Thursday, December 18, 2014

christmas campaign | the tally | $18.0K raised! | 45.0%

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 + 75 + 300 + 100 + 500 + 50 + 5000 + 25 + 100 + 5 + 99.85 + 500 + 500 + 500 + 10 + 100 + 50 + 100 + 25 + 1000 + 100 + 200 + 200 + 15 + 26.25 + 400 + 42 + 200 + 75 + 30 + 100 + 15 + 50 + 20 + 200 + 50 + 20 + 50 + 50 + 50 + 250 + 25 + 10 + 1000 + 1000 + 500 + 1000 + 2000 + 1000  = $18,004.81

Remaining: $21,995.19

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

dec 20 | christmas presence | mike mason

This weekend we have Mike Mason joining us at CHRISTMAS PRESENCE IN THE VALLEY to read from his new book 21 Candles!  Whether you know it or not, Mike Mason's stories have been a part of CHRISTMAS PRESENCE for years.  We have been reading from the new book already this year, but if you join us in Abbotsford, you'll get to hear from Mr. Mason himself!  


Mike Mason at Christmas Presence
Saturday, Dec 20th in Abbotsford
www.pacifictheatre.org


it's a wonderful life radio show | photos

Some more shots from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE RADIO SHOW, playing through December 30th!






Wednesday, December 17, 2014

dec 16 | christmas presence | set list


act one

huron carol | garth bowen
25th of december | rory holland
jingle bells | laurel
the real santa claus | mike mason

angels we have heard on high | peter la grand
seth | david kossoff
the lord is my shepherd | jon ochsedorf

seven principles of christmas | garrison keillor

zion | peter la grand
miles | mike mason
wrapped up in you | laurel

act two

thaddeus bristol | david sedaris
when I was a young man | jon ochsendorf

ghost of christmas | mike mason
come to us emmanuel | peter la grand
o come emmanuel | laurel
silent night | garth
mary's song | peter la grand

down bethlehem way | jon ochsendorf
feast days | annie dillard
white christmas | garth bowen

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peter abando | piano
brett ziegler | keyboards
becca birkner | bass
rick colhoun | drums
kenton wiens | drums

ron reed + mike mason | readings

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

christmas presence | dec 15th photos

Some shots of the gang rehearsing for last night's performance of CHRISTMAS PRESENCE!  Many shows to come, including one tonight with much of the same crew: Peter La Grand, Jon Ochsendorf, Garth Bowen, Laurell, Peter Abando, Becca Birkner, Rick Colhoun, and Kenton Wiens.





Monday, December 15, 2014

christmas presence | artist profiles | laurell

Our next featured artist in the CHRISTMAS PRESENCE line up is Laurell!  This gal has been working like crazy recently, releasing a whole series of pop and dance hits, but she still breaks out the acoustic guitar with us every year.  Although who knows, this year she might get us all up dancing!  Check out her Christmas single, All Wrapped Up in You, below.


christmas presence | artist profiles | sheree plett and jeremy eisenhauer

Sheree Plett and Jeremy Eisenhauer have been staples of CHRISTMAS PRESENCE for years.  When they moved to Comox last summer, we had high hopes that they would make it back out this season, but were also ready to accept reality that it might not happen.  Well colour us excited, because they are making it just in time for the last performance of the run!



dec 15 | christmas presence | set list

act one

scrooge + his nephew | charles dickens
finding christmas | zaac pick
dark, then light | rory holland

the x-mas files | cammuso + seely
do you hear what I hear | corey janz
the real santa claus | mike mason
santa claus is coming to town | the tourist company
macy's christmas elf | david sedaris

from you, with love | andy frew
annunciation | frederick buechner
too much to ask | luci shaw
joseph's dream | rainer maria rilke
mary considers her situation | luci shaw
the irriational season | madeleine l'engle
great commingling | corey janz

o holy night | bill richardson
worst christmas ever | the tourist company

gloria | zaac pick

act two

o tannenbaum
christmas drinks party | william nicholson
angels we have heard | corey janz
the nativity | c.s. lewis
love has come | andy frew
father christmas | c.s. lewis
have yourself a merry little christmas | the tourist company

o what a night | zaac pick
miles | mike mason
the king (o my love) | andy frew
joseph's lullabye | ron klug
I wonder as I wander | the tourist company
christmas prayer | robert louis stevenson

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rick colhoun | drums
kenton wiens | drums
jonathon perkins | bass

ron reed, kaitlin williams, mack gordon | readings

Thursday, December 11, 2014

christmas presence | mini-documentary

Last year we made a 2-minute documentary about CHRISTMAS PRESENCE.  If you haven't experienced our favourite Christmas tradition yet, here's a taste of what you're in for.


