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Get your holiday shopping done at Merry & Bright

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Intrepid Theatre, home for UNO fest, Fringe Festival and OUTStages, is hosting its biggest fundraiser, Merry & Bright this Sunday at the Atrium.

What you get: One free tasting hour of fabulous beverages, food from Varsha, shopping opportunities with silent and live auctions

What else is happening: Draw for the Westjet raffle (you can buy tickets there if you haven’t purchased yet),  Sale of $10 mystery boxes, and mingling with fun people

When: Sunday, November 29th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Atrium (800 Yates Street —Use the Johnson Street entrance)

Tickets: $40 ($45 at the door)

You can see the complete list of auction items on Intrepid Website. Popular items are;

Shake It Up All Night with Simon Ogden of Veneto Tapa Lounge – Classic cocktail class for 4 with Simon, and one night’s stay at Superior King Room at Hotel Rialto. ($550 Value)

Galiano Island Getaway – Two night stay at Galiano Island Oceanfront Inn and Spa ($500 Value)

Snowcase and Snowcaps – Enjoy the – sold out – and greatly coveted Phillips beer winter countdown case AND 2 adult alpine lift tickets to Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington Ski Resort ($250 Value)

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Greatly coveted Phillips Snowcase

Rifflandia Superpass– Victoria’s ultimate music festival. From our friends at Atomique Productions, two Super Passes to the Rifflandia Festival, September 15-18, 2016 Super Pass = Four days, Royal Athletic Park & night stages.  ($330 Value)

We also have lovely items from our friends and local vendors;

KODO – The Way of Fragrance  – Discover the ritual with 3 9ml KODO fragrances. Each fragrance is made with organic essential oils, hand-blended to create unique, luxurious eau de parfum. ($87 Value)

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KODO fragrance package

THORN and Thistle – Lovely plant and a beautiful candle set ($40 Value)

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Thorn and Thistle package

…and so much more.

Be sure to grab your ticket for Merry  & Bright here.

All proceeds go to Intrepid Theatre, which is turning 30 years old next year!

Thank you for supporting the arts in your community.

 

A Quiet Sip of Coffee – OUTstages Festival 2015

Intrepid Theatre launched OUTstages Festival, Victoria’s first queer theatre festival. I just came back from watching A Quiet Sip of Coffee(or, this is not the play we’ve written) by Animal Parts from Toronto/NYC.aqsoc+website+photos

In the summer of 2004, Anthony and Nathan – self-proclaimed “gay-straight best friend duo” – undergo two weeks of gay conversion therapy in rural B.C. Years later, still struggling to come to terms with the events of that summer – and finding it impossible to agree on what exactly transpired – the friends reunite on stage to tell their conflicting stories.

I just happened to sit right in the middle of the theatre(which was a SOLD OUT show, by the way), and thanks to that (?), I got to participate in the play! Before the show, Anthony came over and asked me if I’d read couple lines during the show. Oh, OK. I was a bit nervous, but it was fun to participate.

The show is based on the true story, and of course there are a lot of fun/funny bits added. The fact that such a camp -gay conversion camp- exists, is truly messed up, but Anthony and Nathan(Both Studio 58 alumni)’s storytelling is superb and they really pulls you into the story they may or may not have written. It’s hard not to like these gay-straight best friend duo.

It’s hilarious, silly, crazy and heartbreaking. You will not regret seeing it. And what does the title mean? You just need to watch it to find out.

There is one more show of A Quiet Sip of Coffee at Intrepid Theatre Club(1609 Blanshard) on Sunday July 12, 2015 at 7pm.

Ticket might be sold out online at TicketRocket(I cannot find the link to the Sunday show), but there should be some left at the door.

OUTstages continues throughout the weekend until July 12th.

3rd Annual Family Theatre Festival

familyfestIt’s May! My favourite month.  From now until fall, this is Victoria’s best festival season.

Kicking off the season is 3rd Annual Family Theatre Festival this weekend on May 2-3.

