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Theatre Phone: 250 994 3400
Vancouver Phone: 250 617-2167
Email: sunsettheatre@gmail.com
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Season Announcement

The Sunset Theatre is launching the Cariboo’s First Annual Shakespeare Festival with two plays running in rep throughout the summer.  William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the world premiere of Godhead by award winning Canadian Playwright Michaela Jeffery will be the flag-ship productions for the 2015 Summer Season.   
Hamlet is considered Shakespeare’s most popular as well as revered works.  Considered the last play he wrote, it is an epic classic that delves into the psyche of the human spirit exploring greed, love, passion, power, fear, betrayal good ol’ paranoia and madness! What is so identifiable with Hamlet, is that all of these emotions touch each one of us in varying ways and it is how we choose to deal with that informs our world. Hamlet’s choices set him on a course that he is unable to recover.  Hamlet will be played by Devin MacKinnon who trained at the National Theatre School of Canada. 

Directed by Tim Sutherland, Godhead, is a new play by Michaela Jeffery, an award winning playwright. Set in rural Canada, a troubled Bull-rider confronts a tired Televangelist and begs him to save his soul. Is he possessed, or just trying to outrun his dark side? This unsettling drama pits our desire for salvation against our fear of being brought to reckoning. 

Having an annual Shakespeare Festival has been a life-long dream of owner and director Karen Jeffery,  “It’s taken 15 years to get to this point and it’s really exciting, a little scary but this has been the vision behind the theatre since I purchased it in 1999 and we are ready to take this next step”. 

Hamlet and Other New Works is the theme the Sunset Theatre is hoping to carry it into the future.  Along with Hamlet and Godhead, the Sunset is re-establishing its Exploration Series of new plays.  Plays have been submitted from all across the country and will have their first public reading at the Sunset Theatre throughout the summer.  The Exploration Series was originally launched in 2006 and was instrumental in bringing Jake’s Gift to life.  Written and performed by Wellsian’s Julia Mackey and Directed by Dirk VanStralen, this multi-award-winning theatrical gem that has now played close to 800 performances touching over 80,000 people. “Finding new Canadian plays that we can produce at the Sunset Theatre is at the core of what the theatre was established for. 

In addition to Hamlet and Godhead running in rep, the Sunset is also presenting the popular The Fred Wells Show with James Douglas, directed by Danette Boucher which tells the story of how the little town of Wells with a heart of gold came to life, Jabberwacky by Zaryevka Ballet based on Lewis Carol’s famous classic, and the Sunset Cabaret, an eclectic evening of local and visiting talent sure to entertain. 

Helping us kick off the season is a special appearance by The Demon Squadron & The Foxx Follies Bottoms Up Burlesque, followed by the deeply moving sounds of Juno Award Nominee and Aboriginal Artist of the Year Marcel Gagnon whose songs resonate with the truth of experiences and issues that affect all of us. 
An evening of classical music with renowned cellist Morag Northey and PGSO Music Director Kevin Zakresky will delight audiences with repertoire that explores the themes of love in there chamber concert entitled Ùnstoppable Love`. Rounding out the season, TJ Dawe will join us at the Sunset with his one man show Marathon, a funny and enlightening story about running track and field to please his high-school-principal-dad-and failing miserably.  Now in its 3rd season, the Moonrise Film Festival will be presenting an array of films that have been submitted from around the globe.  

Of course it would not be a summer without the annual youth drama camp which over the past two seasons has been focusing on musical theatre.  This year, the Musical Theatre Boot Camp will be working on the popular Broadway hit, Spelling Bee.   
With the launching of the Annual Shakespeare Festival, the Sunset Theatre has been working on establishing itself as a destination theatre where audiences can delight in taking in some great plays, explore the area, visit the galleries, Barkerville and support some of Canada`s top theatre and performing artists.   
For more dates, time and details on the upcoming season at the Sunset Theatre, please visit www.sunset-theatre.com.  

ABOUT THE THEATRE
The Sunset Theatre is operated by the Sunset Theatre Society, a not-for-profit society whose mandate is to produce, nurture and present live professional theatre.  They host year round retreats, present productions throughout the year and offer a diverse summer season.  
There are many ways to support the theatre through becoming a member, sitting on our board, sponsoring a production, however the greatest way to help is by coming out and being part of our audience. 
For More Information
Karen Jeffery
250-994-3400
sunsettheatre@gmail.com


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ABOUT THE SUNSET THEATRE

Enveloped in the rolling hills of the Cariboo in the remote historic town of Wells BC, the Sunset Theatre offers an array of professional theatre, music, film and retreats. Since re-opening its doors in 2006 the Sunset Theatre has played host to numerous professional theatre productions, musicians,
concerts, films, and rentals
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The one thing that truly keeps the Sunset Theatre alive is its motto: "We exist for the Artist." Without the artist there is no reason to be here. It is you the artist that has made the place what it is and what it will become. Your dedication, talent, creativity, tenacity and spirit has filled these walls with a love and inspiration to last a life time.

It has been an honour and a privilege to have had some amazing artists come to the Sunset Theatre to perform, create and enjoy all the we have to offer. Without the continued support of these amazing people, even in spirit, the Sunset Theatre would not have a purpose.  So a sincere heart-felt thank you to all of you

Summer Musical Theatre Camp
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
August 4 - 9th
Shelby Meany and Noémi Parenteau-Comfort


Come and join this week-long intensive musical theatre boot-camp for teens. Be prepared to work hard, sing your heart and dance up a storm.  Excerpts from award winning musicals will be rehearsed and mounted for a public performance at the end of the week.   

This week long camp is ideal for students wanting to take their early passion to the next level and explore the deeper side of what it takes to make it in the business of theatre, specifically musical theatre.  You will be expected to sing, act and dance on a a daily basis and will be required to put in long hours. 

Cost of the class is $275 per student
Class limited to 12 students
Students will need to provide their own accommodation and meals
Auditions may be required

For more information or to register, please contact Karen Jeffery at sunsettheatre@gmail.com

Check out this latest video about the Sunset Theatre, Retreats and Drama Camps:


 
 
 
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