The dark and dreary season is upon us. What better way to enliven the early evenings than by taking in a play, listening to some fantastic music or laughing at the antics of puppets? All this and more is in store for Victoria audiences this month.
For National Storytelling Month, the Victoria Storytellers’ Guild presents What on Earth — stories rooted in land and nature — a fundraiser for the Victoria Compost Education Centre, November 4th. victoriastorytellers.org
Alice’s Gift by Elisabeth Wagner combines theatre and music in a unique presentation featuring actor Lina de Guevara and pianist Charlotte Ridgway to chronicle the life of pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer. “Music was our food”. Nov 3-12 at Paul Phillips Hall (Little Fernwood Hall). bellartemusicdrama.com/
The YOU show by Intrepid Theatre provides an opportunity for artists to showcase work in development. This month, in Trying on Your Dead Mom’s Underwear, local poet and member of the Victoria Slam Team, Erin Cotton asks you to look in the mirror of her life and see yourself reflected. November 5th. Intrepidtheatre.com
I Think I’m Fallin’ is a brand-new musical event built around the songs of Joni Mitchell with hits like Big Yellow Taxi, Chelsea Morning, Both Sides Now and You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio. November 8 – December 4 at the Belfry Theatre. belfry.bc.ca
Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the the UVic Phoenix Theatre November 10-26 is an award-winning play by Christopher Hampton, adapted into the Oscar-winning film, that tells a chilling tale of sensual decadence and revenge played as a high-stakes game of life and death.
Canadian SLAM champ, and award-winning novelist and performer, Brendan McLeod returns November 12th with Brain, his heartbreaking, hilarious monologue about coming of age, mental illness, and consciousness. Intrepidtheatre.com
Delight in James and the Giant Peach as Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People brings Roald Dahl’s beloved story of adventure, resilience and friendship to life. November 12/13. Kaleidoscope.bc.ca
Gotta Getta Gimmick present Chorus|line|cabaret 18 November 13th at the Belfry Theatre featuring the music of Lerner and Loewe, including some of Broadway’s biggest Golden Age hits including Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, Gigi, My Fair Lady and Camelot. Belfry.bc.ca
In Pretty Good, writer and storyteller writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote and poet and musician VIVEK SHRAYA revisit family origins, sing about scars and skeletons, and perform brand new material from their new books Tomboy Survival Guide and The Boy & the Bindi. November 13th at Metro Studio. Intrepidtheatre.com
Four Seasons Musical Theatre is pulling out all the stops for their production of Hugh Lofting’s classic Dr Dolittle November 17-25 at the Isabelle Reader Theatre (Langford). There will be animatronic-like puppetry and a cast featuring many young people. Fsmtheatre.ca
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is “a searing portrait of a community engulfed by panic” and the next production for Langham Court Theatre November 18-December 3. Written in 1953 it remains a seminal part of the American theatre canon. Langhamtheatre.ca
Join winners and runner-ups of the past Merridale Cider Showdown for the Season Finale Sunday November 20th at the Victoria Event Centre as they compete for the one thousand dollar prize. 19+ only. Victoriaeventcentre.ca
Slam Bam Puppet Jam presented by Theatre Inconnu and Puppets for Peace with hosts Kirsten Van Ritzen and Tim Gosley’s Little Yellow Guy is “a smattering of puppet oddities with live and dead video”. November 25th at the Victoria Event Centre. SlamBamPuppetJam on Facebook.
Convergence Contemporary Ballet begins their second season of performances, November 5th at the Dave Dunnett Theatre (Oak Bay High) with a program showcasing new works by Angela Mousseau, Sarah Da’Vito and Dana Fry Blanco, and guest appearances by Alma De Espana, Helix and Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet. convergence.dance
The Moscow Ballet performs Swan Lake at the Royal Theatre November 12th and is partnering with Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary to benefit the sanctuary’s “Bridges to Nature” program. Use promo code: SWAN rmts.bc.ca
The first production in Dance Victoria’s 20th anniversary season is by Jessica Lang Dance November 18/19, presenting 5 Contemporary Ballet Works: Lines Cubed, Among the Stars, Mendelssohn/Incomplete, The Calling, Thousand Yard Stare dancevictoria.com