WCT Presents: Vimy
Thursday October 11, 2018 to Saturday October 20, 2018
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Written by VERN THIESSEN
Unity forged in battle
A group of Canadian soldiers convalesce in a field hospital after facing the horrors of Vimy Ridge in this striking WWI drama from Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen. As the soldiers battle with their memories of the past, a young nurse from Nova Scotia tends to their wounds both obvious and concealed. A nation’s defining moment is reflected in the lives of everyday people, their hopes, and their dreams. A story of bravery, romance, and sacrifice, presented as part of the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.
WCT 2018/2019 Season
Western Canada Theatre is excited to announce its 2018-19 Season, filled with terrific comedy, drama, music, and family fun, plus a touch of the unexpected! These are plays Artistic Director James MacDonald chose because they reflect who we are as Kamloopsians: big-hearted neighbours with a spirit of adventure, joy, and humanity.
Our Sagebrush season opens with the action, drama, and romance of Vern Thiessen’s Vimy to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI. We follow that with a festive, toe-tapping, family holiday celebration, Elf: The Musical, based on the very popular movie. We then ring in the New Year with a new play, the world premiere of Meet My Sister, a quirky sibling-rivalry comedy with a Kamloops connection. Next, you’ll be dancing in the aisles to the international hit jukebox musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. And whether you’re a parent or a child, or both, of any age, you’ll be sure to identify with Mom’s the Word: Nest 1/2 Empty, the newest generation of the hilarious and touching shows that have swept the world.
In the Pavilion, we offer theatrically diverse experiences – and a touch of risk and experimentation – with the world premiere of a raucous new comedy set right in our backyard called Kamloopa and the presentation of Tetsuro Shigematsu’s lyrical and beautiful Empire of the Son. We also have a return engagement of our 2016 sell-out production of Made in Italy for a limited time in February.
For the very young, Stage One Theatre School alumnus Randi Edmundson will bring her talents back to Kamloops with Freddie in the Neighbourhood, a family-friendly puppet show, and we will have our ever-popular 8th Annual Hallowe’en Family Dance Party. For our young adult audiences, Wednesday night’s Students’ Club at the Sagebrush Theatre will continue for high school and university students, joining with the participants of all ages of the Yac with Mac pre-show chats.
We are proud of the number of WCT productions that will be on the road this season, including earlier seasons’ GLORY and Made in Italy and this season’s Kamloopa and Vimy, carrying the names of Kamloops and WCT across British Columbia and western Canada.
We look forward to seeing you at this funny, touching, musical, adventurous season! We just can’t wait to get started, and to see you all there under the footlights in the fall of 2018
Location Information: Sagebrush Theatre
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1300 9th Avenue,
Located at 1300 9th Avenue, Sagebrush Theatre is a 706 seat Proscenium Theatre, jointly owned by the City of Kamloops and the Kamloops/Thompson School District. Western Canada Theatre acts as the management company for the Sagebrush Theatre, and is responsible for its day to day operation.
Sagebrush Theatre is the home to Western Canada Theatre and the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, as well as many local and international user groups.