March Mayhem: A month in photos

We’re only a quarter of the way through 2015 and it’s already been a VERY busy year. We’ve barely had a moment’s rest in March, there was so much happening! Here’s just some of what went on:

The biggest event we had this month was our annual fundraising gala, in which we celebrated the Celtic Spirit of Ireland!

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Heather Redfern rocking out with auctioneer David C. Jones

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MCs Margaret Gallagher and Fred Lee addressing the attendees

There was some great entertainment throughout the evening

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You couldn’t turn around without seeing someone doing something!

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We had two great openings, first with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s TransMigration:

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Kaha:wi Dance Theatre Artistic Director Santee Smith with Heather Redfern

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Cultch Ladies: Caitrin Innis (Development Coordinator), Zoe Forsyth (Concierge and Volunteer Coordinator), Nicole McLuckie (Director of Patron Development) and Cindy Reid (Managing Director)

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Members of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre giving us a smile

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Kaha:wi Dance Theatre giving us… something else

And then we had Obaaberima from Buddies in Bad Times, which the audience enjoyed talking about post-show

Kaha:wi Dance also hosted a Pow Wow Boot Camp:

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Kaha:wi Artistic Director leads the participants

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It wasn’t all fun though, as we said farewell to our fantastic Senior Design and Web Coordinator, Isa Chernets

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We did get a lot of puppy love though, as we welcomed Murphy to The Cultch family!

And to end March, we have a little tease for what’s coming up in April, as the Famous Puppet Death Scenes set was loaded in yesterday!

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There are so many crates, they’re not only over flowing outside…

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But even into the lobby as well!

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It’s a lot of work, putting a set together

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The view from above

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The set is starting to rise!

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Do you perfer the orchestra view

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Or looking down from the balcony?

It was a pretty packed month, and we can’t wait for what’s next! Remeber you can always check out our Flickr page for more great photos! Be sure you come down and join us so you don’t miss any of the fun!

Motherload Opening Night Photos and Reviews

Motherload made its world premiere last week to great acclaim! This witty, clever, and touching show focuses on the challenges of mothering in the twenty-first century. Audiences and critics are laughing, crying, and sharing the joys and pains of motherhood.

Here are some of the critic and audience reviews:

“Motherload is an intimate gift” – Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

“This social media generation are able to do something that the similarly themed Mom’s The Word was not able to do 15 years ago, as we not only hear the stories but we also get to see the pictures and videos that will make you either squeal with laughter or sigh in recognition” – David C Jones, Vancouver Presents

“Personal photos and videos combined with raw emotion, and unfiltered truth will leave you feeling connected … I laughed (a lot), I cried, and I saw a lot of myself as a mother reflected throughout the show” – Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine

“Funny, incredibly moving… raw and honest” – yoyomama

“Hey! YOU! Vancouver! Go get your Mom & take her to see Motherload at The Cultch. It’s funny, smart, brave & you’ll cry like a g’damn infant” – Chelah Horsdal @Chelahorsdal

“The writing, the acting (which couldn’t have been easy!), the audiovisuals, the directing – all fantastic! Funny and moving, sad and uplifting. There’s an honesty and a rawness in the autobiographical stories that reveal so much of the complex and contradictory and painful and joyful facets of parenting!” – Jackie

Don’t miss your chance to see this brilliant and touching new production!

Here are some photos from our opening night reception on. All photos were taken by volunteer photographer, Edward Juo.

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Enjoying the post-show reception

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Emelia Symington Fedy chatting with some guests

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Juno Rinaldi spotting the camera

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Star Moms Jody-Kay Marklew & Juno Rinaldi

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Star Moms Sonja Bennet & Emelia Symington Fedy

Motherload runs until February 21 at the Historic Theatre. Tickets start from $19 and are available on our website or by calling the box office at 604-251-1363.

Opening Night Photos from Broken Sex Doll!

Broken Sex Doll opened last week at the York Theatre! This must-see, sci-fi musical sex comedy will be running until Saturday, November 22 and has been a hit with critics and fans alike (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEWS). Don’t miss your chance to catch this hilarious production before it heads out on tour again.

Here are some photos from our opening night (taken by one of our volunteer photographers, Wendy D) on November 12. A big congratulations to The Virtual Stage’s whole team!

The crowd gathers anxiously for the opening night show!

The crowd gathers anxiously for the opening night show!

The cast take a musical bow, concluding the performance.

