Monday, February 20, 2017

corleone: the shakespearean godfather | set design

Set designer, Heidi Wilkinson shares her thoughts on set designing for, CORLEONE: THE SHAKESPEAREAN GODFATHER.

When Mindy Parfitt and I sat down to talk about design for the show, we realized that we needed something very simple; part of this was because of budget but primarily it was to help keep the many scene changes moving fluidly. What stood out to us in the story of the Corleone, is despite all of the corruption and violence, there is this unwavering loyalty to family and we wanted to convey that somehow.

I loved the idea of a fresco and using it to create a suggestive family tree. I felt that it would work well with the unique space that Pacific Theatre provides. It worked visually with every location we are in as we follow the story: it gives the sense of Italy, it’s reminiscent of a wall in a restaurant, and it even worked in Vito’s office as, upon research, I discovered that many wealthier Italian families in New York in the 1940’s had frescos or murals on a feature wall in their homes. Making the decision of the family tree actually being an orange tree was our own personal homage to the original movie and the symbolism that the orange played within it. And while I wanted to show the Corleone connection to family, I felt that it was also important to show the ramifications of the men's lifestyle and how it was actually destroying the family. When you look at the two frescos in the theatre space, you will notice that one mural is a full and healthy orange tree while the fresco on the opposing wall depicts the same tree with all of the leaves and oranges having fallen to the ground.

Friday, February 17, 2017

sideshow featured performers | alison chisholm & frank nickel

It's time for our SIDESHOW featured artists. First in the series are CO-General Managers, Alison Chisholm and Frank Nickel!

Alison Chisholm

Where else do you perform?
Presently in my living room for my infant.

Describe improv in three words
Need for attention.

What is your favourite improv game?
Sounds like a song.

What are you obsessed with these days?
Keeping my baby alive and hopefully happy. That's all I think about. Ever. ... Like actually.

Who should be an improvisor but isn't?
Hmmm. Good question! Michelle Obama. Know who is an improvisor and shouldn't be? .... You can probably guess.

Where can people find you online?
Sifting through depressing articles on Facebook for updates on family, friends, pets, babies and any scrap of positivity I can find.

Frank Nickel

Where else do you perform?
Panic Squad Improv Comedy

Describe improv in three words
Terrifying Controlled Chaos

What is your favourite improv game?
Crime Endowment

What are you obsessed with these days?
The next 90 days.

Who should be an improvisor but isn't?
Elon Musk

Where can people find you online?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

corleone: the shakespearean godfather | review

We are half way through the run of CORLEONE: THE SHAKESPEAREAN GODFATHER. Haven't seen the show yet? Want to come again? No problem! Call our box office at 604.731.5518 or go to to book your tickets today!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

sideshow | march 3rd & 4th

Spring is just around the corner and so is SIDESHOW! This year we have many familiar faces joining us on the PT stage and we would be thrilled for you to join us in our audience. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for our featured SIDESHOW artists!

Hold onto your hats for another round of improv and sketch comedy with the PT crew. A family-friendly favourite!

Hosted by Brad Rossington
Accompaniment by Peter Abando

Featuring John Voth, Diana Bang, Alison Chisholm, Matthew Simmons, Jennifer Pielak, Paige Louter, Mark Vandenberg, Cara Norrish, Frank Nickel, Jalen Saip, Kyla Ferrier, Danielle Klaudt, Phil Miguel, Lindsay Curl

March 3rd at 8:00 pm
March 4th at 2:00 and 8:00 pm or call 604.731.5518

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

corleone: the shakespearean godfather | happy valentines day

Roses are red, violets are blue- we love CORLEONE and we think you will too! Happy Valentines Day, from Pacific Theatre and the Corleone's!

Monday, February 13, 2017

corleone: the shakespearean godfather | happy family day

The Corleone's are all about family. What better way to kick off family day than with some love from the Corleone's. Happy Family Day! 

**Our office will be closed Monday, February 13th and will re-open Tuesday, February 14th.