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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.

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.

The Dishwashers in Nanaimo

There is a new show starting this Friday at the Western Edge Theatre, “The Dishwashers” by Morris Panych.  Here is a preview:

In the steamy basement of an expensive restaurant, three irresistible working class heroes lay on the elbow grease and laughs. Dressler, the team boss and one of Canadian theatre’s most memorable characters, is an unstoppable fountain of wisdom who likes to wax poetically about “translucent chalices” (ie., drinking glasses); Moss is an indeterminately old guy from “the dawn of dishwashing”; and Emmett thinks he’s just there temporarily while he recovers from an investment disaster.  When the new guy decides they need to unionize, the three confront that messiest dish of all — change.

There will be five performances  October 28 – 29 and November 4 – 6 with 40 seats per show. Your ticket to The Dishwashers entitles you to 15% off at The Acme Food Co. before or after the play. For more information visit The Western Edge Theatre.

Hockey Game coming to Ladysmith Theatre

A new play is opening soon at the Ladysmith Little Theatre called “The Good Game” written by Roy Teed and directed by Mort Paul.

The Good Game runs from October 26th to November 6th 2011.

Meet Charlie, Zack, CJ and Pinkie – four aging hockey players who reunite for an old timers hockey game 30 years after winning the Nestor Cup for the 3rd time. Locker room hijinks and hilarious manly banter will keep the audience laughing. Set in the dressing room of their youth, they catch up and quickly learn they haven’t really changed. With play by play action by Nestor’s own Brian B, and an ongoing interview by Samantha Brown…you won’t want to miss the hockey game!

Dinner theatre is available on Friday and Saturday evenings, catering provided by Martin Tang, Appetit Food For Thought. There will be a total of 10 performances.
For more information and to book tickets on line go to Ladysmith Little Theatre.

Call for Actors in Ladysmith -Aug 25

Are you an actor? There is a call to audition for Ladysmith Little Theatre’s Spring, Musical Production!  “A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM”, a Musical comedy by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart.

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Parts for Men: 4x age 45 yrs and up/ 1x age 35-45/ 4x age 20-35
Parts for Women: 1x age 45 and up /7x age 18-45
Come and read some lines (provided), sing a song, follow simple dance instructions.
Some rehearsal/orientation in November. Full rehearsal starting January 2012
SHOW OPENS: March 22 to April 15, 2012 (15 performances)
Director: Alan Watt, (250-245-2881) wawatt@shaw.ca

Short Synopses:
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum – “Tragedy tomorrow, Comedy tonight!”
Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written! The perfect escape from life’s troubles.
“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.