Artsbeat: Shawnigan Players want your talent

Mike Hoffman and Corrina Cornforth in Shawnigan Players’ 2012 outdoor production of Pride and Prejudice at Gem O’ The Isle B&B in Cowichan Station. - Peter W. Rusland/file
Mike Hoffman and Corrina Cornforth in Shawnigan Players’ 2012 outdoor production of Pride and Prejudice at Gem O’ The Isle B&B in Cowichan Station.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

A weekly compilation of facts, figures, and fascinating Cowichan culture:

• Ubiquitous valley director Alex Gallacher is at it again, prepping for the coming Shawnigan Players outdoor summer production at the Gem o’ the Isle farm in Cowichan Station as a follow-up to last year’s successful Pride and Prejudice. Auditions will be held at the Art House / Moondance studio at 1756 Wilmot Avenue in Shawnigan Lake village on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Two plays are being considered: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Actors will be asked to audition for both plays. Gallacher says whichever play is chosen, many excellent roles are available for male and female actors age 14 and up. If you have any questions, email gallacher_alex@yahoo.ca

• Bill Levity and Martyn Jones are again hosting a Saturday open stage at Duncan’s Courts Sports Lounge. The 2 to 5 p.m. opener Feb. 9 heard guests Eugene Smith, Steve McKinnon, Harold Anderson, Shawn Allen, Beverley McKeen, Scott Owen, Marian van der Zon, and Shelley Brown.

• Well-known valley vocalist Pat Selman is spearheading a Sunday afternoon jazz series starting Feb. 24 at the Crofton Hotel Pub, jazzoid Ron Joiner tells me. Selman’s session runs from 2 to 5 p.m., featuring a variety of south-island jazz musicians for a $5 cover charge. Call 250-324-2245.

• Morgan McLeod, Shawnigan Lake School’s former drama and English teacher, is now instructing at Victoria’s St. Michael’s private school. The actor and director told me his school’s preparing a production of The Secret Garden.

• Wendy Oppelt tells us a new gallery-studio-workshop space named Tangerine Dream was launched Valentine’s Day in Cowichan Bay. Owners Pipi Tustian and Lesley Fountain, and other artists, offer a vibrant collection of art. “Imagine dockside industrial meets Asian fusion decor, with lashings of shabby chic and hand-painted boho, and you will have conjured Tangerine Dream Gallery and Studio,” Oppelt says of the former fish-processing plant beside Mudroom Clayworks. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Peter W. Rusland has been covering Cowichan’s arts and entertainment community for two decades. If you’d like to add to this column, reach him at arts@cowichannewsleader.com.

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