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Sid Williams Theatre Society Performance Guide Fall 2011 Music, Theatre and Entertainment In the Heart of the Performing Arts in the Comox Valley

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“At the Sid…Something Wonderful is going to happen!” Over 75 Years of Great Enter tainment!


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Sid Williams T H E A T R E

S O C I E T Y

442 CLIFFE AVE, COURTENAY, BC V9N 2J2

TICKET CENTRE

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HOURS OF OPERATION

CHARGE BY PHONE: 250-338-2430 (EXT.1) TOLL FREE 1-866-898-TIXX (8499) ORDER ONLINE: www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

Tuesday to Saturday ~ 10 am to 4 pm Lobby and Ticket Centre open one hour prior to showtime of events within the theatre

A $2 order fee applies to all orders.

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FAX: 250-338-7720

EMAIL: admin@sidwilliamstheatre.com

M A N A G E M E N T & S TA F F Deborah Renz • General Manager Pam Brown • Client Services Director Lisa Jackson • Finance Manager Lee Bartlett • Finance Associate Patrick Emery • Technical Director Robinson Wilson • Assistant Technician Mike Sutcliffe • Audio Technician Mike Simonovic • Head Custodian Robert James • Assistant Custodian Lois Fremont • Assistant Custodian

Sherry Shaw • Ticket Centre Supervisor Joanne Mills • Events Coordinator Karen Currie • Client Services Associate Sandi Grad • Client Services Associate Winona Demone • Client Services Associate Shelley Mercer-Cutts • Client Services Associate Ronda Sproule • Concession Supervisor Nicole Fifi • Front of House Supervisor ILona Rapin • Promotions Associate

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - 2011/2012 Nicole Deters • President Gail Limber • Vice-President Gail Embury • Secretary

Cathy Miller • Treasurer Suzanne Linnell • Director Mackenzie Gartside • Director

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The Sid Williams Theatre is capable of seating a maximum of 520 patrons. We offer a wheelchair accessible platform, a soundproof family room, booster seats, and hearing assist equipment for your convenience.

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MEMBERSHIP INFO

C O N S I D E R AT I O N S

The Sid Williams Theatre Society’s mandate is to stimulate and enhance artistic, economic, and cultural activities in the Comox Valley and surrounding regions. One membership is valid for up to 4 people living in a household.

Out of consideration for other members of the audience and performers please observe the following…

S I D W I L L I A M S T H E AT R E S O C I E T Y

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES Adult/Household $30 • Senior (65+) $20 Students (Valid ID) $20 Corporate Membership - $150.00 Corporate Premium Membership - $275.00

Membership is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

★ LATECOMERS will be seated by the ushers at a convenient break in the performance or at intermission as directed by the performers. ★ An ADULT must accompany CHILDREN under the age of 14. ★ Refrain from talking during the performance. ★ Please remain seated during the performance. Wait until an appropriate time to leave your seat.

Membership has its privileges...

★ Turn off cellular phone, beepers and watch alarms.

★ Members Price: $5 discount/ticket ★ ★ Season Subscription Package ★ ★ Advanced ticket sales ★ ★ Extended hold privileges ★ ★ Access to SWTS Volunteer Program (make friends, have fun) ★ ★ Invitations to galas & member socials ★ ★ SWTS Members Newsletter - published 3 to 4 times per year ★ ★ Voting at AGM (one vote/membership) ★

★ NO PHOTOS or Audio/Video recording devices - it’s copyright laws that make this rule. ★ As in any establishment, Theatre STAFF & VOLUNTEERs have the right to refuse entrance or ask someone to leave. ★ In an EMERGENCY, please follow the directions of staff and ushers. DRIVE-IN

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★ No food (including candy) or drink, other than bottled water within the auditorium. Please consume intermission refreshments and snacks in the lobby areas. ★ For the comfort of the patron beside you, minimize your use of perfumes or aftershave as we are a SCENT SENSITIVE building. ★ Patrons requiring access to the wheelchair platform or hearing assist units, please notify the ticket centre in advance. ★ If you are concerned about what to wear to the theatre, we recommend that you come in business office or dressy-casual attire -- you’ll feel neither over-dressed nor underdressed! ★ Patrons requiring assistance entering or exiting the auditorium, please notify ushers or staff prior to seating.

