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Massey Theatre & Eighth & Eight Community Nights

Eighth & Eight Community Nights
Tuesdays from April 19-May 17
3:30 pm-10:00 pm

Massey Theatre & Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces are hosting Community Nights every Tuesday from April 19-May 17 from 3:30 pm -10:00 pm.

Community Nights provide artists, creators, activators and more the opportunity to access space, social and networking time between community groups and share the wonderful community spaces now available at Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces at the Massey Theatre Complex for free*.

There are ten spaces available ranging from small meeting areas to 1220 sf studios to 3000 square foot studios and spaces in between.

We are offering maximum two-hour blocks for groups in need of space to reconnect and restart their activities and new groups a place to get started in a supportive, barrier free environment.  What’s your cultural aspiration? What is your creative and artistic expression?  Bring it to Eighth & Eight and reignite your practice!

Please email your interests or any ideas to hello@eighthandeight.com

We will get back to you and help connect you to the right space and time at Eighth & Eight.

It’s time to create, inspire and connect at Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces.

*space access does not include the theatre, technical support or equipment.

 

Presented with the support of the City of New Westminster, Province of BC,BC Arts Council and Metro Vancouver

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Performing Arts Collaborative Creation Residency

Title: Performing Arts Collaborative Creation Residency

Organization:

Massey Theatre Society and Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces

Deadline: March 4, 2022

About us:
Massey Theatre Society is a catalyst for a vibrant, expressive community and a stage where any dream is possible. The Massey Theatre has recently expanded our arts and community spaces into the complex surrounding Massey Theatre (Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces: www.eighthandeight.com). Our focus at Eighth & Eight is on serving artists and our community by offering space as well as resources and support. Artists and communities that do not have a facility to work often face inequity in securing resources for their work. We are looking to change that with Eighth & Eight as we are now working with of over 35,000 square feet of dynamic and creative spaces including the Massey Theatre, Plaskett Gallery, four Multipurpose Studios including a performance studio, dance studio and digital labs. With an expanded facility we are creating new and inclusive opportunities for artistic creation, presentation, development, community engaged and wellness practices, and workshopping. As a part of this expansion, we are launching a new performance series for artists which will take place throughout 2022 and beyond.

Performing artists are often asked to collaborate or perform in mixed bills or showcases with other artists without the resources to contemplate how they might leverage those contexts and perhaps create more developed or expanded new works. For this project we will be choosing four emerging performing artists or small ensembles from a range of performing arts such as music, dance, theatre (including sketch comedy and spoken word) and other staged literary, audio, and visual forms. All performances will take place in our 60-seat performance studio with other studios and spaces to be used during the development phase.

Call for Submissions:
Each project would be asked to leverage their existing short works to create a one-hour performance in a double bill or collaboration with an artist working in a different art form, technique, or tradition. Artists are asked to challenge themselves to create something they might not otherwise without the resources available. This can be done by either by expanding an already existing work by adding design elements to it or with a new cross-disciplinary or cross-cultural work. (Please identify if you will use the funds to engage collaborators to enhance your own work in a double bill or for a new collaborative work).

In addition to fees paid to both artists, we would provide a minimum of two weeks of free studio space to develop and rehearse, access to digital and theatrical equipment as well as tech support and basic training on the equipment (if needed). We would also provide technical and front of house staff for the performance as well as promotional and administrative support. In addition, each artistic group will have access to mentorship from one, or more, of our Artistic Associates.

The Massey Theatre employs a team of Artistic Associates, each responsible for reflecting and advocating distinct yet intersectional programming and engagement lenses in service of relationships with seniors, LQBTQ2+ people, black community members, Indigenous people, and the immigrant diaspora residing in our community.

We welcome applications from all BC performing artists however priority will be given to emerging artists residing in New Westminster, the Tri-Cities, and communities East of Boundary Road as well as well as IBPOC and LGBTQ2+ candidates.

