5 Fraser Valley Theatres to Visit

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

One of my best memories from elementary school was the year every class had the chance to participate in the performance of the Annie musical. There was something to be said for the lights, the stage, the slightly-off-key choir and the camaraderie of everyone pulling together to make an unforgettable recital that had me hooked. While I soon realized that my inability to act prevented me from ever being a Broadway star, to this day I’m still inexplicably excited before the performance of live theatre.

Now, as the leaves fall and the rain starts to pour here in the lush Fraser Valley, the local theatre seems like a great idea.  After all, there is something about spending a beautiful summer evening inside that just doesn’t seem right. But I believe that on a crisp fall night, there isn’t anything comparable to being entertained by the dialogue, action, and storytelling right in front of you.

Without further adieu, Fraser Valley Pulse would like you to meet the cast of 5 great local theatres to check out this season. Enjoy the show!

the Story of Marooner's Rock
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Surrey Little Theatre

Located in northwest Cloverdale, the Surrey Little Theatre was formed in 1959 and is currently hosted in a heritage church. Shows usually run Thursday to Saturday, starting at 8:00pm.

This fall, starting October 27, the Surrey Little Theatre invites you to experience At First Sight, a comedy by Anne Pié. In the story, just when a widow thinks she has experienced it all, she meets a man who sweeps her off her feet and leaves her just as quickly, causing more than just memories.

Tickets are $15 at the door, or reserve your seats by calling 604-576-8451 or by emailing reservations@surreylittletheatre.com.

Langley Players

Founded in 1969, the Langley Players theatre group hosts three productions per year. Located in Brookswood, the Langley Players are affiliated with Theatre BC and the Community Theatre Coalition.

Starting October 20, the group performs John Murrell’s Waiting for the Parade, a play depicting how the lives of five women living in Calgary are affected during World War II. The story provides an insight into life that many of us have only heard second-hand; and perfectly mixes drama and comedy, with just the right amount of music.

Shows run from Thursday to Saturday, with Sunday matinees. Tickets are $15, and can be reserved through reservations@langleyplayers.com.

Gallery 7

Gallery 7 began in 1991 at the Eben-Ezer Mennonite Church and became a non-profit society in January 2005. A member of the Abbotsford Arts Council, Christians in Theatre Arts, and Theatre BC, all of Gallery 7’s productions are held at MEI Secondary School in Abbotsford.

Gallery 7’s season begins November 4 with The Outsiders. Yes, the Greasers and Socs are coming to Abbotsford on stage, in an adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s captivating tale of youth and social structure.

Season passes are available, or you can purchase tickets in person at House of James located at 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford, or by calling 604-852-3701 or toll free 1-800-665-8828.

Chilliwack Cultural Centre

The Chilliwack Cultural Centre opened to the public in September 2010. The $22 million state-of-the-art cultural facility is publicly owned and features an array of live theatre performances, along with dance, kids, classical, special, and partner concerts. This season, beginning October 7, visitors are invited to take in Jake’s Gift and the Songs of the War Years. The story explains the journey of a WWII veteran reluctantly returning to Normandy, where he meets an unlikely companion who helps him work through the ghosts of his past.

Theatre-goers are also treated to Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story; Chris Gibbs is… Antoine Feval; Good Timber; and Ubuntu: The Cape Town Project later in the season.

If you haven’t already visited the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, order your tickets by phone at 604-391-SHOW (7469), by email at boxoffice@chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or at the box office at 9201 Corbould Street, Chilliwack.

Fraser Valley Stage

The Fraser Valley Stage is a non-profit organization of volunteer singers, actors, dancers and others who live and breathe live theatre. The Stage aims to promote live theater while encouraging theatrical arts and skills. For the past few years, the Stage has concentrated on the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, and the upcoming HMS Pinafore will continue that tradition at the Abby Arts Centre this spring. If it seems like a fair bit away, we promise it’s worth it. For more information, call 604-850-2470, or email info@fraservalleystage.com

Honourable mentions to the ACT in Maple Ridge and the Bell Centre for Performing Arts.

Do you have a local theatre you like to visit? We would love to hear your suggestions!

Contributor: Kristi Ferguson

Fraser Valley Pulse is the Fraser Valley's Neighbourhood Lifestyle Guide.

2 Responses to “5 Fraser Valley Theatres to Visit”

  1. Barb Wolfe says:

    The Surrey Arts Centre would be a good addition to this list. The Centre hosts community theatre and events, as well as professional theatre, music and dance. With two stages – the 402 seat Main Stage and the 129 seat Studio Theatre, there’s a great variety of performing arts to see and enjoy!

  2. Fraser Valley Stage is performing Oklahoma March 5-8th at Abbotsford Arts Center
    For more information, call 604-850-2470, or email info@fraservalleystage.com

    Tickets are available now for Christmas gifts – phone 604-854-5463

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