Wednesday, November 30, 2016

holy mo! a christmas show! | trailer

The creative team are putting the final touches on HOLY MO! A CHRISTMAS SHOW!, opening this Friday, December 2nd at 8 pm! Check out the trailer for the show and share it with all your family and friends. A huge shout out to Peter Carlone for helping with the video.

holy mo! a christmas show! | meet the cast

We couldn't be more excited about the cast of HOLY MO! A CHRISTMAS SHOW!. Here's an introduction to the faces behind the masks of our beloved trio.

Lucia Frangione: Lucia is a PT veteran on and off the stage. She's written all three HOLY MO plays and HOLY MO! A CHRISTMAS SHOW! marks her second appearance as Follie, the adored ringleader in the troupe. Lucia was last seen on the PT stage in 2014 in ESPRESSO.

Anita Wittenberg: Anita received a Jessie nomination for her work in the original production of HOLY MO, back in 1997. Anita has also performed in two of Lucia’s previous plays: CHICKENS and WEST COAST REVUE, for Chemainus Theatre.

Jess Amy Shead: Jess joined the PT family last year as a company apprentice where she took part in 9 projects in 10 months. Jess was last seen on the PT stage in WIT as one of the ensemble members and her apprentice project, THE DROWNING GIRLS.

Monday, November 28, 2016

holy mo! a christmas show! | meet the troupe | follie

The final member of the weird and wacky performing troupe in HOLY MO! A CHRISTMAS SHOW! is Follie.

Introducing: Follie

Follie is the ringleader. She keeps things grounded and focused on the heart of the story. If anyone in the troupe was the "mama bear", it would be Follie: with her passion for telling stories and love for her fellow storytellers, she keeps the wagon moving forward.

dec. 2 | ordinary time

Wondering where else you can catch our fantastic CHRISTMAS PRESENCE musicians? Check out the release of Peter La Grand's latest album "Good News" at Regent College.

Pacific Theatre regulars will be very familiar with the musical stylings of Peter La Grand, having seen him on the PT stage in CHRISTMAS PRESENCE these last eight seasons.  But did you know he also plays guitar, drums, and dobro in the acoustic folk trio Ordinary Time along with Jill McFadden and Ben Keyes?  The group finds inspiration in the Christian tradition and is known for creating rich harmonies and thought-provoking lyrics.

On the brink of their fourth album, Ordinary Time invites you to join them for an anniversary show and the release of their latest record, GOOD NEWS.  Local musician Chris Campanelli will be opening the night.

Where: Regent College
When: Friday, December 2nd, 7:00- 10:00 PM
Admission: $10.00

Tickets available for presale online.

You can also catch them for an Advent Concert:

Where: First Baptist Church
When: Sunday, December 4th, 2:30 PM

Saturday, November 26, 2016

dec 7 | loren wilkinson documentary | making peace with creation

Loren Wilkinson has long been a mentor and friend to me. He arrived at Regent just as I began to contemplate returning to a life in the theatre. He invited me into a writers group that first got me thinking of myself as, maybe someday, a writer. Together we taught several Regent Summer School courses at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, some of the richest and most glorious weeks of my life. In the first half decade of Pacific Theatre's life, Loren contributed to various Pacific Theatre shows, including "The Lonely Birch," "Dreams Of Kings & Carpenters" and "First Christmas." I spent many very happy days this summer writing notes on Loren's poems for "Imago Mundi: The Poems of Loren Wilkinson," which we hope to have in print slightly before Christmas this year. And concurrent with the poetry project, another friend, Iwan Russell-Jones, has been creating a documentary about Loren, which premiered at Regent College Wednesday, December 7 at 7pm. Join me there.

Premiere: Making Peace With Creation
Wed Dec 7 @ 7pm
Regent College

Poet and theologian Loren Wilkinson has spent his life thinking, teaching, and campaigning about the environment—or creation, as he prefers to call it. In an era that has seen growing concern about climate change and the impact of industry and technology, Professor Wilkinson has insisted that this is a critical sphere for Christian thought and action. From their home on Galiano Island off the coast of British Columbia, he and his wife, Mary-Ruth Wilkinson, have encouraged generations of students to think long and hard about the meaning of creation and of our responsibility as creatures within it.

