Tuesday, September 16, 2014

sept 23-27 | eva cassidy: how can i keep from singing | tom pickett

Tom Pickett is one of our favourite guys to work with.  He'll be in THE WHIPPING MAN later this season, but before that rolls around, he'll be playing Chuck Brown in EVA CASSIDY: HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.  Those guys will also be bringing the Arts Club tour of our production of THE FOREIGNER to their stage in the new year!

Eva Cassidy: How Can I Keep From Singing is a hot new show featuring two of Vancouver’s finest vocalists – Cayla Brooke and Tom Pickett – and a red-hot four-piece band.

It tells the story of Eva Cassidy, from her humble beginnings in DC to her untimely death at 33. Showcasing 25 incredible songs from jazz, gospel, blues, country to folk, this audience favourite is not to be missed. Where else can you hear Stormy Monday, Over the Rainbow, Wayfaring Stranger, Fields of Gold and Danny Boy all in setting? Cayla deftly blends these songs together seasoning them with her own brand of wit and sparkle.

September 23 - 27, 2014, 8pm + 4pm Saturday
TICKETS: Adult $39 | Senior $30 | Student $15
Tickets and info here.

sept 25-26 | verge conference | twu

Coming up our friends at TWU are hosting their 8th annual VERGE CONFERENCE, exploring artistic enquiry as research.  Info below.

Verge Conference 2014

Join scholars and artists from around the world at TWU's School of the Arts, Media + Culture for our 8th annual Verge Conference.

"Human production encounters an enormous variety of ways of trying things out, rejecting them, succeeding, or failing. Art begins precisely there, where we are able to do otherwise." (Hans-Georg Gadamer)

How do material, experiential, transitory, and performative practices constitute research? Connect with a community of scholars on September 25 + 26: explore the implications of the question for the artist, the academy, and the wider communities in which artists work.

Verge Conference on Arts + Re/Search
September 25-26, 2014 | TWU campus, Music Building
Register online at twu.ca/vergeconference

Friday, September 12, 2014

sept 14 | we make stuff

Remember We Make Stuff? The anthology of Christian artists that featured Ron, as well as a whole host of other PT artists? They're back with a second edition, and this Sunday is the kick off party to their Kickstarter campaign! Below is their event information, go to the Eventbrite page to RSVP.

WeMakeStuff Volume 02 Pre-Order Kick-Off Party
Sept 14, 6-9pm

5 Stones Church (near New Westminster skytrain)
612 Columbia Street, New Westminster

This evening kicks off the crowdfunding campaign for WeMakeStuff Volume 02 at our homebase studio.  Come out, support, and celebrate this incredible initiative featuring 100 artists and innovators from around the Vancouver, British Columbia area.

Why you should come:
- To pre-order WeMakeStuff Volume 02!
- Meet the artists and see old friends.
- Special limited-edition products: combo book packages, freshly designed tees and much more! First come first served.
- Meet the WeMakeStuff team (Pretty awesome bunch!)
- Yummy food and drinks (Light food. Cash Bar.)

Let's get WeMakeStuff Volume 02 off to a strong start. It's been a labor of love and we are really proud of it. We know you'll love it too. It takes a village to raise a child, and together, we can bring this baby to life. By coming to this event, you can purchase your Volume 02 copy at cost ($35 versus the $50 retail price tag.) And since WeMakeStuff Volume 02 will be released in time for Christmas, you get your Christmas shopping done early. Dress classy and wear your best smile. :)

WeMakeStuff is a not-for profit initiative with the simple purpose of showcasing creative people within our community who are doing amazing things.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

meet the apprentice | brandon bate

It's time to get to know our latest season apprentices!  After all, these folks will be taking care of all your ticketing needs and creating their own artistic projects for you to check out, so it only makes sense that you learn a little about them.  Up first we have Brandon Bate.

Brandon Bate

What were you doing last year?:
This time last year I had just started my fourth year of university. I was also just finishing up a one week run of “The Pavilion” by Craig Wright, and moving into the first rehearsals of “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley.

What are your favourite shows you’ve worked on so far?:
“The Pavilion” was definitely my favorite. I discovered the script with four of my friends and founded our own theatre company in order to mount it. I got to play the role of “Narrator” who plays a total of 17 different characters: male and female.

What’s your non-theatrical specialty?:
Photography and guitar!

What’s the number one thing you’re excited about doing during your apprenticeship?:
Getting to watch incredible artists work!

Where have you trained in theatre?:
Trinity Western University

What was your favourite part of your training?:
Being able to be in so many shows and work with 6 different directors.

Is there anything coming up in your apprenticeship that will be a totally new experience to you?:
Working in a box office and selling subscriptions.

