Wednesday, December 13, 2017

christmas campaign | the tally | 78.1% of the way there!

This year's Christmas Campaign has officially begun! With a kickstart from #givingtuesday, we have heroes large and small stepping up to help Pacific Theatre run.

Pacific Theatre exists thanks to everyday heroes. That's YOU! The people who support our work by attending, subscribing, and, most importantly, donating. As a charitable organization, we couldn't make it without you - our heroes!

Typically our Christmas campaigns come with a matching grant to help reach our goals, but this year we were unable to secure a match. This means we need your heroism more than ever! The signal is in the sky! Will you answer the call?

Here's where we're at so far:

100 + 500 + 25 + 50 + 700 + 20 + 50 + 400 + 150 + 50 + 50 + 200 + 200 + 200 + 4.05 + 50 + 50 + 250 + 5 + 24.35 + 100 + 300 + 100 + 500 + 1500 + 10 + 5000 + 2500 + 50 + 20 + 20 + 2000 + 20 + 20 + 7000 + 100 + 25 + 5 + 100 + 5 + 100 + 100 + 100 + 200 + 1000 + 2500 + 800 + 1000 + 50 + 100 + 250 + 250 + 1500 + 25 + 500 + 150 + 100 + 50 = $31,228

That's 78.1% of the way there!

Be a hero! Donate today!

Donate today online here or phone (604) 731-5483.

christmas presence | artist spotlight | jon ochsendorf

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE regular Jon Ochsendorf is kicking off our week with CHRISTMAS PRESENCE IN THE VALLEY!

Jon Ochsendorf's folksy guitar stylings are always a beautiful addition to our CHRISTMAS PRESENCE performances. He'll be joining The Kwerks and others in Abbotsford on Sunday to start off our week of songs and stories for the Christmas season!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

dec 12 | christmas presence langley | set list

Christmas Presence | Tue Dec 12, Bez Arts Hub, Langley
Benefit for Hope International
Michael Hart, Garth Bowen, Ron Reed

michael | all hail and welcome
garrison keillor | seven principles of a successful christmas
michael | three generations
judy graves | god's christmas party
garth | god rest ye
john henry faulk | a child's christmas in texas (1379)
garth | go tell it
mike royko | pretty well picked over
michael | the holly and the ivy

garth | christmas song (alleluia)
david kossoff | seth
michael | joy to the world
sheila rosen | no safe place
garth | silent night

here's a link to a christmas presence index, which will give you links to some of the pieces we read tonight

holiday gift certificate promotion

As you gather together the final pieces of your holiday gifts, don't forget about how meaningful the gift of a beautiful story will be to your loved ones. Our Christmas promotion this year gets you a gift certificate for TWO tickets to any remaining show this season for only $50.

To buy a Christmas gift certificate, visit our website, call our box office at 604-731-5518, or pick one up in person and get a beautifully-wrapped gift, ready to go!

Monday, December 11, 2017

christmas presence | artist spotlight | zaac pick

We are so excited to have Zaac Pick back with us for CHRISTMAS PRESENCE this year!

Zaac Pick has become a wonderful fixture on our stage for Christmas Presence, come see him on December 19th! Preview his original Christmas song on Spotify:

almost, maine | more photos

There is one week left for these sweethearts to fall in and out of love in ALMOST, MAINE!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

dec 10 | christmas presence, richmond | set list

allen desnoyers | bethlehem light
dina donohue | no room
cate richardson | hand-made stars
frederick buechner | annunciation
rachel button | winter wonderland
garrison keillor | seven principles of a successful christmas
cate richardson | i've got my love to keep me warm
mke mason | the real santa claus
allen desnoyers | innocence
john henry faulk | child's christmas in texas
jon ochsendorf | magic

charles schultz | charlie and linus
cate richardson | the christmas song
frederick buechner & madeleine l'engle| emmanuel
jon ochsendorf | finally on our way
judy graves | god's christmas party
rachel button | what must it be like
annie dillard | god in the doorway
jon ochsendorf | rescue me
david kossoff | seth
allen desnoyers | gifts of the magi

featuring musicians Cate Richardson, Allen Desnoyers, Rachel Button, Jon Ochsendorf, Becca Birkner, Chris Hawley, Rick Colhoun
readings by Ron Reed

links to some of the readings can be found here

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

christmas campaign | pacific theatre's everyday heroes

Our Christmas campaign is well under way, but there is still time to be a hero! Our staff team is made up of everyday heroes banding together to keep Pacific Theatre running, but hero work is almost as expensive as producing professional theatre and they need your help! Be a hero, donate today by clicking here, or call 604-731-5483. All gifts over $10 will receive a charitable receipt.

All gifts over $10 receive a charitable receipt.

christmas presence | artist spotlight | the kwerks

It's almost time for our favourite Christmas tradition, CHRISTMAS PRESENCE! Playing Dec 17 in Abbotsford, and then Dec 19-22 in our space, we are featuring some of the artists to come. First up, The Kwerks!

The Kwerks have become fixtures of Christmas Presence, winning our hearts with their fun and, well, quirky style.

