Arts Club Touring Production of Avenue Q gets an “A” for entertainment! Open at the Evergreen Cultural Centre!

October 28th, 2014
Photo by David Cooper.

Photo: Evangelia Kambites and Andy Tot in the Arts Club Theatre Company Production of Avenue Q. Photo by David Cooper.

This Broadway musical for adults has been making waves in the lower mainland, especially after its main stage run at the Arts Club Theatre, Granville Island stage last summer. Now find out what all the hoopla is about. The winner of two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards hits the boards at Evergreen, October 28 – November 1, 2014 at 8pm, plus a 4pm matinee on Saturday.


Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college  graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q is packed with songs that are surprisingly poignant and only occasionally PC.


“The music is playful, the lyrics are outrageous, the script is hilarious, and the characters are delightful. Underneath its colourful fur, a big, boisterous heart beats. Avenue Q is the perfect musical comedy… unless you are under 14 years of age,” said Director Peter Jorgensen. “I’m thrilled to be taking our hit production on tour to entertain even more audiences.”


Audience members in Coquitlam will have a chance to meet Jorgensen at the pre-show chat on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:15pm. It’s a great opportunity to get a behind-the-scene viewpoint of the production. Also, on Thursday, October 30 audience members are encouraged to stay after the show for an intimate talk-back with the cast.


Avenue Q stars the talented actors (and puppeteers) Jeny Cassady, Jeremy Crittenden, Kayla Dunbar, Nick Fontaine, Evangelia Kambites, Andy Toth, and Selina Wong. Director Peter Jorgensen, Musical Director Sean Bayntun, Musicians John Bews (Bass), Niko Friesen (Drums), David Sikula (Guitar). Set Designer Marshall McMahen, Costumes Jessica Bayntun and Lighting Alan Brodie. Tour Lighting is by Ted Roberts, Original Sound Design Andrew Tugwell, Video Design Michael Sider and Stage Management Louis-Marie Bournival.


Tickets to Avenue Q are $45/$35/$20 and available online at and through the Box Office 604-927-6555. Note: Act fast! Some shows are nearly sold out!

Gallery 7 Theatre Launches New Season with William Golding’s Lord of the Flies

October 28th, 2014

Gallery 7 Theatre is thrilled to be presenting William Golding’s classic dystopian tale, Lord of the Flies, as their first production of the 2014/2015 Refined by Fire theatre season. Adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams, the play opens November 7th at the theatre’s new venue, The Abbotsford Arts Centre.

(left to right) Matt Veenbaas, Philip Dyck, Michael McIntyre and Attila Davalovsky perform in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of Lord of the Flies. Photo by Dianna Lewis, Creative Memory Studios.

(left to right) Matt Veenbaas, Philip Dyck, Michael McIntyre and Attila Davalovsky perform in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of Lord of the Flies. Photo by Dianna Lewis, Creative Memory Studios.


In the midst of nuclear war, an airplane carrying English school boys crashes on a deserted island. Forced to fend for themselves, the survivors attempt to scrape together a civilized society governed by simple rules and regulations. Afflicted by fear of an evil beast lurking on the island, and as the lust for power and control takes over, the cadre’s fragile paradise quickly disintegrates into savage and violent anarchy.  Marking the 60th anniversary of William Golding’s celebrated novel, this provocative production explores humanity’s dark capacity for evil when fear, power and control are left unchecked.


Lord of the Flies is among the first novels of the dystopian genre and is similar in tone and theme to stories like The Hunger Games, Divergent and even The Giver,” explains Ken Hildebrandt, the plays director. “With that in mind, we decided to set our production in the not-so-distant future so as to as to underscore how the themes of the book written 60 years ago are just as relevant to us today.”


“What excites me most about this story is that there is so much to be mined thematically, which fits very well with our mandate to bring audiences thought-provoking theatre that explores the spiritual, relational and social aspects of the human experience,” continues Hildebrandt. “Though the play is dark, it does have moments of humour, and we’re looking forward to maximizing the technical resources available at the Abbotsford Arts Centre to create a dynamic and exciting experience. “


Playing the central character of Ralph is Philip Dyck. Dyck’s other performances with Gallery 7 Theatre include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Having Hope at Home. Ralph’s arch rival and nemesis, Jack, is played by Matt Veenbaas, who last appeared in The Hiding Place. Piggy, the long-suffering advocate for societal law and order, is played by Michael McIntyre, while the brooding and dangerous Roger is played by newcomer, Attila Davalovsky.


