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[Fantasia 2021] Alien on Stage is Freakishly Funny!

11 Aug

ALIEN ON STAGE THE DOCUMENTARY by Danielle Kummer — Kickstarter

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Fantasia Film Festival 2021
Available to Scream, er Stream On Demand
Tickets can be purchased here

Not everyone will have visited West End in London to see Alien on Stage when it first premiered. This theatrical take of the movie by Ridley Scott is not meant to be a high budget performance, but a comedic Fringe Festival like to take. Their parody performance is one for the ages. The documentary makers Lucy Harvey and Danielle Kummer deserve a standing ovation for being involved in following the theatre troupe from its inception to its inaugural performance.

Half the crew are bus drivers from Dorset, England and the other are simply close family and friends with a varying range of acting ability. They are an amateur group of community theatre performers, and I was amazed at how they got their act together. This team did their research and props to them when considering they didn’t have too high of a budget! The stage uses curtains and lighting to alter where the crew of the USCSS Nostromo are throughout the ship.

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[Fantasia 2021] From Stage to Film to Streaming with Art Kabuki

9 Aug

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Fantasia Film Festival 2021
Available to watch On Demand
Tickets can be purchased here

For more information, please visit https://artkabuki.com/ (Japanese)

Nakamura Kazutaro and Onoe Ukon knew that when the pandemic hit, not every citizen of Japan could partake in watching Kabuki theatre. There are other forms of entertainment, but some cultural events would have to reinvent themselves if it’s to survive. Taping live theatre performances is one thing, but to capture the nuance that defines song, dance and drama through the lens of a video camera requires having the eye to make the show as mesmerizing as attending one. And thus, Art Kabuki was born.

The story we find has to enthral and even captivate. The first segment, “The Descent of the Four Gods” connects the heavens with the mortal realm as these divine forces get rather curious about our human affairs. Much like early Greek theatre, where gods are said to intermingle in the lives of humans and are part of the show, this Asian world takes a novel approach.

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How to Tackle Halloween 2020 in Victoria, BC Safely

12 Oct

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

COVID-19 isn’t going to shut down every Halloween celebration in Victoria, British Columbia. Those events allowed to continue are smaller for a reason. Some are self-guided, like enjoying your time at two of this city’s most famous haunts–Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University or Craigdarroch Castle–and others are designed so you can wander cemeteries on your own and to appreciate the past.

Ross Bay Cemetery (with Sunday afternoon guided tours by Victoria’s foremost historian John Adams) is said to be the most haunted–if you believe the lore. Alternatively, theres attempting to find Doris, the famous Victoria Golf Course ghost. The latter is discouraged because the area is patrolled at night. But truth be told, it’s been said she’s moved on. Just what remains may well date to the time local aboriginal tribes who once resided here, prior to being converted to a huge sports park.

Not everyone wants to be confined into a coffin (at home) on the days leading up. Well, you have to be a certain famous vampire for that. The following is an ever-changing list as events are confirmed as a go by the Vancouver Island Health Association. If you have an activity which fits right in, please contact us or post in the comments section so others can enjoy!

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[Victoria, BC] This Hallow’s Eve, Let’s Take Two with Once More, With Feeling!

22 Sep

PictureBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Sept 24-26 & Oct 2-4
Evening performances: 8:30pm ​
Saturday Matinees: 5:30pm

Tickets can be bought in advance here.

Bluebridge Repertory Theatre
2657 Quadra St

Just when folks looking for Halloween themed activities are having a hard go at finding anything locally, Starry Starry Skies is keeping current with virtual performances! They are bringing back their knockout show from last year and using the Roxy as the larger space to truly get their strut on. As with other venues, seating will be staggered to give space between parties of two.

From their website:

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No Need to be “Gruff” by Kaleidoscope

19 Aug

Dates: Aug 22 – Sept 6, 2020
60 Minutes with No Intermission

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Performances Take Place Outdoors at Parks Around Greater Victoria, daily at 2pm and 4:30pm! Dates are:

  • August 22-23 – Dominion Brook Park (North Saanich / Sidney)
  • August 26-30 – Elk / Beaver Lake Park Filter Beds (Saanich)
  • September 3 – Ed Macgregor Park (Sooke)
  • September 4-6 – BC Government House (Victoria)

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A Bolshevik puppet musical for families about what happens when the grass really is greener on the other side.

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