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Theatre Information AUDIENCE SERVICES ★ Fully Licensed Concession – Avoid the long line ups at intermission – pre-order your drinks/snacks before the show and enjoy the intermission. The concession and bar is open 1 hour prior to a performance and during intermissions. ★ Ample downtown parking ★ Coat Check (proceeds to Bursary Fund) ★ 3 spacious lobbies for “meeting and greeting” before and during the show ★ Air conditioning ★ Hearing Assistance ★ Booster Seats

The Purpose of the Sid Williams Theatre Society is to stimulate and enhance artistic, economic and cultural activities in the Comox Valley and surrounding region. We strive, through leadership and innovation, to balance community and commercial performing arts, and to advocate arts and culture as well as business and tourism in our community.

OUR GOALS ★ To provide an accessible and affordable full service theatre facility to Comox Valley performing-arts organizations

★ To be an industry leader for the type and size of facility that we operate

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★ To set a high standard of professionalism for the operation of the Sid Williams Theatre ★ To offer educational opportunities for Comox Valley youth in a working theatre environment ★ To assist the Comox Valley’s “rising star” performers to move forward in their careers

★ To seek opportunities to improve the facility, enhance our programming, and develop ALL our resources to ensure a healthy future for our community theatre and its many stakeholders. ★ To become economically self-sustaining, reducing the theatre’s dependence on government funding

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A Message from the President and General Manager September 2011 Dear Friends of the Sid, Finally we are getting our Summer, and Fall seems just around the corner! With our 2011 Fall Season, our Society embarks on its second decade of presenting national and international talent on our stage. So many wonderful memories ... and so many exciting experiences to come! We are hoping to do much that is fresh and new this season. We will have a new website come October, and a bright new look for our Season Guide Magazine. Please let us know what you think. Many thanks to Dave, Tim, Ryan and Keith at the CV Echo for sharing our vision for a new program look. We have also welcomed some new Staff and Board members. There are also a few new operational initiatives such as our new occupational health and safety program. But of course, what everyone really wants to hear about is our shows. With only a few exceptions, our Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 season features artists who have never been to the Comox Valley before: Seattle Opera, the Sojourners, Stephen Page, and the Grapes of Wrath ... to name a few. And those seasonal favourites

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who are returning (such as Winterharp and Banff Films) will be bringing new material for their visit to the North Island. I am particularly excited about the Seattle Opera young artists visit. Not only is the Seattle Opera one of the most lauded opera companies on the West Coast, north of San Francisco, but this visit will also be a Vancouver Island exclusive!!! On a sad note, the Sid lost one of our long time friends and supporters with the recent passing of Craig Bickle. Our memories of him celebrating the building’s 75th anniversary last summer (it was built by his Great Grandfather in 1935) with so many other friends of the Sid, we will cherish fondly. Our hearts go out to the Bickle family. The Sid is very fortunate to have so many friends and supporters, some with us in the present, some with us in spirit. We are all very lucky to live in such a vibrant and culturally diverse community. At the Sid we hope to match the diversity of our community with the diversity of our programming offerings. Please join us! And ... we’ll see you at the Sid! Sincerely, Nicole Deters, President Deborah Renz, General Manager


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The Sid Williams Theatre Thanks You For Your Support

The Sid Williams Theatre Society is a registered Canadian Charitable Organization and Non-profit Society operated by a Volunteer Board of Directors and professional management, administrative staff, and technical staff. With your support, we have been able to bring to you a caliber of theatre and an artistic talent that has gained us the recognition of being “the community cultural hub” of the Comox Valley. Our mandate is to: ★ Present top quality touring artists in the Comox Valley ★ Ensure that the theatre is accessible to local organizations by offering subsidized rents ★ Provide educational opportunities to valley youth in a professional theatre environment ★ Stimulate business and tourism in the Comox Valley through our operation of the theatre. ★ Take a leadership role in our industry Support to the theatre comes in many different forms such as grants from government, public and private foundations. However, we also get a great deal of help from the media and other local businesses in the form of sponsorship, advertising, in-kind donations of goods and services, and direct donations made by business leaders and individuals. By supporting the Sid through sponsorship, your business is helping us fulfill these important objectives. We appreciate the support you’ve given the businesses that fund the Sid Society. These businesses help make our events, and The Sid, a success!

