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Under the Rainbow: A year of LGBTQ2+ programming

The arts bring community together. Through shared experiences, stories and space. This season, we’re introducting ‘Under the Rainbow’, a series of community events, programs, shows and more celebrating expression, identity, and connection, with a particular focus on LGBTQ2+ stories and artists.

A featured component of this programming is the participation of our artist in residence Allan Morgan.

Massey Theatre is proud to welcome veteran Canadian actor, and more recently playwright Allan Morgan as our 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence. As part of our Under the Rainbow series, Allan will be developing and leading a number of events and programs, including a run of his solo play “Pride: for the young gay, the un-gay, and the jaded queen in all of us,” a storytelling program for gay seniors, a play reading series, and more. Allan will also be writing a blog for the Massey website about his residency, and will be present at the Theatre throughout the year to work on new projects and get the community excited about arts and Pride.

Here’s a teaser of some of the programming coming Under the Rainbow

2019

September 20th -September 22nd
Pride-For the young gay, the un-gay and the jaded queen in all of us- writtten and performed by Allan Morgan on the Massey Theatre stage
September 28th to November 30th
Let me Tell you a Story Nobody Ever Told to Me- Gay Seniors project in the Plaskett Gallery
October 19th
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Movie: Drag Queen Singalong in the Massey Theatre
October 20th
The Flame NW the LGBTQ2+ edition- Plaskett Gallery
October 28th 
Colette-Last Monday at the Movies with the Arts Council of New Westminster in the Massey Theatre
November 1st to 30th
Love Out Love Exhibition in the Plaskett Gallery
November 30th
Gay Seniors Project Sharing & Celebration in the Massey Theatre

2020

January 11th
Fire Song- Award winning contemporary film from indigenous film maker Adam Garnet Jones in the Massey Theatre
January 20th
Play Reading in the Massey Theatre
February 14th
The Wiard of Oz the Movie: Drag Queen Singalong in the Massey Theatre
February 15th
Rainbow Families Family Day Gathering-activities and performances in Massey Theatre and Plaskett Gallery
February 24th
Rafiki-Last Monday at the Movies with the Arts Council of New Westminster in the Massey Theatre
March 13th and 14th
New Performance showcase in the Massey Theatre
March 14th
Dance Party in the Massey Theatre
April 6th
Play Reading in the Massey Theatre
May 1st and 2nd
Hot Brown Honey in the Massey Theatre
June 8th
Play Reading in the Massey Theatre

Want to be kept up to date on Under the Rainbow and other programming? Email us and we’ll keep you in the know.

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Wilkommen and Wild Rice!

We’ve long been of the opinion that a perfect night out often includes dinner and a great show. The Massey Theatre can always help provide access to the show, but dinner remains a challenge for us.

This month, we have a solution!

First…the show.

We are tres enchante to be hosting Royal City Musical Theatre’s Cabaret. The show runs from April 12th to 29th.

Since opening on Broadway in 1966 the show remains a devastatingly relevant work of art and continues to be both entertaining and unsettling.

Based on a book written by Christopher Isherwood, Cabaret is set in 1931 Berlin in the seedy glamour of the Kit Kat Klub.  It’s bawdy Emcee, hard living entertainer, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd and leave their troubles outside.  This decadent nightlife takes place during a disturbing time with the collapse of Weimar Germany and the rise of the Nazi Party.

Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time” along with dance numbers, a love story, and with an overwhelming wake up call and a reminder to be vigilant, that things can change so quickly that suddenly without you knowing, you’re in a scary world.

Come and leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at the Cabaret – follow your heart while the world loses its way.

And the dinner.

We’re thrilled that Wild Rice is offering ticket holders of Cabaret 10% off their food and non alcoholic drinks bill during the run of the show. Simply present your ticket or ticket stub at Wild Rice during the run of the show to receive the discount. Kung Po and Cabaret anyone?

This offer is only good from April 12th-29th.