The cast take a musical bow, concluding the performance

Some excited patrons at the reception

Some excited patrons at the reception

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A group of guests wait for the opening night reception to begin

Vanessa Goodman (Contingency Plan Dance Collective) and Jeff Harrison (Lighting Designer for Broken Sex Doll)

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Some young patrons at the reception

Borja Brown (Production Manager at The Cultch) and Andy Thompson (Writer and Director of Broken Sex Doll)

Borja Brown (Production Manager at The Cultch) and Andy Thompson (Writer and Director of Broken Sex Doll)

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Greg Armstrong-Morris with some friends

Cindy Reid (Managing Director at The Cultch) and Andy Thompson (Writer and Director of Broken Sex Doll)

Cindy Reid (Managing Director at The Cultch) and Andy Thompson (Writer and Director of Broken Sex Doll)

Heather Redfern, Cindy Reid and Andy Thompson

Marina Szijarto, Heather Redfern, Cindy Reid, and Andy Thompson

Borja Brown (Production Manager at The Cultch) and Kris Boyd (Technical Director at The Cultch)

Borja Brown (Production Manager at The Cultch) and Kris Boyd (Technical Director at The Cultch)

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One of our lovely volunteers, Jenn McKeown with Lindsey Shepek and Neezar (The King in Broken Sex Doll)

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Heather Redfern and Harm Woldring

 

Broken Sex Doll runs until November 22 at the York Theatre. Tickets from $19 and are available on our website or by calling the box office at 604.251.1363.

Past Month In Photos: Fall Fun!

It’s been a busy October at The Cultch! Here is a snapshot of what we’ve been up to with our annual Square Dance, Music Creates Opportunity, The Four Horsemen Project and Take Your Kid to Work Day!

Astarte, and Martha greeting people at our 6th Annual Community Square Dance.

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Caitrin Innis (Development Coordinator) and Heather Redfern (Executive Director) share a funny joke.

Group shot of the dancing fun!

Let the dancing begin! Great turn out this year, the floor was packed by the end of the night.

Local string band Shout! White Dragon and caller Paul Silveria

Local string band Shout! White Dragon and caller Paul Silveria

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Telus Community Grant being presented to some of the youth from the Julius Caesar Project, William, Michelle, and Madi

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Rudi Leivik and her lovely daughter striking a pose.

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Some great young patrons in the C-Lab at the Square Dance.

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Yves Soglo, Technical Director and Videographer for Bboyizm at the opening night reception for Music Creates Opportunity

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A member of Bboyizm with some young fans at the opening night reception of Music Creates Opportunity

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Crazy Smooth, Artistic Director and Choreographer for Bboyizm, poses with some young patrons after opening night.

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Cindy Reid (Managing Director) and Zoe Forsyth (Cultch Concierge) following the opening night of Music Creates Opportunity

Heather Redfern with Crazy Smooth and Kath

Heather Redfern (Executive Director) with Crazy Smooth (Bboyizm) and Kath Bourchier (Cultch Board Member)

Group shot of Bboyizm with many Cultch employees

Group shot of Bboyizm with many Cultch employees and friends

Maureen Fleming and Len Gardiner

Maureen Fleming and Len Gardiner at the Opening Night Reception of The Four Horsemen Project

Our lovely interns, Maude Snyers and Teresa Nelson

Our lovely interns, Maude Snyers and Teresa Nelson, helping out at the reception

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Annalies Camfferman, Bob McCammon, and guest

Cast of the Four Horsemen Project with some opening night patrons and Heather Redfern.

Cast of The Four Horsemen Project with some opening night patrons and Heather Redfern.

Zoe Forsyth gets interviewed by Wuqi Li for Take Your Kids to Work Day.

Zoe Forsyth (Cultch Concierge) getting interviewed by Wuqi Li for Take Your Kid to Work Day.

Hope you enjoyed some of those! Feel free to check out more photos on our Flickr page and stay tuned for more fun next month!

The Daisy Theatre Opening Night Photos!

On Sept 23 we kicked off our 2014/2015 season with Ronnie Burkett’s rollicking performance of The Daisy Theatre. The lounge was just buzzing with excitement prior to the show and it’s clear that that buzz will continue for the rest of the run.

“The Daisy Theatre is one of the best shows you’ll ever see. What are you waiting for? Pick up the phone” – Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

Here are some of our opening night photos (taken by one of our volunteer photographers, Edward Juo). A big congrats to Ronnie and his team.

The Wine Guy with our lovely interns, Maude, Teresa and Alex

Paul Martin with our lovely interns, Maude, Teresa, and Alex

Alex Hung and Annalies Camfferman

Alex Hung and Annalies Camfferman

Rich and Sue Baerg

Rich and Sue Baerg

Cindy Reid, Garnet Nelson, and Phillip Waddell

Cindy Reid, Garnet Nelson, and Phillip Waddell

Heather Redfern and Ken Gracie

Heather Redfern and Ken Gracie

Tara Travis and Dusty

Tara Travis and Dusty Hagerud giving the keynote speech

Frank Costanzo

Frank Costanzo

Garnet Nelson, Lydia Lovison, Lucy Komori, and Kath Bourchier

Garnet Nelson, Lydia Lovison, Lucy Komori, and Kath Bourchier

Dusty Heather Redfern, Ronnie Burkett

Dusty Hagerud, Ronnie Burkett, and Heather Redfern

Tara Travis, Dusty, Ronnie Burkett, Heather Redfern and Evalyn Parry

Tara Travis, Dusty Hagerud, Ronnie Burkett, Heather Redfern and Evalyn Parry


The Daisy Theatre runs September 23 – October 12. Tickets are selling out fast! Tickets are available Online or through the box office at 604.251.1363. Tickets from $19!