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2017-2018
Season

Mainstage 1
Sept 12 - Oct 8 2017

The Children’s Republic

The Children’s Republic is based on the true and inspirational tale of Dr. Janusz Korczak’s selfless journey to bring safety to Polish-Jewish orphans within the Warsaw Ghetto.

Description

The Children’s Republic is based on the true and inspirational tale of Dr. Janusz Korczak’s selfless journey to bring safety to Polish-Jewish orphans within the Warsaw Ghetto. His struggle to advocate for children’s rights and to shelter his orphans from the horrors of the war ended with his death in 1942. A powerful and true story of beauty, heroism and legacy in a world devoid of freedom and even the necessities of life.

Credits

PREMIERE
Written by Hannah Moscovitch
Directed by Christian Barry

Why I Chose This Play

Hannah Moscovitch is one of the world’s great writers - and this is an exceptionally beautiful play. Knowing that she wanted to revisit this script, we commissioned her to write a new version. At an exciting workshop in October, Hannah began empowering the children to tell the story - a brilliant reflection of Korczak’s approach to nurturing the young. — Michael Shamata

Mainstage 2
Oct 17 - Nov 12 2017

Onegin

Onegin, a dashing but jaded aristocrat from St. Petersburg, inherits his uncle’s estate in the country. His arrival sets hearts afire and stirs the embers of jealousy.

Description

A lush, passionate and award-winning new musical about trying not to fall in love. Onegin, a dashing but jaded aristocrat from St. Petersburg, inherits his uncle’s estate in the country. His arrival sets hearts afire and stirs the embers of jealousy. Even the reclusive young Tatyana falls hopelessly under the spell of the aloof Onegin, and professes her love for him. Will the charming rogue regret playing with lonely Russian hearts?

Credits

Book, Music & Lyrics by Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone
Based on the poem by Pushkin and the opera by Tchaikovsky
Directed by Amiel Gladstone / Musical direction by Veda Hille

Why I Chose This Play

It’s a musical for the 21st Century. Amiel Gladstone, one of the original forces behind Theatre SKAM, and Veda Hille, one of the country’s most unique composers, teamed up again following the success of A Craigslist Cantata, to create a powerful and memorable score. To quote Amiel and Veda, “In the age of the cynic, where does the romantic fit?” With a cast led by real-life partners Meg Roe and Alessandro Juliani, both the acting and the singing are in excellent hands! — MS

Mainstage 3
Jan 23 - Feb 18 2018

Forget About Tomorrow

A tender re-imagining of a life together. Forget About Tomorrow is a play about a family – a loving family in crisis.

Description

A tender re-imagining of a life together. Forget About Tomorrow is a play about a family – a loving family in crisis. When Jane’s husband Tom begins having trouble with his memory, she goes into denial: “you’re over-tired”…”your anxiety is making it worse”…”the doctor doesn’t think it’s anything serious”… But it is. At age 50, Tom has early-onset Alzheimer’s. The play – at times extremely funny and always deeply moving – is Jane’s long and reluctant journey to accepting her husband’s fate, and the new role that she is expected to play.

Credits

Written by Jill Daum
Music by John Mann
Directed by Michael Shamata

Why I Chose This Play

Jill is one of the original creators and performers of Mom’s the Word. I have known her since the nineties. She invited me to a reading of this play two summers ago, and like everyone else there, I bawled my eyes out. Jill’s own life has been affected by this disease, and watching the way she cares for her beautiful man is astonishing. Featuring two gorgeous songs written by John Mann (lead singer, Spirit of the West), Forget About Tomorrow is a play about real people in a real-life situation. It is unexpected, moving, and also very funny. — MS

Mainstage 4
April 17 - May 13 2018

Salt Baby

A modern comedy about finding out who you really are. Salt Baby is a Six Nations woman whose light skin means she’s seen differently than her relatives, both on the rez and in the city.

Description

“...a must-see for modern Canadians” THE CARILLON, REGINA

A modern comedy about finding out who you really are. Salt Baby is a Six Nations woman whose light skin means she’s seen differently than her relatives, both on the rez and in the city. She’s a fish out of water and, accompanied by her Caucasian boyfriend, Alligator, she’s determined to discover how she fits into her two very different worlds.

Credits

Written by Falen Johnson

Why I Chose This Play

It’s important for me that our audiences leave the theatre understanding a corner of the world that they haven’t seen before. Salt Baby gives us that in spades - and with great humour and theatricality. Salt Baby, her boyfriend, and her father, are played by three actors. All of the other (often outrageous) characters, both male and female, are played by one actor in a tour-de-force performance. I know our audience is going to love Salt Baby, and root for her on her journey of self-discovery. — MS

Bonus
Productions

Summer Fun
August 8 – 27, 2017

Bed and Breakfast

A sweet summer comedy about finding your community. When Brett inherits his aunt’s house, he and his partner move out of Toronto to set up a B&B in a quiet little tourist town. Great idea.

