Thursday, June 28, 2012

PT Kids | Scholarship Deadline

Our summer camp is almost completely full, but I wanted to do one final reminder that we do have full scholarships available. The deadline to apply is tomorrow! Email Kaitlin at to get the application form if you are interested. 

When: July 9-13th, 10am-3pm
Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave (corner of 12th & Hemlock)
Who: Kids ages 9-12 who love to perform!
How much: $150 (plus HST) per child
(Family discount – each additional child from the same household is $100)

Email Kaitlin at for more info or to apply for a scholarship.

jun 28-30 | not everything you are | director's statement

Apprentice and director of NOT EVERYTHING YOU ARE, Kimberley Dawn, on her inspiration to tackle a collective creation for her final project at PT.

I have always been a lover of words; words tell stories, with them we can communicate a heartbeat-moment. My words are likely to take the form of a poem, a blog, a rant or an exaggerated anecdote, and sometimes they take to the stage.

My current role in life is Directing Apprentice at Pacific Theatre. It’s a job that teaches a lot about theatre from the inside, all the while allowing me opportunities to do artistic projects of one sort or another.

This current show Not Everything You Are came to me, like the re-birth of the phoenix, out of the ashes of another show. I am so genuinely excited to take the joy-lifeblood that I had poured into the first project, and pour it unabashedly into this new one. The morning after I buried my first show, I saw this video and for the first time in almost a month, I believed it, there was “joy not far from here”. And that is how this show, my little squalling phoenix, was born.

I wanted to make a show about the journey we’re all on, the way we’re always between things, the ways in which we strive, fail, try again and what makes us want to even bother. Our first brainstorming session as an ensemble was astonishingly coherent: the strong pattern that emerged from our seven minds was this. We were interested in the moments and space between life’s many paradoxes.

Over the next few weeks our team will be writing, editing, piecing and pinning this show together and have no fear, I will definitely keep you in the loop!

-Kimberley Dawn

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

jun 18 | nelson boschmann trio | regent

Noon concerts at Regent College begin with...

Thursday June 28
The Nelson Boschman Trio has been playing jazz throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland since 1997. Their "creative, interactive style is influenced by the piano trios led by Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Brad Mehldau, and appeals to a wide audience."

Thursday July 5
Breanne McDaniel is a locally grown folk singer/songwriter with no shortage of passion for creativity. She recently finished her visual arts degree at Emily Carr University and is currently recording her first EP to be released this July.

Thursday July 12
The "Green on Blue" trio is Doe Bender on keyboards and vocals, Mark Bender on acoustic bass, and Bojan Bugarinovic on various guitars. There is a chemistry and spontaneous energy as they go all the way from exploring the standards of the Great American Songbook to the modern sounds of Pat Metheny.

Thursday July 19
World music
Silk Road Music is a Vancouver-based world music ensemble that introduces audiences to different cultures through their experience, discoveries, and travels. The ensemble includes Qiu Xia He from China on pipa, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Andre Thibault, originally from Montreal, Quebec.

Thursday July 26
Ryan McAllister is a pop/folk/rock musician who started out as the lead singer for Dakona. He also runs Five Acres, a professional recording studio in a converted barn in Southwest BC. He recently wrote, produced, recorded, and mastered his first solo album: Music for a Rainy Town.

july 17-21 | armed

Here it is - another project by your favourite PT Communications Manager.  I co-wrote and produced ARMED last summer as a part of the Walking Fish Festival's commissioned works, and now a full-fledged one act production is on the way!

ARMED by Dani Bryant and Andrea Loewen

“You won’t be calling me inadequate when I have a giant cannon on my arm.”

What makes a man? Is it a job? A relationship? Or maybe it's a couple of small but vital bits of anatomy. When Joe loses everything that made him a Real Man, there is only one thing left to do: compensate.  Thus begins his epic quest to find something - anything - that will give him undeniable strength and power.  The time-honoured tradition of a luxury car won't do the trick, so what will?

