Live theatre

The cast for Thick: An Evening of Fat Celebration. Hosted by Gladys Stardust, the show will include performers Hazel Nuez, Kady Savard, Maya Magination, Queen V, Trashmouth, The Mexicatessen, Serra Moanie and Mother Girth. (MKM Photography)

How burlesque is challenging society’s stigma towards big bodies

Thick: An Evening of Fat Celebration shines a spotlight on body positivity through burlesque and drag

 

Ghost The Musical features Chemainus’ Georgia Bennett and Sean Baker as understudies. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Ghost of a chance: Island actors talk about life as an understudy

Experienced actors make sure the show goes on if needed to fill a role

 

“We love to immerse audiences, allow them to see a public space in a totally new way, and invite them to get in on the action. There’s a scavenger-hunt feel to our outdoor spectacles,” said SNAFU co-artistic director, Kathleen Greenfield. SNAFU debuts New Earth Bandits, a revolutionary outdoor theatrical production, at the Victoria Fringe Festival from Aug. 23-Sep. 3. (Helene Cyr)
(Cover photo by Helen Cyr)

It’s a SNAFU summer with eclectic Victoria theatre productions

Hilarious and uninhibited, SNAFU brings spectacular theatre productions to Victoria’s SKAMpede and Fringe this summer

 

Così fan tutte, 2022, at the Theatre des Champs Elysees. (Vincent Pontet)

Pacific Opera Victoria stages comedy of follies and foibles

Really folks, what could go wrong?

  • Apr 3, 2023
Così fan tutte, 2022, at the Theatre des Champs Elysees. (Vincent Pontet)
Colin McKean, one of the founders of VEC and current landlord, and Executive Director Layla Sutherland at the Victoria Events Centre. (Arnold Lim / Black Press Media)

Progressive, community-based venue VEC celebrates 20 years in Victoria’s downtown

Run as a non-profit built by the hands of many, the VEC has come a long way since it emerged from a defunct teen nightclub.

Colin McKean, one of the founders of VEC and current landlord, and Executive Director Layla Sutherland at the Victoria Events Centre. (Arnold Lim / Black Press Media)
Host and comic Steve Patterson, flanked by comics Derek Seguin and Erica Sigurdson, brings the hilarious spontaneity of The Debaters Live on Tour to the Royal Theatre on May 13. (Photos, from left, by Joep Hovens, John Hryniuk and courtesy Erica Sigurdson)

The Debaters offers Victoria audience a fun escape from the day’s news

People have to learn to laugh again, says Steve Patterson, host of May 13 show

Host and comic Steve Patterson, flanked by comics Derek Seguin and Erica Sigurdson, brings the hilarious spontaneity of The Debaters Live on Tour to the Royal Theatre on May 13. (Photos, from left, by Joep Hovens, John Hryniuk and courtesy Erica Sigurdson)
Shrek and Fiona, Elijah Bell and Gracie Vanthuyne, rehearse a scene from the CCPA production of Shrek the Musical, starting May 6 at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre in Oak Bay High. (Courtesy CCPA)

Oak Bay performing arts students tackle 40 unique characters of Shrek

Canadian College of Performing Arts’ new musical opens at Dave Dunnet theatre May 6

Shrek and Fiona, Elijah Bell and Gracie Vanthuyne, rehearse a scene from the CCPA production of Shrek the Musical, starting May 6 at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre in Oak Bay High. (Courtesy CCPA)
Cirque du Soliel returns to Victoria with OVO this June. (Courtesy Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre)

Cirque du Soleil returns to Victoria this spring with OVO

Seven performances will transform Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in June

Cirque du Soliel returns to Victoria with OVO this June. (Courtesy Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre)
Peter Houghton, left, Inge Illman and Adrian Sly perform in Victoria Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s Spring Concert in Oak Bay, March 20 and 27. (Courtesy Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society)
Peter Houghton, left, Inge Illman and Adrian Sly perform in Victoria Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s Spring Concert in Oak Bay, March 20 and 27. (Courtesy Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society)
Grade 12 student Taryn Mitchell plays the Leading Player in Royal Bay secondary’s upcoming performances of Pippin. The musical marks the return of live, in-person performances to the school’s Teechamitsa Theatre after the pandemic shut the doors to the public. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘A real experience’: Royal Bay secondary returns to the stage with Pippin

