Sunday August 15, 2010

Arts News Release

Broadway Comes To Chilliwack

Cultch has lineup that'll knock your socks off into 2011



he Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society is pleased to introduce their inaugural season of performances. Never before has so much entertainment been available to Chilliwack in one ‘season’, and residents of Chilliwack will be floored by the diversity, quality, and sheer brilliance the line-up brings. From a bus-and-truck Broadway show to mind bending magicians to the charming stories of Hans Christian Anderson – be sure to mark your calendars! Tickets for all shows are available through the new Centre Box Office.

The 18 brilliant performances are categorized as Theatre Series, Dance Series, and Star 98.3’s Childrens Series, as well as five Special Presentations interspersed throughout to create a guaranteed crowd-pleaser 2010/11 season.


Opening Week September 2010

To launch The Centre’s Grand Opening week, Pangaea Arts presents The Trollsons, a show about Grandpa Trollson’s 200th birthday party, along with captivating storytelling of Han Christian Andersen classics, making for a hugely enjoyable time for children and adults!


The first presentation of the Theatre Series brings to life the stories of an entire generation of Canadians who survived the years of the Great Depression. Ten Lost Years is a poignant, moving and humorous production based on author Barry Broadfoot’s masterpiece of the same name.


The following evening, “Fringe God”, TJ Dawe comes to Chilliwack in Lucky 9. In a one-man show raved as “insanely funny”, Dawe addresses the audience in a mile-a-minute conversational style, making you laugh until you cry and cry until you laugh!


Next, if you want to feel the rhythm of the African heritage dance and drum ensemble, attend Kokoma, a visually stunning, interactive performance by sons and daughters of Africa.


The week culminates with the Red Carpet Affair Gala and completing the opening celebrations with a roll-out of the red carpet and a glittering champagne reception, followed by a remarkable show featuring a cast of Broadway veterans.


October / November 2010

Continuing on the Dance Series, Ballet Victoria brings their dramatic and sensual Twilight Tango to Chilliwack. Be thrilled by classically trained professional dancers as they enter the fictional world of vampires, creating a feast for your senses.


Vancouver Opera’s star performers are next to take the main Theatre stage in Cinderella, an English language performance that brings the classic tale to life through exquisite operatic singing, breath-taking costumes, and wonderful twists.


Ready for the perfect girls-night-out? The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue will make you cheer as they show you sweet sexy brilliance set to pumpin’ electro and lavish rock n’ roll music.


Completing the 2010 portion of the season, the Arts Club Theatre Company presents A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline where audience members are invited to relive the unforgettable passion and glamour of Country Music’s greatest songstress. Featuring 21 unforgettable songs, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline proves to be a brilliant performance that is receiving rave reviews across the continent.

January / February 2011

Acclaimed worldwide, Forever Plaid takes you back in time to guys groups of the 50’s and is a fast-paced musical comedy about four irresistible harmony singers who finally realize their dream.

Continuing the rich entertainment of musical theatre, Billy Bishop Goes to War is a moving tribute to one of Canadian’s greatest heros, Billy Bishop. Recently winning two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, Billy Bishop is setting the standard for a sensational evening of entertainment.


Presented in the Dance Series, Action Consequences by Ballet Kelowna comes to Chilliwack to showcase the company’s graceful and powerful dancers as they perform a mix of classical and contemporary ballet. Immerse yourself in Ballet Kelowna’s performance and you are sure to be captivated by the thrill of dance.


March / May 2011

Story Theatre Company presents The Adventures of Pinocchio, bringing all your favourite characters to life, including the Blue Fairy, chirruping Cricket, sly Fox, and clever Cat. This adaptation of the traditional story of the block of wood who springs to life will delight you and tickle your funny bone!


To celebrate International Women’s Day, The Centre hosts I Am Woman! Hear Me Laff!, showcasing the talents of top female stand-up comedians. It will be an evening of laughter with the promise to have you rolling in the aisles and begging for mercy.


Masters of combining real life experience with a fusion of magic, Ted and Marion Outerbridge bring their Time Capsule Tour to Chilliwack. Ted and Marion create mind-bending illusions that cut time in half or eliminate it all together, leaving the audience spell-bound and wanting more!


Completing the Dance Series, Sold Doubt rocks the stage with contemporary dance, employing instrumental renditions of iconic rock group No Doubt’s greatest hits.


As the last show in March, The Music Man boasts a large cast of beloved, quirky characters and a one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of barbershop quartets, sentimental ballads and rousing marches, including “Seventy-Six Trombones.”


Ever wanted to live a Fairy Tale? Everyone’s dream of living a Fairy Tale can come true with the “nearly world-famous” DuffleBag Theatre’s hilarious version of Rumpelstiltskin. Play your part on stage and help everyone live happily ever after!


Single tickets are now on sale for all shows through the new Centre Box Office. Series subscriptions are also available and offer discounts up to 35%! Members will receive an additional $1 off each ticket.


To request a copy of the 2010-2011 Chilliwack Cultural Centre season brochure or contact the Centre Box Office at 604-391-SHOW (7469) or online at

For information on the 2010-2011 Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Presents season, including dates and prices, visit


Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society presents

The Trollsons Sunday, September 19, 2010

10 Lost Years Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lucky 9 Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kokoma Thursday, September 23, 2010

Red Carpet Affair Saturday, September 25, 2010

Twilight Tango Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cinderella Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cheesecake Burlesque Friday, November 12, 2010

A Closer Walk with Patsy Klein Sunday, November 14, 2010

Forever Plaid Friday, January 28, 2011

Billy Bishop Goes to War Monday, February 14, 2011

Action Consequences Friday, February 25, 2011

The Adventures of Pinocchio Sunday, March 6, 2011

I am Woman Hear Me Laff! Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Outerbridge – Time Capsule Tour Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sold Doubt Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Music Man Monday, March 28, 2011

Rumpelstiltskin Sunday, May 1, 2011


Arts & Culture Centre Background

Owned by the City of Chilliwack, the new Cultural Centre houses two unique performance venues, an art gallery, music instruction studios, arts and crafts studios, meeting rooms, and offices, and the new home to the Chilliwack Academy of Music and the Chilliwack Arts Council. Other partners in the project include The City of Chilliwack, The Chilliwack Visual Artists Association, and The Chilliwack Players Guild.


Chilliwack Cultural Centre highlights:

  • 597 seat performance theatre

  • 168 seat recital hall / rehearsal space / dance studio / meeting space

  • Chilliwack Art gallery (22-foot high display area)

  • 21 music instructional rooms

  • Arts and crafts studios

  • Storage and Archival Resource Room

  • For additional information contact: KellyAnne TeBrinke, Marketing Manager at: 604-392-800 ext. 103 or by e-mail here.

    Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society Board of Directors

    Dave Stephen – President

    Patti Lawn – Vice President

    Chad Northcott – Treasurer

    Andy Purdy – Secretary


    Directors at Large

    John Blessin

    Phil Halladay

    Marian Dyck

    John Hamilton

    Brad Whittaker

    Pat Clark

    Jerry Spencer – Ex Officio


    Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society Partners

    Chilliwack Academy of Music

    Chilliwack Arts Council

    Chilliwack Players Guild

    Chilliwack Visual Artists Association


    The 2011 season will draw audiences from across BC!



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