Description

A sweet summer comedy about finding your community. When Brett inherits his aunt’s house, he and his partner move out of Toronto to set up a B&B in a quiet little tourist town. Great idea. It never crossed either of their minds that being a same-sex couple would raise eyebrows and generate friction. This comedy about “being out” in a small town is a tour-de-force for two actors: they play the central couple plus all the characters they encounter, from contractors to relatives to the lesbian who runs the coffee shop.

Credits

Written by Mark Crawford
Directed by Ashlie Corcoran
Starring Paul Dunn & Mark Crawford

Why I Chose This Play

It’s fun and funny and surprisingly moving. It’s a cleverly written comedy, in which the issue of sexual orientation adds heart and depth. Mark Crawford is a wonderful actor and a young playwright who keeps writing hit comedy after hit comedy! And just to make this show even sweeter, Mark will star as Brett, opposite Paul Dunn as Drew – a cast made in (small town) heaven! — MS

Holiday Classic
(Kid Friendly)
November 28 - December 17, 2017

A Christmas Carol

A ghost story for Christmas, the Belfry’s acclaimed production returns, along with some of the best-loved Dickensian characters of all time.

Description

A ghost story for Christmas, the Belfry’s acclaimed production returns, along with some of the best-loved Dickensian characters of all time. A story of love, generosity and second chances, it takes us through the darkness and into the light of true joy and celebration!

Credits

Written by Charles Dickens, adapted by Michael Shamata
Starring Tom McBeath & Gerry Mackay
With Jon Han, Jessica Hickman, Brian Linds, Anton Lipovetsky, Amanda Lisman, Celine Stubel, Jan Wood
Directed by Michael Shamata
Set designed by John Ferguson
Costumes designed by Nancy Bryant
Lighting designed by Alan Brodie
Composition & sound design by Geordie Haley

Why I Chose This Play

It is simply the most powerful story that I know – for any time of the year, and it is a beautiful way to celebrate the true meaning of the holiday season. It makes people happy and reminds us that it’s not too late to become a better person; to think about others and to be grateful for the love in our lives. I have had a profound relationship with this piece for over a quarter of a century, and could happily spend as much time again in its embrace. — MS

Season ticket holders can purchase SPARK passes at any time.

Our annual SPARK Festival will feature these two plays and two more of the best new productions in the country along with a host of free events, readings and workshops.

Season Ticket holders can purchase a SPARK Pass to save on these shows. Single tickets for SPARK shows go on sale this fall.

March 2018

Who Killed Spalding Gray?

"...mythology, dreamlike images, the movie Big Fish, and MacIvor’s own propensity for looking for signs from the universe."

Description

"...after 80 minutes that blend mythology, dreamlike images, the movie Big Fish, and MacIvor’s own propensity for looking for signs from the universe and "significance where (he) can find it," there’s a moment of breakthrough and clarity, which is well earned and a beautiful (literal) breath of fresh air." CARLY MAGA, TORONTO STAR

Credits

Written & performed by Daniel MacIvor
reWork Productions, Toronto

March 2018

Tomorrow’s Child

An audio-only theatrical adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi story to an audience that’s blindfolded and sitting on swivel chairs.

Description

The big hit of Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo this season, Ghost River Theatre presents an audio-only theatrical adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi story to an audience that’s blindfolded and sitting on swivel chairs.

Credits

Written by Ray Bradbury
Adapted by Eric Rose, Matthew Waddell and David van Belle
Ghost River Theatre, Calgary

Tickets &
Benefits

Package Price 4 Tickets Savings
Previews $86 $120 28%
Tuesday $96 $120 20%
Wednesday Matinee $121 $180 33%
Wednesday/Thursday $141 $196 28%
Friday $156 $212 26%
Saturday Matinee $156 $212 26%
Saturday Evening $156 $212 26%
Sunday Matinee $141 $180 22%
Flex Pass $166 Variable  
Why buy Season's Tickets?

Season tickets start at $86.

You’ll save up to 33% over this season’s single ticket prices. It’s your best value - season tickets start at $86.

You won’t see any increase in our season ticket prices. We’ve kept them the same as last year.

Best Seats

As a season ticket holder you are always at the front of the line. You’ll always get the best available seats.

Choice & Flexibility

Our Flex Pass, four vouchers you can use in any combination, gives you the opportunity to pick and choose the shows you’d like to see. Perfect for those who like to travel. You can book your seats at any time.

We offer 9 different ticket packages - we can fit your budget and your schedule.

Easy Ticket Exchanges

Simply return your tickets to the Box Office 24 hours prior to the performance (in person, by mail, fax or email) and we can book you into another performance of the same play. An upgrade fee may apply.