CHRISTMAS PRESENCE
Dec 14-16, 21-23 at PT
Dec 20 in the Valley

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

christmas campaign | more photos

We know you're just dying to see more of our goofy Christmas Campaign pictures!  Here are some solo shots of our "connected" family.  For the back story, you can check out the group photo and poem and the fundraising tally before perusing our solo shots.  Then jump in and donate online or by calling 604-731-5483 and asking for Alison.









it's a wonderful life radio show | responses


"Pacific Theatre’s It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show manages to enhance, rather than compete with the original. It is, in a word, brilliant. ... This show is a showcase for the remarkable range of its actors. Diana Squires is a vocal and physical chameleon who flips between hip-swinging Violet and pencil-pushing Cousin Tilly with the ease of a light switch. Chris Lam, whose singing is both beautiful and humorous, shines strongest in moments where the words are allowed to drip from his lips. His portrayal of Joseph, the wise senior angel, has the measured wisdom associated with a man twice his age. Finally, John Voth, playing George Bailey, astounds as his honey-toned tenor manages to evoke, without impersonating, Jimmy Stewart’s film performance." | Chelsey Stuyt, Vancouver Presents

"The cast is uniformly excellent ... the timing is perfect and the audience remains thoroughly engaged throughout." | Michael Pigeon, Vancouverscape


"The evening was more than I could ever have hoped for. It took me back to a time before I was born – but removed the trappings and busyness of my 21st century life – and helped re-orientate me to what is important in life.
The acting was so accurate, funny, professional…I loved it. Such a joy to be there. Get tickets before the chance is gone (there are even shows the week after Christmas too!) Thank you Pacific Theatre for an amazing experience." | Ann Mak, Audience Response

"Such a smart, sensitive and beautifully produced interpretation of this story." | Julia Lank, Audience Response

"The “radio show” is alive and well in the hands of director Sarah Rogers and adaptation aficionado Peter Church. In fact, you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised at how dramatic, vibrant, and animated this medium turns out to be when you “turn your dial” to tune in to Pacific Theatre’s production of the It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show." | Roger Eberle, Review Vancouver

"I didn’t really think before going – we went because we had season tickets. To be honest, I am rather busy this time of year, and would have preferred to stay home…………..
But the evening was more than I could ever have hoped for. It took me back to a time before I was born – but removed the trappings and busyness of my 21st century life – and helped re-orientate me to what is important in life. The acting was so accurate, funny, professional…I loved it. Such a joy to be there. Get tickets before the chance is gone (there are even shows the week after Christmas too!) Thank you Pacific Theatre for an amazing experience." | Ann Mak, Audience Response

"This Radio Show version of the classic hits all the right notes of the original, then adds some charm. The 40′s jingles are fantastic and watching how the sound effects are made just adds to the fun. Adorable Clarence, conflicted George, befuddled uncle Billy – they’re all there, bright and beautiful. This play put a new shine on an old friend. Bravo and Merry Christmas!" - Lorri Romhanyi, Audience Response

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

christmas presence | artist profile | zaac pick

Zaack Pick was a first-time player at CHRISTMAS PRESENCE last year, and it looks like we've successfully reeled him in for another round!  He spent the summer touring Europe with the Boreal Sons, as well as a handful of Canadian dates with his own work. Now he's ready help get us into the Christmas spirit! Check out his latest video below.


christmas presence | north van | photos

Some shots from last Sunday's performance of CHRISTMAS PRESENCE.  Can't wait to do the show in our own space Dec 14-16 & 21-23!