Michael and Tobin in rehearsals at the Belfry Theatre for the production of I Think I'm Fallin': The Songs of Joni Mitchell, set to run from Nov. 8 to Dec. 4.

Michael and Tobin in rehearsals at the Belfry Theatre for the production of I Think I'm Fallin': The Songs of Joni Mitchell, set to run from Nov. 8 to Dec. 4.

Fall in Love with Joni Mitchell

I Think I'm Fallin': The Songs of Joni Mitchell, is set to kick off Nov.8 and run until Dec. 4 at the Belfry Theatre.

By Brittany Lee

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone?Witness a story of young love inspired by the songs of iconic folk songstress Joni Mitchell at The Belfry Theatre from Nov. 8 to Dec. 4.An original production, I Think I’m Fallin’: The Songs of Joni Mitchell features favourite hits including Big Yellow Taxi, Chelsea Morning, Both Sides Now and You Turn Me On I’m a Radio. The Canadian singer/songwriter became a mainstream success in the ‘70s, and is best known for her poetic lyrics about love and in particular romantic longing.”We’re setting it in an urban park and the idea is it’s sort of a refuge for the heartbroken,” says Michael Shamata, creator and artistic director at The Belfry. “Through the choice of songs and the order of the songs, and who’s singing them, we’re creating a story of young love through disillusion, through hope for a more mature, wiser love for the future.”Starring a cast of five, including Jonathan Gould and Evangelia Kambites, the play revolves around the personal stories of each character, with the relationships between them revealed through song. All music, whether it’s a classic take or modern twist on a beloved hit, is arranged by local composer and co-creator Tobin Stokes.”They (the audience) will piece together a story as the evening goes along in a kind of non-traditional fashion,” says Shamata. Continuing with The Belfry’s season of female writers, Shamata says, choosing to do a play inspired by Joni Mitchell was a no-brainer.”I wanted it to be a Canadian female writer so Joni Mitchell was a pretty obvious person to turn to,” he says. “Her songs are so remarkable and the lyrics are so incredible and enlightened and thought-provoking, the material is so rich that there’s lots for us to explore with.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Gettin’ Higher Choir will be performing alongside Wavelengths Community Choir and special guests during an online concert Jan. 30. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria choirs team up for online concert fundraiser

Valdy among performers for free concert

Everett Bumstead (centre) and his crew share a picture from a tree planting location in Sayward on Vancouver Island from when they were filming for ‘One Million Trees’ last year. Photo courtesy Everett Bumstead.
The tree planting life on Vancouver Island features in new documentary

Everett Bumstead brings forth the technicalities, psychology and politics of the tree planting industry in his movie

Scaredy Cats television series has turned Empress Avenue in Fernwood into a Halloween themed neighbourhood. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
PHOTOS: Trick or treat! Halloween comes to Fernwood in January

New television series Scaredy Cats filming in Victoria

Cindy Foggit plays the lead role of Eliza in Passion and Performance’s film production Eliza: An Adaption of a Christmas Carol. (Courtesy of Rachel Paish)
Victoria adult dance studio releases modern adaption of A Christmas Carol

Instead of usual stage performance, dance studio turns to film

Artist Jim Holyoak’s installation “Quagmire.” Holyoak will be the first speaker for the Artist Talk Online Winter 2021 series. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
North Island College Artist Talk goes online for winter 2021

The series invites contemporary Canadian artists to speak about their professional practice

Juno-winning Toronto dub poet Lillian Allen is VIU’s Gustafson Distinguished Poet for 2021. (Photo courtesy Karen Lee)
Juno-winning dub poet is VIU’s Gustafson Distinguished Poet this year

Lillian Allen will present online lecture, reading and Q-and-A

James Summer, the City of Victoria’s new youth poet laureate. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
Slam poetry expert introduced as Victoria’s new youth poet laureate

Vic High alum James Summer will serve in the role for 2021

There are many options for enjoying a meal out locally during Dine Around and Stay in Town, on now through Feb. 7. (10 Acres Commons)
Dine Around Stay in Town Victoria carries added importance during pandemic

Special menu items for eat in or takeout/delivery, staycation deals available through Feb. 7

Peter Crema and Harmony Gray (from left), past participants of the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Code Switching teen art group, at work in ArtLab in 2019. The NAG will be expanding the space thanks to a $75,000 arts infrastructure program grant. (Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre receive new arts infrastructure funding

Province announces recipients of funding through B.C. Arts Council program

Ty Wesley, Nicole Darlington and Cameron Macaulay (from left) performed in the Beholder Entertainment production <em>Gender Sucks!</em> in the 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Video still courtesy Sam Wharram)
Nanaimo Fringe Festival artist lottery open to local and B.C. playwrights

Organizers hope to stage plays in-person at indoor and outdoor venues this summer

Canadian singer-songwriter-actor Joëlle Rabu will join her son, Nico Rhoades, for a livestream performance courtesy the Tidemark Theatre Jan. 29. Photo submitted
Mother/son powerhouses Joelle Rabu and Nico Rhodes join forces for Island livestream

Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre hosts online music revue

Dr. John Hooper is the new conductor of Island Voices. Photo supplied
Island Voices welcomes new conductor

Dr. John Hooper to lead mid-Island based choir

Most Read