Nathan Unger and Dylan Schroeder play Sam N’ Eric respectively while Bailey Tonn takes on the role of Simon. Rounding out the cast are Andrew Dyck, Mark Hammer, Evan Rachwalski and Michael Witmer. The role of the naval officer is played by veteran performer, Ruth Kult.


Directing Lord of the Flies is Gallery 7 Theatre’s Executive/Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt. Set design is by Rafaella Rabinovich, costume design is by Dani DeJong, lighting design is by Phil Miguel and sound design is by Ron Jackson. Stage manager is Kenzie Hall and production photographer is Dianna Lewis of Creative Memory Studios.


Lord of the Flies runs November 7 & 8, 13 – 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM with discount matinees on November 8 & 15 at 2:00 PM at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford. Tickets for evening performances are $23 Adults, $21 Students & Seniors, $20 Groups (8+) and $15 for Children 12 & under.  Tickets for matinee performances are $18 General Admission and $15 Children 12 & under. They can be purchased at House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford (1-800-665-8828 or 604-852-3701) or online at  Season passes for the entire 2014/2015 theatre season are also available at discounts of up to 25% off regular ticket prices.


Lord of the Flies comes with an audience advisory that there is occasional violence and minimal crude language important to the honest portrayal of the events and characters.

The Jessie Richardson Awards Announces New Partnership with Miss 604

October 28th, 2014

The Jessies is pleased to announce a new promotional partnership that has arisen with The first Thursday of every month, Miss604 will feature a list of productions that are registered for the Jessie Awards (#TheatreThursdays). We are pleased to have this opportunity to promote eligible shows and further our mandate of educating the public about professional theatre in Vancouver.

The listing will be based on our list of registered productions. Due to publishing deadlines for Miss604′s posting, we must submit listings in advance. We encourage all member companies to register their productions before the end of the month prior to their production, to ensure inclusion in the post. No further action is required from companies to be a part of the listing.

This is an ongoing, indefinite partnership between the Jessie Awards and Miss604, the “Official Blogger” of the Awards.

The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards is seeking a Producer

October 28th, 2014

The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society (JRTAS) is seeking a producer for the annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards ceremony and party.


The JRTAS is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that exists to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of the Vancouver professional theatre community by producing the annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Show.


Our awards shows over past seasons have been very successful in including diverse artists and organizations from our community, distributing 39 awards. A key element has been a high energy, fast-paced presentation. We are always open to inviting a fresh creative vision into the mix to continue building on our past successes.


The 2015 Jessies will take place on Monday, June 22, 2015 at the Commodore Ballroom (TBC).


Job Description: To conceive and execute a fast-paced, multimedia theatre awards show.

Reports to: Board of Directors, Awards Show Committee


  • attends monthly meetings of the JRTAS Board of Directors (Jan-June) creates show format and all elements in collaboration with the Board acts as main liaison with the show venue
  • coordinates payment and charges to the JRTAS
  • oversees expenses and maintains budget in collaboration with the Treasurer attends all rehearsals
  • oversees all timelines
  • participates in and, where necessary, assists the JRTAS Board with organizing the Nominations Party, held one month in advance of the Awards Night
  •    works with Production Coordinator to hire Production Team


IMPORTANT NOTE: The Search Committee has a strong bias for applicants with a production office and support staff.


Interested candidates should forward a résumé and letter of interest. Please include a description of your ideas or concepts for the awards, as well as logistics of how you would achieve an entertaining and efficient show and party.



Mail:                      Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society Attention: Selection Committee

249 – 3381 Cambie Street Vancouver, BC  V5Z 4R3


While we appreciate all submissions, only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.


Deadline for submission: Friday, November 21, 2014



Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society                                                                                                                                                                                               

249-3381 Cambie Street Vancouver, BC V5Z 4R3

Metro Theatre presents Parfumerie November 8 to November 29th

October 28th, 2014

Metro’s second show of its 52nd season is a romantic comedy the whole family can enjoy.



Looking for a night at the theatre that’s warm and happy to keep those cold evenings at bay? E.P. Dowdall’s Parfumerie, might just be the ticket for you!


Parfumerie is a heart-warming romantic comedy that follows the tangled tale of employee George Horvath. Just days before Christmas, George’s boss fires him after mistakenly suspecting him to be the lover of his unfaithful wife.

