Category Archives: Theatre

Nanaimo Live Theatre Season 2012

Are you looking to enjoy live theatre season this fall? Here are some productions to get your theatrical interests started:

Western Edge Theatre has announced a Fall season mini-series of three solo shows, opening with Antony Holland in “One Man in His Time” on September 28th. “One Man in His Time” plays Sept. 28, 29 and Oct. 5, 6 at 7:30 pm at Nanaimo Centre Stage, with a single matinee on Oct. 7 at 2 pm. Holland brings to life his experiences as a British soldier in WWII. He recreates an era of fast friendships, adventures, and terrible loss.

Other shows in the Fall series include “The Agony” and the “Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.

Schmooze Productions will present the musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. It runs November 8th to December 1st. The play first appeared in the 1830s in England and was later adapted for the London stage. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler collaborated on a musical adaptation ‘Sweeney Todd’ which opened on Broadway in 1979 and became an instant hit.

Nanaimo Theatre Group is starting the fall season with The Melville Boys which opens Wednesday October 10th. Brothers Owen and Lee arrive at a lakeside cabin for a weekend of adventures.

Actors wanted for Nanaimo Theatre

Auditions begin next week for The Nanaimo Theatre Group’s fall theatre production The Melville Boys by Norm Foster.

The play is about the Melville brothers, Owen and Lee, who arrive at a lakeside cabin for a “guys” weekend.  Lee, a quiet, responsible married man, hopes to get Owen, his irrepressible, lively brother, to face some serious facts about the future. Their plans are thrown out of whack when two sisters arrive and become catalysts for a tender, funny, and unsentimental look at four lives in transition.

Lee Melville – early 30’s to mid 40’s male
Owen Melville – early 30’s to mid 40’s male
Mary – early 30’s to mid 40’s female
Loretta – late 20’s to late 30’s female

The play will run October 2012 , Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, Oct 10th to 27th, Sunday Matinee
Oct 14th & 21st.

Wednesday June 13th, 2012 – 7 to 9pm &  Saturday June 16th, 2012 – 1 to 3pm

PRODUCER:  Merry Hallsor    rmhallsor(at)
DIRECTOR:    Dave Eaton   dseaton(at)

Full Monty comes to Nanaimo

Do you enjoy local live theatre? Schmooze Productions is presenting “The Full Monty – The Musical”  at Nanaimo Centre Stage, 25 Victoria Road, Nanaimo, B.C.

Show times run from April 19th – May 12th 2012,  8 pm, Thursdays to Saturdays.

In this musical stage version adapted from the 1997 British film of the same name, six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers, low on both cash and prospects, decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives’ enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales.

One of them, Jerry, declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they’ll go “the full monty” — strip all the way. As they prepare for the show, working through their fears, self-consciousness, and anxieties, they overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie.  A show for adults, rating is restricted: 18 years.

Tickets available online at Schmooze Productions
and Rich 1 Beauty, 1-2145 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo (Cash Only)


Call for Actors at Village of Qualicum Theatre

New shows are planned for 2012 at the Village Theatre in Qualicum.  The shows are put on by the Bard to Broadway Theatre Society.

The Bard to Broadway Theatre Society has selected 2 shows for their 13th season, “Hello Dolly” and “Becky’s New Car.” The shows will run from July 9th to August 18th, 2012.

Come and audition for these two shows. They need men and women from ages 15 to 70 roles includes both singing and non-singing. When auditioning bring your choice of material and for singing about 16 bars of a song.

Cast Requirements for Hello Dolly:
Dolly Levi: starring female   strong voice and excellent comedic timing
Horace Vandergelder: leading male, gruff    excellent comedic timing
Cornelius & Irene Molloy: both playing 33 years old strong singers, some dance
Barnaby & Minnie Fay: both playing about 17 years old, some dance comedic timing
Ermengarde & Ambrose: both playing 17-20, strong dance required
Ernestina: mature woman with good comedic timing
Chorus: some group dancing. Strong acting skills appreciated but not necessary
Waiters: male or female with very strong dance skills

Auditions are planned for the following dates:
Saturday, January 28th, St. Paul’s Anglican Church,  100 Chapel Street in Nanaimo 2- 5pm
Sunday January 29th at Shelly Road Centre, 186 Shelly Road in Parksville 2-5pm
Sunday February 5th at St. Paul’s Anglican Church,  100 Chapel Street in Nanaimo 2-5pm
Sunday February 12th at Shelly Road in Parksville (Call-backs)

For more information visit Bard to Broadway Theatre Society.

Backstage Volunteers needed at Ladysmith Theatre

Are you interested in live theatre production? This Christmas season the Ladysmith Little Theatre needs volunteers for the following:

Lighting Operator: Here’s your chance to learn about lighting operation with plenty of training from the experts. The job involves attending 3-4 rehearsals in November and December and then operating lighting for 5 performances of the Christmas Panto between December 15 and 31. For more detailed information, please contact lighting designer,   wendypotter(at)

Sound Operator: Come and learn about sound operation with plenty of training from the experts. The job involves attending 3-4 rehearsals in November and December and then operating sound for 5 performances of the Christmas Panto between December 15 and 31. For more detailed information, please email sound designer Gale Lawrence  galelaw(at)

Assistant Stage Managers: Have you every thought about what happens behind the curtain and how all the acts and scene tie together seamlessly so the actors and furnishings and props present the story for our audience? Gordon McInnis is looking for ASM’s for Hickory Dickory Dock….. The job involves attending 3-4 rehearsals in November and December and working behind the scenes for 5 to 10 performances of the Christmas Panto between December 15 and 31. For more detailed information, please email Gordon McInnis directly grmcinnis(at)

Costumes: Pantomimes provide a wonderful opportunity to dress the actors in outrageous attire to provide fun and laughs for the audience. Diane Faux is the costume designer for Hickory Dickory Dock and if you would like to help costume the actors for this year’s panto please contact Diane Faux diannefaux(at)

Wanted Actors for Ladysmith Theatre

Are you an actor? Ladysmith Little Theatre is planning ahead for its spring time musical, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart.  Director Alan Watt will be having an audition Monday, November 7, 2011 from 7:00 – 8:30pm at Ladysmith Little Theatre at 4985 Christie Road.

Actors needed:

  • Men: 3x (age 20 – 35)
  • Women: 1x (age 45 and up); 7x (age 16 – 45)

Be prepared to: read lines (provided), sing a song and  follow simple dance instructions. There will be a rehearsal/orientation in November and full rehearsal starting January 2012.  The show runs for 15 performances between March 22 and April 15, 2012.

“A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” takes comedy back to it’s roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave, (Pseudolus), struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan, (Philia), for his young master, (Hero), in exchange for freedom.

For more information, visit Ladysmith Little Theatre.