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  1. O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss... Grab your Teacups! From the unbridled imagination of beloved British comedy duo James & Jamesy comes the rollicking holiday comedy O Christmas Tea. Reminiscent of classic British pantos, O Christmas Tea is rich with wordplay, comic physicality, and cleverly crafted interactive elements; however, it is James & Jamesy’s boundless imagination and endearing chemistry that bring to life the magic of this unique festive experience. Already a tradition for thousands of theatre-goers each year, O Christmas Tea will be steeping its uproarious brand of immersive theatre at the Royal Theatre in Victoria on December 8th, including a matinee and evening performance. During the action-packed production, a Christmas wish for tea is fulfilled in titanic proportions. The world floods with tea, leaving the duo to find innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat as they try to make their way back home. Complete and utter fun… for all ages. ★★★★★ CBC I cannot think of a show that will leave you more profoundly happy than this. ★★★★★ Stage Door Toronto “The Christmas season is a magical time of year that brings people of all ages together; a time when we are encouraged to dream big, embrace imagination, and celebrate a childlike excitement for merriment,” explains Alastair Knowles (Jamesy), the eccentric half of the award-winning duo. Redefining immersive theatre, these masters of physical comedy—with over 20 comedy awards to their name—take their audience on a jolly aquatic escapade in this joyous celebration of friendship at Christmas. Event Listing Details: O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy Showtime: December 8 at 3pm and 7.30pm Venue: Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, Victoria, BC V8W 1E5 Tickets: rmts.bc.ca or 250.386.6121 ($19.50-$49.50) About James & Jamesy (jamesandjamesy.com/@jamesandjamesy) David MacMurray Smith, Aaron Malkin (James), and Alastair Knowles (Jamesy) are creators, performers, and educators of physical comedy and physical theatre. Since 2012, James & Jamesy productions have been performed over 750 times across the UK, USA, and Canada, earning lifetime fans and rave reviews. In 2017, they sold out performances at the Edinburgh Fringe and in 2018 performed a 5-week run Off Broadway at New York's SoHo Playhouse. Among other accolades, the physical comedians are winners of the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live Ensemble and are 22-time “Best of Fest” winners on the International Comedy circuit. James & Jamesy continue to defy expectations with their innovative creations that delight and excite audiences of all ages. Their unique humour appeals to those of all ages and fosters an inclusive atmosphere, encouraging of audience involvement.
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    “Alice’s Gift” “Alice’s Gift” a musical play Elisabeth Wagner, directed by Kate Rubin with Lina de Guevara as Alice, and Elisabeth Wagner, piano is the life and music of Alice Herz-Sommer. Tickets are $25 each available at alicesgift4@brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. The play runs 60 minutes. Two performances only: Friday, November 22 at 7:30 pm Berwick Royal Oak, 4680 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 pm Berwick Royal Oak, 4680 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria “Music was our food.” Meet Alice Herz-Sommer, Jewish pianist from Prague who lived through WWII playing piano recitals in the Theresienstadt ghetto and who, at the time of her death in 2014 at 110 years of age, was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor. Hers is a remarkable story of endurance and survival. In the play, the audience is invited into Alice’s living room and given the opportunity to hear some of her stories, her music and her simple but profound wisdom. Integrating the music of Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, and others into the story, Alice’s Gift is a poignant, inspiring and uplifting memoir, and a beautiful crafted tribute to an extraordinary woman.
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    It'll Come to Me October 10 - 12, 2019 Theatre SKAM is thrilled to present the world premiere of IT'LL COME TO ME, a one-man show by Christian Martin, playing one weekend only! TIME AND LOCATION October 10-12, 2019 - 7:30pm nightly (doors open at 6:30pm, festival seating - no latecomers admitted!) 849 Fort Street (SKAM Satellite Studio) THE PLAY The harrowing and fully jazzed-up tale of one person’s attempt to make it in the big city, the spiral down, and the redemption. Christian Martin's semi-autobiographical account of his time in New York City kicks off with a goodbye to his old friend Matthew Payne (who is also directing the show), as Christian leaves on a bus with literally $1 in his pocket and a dream in his heart. From there we meet dozens of people who move in and out of his life, all performed by Christian himself and underscored by a jazz duo on drums and trumpet. PERFORMED BY Christian Martin DIRECTED BY Matthew Payne DRAMATURGY Andrew Templeton STAGE MANAGED BY Luanna Bowen MUSICAL DIRECTION & DRUMS Kelby MacNair SOUND DESIGN Olivia Wheeler LIGHTING, SET & PROJECTIONS Logan Swain & Matthew Payne COSTUME DESIGN Nathan Patterson Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible and washrooms are gender neutral. We acknowledge the financial support of CRD Arts, The BC Arts Council, The Province of BC, The Victoria Foundation and The Canada Council for the Arts. Theatre SKAM is grateful to live and create on the Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen Peoples, now known as the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations. SKAM.CA / 250-386-7526 BUY TICKETS We acknowledge the financial support of CRD Arts, The BC Arts Council, The Province of BC, The Victoria Foundation and The Canada Council for the Arts. Theatre SKAM is grateful to live and create on the Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen Peoples, now known as the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations.