Playing July 18-21 at Pacific Theatre
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at door
Pay-what-you-can preview July 17th

Buy tickets at
More info about the productions here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Creative World Festival | Early Bird Tickets

We are proud to be partnering with Creative World for their second annual arts, justice and spirituality festival that is happening this August 10-12 in Mission, BC. This festival has it all: camping, speakers, music, workshops and now, theatre! PT actors will perform on the main-stage and later facilitate a workshop. Early bird tickets are available only until the end of June. You can read more about the festival below:

Creative World is a grassroots Christian camping festival over one weekend, celebrating the Biblical themes of creativity and creation, art and social justice.  The weekend features inspiring main stage speakers and more than 20 art, justice and faith workshops with people like Tom SineJoyce Rees, Jonathan Wilson, Brad Jersak, Cheryl Bear, Bob Ekblad and Pete Rollins, as well as socially conscious musicians like Derek Webb (of Caedmon's Call), The Friendly Folk and Compassion Gorilla.   This is a family friendly camping event with fun things for the kids as well as speakers, workshops and music that will appeal to all ages.

August 10-12, 2012 - bring your family, friends and neighbours and enjoy a relaxing and inspiring weekend with others passionate about justice.  The venue, St Mary's on Sto:lo Nation land, offers a panoramic view of the mighty Fraser River and its beautiful valley.  It is the perfect place to celebrate God's creation and our need to care for it.   For more information see the website: or our Facebook group.

We wanted to make sure you don’t miss out on tickets for the Creative World Festival coming up this summer in Mission, BC.  This is the last week for a 25% discount on tickets.  Grab an adult ticket here for $99 by the end of June.  Groups of ten or more get a further 10% off.

Monday, June 25, 2012

july 9-27 | drama blast | gallery 7

Our friends at Gallery 7 Theatre are hosting their annual summer theatre camps.  So for those of you who can't make it to our PT KiDS Summer Theatre School, either because you live in the Valley or your kids aren't in the 9-12 year-old range, check them out!

One-Week Age Specific Camps Including:

- Creative Explosions (Ages 6 & 7)
- Dramatic Rumblings (Ages 8 & 9)
- Stage Eruptions (Ages 10 & 11)
- Dynamite Playmakers(Ages 12 & 13)

Plus one-week intensive Theatre Camps for Teens....

- Peformance Intensive (Ages 14 - 18)
- Acting for the Camera (Ages 14 - 18)
- Musical Theatre (Ages 14 - 18)

For information on fees and instructors, visit the Gallery 7 website.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

june 27 | peter la grand

PT buddy and frequent CHRISTMAS PRESENCE performer Peter La Grand has a show coming up June 27th at the Havana.

Come out and here songs from Peter La Grand's new release played by Peter, joined by friends including Spencer Capier and Jesse Griffith. It will be a great night of stories and song, sure to entertain put a smile on your face and a tear in your eye.
Jesse Griffith will also be opening the evening with a few tunes from his upcoming release. You won't want to miss this.

June 27 at 7:30pm
Havana Theatre - 1212 Commercial Drive
Tickets $10 at the door.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

june 24 | so sweet the journey | tom pickett

Our friend Tom Pickett (PLAYLAND, DRIVING MISS DAISY) is performing again!  A jazz vespers night at St. Andrew's Wesley United Church.  His Facebook invite is below:

Hello Friends,
Mark your calendars and spread the word! It's time again for another wonderful Sunday afternoon of music and praise along with the reflections of life's mysteries and beauties by Rev. Gary Patterson.

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival Presents
The Gospel Comes Home Series
So Sweet The Journey

Featuring Candus Churchill & Tom Pickett

Sunday June 24th 2012 at 4:00 PM
Admission by donation
Free parking under the church

St. Andrew’s -Wesley Church
1022 Nelson Street #100
Vancouver, BC V6E 4S7
(604) 683-4574

Enriched in Gospel, Jazz, and R&B, the dynamic duo Candus Churchill & Tom Pickett offer a joyful presentation to lift the heart and feed the soul.  They are joined by Vancouver's finest. Lonnie Delisle (piano), Tim Stacey (bass), Dave Say (sax), Olaf de Shield (guitar) and Lou Hoover (drums)
See you there!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

wolf at the door | playwright's notes

Notes from playwright Tina Teeninga on WOLF AT THE DOOR.  We're finally producing a staged reading of this play after years of working with Tina to develop the script! June 22 & 23 at 8pm, tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door for this one.

I love wildflower gardens. There is something inviting about a plot of land given the freedom to grow at will, and something refreshing about its imperfection and wildness. It may lack the mathematical precision of a classical Italian garden or the trim tidiness of a traditional French garden, but there is something about a wildflower garden that encourages dreaming, inspired thinking, and even reflection.