If you haven't fallen in love with them yet, check out this video:

The Kwerks will be performing Dec 17, 19, and 22nd.

almost, maine | photos

We are already halfway through the run of ALMOST, MAINE! Unbelievable that this charming romantic comedy is coming close to an end. Here are some of the photos, all taken by Ron Reed, featuring set and lights by Lauchlin Johnston and costumes by Amy McDougall.

Monday, December 04, 2017

dec 9 | a quiet day for advent | st. faith's anglican church

Our friends at St. Faith's Anglican Church are hosting their annual "Quiet Day for Advent", a meditative and artistic experience of advent.

Quiet Day For Advent
Saturday, December 9 ~ 10:00am - 3:00pm
St. Faith’s Anglican Church ~ 7284 Cypress St. (at W. 57th Ave.)

Take time for silence and reflection in this season of expectation. The day will include prayer and poetry and a variety of creative contemplative practices including creating prayer beads and prayer shawls.

Bring a bag lunch. Tea & treats provided. $30 suggested donation toward supplies, as able. (Reduced for students.)

Please register by email: or phone 604-266-8011 (Ext. 1)

Friday, December 01, 2017

almost, maine | artist talkback

Want to chat with this fun and talented group of artists about ALMOST, MAINE? Following tonight's show we'll have an artist talkback with the cast!


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

christmas presence | line ups

It's time again for our CHRISTMAS PRESENCE line ups to begin to take shape. We've got some old favourites and new voices joining us this year and we can't wait to share another round of songs and stories to launch you into Christmas.

Dec 17:
Jon Ochsendorf, The Kwerks, Jamison Isaak, Rachel Button, Nelson Boschman, Chris Hawley, Becca Birkner, Rick Colhoun

Dec 19:
Michael Hart, Zaac Pick, Corey Janz, The Kwerks, Becca Birkner, Peter Abando, Rick Colhoun

Dec 20:
Corey Janz, Jon Ochsendorf, Karen and Katie, John Voth, Mark Bender, Peter Abando, Rick Colhoun

Dec 21:
Garth Bowen, Bre McDaniel, Jon Ochsendorf, John Voth, Nelson Boschman, Chris Hawley, Mark Bender, Rick Colhoun

Dec 22:
Garth Bowen, Bre McDaniel, Jon Ochsendorf, Corey Janz, The Kwerks, John Voth, Nelson Boschman, Chad Galpin, Rick Colhoun

Dec 23 Matinee and Evening:
Michael Hart, Garth Bowen, Corey Janz, Jon Ochsendorf, Rachel Button, John Voth, Nelson Boschman, Chad Galpin, Kenton Wiens

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

almost, maine | song list

Jay Clift's sound design for ALMOST, MAINE is right on the money! If you'd like to make your own playlist, here is the list of songs used.

Regina Spektor - On The Radio
3 Dog Night - One
The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
Beyonce - XO
Regina Spektor - Us
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Florence and the Machine - Dog Days Are Over
Bon Iver - Skinny Love
Elle King - I Told You I Was Mean
Jesse Ahmann - Fall Asleep Happy

Monday, November 27, 2017

#givingtuesday is tomorrow!

Giving Tuesday is coming up tomorrow! Giving Tuesday is a time to give back to the communities where we live and work, to give back to our friends and neighbours who have given us so much, and to give back to the local charities and nonprofits who work tirelessly to realize their mission and vision of bettering our communities.

This year, for #givingtuesday we are sharing stories that matter, stories from the community of Pacific Theatre.  — Anecdotes from audience members, staff members, emerging artists, and all the people who come together to create the PT community.

It was at PT that we learned what it meant to have art and community intersect in a powerful way, to have faith inform art and have art inform faith, and to believe in our own talents and gifts. We will always have so much love and affection for Pacific Theatre for giving us room and space to grow and find ourselves and for providing an adventure that would impact us for the rest of our lives!
- Ryan Hoke

How can you get involved?

Share you PT story! Tell us about a memorable moment at Pacific Theatre - what do you think of when you think of PT? Post it with a selfie and the hashtag #givingtuesday

Donate! We believe that every gift has an impact. You can donate online through this link

Then, when you donate, don’t forget to share your PT story with #givingtuesday

You can also donate over the phone at 604.731.5483 or in person at our office from 10:00am - 5:00pm on Tuesday.  If you come into the office, we’ll take a picture of you next to our Giving Tree. Watch it fill up with gifts and stories throughout the day!

Thank-you all for being a part of the community that has made up Pacific Theatre for the past 36 years. Help us continue create more stories that matter for the years to come.

almost, maine | responses

"Like life and love itself, Almost, Maine is quirky, sweet and sometimes delightfully messy. And despite its disappointing lack of snowflakes, you should definitely make this trip to New England." | Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

"Not only was the play full of emotion, it was hilarious. Due to the characters sincerity, genuineness, and impeccable comedic timing the play seemed to constantly bring the audience to rigorous laughter." | Connor Riopel, Merely Players

"A clever, quirky romantic comic anthology made up of 10 two-character vignettes ... first-time director Kaitlin Williams and her five attractive young actors handle the material with aplomb. Nearly everyone leaves the theatre smiling." | Jerry Wasserman, The Vancouver Sun

almost, maine | opening night photos

We had a spectacular opening night for ALMOST, MAINE on Friday! These guys had so much fun, we could barely get them to stand still for a photo - so when you see blurriness, know that there is joy behind it.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

nov 26 | christmas presence | set list

Christmas Presence is different every night. Different musicians, different readings. Join us December 17 in Clearbrook, or December 19-23 at home in Pacific Theatre, for more of the same different! Here's a link for tickets - but don't delay, some shows are already sold out!