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Massey Madness FREE Family Activities

This Saturday, February 10th is the first ever Massey Madness Family Arts Festival

In addition to some incredible shows being performed (tickets available on TicketsNW),

All Day FREE Activities (12:00pm-5:00pm)

New West Craft – Lobby/Hallway
New West Craft is a handmade market hosted by the Arts Council of New Westminster. New West Craft aims to provide a welcoming environment for crafters, artisans and makers to share their work with the community.

Tinypreneurs Info Booth/Registration – Lobby/Hallway

The Tinypreneurs event is a unique, innovative, philanthropic, and educational experience, for children as young as 7 years old to be exposed to the world of an entrepreneur. It will allow children and their entire family to explore and embrace the benefits of entrepreneurship from an early age, as well as showcasing their talent and creativity.

At Massey Madness, children and families will have a chance to learn more about Tinypreneurs, and sign up for the 2018 Spring Break Tinypreneurs workshop to take place at Massey Theatre.

ArtsToGo Lobby/Hallway

Arts Council of New Westminster brings their fantastic interactive arts and crafts table for kids. Explore! Learn! Enjoy!

SCHEDULED FREE ACTIVITIES

Pow Wow Dance Lesson with Shyama-Priya- Massey Small Gym 

12:15pm-1:00pm

Youth Music Showcase– Massey Theatre Lobby

Artist #1: 12:15-12:45 Jazz Ensemble

Youth Poetry/Storytelling Showcase– Massey Theatre Lobby

Young writers share their work.

1:00-1:30

Culture Conversations– Massey Theatre Lobby

Session 1: 12:00-1:00 – Aaron Pietras, Chelsea McPeake, Alan Hill

Culture Conversations is a human library style event where you can talk to fascinating people from the community and learn about the varied ways that arts and culture have impacted their live, and how they live their most creative life. Conversation partners include professional artists, arts workers, and arts lovers from all sorts of backgrounds. Each session will feature different conversation partners, so come back and talk with all of them.

Youth Music Showcase– Massey Theatre Lobby

Artist #2: 1:30-2:00 Emma Toth

Culture Conversations – Massey Theatre Lobby

Session 2: 1:30-2:30 – Eddie Lam, Susan Grieg, JJ Lee

 

Culture Conversations – Massey Theatre Lobby

Session 3: 3:30-4:30 – Stephen O’Shea, Candice James, Cassius Khan/Amika Kushwaha

Pow Wow Dance Lesson with Shyama-Priya – Massey Small Gym

3:45pm-4:30pm

Magic by Travis Bernhardt – Massey Theatre Lobby

4:30-5:00

Travis Bernhardt proves that Magic isn’t only fun for kids. Experience the wit and magic of this 2017 Pick of the Fringe winner up close and personal before seeing him perform on the Massey stage in the evening. Travis moves through the crowd performing for small groups, drawing people together, creating a buzz—breaking the ice between strangers and giving friends new stories to tell.

Youth Music Showcase – Massey Theatre Lobby

Artist #4: 6:15-6:45 Allie Melchert

 

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The Flame New Westminster

There aren’t many things better than a great story told by an engaging storyteller.

Luckily, we’ve got a bunch of great storytellers, from right here in New Westminster, coming to share their stories as part of the first presentation of The Flame New Westminster.

Deborah Williams, award winning performer, co-creator of the international hit Mom’s the Word trilogy is bringing the popular Vancouver storytelling series The Flame to the Plaskett Gallery at the Massey Theatre.

These stories will be diverse and engaging, must be true and ‘happened to you’. Performers include New Westminster residents: Janice Bannister, Lisa Bunting, Laura Drummond, Colleen Winton, JJ Lee, Syd Bosel, Aidan Chafe, Devon More and musical guest: Jay Brazeau.

‘The impetus for the Flame New Westminster came from a desire from local professional performers to have an outlet in their own city,’ said co-presenter Laura Drummond, ‘Many of these actors, poets and singers have a successful career outside of New Westminster, but want to share their art in the city that they love.’