Volunteering at the Sid Our volunteers are a vital part of the Sid experience, where we strive to provide top-notch service to our patrons every time they are at the theatre. We use volunteers in many capacities, including greeting our patrons, working in the concession, taking tickets, ushering or distribution of our promotional show material. If you are a person who enjoys the performing arts, we’d love to have you as part of our team. Please check out our website at www. sidwilliamstheatre.com for more details on volunteering, call our Front of House Supervisor; Nicole Fifi at 250-338-2430 or email: frontofhouse@sidwilliamstheatre.com

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Theatre Information Volunteer Appreciation Night On August 10th, The Sid Williams Theatre hosted an appreciation night for the many volunteers at the Sid. We began the evening with variety of hot and cold appys and dessert. Many thanks to Atlas Café who provided mouthwatering hot appy platters; to Safeway who supplied us with tasty cold appy platters stacked full of meats, cheeses, pickles, potato salad and buns. Thrifty’s donated a sinfully delectable cake and Mudsharks Coffee Bar kindly provided their delicious coffee! We then headed to the theatre where the evening began with Ronda Sproule (Concession Supervisor) who was our “Master of Ceremonies.” The volunteers got a “Sneak Preview” of the new 2011/2012 Sid performances. Then the “chicken lady” aka Sherry Shaw (Ticket Centre Supervisor) made her appearance on stage and everyone had a good laugh. The volunteers were then serenaded by Kenny Shaw and Brian Temple who donated their time to play a variety of country music, including Roy Orbison songs; the crowd went crazy! Nicole Fifi, our Front of House Supervisor then jumped in to sing to her beloved volunteers. The night ended when our GM; Deb Renz raffled off gift certificates donated by The Consumers Co-op, Titas Mexican Restaurant and 5th Street Florist. The evening ended with every single volunteer receiving a small bag of “goodies” including a special shooting star pin in appreciation for their time and effort in “making a difference” at the Sid Williams Theatre.

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BURSARY FUND Each year, The Sid Williams Theatre helps students planning to continue their education in the performing arts or entertainment industry. There are hundreds of careers available in the arts and entertainment industry besides acting, singing or dancing. They also include costume designers, make-up artists, sound and lighting technicians, theatre managers, talent agents and many more. All donations over $20.00 receive a tax receipt. Donations can be made in any denomination at the Ticket Centre, by phone at 250-338-2430-extention 1, or online when purchasing tickets. Students planning to continue their education in the performing arts or entertainment industry are invited to apply for The Sid Williams Theatre Society Bursary Fund.

Grants in the amount of $7,250 were awarded last year! If you are a grade 12 graduate from either G.P. Vanier Senior Secondary, Highland Secondary, Mark Isfeld Secondary, or North Island Distance Education, and are planning to continue your studies at a post-secondary institution in a field related to the performing arts or the entertainment industry (including film and video), then you are eligible! For complete details and an application form see our homepage at: www. sidwilliamstheatre.com and click the bursary award link. You can also pick up applications from the Sid Ticket Centre.

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2012.

CONGRATULATIONS!

The Sid Williams Theatre Society 2011 Bursary Winners are: Mark Isfeld Secondary School:

G.P. Vanier Senior Secondary School:

Desi Rekrut $1,750

Paige Fraser $1,500

Laura Murphy $1,000

Katelyn Clements $1,000

Christina Duncan Sean Turner $1,000 $1,000

“My name is Courtenay-Joy Colville. I am currently going into my fourth year of study at the University of Victoria, and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree next spring. The following year I will continue on to a PostDegree Professional Courtenay-Joy Colville (CJ Program to earn my is a 2009 Sid Williams Teaching Certificate. Bursary Award Winner) Throughout my degree I have taken a number of music classes, such as Theory, History, and Ear-Training, as well as Conducting and two years of Composition. In addition to my studies, I have been actively involved in the student unions at UVic and starting next semester, I will be acting as the Secretary of the University of Victoria Student Music Educators Association (UVSMEA) and the Vice-President of the University of Victoria’s Music Student Association (UVMSA). After the next two years of study, I hope to find employment in the public education system, or to continue my studies of conducting contemporary and classical music.” CJ, the Comox Valley wishes you well in your continued studies... perhaps we’ll see you conducting the Vancouver Island Symphony one day!

