“30 years?” you might ask. “Isn’t the Capitol Theatre an art deco building?” While it’s true that it was originally built in 1927 and enjoyed a heyday in the ‘30s, the wartime years took their toll and by the ‘60s the building was a dilapidated, leaking mess. It is only due to an epic, multi-year, volunteer-driven, restoration effort that the doors re-opened in 1988 – and now, 30 years and hundreds of live presentations later, we’re going strong!
To honour the Capitol’s 30th re-birthday a special gala event is in the works, an evening of amazing local talent, costume prizes, and ticket give-aways! Join us Saturday, March 10th at 7:30pm to celebrate your community theatre!
“The board is excited that so many talented performers are able to give their time to honour our beloved theatre and the community that makes it so special.” says Bessie Wapp, Board President.
It wouldn’t be possible to fit every local who’s ever walked the stage into one evening, but the diversity of our community’s disciplines and talents will be well represented. Performers include Allison Girvan, Kathleen Neudorf, Sydney Black, Pat Henman, Roger Ley, Michael Graham, Slava Doval & DanceFusion, Dance Umbrella, Lucas Myers, Cottonwood Choir, KLDH Doctors, Noemi Kiss, Stephen Fowler, David Edgington, Bessie Wapp, Susie O’Donnell, Karen Agnew, Marg Stacey, Mary Audia, Christoph Martens & more!!
Some of these performers got hooked on showbiz years ago as young participants in the Capitol’s Summer Youth Program or Christmas Pantomime. Over the years 3,000+ individuals have participated in these two community programs, and many went on to professional careers in the performing arts. On March 10th you’ll hear from some of these individuals and, hopefully, feel proud that Nelson’s premium live performing arts space continues to foster local youth talent.
In addition to in-house productions, the Capitol hosts 100+ community group events – performing arts, social service, environmental, medical, educational, and more – plus our exciting professional touring productions for the Season Series which are carefully chosen every year to provide something for everyone’s taste and enjoyment.
“Programming the Season Series is a puzzle that comes together over one to two years of planning – no small feat when you know your patrons range from 4 to 90 years of age!” says Stephanie Fischer, Executive Director. “But planning the March 10th festivities has been a lot of fun and we’re excited to share it with our dedicated audience members on the night.”
In addition to the star-studded stage show, there will be a Season Series ticket giveaway ($280 value!), a 50/50 draw (sky’s the limit!), and prizes for Best Theatre/Show-related Costumes! Dig into your tickle trunk or drop into the Capitol Costume Shop and choose from thousands of items for rent.
The playbill is full. Rehearsals have begun. All we need is you!
Tickets are $30. All proceeds go to Capitol Theatre programming and operations. Buy online at capitoltheatre.bc.ca or call 250 352-6363 Tuesday-Friday noon-4:30pm