What would be your top three categories in Trivial Pursuit (invented or real)?:
How to survive bear attacks. Justice League characters, and Homestar Runner Trivia

oct 18-22 | rome open city | pacific cinematheque

Classic Soul Food movie at Pacific Cinematheque next week 

dir. Roberto Rossellini

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6:30pm
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 8:40pm
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 6:30pm
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:40pm
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:30pm

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

sept 18-20 | beautiful things

The final show of the Summer Playground Series is also this year's Rosedale on Robson Writer's Week production - a staged reading of a play that has been in development at PT as a part of our Working With writer's group.  Whew, that's a lot of titles to take in, and we haven't even gotten to the play title yet: BEAUTIFUL THINGS.

BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Shauna Johannesen
September 18-20 at 8pm
a staged reading - pay-what-you-can at door (cash only)

When Colleen returns home for her father’s funeral, she has to face the guilt over missing his last days, her own loss of faith, and the reason she left town. Between the crappy flowered cards and lasagne casseroles, the over-priced caskets and hidden bottles of wine, Colleen has to decide whether she can live without the love of her life, how she fits in her messy, religious, grieving family, and what it means to live with yourself.

Directed by Kaitlin Williams
Featuring Holly Pillsbury, Cara Cunningham, Kerri Norris, Alexis Kellum-Creer, Blaine Anderson, Diana Bang, Peter Boychuk

sept 17-28 | since you left us | erla faye forsyth

Our dear gal Erla (THE FOREIGNER) is in SINCE YOU LEFT US at Presentation House this month! 

By Susinn McFarlen

Directed by Amiel Gladstone
Starring Jillian Fargey, Erla Faye Forsyth, Colleen Wheeler, Mike Wasko, Derek Metz & Mike Gill

Fanny has come home after 15 years to find her runaway son and instead finds herself at a family reunion. When she walks in the door, she sees her sister’s old dog being fed in a highchair, and the rest of the family arriving home from the local bar. This outrageous new comedy takes us on an adventure that is unexpected and heartbreaking. Since You Left Us is about making peace with the family you have, not the one you wish for.

Tickets and info here.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

the box office is open!

Our box office is officially open for the 2014-2015 season!  Now you can call in and chat with one of our Season Apprentices live to book tickets, subscriptions, or just find out more about the plays coming up.

Box Office Hours & Contact

Phone: 604.731.5518
Email: tickets@pacifictheatre.org
Hours: 12-4pm Tues-Fri (on show days 12-7pm Tues-Sat)

Friday, September 05, 2014

twu season announcement

Our friends at Trinity Western University have announced their theatre season for the year!  Lots of fun stuff, including a new play by Mary Eden (REFUGE OF LIES, GODSPELL).

TWU presents a supernatural season of theatre
SAMC Theatre season opens with the fantastical The Illusion

Trinity Western University’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC) presents a sublime season of supernatural stories, woven together with the magic of live theatre. Mainstage productions include a Broadway musical, a Christmas comedy, a magical action-adventure story, and the premiere of a brand new play commissioned especially for SAMC.

The Illusion is the fantastical season opener, running October 21 – November 1. In this tale of magic and treachery, a mysterious illusionist reconnects a grieving father with his prodigal son...but where is the line between dream and reality? Can one vision change the course of a man’s life? Kate Muchmore directs Tony Kushner’s acclaimed adaptation of the popular 17th Century comedy, combining elegant poetry with witty, contemporary surprises.

SAMC Theatre’s new Artist-in-Residence, Paul Muir, visits from Alberta’s Rosebud Theatre to direct a very un-traditional Christmas story from November 18 – 29. William Gibson’s heart-warming holiday hit is called The Butterfingers Angel, Mary & Joseph, Herod the Nut, & the Slaughter of 12 Hit Carols in a Pear Tree. In other words, there’s some serious comedy in this quirky retelling of the Nativity. The show has roles for children, and open auditions are being held September 11 for young thespians across the Fraser Valley; email theatre@twu.ca for more info.

From January 27 – 31, SAMC Theatre will premiere an exciting new script by a distinguished TWU alumna, Mary Eden (’10). Eden is a playwright and actor currently working in New York City. Her play, As Little Children, is a touching family drama that follows an intuitive young girl through a whimsical world of innocent faith and divine intervention.

The season finale is The Drowsy Chaperone, playing March 10-28. It’s a high-flying 1920s musical that celebrates all the things people love about musicals, while poking fun at the rest. What begins as a lonely dreamer’s fantasy world spins into a topsy-turvy love story that’s so enchanting, it must be real. Angela Konrad directs this scandalously funny spectacle, which brings together a triple-threat cast of SAMC Theatre and Music students for a tap-dancing good time.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

14-15 staff picks | cara cunningham

The last in our series of staff picks is Cara Cunningham, our Box Office Manager. Here's what she is most looking forward to next season!


Really excited to see Ins Choi perform at PT!


I adore all of the creative team and I'm so excited to see the magic that happens.


One word. Magical.