‘Massey Theatre is always happy to provide space to grassroots group of committed artists  to help enliven the arts scene in New Westminster’ said Jessica Schneider, Executive Director of the Massey Theatre Society, ‘We’re happy to be able to help ignite this series that will hopefully grow into something lasting that will showcase performers of all disciplines in New Westminster.’

The Flame Vancouver has been going for nine seasons has expanded to various locations as well as a Victoria.

Come be a part of The Flame New Westminster!

November 26, 7:00 pm at the Plaskett Gallery.

Click here for more information on the event.

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Your Story, Your Voice-Storytelling Workshop with Deborah Williams

New Westminster performer and facilitator Laura Drummond and the Massey Theatre society are proud to announce an upcoming storytelling workshop in New Westminster.

Deborah Williams, award winning performer, co-creator of the international hit Mom’s the Word trilogy and co-founder of Vancouver’s sold out storytelling series The Flame is bringing her storytelling intensive workshop here to the Plaskett Gallery at the Massey Theatre.

In this two-day intensive, Deb will give people the tools to create and share a truly compelling story. This inclusive and supportive workshop is focused on learning and growth.

New to storytelling, but passionate about it? A performer that is looking for a new outlet? Bring a short, interesting personal anecdote, and Deb will work with you to get it performance ready.  It has to be true, about you, and told in less than 5 minutes.

Dates:                          Sat, Nov. 25 & Sun. Nov. 26 @ 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Address:                      Plaskett Gallery, Massey Theatre

Registration:                Email deborahwilliams1@mac.com to arrange e-transfer or payment

Workshop Prices        $150.00

Website info                www.facebook.com/groups/flamevancouver/about/

About Deborah Williams

Deborah Williams is award winning actress, playwright, director, producer, comedian, storyteller and teacher who has been working professionally for over 30 years.  She is the co-creator/producer/host of Vancouver/Victoria’s The Flame, a sold out monthly storytelling event, celebrating it’s 9th season. She is one of the creator/stars of the international hit comedy trilogy Mom’s The Word, true stories enjoyed by 1.5m people in 19 countries in 14 languages. Deborah lived in New Westminster for almost a decade founding the Urban Farmers Fall Fair and the Port Royal Community Garden. She is the proud mother of a couple of wonderful adult scientists who learned their love of nature in the ditches of Queensborough.

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The Victoria Project

Imagine accepting that each moment is a chance to start over.

Imagine being unhindered by memory.  Imagine not being able to think, but only to imagine. It would be a bit like dreaming.

And what is it that counts in our dreams?

What can we take with us when we die?

It’s something that aging, and even dementia, can’t take away. It’s those moments of communion that we have known, with creatures, gardens and gods…otherwise known as love.

Living isn’t easy, and neither is dying, but it is all interlaced with moments of great richness…little victories. Victoria savors every moment. I was glad to find a bit of myself in her-I hope that you will too.

Dulcinea Langfelder

In the work Victoria, Montreal’s acclaimed Dulcinea Langfelder is all at once an actor, dancer, mime and storyteller, incorporating physical theatre, music, multi-media.

Victoria is a wheelchair-bound 90 year-old suffering from the loss of memory, autonomy and just about everything else, Langfelder melds tragedy with humour. This multi-disciplinary work dazzles audiences with its humour and compassion while addressing old age, vulnerability, loss and death. She and her creative team sought to open dialogues and change attitudes towards old age, others’ as well as our own. Victoria proposes a positive image and reassures people who feel excluded, be it by aging, solitude, illness, handicap… socially or politically.

Show runs Saturday, October 27th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 28th at 2:00 pm.

Tickets on sale now: Tickets are $35 adult, $25 senior, $15 children and youth up to aged 18

Group rates are available. Bring family, friends or colleagues for this powerful performance that touches us all.

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