SKAM SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT! We’re singin’ from the roof tops!

Townies01croppedOkay, none of our shows are actually musicals on rooftops, but we’re that excited for 2016-17. (A musical on rooftop, hmm.) Here’s what we’re making for you this year:
Fashion Machine follows a successful appearance at the Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas (2015) with a U.K. Tour to Bristol and Cardiff. The team departs May 11th and returns June 6th, but not before one show only with George Jay Elementary on April 30th, 2pm. Please join us to cheer on a brand new group of kids and to wish us bon voyage!
SKAMpede is back on the Galloping Goose July 8th, 9th and 10th! Our little festival that could is growing, and this year the HUB relocates to Harbour Road. Live theatre, dance, spoken word, music and more. Food, libations and roving entertainers. Tickets are $10 this year. That’s right, we halved the price! And kids under 13 are free.  Spend a sunny afternoon with SKAM.
Friday Night Feast is back on July 8th at the Harbour Road Hub. Did you miss it last year? Don’t miss it this year! A chance to see all 12 Trail Shows, enjoy appies, drinks, and a three-course meal by chef Jennifer Danter. Outdoors. Licensed. Only 50 tickets will be sold.
Shop Talk is a World Premiere at the Pacific Opera Victoria scene shop.
Join us in October for a comedy where carpenters assemble a set as the drama of their lives unfolds.  Directed by Chelsea Haberlin, it’s a lively, site specific romp.
Joan will finally Premiere as a part of the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival in 2017.  This play pays homage to one of Victoria’s most infamous theatre patrons, and will be performed off-site at the Metro Theatre. Led by James Fagan Tait, the creative team reassembles to improve upon the 2013 preview.
And, keep you ears and eyes open for surprises, parties, workshops and play readings. One we’re working on: In 1998 SKAM toured Zastrozzi to New York. We took the greyhound there and back. Only not everyone came home. We left Christian Martin there with one dollar and a dream. It’ll Come to Me is Christian’s rollicking and dramatic true life story about choosing a New York life, battling personal demons and returning to the island for a whole lotta loss and redemption. SKAM is very excited and honoured to work with Christian on this amazing new work.
SEASON SUBSCRIPTION OPPORTUNITY!  We are aiming to double our Subscriber base! Help us go from 2 subscribers to 4! (Thanks Janis and Jessica. Will you consider renewing?) Subscription gets you into Fashion Machine, SKAMpede, Shop Talk, Joan and invited to any of our play readings!  It’s a steal at $50!
Finally:  Please fill out our online survey, which we hope helps SKAM stay great and be greater.  Your voice is truly important! Click the SKAM Survey here.

The Ami Project

SKAM-2016-Text-Ed-web-banner@2xTo finish up our 20th Birthday Celebrations, we are excited to present to you The Ami Project~ two short plays written by Amiel Gladstone, one of SKAM’s Founders and a Canadian Playwright who is definitely on the move to greatness!

These two shorts are running January 12-16th, 8pm at Bean Around the World on Fisgard.

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Tickets will also be available at the door.  Ticket prices are $5 and $15.

click here: The Ami Project link for more details!

 

 

Meet Kate

Kate and the sawTheatre SKAM is pleased as punch to announce Kate Wallace as our new Operations Manager.

Kate has known the company pretty much since inception, and brings with her a strong career in stage management and arts administration. For those who do not know her yet, we look forward to introducing her to you.

We sincerely thank all applicants for their time. We were humbled to receive very worthy applications from Victoria and beyond.

You can contact her via kate [at] skam [dot] ca.

Lieutenant Nun

The next project in our Theatre SKAM Remixed series is Lieutenant Nun.

From the original Monday Magazine review (2003):

Lt. Nun ***** (five stars out of five) Let me be perfectly clear about this: you simply must see this show. Absolutely. Without question… Cancel whatever evening plans you may have had and go see this show while you can. I guarantee people will be talking about it for years to come.

– John Threlfall

Lieutenant Nun poster for webWe’re very proud to present our colleagues from Puente Theatre and SNAFU Dance Theatre who have teamed up to co-produce a brand new production of this terrific play by Elaine Avila. The play runs as part of the Victoria Fringe Festival (Page 31 in the Fringe guide or click here for times and location. Briefly- every night of the Fringe except August 31st at 6pm nightly. Special reception and surprise 11-minute AGM on opening night August 27th at 5:15pm.)

We chose Lieutenant Nun as one of the shows we wanted to remix as part of our year-long 20th birthday season because: it is an unbelievable true tale by a very smart lady, we wanted to play with Puente and SNAFU- who we knew were the perfect partners to tell this story, and because the 2003 production served to help define Theatre SKAM.