The play began as a seed when my high school teacher taught us about the Luddites. I was fascinated by their gutsy reaction to the cultural changes of their time. As an apprentice years ago, pondering potential plots for my first full length play, the story of the Luddites suddenly - and I mean, suddenly - came back to me, like banging my head on a low hanging chandelier at a new friend’s house. (Thanks, God.) The script found its plot of land at the Rosedale on Robson Playwriting Conference, and from then on has been warmly supported, encouraged and developed, most persistently, by Ron Reed. Kathy Parsons, as my long-term dramaturge, has offered plenty of ideas, creativity and sharp thinking. Throughout the years, many talented, generous actors lent their spirited intelligence to give voice to the script’s characters in private table readings. The play is richer because of these people. And possibly more wild.

And so we come to this workshop production, staged reading of ‘Wolf at the Door’. Not every flower may be in full bloom, some grasses may need more water, and there may be some weeds to pull out. But feel free to lay down amongst the tall grasses and imagine what could be, dream a little, think, and even kick a soccer ball around.

Monday, June 18, 2012

PT KiDS | Meet Camp Assistant Kat!

PT fans will recognize Katherine Gauthier from her many appearances on the PT stage (most recently she starred as Abby in our season closer 100 SAINTS YOU SHOULD KNOW). Fortunately, Kat also loves working with kids and has signed up to help Kaitlin teach our first ever PT KiDS Theatre School!

Kat hails from Ottawa where she spent many a summer volunteering as a camp counselor. Since moving to Vancouver she has been busy pursuing a career as an actor, but has long felt called to continue teaching and working with kids. The PT KiDS Theatre School has provided her with the perfect opportunity to do just that. Kat is fun loving, energetic and passionate about sharing theatre with kids. We know that our campers are going to love her!

It is not too late to sign your kids up for the PT KiDS Theatre School. Email Kaitlin at with any questions, or register today by calling 604-731-5483.

When: July 9-13th, 10am-3pm
Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave 

(corner of 12th & Hemlock)
Who: Kids ages 9-12 who love to perform!
How much: $150 (plus HST) per child
(Family discount – each additional child from the same household is $100)

More info about the camp can be found here!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

jun 17 | wyndham + zoe thiessen

Remember Wyndham? Cotton Patch Gospel. Christmas Presence. Well... He's back!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

june 14-23 | the fantasticks

Our season is over but our friends at Gallery 7 Theatre are still rocking with THE FANTASTICKS, a sweet little musical with choreography by yours truly (that'd be Andrea, not Ron).  Info below, if you're in Abbotsford or can get out there in the next two weeks, check it out!

Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones. Music by Harvey Schmidt

June 14 - 16, 21 - 23, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Discount Matinee: June 16 @ 2:00 PM.

MEI Theatre - 4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford

Set on a simple platform suggesting a timeless period and nameless location, a story of love plays out as young sweet-hearts enjoy innocent bliss and romance. When they discover their courtship is the result of the manipulations of their two fathers, the seeds of rebellion are sown and the temptations of the world threaten to pull them apart forever. The longest running musical in history, this beautiful story of innocence, love and discovery, features such songs as Try to Remember and Soon it's Gonna Rain.

Tickets available at The House of James in Abbotsford: 604-852-3701 or 2743 Emerson Street

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

june 24 | eisenhauer and sheree plett

We've talked about Sheree Plett and Jeremy Eisenhauer on here about a thousand times. And now you're hearing about them again because they've got another show coming out that you're going to want to check out!

Up From the Grave: Eisenhauer and Sheree Plett Show
June 24 - Doors at 7:30, Show at 8:00
Anchor Guitar Studio 103-339 Railway Street
Cover: $10

Featuring a Zenga film debut.

Friday, June 08, 2012

pt kids | meet camp leader kaitlin!

Registration for the first ever PT KiDS Summer Theatre School is gearing up! As we count down to July 9th and the arrival of the kids, we thought we'd let you know a little bit more about staff member Kaitlin Williams who will be teaching the course. 

