Tuesday, October 27, 2015

smoke on the mountain | halloween promotion

Come join us for SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN on Saturday, October 31 at 8pm dressed in your Southern Sunday Best and get 30% off!

Halloween Promotion
Wear a hat, suspenders, or pearls on Saturday, October 31 at 8pm and get 30% off your ticket.

One per person, subject to availability.  For at door sales only.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

on broadway | the christians, by lucas hnath

Maybe this for Pacific Theatre?

Lucas Hnath. He is an artist whose particular brand of American strangeness grows along with his strengths, many of which—a sense of high drama, and a deep understanding of how the patriarchy wants to hold on to just that—are not immediately apparent in his minimal scripts, which look, on the page, less like dialogue than like poems.

The thirty-six-year-old writer grew up strange. Raised in Orlando, he says that an early expectation was that he would become a preacher, in part because of his mother’s interests. She herself enrolled in seminary when he was a teen-ager, and he sat in on her classes, picked up some Greek and Hebrew, and learned how to interpret the Bible. Translating is the playwright’s job; he must transcribe and shape what one character’s soul says to another. Hnath skipped life as a pastor, he says, because he didn’t want to be responsible for people’s souls; he chose another way into magic and mysticism by becoming a playwright.

Hnath’s eleventh full-length play, “The Christians,” at Playwrights Horizons (in previews, opening Sept. 17), is set in a megachurch. It’s also about men battling for power, but instead of money and show business the issues are influence and faith: How do we interpret, let alone control, another person’s vision? And why do men fight over the right to say what they mean while grabbing everyone else’s right to speak, too? For all its control on the page, “The Christians” is about the uncontrollable, which is to say, how we imagine what life will look like once we enter the everlasting.

New Yorker
September 7, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

smoke on the mountain | more photos

Here are more shots from Midnight Theatre Collective's guest production of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN!

life, right? new podcast | andrea loewen

PT staffer Andrea Loewen has launched a new podcast!  The first episode is out as of yesterday.  Called LIFE, RIGHT? -she’ll be talking to people about things that we all experience, but for whatever reason we never really talk about. Links are listed below!

Life, Right? Podcast

A 10-episode series, new episodes every Monday.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

smoke on the mountain | theatre club

Did you know that the second Saturday of every run we hold a Theatre Club between the matinee and evening performances? Managed by apprentice Jess Amy Shead, audiences can join for a discussion of the show, its themes and questions, with the special insight of our discussion guide. Here's some shots from the Theatre Club for SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

smoke on the mountain | responses

"This musical is an evening of great fun and knee­slapping music set in a small town with bluegrass roots. Director Sarah Rodgers has shown her finely tuned talent in evoking the character of a small community of people of simple faith. Costumes, props and make­up are largely reminiscent of the 1930s setting. ... Smoke on the Mountain is one of the best shows I’ve had the pleasure to review. It’s funny, fresh, authentic toe­tapping enjoyment through and through. Go see it, and God Bless Ya!" | Chris Steckler, Review Vancouver

"From the moment you come into the theater you feel welcomed into the show. Great acting by all – with songs and laughter and clapping to fill the room." | Fila and Tony Testini, audience response

"On opening night many in the audience were clapping, singing and laughing." | Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

"For a high-spirited evening of music and theatre, Smoke on the Mountain is a great escape from the doldrums of rainy Vancouver nights." | Alan Woo, Fun! Fun! Vancouver


@CaptiveThunder: Had lots of fun at @PacificTheatre's "Smoke on the Mountain", filled with bluegrass, humour, & June bugs. #BestChildrensSermonEver #ptSmoke
@MelanieJean42: Another opening, another show. So proud of my SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN family! Here's to a great run @PacificTheatre this month. #ptSmoke

smoke on the mountain | opening night

We had a great opening for SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN this weekend! Here's some fun at opening night (in front of our brand new logo wall! So fancy).

Saturday, October 10, 2015

october 27- november 7 | the diary of anne frank | angela konrad, carolyn rapines, kaitlin williams, julie casselman

Trinity Western University Presents THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK with a bunch of our lovely PT people! The show will be directed by Angela Konrad (MOURNING DOVE, GRACE, JESUS HOPPED THE "A" TRAIN, WIT), with set design is by Carolyn Rapanos (GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES, THE RAINMAKER, FREUD'S LAST SESSION, SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN), costumes by Kailtlin Williams (SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, THE FOREIGNER, THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE) and sound design by Julie Casselman who will be acting in this seasons's WIT. 

October 27- November 7
Tickets $10 | available at www.twu.ca/theatre or call 604.513.2121, extension 3872

The Nazis have control of Amsterdam. Jews have two choices: go into hiding, or go to the concentration camps. When Anne Frank’s life is reduced to a cramped attic shared with seven others, she seeks refuge in the one place where she’s still free to dream–her diary.
Set Designer: Carolyn Rapanos
Lighting Designer: Graham Ockley 
Costume Designer: Kaitlin Williams
Sound Designer & Composer: Julie Casselman (TWU alum)
Assistant Director & Stage Manager: Tiffany Kanda
Assistant Stage Managers: Julianna Towle, Alexis Westlund

Trinity Western University’s SAMC Theatre presents The Diary of Anne Frank, the inspiring true story brought to life in a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. 

