Sinbad The Pirates and The Dinosaur [NWR]

By Staff Reporter

November 29, 2017
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Holiday pantomime comes to New West

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company brings Ellie King's Sinbad, The Pirates and The Dinosaur to the Massey Theatre

Sinbad, The Pirates and The Dinosaur

Audiences can expect all the hilarity of a traditional British pantomime when Ellie King’s Sinbad, The Pirates and The Dinosaur hits the Massey Theatre stage. It’s traditional British pantomime at its rollicking, rambunctious best – and it’s coming soon to a stage near you.

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is bringing its holiday panto, Ellie King’s Sinbad, The Pirates and The Dinosaur, to the Massey Theatre stage. The play tells the tale of Sinbad, who has a treasure map but no money to rent a ship or pay a crew. Enter the wicked Queen Anne Bonney, who has gold to spare and wants that treasure map. But the Queen has reckoned without Princess Serena, the anything-but-serene little spitfire.

“As the ship sails towards its destination, the crazy crew deals with mutiny, icebergs and a superfluity of bubbles,” a press release says. “And tropical islands are lovely, even if they might possibly have the odd dinosaur or two lurking around. … Does it all end well? Do our heroes live happily ever after? Will the evil Old Man of the Sea ever get anyone to pull his finger?”

Audiences can expect the fun to unfold in the truest British tradition, with the pantomime Dame, slapstick, music, dance, magic and a collection of corny old jokes.

It’s an original script by King, the artistic director of the Royal Canadian Theatre Company who was previously the founding artistic director of the former Burr Theatre in New Westminster. The music for the production was written by King and her husband, musician Geoff King.

The show starts its run at the Surrey Arts Centre, where it’s in preview Dec. 14 and onstage from Dec. 15 to 26. Its Surrey run includes a special “relaxed performance” on Dec. 21, designed to be sensitive to the needs of audience members with sensory conditions, those on the autism spectrum or others who can benefit from a less intense and more relaxed environment. It then moves to the ACT Theatre in Maple Ridge Dec. 29 to 31, before coming to New Westminster to end its run. The Jan. 5 show is a dress preview at 7:30 p.m. and the Jan. 6 show is a 3:30 p.m. matinee.

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Sinbad, The Pirate and The Dinosaur [NWR]

By Staff Reporter

November 29, 2017
[ click to read at their site]

Holiday pantomime comes to New West

Royal Canadian Theatre Company brings Ellie King's Sinbad, The Pirates and The Dinosaur to the Massey Theatre

It’s traditional British pantomime at its rollicking, rambunctious best – and it’s coming soon to a stage near you. The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is bringing its holiday panto, Ellie King’s Sinbad, The Pirates and The Dinosaur, to the Massey Theatre stage on Jan. 5 and 6. The play tells the tale of Sinbad, who has a treasure map but no money to rent a ship or pay a crew. Enter the wicked Queen Anne Bonney, who has gold to spare and wants that treasure map. But the Queen has reckoned without Princess Serena, the anything-but-serene little spitfire.

“As the ship sails towards its destination, the crazy crew deals with mutiny, icebergs and a superfluity of bubbles,” a press release says. “And tropical islands are lovely, even if they might possibly have the odd dinosaur or two lurking around. … Does it all end well? Do our heroes live happily ever after? Will the evil Old Man of the Sea ever get anyone to pull his finger?”

Audiences can expect the fun to unfold in the truest British tradition, with the pantomime Dame, slapstick, music, dance, magic and a collection of corny old jokes. It’s an original script by King, the artistic director of the Royal Canadian Theatre Company who was previously the founding artistic director of the former Burr Theatre in New Westminster. The music for the production was written by King and her husband, musician Geoff King.

The show starts its run at the Surrey Arts Centre, where it’s in preview Dec. 14 and onstage from Dec. 15 to 26. Its Surrey run includes a special “relaxed performance” on Dec. 21, designed to be sensitive to the needs of audience members with sensory conditions, those on the autism spectrum or others who can benefit from a less intense and more relaxed environment. It then moves to the ACT Theatre in Maple Ridge Dec. 29 to 31, before coming to New Westminster to end its run.

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Sinbad, The Pirate and The Dinosaur [PAN]

By Tom Zillich

November 15, 2017
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‘Relaxed performance’ of panto a first for Surrey, theatre company says

Special night Dec. 21 for staging of ‘Sinbad, the Pirate and the Dinosaur’

SURREY — A so-called “relaxed” performance of a theatre production comes to Surrey Arts Centre next month when Royal Canadian Theatre Company stages its seasonal panto there.

The show on Thursday, Dec. 21 is designed for those with intellectual, learning and other sensory and communication disorders, according to Ellie King, who wrote Sinbad, the Pirate and the Dinosaur and is the Surrey-based company’s managing artistic director.

King, a Langley resident, says it’s sometimes difficult to strike a balance between making live theatre accessible to all, and yet still be sensitive to the issue of potentially disturbing other audience members. “This unfortunately often results in some members of our community not being able to attend live theatre,” she says. A “relaxed performance” – sometimes called “sensory friendly performances” or “extra live” performances – “is intended specifically to be sensitive to, and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders or learning disabled people,” according to a post on the company’s website.

That means sound and lighting cues are adjusted to be less startling or intense, she said. Exiting and entering the auditorium is allowed at any time, auditorium lights are never fully turned off, and the cast comes on stage before the performance to explain what’s about to happen. Also, audience noise, movement and even the use of phones or other “fidget devices” are tolerated.