Upstage Magazine

Our quarterly magazine will be sent to you (via mail or email - your choice) and is designed to give you insight into each production and enrich your theatre experience.

SPARK Pass

Add a SPARK Pass to your season ticket order and you can save up to 33% on your tickets to the SPARK Festival (March 2018).

Priority Booking

Season ticket holders can book their Mainstage seats before tickets go on sale to the public. You have advance booking privileges for all of our extra productions, our special events and our SPARK Festival.

A New Season, A New Look

Upon your return you’ll find our lobby has been transformed. From May through July we’ll be upgrading our 27 year old lobby. It’s seen more than 2 million visits and is showing its age.

Changes will focus on your experience in our heritage home: making the space more comfortable, accessible, environmentally friendly, adding washrooms and extending the lifespan of the building.

Please talk to anyone in our Box Office or in Fundraising if you would like to learn more or to make a much appreciated contribution to the renovations.

How to book

BY PHONE
Call us at 250-385-6815.

BY FAX
Download our Season Ticket Order Form and fax it to us at 250-385-6336.

BY MAIL
Download our Season Ticket Order Form and mail it to us:
 
Belfry Theatre

1291 Gladstone Avenue

Victoria, BC
 V8T 1G5

IN PERSON
Stop by our Box Office at 1291 Gladstone Avenue.

BY EMAIL
Download our Season Ticket Order Form, fill it out and email it to us at boxoffice@belfry.bc.ca.

Key Dates & Calendar

SEASON TICKETS
Fall Prices in effect until October 8, 2017.

SPARK FESTIVAL
Season Ticket holders can purchase a SPARK Pass to save on these shows. See the order form for prices. Single tickets for SPARK shows go on sale this fall.

Get more out of your belfry experience

To help everyone get more out of our productions (before and after you’ve seen them) we’ve created:

Upstage
Our quarterly magazine will be sent to you (via mail or email - your choice) and is designed to give you insight into each production and enrich your theatre experience.

B4Play
Live talk shows, hosted by CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie, and featuring artists from the upcoming show, along with experts from the community, have been designed to provide insight into each Mainstage production. Each event is recorded, podcast on our website and some segments are broadcast on CBC’s On The Island.

Afterplay
Facilitated discussions – audience member to audience member – follow every evening Mainstage performance (except Opening Night and Talkback Thursday). These are a great opportunity to share your thoughts and hear how fellow patrons reacted to the show.

Talkback Thursday
Meet the actors post-performance when they return to the stage to answer questions and provide insight into the play.

Podcasts
Hear and download the full interviews from each B4Play and recent stories from The Flame, our storytelling series, on SoundCloud.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I buy season tickets?
If you plan to see more than one show during the season, it’s far more economical to purchase season tickets than to buy on a show-by-show basis. You have access to the best seat selection at the lowest prices.

What is included in a season ticket package?
Four tickets, one for each of our Mainstage productions, at a subscription discount, in the same seats and on the same day of the week for each show.

How do I change my dates?
Simply return your tickets to the box office at least 24 hours before the date of your performance and we’ll be happy to move them to another date within the run of the same show, subject to availability. You can return your tickets in person, by mail, or by fax or email. Exchanges are free for season ticket holders, though you may be asked to pay an upgrade if moving to a more expensive date.

Can I exchange tickets between shows?
Tickets are not exchangeable between shows. If you would like more flexibility, consider a Flex Pass.

Can I get a refund for one or more of my tickets?
We do not offer refunds except in extraordinary cases.

As a season ticket holder, do I get deals if I’m buying extra tickets?
You’ll get access to special deals (discounts or advance purchase opportunities) to shows that aren’t part of your regular package, such as our Summer show and SPARK Festival. Extra tickets to our Mainstage shows are sold at the regular price.

What happens if I lose my tickets?
We are happy to reprint lost tickets for you. Please contact the box office when you realize your tickets are lost, and we’ll have replacement tickets waiting for you to pick up on your way into the performance.

What happens if I miss my show?
Unfortunately, once a performance date passes, tickets to that performance are void. If you miss a performance due to extreme circumstances, such as a medical emergency, please contact the Box Office Manager to see what options may be available to you.

Can I buy season tickets online?
We accept season ticket bookings by phone or in person, or by mail, fax or email using our season ticket order form. We are not able to sell season ticket packages online at this time.

How do I find out if there are any audience advisories?
We make every effort to advise you of strong language, subject matter, or extreme technical effects (strobe lights, haze). Please look for signs at the entrances to the theatre. Advisories and running times are available at the Box Office as of the first preview. Please let the Box Office know if you have any sensitivities to stage effects.

Illustrations by Jeff Kulak / SPARK Photo by Guntar Kravis / Daniel MacIvor in Who Killed Spalding Gray?