Theatre SKAM Birthday Bash

Alternative theatre company celebrates 18th anniversary

Mike Demers (left) and Waves of Daves are the bash band for Theatre SKAM's Almost Legal anniversary celebration.

Theatre SKAM is making the transition from adolescence to adulthood this week and is celebrating being almost legal in style.

The alternative theatre company that brings the annual site-specific Bike Ride theatre festival (and much more) to Victoria audiences is celebrating 18 years in existence, and to mark the occasion it’s hosting its annual Birthday Bash, Sat., Jan. 12 at 8pm at the Oddfellows Hall (1315 Douglas).

The Almost Legal Birthday Bash features live music by Mike Demers and Waves of Daves, themed games like the Arts Funding Hustle shuffle board and a three-ball pool tournament in the Oddfellows’ swanky billiards room (bring your loonies and twoonies).

But the bash is more than just a little fun, it’s also a significant fundraiser. And it’s a good cause. Although SKAM isn’t always in the public eye, its members are always hard at work on another original production; writing and researching scripts and then workshopping them behind the scenes.

But in 2013, SKAM is coming out from behind the curtains and will present four public productions; the fifth annual Bike Ride, a national tour, and a world premiere (the full season will be announced at the Bash).

To help support the upcoming season, consider not only purchasing an $18 ticket to the event, but upgrading to the $68 ticket, which buys entry into the revered SKAMraffle — the winner-takes-all door prize of door prizes — that will keep you entertained for the year to come with tickets to the opera, the symphony, the TD Victoria International Jazzfest, local art galleries and theatre productions around town — but also hotel accommodations, gift certificates and more — a package worth around $2,000.

Tickets are available at the SKAM hotline, 250-386-7526. M

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