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    Mama Mia!

    The Peninsula Players: Mama Mia! October 18, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm. October 20, 26 & 27 at 2:00 pm. Adults $44.63 Senior/Student $39.90 Want to go to a party? Well, have we got a party for you! Mamma Mia!, opening October 18th at the Charlie White Theatre, is just that. A glitzy, glamourous, rollicking, joyful party! Mamma Mia! features twenty-two of Abba’s greatest hits, tied together with a story that is full of fun, pathos, passion and lots of laughs. Audiences throughout the world have shown their enthusiasm for Mamma Mia! with wild, excited applause and instant standing ovations. You can’t help but clap along and tap your feet to dynamic versions of Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Waterloo and, of course, Mamma Mia. It’s Abba! The true test of a successful musical is when you leave the theatre humming one of the songs you’ve just heard. With Mamma Mia!, audiences are humming the songs even before the show starts. When Mamma Mia! first opened in London’s West End it was an immediate hit. It became the seventh longest running show in London and continues to delight audiences to this day. It ran for fourteen years on Broadway making it one of the top ten longest running musicals ever. There was the successful film, and its sequel, but neither can hold a candle to seeing Mamma Mia! live onstage. And now the Mary Winspear Centre, in collaboration with the Peninsula Players, is presenting Mamma Mia! live on the stage of the Charlie White Theatre. Directed by Steve Ivings, with choreography and music direction by Lena Palermo, this production of Mamma Mia! is a true musical party from the opening bars of the overture to the closing bows. You’ll be instantly drawn into the delightful story. On a small Greek island we meet Sophie, raised by her single mom, Donna. Sophie is about to be married. Donna has never revealed who Sophie’s father is but Sophie has discovered it is one of three men. So she invites them all to her wedding! She doesn’t tell Donna, whose reaction, when she first encounters her three former beaus, is priceless. (The fact that she’s wielding a live power tool at the time makes for a scarily hilarious moment). While the story is very funny, there are moments of great tenderness too. Donna trying to hide her heartache when she realizes her little girl has grown up and will soon leave the island. We see Donna fighting to control her anger and frustration when she finally has the chance to tell off one of the Dads for leaving her those twenty years ago. And there’s the fun, goofy, good feelings when Donna’s former bandmates, Rosie and Tanya, arrive to help her handle all the craziness (or add to it) along with the island’s population of delightfully ditzy Greek characters. The story has many layers, all brilliantly backed by Abba’s wonderful songs. Mamma Mia! is a sparkling, joyful celebration. Two hours of fabulous music and a great story overflowing with fun, laughter and love. You don’t want to miss this party! O Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC 250-656-0275 | marywinspear.ca
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    The Children by Lucy Kirkwood ★ ★ ★ ★ "The Children should be seen for its simple take on powerful questions" Chicago Sun-Times From September 17 to October 13, 2019, the Belfry Theatre will present The Children by British playwright Lucy Kirkwood. Directed by Michael Shamata, The Children stars Nancy Palk (Hazel), Brenda Robins (Rose), and Joseph Ziegler (Robin). Brenda Robins starred (as the delightful 90-year old Vera) in our production of 4000 Miles earlier this year. Nancy Palk and Joseph Ziegler (who are married in real life) are returning after making their Belfry debuts in Da (in 1979). The three actors are longtime friends. Robin and Hazel are two retired nuclear scientists, living in a seaside cottage on the east coast of England. But all is not as it seems. Their electricity is restricted to evenings, and they have a Geiger counter in the kitchen. On a warm summer’s evening, Rose, an old friend and colleague, arrives from America with a startling request. Inspired by the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Japan, The Children is a pressure cooker that asks powerful questions of us all. Playing out in real time, by turns it is a mystery, comedy and drama. The play opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London in November 2016 and transferred to Broadway a year later. In New York the play was nominated for the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding New Broadway Play and the 2018 Tony Award for Best Play. Last year, Kirkwood was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in its "40 Under 40" initiative. Her 2013 play Chimerica examined the relationship between the US and China. It won the 2014 Olivier Award for best new play and was subsequently adapted as a TV miniseries, airing on the UK’s Channel 4 this past April. WHY I CHOSE THIS PLAY Award-winning playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s