Peter Abando, Rick Colhoun, Mark Bender | Christmastime Is Here
Charles Schultz | Charlie & Linus
Zaac Pick | Maybe This Christmas
Robert Farrar Capon | Advent
Carolyn Arends | It Was A Holy Night
John Lekich | A Keen Sense Of Occasion
Carolyn Arends | Christmas Magic
Mike Mason | Gabriel's Annunciation
Jalen Saip | You're Here
Madeleine L'Engle | The Irrational Season
Carolyn Arends | My First Christmas
Zaac Pick | O What Night

Spencer Capier | The Merry Blacksmith
Garrison Keillor | The Seven Principles of Christmas
Carolyn Arends | Is Bethlehem Too Far Away
Zaac Pick | Finding Christmas
Lucia Frangione | Taste Of Winter
Spencer Capier | Lover's Waltz
Annie Dillard | God In The Doorway
Carolyn Arends | Do Not Be Afraid
Sheila Rosen | No Safe Place
Zaac Pick | Christmas Song
Robert Louis Stevenson | Christmas Prayer
Carolyn Arends | A Christmas Blessing


Readers: Ron Reed, Matthew Simmons, Jalen Saip
Hammond B3: Chris Hawley

We've posted some of these readings, and plenty of others, online - here's a link to an index.

Friday, November 24, 2017

almost, maine | meet the crew

We're finishing 2017 off with a big fluffy snowball of a show - John Cariani's beautiful wintry anthology ALMOST, MAINE. And director Kaitlin Williams has assembled a team of Pacific Theatre stalwarts to bring this magical journey to life.

Kaitlin Williams | Director

Lauchlin Johnston | Lighting and Set Design

Jay Clift | Sound Design

Amy McDougall | Costume Design

Maria Zarrillo | Stage Management

Thursday, November 16, 2017

almost, maine | why this matters | kaitlin williams

Almost, Maine is a play filled with complicated emotional journeys that also strive for universality. We sat down with director Kaitlin Williams and she shared her thoughts on these 'love parables'.

almost, maine | photos

We've got the advance photos for our final show of 2017: John Cariani's ALMOST, MAINE! All photos by Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

almost, maine | meet the cast

We're finishing 2017 off with a big fluffy snowball of a show - John Cariani's beautiful wintry anthology ALMOST, MAINE. And director Kaitlin Williams has assembled a dream team of Pacific Theatre stalwarts to bring this magical journey to life.

Kim Larson is a former Pacific Theatre acting apprentice - you may have seen her in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, THE WOLVES, or THE DROWNING GIRLS on the PT stage, or at various productions at Studio 58. She's putting on lots of different hats to return to our stage for Almost, Maine!

Giovanni Mocibob returns to our stage after stirring turns in THE WHIPPING MAN and DOUBT - having recently spent time in the world of film and television, we are proud to have him back in the theatre. He's getting to show off his comedy chops after some heavy lifting in past PT shows.

You may have seen Jalen Saip around the theatre or box office this fall as one of our company apprentices, and now you have the chance to watch her weave her magic on stage. Jalen has previously joined Stone's Throw Productions for PROBLEM CHILD and THE WOLVES, as well as THE WINTER'S TALE with our friends at Classic Chic! Jalen is also a performer with Vancouver TheatreSports League on Granville Island.

Peter Carlone is back on the Pacific Theatre stage, and we are thrilled! After his award-winning turn in THE FOREIGNER and his stellar work with comedy duo PETER N' CHRIS, we have no doubt that Peter will have us rolling in the aisles - and in the snow - once again.

Baraka Rahmani last joined us for WIT, and we're so pleased to have her back for our 2017-2018 season. This spring she will head to Ontario for a production of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

nov 16 | the kingdom of what is | author reading

Karl Petersen is a long-time part of the Pacific Theatre world.  He acted in our production of Dorothy Sayers' THE ZEAL OF THY HOUSE way back in 1985(!), and I've often read his poetry at Christmas Presence.  Well, he's written a young adult novel, and there'll be a reading next Thursday at noon.  And if you can't make it to the reading, the book is available on Amazon.

A Reading

November 16, 12 noon

Regent College Atrium
5800 University Blvd, Vancouver

Petersen Reads, Q&A, and book signing

Free Admission
Books - $15 (cash or check)

Monday, November 06, 2017

almost, maine | first read

Today was the first read of ALMOST, MAINE! This charming romantic comedy is going to be the perfect introduction to the holidays. Here's some shots from the hilarious reading.