RUNAWAY premieres at the 3rd annual Family Theatre Festival!

Theatre SKAM’s Runaway is set to premiere at the 3rd annual Family Theatre Festival, presented by Ocean 98.5 and KiSS 103.1 Victoria!

Kaleidoscope Theatre, Intrepid Theatre, Puente Theatre with Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and yes, Theatre SKAM, will take to the mainstage of the Metro Studio for the 3rd Annual Family Theatre Festival. Experience the magic of theatre for the whole family!

All shows take place on both Saturday, May 2 & Sunday, May 3 at the Metro Studio, 1411 Quadra Street. You can check out the full lineup of shows on Kaleidoscope’s Facebook Event. Tickets are available at Ticket Rocket.

SKAM-The-Runaway-14-1000pxRunaway, by Mika Laulainen. 16 year old Sam has invited you to an anti-car rally featuring world renowned activist David Suzuki. Dr Suzuki is late, and things are not quite as Sam advertised. Sam’s story takes us on a journey from environmental activism, via waiting rooms and play time, to a place of real heart. A bittersweet slice of life with a dash of humour and a pinch of song. This is a show about sisters, friendship, loss… and aliens.

Runaway premieres at the Family Theatre Festival May 2 & 3 at 7 PM, with more shows to come…

 

SKAM’s 20th year Marches on!

Dear SKAM fans, we haven’t slowed down since our birthday year began. We’ve got major updates on a big range of SKAM projects at various stages of development, so let’s roll them out:

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— SKAM has a big presence at the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival this year! March 9 at 7 PM, the fest hosts a reading of SKAM classic Billy Nothin‘ (original SKAM touring production pictured above). It’s a western with more twists than a lasso, and the reading features the talents of Wes Borg, SKAM founding member Sarah Donald, Caitriona Murphy, RJ Peters and David Radford. Then March 11-14 and 18-21, check out a collection of six SKAM-inspired mini-plays from Zopyra Theatre, Impulse Theatre, Charles Ross, Kate Rubin Theatre + Drama, Barbara Poggemiller, and Hateful Spring Productions. Admission to these Belfry events is free to our entire legion of SKAM fans, as our gift to you! (Okay, you got us — they’re free to anyone and everyone, each and all. We’re humbled and flattered by the gesture of including SKAM in the festival, and we can’t wait to see the work it’s inspired.)

Fashion Machine — SKAM’s one-of-a-kind performance installation where kids make your best outfit better — is currently in training with kids at École Quadra Elementary, Tillicum Community School, Oak & Orca Bioregional School, and Elizabeth Buckley School. We’re teaching kids aged 8-12 about fashion, style, design, sewing, performance and more.

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Then we’re heading downtown for a two-night run at the Royal BC Museum! Tickets are available on the museum websiteFashion Machine runs at the Royal BC Museum Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 at 7 PM. Tickets are $10, or $30 for a family pass. Lucky (and brave) audience members can have their clothes remade by the young artists*.

*Volunteers will get their clothes back considerably — and permanently — altered! Don’t worry if you just want to watch; wear a “chicken” sticker (provided) and the kids will keep their hands off.

Bike Ride will be back in July, on a new schedule and with a new name. Submissions for performing companies are now open!

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If you’ve got a ten-minute piece you can’t wait to show off on the Galloping Goose Trail July 10-12, check out the submission form and get your application in by March 15!

— Associate Artistic Producer Max Johnson is heading into a special residency to write a new draft of his play Monopolis — and we hear that it’ll end with a reading open to the public! Keep watching this space for more… and don’t forget to follow our Facebook, Twitter and mailing list!

Thanks to Ballet Victoria!

 

SKAM-15-Aerwacol-poster-1000px (1)This weekend, Paul Destrooper and his company of dancers at Ballet Victoria kicked off a season of SKAM Remixed collaborations with
Ballet Victoria’s Aerwacol. We gave the team quite a challenge, and they did not disappoint! The SKAM team loved seeing the work you’d done to bring Aerwacol off the tracks and onto the stage. Thanks for making our first remix such a memorable dance down memory lane.

Up next for SKAM: Check out a Billy Nothin’ reading and SKAM-inspired mini-plays at the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival in March…

It’s a week of SKAM collaborations!

The Bash is over, and SKAM’s hit the ground of its 20th year running!
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This week sees the debut of our first SKAM Remixed project, SKAM Remixed: Ballet Victoria’s Aerwacol! Inspired by Sean Dixon’s stageplay, Paul Destrooper and Ballet Victoria bring a gritty work of outdoor theatre under the roof of contemporary ballet. January 31 at 9 PM and February 1 at 7 PM, at the Metro Studio Theatre. Tickets are available at DanceVictoria.com — or get a SKAM Season Pass and save at TicketRocket.org!