Four local theatres in Victoria, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Theatre SKAM, Puente Theatre and Intrepid Theatre are hosting this amazing family fun.  I love theatre, and try to see as many shows as possible with my kids.  At this year’s Family Theatre Festival, there will be 4 shows throughout the weekend at Metro Studio. Quality theatre experiences appropriate for kids as little as 4 years old!  All shows are at Metro Studio (1411 Quadra Street). You can learn more about each shows on their website, but here are the lineups.

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I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key  | Presented by Intrepid Theatre | May 2-3 12:00pm | Recommended for ages 5+

A new play by 2014 GG Finalist Janet Munsil, inspired by the true story of an educated horse and the remarkable man who trained him. Using only patience and kindness (and apple slices) former slave, William “Doc” Key, trained his ugly duckling of a horse, Jim, to read and count. Their traveling show in the early 1900s was an inspiration for millions of school children learning their letters and numbers, while illustrating the importance of being kind to animals.

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Pinkalicious: The Musical | Presented by Kaleidoscope’s Teen Ensemble | May 2-3 2:00pm | Recommended for ages 4+

This is the tale, based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, of Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament.

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The Umbrella | Presented by Puente Theatre and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop | May 2-3 5:00pm | Recommended for ages 4+

Based on the book by Judd Palmer (which was shortlisted for Canada’s Governor-General’s Award for Children’s Literature), The Umbrella is a love story about a man and his umbrella; but one storm-struck day a certain sinister crow threatens their happiness together. The set is a theatrical-storm contraption, complete with thunder sheet, wind machine, and rainspout; the puppet stage is a huge bucket. The show is a small-scale piece for families, created and performed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét and Judd Palmer, with music composed by Julia Knight. The Umbrella is a co-production between Puente Theatre and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, with music performed by Bučan Bučan, Victoria’s beloved Balkan brass marching band.

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Runaway | Presented by Theatre SKAM | May 2-3 7:00pm | Recommended for ages 10+

Sixteen-year-old activist Sam Stewart values the environment so much she won’t even eat fish. She’s gone under the radar to organize a rally hosted by David Suzuki – who hasn’t shown up! Now she’ll have to convince her supporters to help save the world from an alien threat much more urgent than Global Warming. Can she save the world with the help of her sister, seasoned environmentalist Annie Stewart, or will she have to go it alone?

Runaway is a bittersweet slice of life with a dash of humor and a pinch of song.  It’s a heartfelt meditation on growing up in an uncertain world, moving on the face of tragedy, and leaving the world in better shape than you found it.

They all sound so great. We are definitely checking them out.

Get your tickets at Ticket Rocket: All shows for Family Theatre Festival is $12 for adult,  $10 for student/senior/child

$40 Family Theatre Festival Sharable Pass is now sold out!(Passes can be used as 5 tickets to 1 show or 5 tickets to any combination of shows. ), but limited amount of Family Passes will be available at the door.

See you at Metro Studio!

Victoria Fringe Festival 2014

It’s time for Victoria Fringe Festivalfavourite festivals in Victoria, and I try to catch as many shows as possible in between my crazy life. Here are my notes on shows I’ve seen. (I will add as I see more shows.)

Unpossible! by Travis Bernhardt

IMPROV CLUB: An Improvised Chuck Pahlaniuk by Dave Morris

The New Conformity by Implied Intuition

High Tea by James & Jamesy

The Suitcase of Wonders: Comedy Magic Show by Ryan Pilling

Magical Mystery Detour by Gemma Wilcox

The Middle of Everywhere by Wonderheads

Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl by Rebecca Perry

Unpossible! by Travis Bernhardt

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Magic show/Venue 6: Fairfield Hall/All Ages

My first Fringe show was by Travis Bernhardt. He is a professional magician based in Vancouver. I love a good magic show! Don’t you?
Apparently there are six magic shows at this year’s Fringe. Yippee!

I saw Travis on the Fringe Preview on Wednesday in Centennial Square and thought he was funny.
Bonus point: It’s an all-ages show. So I took my teenage son with me.

My friend Laura once told me about this; when you’re in a live show environment -be it a speech or entertainment – you’re often 1) Afraid of the speaker 3)Afraid of each other.
I often worry about the person on the stage when he or she seems nervous or uncomfortable. That’s 2).