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S U P E R S TA R P R O G R A M This is a low income ticket donation program. The Superstar program allows us to assist families in our community who would not otherwise have access to cultural events at the theatre. Our tickets are distributed to a number of local social-service organizations when they become available. With the drastic reduction of our provincial Gaming Grant, this program is now almost totally supported by donations from you, our show sponsors and foundation support. In fact, many of our show sponsors receive tickets specifically for this purpose… to give to the community service organizations! Of course, anyone can donate to the Sid Superstar Program and specify the show they’d like to donate. Find out how at promotion@sidwilliamstheatre.com

The Sid Williams donates Superstar tickets to the following organizations: ★ Child Development Association ★ Foster Parents ★ Comox Valley Family Services ★ John Howard Society ★ Comox Valley Immigrant Support ★ K’omoks First Nation

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During the 2010/2011 Performance Season, The Sid Williams as well as Sid Williams sponsors, gave away over 110 performance tickets to social service groups. We hope that with your support, we can give away more tickets during the 2011/2012 Performance Season! Thank you so much for your kindly help. I am so hapy to go to the immigrant group. I learned a lot from there and made a lot of friends, it is a very wonderful program, I love it. Thank you for all you have done to me, I have got the theatre tickets last year, it was a very good show, I couldn’t understand that much, but the dance and the music in the “latin” show is perfrect. Thanks a lot. From clients at the Immigrant Settlement Services Society Judy had a couple of down days and this really lifted her spirits and she felt very appreciative and appreciated with a gifted ticket From CV Salvation Army Family Services

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The Sid Williams Theatre and Charitable Giving ENDOWMENT FUND

C A P I TA L F U N D

Since 2008, the SWTS has had a legacy endowment trust fund with the Comox Valley Community Foundation. Donations to the Sid Williams Theatre Endowment Fund not only generate needed operating revenue for the SWTS through interest earned, but also provide the Community Foundation with the necessary investment capital to support many other community programs and projects besides. A donation to the Sid Williams Theatre Society Endowment Fund with the Comox Valley Community Foundation may be made at: http://www.cvfoundation. org/ (select the funds tab). This is truly the gift that keeps on giving! For details regarding donor recognition, please email to: admin@sidwilliamstheatre.com

Capital funding helps us to improve our physical infrastructure and technical capabilities. The ever changing technologies that have transpired in the entertainment industry including significant innovations in computer technology for sound, projection, lighting, and special effects, have completely changed the way artists use their creative tools. Funding allows the Society to purchase essential specialized equipment as part of technical upgrades to allow the theatre to compete for the best music, theatre, and dance we can offer our local community and visitors. Upgrades will meet the needs of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artists while improving the technical ability to present exceptional artistic and cultural performances. Improved infrastructure will provide our patrons with richer cultural experiences. While there is some government support for equipment improvements at community cultural facilities like the Sid, most of our new equipment purchases, including capital improvements to the building and facilities, in the last 5 years have been thanks to donors.

THANK YOU!

To Topstitch Upholstery located in Courtenay and Campbell River and to The City of Courtenay who both provided financial support so that the Sid Williams theatre can recover the lobby chairs!


The Sid Williams Theatre and Charitable Giving Seat Plaques The Sid Williams Theatre wants to thank the following businesses and CV citizens for their kind support of theatre seat plaques which will continue to help us upgrade our facility. ★ Alma Renz ★ Beryl Regier ★ Chuck Massey ★ Debbie Young for Vi Durrant ★ Norma Steven ★ Anna Delucry & Eric Noble for Debbie Noble ★ Highland Music Multimedia Productions – Pamela West ★ Light Fantastic Productions – Brian Kruse ★ Rainbow Youth Theatre – Doug Barr This past year, the City of Courtenay and The Sid Williams Theatre Society lost a dear friend and a strong partner in our business community. Thelma Oliver accomplished a great deal in her role as Director and President of the Sid Williams Theatre. The Sid staff, volunteers and members will miss her tremendously, but will try hard to fill some very big shoes! A row of seats have been dedicated by the downtown merchants in memory of Dr. Thelma Isabel Oliver (Feb 12, 1940, Edmonton – July 8 2010, Courtenay). The Sid Williams Theatre Society would like to recognize with a public and sincere thank you for those who participated in this program in their support of our “Downtown Row B” to acknowledge the wonderful legacy left to the City of Courtenay and the Comox Valley by Thelma Oliver.