brilliant play asks big questions about the responsibility we face to leave a better world for the next generation. How do we reconcile our mistakes with their impact on the future, and who is meant to clean up after us? -- Michael Shamata Creative Team Lucy Kirkwood - Playwright Michael Shamata - Director Christina Poddubiuk - Designer Alan Brodie - Lighting Designer Tobin Stokes - Composer / Sound Designer Jennifer Swan - Stage Manager Carissa Sams - Assistant Stage Manager Jacques Lemay - Choreographer Adrienne Smook - Dialect Coach Molly McDowell-Powlowski - Assistant Director* *Molly McDowell-Powlowski’s participation made possible through the Belfry’s Emerging Artist Enhancement Program, funded by the RBC Emerging Artists Project. Ticket Information Tickets for The Children range from $20 to $55 (plus GST). Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at tickets.belfry.bc.ca. Prices are subject to change. Tickets for The Children - https://tickets.belfry.bc.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent1085.html
  6. Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival On July 4th and 5th, the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival launches their 29th season withJulius Caesar, directed by Tamara McCarthy, and Two Gentlemen of Verona, adapted and directed by Christopher Weddell. The plays will be performed in repertory through July 27 on the Festival’s Camas Stage outdoors at Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus, with special Bard Across the Bridge performances ofTwo Gentlemen of Verona August 1-3 at Saxe Point in Esquimalt in partnership with the Township Community Arts Council. The GVSF’s layered acting program includes professional actors, community actors, early-career actors, and a Junior Company of actors aged 13-18. This season, that Junior Company is the largest yet, with a total of seven young actors included in the full cast of thirty. Beginning with just two members in 2014, the GVSF’sJunior Company program was created with the intention of providing mentorship, community, and skill building for youth who are passionate about theatre. As the festival has grown over the past six years, the GVSF has been able to intentionally hire directors with extensive teaching experience, and to cast professional actors in mentorship positions, allowing the Junior Company to expand each year. Mackenzie Heaney, 14, a Junior Company member performing in Two Gentlemen of Verona, had this to say about the program: “My favourite thing about working with the Festival has been building relationships with all these wonderful Shakespeare fanatics like me. I like to see how people who have been performing a lot longer than me work when they’re reading a new play, and what their techniques are; I really admire the patience and skill that they all put into it.” Asa O’Connor-Jackael, 14, who performs in Julius Caesar, said:“Something that’s really been great for me is to be able to work with a Shakespearean text over such a long period of time, and to learn to really understand it, and see all the beauty in the lines that we are saying. There are such great lines in Julius Caesar, I love it!” Perhaps the most unique addition to the GVSF’s cast this season is Steve the dog! Steve plays the role of ‘Crab’ in Two Gentlemen of Verona. Often, ‘Crab’ is played by a puppet, a mechanical dog, or even animaginary one, but director Christopher Weddell wanted to take the more challenging yet rewarding route of bringing a live dog on stage with the cast. Taylor Lewis, a returning GVSF cast member, and Crab’s primaryscene partner, reflects: “Acting with an animal on stage means never doing a scene the same way twice.Steve is a pleasure to work with, but he often invents his own lines and blocking, and it’s on us human actorsto adapt! It’s a challenge, but if we allow those moments to breathe, it’s a win for us and for the audience.” Tickets to the GVSF are available online at www.vicshakespeare.com, or at the door. Children 12 years of age and under are always free! Julius Caesar Directed by Tamara McCarthy Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30pm July 4 through July 27 Preview: July 2 Opening: July 4 Two Gentlemen of Verona Directed by Christopher Weddell Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 1:30pm July 6 through July 27 Preview: July 3 Opening: July 5 -- 30 – All plays perform at Camosun College Lansdowne Campus. Performances of Two Gentlemen of Verona at Saxe Point Park Aug 1-3. Tickets are $26, and $21 for students and seniors 65+. Festival season tickets are available. Children 12 and under are free.
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    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Directed by Kevin McKendrick Starring Britt Small and Damon Calderwood Musical Direction - Dan Belland Choreography - Sarah Murphy All tickets 10% off until July 30! plus $2.00 surcharge and GST click here to purchase on line or call 250-382-3370 Tuesday to Saturday 12-4 Now on Sale! Call 250-382-3370 to order your 2019/2- Season Tickets!
