An advance glance at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre’s 2014/2015 season

The audience is encouraged to bring their own teacup to 2 for Tea, Oct. 3 and 5 at the Cultural Centre. - Submitted
The audience is encouraged to bring their own teacup to 2 for Tea, Oct. 3 and 5 at the Cultural Centre.
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The Chilliwack Cultural Centre is the largest non-festival presenter in the province—and no matter what your preferences, there’s bound to be something in the shiny new 2014/2015 to tickle your fancy. Executive director Michael Cade ran us through some of his favourites after the season was announced last week.


2 for Tea

Oct. 3 and 5

Tickets $25

So much tea will be flowing in this whimsical play that it’s sponsored by Tetley—and audience members are encouraged to bring their own teacups. It follows the adventures of two friends over the course of their weekly tea time—adventures that often involve the audience.


The Harpoonist and the Axemurderer

Oct. 4

Tickets $27 to $32

This musical duo tackles blues with a simple set-up: one guitar, one harmonica, and a whole lot of foot pedals. “Instead of having a drummer, they take a traditional drum kit, split it between the two of them, and they play it with their feet,” Cade says. “I’d never seen anything quite like it before.” Chances are you haven’t either.

Avenue Q

Oct. 10 and 11

Tickets $44 to $49

Think Sesame Street for adults “It’s a rude, crude, obnoxious, sex-driven, racist adventure,” says Cade of this award-winning musical from the Arts Club theatre. It’s a full-scale Vancouver theatre experience without the three-hour round trip and prohibitively expensive Granville Island parking spot.


On the Air

Nov. 9

Tickets $30 to $35

Red Robinson and Rick Cluff look back on three decades of rock and roll through the eyes of radio personalities. “It’s a real sort of extravaganza about the best of rock and roll as seen through the eyes of British Columbia in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s,” Cade says.


The Sound of Music sing-a-long

Dec. 19

Tickets $18

Nothing says Christmas like The Sound of Music, and nothing says The Sound of Music like singing along to “Favourite Things” at the top of your lungs. This showing of the classic musical is complete with trivia, audience-wide interactions with the movie, and (of course) costume contests. “One person famously came to one of them dressed as the gazebo,” Cade says.


I Am Woman! Hear Me Laff!

Mar. 8

Tickets $27 to $32

For the fifth year running, the Cultural Centre celebrates International Women’s Day with a stellar line-up of female comedians. This year the show will also head out on a road trip to three other communities. “We’re mounting the show ourselves, but we’re also sharing the show,” Cade says. “That’s the exciting thing—having work created in Chilliwack and then moving around in the Lower Mainland.”


The Irish Rovers

Mar. 12

Tickets $35 to $40

There’s nothing like a little Irish music to kick spring into gear, and this might be the last chance the Valley gets to see the Irish Rovers life and in person. “They say it’s going to be the last time they’re going to do a concert tour, so we’re glad Chilliwack can be a part of that,” Cade says, although he admits Cher’s decades-long farewell tour leads to a certain amount of suspicion with any “last” tour.


6 Guitars

Mar. 16 and 18

Tickets $25

Six guitars, six guitarists, six styles of music, and one actor; this show explores the passion and love that all musicians share. Chase Padgett changes roles from a 19-year-old headbanger to a 76-year-old blues legend seamlessly. “It was something that brought a smile to our faces the moment it started and joy of the show continued for months after,” Cade says, smiling.


The Amazing Kreskin

Mar. 22

Tickets $30 to $35

Those of a certain generation will recognize Kreskin from his TV show in the ‘70s which explored the human mind and his abilities as a mentalist. At 80 years old, he’s sharper than ever—and ready to pit his mind against the audience.


Who Killed Gertrude Crump?

Apr. 11 and 12

Tickets $25

One woman. Ten characters. A murder mystery. What’s not to love? In this brand-new show from Tara Travis, a classic whodunit tale gets a new spin with Travis playing all the characters. Puppets in a giant dollhouse (complete with secret passages) play out a murder investigation—and a sharp-eyed audience member might just be able to figure it out before the characters do.

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