam Wharram, Ty Wesley and Miles Kehoe (clockwise from left) have all had to modify their productions to suit the Nanaimo Fringe Festival’s online format. (Photos courtesy Connor Runnings, Willem Roelants and Sam Wharram)
Last month Frank Moher, Barbara Metcalf, Lorna McLellan and Brian March (clockwise from top-left) performed in Western Edge Theatre’s production of ‘Sandpiper Serenade,’ by local playwright Bill Miner, over the online videoconferencing platform Zoom. (Screenshot courtesy Frank Moher)

Nanaimo’s Western Edge Theatre staging online production via Zoom

Theatre company to present ‘The Shadow World’ by Island playwright Bill Miner

Last month Frank Moher, Barbara Metcalf, Lorna McLellan and Brian March (clockwise from top-left) performed in Western Edge Theatre’s production of ‘Sandpiper Serenade,’ by local playwright Bill Miner, over the online videoconferencing platform Zoom. (Screenshot courtesy Frank Moher)
Steve Kallsen, general manager at Capitol 6 theatre in downtown Victoria, says it feels good to be back in the building after it shut down for three months due to COVID-19. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

It’s showtime: Victoria theatre reopens with new COVID-19 protocols

Capitol 6 theatre and SilverCity Victoria have reopened with limited seating

Steve Kallsen, general manager at Capitol 6 theatre in downtown Victoria, says it feels good to be back in the building after it shut down for three months due to COVID-19. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Beholder Entertainment co-founders Miles Kehoe, production manager, Ty Wesley, writer and recipient of the inaugural Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre artist sponsorship, and Sam Wharram, director (from left) present ‘Gender Sucks!’ at the upcoming 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Photo courtesy Sam Wharram)

10th annual Nanaimo Fringe Festival to be held online due to COVID-19

Festival will feature six productions by local, regional and international artists

Beholder Entertainment co-founders Miles Kehoe, production manager, Ty Wesley, writer and recipient of the inaugural Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre artist sponsorship, and Sam Wharram, director (from left) present ‘Gender Sucks!’ at the upcoming 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Photo courtesy Sam Wharram)
Bonnie Catterson is closing Nanaimo’s Kismet Theatre Academy after eight years due to COVID-19 and her own health issues. Among the school’s productions was Rock of Ages in 2018. (Photos courtesy Vital Image/submitted)

Nanaimo’s Kismet Theatre Academy closes after eight years due to COVID-19

Bonnie Catterson founded the school in 2012 as ‘a place for the oddballs’

Bonnie Catterson is closing Nanaimo’s Kismet Theatre Academy after eight years due to COVID-19 and her own health issues. Among the school’s productions was Rock of Ages in 2018. (Photos courtesy Vital Image/submitted)
The Vic Theatre is reopening to the public with limited seating and an online concession. (Twitter/@thegirltrish)

Vic Theatre reopens for in-person screenings

Theatre features travel-themed film series with limited seating

The Vic Theatre is reopening to the public with limited seating and an online concession. (Twitter/@thegirltrish)
The City of Nanaimo announced that the Port Theatre has been denied a $15.5-million government grant to fund its community performing arts centre expansion project. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s Port Theatre expansion project halts following denial of $15.5-million grant

Plans for community performing arts centre have been ongoing for more than 30 years

The City of Nanaimo announced that the Port Theatre has been denied a $15.5-million government grant to fund its community performing arts centre expansion project. (News Bulletin file photo)
Chemainus-based playwright David Gow will unveil his new play Stream in a staged reading in the Port Theatre lobby. (Photo submitted)

Island playwright predicts future where people plug into ‘hopped-up’ internet

TheatreOne presents staged reading of ‘Stream’ by David Gow at the Port Theatre

Chemainus-based playwright David Gow will unveil his new play Stream in a staged reading in the Port Theatre lobby. (Photo submitted)
Globe Theatre attiring woman Kate, played by Ana Carvalho (front), is attacked by a trio of zombies played by Brookner Tobin, Ian Cambronero and Sam Wharran (from left) in the VIU theatre department production of William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead: The True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

VIU theatre department imagines zombie plague in Shakespeare’s time

‘William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead’ being staged March 4-7 and March 12-14

Globe Theatre attiring woman Kate, played by Ana Carvalho (front), is attacked by a trio of zombies played by Brookner Tobin, Ian Cambronero and Sam Wharran (from left) in the VIU theatre department production of William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead: The True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Manual Cinema presents Frankenstein at the Port Theatre on March 8. (Photo courtesy Michael Brosilow)

‘Frankenstein’ to be adapted as silent film made in real time in Nanaimo

Production merges stories of author Mary Shelley and character Victor Frankenstein

Manual Cinema presents Frankenstein at the Port Theatre on March 8. (Photo courtesy Michael Brosilow)
Unlikely pair Tom and Will, played by Alyxandar Szasz-Nicholson and Fred Jacklin (from left), meet at a gentlemen’s club and get an eyeful in the upcoming Merrick Productions production of The Birth of Weza at the Harbour City Theatre. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Play debating merits of procreation opens in Nanaimo

Merrick Productions presents ‘The Birth of Weza’ at Harbour City Theatre

Unlikely pair Tom and Will, played by Alyxandar Szasz-Nicholson and Fred Jacklin (from left), meet at a gentlemen’s club and get an eyeful in the upcoming Merrick Productions production of The Birth of Weza at the Harbour City Theatre. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
The cast of the Nanaimo Theatre Group production of Lend me a Tenor - Paul Churchill, Ann McInulty-Gogo, Jonee Janolino, Kristin Forester, David McCormick, Shannon Reimer, Jane Walters and Tracy Ottenbreit (Clockwise from left). (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Theatre Group stages mistaken-identity comedy

‘Lend Me a Tenor’ feature two new actors in leading roles

The cast of the Nanaimo Theatre Group production of Lend me a Tenor - Paul Churchill, Ann McInulty-Gogo, Jonee Janolino, Kristin Forester, David McCormick, Shannon Reimer, Jane Walters and Tracy Ottenbreit (Clockwise from left). (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Girl power feeds the Marvelous Wonderettes

Girl power feeds the Marvelous Wonderettes

Music and story fits for the show opening on Valentine’s Day at the Chemainus Theatre

Girl power feeds the Marvelous Wonderettes
An upcoming show at the Belfry Theatre will offer a “relaxed performance” for a more diverse audience. (File contributed/ Belfry Theatre)
An upcoming show at the Belfry Theatre will offer a “relaxed performance” for a more diverse audience. (File contributed/ Belfry Theatre)