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    BOOM X

    BOOM X Belfry Theatre, July 30-August 18 Rick Miller’s multimedia masterpiece BOOM struck a chord with Belfry audiences in the summer of 2015. Picking up where BOOM left off – at Woodstock in 1969 – BOOM X tackles the music, culture and politics of Generation X. Surrounded by stunning visuals, Rick plays more than 100 famous people – musicians, celebrities, politicians – in his own story of growing up and trying to navigate the tangled legacy of the Baby Boom. Presented by: KIDOONS AND WYRD PRODUCTIONS, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THEATRE CALGARY AND THE 20K COLLECTIVE PRESENTS Tickets and information at www. belfry.bc.ca
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    Things My Mother Taught Me Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. They’ve driven halfway across the country to start their new life in Chicago. Can a two bedroom apartment contain all of the love, laughs, worry and wisdom when both sets of parents show up to help? A funny and touching generational look at relationships. 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd http://www.stlukesplayers.org
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    We are the Levinsons Bema Productions is proud to present our 2019 Mainstage production, the Canadian Premiere of “We Are The Levinsons” by Wendy Kout. All performances take place at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, Black Box Theatre, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3. Tickets are $23.00 each, available now online at www.ticketrocket.co or at the Ticket Rocket office, 1050 Meares Street, Victoria. Performance Dates and Times: Thursday May 9 7:30 pm Sunday May 12 3:00 pm Tuesday May 14 7:30 pm Wednesday May 15 7:30 pm Thursday May 16 7:30 pm Sunday May 19 3:00 pm Tuesday May 21 7:30 pm Thursday May 23 7:30 pm The story details the phenomenon of the “sandwich generation” — adults caring for both children and aging parents — through the lens of one family’s momentous year. Rosie, a daughter with mother issues, surprises her parents with a trip home. And life surprises Rosie. Sanity, survival and humor are tested and love is deepened in this three-generation family, and chosen family comedy/drama. Zelda Dean directs. “. . . if there is anything I hope everyone feels after this play, it’s the celebration and preciousness of life . . . and laughter.” -WENDY KOUT (PLAYWRIGHT) Wendy Kout is an award-winning writer/producer of theater, film, television and prose. Wendy’s latest play, We Are the Levinsons, a contemporary family comedy/drama, had its acclaimed world premiere at Minnesota Jewish Theater Company (spring 2017) and won the 2017 Broadway World Regional Awards for Best Play and Best Ensemble in a Play.
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    Adrenaline An Evening of Theatre and Conversation Adrenaline : Theatre Mada Saturday, May 4 from 5:45pm – 8:00pm Metro Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street. Tickets $5 to $25 (pay what you can) A riveting performance recounting a man’s first New Year’s Eve in Canada after leaving war-torn Syria. The performance will be followed by a conversation with the play’s author, Ahmad Meree, and the director of Adrenaline. Light snacks provided by Saraya Hot Bread and Silk Road Tea. Wheelchair accessible. Click here to reserve your seats.
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    FASHION MACHINE opens this week! Our well-loved show Fashion Machine is back in Victoria for May 2-5, make sure you get your tickets now before they're all gone! When is it? Thursday May 2 - 7:00pm (SOLD OUT) Friday May 3 - 7:00pm Saturday May 4 - 7:00pm Sunday May 5 - 2:00pm Where? SKAM Satellite Studio 849 Fort Street How much is it? $10 per person OR $30 for a Family Pass (up to 2 adults and 3 youths) Remind me, what's Fashion Machine? Part performance piece, part theatre, part fashion extravaganza, Fashion Machine invites you to witness the creative process in action: 20+ kids redesign audience members outfits and put on a fashion show. Don't worry, they know what they're doing - they trained with SKAM experts in preparation. Feeling brave? Pick an "I'm In!" sticker, and you might be chosen to get your outfit completely made over! We'll deck you out in a sweet robe while the children redesign your outfit. You'll get to see them work, watch videos from their training, see a constantly evolving photography slideshow, and get some coffee and snacks if you're hungry. Then you'll don the completed piece and strut your stuff in a fashion show with commentary from the kids. Don't want your clothes remade? That's okay! Wear a 'chicken' sticker and you can take part without anyone touching your clothes. BUY TICKETS NOW
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    hapax theatre presents In On It by Daniel MacIvorIn On It explores a spiraling narrative about a dying man trying to make plans for the end, a pair of lovers trying to make it work, and two men trying to make a play. A world where accidents happen. A story about control. A play that keeps its options open.Tickets: $15 - all seatsDirector: Heather Jarvie-LaidlawFeaturing: Vaughn Naylor and Jared GowenStage Manager: Leah AnthonyDesign: Chad Jarvie-Laidlaw
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