Victoria’s Belfry Theatre sees Red September 11 to October 14, specifically John Logan’s 2010 Tony Award-winner for Best Play. Co-produced with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Red ventures back to 1958 when abstract painter Mark Rothko was engaged to paint murals for the Seagram Building in New York, the most lucrative commission ever. Working with a young apprentice and threatened by a new generation of painters, Rothko must create a series of masterpieces. Red dives deeply into this incredible period when the fierce, uncompromising Rothko, at the height of his power, clashes with fame and commercialism.
Langham Court Theatre opens its 2012-13 season October 3 to 20 with the beloved classic 84, Charing Cross Road, adapted from the book by Jelene Hanff, while Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Dean Reagan’s ever popular musical A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline runs from October 30 to November 10 with the talented Sara-Jeanne Hosie, recreating her role she has played to great acclaim for both the Vancouver Arts Club and the Chemainus Theatre Festival. Following the country legend’s climb to stardom from her hometown in Virginia to New York’s Carnegie Hall, the show features 20 hits, including Crazy, Walkin’ After Midnight, Sweet Dreams and I Fall to Pieces, this musical stars.
Fab kid fun
The fabulousness continues! Kid favourites Toopy and Binoo are warming up their funny muscles and stretching their active imaginations in preparation for their live stage show this fall. Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon brings to life the two fun-loving and adorable characters, whose antics are driven by their out-of-this-world imaginations – and whose unpredictable adventures inspire children to push their own limits! Take in the fun September 16 at Victoria’s Royal Theatre.
Budding young gardeners will enjoy the second annual Children’s Harvest Festival & Field of Scarecrows, at the Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific October 6 from 11am to 3pm. Kids, bring your families for a free day of interactive stations on growing your own food, nature and healthy lifestyles!
Celebrate with a case of the Blues
Celebrate the end of summer by rockin’ and groovin’ to live blues, R&B and more at the 18th annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash! Headliners for the ticketed evening performances include Canada’s blues guitar favorite David Gogo (September 1) and Alligator Records’ blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker (September 2).
In addition to the ticketed performances, take in three afternoons of free-admission performances featuring some of Vancouver Island’s best performers, 12 to 5:15pm September 1 to 3.
The Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites throw open their grounds September 11 for the 18th annual English Car Affair in the Park. At 10am precisely, the skirl of the pipes will herald the start of this popular event featuring more than 100 classic and vintage British automobiles from the Old English Car Club.
Return to the site September 24 for the 10th annual Fort Rodd Hill Lantern Tour, an exclusive, after-dark guided tour of the 19th century site. See the gun batteries by lantern light and eavesdrop on uniformed re-enactors going about the daily activities of garrison life. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of life at the Hill during the period of 1897-1956. There may even be a few surprises along the way! Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 8:45pm. Tickets are $10, in advance only – call 250-478-5849.
Rifflandia rocks on
Some the rock world’s best and brightest will descend on downtown Victoria for the third annual Rifflandia festival, September 13 to 16. With a who’s who of modern rock taking to local stages, highlights include Mother Mother, Cake, Band of Skulls, Sloan, The Dudes, The Stanfields, and many, many more. What a way to bid farewell to summer!
Cirque comes to the Centre
Everyone loves a circus – especially when the circus in question is the Cirque du Soleil. The renowned troupe brings its critically-acclaimed Quidam to the Save On Foods Memorial Centre September 5 to 9. A favourite since premiering in Montreal in April 1996, the international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and characters, telling the story of young Zoé, whose life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world – the world of Quidam – where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.