How to Apply:
Please submit a one-page description of your proposed project to fleur@masseytheatre.com. Please include your bio and any other pertinent information, including links to video reels, social media, resumes, and any questions. Please also indicate if you are an emerging or established artist. Please include a detailed timeline that corresponds to our timeline below, as well as ideas for collaborators and which of the Artistic Associate(s) (if any) you are interested in connecting with (see below for names and bios of our Artistic Associates).

All projects must also include some community engagement. Please detail all resources you can bring to the project to ensure a successful community engagement plan is achievable. Examples of community engagement might include open studio, public artist talks, workshops, digital engagement or recording untold stories in our digital hub.

Fees:
Each project will receive $2000 CAD for the creative development stage. Additionally, all projects will receive $1000 CAD if the project results in a performance at Eighth & Eight. An appropriate fee commitment to all collaborators is required. Please identify in your proposal the fees you will pay your collaborator(s).

In addition, we would provide the following:

  • Minimum of two weeks free studio space
  • Access to digital and theatrical equipment as well as tech support and basic training on the equipment (if needed).
  • Technical and front of house staff for the performance
  • Promotional and administrative support
  • Mentorship from one, or more, of our Artistic Associates (see below for list of names and bios)

Timeline of activities:

  • March 4, 2022: Submission deadline
  • April 1, 2022: Artists begin creative development of projects including workshopping and mentoring with Artistic Associates
  • April -June 2022: Performances at Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Fleur Sweetman, Performing Arts Programming Director

Contact Email: fleur@masseytheatre.com

Contact Phone: 604-517-5900

Artistic Associates
The Massey Theatre employs a team of Artistic Associates, each responsible for reflecting and advocating distinct yet intersectional programming and engagement lenses in service of relationships with seniors, LQBTQ2+ people, black community members, Indigenous people, and the immigrant diaspora residing in our community.

The following Artistic Associates are available to provide mentorship:

Justine A. Chambers is a dance artist and educator living and working on the ancestral and traditional Coast Salish territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her movement-based practice considers how choreography can be an empathic practice rooted in collaborative creation, close observation, and the body as a site of a cumulative embodied archive. Privileging what is felt over what is seen, she works with dances that are already there – the social choreographies present in the everyday. Her recent choreographic projects include Steady, Waking Hours, And then this also, One hundred more, tailfeather, for all of us, it could have been like this, ten thousand times and one hundred more, Family Dinner, Family Dinner: The Lexicon, and Semi-precious: the faceting of a gemstone only appears complete and critical. Chambers’ work has been hosted by Western Front, Sophiensaele (Berlin), Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Agora de la Danse (Montreal), Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery (Haverford College), Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), Nanaimo Art Gallery, Artspeak, Burrard Arts Foundation, Mile Zero Dance Society, Dance in Vancouver, Festival of New Dance (St. John’s) and Art Museum at University of Toronto. Chambers is the recipient of the Lola Dance Prize (2018) and was selected for the Visiting Dance Artist Program at the National Arts Centre (2018-2020), Artist in Residence at SFU’s Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERi). Chambers is currently a Term Lecturer at the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She is Max Tyler-Hite’s mother.

 

Ryan Leslie Fisher is a graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto. He is best known for his comedy TikTok character Dandy (@dandyandfriends) and is fresh off a sold-out tour in TX, LA and NYC. He worked in the immersive theatre scene in Hollywood as the devilish MC in Crimson Cabaret (Unmarked Door) and starred in his award-winning LGBT Sketch Comedy Series Enemies of Dorothy (HereTV). He’s now based in Vancouver where he teaches acting at The Laura Mac Method and partners with The Massey Theatre. TV credits include The Mentalist (CBS), American Horror Story (FOX), and The Midnight Club (Netflix).”

 

Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve is a Sto:lo/St’at’imc/Nlaka’pamux multimedia artist based in New Westminster, BC. He began his artistic career in graphic design at age 14 and that same year, began co-hosting the “When Spirits Whisper” radio show alongside Gunargie O’Sulllivan on Co-Op Radio 100.5 FM.