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The Sid Williams Theatre and Charitable Giving Spotlight On Sponsors

There’s no doubt about it, without the assistance of our local businesses we would not be able to bring you the caliber of performances which have shaped our reputation amongst many as a top quality venue. We appreciate the support you’ve given the businesses that fund the Sid. These businesses help make our events, and The Sid, a success!

Show Sponsorship Opportunities – At the Sid we hope to match the diversity of our community with the diversity of our sponsorships and programming offerings. We have created new categories of sponsorship…from Corporate Premium to Headline Exclusives…something for businesses of varying sizes, customer base and staffing levels. For full details, please contact ILona Rapin – promotion@sidwilliamstheatre.com

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS Sid Williams Theatre Society Memberships Corporate Membership Basic – $150.00 per year Corporate Membership Premium – $275.00 per year

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★ The membership is valid for a year from the date of purchase ★ Advance notice of season line up ★ Advance ticket sales ★ Members price – number of tickets per SWTS presented performance ($5.00 off each Sid show – up to 10 tickets per SWTS presented show ★ Season subscription package – limit 4 per SWTS presented performance ★ Extended hold privileges ★ Invitation to Galas and membership socials ★ SWTS members newsletters and/or e-blasts ★ Acknowledgement in annual report ★ Voting at AGM (1 vote per membership) ★ Corporate name/logo (no link) on Sid Website (on supporter page)

Corporate Membership Premium Includes all benefits stated in the Basic membership, with the following differences: ★ Company name/logo in Sid program guide for 3 months ★ Company name/logo (with link) on Sid Website ★ Member’s price – up to 20 tickets per SWTS presented performances ($5.00 off each Sid show)

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The Sid Williams Theatre and Charitable Giving Thank you to the Comox Valley businesses that have continued to support the Sid Williams Theatre during the 2010 / 2011 Performance Season. Department of Canadian Heritage BC Arts Council Town of Comox Comox Valley Regional District BC Gaming Made in BC Dance on Tour ABC Printing

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Thank you to the Comox Valley businesses that have come on board to support the Sid Williams Theatre for the Fall 2011/Winter 2012 Performance Season. PERFORMANCE SPONSORS Winterharp sponsored by

“Unforgettable” - The Music of Nat King Cole sponsored by

Richard Scarry’s Busytown sponsored by

Vancouver Island Symphony sponsored by

Grapes of Wrath and The Odds, Banff Mountain Film Festival, Steven Page & Radical Reels sponsored by

Radical Reels & Richard Scarry’s Busytown sponsored by

The Buddy Holly Story & Nat King Cole sponsored by

Banff Mountain Film Festival sponsored by

SID WILLIAMS THEATRE SOCIETY PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP SUPPORTERS:

SID WILLIAMS THEATRE SOCIETY SEASON SPONSORS:

Comox Valley Echo Newspaper As Sid Williams Theatre Society sponsors and supporters, we’d like to thank our community newspaper; The Comox Valley Echo for their wonderful support in helping the Sid team get the “word” out regarding our other Theatre supporters and community performance groups.

The Best Western - The Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre Entertainers for Sid performances stay at the Best Western-Westerly Hotel. We’d like to thank the Best Western for their amazing support of the Sid Williams Theatre Society over the past 7 years!

Island Radio – The Eagle 97.3FM & The Lounge 99.9FM Island Radio consists of six radio stations on Vancouver Island. The Eagle 97.3FM and The Lounge 99.9FM have sponsored a great number of shows throughout the years at The Sid Williams Theatre Society in the Comox Valley. We’d like to express our sincere appreciation for their support.

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Performances SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH AT 7:30PM

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30TH AT 7:30PM

Grapes Of Wrath And The Odds

Harold Ford And The Cash Band

Tribute artist Harold Ford & The Cash Band with Laura Lucy performing a tribute to June Carter Cash. An exceptional performance possessing a stage presence and charisma akin to Johnny Cash along with the deep Cash bass baritone voice and Cash looks. Harold’s tribute to Johnny Cash is nothing short of eerie and ghostly.

TICKETS: REGULAR $45, MEMBERS $40, STUDENTS $25 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH AT 7:00PM

Spectacular Season Rock Opener! “You May Be Right” - all your faves from the last... 26 years! One of Canada’s most successful folk rock bands from the late 80’s will be performing live at the Sid by the original members. The Sid continues to thrill the audience with The Odds... In 1987, four highly individual Vancouver musicians put together a guitar-based, power pop strike force band. Their style has been frequently compared to their contemporaries such as Elvis Costello, Weezer, Tom Petty, and The Clash.

