Wednesday, November 26, 2014

christmas campaign | the tally | $5.8K raised! | 14.6%

And we’re off! Our annual Christmas Campaign is officially up and running and this year we are looking to raise $40,000 to help see us through to the spring. Here’s where you can stay ‘connected’ with the campaign’s progress, by watching each donation – big and small – all add up to our final goal! Be sure to stay tuned … we know we will!

100 + 37.80 + 100 + 46.71 + 15 + 20 + 5 + 5000 + 500  = $5,824.51

Remaining: $34,700.49

Contribute to our campaign today by donating online here or by calling our office at 604.731.5483!

nov 18-29 | butterfingers angel | twu

RON ADDS...  I saw Butterfingers Angel last Saturday, and it's thoroughly enjoyable. Intriguing script, strong performances, really nicely directed.  I strongly recommend it.

Christmas Presence fans may remember a pretty funny scene between a bratty Mary and an awkward angelic visitor - it's on Ron's oblations blog. "You must have the wrong Mary." "Oh. I am sorry." "Everybody makes mistakes here." "No, I make too many. They said this time get it right or don't come back." "Your nose is sweating."  Its from a play by William Gibson - not the sci-fi William Gibson, the Pulitzer-winning Miracle Worker Broadway William Gibson who was also a sort of lefty Episcopalian sixties Christian of some sort, and wrote a very strange Christmas show for, if I'm not mistaken, his lefty Episcopalian sixties church, called "The Butterfingers Angel, Mary and Joseph, Herod The Nut, and the Slaughter of 12 Hit Carols in a Pear Tree." The play was called that, not the church.  Anyhow...

Our good friends at Trinity Western have an Artist In Residence this fall, PT alum Paul Muir (Dragons Project, Howard Buys A Motorhome, Saint Joan, etc), and Butterfingers Angel was his directing pick for their fall season. I'm not missing this one.  (says Ron Reed)

the butterfingers angel
nov 18-29
trinity western university Christmas can be a stressful time. Especially if you’re the angel in charge of it all! SAMC Theatre’s follows the witless Gabriel on a wild ride that’s full of surprises. Far from traditional, this fast and funny Nativity is a powerful tale of human struggle wrapped up in the clumsiest, kookiest Christmas pageant imaginable. 

Onstage at Trinity Western University from November 18 – 29, William Gibson’s holiday hit is officially titled The Butterfingers Angel, Mary & Joseph, Herod the Nut, & the Slaughter of 12 Hit Carols in a Pear Tree. This imaginative twist on tradition includes a narcissistic Pear Tree, a sinister tyrant king, and “wise” men who are anything but. Meanwhile, Mary and Joseph are hardly a match made in heaven...or are they? 

“This show captures the heart of the Christmas story, both the light and the darkness,” said Shelby Wyminga, the BFA Acting student who plays a spunky version of Mary. “Instead of stiff stereotypes, we get a glimpse into the way ordinary people handle extraordinary circumstances, from the naive newlyweds to the donkey who hates her job. Beneath the laughter, this story also explores doubt and danger, hopes and fears—it’s sincere and relatable.” 

Paul Muir, a visiting artist from Alberta’s Rosebud Theatre, directs a cast of TWU actors and local children, who guest-star as the cutest collection of talking animals Langley has ever seen. With costumes by Mel Alpe, set by Margaret Toomey, and lighting by Graham Ockley, the visual world of the play is as enchanting as Gibson’s script. 

Sponsored by Great-West Life, Butterfingers Angel stars Uliana Akulenko, Ruby Alstad, MacKenzie Cameron, Charlotte Elgersma, Sage MacPherson, Ashlyn McCarthy, Kiara McCarthy, Favour Onwuka, Esther Owobowale, Teagan Plett, Sam Ravensbergen, Steven Simpson, Geoffrey Webb, and Shelby Wyminga. The show is stage managed by Elizabeth Drummond, Courtney Brice, and Mikayla Wust. 

Playing October 21 – November 1 at 7:30pm Tues-Sat with discounted Saturday matinees at 2:00pm. Come on the second Tuesday for a Q&A talkback with the cast. 

For tickets and information, visit or call 604.513.2121 extension 3872.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

christmas presence | the line ups

The line ups for CHRISTMAS PRESENCE are slowly coming together, and we are really excited to have these fabulous musicians join us this year.  Here is what we have confirmed so far, please note that they are subject to change, and we'll be adding more musicians as the confirmations come in.  Unless otherwise noted, all performances are at PT at 8pm.