Travis was very good at playing the nervous, not-so-confident magician. I say he was playing, because his trick were all pretty amazing, Don’t trust this guy. He says he made a mistake…but now, did he, really?

The problem with magic shows is that you can’t really tell you what happens in the show.  You will know what I mean when you see it. In short, MIND. BLOWN.

Again, I can’t tell you too much without spoiling it for you.
Even after the show, I w it’s incredible. You can enjoy the show well after you’ve finished watching it.

I urge you to see Unpossible! You won’t regret it.

UPDATE: Unpossible! Won the Pick of the Fringe in Favourite Cabaret/Variety/Magic Show category. Congrats!!!

 

 

IMPROV CLUB: An Improvised Chuck Palahniuk by Dave Morris

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Comedy, Improv/Venue 1: Victoria Event Center /PG14+

Second show I got to see this year was Dave Morris’ IMPROV CLUB: An Improvised Chuck Palahniuk. I love Dave Morris, and I’m not the only one. He’s got a pretty big following here. There’s something about him, and I find him so funny. I’ve been a fan since I saw him in “Life and Death of Dave Morris” at 2012 Singe Festival.
My 16-year-old son, who is an aspiring actor, was interested in seeing Improv Club, so I took him along with me.
As the title suggests, this show is an homage to Fight Club. First rule of the Improv Club is… Chuck Palahniuk fan to enjoy this show.
As he always does, Dave asks the audience some questions to get the story going. The night we saw it, his job was neuropsychologist. And the story unfolded with an neuropsychologist and his strange patients…
I really enjoy improv shows. Dave is a pro at getting the story going, and had the audience laughing most of the time. It was a bit of a dark ending for the evening we saw it, but the fun thing about improv is that you never get the same show twice. You can go see every show and still get different stories. If you want to laugh, go see the Improv Club...and tell everyone about it.

UPDATE: Dave Morris Won the Pick of The Fringe in Congats Dave!!! 

The New Conformity by Implied Intuition

Contemporary Theatrical Circus/Venue 3: Metro Studio/All Ages

Today I went to see The New Conformity with my 6-year-old. At shows I’ve seen so far, or in the lineups, I’ve heard that the “juggler guys” are really good. These tips from other Fringe goers are so useful! Besides, we saw them juggle at Market Square during FringeKids festival, so I knew they were good.
My son and I took the first row seats. The four guys came out, all in suits – and they started juggling. Everything was in sync, and beautiful. But eventually— a misfit breaks out from the team and starts doing his own thing. I loved this first guy —Chris Murdoch— with a stunning crystal-ball-rolling act. The balls are a lot heavier than the juggling balls. Seriously mesmerizing.
One by one, a member breaks out from the team, or “society”, as I interpreted it, and finds individuality. There is no talking in this show, but the story and the characters were very clear, and I’d like to congratulate the team on that.

There were also rings, hat tricks, stage combat, dance, and of course, lots of juggling. Oh, also there were many “Whose hand is this anyway?” amazing juggling trick moments, which was fascinating. I have never seen anything like it. It was a very sophisticated circus. With great music!
What I especially liked in this show, just like in Unpossible!,  was, calculated mistakes. You’d think they screwed up on something, but in fact, it is often very much the part of the plan.
Another thing to note is that one of the members, Yuki Ueda is Japanese— I love meeting Japanese talents in Canada, and Yuki and I got to chat a little bit after the show. He said that the Victoria Fringe was the debut of this New Conformity, and they’d started practicing around spring. This show —the story of transformation and conformity— was written by Sean Bossard, and they worked together to polish it. It was extremely well done. I would love to see them again. Still not convinced? See the trailer here.

UPDATE: The New Conformity Won Pick of the Fringe 2014 for Favourite Show!!!! Congrats!!! 

