As most of our followers are aware, we had to cancel our spring production of Flaming Idiots, originally scheduled to run from April 24 through May 2nd. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we naively rescheduled this play to November of 2020 and built the remainder of the season to follow in January-February 2021 and in April-May 2021.
Unfortunately, live arts events that rely on audiences greater than 50 people will be the most affected by this pandemic and will likely be one of the last to reopen. When announcing their reopening plan on May 6, the Province of BC indicated that events with more than 50 people are not proposed to happen until Phase 4, which must be preceded by a successful vaccine, effective treatment or community immunity. In addition to audience limits, we cannot resume rehearsals until safe to do so for our casts and crews.
So, we have now also cancelled our fall performances, rescheduled Flaming Idiots to our winter time slot, and cancelled The Black Bonspiel of Wullie McCrimmon. For now, the time slot for When the Wind Blows remains unchanged, in our spring 2021 time slot.
Depending on treatment or vaccine progress, or lack of progress, will may need to reschedule again at a future date. We will keep our supporters informed on our web site, on social media and in future newsletters.
Tickets already sold for these shows will remain valid for any new dates. However, if customers require a refund, they can apply through the Venables Theatre by email to email@example.com
Born Yesterday wrapped up on February 15 to great, appreciative crowds. The show became an audience favourite as Friday-Saturday numbers on the closing weekend more than doubled the Saturday-Sunday crowds the weekend before. "This growth in numbers is likely directly attributed to the great word-of-mouth in the community, arising from fantastic performances by this talented cast the weekend before," speculated director, Tom Szalay. There were over 770 audience members who took in this show, including an energetic crowd of 240 on closing night. "It's always great to end on a standing ovation from a large house!"
What Local Audience Members said:
“We highly recommend this play. Everything about it was outstanding – casting, acting, sets, costumes. Besides being highly entertaining, it has an uncomfortable message about our world today even though it was written in 1946. This should not be missed.” – Cheryl Dumais
“Wow! What a terrific play. The set was amazing as were the costumes. The story Written by Garson Kanin was thought provoking and so topical – I loved the connections to the politics of today ... what talented people! Don’t miss this production! We are very fortunate to have such talented actors, directors and production crews in this valley!! Thank you!” – Birgit Arnstein
“Another fantastic performance by SOAP THEATRE! Everyone was sooo good and perfectly cast! Jenn, your accent rocked! Nathan, we wanted to get up and punch you countless times! Great job, Tom Szalay, your cast and crew were great!” – Angela Stuart
“Great play and great acting, enjoyable evening.” – Dan Clark
“Went and saw the show this afternoon. It was fabulous and we are so lucky to have these performances here. Congratulations to all the performers on a good show. Can’t say enough good things about it and highly recommend it.” - Marg Harkness
“Great show!!!” – Larry & Claire Schwartzenberger
"This is an awesome performance. The local actors are amazing. So much work and time spent, thank you." - Sandra Lawton
Don't miss our next show, Flaming Idiots, from April 24 and May 2.
Great job as always by our costumer, Bernice, and our set designer/builder, Craig.
See more photos and full show details on our Born Yesterday show page.
The show is looking great. We open on February 7!
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Some shots from Venables Theatre during the run of Bob's Your Elf, from November 29 to December 7, 2019
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