Dec 7 (North Shore)
Garth Bowen
Laurelle Jade
Jon Ochsendorf

Dec 14
Andy Frew
The Tourist Company
Zaac Pick

Dec 15
Garth Bowen
Andy Few
Jon Ochsendorf

Dec 16
Peter La Grand
Jon Ochsendorf
Garth Bowen

Dec 20 (Valley)
Carolyn Arends
Michael Hart
Cathy Hardy

Dec 21 (2pm)
Michael Hart
Zaac Pick

Dec 21 (8pm)
Michael Hart
Zaac Pick

Dec 22
Garth Bowen

Dec 23
Jordan Klassen
Peter La Grand

Monday, November 24, 2014

feb 10 | celebrazione | save the date

We're having a party, and you're invited! Save the date and work on your Italian accent for our Celebrazione!

Save the Date for our Italian-style evening.  This celebration of theatre, music, and food will be hosted by our own Lucia Frangione!

Tuesday, Feb 10th at the Italian Cultural Centre
Ticket $125 (includes a $75 tax receipt)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

nov 9-29 | speed the plow | craig erickson

PT regular Craig Erickson is performing in David Mamet's SPEED THE PLOW this month!

When a hugely bankable star agrees to appear in a sure-fire commercial hit, film producers Bobby Gould (Craig Erickson) and Charlie Fox (Aaron Craven) are convinced this is the break of a lifetime. That is until Karen (Kayla Deorksen), a temporary secretary, derails the dream. When she persuades Bobby to dump the blockbuster in favour of a story which can only be described as box-office poison, Charlie is forced to resort to desperate measures.

Directed by David Mackay.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

nov 4 | gerard manley hopkins | regent college

The Incarnational Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Richard Austin, a British actor who has spent much of his life years studying and performing the poetry of Garard Manley Hopkins, will be presenting Hopkins's work in a free public reading at 4:30 in the Regent chapel on Thursday, Dec. 4

"The World is charged with the grandeur of God"

“God's word uttered in himself is Christ the Word; uttered outside himself it is the World.”

[Mary] . . .Gave God's infinity
Dwindled to infancy
Welcome in womb and breast,
Birth, milk, and all the rest. . .

dec 14 | tidings | holy trinity church

Our landlords, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, are hosting a Christmas concert on December 14th in the afternoon.

Monday, November 17, 2014

dec 7 | vancouver bach choir

Looking for a chance to take in some choral hymns this Christmas?  Our friends at the Vancouver Bach Choir will be singing some of our favourites.  Below is a note from them about the event.

There’s nothing like the heartwarming sound of holiday carols to mark the festive season. These classic melodies are a benchmark signalling the anticipated arrival of merriments to come, and evoking fond memories of Christmases past – crisp winter nights joyfully whiled away with friends and family around crackling fires.

In celebration of this warm and cheerful sentiment comes the joyous and inspiring holiday concert Christmas with the Bach Choir from award-winning symphonic choir, Vancouver Bach Choir (VBC). A favourite tradition among loved ones to recognize and rejoice the holidays, Christmas with the Bach Choir offers a spirited afternoon of treasured carols and captivating seasonal works in one of Vancouver’s finest performance venues, The Orpheum.

Running December 7 at 2pm, this exquisite concert will bring together the entire expanse of the acclaimed VBC organization, from the tiny Piccolo Choir (ages 5-7) to the award-winning Adult Choir. These voices – more than 400 combined to comprise one of Canada’s largest choral organizations – will fill the breathtaking Orpheum Theatre with holiday favourites such as Do You Hear What I Hear? and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, among many others.

An anticipated highlight for many is the opportunity for audience members to join in with the choir members through rousing sing-alongs interwoven throughout the performance.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the VBC’s Children’s Chorus and Youth Choirs. This special occasion will be recognized by the premiere of a newly commissioned work written by Kathleen Allan and conducted by Bruce Pullan, founding Music Director of this singular, choral education program.

Christmas with the Bach Choir runs Sunday, December 7 at 2pm at The Orpheum. For ticket information, please visit or call 604.696.4290.

subway stations of the cross | seats added

You keep buying tickets to SUBWAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS, so we keep finding ways to fit more of you in!  Last week we added a Sunday matinee, and now we have added 13 floor seats to each performance. 

Book your tickets now online or over the phone at 604.731.5518.

Friday, November 14, 2014

subway stations of the cross | benefit performance

We are thrilled to announce that Ins Choi is generously donating all of his proceeds from the Thursday, November 20th performance of SUBWAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS to Union Gospel Mission.

performance to benefit Union Gospel Mission
Thursday, November 20 at 8pm
Buy tickets here.

Learn more about Union Gospel Mission here.