“Since being pioneered by Polka Theatre, a children’s theatre in London, in 2009, relaxed performances have spread around Britain and to the United States, and are now arriving in Canada,” King said. “We are bringing the first ever Relaxed Performance outside of Vancouver to the Surrey Arts Centre during the run of Sinbad,” she added. “RCTC, partnering with the City of Surrey, is proud to lead the way in Surrey with this wonderful initiative and is hoping to expand the programme for their next season, 2018/19.” Surrey Arts Centre has plenty of parking and is highly wheelchair accessible, King noted.

The company describes Sinbad, the Pirate and the Dinosaur as “a rollicking adventure on the high seas with pirates, treasure, dinosaurs, the Queen of the Pirates, an annoying princess, battles and all your panto favourites. Magical, musical, full of corny old jokes – perfect family fun!”

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Hound of the Baskervilles [NWR]

By Staff Reporter

October 5, 2017
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Hound of the Baskervilles onstage in New West

A comedic take on a Sherlock Holmes classic is coming to the stage at the Anvil Centre

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is opening its 2017/18 season with The Hound of the Baskervilles, which will come to New West as part of a Lower Mainland Tour this month. The Anvil Centre shows are set for Oct. 20 and 21.

The play, adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic, tells the familiar story of what happens following the death of Sir Charles Baskerville. The only heir to his fortune is Sir Henry Baskerville, who is in mortal danger: a black beast in the shape of a monstrous dog has been seen on the moor, and, according to a family curse, it will kill any member of the Baskerville family it happens upon.

“Dr. Watson meets many interesting – and odd – characters during the course of his investigations, including the butler and his wife, the beautiful Cecile, her ominous brother Stapleton, and a strange local hermit. Or is he? And where is Holmes?” Enter Sherlock Holmes (played by Michael Charrois) and Dr. Watson (Steven Weller) to solve the mystery. They’re joined by Jonathan Mason as Sir Henry in what’s described as a “fast-paced and uproariously comic” version of the famous story.

Having the production onstage at Anvil Centre marks a homecoming of sorts for The Royal Canadian Theatre Company, which has its roots in the former Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre. The Burr Theatre, which closed in 2005, was led by founding artistic director Ellie King, who is now at the helm of The Royal Canadian Theatre Company.

King will be bringing three plays to New Westminster in the 2017/18 season, including the panto Sinbad, The Pirates and the Island of the Dinosaur at Massey Theatre in January, and the comedy Funny Money at the Anvil Centre in March.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is onstage Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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Hound of the Baskervilles – Opening 2017

Hound of the Baskervilles is probably Sherlock Holmes’ greatest mystery, but in this version COMEDY rules the day as three amazingly talented actors – plus one wandering fireplace – bring all the characters to life in an hilarious spoof that nonetheless stays true to the story’s fascinating plot. Running time 2 hrs., including intermission Slightly scary situations. Study guide available for high school students.

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Mattias Boon, founder and director of StreetRich Hip Hop Society, speaks to crowd Tuesday at Whalley’s new arts hub, at 10660 City Parkway, with Ellie King of Royal Canadian Theatre Company to his right. (photo: Tom Zillich)
Surrey Now-Leader
Hip-hop, theatre groups move into former auto shop in Whalley, under City Parkway Studio banner

SURREY — A former auto garage in Whalley is motoring forward with a mix of theatre, dance and music for kids, teens and young adults.
An opening celebration was held Tuesday (June 20) at Surrey’s newest arts hub, a youth-focused space at 10660 City Parkway, across the street from both the B.C. Lions’ training facility and Chuck Bailey rec centre.
The Now-Leader has learned the site, to be operated by Royal Canadian Theatre Company and StreetRich Hip Hop Society in partnership with the City of Surrey, will be known as City Parkway Studio, subject to city council approval.
“I’m excited to see what this unique partnership will foster in the coming years,” Councillor Judy Villeneuve told invited guests at the studio.
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April 29, 2017 New Space Open House Event

Thank You to everyone who attended !


You’re Invited
Tour our new rehearsal and shop space!
TOUR & SOCIALIZE!
Saturday 29th April, 6:30 pm to whenever we get tired!
10660 City Parkway, Surrey (opposite Chuck Bailey Rec Centre)
 
 
Pot luck.  Bring your own plate, fork, spoon, drinking vessel and liquid libations.

Funny Money

Auditions 2017-04: Funny Money

Audition Call

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company

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Funny Money
Directed by:ELLIE KING and set in the Lower Mainland
Runs:March 8th - 30th 2018 (approx.!)
Location(s):Surrey, New Westminster, Maple Ridge and Vancouver
Rehearsals:In Surrey BC - MID January 2018
Callbacks:TBA
Auditions:2017-MAY 06 and 07
Deadline:Please submit by 2017-MAY-04
Contact name:Ellie King
Application:Complete our on-line form (below) and attach head-shots and bio
Payment:All actors will be paid. Amount depends on size of role.
NOTE:This play requires STRONG COMEDIC SKILLS.
Character Breakdown
JEAN PERKINSAn ordinary woman in her forties/fifties.
HENRY PERKINSAn insignificant man in his forties/fifties.
BILLA middle-aged cab driver of spirit.
DAVENPORTA sparse middle-aged cop with a knowing glint in his eye.
BETTY JOHNSONA cheerful woman in her forties.
VIC JOHNSONA brash man with feet of clay.
SLATERA solicitous and kindly cop until provoked.
PASSER-BYA large man.

Synopsis:

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