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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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Our commitment to do more

Participation in the arts is dominated by communities who have historically received access and inclusion. The Massey Theatre is committed to increasing access and inclusion for Black community members and artists.

Seeing one’s self reflected in art, in story, in music; being empowered and applauded, particularly for youth and children, builds an important sense of belonging and of being valued.

Currently, violent acts against Black bodies circulate and dominate our view. In response, we offer the use of our physical and human resources to Black community members. Strengthen yourselves and these global social movements with these supports. Facilitate, connect, restore, speak your truths and be heard, we will assist you.

This week we are reengaging with members of BC’s Black artistic community to co-create opportunities which elevate Black voices and inter-connect communities. We invite Black community members and organizations to feed and inform this programming and we call on the community at large to learn and take action toward social change.

Please contact jessica@masseytheatre.com if you wish to be involved in supporting or developing these activities or if you have any questions or concerns.

Black Canadian artists embody the resilience and achievements of their ancestors, survivors of a brutal legacy and their work offers valuable perspectives. This collection of National Film Board of Canada films by award winning Black filmmakers, creators and allies is a mere tip of the iceberg of work created by Black artists in Canada. We invite you to watch and learn.

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La participation aux arts est dominée par des communautés qui ont toujours bénéficié de l’accès et de l’inclusion. Le Massey Theatre s’est engagé à accroître l’accès et l’inclusion des membres de la communauté noire et des artistes.
 
Se voir refléter dans l’art, dans l’histoire, dans la musique; être responsabilisé et applaudi, en particulier pour les jeunes et les enfants, crée un sentiment d’appartenance et valorisation.
 
Actuellement, les actes de violence contre les personnes noirs circulent et dominent notre point de vue. En réponse, nous proposons l’utilisation de nos ressources physiques et humaines aux membres de la communauté noire. Renforcez-vous et renforcez ces mouvements sociaux et mondiaux avec du soutien. Facilitez, connectez, restaurez, expressez-vous, faire entendre votre voix, nous vous assisterons.
 
Cette semaine, nous nous engageons à nouveau avec des membres de la communauté artistique noire de la Colombie-Britannique pour créer des possibilités qui élèvent les voix noires et inter-connectent les communautés. Nous invitons les membres et les organisations de la communauté noire à alimenter et informer cette programmation et nous appelons la communauté dans son ensemble à apprendre et à agir pour le changement social.
 
Veuillez contacter jessica@masseytheatre.com si vous souhaitez participer au soutien ou au développement de ces activités ou si vous avez des questions ou des préoccupations.
 
Les artistes canadiens et canadiennes noirs incarnent la résilience et les réalisations de leurs ancêtres, survivants d’un héritage brutal et leur travail offrent de précieuses perspectives. Cette collection de films de l’Office nationale du film du Canada de cinéastes, créateurs et alliés noirs primés n’est qu’une partie de l’iceberg du travail créé par des artistes noirs au Canada. Nous vous invitons à regarder et à apprendre.
 
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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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Queerly Canadian: A Play Reading Series

As part of the Under the Rainbow LGBTQ2+ programming at Massey Theatre, we are presenting a series of play readings of fantastic Canadian Plays. These plays have been curated by our artist in residence Allan Morgan and Roy Surette, Artistic Director for Touchstone Theatre.

All plays will be presented as staged readings, performed by professional actors. Plays contain mature content and may not be suitable for young audiences.

FREE and welcoming and accessible for all!

Hosanna by Michel Tremblay
January 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm Plaskett Gallery

The heart-rending and often hilarious Hosanna by seminal French Canadian playwright Michel Tremblay shines light on the fear of change, identity, and the reluctance to release the illusion of self. Aging drag queen Hosanna, a man wanting to be a woman, wanting to be Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra, with her live-in partner Curiette, a going-to-seed leather stud, faces a Halloween night feeling like an outsider in her own skin.

Hosanna, was first performed in French at Théâtre de Quat’Sous in 1973 and in English at Toronto’s Tarragon in 1974 and is set in an exotic world of nightclubs and gay bars on the main of Montreal in the seventies. Written during the social and political tumult of Quebec’s Quiet Revolution, Tremblay’s political allegory about the authenticity of self resonates just as much today.

This reading of Hosanna is a features the actors from the recent UBC Theatre presentation, Frank Zotter and Joey Lespérance and is directed by Stephen Heatley. Translated by Bill Glassco and John Van Burek.

Lilies by Michel Marc Bouchard
April 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm Plaskett Gallery

The play is set in 1952 in the church of a prison where it has been arranged that the jailed Simon Doucet will make confession to his old friend Bishop Bilodeau The play’s English translation by Linda Gaboriau was published in 1991.

This reading will feature members of the cast from the Jessie Award winning joint production of Touchstone, Arts Club and Pi Theatres, including Allan Morgan.

Swollen Tongues by Kathleen Oliver
June 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm Plaskett Gallery
Written entirely in rhyming couplets, Swollen Tongues is a contemporary take on Restoration comedy – with a twist!

Thomas and his sister, Catherine, are both instructed in the powers of poetry by Dr. Wise. While Thomas is more prolific than skilled in his praise of his beloved Sonja, Catherine is strangely mute. The problem? Catherine is in love with Sonja too, and has taken the liberty of effectively improving her brother’s verses and giving them to Sonja under an assumed name, Overripe. When Thomas discovers that he has been plagiarized, Dr. Wise suggests a challenge of poetic skill. The ensuing flurry of disguises, tricks, and revelations includes a visit to Sapphic hideaway, closer to home than anyone might have imagined. Here, the characters discover that no one is without secrets, and that poetry can unlock the door to love in unexpected ways.

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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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 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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