Ronnie holds the position of Indigenous Cultural Development Director with Massey Theatre Society where he examines local cosmology and histories and forges pathways and relationships with the Indigenous diaspora to inform and engage the Society’s programs and activities.

His professional artistic pursuits cover a wide range including acting and hosting in films, television and digital media including roles on PBS series and specials. He has composed music for film, designed sound for the stage and performed as a musician. His art has been shown in exhibitions from Island Mountain Arts in Wells to the Vancouver Art Gallery and on the streets in the form of murals. He has produced cultural events and programming for festivals and gatherings.

He has facilitated forums, conferences, and workshops from Regina to Parksville and received awards and recognition for aboriginal leadership and podcasting. As an independent researcher, Ronnie has worked on various portfolios that include Indigenous cosmologies, ethnography, archival audio, historiographies, and actions.

Ronnie has a passion for creating and facilitating workshop programs for youth in media arts and hip-hop as well as an interest in environmental causes. Learn more about Ronnie Dean Harris and his work at www.ronniedeanharris.com

The globally renowned Cassius Khan is a Canadian musician who plays the Tabla and simultaneously sings classical Ghazal and Thumri (poetry in Urdu and Hindi) and is the only professional musician in the world who presents his art in this way. A recipient of the 2005 Salute to Excellence Award, a 2008 Juno Award nomination, a 2011 Western Canadian Music Award nomination and a 2019 Bernie Legge Artist of the Year Award recipient, Khan’s performance will showcase the difficulty of dividing his brain into two facets of his mastery- singing Ghazal in classical form and playing complex rhythmical patterns on his tabla. His trademark “Tarannum Ang Gayaki” style coupled with his Tabla have stupefied many Indian maestros and was recognized for this unique ability. Hailed as “Canada’s Multifaceted Musician” thanks to his ground-breaking collaborations with musicians of all genres around the planet, Khan takes his audience on a wonderful journey of melody through his pitch perfect rich voice, stupendous technique of rhythm through his talented hands and with his mastery of performance onstage and comical and good-natured personality he intricately weaves his performance with funny anecdotes. Khan is also a sought-after teacher and mentor and is both a private teacher and a visiting professor for Indian music at the international school Mulgrave. The Producer of the Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance held at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster since 2012, Khan has presented over 20 artists to the Canadian audience and has performed for the Permanent India Mission to the UN and WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland in 2017/2018. Khan is also the Curator of the ‘Global Tea Series with Cassius Khan’ at the Massey Theatre and is endorsed by the Sangeet Natak Akademi award winning Tabla crafters Ustad Qasim Khan Niyazi & Sons as well as the Australian based ‘Lehra Studio’ Apps.

Allan Morgan has been a stage actor for more than thirty years. Some highlights include appearing in London, GB, Adelaide Australia, Wellington NZ and San Francisco, all with The Overcoat. He appeared for several seasons at Bard on the Beach, notably in The Tempest as Prospero, as well as King John, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado.

He has toured across Canada with the Electric Company in Studies in Motion. He has appeared at The Belfry, notably in The Drawer Boy, Dirty Blonde, and I am My Own Wife for which he received the Victoria Critic’s Award for best performance. Other favourites include Red, Thinking of Yu, and Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre for ATP in Calgary.

Allan has two solo plays: I Walked the Line; and Pride: for the young gay, the ungay and the jaded queen in all of us.

Presented with the support of the City of New Westminster, Province of BC, BC Arts Council, Metro Vancouver and BC Touring Council.

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LOLGBT Comedy Workshop for Youth

The Massey Theatre & Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces is presenting a FREE weekend workshop for youth (ages 12-19) led by Ryan Leslie Fisher, a local LGBTQ2+ comedian and actor.

This four-day comedy workshop that takes place over two weekends. The students will play around with sketch comedy the first weekend and start writing their own script and then continue developing the script and characters the 2nd weekend. If they are not available all four it is ok, but they will have the best experience if they attend all the days

The sessions will have a focus on queer themed sketch comedy, meaning every joke is a gay joke where the punchline isn’t being gay. These workshops will cover every step of the process from inspiration to script writing to performance, allowing the participants to develop their voice, and take a critical look at short form comedy that can be used on digital platforms such as TikTok.

