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TheatreOne’s Mainstage presents Person of Interest by Melody A. Johnson @ Malaspina Theatre at VIU
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 9 @ 9:30 pm
TheatreOne's Mainstage presents Person of Interest by Melody A. Johnson @ Malaspina Theatre at VIU

TheatreOne’s Mainstage presents the comedy drama Person of Interest by Melody A. Johnson Thursday to Saturday, February 7-9 at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre. Inspired by the true story of an event that happened on Johnson’s street in Little Poland, Person of Interest is a one-woman tale of a neighbourly dynamic gone wrong. Horribly, horribly wrong.

Typecast as a “housebound loser”, this is the mostly true story of an actor driven to the brink. Person of Interest is storytelling at its best, told simply and skillfully; this original play will strike a chord with anyone who has ever lived, loved or battled with neighbours.

Award winning, celebrated actor and writer Melody A. Johnson returns to Nanaimo with this new solo show. Johnson has performed across stages in both Canada and the United Kingdom with her acclaimed Miss Caledonia.

“Endearingly Puck-like, full of energy, mischief and irreverence for the mundane, but genuinely wanting to get along, Melody weaves this sometimes shocking tale of neighbourhood warfare with candour and an edgy sense of fun.” – Cathy McKim, Life With More Cowbell.

“The performance is seamless. Johnson powers through with not an ounce of apprehension. It’s very cool to watch…a fun, quirky and clever night of theatre…” – Jennifer Enchin, Mooney on Theatre

“Melody A. Johnson proves once again, she is the kook supreme of the Canadian stage…I truly would pay money to see Johnson read the phone book…” -Richard Ouzonian, The Toronto Star

TheatreOne’s Just Kidding for Kids presents Blue Beads & Blueberries @ Malaspina Theatre at VIU
Feb 8 – Feb 9 all day
TheatreOne's Just Kidding for Kids presents Blue Beads & Blueberries @ Malaspina Theatre at VIU

“The truth about stories is, that’s all we are.” – Thomas King

What do Cinderella and King Lear have in common? They were both inspired by the folktale “Cap O’ Rushes”. Discover the Métis re-telling at TheatreOne’s Just Kidding for Kids presentation of Blue Beads and Blueberries. French-Irish-Métis playwright Erin Macklem infuses this new adaptation with music and mischief, disguises and dancing.

When the king asks his daughters how much they love him, his youngest answers “Like pemmican loves blueberries.” Outraged, he banishes her from his kingdom and she must use her wits and her creative gifts to find her way back to his heart.

This Métis retelling of the classic story will delight audiences of all ages. Everyone is invited to listen with their ears and their hearts. It provides opportunities to explore the First Peoples and Indigenous knowledge.

“As Dr. Christopher Horsethief said, ‘Learning for us (Ktunaxa) is not putting things in our heads – it’s about putting things in our hearts.’ Blue Beads and Blueberries is in our hearts. Thank You for sharing your story with us.” — Ronalie James, AESW Aboriginal Education SD5 (Southeast Kootenay)

Just Kidding for Kids is generously sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union, Kool & Child, Mid-Island Co-op, and Island Parent Magazine.

The Sound of Music @ Chemainus Theatre Festival
Feb 15 – Apr 6 all day
The Sound of Music @ Chemainus Theatre Festival

Based on the story of the von Trapp family singers, this thrilling and inspirational family musical follows the romantic story of Captain von Trapp and governess Maria as they fall in love and bring a family together, during the turbulent and frightening time preceeding World War II. When Nazis demand the immediate enlistment of the Captain, this couple’s love and courage helps them narrowly escape over the Austrian mountains with their seven children. Their story comes to life onstage with beloved songs “My Favourite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Every Mountain,” and of course “The Sound of Music.”

The Foreigner @ Chemainus Theatre Festival
Apr 18 – May 9 all day
The Foreigner @ Chemainus Theatre Festival

A painfully shy Englishman named Charlie takes a room at Betty Meeks’ Fishing Lodge and pretends he can’t speak a word of English to avoid his pathological fear of social interactions. This new role as “foreigner” makes him the unwitting confidante for the
other residents and visitors when Charlie overhears more than he is meant to – with hilarious results! Charlie finds himself in predicaments that are sidesplittingly funny, but which also give us food for thought, as they remind us that our all-too-human foibles, follies, and frailties can make us endearing as well as initiate inspiring personal transformations.

Mamma Mia! @ Chemainus Theatre Festival
May 24 – Aug 31 all day
Mamma Mia! @ Chemainus Theatre Festival

On a Greek island paradise where the sun always shines, ABBA’s enchanting, timeless hits propel this beautiful and funny tale of love, friendship, and identity. Sophie is about to be married and is determined to find the father she’s never known, to give her away at the wedding. The problem? She has peeked in her mother’s diary and discovered her father could be any one of three men! Sophie brings her three potential birth fathers to the island, bringing her mother face-to-face with her distant past, as they all prepare for a wedding they’ll never forget!