What can be done to address the enormous issues facing our fragile and threatened planet?
Is it possible to live confidently and creatively in the face of massive problems such as pollution and the acidification of the oceans?
What hope is there of making peace with creation?
In this hour-long film, made with the assistance of a team of students from Regent College, Loren Wilkinson goes in search of answers to these pressing questions. Through personal reflections (set both in the beautiful Gulf Islands where he lives and in the urban context of Vancouver, where he continues to teach), stimulating conversations with leading thinkers, artists and activists, and specially created art work, together with extracts from his poetry, Loren Wilkinson presents his own compelling and beautiful vision for human life in the 21st century.

Cost: $10/person, $5 for students

Friday, November 25, 2016

holy mo! a christmas show! | meet the troupe | buffoona

Here's the second member of the HOLY MO! A CHRISTMAS SHOW! troupe of performers... Introducing Buffoona!

Introducing: Buffoona

Buffoona brings an extra sparkle to the group. Her childlike innocence, playful spirit, and love of Santa Clause helps keep us hopeful through difficult stories. If there's a way to lighten the mood and find joy, Buffoona will deliver.

dec.1st | coptic jesus: book release & show

We love sharing the creativity of our audience members with you! Our friend Sheri-Anne Vis will be showcasing her illustrations at the upcoming COPTIC JESUS book release and show.

Coptic Jesus: Book Release and Show
Bradley Jersak & Shari-Anne Vis
Paintings in gouache, watercolour, pencil and india ink.
Thursday December 1st. 6:00- 9:00 PM
SOMA Space: 2468 Scotia Street, Vancouver, BC.

Orthodox Christian Children's Book "Jesus Showed Us!" by Bradley Jersak was released last month. Shari-Anne Vis, illustrator, will be exhibiting her paintings from the book, which are inspired by Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox icons. Icons were often considered written rather than painted as they were telling stories for those who were not literate. These icons offered a rich, dramatic, colourful and at times, child-like framework from which to illustrate these scenes.

Shari-Anne Vis received her BFA from OCADU and is currently living and working in Vancouver.  This is her second children's book.

Signed books and art prints will be available. This is a family friendly event; there will be an icon colouring station for children!  To see more of her work, visit

Thursday, November 24, 2016

christmas presence | line ups

It's already time! Our favourite holiday tradition, CHRISTMAS PRESENCE, is on its way and we have a spectacular line up of artists for you. As always, the line ups are subject to change.

Dec 11 (2pm and 8pm)
The Tourist Company, The Kwerks, Jon Ochsendorf, Rachel Buttons, Spencer Capier, Nelson Boschman, Becca Birkner, Rick Colhoun

Dec 12th
The Tourist Company, Zaac Pick, Garth Bowen, Corey Janz, John Voth, Spencer Capier, Becca Birkner, Rick Colhoun

Dec 13th
Lee Aaron, The Kwerks, Jon Ochsendorf, Corey Janz, Spencer Capier, John Voth, Nelson Boschman, Becca Birkner, Rick Colhoun

Dec 17th (Abbotsford)
Allen Desnoyers, Jon Ochsendorf, The Kwerks, Brett Ziegler, Rick Colhoun

Dec 19th
Peter La Grand, The Tourist Company, Michael Hart, Garth Bowen, Corey Janz, Spencer Capier, John Voth, Nelson Boschman, Becca Birkner, Brett Ziegler, Rick Colhoun

Dec 20th
Carolyn Arends, Spencer Capier, Michael Hart, Peter Lagrand, Garth Bowen, Corey Janz, Jon Ochsendorf, John Voth, Nelson Boschman, Becca Birkner, Brett Ziegler, Rick Colhoun

holy mo! a christmas show! | meet the troupe | guff

Here's a series introducing you to the three travelling performers who make up the troupe in HOLY MO! A CHRISTMAS SHOW!

Introducing: Guff

Guff is the roadie of the trio. She makes all the bells and whistles of the performance sing. She may not be fond of Christmas, and she's not big on words, but she'll do whatever it takes to get the show on the road.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

holy mo! a christmas show! | heads up

In HOLY MO! A CHRISTMAS SHOW! by Lucia Frangione no one is safe, not even Santa. If you've got little ones who still hold the Big Red Guy dear to their hearts, you may want to approach with caution. Give us a call (604-731-5518) or email (, and we'll help you decide what's best!

Monday, November 21, 2016

holy mo! a christmas show! | blast from the past

Lucia Frangione has long been a core artist and playwright for Pacific Theatre. The history of HOLY MO and Pacific Theatre are closely entwined. Check out the previous posters from past HOLY MO productions at PT. 

