Nominees for this year’s Jessie Richardson Awards will be announced at the 2013 Nominations Party this week, May 21 at the Improv Centre on Granville Island at 4:30 pm. Free admission. The 31st annual Jessies will be held at the Commodore on June 24. Tickets are $29.75 plus fees at www.ticketmaster.ca.
New this week: those “clowns of horror,” Mump & Smoot, are back with Something at The Cultch; shameless hussy presents Meghan Gardiner’s date rape show, Dissolve, at Studio 700; Ballet BC is at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre; and a new play, The Matchmaker of Montreal, premieres at the Firehall.
Continuing this week: Dreamgirls at the Stanley, How to Write a New Book for the Bible at Pacific Theatre, Blithe Spirit at Metro Theatre, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen at the Granville Island Stage, Here on the Flight Path Deep Cove’s Shaw Theatre, the rEvolver Festival at the Cultch, Dog Sees God at the Blake Snyder Theatre, and PAL Theatre hosts Grimm Girls.
My Mother’s Story, a local theatre/history project co-created by Marilyn Norry and Jenn Griffin, has been invited to the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa this June. Norry and Griffin hope to fund the trip east through indiegogo.com. They have until May 21 to raise $4000 and are asking for donations of any amount. For further info go to www.mymothersstory.org.
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre presents a free staged reading: Ga Ting by Minh Ly at the Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall, May 24, 7:30 pm. Reserve at email@example.com. More info at www.vact.ca.
Theatre at UBC celebrates Alumni Weekend, Saturday May 25, with free tours of the Frederic Wood Theatre (10:30 am - 12:30 pm) and Listen … Look Here!, an evening of theatrical shorts directed and performed by UBC alumni (7:30 pm – tickets $10), followed by a party. All proceeds to student scholarships. For info and tix go to www.theatre.ubc.ca.
With Bard on the Beach already in rehearsals for its early June openings, we’ve received a timely letter from Ashley Wright regarding Jerry’s critique of his performance as Falstaff in last year’s Bard production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. See our Letters page. And while you’re there, have a look at TJ Dawe’s essay, “Theatre is Mutating.” TJ is currently directing Mark Leiren-Young’s Never Shoot a Stampede Queen at the Granville Island Stage, May 10–25. Tickets at secure.artsclub.com/tickets.
The Arts Club Theatre Company and BC Wine Institute have joined forces for a series of Arts Club fundraisers involving dinner and fine wines: ChefmeetsBCGrape, June 5, 7 pm at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre East, will involve16 restaurants and 95 wineries. Tickets $80. The Best of BC Dinner will be held at Market in the Shangri-La Hotel, June 6 at 6 pm, and the Mission Hill Family Estate Dinner at Provence on West 10th, June 10 at 6 pm. Dinners are $165 with an $85 tax receipt. Both dinners for $300 ($145 tax receipt). Info and tix at www.artsclub.com or 604-687-1644.
Western Gold Theatre presents a staged reading of Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus, directed by Anna Hagan, at PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero St., June 14-15 at 8 pm and June 16 at 2 pm. Reserve at 604-363-5734.
Touchstone Theatre’s second In Tune Conference on Canadian musical theatre, in conjunction with the Arts Club, June 20-28 all over Granville Island, will include a series of master classes. For details and registration go to www.touchstonetheatre.com.
The Cultch announces its 2013/14 season in the two theatres on Venables and the resurrected York Theatre on Commercial, opening in December. Highlights include Ronnie Burkett’s new show The Daisy Theatre, the homecoming of Baba Brinkman with his Rap Guide to Evolution, Uncle Vanya from Blackbird Theatre, a Christmas panto (The East Van Panto) from Theatre Replacement, a South African Miss Julie, a new play from Judith Thompson, Watching Glory Die, dance from Margie Gillis, and much more. (www.thecultch.com)
The Arts Club has announced its 50th anniversary season in its three theatres: a combination of modern classics like Monty Python’s Spamalot, Mary Poppins, The Odd Couple and Driving Miss Daisy, and new plays like Helen Lawrence from Vancouverites Chris Haddock and Stan Douglas, Other Desert Cities, Venus in Fur, and Armstrong’s War; two hot shows out of Toronto, Kim’s Convenience and A Brimful of Asha; Nicola Cavendish’s It’s Snowing on Saltspring and Dean Regan’s Red Rock Diner; and local hits The Bomb-itty of Errors and The Santaland Diaries; and Boeing Boeing and The Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen on tour. (www.artsclub.com)
Also announced: Green Thumb has new plays by Dave Deveau and Betty Quan for school tours in 2013/14 (www.greenthumb.bc.ca). Richmond’s Gateway Theatre features four Canadian plays, including one from John Lazarus, plus The King and I and Art (www.gatewaytheatre.com). Pacific Theatre has plays by Daniel MacIvor, Lucia Frangione (a remount of Espresso), and Shakespeare (www.pacifictheatre.org). United Players has a season of English writers, including Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shop adapted by Simon Webb, plus The Marriage of Figaro. (www.unitedplayers.com)
The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) announces its spring lineup of programming for theatre actors, focusing on audition skills, casting opportunities, and skills surrounding the business of professional acting. Monthly Audition Salons at Renegade Main Street Studios, 125 East 2nd Ave., with directors Christopher Gaze (May 27) and Meg Roe (June 24). All emerging and professional actors are eligible to become GVPTA members and attend these free and low-cost events. For more information visit www.gvpta.ca or contact Eleanor at 604.608.6799 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SFU Woodward’s 149 Arts announces Festival Launch! Successful applicants get to showcase their work before a panel of artistic professionals (Max Wyman, Jim Smith, Veda Hille) and participate in career-building workshops. Application deadline: May 28. For details go to http://sfuwoodwards.ca.
Youth ages 10 to 14 are invited to build their musical theatre skills through intensive training with the Vancouver Performing Stars. This week-long summer session will take place at Hillcrest Community Centre and culminate in a performance showcase with summer performance opportunities to follow. July 22-26, 1-4 pm. Cost: $165. For further information visit www.vanperformingstars.com or register at http://goo.gl/3ruUL.
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