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Kamloops’ renowned professional theatre company returns to live theatre

A sensational new season filled with plays, musicals, dance, storytelling, and more!
Western Canada Theatre (WCT)

Western Canada Theatre (WCT) welcomes audiences home to the theatre with an exciting new season, starting in November 2021. WCT’s 2021/22 Season includes two musicals featuring iconic songs and stories, two inspiring and exuberant plays, three World Premieres from bold and diverse female creators, and a special dance presentation from a nationally-renowned Indigenous arts company.

“We simply can’t wait to welcome audiences back as we return to live, in-person theatre this season,” says James MacDonald, WCT Artistic Director. “With heart, courage, and the profound joy of being together again, we are excited to offer eight wonderful productions that bring us back together as a community. These past 18 months have helped strengthen our sense of home and community—and the 21/22 Season is a true celebration of all the people, places, and feelings that remind us of home when we need it most.”

The Heart Series shares hilarious and heartwarming stories about love, family, history, and the extraordinary place we live. After having to cancel performances in March 2020, Chelsea Hotel: The Song of Leonard Cohen makes a triumphant return with a story of love won, lost, and found again told through Leonard Cohen’s powerful and poetic music. Rick Miller’s tour-de-force performance in BOOM will take audiences on an explosive trip through the music, culture, and politics that shaped the Baby Boom generation. Kim’s Convenience is the funny and touching play from Ins Choi that inspired the hit CBC show. Hey Viola! Viola Desmond—The Soundtrack of a Life celebrates the life and music of a Canadian civil rights hero. WCT’s beloved family musical has moved from the holidays to Spring 2022—The Wizard of Oz (Directed by WCT’s very own James MacDonald) will take audiences of all ages on a magical journey from bluegrass-inspired Kansas to an electric green Oz as Dorothy and friends find brains, heart, courage, and home.

The Courage Series amplifies vital new voices and untold stories with three female-created World Premieres. Clean is a bilingual production (English and Spanish, with surtitles), from Vancouver’s Neworld Theatre, that intimately explores different perspectives of female solidarity and consent; Hey Viola! Viola Desmond—The Soundtrack of a Life (featured in both Heart and Courage Series) gives fresh insight on Viola Desmond, the fearless woman featured on the $10 bill; and Echoes of the Homesick Heart is an engaging new work about Indigenous language and cultural reclamation from Laura Michel, one of our most compelling local Secwépemc artists.

There are even more special events and presentations in the works, including the spooktacular return of Tales from the Stage this Halloween, an expanded International Women’s Day Festival, and Red Sky Performance’s Trace—a breathtaking two-night-only presentation at the Sagebrush showcasing Indigenous storytelling, stunning artistry, and cutting-edge dance. 

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