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Based on Goethe’s Iconic novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther,” the beautifully affecting score tells the story of Werther, a sensitive young poet in love with Charlotte. Charlotte however, is duty-bound to fulfill her mother’s dying wish to marry Albert. This opera is full of tender characterization brought forth by the lush beauty and romance of Massenet’s music.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH AT 7:30PM

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH AT 7:30PM

Ivan Coyote And Kate Reid A spoken word performer and writer, Ivan Coyote is an award-winning author of six collections of short stories, one novel, three CD’s, four short films. A renowned performer, Ivan’s first love is live storytelling, and over the last thirteen years she has become an audience favourite at music, poetry, spoken word and writer’s festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam.

Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Oh Boy,” “Not Fade Away”—the list of hit songs penned by Buddy Holly goes on and on. By his untimely death, the legend had already changed popular music forever. Vibrant and celebratory, The Buddy Holly Story highlights the talent and passion that lives on in his music and continues to thrill audiences long after they dance out of the theatre!

Kate Reid is making quite a name for herself on the indie circuit. That’s because the lesbian singer-songwriter uses humour to comment on her world and her relationships. Songs like, “The Only Dyke at the Open Mic” are steadily winning over new fans, regardless of sexual preference – as are her songs that deal with emotions common to everyone, gay or straight.

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Performances SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH AT 7PM

Banff Mountain Film Festival

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8TH AT 7:30PM

Winterharp

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH AT 7:30PM

“Unforgettable” - The Music of Nat King Cole

Through stories, scenes and some 40 memorable songs, “UNFORGETTABLE - The Music of Nat King Cole” showcases one of the most beloved performers of all time. With impeccable vocals, each word filled with warmth and meaning, Vancouver jazz sensation DON STEWART honours Nat King Coles’s incredibly prolific and successful career as a jazz musician. UNFORGETTABLE delivers a scintillating evening of musical theatre, not to be missed.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH AT 7:30PM

The Sojourners

The Sojourners are a rock solid unit and is proof positive that faith can move mountains. But, don’t let that scare you away. In The Sojourners’ universe, echoes of doo wop, R&B, country and blues weave together to create a unique sound that has all but vanished from today’s world. This is gospel music that can take a punch and remain standing. The Sojourners sound just as at home in a road house bar as they do in a revival tent. Sinner or saved – you should listen to The Sojourners. You’ll feel great!

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH AT 7:30PM

THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH AT 7:30PM

An artist collective of professional and emerging artists, this crew of over thirty members has been producing all-original art, dance, music, media and performance pieces independently and for many organizations including the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival.

Steven Page was one of the founding members, lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter of the music group; Barenaked Ladies. He left in 2009 to pursue a solo career after 20 years with the band. We can count on the usual upbeat pop-rock material we’d expect from a cofounder of BNL with lots of new and catchy songs.

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Banff Mountain Radical Reels Tour

Ballet Victoria’s The Four Seasons

Back by popular demand! Catch the steepest and deepest when the Radical Reels Tour returns to the Comox Valley. Growing out of the famous BMFF World Tour, Radical Reels which screens the best in action sports film making, is audience-tested and programmed for maximum excitement. Radical Reels focuses on dynamic, high-adrenaline films featuring sports such as skiing, climbing, kayaking, BASE jumping, snowboarding and mountain biking.

Live music, poetry and painting - west coast style. Vivaldi’s score drives new and exciting choreography. A majestic medley for the senses is guaranteed to recharge your soul.

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The Vancouver Island Symphony have become more passionate than ever in presenting great orchestral music to VI audiences, with thrilling, fascinating awe inspiring concerts. “We promise to give heart and soul to our music making” says Artistic Director, Pierre Simard. Come experience your Vancouver Island Symphony and feel the love!

Busytown Mysteries are animated stories about Huck Cat, his sister Sally Cat, and friend Lowly the Worm, who solve mysteries by teaching the scientific method of examining evidence to explain puzzling situations. Created by author Richard Scarry, this series is popular with children throughout the world. Over 100 million copies of his books were sold and they have been translated into 30 languages.