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Plus, January 29-31, SKAM is in association with Pi Theatre’s Between the Sheets, a one-of-a-kind site-specific experience the Globe and Mail calls “an emotional roller-coaster.” In a real classroom at Richmond Elementary (2780 Richmond Road), you’ll sit in on a parent-teacher interview gone horribly wrong. Showtimes are 8 PM (with a 4 PM matinee January 31). Tickets available at pitheatre.eventbrite.ca.
(Note: SKAM and Pi are simply flirting, rather than going steady — so this show is NOT part of the SKAM Season Pass. But we can’t recommend this show enough. Please check it out.)

The SKAM Bash is Back!

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Theatre SKAM is turning 20, and we’re celebrating with our annual Birthday Bash — and commemorating our adulthood in a new, classy venue.

Dance to live music by Mike Demers & Friends, with special guests The Lonely. Featuring Luxbooth Mobile Studio, nibblies by Zambri’s, live performances, door prizes, silent auction, 50/50 draw, and everybody’s favorite — a cash bar!

Support local theatre — bring your wallet and your friends. Join us at The Atrium (800 Yates St.) Saturday, January 17, at 7 PM. Tickets are $25 and available in advance at Ticket Rocket.

Theatre SKAM has a big GIFT for you…

The holidays are a special time for all of us. This year, we wanted to help brighten your spirits in true SKAM fashion. We haven’t been sleeping, no visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads. No, no — we’ve been stirring like not even mice would do, to bring you a special gift. A unique gift. A SKAM gift. The Gift

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CLICK HERE for a video preview of what we’re trucking in.

We’ve transformed our Mobile Performance Venue into a gift-wrapped Pop-Up Theatre, and we’ll be presenting short ten-minute shows and classic Christmas stories on the Galloping Goose Trail, just south of the Selkirk Trestle.

4-7 PM
December 27-30 and January 2-4

Stop by for some cocoa and a story. You might even hear a song or two. It’s free – our Christmas present to you and your family.

Supported by CRD Active Transportation Special Event Funding. Check out their Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan.

 

The summer season’s over, but we’re not slowing down…

Hey folks,

It’s been a busy summer for Theatre SKAM. We previewed a play about memory, friendship and the late Joan Mans. We unveiled the Fashion Machine in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Opera Shop. We previewed a full-length play adapted from a piece in a years-past Bike Ride. And yes, speaking of which, we brought another 14 performance companies to the Galloping Goose Trail.

We’ll have more info to share soon about our 20th year celebrations, the shows of the season, and — of course — our annual Birthday Bash. For now, we’re gearing up to disseminate Fashion Machine to schools across the Capital Regional District.

For more about Fashion Machine — especially if you’re an educator — click HERE!

SKAM invades Rifflandia!

Psst. Hey, you. Are you going to Rifflandia? Wanna see some short, short plays?

Theatre SKAM will be at Royal Athletic Park this weekend, Saturday 12-7 and Sunday 2-6, taking in the festivities and previewing our new portable venue: the SKAM Pop-Up Theatre.

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This new performance venue is a seven-by-ten-by-eight-foot space constructed on the back of our Mobile Performance Venue. It’s made from good one-side plywood, sports a little red curtain and a ridiculous large feathered light fixture. And our little trio is pretty tickled to test it out!

We’ll present super short shows of 3 to 7 minutes duration. Performers include:
Bethany Mcelvaine and Jeff Olyarnyk
Solo character/clown work from Morgan Cranny and James Insell

So, if you’re attending Royal Athletic Park, drop by and see some classic scripts from the SKAM archives, Moscow’s top comedian or twisted clowning. Or all three.

The SKAM Pop-Up Theatre is supported by the Greater Victoria Savings & Credit Union Legacy Fund.

Thanks for another great season!

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With the rousing success of our sixth annual Bike Ride, Theatre SKAM has concluded a four-shows-in-four-months season that took us everywhere from the Metro Studio Theatre and Galloping Goose Trail, to tents in Centennial Square and a domed contraption in the Pacific Opera Scene Shop.

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Now the work begins on the season to come. Theatre SKAM is turning 20 in 2015, and the team plans to blow the doors off with premieres, presentations and parties celebrating two decades and beyond.

Stay tuned to the SKAM website — and check out our Facebook / Twitter, and the SKAM Intern Blog — for more info on Fashion Machine dissemination, the biggest Birthday Bash ever, a dip into the Theatre SKAM archives, and more than a few fun surprises.

— The SKAM Team
Photos by Pamela Bethel. Photomontage by Betty-Ann Lampman / Rayola Design.