In the mid-90's, Lucia Frangione got together with fellow theatre school graduates Marie Russell and Rene Joshi to put on a Fringe show together. They thought it would be fun to do a large epic tale, something like Cecil B. Demill's The Ten Commandments, but on a shoestring budget with three women. That was when the first Holy Mo – a 50-minute comic retelling of the story of Moses and the Exodus – was born.

A total hit at the Fringe Festival, Frangione, Russell, and Joshi took the show on the road, touring Fringe Festivals and theatres across Canada and into the United States. In the meantime, Pacific Theatre's Artistic Director Ron Reed saw the show and loved it. A perfect fit for Pacific Theatre, he asked them to write a second act and make it into a full-length show.

Frangione added the story of King David to the show, calling is Spew Boy, and hence Holy Mo and Spew Boy made its debut at Pacific Theatre in 1999.

A fast audience favourite, Holy Mo and Spew Boy played two more times at Pacific Theatre, most recently in its 25th anniversary season in 2008.

Since then, while the play has been produced by other companies, it hasn't seen the PacificTheatre stage.

This is the latest iteration of the Holy Mo genre, a brand-new play where three female clowns delve into the epic story of the Nativity, commissioned by Pacific Theatre.

-Andrea Loewen, Publicity and Marketing 

Friday, November 18, 2016

holy mo! a christmas show! | advance photos

HOLY MO! A CHRISTMAS SHOW! advance photos are in! What do you think of Guff, Buffoona and Follie's new look? A big thank you and shout out to the talented Emily Cooper for taking such fabulous photos.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

pacific theatre subscribers | thank you!

If you are a Pacific Theatre subscriber, you get FREE DANCE LESSONS with JC Dance Co. We've recently partnered with JC Dance CO. at the Broadway Ballroom to bring our subscribers up to two free drop-in group classes. Come visit us at the box office and we will present you with your dance lesson voucher. Happy dancing!

nov. 26th | theatre of the beat | forgiven/forgotten

A restorative justice theatre event.

A stranger in need, a community in turmoil, an offender in their midst.  When a family finds out that an offender will be serving his parole in their community, they are forced to choose between closing their doors or reaching out to those in need.  Presented by Theatre of the Beat, FORGIVEN/FORGOTTEN, is a fast paced, heart-wrenching drama that examines how our culture responds to those affected by crime.

Written and Directed by Johnny Wideman
Featuring Sukhpreet Sangha, Kimberlee Walker, Benjamin Wert, and Johnny Wideman.
Original Score by Jason McDowell
Commissioned by Mennonite Central Committee Ontario Restorative Justice Program

Where: Cedar Park Church, 5300 44th Avenue, Ladner
When: Sat. Nov. 26th at 7:00 PM

For more about Theatre of the Beat, visit their website.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

nov. 22- dec.3 | disPLACE | angela konrad

Longtime Pacific Theatre director Angela Konrad of WIT, JESUS HOPPED THE "A" TRAIN and this season's OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is premiering a new play and a new theatre company this weekend.

Dark Glass Theatre proudly presents:
disPLACE: Refugee Stories in Their Own Words

How far would you go to protect your family? Follow the real-life experiences of refugees to Canada in this brand new production created at Trinity Western University. Five actors transform into multiple characters in this unforgettable journey, knit together by original music and verbatim testimony.

Discover the personal, human stories hidden beneath the headlines.  From Mennonite immigrants who fled Europe after World War II, to the current global refugee crisis, the stories captured in disPLACE shine a light on the bonds that tie us all together.

After the performance, you're welcome to stay for a talkback with the cast, moderated by a specialist in refugee issues.

Directed by- Angela Konrad
Assistant Director- Jessica Garden
Stage Manager- Alexandria Bay
Lighting Designer- Graham Ockley

Performers- Uliana Akulenko, Emmett Hanley, Keenan Marchand, Kate Nundal, and Jane Oliphant

Where: Freedom Hall, Robert N. Thompson Building, Trinity Western University
When: Tues. Nov. 22- Sat. Dec. 3rd at 7:30 PM, and Dec. 3rd at 2:00 PM
Tickets: Adult- $14.00, Students/Seniors/Alumni- $12.00, Tue. Nov. 22 is 2-for-1

Buy online here!

holy mo! a christmas show! | costume design

Take a look at the beautiful costume renderings for HOLY MO! A CHRISTMAS SHOW!, designed by the talented Amy McDougall.