Meanwhile, George’s own love life goes awry when he discovers that the stranger he has fallen in love with through a secret correspondence is none other than Amalia Balash, a co-worker with whom he constantly feuds. For the employees of the Parfumerie, only the truth can lead to a happy resolution in this old-fashioned, romantic Christmas tale.


Director Christopher King says “ Parfumerie we find one love that is fresh, like a new perfume that you can’t quite place, and one love that fades when we smell too often the familiar…Though the original Hungarian play was made into many well-known movies I know you will find a fresh new story that’s more than just a romantic comedy.”


This production is directed by Christopher King, stage managed by Iris Gittens, and features:


Lauren Dutchak - Amalia

Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin – Horvath Bill Murdoch - Hammerschmidt Stefan Winfield - Sipos

Ryan Mooney - Kadar/Fritz Devon Sandhu - Arpad Dani Lemon -Molnar Madison McCord - Ritter

Simon Ruddell - Detective/Customer

Kat Palmer - Customer/ASM

Joe Povia - Policeman/Older Gentleman/Customer


“Come on into Hammerschmidt’s and look around, I know you’ll find exactly what you need.”


Metro Theatre is proud to present Parfumerie November 8-29th, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm, with two Sunday matinées at 2:00pm on November 16th and 23rd.


Tickets are $23 for adults or $20 for students & seniors; Wednesdays you can buy two tickets for $32 and Thursdays you can buy two tickets for $34. You can reserve through the box office, 604-266-7191 or purchase online at .



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Metro Theatre (The Metropolitan Cooperative Theatre Society) is a registered non-profit cooperative society, and is fueled by volunteers. Its mission is to promote and develop theatre arts on a nonprofessional level.

Metro Theatre was created in 1962, and has produced more than 480 shows, including nearly 50 musicals, over the past 50 years. Sometimes referred to as the “humble little theatre,” Metro ironically has over 300 seats and puts on seven shows a year, more than all other non-professional theatre companies in North America and many professional ones.

Metro Theatre is wheelchair-accessible and provides assisted-listening devices upon request. It offers season subscriptions as well as individual reservations online and at the door.


Metro is located at 1370 SW Marine Drive, at the base of the Arthur Laing Bridge in Vancouver. It’s accessible by transit, and has free parking nearby.


Box office phone: 604-266-7191 Website: Facebook: Metro Theatre Vancouver Twitter:  @metrotheatre


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Evergreen Cultural Centre presents: Leave it to Cleavage 2: More Cleavage

October 28th, 2014

Not one, not two… but four perky housewives ham it up at Evergreen’s comedy cabaret

Leave it to CleavageEvergreen Cultural Centre is proud to present Leave it to Cleavage, Canada’s premier all-female improv comedy company. Nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Improv Group, they have performed to packed theatres all across Canada. Their hilarious show comes to Evergreen, Friday, November 7 at 8pm.

Leave it to Cleavage is a division of Rock Paper Scissors Comedy Creations Inc., a company specializing in customized comedy for corporate clients (and sentences with a lot of alliteration,) Leave it to Cleavage is four seriously funny women― Diana Frances, Ellie Harvie, Denise Jones, and Christine Lippa. Each of the Cleavage gals has over 10 years of professional improv experience working with corporate clients and live audiences.

These ridiculously perky 50′s housewives aim to install the virtues of the good ol’ days through hilarious improvised scenes, using audience suggestions and volunteers. Hosted by the original Desperate Housewives, “Leave it to Cleavage’s” delightful homemakers incorporate audience members, game show questions, and hilarious improv comedy.

Want to know how to make your marriage last? Cook a roast? Keep your neighbour off your lawn? Build a swimming pool with your bare hands? There’s no problem too big that Leave it to Cleavage can’t solve with a perky attitude and matching satin party dresses. Leave it to Cleavage knows how hard it is to be a modern woman, and they know just how to make it better… with some good old fashioned improvised common sense… and a martini.


Meet the “The Really Real Housewives of Vancouver”:
Diana Frances is a Gemini nominated comedy writer and improv performer and been nominated for 7 Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Female Improviser. She is a main stage performer with The Vancouver TheatreSports League and is also the Vice President of Rock Paper Scissors Comedy Creations Inc. She has also performed with Second City Theatricals aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. Diana has written for The Irrelevant Show (CBC Radio) DNTO (CBC Radio) The Debaters (CBC Radio) The Hour w/ George Stroumboulopoulos (CBC Television) 22 Minutes (CBC Television) and Comedy Inc.  Diana is a really good parallel parker.