Ryan Fisher is also Dandy ,an LGBT Tiktok sensation with almost half a million followers. As a leader of The Lavender Society, a “secret” organization of queer folks, Dandy’s comedy supports a safe space for LGBTQ2+ on the social media platform and promotes a shared community.

 

Dates and Times:

Saturday, February 5: 1:00-5:00pm

Saturday, February 6: 1:00-5:00pm

Saturday, February 12: 1:00-5:00pm

Sunday, February 13: 1:00-5:00pm

 

Registration:

Please email Fleur Sweetman (fleur at masseytheatre.com), Performing Arts Programming Director by Friday, January 28 to reserve your spot in the workshop or for any questions.

This workshop is free to attend.

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The shows will go on

For 2021/2022 we put together a bold season featuring a wide range of artists. The pandemic has affected that offering in many ways. From reduced capacity to artist changes and today, a postponement and a cancellation.
But most shows are still going on.
Due to the challenges around travelling during COVID-19, and a beautiful new baby in his life, Shaun Majumder’s show LOVE has been rescheduled from February 3rd to May 13th. Save the date, plan a date and get ready to fill your heart with laughter. Update your calendar and we will see you there!
Due to the close quarters involved with touring with a group, iskwē has chosen to cancel the Western Canadian portion of her tour, so the show on March 12th will no longer be going ahead.
The theatre is still incredibly active. We have our own presentations of Chilliwack this Saturday, International Guitar Night on January 28th , the two-week run of Arts Club Theatre Company’s Noises Off February 15-27 and of course Shaun Majumder: The LOVE Tour on May 13th. Other amazing presenters and promoters have shows running from now until the end of June. Make sure you check out our website as new events are always being added. There is something for everyone.
Currently, 50% capacity, vaccine passport checks and mandatory mask requirements allow us to remain open and provide a safe audience experience.
But the bottom line is, without an audience at the shows, planning forward may not continue.
We look forward to having you back to the theatre. You won’t regret it. Wonderful experiences are waiting for us all now and in the future with your support.
We must continue to experience the arts together
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Save the Date: Eighth & Eight Open House

Save the Date!
Saturday, November 6th
1:00 pm-5:30 pm
Eighth & Eight
735 Eighth Ave, New Westminster, BC

The Massey Theatre Society invites you to join us when we open the doors to the new Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces!

Come and see the theatre, studios, labs and exhibitions. Learn about new capabilities and plans for this major community facility. Throughout the event we will have free hands-on activities, performances, demonstrations and more. This event is for all ages and abilities!

Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces is the transitional name for the arts and community spaces surrounding the historic Massey Theatre at 735 Eighth St., New Westminster. Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces is comprised of over 35,000 square feet of dynamic and creative spaces including the Massey Theatre, Plaskett Gallery, Multipurpose Studios and more. We are looking to community members to tell us what you want to see. As we continue to gather feedback about how artists, activators, community members, audiences, and more want to work, discover, and play in the space; we are ready to open our doors widely and welcome the public inside so that we can all being imagining the future of the space together.

Want to know more about Eighth & Eight? Stay tuned to our social media and website as we provide more updates closer to the date. Or send us an email at hello@eighthandeight.com

Please note: In accordance with the current orders from the Provincial Health Officer, showing proof of vaccination by way of the BC Vaccine Passport with your name or equivalent from your region plus picture ID is required to attend events and productions in the spaces.

This requirement is in place until January 31, 2022 and may be extended. We ask that people wear masks when exploring the spaces.

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Open Space Saturdays

Summer is a time for relaxation and celebration. And often in New Westminster, a time filled with incredible community festivals. Many of these festivals won’t be able to happen this year.

We present Open Space Saturdays. An outdoor arts and community space activating the outdoor areas around Massey Theatre.

