ART SMARTS: Janis La Couvée

Columnist Janis La Couvée provides a terrific rundown of what hits the stage in Victoria this month

October is traditionally one of the busiest months in theatre for Victoria. Regular music programming returns and local mentors offer classes to unleash your creative spirit as we head into the darker, wetter months of winter.

Dramaturge and playwright Charles Tidler has been offering The Playwright’s Workshop (in conjunction with the Belfry Theatre) for over 20 years. This user-friendly, project-oriented 10-week workshop is designed for beginning and emerging playwrights. To nurture your inner playwright, contact cltidler@shaw.ca

Joyce Kline’s popular Power Doodling class, Letting the Little Picture Reveal the Big Picture, is at Royal Roads University Oct. 25. See royalroads.ca

From large to small, emerging to established, children’s to alternative, student to classical, every theatre in Victoria is presenting work in October.  If ever there was a time to purchase a ticket, it’s now.

Theatre Inconnu presents Baby with Bathwater, Oct. 2 to 18. Parenthood nightmares as seen from the inimitable pen of the satirical and comedic Christopher Durang. Ride this comedic roller-coaster that explores the ties that bind. TicketRocket.org

Langham Court Theatre presents Janet Munsil’s adaptation of the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice, awarded Play of the Year 2012 in Calgary. A period treasure suitable for all ages. Oct. 2 to 18. Langhamtheatre.ca

You’ve seen the movie, now experience the heart-warming tale of Southern women, Steel Magnolias, onstage with St Luke’s Players, Oct. 8 to 19. StLukesPlayers.org

The Phoenix Theatre always places the Spotlight on Alumni for their October production. Join Kaitlin Williams (BFA ’09) and Mack Gordon (BFA ’08) for their interpretation of C.S. Lewis’ masterpiece The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Oct. 9 to 18. finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/phoenix/tickets/

For more than 30 years, William Head on Stage (WHoS), with the help of members of the local theatre community (this year—the Prison Arts Collective) has workshopped and produced plays for the public. Time Waits for No One: A Prison Play, Oct. 10 to Nov. 7, is inspired by the novel The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. Must have tickets in advance. 19+ only. Ticketrocket.org

Join students of the Canadian College of Performing Arts Company C for Spring Awakening, by Duncan Sheil and Steven Sater, in collaboration with the Belfry Theatre. Oct. 21 to Nov. 1 ccpacanada.com

Paper Street Theatre begins its fourth season with the absurd, dark world of The Extemporium: An Improvised Franz Kafka at Intrepid Theatre Club, Oct. 22 to 25. TicketRocket.org

Thea Gill (A Streetcar Named Desire) returns to Victoria to headline Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s season opener Gaslight at the Roxy Oct. 23 to Nov. 2. This elegantly structured morality tale is directed by Janet Wright (Brighton Beach Memoirs). Bluebridgetheatre.ca

Brand new company RKO (Random Knockout Productions) – a collective of some of Victoria’s finest young artists – presents Rocky Horror Show directed by Britt Small Oct. 23 to Nov. 1. ticketrocket.org

Atomic Vaudeville’s Hallowe’en Cabaret Oct. 24 to Nov. 1 and Kaleidoscope’s The Addams Family (Oct. 31 to Nov. 1) round out October’s offerings.

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