Monday September 13, 2010

Upcoming Event


Arts Centre Gala

Grand Opening set to be a lavish affair



he Red Carpet Affair is a once-in-a-lifetime event for Chilliwack residents to celebrate the grand opening of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. The Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society is extremely pleased to announce the details of the official opening, set to take place on Saturday September 25th.


Welcoming guests at the front of The Centre at 7:00 pm will be members of the Sto:lo Nation performing vibrant dances to the beat of the drum. The Semoya dance group also represented the Sto:lo Nation at Vancouver’s Winter Olympics earlier in the year. Guests will then enter The Centre’s vast and glamorous lobby, and be able to view the new breathtaking Chilliwack Art Gallery while being entertained by locally renowned performers from the Academy of Music.


During this preshow reception, guests will be served delectable and exquisite hors d’oeuvers sponsored by the Coast Hotel. Also during the opening of the event, a celebrated art piece from Gary Haggquist’s Cultus Lake series will be available for silent auction bids.


Once guests are ushered into The Centre’s luxurious Main Theatre, the building dedication

and ribbon cutting will commence, featuring: Chief Joe Hall, president of the Ch-ihl-kway-uhk Tribe; Dave Stephen, president of the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society, and Chilliwack Mayor, Sharon Gaetz.


Actor Patrick Gallagher will take the role of Master of Ceremonies. Gallagher, who resided in Chilliwack through his school years, is well known for his movie appearances which include; Sideways, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and both Night at the Museum movies.  He is perhaps best known for his role of Ken Tanaka in the hit series Glee.  His extensive TV work includes Da Vinci’s Inquest, True Blood, The Line, Entourage, Men of a Certain Age and the new series, Hawaii 5-O and End Game.


Following the ribbon cutting, the audience will be treated to a best of Broadway concert featuring four top Broadway entertainers:  Lisa Howard, South Pacific, 9 to 5, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Les Misérables; Jason Graae, A Grand Night For Singing,  Falsettos, Snoopy, Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up?,  Forever Plaid, and Hello Muddah, Hello  Fadduh; David Burnham, Wicked, The Light In The Piazza, Joseph and the  Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; and Jessica Hendy, Cats, Aida, and Amour. 


Under the musical direction of Scott Coulter, this stellar cast will perform numbers from West Side Story, Hair, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Chicago, South Pacific, Billy Elliott, Mamma Mia!, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, 9 to 5, and Jersey Boys among others.


Adding pizazz to the event, guests will enjoy a champagne toast during the intermission and a dessert reception after the show where guests will have a chance to meet Patrick Gallagher and the Broadway cast. At this time, the winner of the Grand Opening week’s silent auction will be announced by Chilliwack’s Next Top Model, Andrea Schierling. Finally, weather permitting, an awesome display of fireworks will cap off the night, celebrating the new Chilliwack Cultural Centre.


“It is such an honour for me to be part of the planning team and work alongside fellow community members who are committed to exceeding everyone’s expectations,” says Grey Area Gallery Co-Owner Jacquie Simpson, “People of Chilliwack: come and share in the thrill of the opening and celebrate the milestone we have achieved together for the Arts community.” 


The Red Carpet Affair will be an amazing once-in-a-lifetime event which you will not want to miss. Tickets are $150 and are available from the new Centre Box Office located in the lobby of the new Cultural Centre.  Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at 604-391-SHOW(7469) or online at


The Red Carpet Affair Gala Opening is the culmination of a weeklong celebration of the arts, which includes performances of the Trollsons on Sunday September 19, the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra's Last Rose of Summer on Monday, Seacoast Studios production of Barry Broadfoot’s 10 Lost Years on Tuesday, “Fringe God” TJ Dawe’s Lucky 9 on Wednesday, Kokoma African Heritage Drum and Dance Ensemble on Thursday, and the opening of the new Chilliwack Art Gallery on Friday.  Tickets for all events are available through the Centre Box Office.


About the Stars


Lisa Howard
Lisa's Broadway credits include the Tony Award winning Lincoln Center Theater revival of South Pacific and the musical comedy 9 to 5.  She is most known, however, for her starring role as Rona Lisa Peretti in William Finn's Tony Award-winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which she received a Drama Desk Award . She has toured with the national company of Les Misérables.


Jason Graae
Graae has starred on and off-Broadway in A Grand Night For Singing,  Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy, Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up?,  Forever Plaid, Olympus on My Mind, All in the Timing, Hello Muddah, Hello  Fadduh and many more. On television, Jason has appeared on many shows including Six Feet Under, Friends, Frasier, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch .  Jason has recorded over forty CDs, including original cast albums, concerts, compilations, and two solo CDs. He has been heard on many cartoons and for five years he was the voice of "Lucky, the Leprechaun" for Lucky Charms Cereal, a balanced part of your complete breakfast.  


David Burnham
Burnham played Fiyero in the Broadway production of Wicked, having created the role in the original Los Angeles workshop  productions, and was a member of the original Broadway cast of the six time Tony  Award winning musical The Light In The Piazza. David first gained critical acclaim when, after a two year search, he was chosen to  replace Donny Osmond in the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the  Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat . On film, David was the voice of the Prince in the Warner Bros. animated feature The  King & I and can also be heard as Willy in Disney's Home On The Range.


Jessica Hendy
Hendy’s Broadway credits include Grizabella in Cats, as well as Aida, and Amour.  She toured The United States and Canada as the Narrator in Josheph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Grizabella in Cats.  In New York City she won a Bistro Award for Get Your Tickets Now, and has received rave reviews for her on woman Cabaret A Life To Call Your Own.  She recently won an Acclaim Award for her portrayal of Jeanne in The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Don’t Make Me Pull This Show Over: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Parenting.


Scott Coulter (Director/Vocal Arrangements)

Coulter was in the original company of Floyd Collins and toured the country as Jinx in Forever Plaid.  His regional credits include Into the Woods, As Bees in Honey Drown, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cotton Patch Gospel and Chess. Other appearances include Sentimental Journey: The Songs of World War II, From Brooklyn to Hollywood, All That Jazz: A Tribute to Kander & Ebb and the critically acclaimed Broadway Unplugged.


Grand Opening Week

The Trollsons                                                                   Sunday September 19, 2010

Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus                       Monday, September 20, 2010

10 Lost Years                                                                  Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lucky 9                                                                           Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kokoma                                                                          Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gala Opening Show at the Chilliwack Art Gallery              Friday, September 24, 2010

Red Carpet Affair Gala Opening                                       Saturday, September 25, 2010


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




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