The program has been designed by our Indigenous Cultural Development Director Ronnie Dean Harris who, together with the whole Massey team and Community Partners, will develop a casual, eclectic program for all ages filled with arts, artisans, food and most of all fun.

Open Space Saturdays will run every summer Saturday from 11am to 10pm with programs for all ages starting July 10th.

On Site Activities may include:

  • Indigenous and cultural arts and crafts
  • Visual Arts and Video projections
  • Literary Arts
  • Dance, Music and Movement sessions
  • Children’s Activities
  • Outdoor Mainstage Performances
  • Storytelling
  • Arts and Artisan Market
  • And more…

On Site Food and Beverage options may include:

  • Rotating Food Trucks
  • Community Food activations

Special pop-up events such as plant sales, seed exchange, positive advocacy, food, dialogue and other community priorities will be incorporated through partnerships with community organizations and groups.

Community groups are encouraged and welcomed to think about getting involved and thinking of good ways of being together in small groups and activities.

This is a time to heal and celebrate together safely and supportively. Open Space is the place to do it.

Interested in becoming involved or putting forward an actvity? Please contact Ronnie at ronnie@masseytheatre.com

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Massey Theatre 2021/2022 Season

We are more than excited. We are overjoyed to be able to announce that the theatre will be opening its doors this fall with a dynamic season!  As the Province  reopens in a safe and responsible way, audiences will be welcomed to the theatre to come and enjoy theatrical performances, as they are meant to be. Live and in person

The Massey Theatre season reflects the diverse lenses and interests of the community with a variety of exceptional performances. Included are iconic musical performers of contemporary Indigenous, pop, folk, rock and guitar jazz. The range of artists is incredible-from Martha Wainwright to Bill Henderson to International Guitar Night.   Folk rock powerhouse band The Fugitives explore the realities and lore of Vimy Ridge in a multi-disciplinary concert with the dancers of Ballet BC and spoken word of Brendan McLeod. Musical artist and storyteller, iskwē, shares her impactful artistry with music, movement, images, poetry and prose.

The return season also promises to brighten our hearts with laughter.  Comedy will take centre stage with the former “This Hour has 22 Minutes” star Shaun Majumder and  his new show, The LOVE tour. A special two week run of Arts Club Theatre Company’s hit show Noises Off offers one of the largest and most fun productions we will see in the coming season. Massey Theatre has been working with Arts Club for over a year to bring back the 2020 hit to delight audiences in the way only live theatre can do.

Here is the list of the seasons’ performances:

Nov. 16, 2021
Martha Wainwright
Love Will Be Reborn
Martha Wainwright is beginning again. The beguiling performer and songwriter graces the Massey stage as part of the tour of her new album Love Will Be Reborn. Wainwright’s fifth studio album follows recent years of loneliness and clarity in search of optimism and joy. PRESALE for this show starts June 10, sale for general public on June 11

November 2021
Bill Henderson, Solo Tour
In his solo tour, Canadian Rock Icon Bill Henderson of Chilliwack takes the stage like the legend he is.  Guitar at the ready. Iconic voice filling the theatre. For those of you who are ready to revisit Henderson’s distinct style of rock…the Massey is ready for you. Tickets on sale soon

January 28, 2022
International Guitar Night 2022
The always exceptional International Guitar Night returns to the Massey Theatre with a dynamic and eclectic lineup of international acoustic guitarists. The next tour features: Lulo Reinhardt, Germany’s Latin Swing master, contemporary classical guitarist Stephanie Jones from Australia, two-hand “tapper” Alexandr Misko from Russia, and Italian jazz guitarist and vocalist Eleanora “Lele” Strino. This show is a celebration of guitar music for new beginnings. Tickets on sale now.

Feb 3, 2022
Shaun Majumder The LOVE Tour
In 2019, beloved comedian and performer Shaun Majumder brought his complex tour de force HATE to Massey Theatre, much of it in response to living amid rampant Trumpism and the rise of hate he was witnessing in the US and Canada. Now, the new dad flips the narrative in with his new show LOVE. Majumder is an absolute comedy star, riveting and hilarious. This show is co-presented with Laughter Zone 101. Tickets on sale now.