Ellie Harvie is a renowned actress, stand-up comedian, and improviser. She is currently filming the second season of the teen sitcom Some Assembly Required. Awards includes 4 Leo nominations with one win for playing Morticia on The New Addams Family and 2 Gemini nominations, one for her gold medal performance in CBC Television’s The Improv Olympics and one for her dramatic guest star role in Cold Squad. She has also been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Improviser, and Best Actress in a Comedy TV Series. (Addams Family.) An alumni of The VancouverTheatreSports league, Ellie has performed at Just For Laughs and with London and Los Angeles TheatreSports. As a child, Ellie used to iron her money.

Denise Jones is a local film, TV and stage actor. She can currently be seen as one of the co-stars in the feature film Preggoland, starring James Caan and Sonja Bennet. She has been a main stage player with Vancouver TheatreSports League for over ten years and is proud to be the current Artistic Director. She has performed at improv comedy festivals internationally, including Miami, San Fransciso, Seattle and Chicago. She recently completed a contract with Second City Theatricals with Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Look for her in the upcoming film, SuperBuddies, as a German candy store thief.

Christine Lippa has been performing stand-up and improv for over 14 years. She was the host for 3 seasons of the CBC pop culture television show Zero Avenue and has been seen in Davinci’s Inquest, Millenium, Mysterious Ways and Outer Limits. Christine is an alumni of The Vancouver TheatreSports League and is a regular performer with Rock Paper Scissors. As well as being a kick-ass single mom, Christine has three dead birds in her freezer.

Leave it to Cleavage 2 is performed cabaret style in the Studio Theatre at 8pm, Friday, November 7 at 8pm. Tickets are Adult $35, Senior $30 and $15 for Students (with valid I.D.). Call the Box Office at 604-927-6555 or purchase online

United Players is proud to present: FACTS

October 28th, 2014

By Arthur Milner

Directed by Adam Henderson

Nov 7-30 at Jericho Arts Centre

You don’t have to be informed to understand this play; the Facts are effortlessly woven into the story!

This gripping play by Canadian playwright Arthur Milner is an intense psychological drama, a meticulous police procedural, a history lesson, and a debate encompassing key aspects of the Israel-Palestine conundrum.

Facts revolves around a joint Israeli/Palestinian police investigation over a killing in the West Bank in Palestine.  A Christian-American archaeologist has been murdered, and the evidence points to a young Israeli police officer with radical Zionist leanings. Facts is a chilling and taut political-crime thriller and an exciting piece of drama — and offers a rare theatrical opportunity for both an Israeli and a Palestinian protagonist to wade through the greater political dilemma within the microcosm of a murder investigation.

FACTS stars Jerry Wasserman as Yossi, Mehdi Darvish as Khalid, and James Gill as Danny.  It is directed by Adam Henderson, original music by Tim Gershwin, lighting design by Randy Poulis,  costumes by Catherine E. Carr, set design by Andrew Pye, technical direction by Graham Ockley, stage management by Carissa Gagne, and is produced by Fran Burnside.

FACTS runs at the Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery) from Nov 7-30, Thursday through Sunday. All performances at 8 pm except Sundays Nov 16 and 30, when there is a 2pm matinée (no evening performance). Tickets are $16 – $20 and are available at the door.

Preview: Nov 6th, all tickets $10.  Talk back session: after the show on Nov 13th.

Reservations and info:  phone 604 224 8007, ext. 2 or visit

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DSR Productions Evil Dead the Musical Closes Nov 1st-2 for 1 General Admission Oct 29th 10:30pm Show!

October 28th, 2014
Photo Credit: Mark Carter

Photo Credit: Mark Carter

Bigger. Badder. Bloodier.

Where: The carnage takes place at The Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Avenue (at Oak)

We have 7 shows left!

October 29 (7pm / 10:30 pm) For the 10:30pm showing we will be doing a 2 for 1 deal on general admission. This does not include the splatter zone.

