They are out to bring stellar shows and productions to Chilliwack that a city this size simply wouldn’t otherwise see.
The new 2011-2012 Season was proudly unveiled by the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society and Cultural Centre executive director Michael Cade.
“It’s going to be a fantastically exciting season,” he gushed.
Up on deck are no less than 21 “brilliant” performances from theatre and dance, to kids’ shows and a classical music series.
“The goal was to make sure the Chilliwack community has the widest range of performance experiences possible,” said Cade.
There are also four blockbuster special presentations scheduled.
To mark the centre’s first anniversary, The Irish Rovers’ will hit town with their Home in Ireland show on Oct. 1.
The Cultural Centre is partnering with the Chilliwack Academy of Music to offer a special classical music series, geared to complementing existing symphony offerings in Chilliwack.
“We’re concentrating on smaller chamber performances with this special series in the Rotary Hall Studio Theatre, with its intimate atmosphere.”
One of the special presentations for those who like to laugh is The Ultimate Comedy Show with the hysterical Roman Danylo as the host of a side-splitting evening of sketch, stand-up and improv comedy.
“One of the most exciting things in February will be the arrival of the National Ballet of Cuba,” said Cade.
Not necessarily the show, which will be a treat, but the fact that the last date on their tour will be in Chilliwack. Dancers will be joined by more arriving dancers who will be rehearsing here for the production of Don Quixote at the Queen Elizabeth in Vancouver.
“To make it even better, it’s on Valentine’s Day.”
Back by popular demand by fans of standup comedy will be, I Am Woman! Hear Me Laff! celebrating International Women’s Day in March with an all-female line-up.
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is a rock and roll tribute production shedding light on the music and tragic life of the musician is more than a tribute show. It’s a fully scripted piece with a full band and more by the Arts Club Theatre of Vancouver, Cade said.
“It was sold-out for its entire Vancouver run,” he said.
All the shows are now listed on the Cultch website at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.
“One of the things with our website is if you see a show you like you can call and order tickets over the phone, or click a button for online sales.”
There’s an online app for smart phones called Ticket Trove where you find the closest venue and it lets you know what’s playing there.
“It offers the service from wherever you are in North America,” he said.
They’re already looking toward the 2012-13 season to bring more Fringe-style performance to town.
“We’re building on what we did last year,” Cade said.
“We’re taking the same trajectory and have the same goals. We are bringing the shows that wouldn’t otherwise be coming to Chilliwack.”
Tickets for all shows through the Centre Box Office, and to request a copy of the 2011-2012 Chilliwack Cultural Centre season brochure, please contact the Centre Box Office at 604.391.SHOW (7469)
Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society presents
The Irish Rovers October 1, 2011
Thumbelina October 2, 2011
Jake’s Gift and Songs of the War Years October 7, 2011
Ataque! Brazilian Capoeira October 30, 2011
Atonement November 11, 2011
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story November 13, 2011
At Nightfall (SD #33 Show) November 16, 2011
The Velveteen Rabbit November 20, 2011
The Ultimate Comedy Show January 27, 2012
Rhapsody for Two February 12, 2012
National Ballet of Cuba February 14, 2012
Chris Gibbs is…Antoine Fevel February 16, 2012
Secrets…with Shawn Farquhar February 25, 2012
I Am Women! Hear Me Laff! March 8, 2012
Hansel & Gretel March 11, 2012
Fire & Passion March 11, 2012
Walking Mad & Other Works March 17, 2012
Good Timber March 29, 2012
Peter Pan April 8, 2012
Ubuntu April 10, 2012
Bohemian Rhapsodies April 22, 2012