So, you may ask, we put on plays, but what else do we do? Well, quite a lot, but let’s talk about the plays first. We mount three main productions per season. In fall there is often a comedy, or a mystery, or a thriller, something to entice you into the wonderful Sid Williams Theatre, to make you want to come back. At Christmas there is usually a family production, or an entertaining show to lift your spirits. In spring time, we try to stretch you a little bit, give you something to think about. This production is often our entry into the Theatre BC North Island Zone Festival. A festival, where, by the way, we have often been selected by the adjudicator to represent our zone at the provincial level.
So, for over fifty years we have been presenting plays. What else? Well, there are our Event Nights. These happen every couple of months or so and are often staged readings of a play, or part of a play. Event Nights are free entertainment for the community, complete with coffee and goodies. They are usually held on the third Tuesday of the month, but whatever date it is, watch the community events listings in the local papers for details. Then come to our rehearsal hall on McPhee at 17th Street, behind Jet FM radio station. All members of the public are welcome and remember, there is no charge. Event Nights are our gifts to you.
As a reasonably successful theatre company, we are glad to be able to help young people in the Comox Valley who want to consider theatre as their post-secondary field of study. Each year, CLT offers bursaries to two high school graduates entering theatre studies, or sometimes other disciplines in the arts. The money goes straight to the post-secondary institution where the student has enrolled, not into a teenaged pocket! Currently, we are delighted to say that each bursary is for $1000.00. This sounds good, but with text books often costing over $100 each, it doesn’t go as far as it sounds.
We are also in the lending business, but this time it is theatrical stuff, not money! We provide costumes, props, set pieces [furniture, decorations etc], to companies across the Valley and beyond, keeping careful records of what goes where and when and to whom, and when it was returned. Of course we also borrow and are very grateful to companies and individuals who have helped us out of many a jam!
Being good Canadians, we naturally have committees. Some of them are action groups, such as the Costume Crew or the Space Cadets – they take care of our rehearsal space! Others are groups who read plays, select plays, or publicize plays. And there is always change. Whatever we are doing this year, may be changed next year – talk, decide, change and put on another play. The rhythm of our lives. Why don’t you join us? We always welcome more members. Check our web site regularly or watch the papers for our next Event Night!