Devil’s Night October 30 (8pm)
Halloween October 31 (7pm / 10:30pm)
Closing All Saints’ Day November 1 (7pm / 10:30 pm)

To go directly to the ticket page:

What the critics are saying:

…..beautifully performed by the players and accompanying band. Evil Dead the Musical is everything that is loved about the movies, campy and cheesier than a plate of nachos, but with the added bonus of everyone breaking into song. – Cameron Locke, Vancity Buzz

The whole cast hits every note, both musically and comedically, with style….it was easily one of the most entertaining experiences that I’ve had with live theatre. – Gregory Milne, Living Myth Magazine

 If there is one must-see production to get you in the Halloween spirit, Evil Dead is it. It was a bloody good time. – Cassie Silva, Review Vancouver

The song and dance numbers were slick and downright impressively acrobatic at times – Danielle Benzon, Plank Magazine
Evil Dead: The Musical is right where you want to be. – Xiu Qi Chin, SFU The Peak

Young love, bad puns, dancing demons, shotguns–in a show that consistently makes fun of itself, what’s not to like?-Lauren Kresowaty, niftynotcool


Evil  Dead: The Musical  is based on the Sam Raimi 80s cult classic which tells the age old tale: 5 college kids travel to an abandoned cabin in the woods, boy meets girl, boy expects  to  get  lucky, boy unleashes evil spirit, girl meets the big bad and boy meets chainsaw instead. Friends into lovers, lovers’ into friends, and friends  into Candarian Demons. Mayhem ensues, and don’t forget the spectacular singing and dancing. Evil Dead  includes hilarious numbers like, “All  the  Men  in  my  Life  Keep  Getting Killed  by  Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon

 What is the splatter zone, you ask? It is exactly what it sounds like! The front row of the theatre is designated “The Splatter Zone.” Those who buy tickets for the front row understand they will come away splattered with blood and that is all a part of the fun.

Evil  Dead: The  Musical  boasts an impressive cast of local professional  talent that is led by Scott Walters in the iconic role of Ash. He is joined by his returning cast mates Meghan  Anderssen, Mat Baker, Eric Gow, Ian Rozylo, Matthew  Graham, and Jennie  Neumann, and introducing the newest addition Andrea Bailey. The award winning design team includes: Set  Design  by  John Bessette, Lighting Design by Darren  Hales, Make-­‐up Design by Richard Elsom, Costume Design by Oriana Camporese, Stage Management by Robin Richardson and it is co-produced by Allyson McGrane of Left Right Minds. We also feature a live band of amazing local musicians!

General Ticket Price: $30

Splatter Zone Ticket Price: $40

To purchase tickets and to find out more about Evil Dead: The Musical check out our groovy website:

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Little Mountain Lion Productions Present Kurt Vonneguts Slaughterhouse-Five

October 28th, 2014

Slaughterhouse Five

NOVEMBER 11th – 15th | 8PM


Get unstuck in time this November. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five explores the human condition by reliving its most beautiful and heartbreaking moments. Experience the story of Billy Pilgrim, the man who becomes “unstuck” in time, in the stage adaptation of Vonnegut’s celebrated novel. As Pilgrim jumps uncontrollably between moments in his life, he bears witness to the true love, horror, war, and peace of recent and future generations. Witness Pilgrim’s remarkable journey through time and space, love and hate, and everything that lies between – during his life as a young boy, as a soldier in World War II, and even as part of an exhibit inside an interstellar zoo.

Written by Kurt Vonnegut; Adapted for the stage by Eric Simonson; Director – Matt Clarke; Assistant Director – Mily Mumford; Production Designer – Johnny Hamilton; Set Designer – Molly Lai; Costume Designer – Amelia Ross; Original Music – Graham Dawson.


Cast: Meghan Belcher, Isabelle Chatelain, Jackson Carswell, Daniel Meron, Lloyd Darling, Mark Ferns, Luc d’Ippolito, Steve James, Jeremy Leroux, Jess Marlow, Adam Pateman, Nic Taggart, and Doc Harris.


$20 available in advance at, or at the door.


Be a Fringe Artist: Applications Open Today!

October 28th, 2014

Yes, you can be! Applications for the Mainstage Lottery open on October 29 at noon PST and anyone can apply! And we mean it. Stand-up? Dance? Storytelling? Clowns? Seasoned performer? Never put on a show before? Yep. All of you can apply and be part of the Festival!

Here’s how it works:

Mainstage spots are chosen by Lottery draw and applications will be accepted between October 29 and November 26. Mainstage artists are assigned to a venue and the venue rental cost, technician, and schedule are provided by the Festival. More info on what’s covered and how the process works can be found here. The artists will be drawn at the Lottery Party on December 3, 2014 at the ANZA Club (we’ll be live tweeting for those of you who can’t make it).

Details on how to be a Fringe artist in our other categories, including Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) will be available soon. Please note that the Onsite Program will not continue in 2015, however we will accept applications for site-specific theatre productions. Check the Artist Info page on our website for details.