February 15-27, 2022
Arts Club Theatre Company’s Noises Off by Michael Frayn
The pre-pandemic hit show is being remounted on the Massey Stage. Noises Off, hailed as the funniest farce ever written, treats audiences to a hilarious peek at a second-tier acting troupe performing a show. With egos, insecurities, and tempers flaring backstage—and forgotten lines, missed cues, and misplaced sardines onstage—this cast threatens to strike the old adage “the show must go on.” Michael Frayn’s dizzying play-within-a-play classic is sure to leave you doubled over with laughter. This is sure to be one of the largest and most fun productions to be staged in the coming season. Tickets on sale now.

March 12, 2022
iskwē
iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ (short for waseskwan iskwew, meaning “blue sky woman”) is, among many other things, an artist – a creator and communicator of music and of movement, of pictures, poetry and prose. And through it all, she’s a teller of stories that have impacted our past and will inform our future. Her solo tour brings timely magic and light to the Massey. Tickets on sale now.

Spring 2022
Over The Ridge
Often called the “battle that made Canada,” Vimy Ridge resulted in over 10,000 Canadian casualties. Through direct storytelling, verbatim theatre, live music and dance, Brendan McLeod, folk rock powerhouse band The Fugitives, choreographer Jacob Williams and the dancers of Ballet BC examine misconceptions, personal accounts by the actual young soldiers from the battle. This multi-disciplinary concert is an emotional, powerful and evocative look at our Nation’s past. Tickets on sale soon

Fall 2022
Hot Brown Honey
Hot Brown Honey, the smash-hit, genre defying, firecracker of a show from Australia, that’s taken the world by storm is coming to the Massey Theatre.
Steeped in the Word of the Mother and packing a potent punch of Hip-Hop Politics, the show is equal parts theatrical masterpiece and social activism with a posse of phenomenal women who smash stereotypes in a celebration of our similarities and differences. From dance to spoken word, hip hop to performance art, Hot Brown Honey will make you laugh until you cry, clap until your hands bleed and shake every part of what your mama gave you. Tickets on sale soon

Ticket are on sale for some of these shows already, so don’t wait to be entertained. Not only will you be supporting the arts and artists, you will lift your spirits with the unique joy that only culture can provide.

All safety protocols will be in place and guidelines followed. Less than 50% of seats are being sold until reopening guidelines are in place for each date.

All shows are presented with support of the City of New Westminster and the Province of British Columbia. Additionally, iskwē and Hot Brown Honey are posted with the support of the Vancouver Foundation.

We can’t wait to welcome you back.

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Plaskett Gallery: Art from Apart

As a first step in re-opening the Massey to public activity, the Plaskett Gallery will be opened on a by-appointment basis. In order to maintain pandemic health and safety measures while maximizing the number of people able to experience the program.

You may now book 30 minute visits at the Plaskett Gallery with your bubble! Book conveniently ONLINE or by phoning our box office at 604.521.5050

Visits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed at a time. Your party will be asked to state that you have assessed yourself for Covid 19 symptoms before entering. You will all be required to provide contact information for the purposes of contact tracing by the government if that is needed for any reason.

The current exhibit open for viewing is Liminal Space

Liminal Space is where transformation takes place.

It is the time between what was and what will be next. When one has the potential to act, but has not yet done so.

This process of waiting, not knowing what will become, is part of the process that we must patiently embrace – letting it form us.

This state of mind inspired the pieces in this collection.  It chronicles the journey from the first steps to the other side, a new beginning…the anticipation of what is to come.

Show runs from June 9-June 30 Tuesday to Saturday from 1-5 pm by appointment only.

 

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Giving Tuesday: Royal City Musical Theatre

Giving Tuesday Now is May 5th. A day when Canadians are encouraged to give to their favourite charitable organizations. A day that highlights both the generosity of people and the powerful work and needs of incredible organizations across the nation.