In 2003 when we first produced the show, discussions around gender were not in the mainstream to the degree they are now- not by a long shot.

Mercedes (Puente) and Kathleen (SNAFU) have done a tremendous job -better than SKAM did a decade ago- of delving into the history that surrounds the play. These two companies are the perfect partners for this project, and let’s face it, they’ve done all the work.

To be in touch with playwright Elaine Avila again has been a joy. We’re so thrilled she was willing to revisit this work in a forward-thinking way, and we can’t wait to see the show.

Enjoy.


SURPRISE AGM

Theatre SKAM will be surprising the opening night audience at Lieutenant Nun with our annual AGM. Don’t worry, it’s not as mean as it sounds. It takes us less than 15-minutes to report on our last official year and provides our membership (audience) the chance to vote in a dedicated team of directors who guide our company with sage wisdom.

Join us:

5pm

August 27, 2015

Macaulay Point Park

(corner of Lampson and Munro in Esquimalt)

FREE! (The show is ticketed $11 plus one-time $5 Fringe button.)

 

SKAMpede Thank you

A very big thank you to all who contributed to SKAMpede. The 2015 edition of our festival was supported by:

  • Department of Canadian Heritage
  • BC Gaming
  • Smoking Lily
  • Dowell’s Moving and Storage
  • Kiss 103.1 and the Ocean 98.5 FM
  • The Times Colonist

As well, Theatre SKAM receives ongoing support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the CRD Arts Development Fund.

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Our thanks to the summer 2015 staff: Chase, Colette, Graham, Heather, and Kate- as well as, of course, to all the artists who appeared this year. Stay tuned for Lieutenant. Nun at the Victoria Fringe.

Hear that? There’s a SKAMpede coming!

BikeRideGimmickTheatre SKAM’s annual festival of drama, comedy, improv, opera, dance, puppetry, cycling, music and sunshine is coming back to the Galloping Goose Trail — with a new name, longer hours and a more accessible ride than every before!

Theatre SKAM’s SKAMpede 2015 lineup:

Maimyard of the Pacific – 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac (Victoria)
The Tiebreaker – The After Party Girls (Vancouver)
Re-Gretta – Astral Jazz Theatre (Victoria)
If I Had A Horse – Ben, Dave, Steve (Edmonton)
The Oldest Trick in the Book – The Click (Victoria)
The Return of Space Cadet – Determined Illusions (Vancouver)
Don Faust’s Magic Butterfly Marriage of Doom – Fear No Opera (Victoria)
Harvey & Quinn – Gotta Getta Gimmick (Victoria)
Wait – Go Go Go Productions (Toronto)
The Tree of Tales – Juniper Tree (Victoria)
The Rope Seer: The Legend of Knockan Hill – Scrumpy Productions (Victoria)
Scope – Zopyra Theatre (Victoria)

In the Hub:

Geraldine’s Big Blind Date – Levity Stilt Co (Victoria)
Gazoo Reveals Its True Nature – Jo Leslie (Victoria)

Saturday, July 11 only in the Hub:
PROTEST! Created By Kate Rubin Theatre and Drama Students.

And the Friday Night Feast July 10, 2015: three-course dinner and 12+ shows!

Head over to the Bike Ride SKAMpede page for more info.

Runaway premieres and The Lab gets remixed!

SKAM-15-Lab-poster-1000pxAs part of our 20th birthday season, we’re revisiting four past SKAM productions. Our trusty 2014 summer interns Chase Hiebert and Colette Habel have been charged with remixing The Lab. Their challenges:

— Produce the work for a traditional theatre space
— Use six actors (instead of just one)
— And just like the early days of SKAM, they have almost no money to do so!

Necessity is the mother of invention — right, guys?

SKAM Remixed: The Lab 2.0
April 30 – May 9 @ 8 PM
(no show May 4)
Intrepid Theatre Club
(1609 Blanshard)

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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 humour and a pinch of song. It’s a heartfelt meditation on growing up in an uncertain world, moving on in the wake of tragedy, and leaving the planet in better shape than you found it.

This World Premiere features Randi Edmundson, Jess Amy Shead and Kieran Wilson; direction by Graham McDonald; Design by Halley Fulford and Freyja Zazu; Design Mentorship by Catherine Hahn.

Runaway
by Mika Laulainen

May 2-3 @ 7 PM
Metro Studio Theatre
(1411 Quadra Street)

May 7-8 @ 6:30 PM
May 9 @ 2 PM & 4 PM
Intrepid Theatre Club
(1609 Blanshard)