Kaitlin is a local Vancouver actor and the PT staff member in charge of community outreach. She received her BFA in acting from UVic in 2009, and has ever since been connected with Pacific Theatre either as an apprentice, actor or as a member of the staff. She also has a long history of teaching kids, and is very excited to take on PT's first ever kids camp. Here are some highlights of past kids camps she's taught:

Chasing after kids at backyard day camps in 2006.

Running the Galiano Girls Summer camp.

Working at Arts Umbrella teaching theatre to kids.

Directing a kids Christmas pageant for kids in Surrey. 

She loves seeing kids discover the joy of theatre and performance for the first time. She knows the week at the PT camp will be a blast and can't wait to connect with PT's younger community.

After teaching a kids drama club in 2010, one parent said “...Aidan had a really good time. This is nice to see with him. He is usually very shy and quiet and doesn't talk to new people, but anytime he has a chance to be on stage or in a production, he just really opens up. I was very happy to see him talking to Kaitlin tonight after the practice. It says a lot about her!”

More info about the camp and registration can be found hereScholarships are also available! Questions? Email Kaitlin today at 

Thursday, June 07, 2012

june 28-30 | not everything you are | kimberley dawn

It's time for our apprentices' year end projects! Up first is Kimberley Dawn with NOT EVERYTHING YOU ARE.

A show about spirits on a human journey. Imagined, collected and performed by the ensemble. Directed by Kimberley Dawn

June 28-30 at 8pm, 2pm matinee June 30.
Tickets $11.50 (not incl. HST)
Get tickets online or at the door.

Featuring Pippa Johnstone, Jordan Schuurman, Karyn Guenther, Shayna Jones
Production Manager: Phil Miguel
Stage Manager: Jenny Kim
Assistant Stage Manager: Andrew Markle

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

june 22 & 23 | wolf at the door

Remember Tina Teeninga? She apprenticed several years back, performed in REMNANTS, A FABLE, as well as writing and producing a whole host of her own projects. Since that time we've been working with her developing her latest play, WOLF AT THE DOOR, and we are finally able to give it a public staged reading!

by Tina Teeninga

Matthias is a weaver with a simple, peaceful life. When his livelihood, art, and family life begin to disintegrate as a result of the Industrial Revolution he must decide what matters most: keeping his family together or fighting the changes that are tearing it apart.

June 22 & 23 at 8pm
Pacific Theatre
Tickets pay-what-you-can at the door


Featuring Ron Reed, Kyla Ferrier, Shauna Johannesen, Lori Kokatailo, Byron Noble, Kirsty Provan, and John Voth.
Directed by Kerri Norris.
Dramaturgy by Kathy Parsons.

Sponsored by Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel.

Monday, June 04, 2012

june 15-sept 1 | joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat | chemainus theatre

Our friends at Chemainus Theatre are bringing JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT to the stage.  Press release below.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat paints the Chemainus Theatre Festival in musical-theatre gold!

Vancouver Island theatregoers will vividly remember the summer of 2012. From June 15 to September 1, The Chemainus Theatre Festival presents the famous Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat. Written by award-winning duo Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar), the charming biblical tale of Jacob (patriarch of Israel) and his favourite of twelve sons, Joseph, hits the stage with rock-opera sensation – and not a word of spoken script.
Joseph's prophetic story unfolds in an impressive line-up of twenty-five musical scores. Webber and Rice whirl audiences through his life of slavery, dream-inspired rise to power, and freeing rediscovery of love and family by way of 60s-era rock 'n' roll, 20s-era Charleston, French ballads, Caribbean calypso, and dance-club disco.

“We want to leave every audience member humming long after the applause ends,” says Musical Director, Brad L’√Čcuyer. Along with Choreographer Shane Snow, and Sound Designer Robin Boxwell, the trio intend to deliver every note - from "Close Every Door" to "Any Dream Will Do" and "Poor, Poor Joseph” - in perfect pitch, and with a punch.

The Chemainus Theatre Festival Artistic Director, Mark DuMez, is excited for Vancouver Island audiences to experience the upbeat music, entertaining story, and rich visuals of Joseph. “The dramatic yet inviting storyline combined with catchy and well-loved songs make this big summer production a wonderful treat,” says DuMez. “It’s a powerful and moving story told in vibrant and fun loving fashion –there is somethingfor everyone to enjoy in this wildly popular piece!”

Playing June 15-Sept 1
Tickets available online here or at 1-800-565-7738