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By entering to win a pair of tickets to a SWTS Presentation, you are authorizing Sid Williams Theatre Society to send you correspondence related to the Sid Williams Theatre. Your information will not be sold to any other business or organization. *Incomplete entries are not valid. Please ensure you have submitted your first and last name, telephone number and e-mail address. The SWTS reserves the right to use your story in any promotional material required.

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COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES SEPTEMBER 2011 School District 71 Pro D Day............................Sep 1 CV Shrine Club presents Murray Hatfield Magic Show.........................Sep 17 Mattina Musica feat. Laura Karney .............. Sep 19 Courtenay Little Theatre presents “Home Child”..............Sept 30, Oct 1 & 2, Oct 6–8 OCTOBER 2011 Rainbow Youth Theatre Anne of Green Gables ...............Oct 14–16 & 20-22 Helena Jung .....................................................Oct 23 Country Blend Music ......................................Oct 25 Shane Koyzcan ............................................... Oct 27 Howie Miller - Comedian .............................. Oct 29 NOVEMBER 2011 Community Drug Stategy Committee presents Matt Bellace.................................................... Nov 15 Mattina Musica feat. Sharon Stanis.............Nov 21 School District 71 Band Festival.............Nov 22–24 Sarah Hagen in concert.................................Nov 25

DECEMBER 2011 Just in Time Vocal Jazz .................................... Dec 3 Valley Idol .................................................Dec 9 & 10 The Rat Pack ....................................................Dec 11 The Fab Four ...................................................Dec 13 Laurie Tinkler Dancers “The Nutcracker” .................................... Dec 14–17 Courtenay Little Theatre presents “Nunsense - A Musical”..........................Dec 26–31 JANUARY 2012 Nikki Payne - Comedian ..................................Jan 14 Mattina Musica feat. Chad Louwerse ........... Jan 16 Courtenay Kiwanis Club presents “Mamma Mia Sing Along” .............................Jan 21 The Backyardigans .......................................... Jan 23 FEBRUARY 2012 World Community Film Festival ...............Feb 3 & 4 North Island Festival of the Performing Arts..................Feb 19–Mar 2, Mar 5–8 MARCH 2012 Emily Carr String Quartet with Sarah Hagen.............................................Mar 3 NIFPA Variety Showcase ................................ Mar 9 NIFPA Dance Gala.........................................Mar 10 Comox Valley Camera Club .......................... Mar 24

APRIL 2012 Mattina Musica feat. Ariel Barnes...................Apr 2 Courtenay Little Theatre Wating for the Parade .................Apr 13–15 & 19–21 Ron James - Comedian...................................Apr 27 MAY 2012 Pantuso Dance .............................................May 1–5 Laurie Tinkler Dance..................................May 7–11 Courtenay Little Theatre Drama Festival..........................................May 12–18 True Colors..................................................... May 19 Gemini Dance..........................................May 20–27 JUNE 2012 Gemini Dance.................................................... Jun 1 Valley Dance.................................................. Jun 2–9 Brian Kruse School of Dance ....................Jun 11–16 JULY 2012 Canada Day Concert ......................................... July 1 CYMC .........................................................July 15–29

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Brian Kruse School of Dance...........................................................Brian Kruse 1203 Headquarters Road, Courtenay 250-897-5769 www.briankruseschoolofdance.com Gemini Dance Studios ............................................................. Moira Newsom 2364-3 Rosewall Cr., Courtenay 250-338-1313 geminidancestudios.shawwebspace.ca Laurie Tinkler School of Dance ....................................................Laurie Tinkler 303B 13th Street, Courtenay 250-897-8885 www.laurietinkler.com Pantuso Dance ............................................................................. Lindsay Sterk 2659 Moray Place, Courtenay 250-702-0432 www.pantusodance.com Valley Dance Centre..................................................................Amanda Rogers Madrona Place, Courtenay 250-334-1074 www.valleydancecentre.ca

Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble ............................................................. Jen Riley jriley2@shaw.ca 250-334-8027 www.cantiamoensemble.com Comox Valley Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir....................................................... Wendy Dyck cvchoir@shaw.ca cvcchoir.shawwebspace.ca Comox Valley Youth Music Centre ............................................. info@cymc.ca #204-580 Duncan Ave, Courtenay 250-338-7463 cymc.ca CoVal Choristers ..............................................................................Beryl Regier Courtenay 250-339-4429

