Victoria Arts Guide
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Expanded repertoire, bold initiatives highlight 21st season
Canadian College of Performing Arts’ Acourtroom classic and two Tony Awardwinning musicals are among a diverse slate of plays set to highlight the Canadian College of Performing Arts’ 21st season, led by a new combined leadership team — Managing Artistic Director Caleb Marshall and Director of Education and Programming Heather Burns.

Six plays that touch on the timelessness of being human will be showcased during the College’s 2018-19 season.

The lineup at the College’s Performance Hall at 1701 Elgin Rd. includes Twelve Angry Jurors — a fresh take on Reginald Rose’s courtroom drama that opens Oct. 18;The Penelopiad — Margaret Atwood’s darkly comic update on the ancient Greek story of Trojan War hero, Odysseus from his wife Penelope’s viewpoint; Will Eno’s metaphorical small-town comedy-drama, Middletown, and Stage Door — Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman’s classic backstage comedy.

The season’s two Broadway musicals include Sweet Charity, scripted by Neil Simon, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and the big season finale at the McPherson Playhouse starting Apr. 19 — the Arthur Laurents-written and Leonard Bernstein-scored classic, West Side Story.


The College is proud to be the first organization on the Island to be incorporating Relaxed Performances into their program.

A Relaxed Performance is open to anyone who may find the theatre environment challenging, be that a fear of the dark, loud noises, confined spaces or disabilities of any kind. The more casual-than-usual approach includes low light in the audience during the performance, introduction to the actors and the story, and reduction of the intensity of potentially startling effects.

One performance of each of the College’s in-house productions has been set as a Relaxed Performance. The first Relaxed Performance of the season will be Twelve Angry Jurors on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Performance Hall.

For tickets: or call: 250-595-9970.