"Upon reading this play, I was struck by sense of history and weightiness contained in this fun, irreverent show. Lucia Frangione's text calls to mind the long and rich history of circus and vaudeville performance, as well as the ritual of retelling the nativity story through community pageants. Both these traditions incorporate elaborate costumes, which has provided me with a rich visual language to help tell the story of Holy Mo, a story that is both contemporary and timeless at the same time. I've used lots of bright colour, strong silhouettes and bright embellishments to match the energy that the cast brings to their performance. It's been a lot of fun taking classic images and tropes and transforming and modernizing them to suit the tone of Holy Mo".

-Amy McDougall, Costume Designer

Monday, November 14, 2016

holy mo! a christmas show! | first read

Today we had the first read of HOLY MO! A CHRISTMAS SHOW!, by Lucia Frangione! We are beyond excited to share this reverently irreverent re-imagining of the Nativity story told by our three favourite clowns. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

suitcase stories | closing

There are only two performances left of SUITCASE STORIES, by Maki Yi. We've had a fantastic run and we would like to thank the creative team for all their hard work on the show. We have a few tickets left, call our box office at 604.781.5518 to book your tickets! 

*You are invited to join us after the 8:00 pm performance of SUITCASE STORIES for Stone's Throw Productions performance of THE MOST MASSIVE WOMAN WINS.  

Featuring: Lindsay Curl, Danielle Klaudt, Paige Louter and Deb Sears
Pay-What-You-Think-It's-Worth: cash after the show
Running time: 35 mins

Friday, November 11, 2016

suitcase stories | remembrance day hours

Today we pause and remember those brave men and women who courageously volunteered for the cause of freedom and peace. Please note that we do still have a performance of SUITCASE STORIES, followed by a performance of THE MOST MASSIVE WOMAN WINS today, Remembrance Day, but our box office will not open until 4:30pm. Thank you for your understanding.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

nov. 9-12 |the most massive woman wins | apprentice project

Be sure to catch our current season apprentices in their collaborative project, THE MOST MASSIVE WOMAN WINS on stage after SUITCASE STORIES, November 9th-12th. The show features Lindsay Curl, Danielle Klaudt, Paige Louter and Deb Sears. 

The Most Massive Woman Wins
by Madeleine George
Directed by Sarah Rose

Four women sit in the waiting room of a liposuction clinic. As the clock ticks and the procedure draws closer, memories, nightmares, and schoolyard rhymes begin to intrude, and the women are forced to reckon with their relationships to food, their bodies, and the people in their lives.

Running time: 35 mins
Tickets: pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth after the show (cash only)

** Subscribers get free tickets to our apprentice shows! Email to reserve your free tickets today.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

suitcase stories | more photos

SUITCASE STORIES returns tomorrow night at 8pm! Here are some more photos of Maki and her suitcase. We have five shows left, so grab a friend and come see this incredible story of strength and perseverance. To book your tickets call our box office at 604.731.5518 or go online to

Monday, November 07, 2016

Friday, November 04, 2016

suitcase stories | theatre club

This Saturday, November 5th join apprentice Lindsay Curl and other PT friends as they discuss SUITCASE STORIES (immediately following the matinee performance, approximately 3:45 pm).  We can't wait to hear your thoughts about the show!

Thursday, November 03, 2016

suitcase stories | responses

"Sometimes, when you see a show, you know that an artist is offering you a personal gift... I’m glad that we have this artist among us." - Colin Thomas

"Yi spends an hour and 40 minutes non-stop, no intermission, on the stage transfixing the audience with her tale of immigrating to Canada from Korea. That is downright impressive." - Alan Woo, Fun! Fun! Vancouver

"Yi’s writing is beautifully crafted as she details her numerous cultural collisions, and she is a lively and engaging storyteller with many moods: ebullient when she discovers acting, scandalized when she sees a couple making out at the Greyhound station, depressed when her application for immigration is refused. Under Colleen Lanki’s direction, a few simple flourishes add theatricality to the minimalist staging, which capitalizes on Pacific Theatre’s unique space." - Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

"Maki’s emotive performance is both creative and animated. She is able to transform the stage and generate images with chalk and ribbon. These images enhance her chronicle of life in a foreign land and underscore milestones with an endearing touch of levity." - Marian Wagner, My Van City

"Brimming with universally relevant themes for today’s world, Suitcase Stories is a creative and winsome invitation into the particular resilience of one woman’s journey." - Meredith Cochran, Regent Et Cetera