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Courtenay Little Theatre .............................................................................Gail Limber 1625 McPhee, Courtenay 250-338-7789 www.courtenaylittletheatre.com Light Fantastic Productions........................................................................Brian Kruse 120-B Headquarters Rd, Courtenay 250-202-4121 www.lightfantasticproductions.com Rainbow Youth Theatre Society..........................................................Laurel Hodgins 1400 Arden Rd, Courtenay 250-338-2216 www.rainbowtheatre.com Theatreworks Centre of Performing Arts.............................. Kymme/Marika Patrick 2676 Willemar Ave, Courtenay 250-792-2031 www.theatreworksonline.ca

North Island Festival of Performing Arts (NIFPA) ...................... Beverly Chalk PO Box 3193, Courtenay www.nifpa.org Vancouver Island Music Fest .............................................................Doug Cox Courtenay dougcox@shaw.ca www.islandmusicfest.com World Community Film Festival ................................................ Wayne Bradley Courtenay 250-337-5412 www.wcdes.ca Theatre BC ...............................................................................Vance Schneider 7 West Seymour St, Kamloops www.theatrebc.org

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Courtenay Little Theatre presents

“Homechild”

Laurie Tinkler School of Dance performs

Between 1860 and 1948 over 80,000 children were brought to Canada in officially sanctioned child migration programs. These children, mainly from orphanages or dysfunctional families, were often separated from their relations forever. Some children were well treated, especially those that were adopted. However, many were placed in factories or farms where they were often exploited as indentured child labourers. Although their future lay in Canada rather than the slums of Britain, the dreadful mistreatment of so many of these children continues to remain a blot on the history of our country. In spite of its dark background, Homechild by Joan MacLeod is a wonderful, humorous and moving story. Joan MacLeod has thoroughly researched this powerful story and writes with compassion, joy and laughter. CLT director Ross Stephanson is working with a talented and sympathetic cast who will do full justice to this important part of Canadian history. Homechild is a play not to be missed! Performances are Sept. 30, Oct 1, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30pm and Oct 2 at 2:00pm at the Sid Williams Theatre in downtown Courtenay or purchase tickets on line – www.sidwilliamstheatre.com About Courtenay Little Theatre: In October 2000, Courtenay Little Theatre celebrated 40 years of continuous participation in community theatre. During the past 80 years CLT and its original clubs have sponsored over 150 productions and events. To find out more about CLT contact: http://www.courtenaylittletheatre.com or call 250-334-2031

The Nutcracker

The Laurie Tinkler School of Dance performs an adapted version of The Nutcracker Suite complete with dancing candy canes and gumdrop! Follow Clara as she travels through Candyland and to far away countries. Watch the Nutcracker Prince and his soldiers battle the Mouse King. This is family entertainment for all ages – truly a holiday tradition! Performances are December 14th to December 17th at the Sid Williams Theatre in downtown Courtenay or purchase tickets on line – www.sidwilliamstheatre.com About Laurie Tinkler: Laurie Tinkler School of Dance offers lessons to all ages in Highland, Jazz, Ballet (including Pointe) Tap, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Ballroom. They offer SDTA Highland Exams and AIDT Tap, Hip Hop & Modern Exams. Under the artistic direction of Laurie Tinkler, they have been offering dance to the Comox Valley for over 29 years. Laurie Tinkler offers a family atmosphere and a focus on friendship and fun while encouraging their dancers to achieve their highest level of success. The Faculty of instructors has over 100 years of combined teaching experience, extensive training, qualifications, and education in dance. For more information call 250 897-8885 or visit their website at: www.laurietinkler.com

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This year School District 71 is proud to celebrate the 20th annual Comox Valley Band and Choir Festival to be held November 21st to 23rd, 2011 at the Sid Williams Theatre and the Northgate Foursquare Church. We will have a star studded panel of band clinicians for this years’ festival. As part of this celebration are welcoming the Victoria Wind Symphony, under direction of Dr. Gerry King, for a one night only performance on Tuesday November 22nd. A limited number of tickets will be released for sale in early October upon festival ticket number confirmation. We hope that you will take time to check out the School District festival this year and the many talented, hard working musicians that are evolving under the hard work and talent of your local community teachers. Admission is through donation at the door. We hope to see you there!

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