The play follows innocent people in desperate circumstances who must decide who they will become. Adults, children, friends, strangers—how do they divide food fairly? Whose possessions must they sell in order to survive? Is there such thing as privacy for anyone in their new “home”? While fear threatens to defeat them, it’s the young Anne who manages to unlock the redemptive power of hope, grace and even playfulness.

“In the worst of situations, sometimes the best thing you can do is laugh,” says Angela Konrad, the Jessie Award-winning director. “Some people might be surprised at how much humour there is in this play—it shows just how important humour is to our survival.”

With all of its twists and turns, this coming-of-age journey is inspired by Anne Frank’s diary, found after the end of World War II. Narrations from the diary run through the play.

“Anne and her family embody the resilience of the human spirit,” says Konrad. “Even as everything else is taken away, no one can steal or kill hope. The profound hope and faith in this story is, I think, one of the reasons why its popularity still soars—even after 70 years.”

Director: Angela Konrad 

Joel Austin, James Faley, Jenessa Galbraith, Veronica Hargrave, Keenan Marchand, Steven Simpson, William Tippery, Mikayla Wust, Joelle Wyminga, Shelby Wyminga

Trinity Western University
7600 Glover Rd, Langley, BC 

Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m
(A special talkback with the cast and director will follow the November 3rd performance.)

For more information visit their website: 

Watch the trailer here!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

help us get $10,000 from the aviva community fund

We have a long history of working with new playwrights, developing stories, and including staged readings and world premieres of new scripts in our season.  Plays like ESPRESSO and JAKE'S GIFT have originated at PT, and this season we have not one, but three world premieres!  Developing new work is key to what we do, and we are in the running to get $10,000 from the Aviva Community Fund to help support our playwright development program.

Voting is easy! Just go to our page on the Aviva Community Fund, and click "Vote Now!" You'll need to do a quick registration with the site, and we'll be well on our way to being awarded $10,000 towards new playwrights.

That's not all! You get 18 votes total and can vote once per day. It doesn't take long, and can make all the difference in the world.


smoke on the mountain | preview tonight!

Tonight is the pay-what-you-can preview for SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN!  Tickets can be bought in advance for $13.99, or show up at the door and pay what you can.

Monday, October 05, 2015

smoke on the mountain | bill monroe and the bluegrass boys

SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN opens on Friday.  In the meantime, we are getting right into that sweet bluegrass sound!  Here is a little taste of history: one of the first bluegrass bands ever, Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys.

Friday, October 02, 2015

november 18-28 | the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds | chris lam, james coomber, phil miguel, jonathan kim

A tonne of our PT family are involved in this upcoming production of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. The show is Directed by Chris Lam (100 SAINTS YOU SHOULD KNOW), with Sound Design by James Coomber (MOTHER TERESA IS DEAD, THE FOREIGNER), Technical Direction from Phil Miguel (PT's very own Technical Director), and Lighting Design by Jonathan Kim (DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA).

November 18-28
Tickets $20 | available at marigolds.brownpapertickets.com

“We want to represent a multi-racial canvas for which theatre works, new and old, can be interpreted.”

Merciless matriarch, Beatrice and her daughters, Tillie and Ruth live in undesirable conditions, and as Beatrice tries to come up with a quick scheme to bring in more money, she is haunted by her past failures. Tillie is invited to compete in her school’s science fair, presenting the aforementioned title of the play, thus introducing a small beacon of hope in this family’s future.

"Let's start with a single, simple word. Power…I don't know of a better (play) of its genre since The Glass Menagerie…" —NY Post.

“For me aesthetically, seeing a piece of theatre that is culturally diverse is on many levels much more interesting, more artistically stimulating […] to see something that will provide them with aesthetic pleasure and if it reflects the actual diversity of our urban mosaic in a way that’s amusing, sexy, entertaining, that will definitely draw people in a way we wouldn’t otherwise be able to.”—Chris Gatchalian, Artistic Producer of The Frank Theatre (Vancouver)

Director/Designer: Chris Lam
Produced by Lissa Neptuno and Chris Lam
SM: Jasmin Sandhu
Lighting: Jonathan Kim
Incidental Music: James Coomber

Laara Ong, Julie Leung, Lissa Neptuno, Lynda Shioya and Anais West

Skylight Gallery 168 E Pender St.

November 18-28 
(Wednesday-Saturdays) 8 pm

Visit their website:

smoke on the mountain | subscriber appreciation saturday

One of our favourite things we do for our subscribers is Subscriber Appreciation Saturdays.  After the first Saturday matinee of all our mainstage productions we have a special value-added event for our subscribers where we delve into some deeper element of the art of the show.  Coming soon is our first one with SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN.

Subscriber Appreciation Saturday
Saturday, October 10 - following the matinee performance

Join Ron Reed in conversation with Smoke on the Mountain director Sarah Rodgers where they'll delve into directing.  Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

throwback thursday | the spitfire grill

A week away from opening night of the Midnight Theatre Collective's guest production of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, we are looking back at the last time this crew took over our stage with THE SPITFIRE GRILL.  Another offbeat musical set in a small American town - perhaps they've found a theme?