Musical marks the first in-person performance at the school since pandemic started

Grade 12 student Taryn Mitchell plays the Leading Player in Royal Bay secondary’s upcoming performances of Pippin. The musical marks the return of live, in-person performances to the school’s Teechamitsa Theatre after the pandemic shut the doors to the public. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Vic High cast members for Ranked, The Musical gather for a promotional photo. (Photo courtesy of Kim Sholinder)

Victoria High School theatre crew tackles social commentary of Ranked

Running March 9 to 12 at Esquimalt High theatre, story explores themes of privilege around academics

Vic High cast members for Ranked, The Musical gather for a promotional photo. (Photo courtesy of Kim Sholinder)
The cast of the Wizard of Oz is set to perform in early March at Claremont Secondary School in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Giordano)

Claremont musical theatre students bring Wizard of Oz to Saanich theatre

Performances occur from March 2 to 5 and March 9 to 12, two matinees available

The cast of the Wizard of Oz is set to perform in early March at Claremont Secondary School in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Giordano)
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Blue Bridge Theatre opens season with Terence McNally play

  • Oct 28, 2021
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
The performance stage in Pioneer Park in Brentwood Bay is one of the venues for “The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People at different locations in July and August. (Black Press file Media photo)

Kaleidoscope Theatre free performances set to fly around Greater Victoria

The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito plays between Aug. 28 and Sept. 12

The performance stage in Pioneer Park in Brentwood Bay is one of the venues for “The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People at different locations in July and August. (Black Press file Media photo)
The Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival returns to the Intrepid Theatre this Friday, Aug. 13 with both virtual and in-person shows available for advance ticket sales. (Courtesy of Intrepid Theatre)

Intrepid Theatre raises curtains for Fringe Festival

20 in-person and virtual productions will take the stage starting Friday

The Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival returns to the Intrepid Theatre this Friday, Aug. 13 with both virtual and in-person shows available for advance ticket sales. (Courtesy of Intrepid Theatre)
CCPA performs Urinetown June 3 at 7:30 p.m., June 4 at 6 p.m. and June 5 at 12:30 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available online at ccpacanada.com, by phone at 250-595-9970 or email boxoffice@ccpacanada.com.(Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Greater Victoria performance school livestreams Urinetown for season finale

Canadian College of Performing Arts livestreamed shows presented through June 6

CCPA performs Urinetown June 3 at 7:30 p.m., June 4 at 6 p.m. and June 5 at 12:30 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available online at ccpacanada.com, by phone at 250-595-9970 or email boxoffice@ccpacanada.com.(Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
It’s been almost a year since the last public performance inside the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Donors pledge $60,000 in matching campaign at Chemainus Theatre

Perrys, Hiltons and Duncan Iron Works help to Bridge the Gap during COVID shutdown

It’s been almost a year since the last public performance inside the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The main players in the upcoming pantomime ‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ will be Sam Mellemstrand as The Prince, Sierrah Borjeau as Snow White, Bill Levity as The King, Alex Gallacher as The Evil Queen and Grant Mellemstrand as The Mirror. (Submitted)

Cowichan pantomime production postponed until late January

‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ was scheduled for late December

The main players in the upcoming pantomime ‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ will be Sam Mellemstrand as The Prince, Sierrah Borjeau as Snow White, Bill Levity as The King, Alex Gallacher as The Evil Queen and Grant Mellemstrand as The Mirror. (Submitted)
The Sid Williams Theatre marquee is once again proudly displaying upcoming events. Photo supplied

Courtenay’s Sid Williams Theatre reopening in a limited capacity

Theatre has been closed since March due to COVID-19

  • Oct 23, 2020
The Sid Williams Theatre marquee is once again proudly displaying upcoming events. Photo supplied
Life mimics art for CCPA students who performed in play about Spanish flu pandemic

Life mimics art for CCPA students who performed in play about Spanish flu pandemic

Performing arts students see parallels between story from Unity 1918 and current health crisis

Life mimics art for CCPA students who performed in play about Spanish flu pandemic