 High Tea by James & Jamesy

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Physical Comedy/ Venue 4: VCM Wood Hall/All Ages

I saw James & Jamesy at last year’s Fringe Preview, but sadly I missed their actual show, 2 for Tea. This year, they’re back with HIGH TEA. I barely knew much about them, except for that they are really good. When we were in the lineup for The New Conformity, James gave us his flyer and reminded us that his show was for all ages, so again, we took out 6-year-old with us. The venue was packed. Many people brought their own tea cups as per the instruction on the flyer and tea was served for those who were so inclined.
Again, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the show, but I was laughing out loud from the get go. 4th wall was broken, and the audience participated. It starts out as physical comedy with James and Jamesy with their crazy imagination. They find out they are drowning in the sea of high tea! No wonder people loved this. The whole house was participating, and my son was having a blast. But it’s not just funny. It’s also very, very well written. It’s a story about their adventure as well as their friendship. I was also fascinated with their miming – I mean, when they are drowning, they look like they’re drowning! That’s talent.
Halfway through the show, I was starting to believe this was just it, funny-improv like style. But I was wrong. The ending was pure brilliance. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Wow.

UPDATE: High Tea won Pick of the Fringe for Favourite Comedy! Congrats!!!

Suitcase of Wonders: Comedy Magic Show by Ryan Pilling

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Magic Show/Venue 8: The Roxy Theatre/All Ages

Saturday at 5:54pm – so we had families and rather “intimate” crowd. It was my first time at The Roxy Theatre, and it was lovely, but maybe it wasn’t the best venue for a magic show. Of course, it is not at all the magician Ryan Pillling‘s fault. It started out somewhat cheesy, but in the end, it starts to grow on you. (No, really!) It was a good family fun, almost all the audience got to participate in the show (I got to write my name on a card, and it magically reappeared in the most expected way. Awesome. ) Ryan is friendly and easy to relate to. I liked this guy! Hope he comes back next year. I love magic shows.  It’s an art of distraction and misdirection. There is one more show this afternoon (Sunday) at 2pm. Take your kids!

Magical Mystery Detour by Gemma Wilcox

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Comedy-Drama/Venue 2: Downtown Activity Center/PG13+

I didn’t know much about this show, and I assume that is usually the case, unless you 1) Are huge fan of the performer 2) Have seen the show elsewhere 3) Did all the homework before coming to the show.

But I think “not knowing what to expect” should almost be the point of the Fringe Festival. Taking risks and discovering something new.
Gemma Wilcox‘s Magical Mystery Detour, is a one-woman show about Sandra, who goes to see her aunt after her mother’s death. It was absolutely mesmerizing as she performed a total of 23 characters – human, animals, mythical, and steel! The first word that came to mind was SOLID. She knew what she was doing and we could just relax and marvel at her talent. What a privilege.
So many hilarious moments, but my favourite character was the Tree.
As soon as the show starts, it pulls you into the story with great force. 60 minutes fly by. It was funny, but also heartbreaking. There is one last show today at 2pm. Don’t miss it.

UPDATE: Gemma Wilcox Won Pick of the Fringe for Best Female Performer! Congrats Gemma! 

The Middle of Everywhere by Wonderheads

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Last day of Fringe. I went to see The Middle of Everywhere by Wonderheads. They are from Portland, OR, and they actually produce these masks themselves. They specializes in visual storytelling, without words.
Whimsical comedy with quirky masks about two (+1) strangers who unexpectedly set out for an adventure of time and space. Really cute and funny. Lots of dancing and fun music. I think my kids would have enjoyed this. Hope they come back!

UPDATE: Wonderheads won Pick of the Fringe in Favourite Visual Theatre/Puppetry! Congrats!! 

Confessions of a Readheaded Coffeeshop Girl by Rebecca Perry

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Joanie Little, with an anthropology degree works at a coffee shop. Her hero is Jane Goodall, and she studies her “animals” at her coffee shop just like her… It’s a solo comedy/musical. Man, the girl can sing! There are several musical numbers in the show and it was a pure joy of listening to a great singer. Funny line- “15 minute break is long enough to know how tired you are, but can’t do anything about it.” Funny, feel-good story with a happy ending. Perfect way to end my Fringe 2014. I want Rebecca Perry back in Victoria!

I’d like to thank Intrepid Theatre for putting such an amazing event, and particularly my friend Connie McConnell for helping me out with all these shows so that I can review them. Looking forward to the next year!

 

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