Usually charitable organizations highlight the work they do and the challenges they are facing to ask for donations.  Although Massey Theatre Society is a charitable organization, we have chosen not to do that.

Of course the theatre is going through challenging times this year.  But this Giving Tuesday, we encourage you to give to Royal City Musical Theatre Society.

For three of the theatre’s six decades, April has been a month of exceptional musical theatre at the Massey Theatre. Community members and professional artists have joined forces for over thirty years to lift spirits to astronomical heights with sound, movement, spirit and song. Our theatre was filled with audiences, appreciators and artists. Each one of those hundreds of performances ended with thunderous applause and folks leaping to their feet. All because of Royal City Musical Theatre.

This April, all was dark. Absolute silence and stillness descended on our beloved theatre. A beating heart of our community paused.

For 30 magical years, they have brought Broadway to New Westminster. And like Broadway, this year, the show couldn’t go on. The production was cancelled after the budget was spent, only two weeks before the show was to load into the theatre and begin its ascent to the public performances.

Theatre companies like Royal City Musical Theatre rely on ticket sales to produce their shows. Without those ticket sales, their future is on the line.

Your donation on Giving Tuesday will help RCMT resolve the huge financial impacts of cancelling the production. It will help them begin to envision going on in the future and returning to production as soon as that is conceivable.

Giving to RCMT will bring back those magical and exceptional nights on the Massey stage. Nights when the restaurants are packed before the show and the streets are filled with local and visiting families and friends strolling to the theatre for one of the best nights out of the year, every year.

Please consider giving your tax deductible Giving Tuesday donation to Royal City Musical Theatre.  Donations can be made online, by mail to Royal City Musical Theatre Society c/o Massey Theatre 735 8th Ave, New Westminster, BC V3M 2R2, by email at donations@royalcitymusicaltheatre.com or over the phone by calling the Massey Theatre Box office at 604.521.5050.

The show must go on.

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Under the Rainbow Family Weekend

This February, Massey Theatre is celebrating diverse families with a variety of presentations for young and old alike. With a fabulous iconic film, a multigenerational queer family performance, and a contemporary Indigenous opera created with young ones in mind, the Massey is your destination for Family Day programming that’s just a little bit different.

Tickets for all these fabulous events are on sale now

1. February 14th 7:30pm The Wizard of Oz (Film Screening)
One of the most popular family films of all time, The Wizard of Oz, is coming back to the Big Screen at Massey Theatre for one day only. Join Dorothy as she meets the scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion and experience their journey to the Emerald City and all the beloved scenes and songs along the way. Dressing up you (and your little ones) is joyfully encouraged.
And join us after the movie in the Plaskett Gallery for a post-show discussion of the movie, in particular it’s fascinating legacy within the gay community.

2. February 15th 11am – The Flight of the Hummingbird (Vancouver Opera/Pacific Opera Victoria)
“Here is the story of the great forest that caught on fire”
The Flight of the Hummingbird is based on an indigenous parable from the Quechuan people of South America. The story of the brave hummingbird travelled through pre-contact trade routes to become well known within Haida culture. This opera is influenced by the graphic novel written by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and will include elements of his dramatic Haida-manga illustrations. Created for young audiences, The Flight of the Hummingbird is a beautiful contemporary performance for kids and adults.

3. February 15th 4pm – Parents are a Drag (Zee Zee Theatre)
Join local drag queens Peach Cobblah & Isolde N. Barron for a drag dress-up spectacular! Add some rainbow to your Family Day at this fun and inclusive event which reminds young ones, their parents, caregivers and everyone in between that it’s never too early (or too late!) to get silly and dress-up! Parents are a Drag celebrates diversity with songs, laughter and play. With opportunities for the audience to become part of the show, be sure to come dressed to impress or ready for some dress-up time.

Massey Theatre is a safe space for LBGT2+ people and allies where we promote the notions of love, mutual consent, empathy and understanding. Homophobia, transphobia, sexism, any type of bigotry or violent conduct will not be tolerated. Don’t hesitate to approach us if anything should alert your concern.

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