Portal Players Dramatic Society is a Registered Non-Profit Organization and a Registered Canadian Charity which owns & operates The Capitol Theatre. All our actors, directors, crew & production teams, along with our theatre maintenance people, are highly skilled, talented & local volunteers, members who are working hard to help create and promote a Vibrant Arts Community in the Alberni Valley. Portal Players thanks you so much for supporting us by buying tickets and attending our performances!

Due to the quickly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the directives of the province of BC, Portal Players Dramatic Society Board of Directors has made the decision to close the Capitol Theatre to the public for the remainder of the season.

“I Ought to Be in Pictures”, our education programs (Stages Youth Theatre, Wee-Glee/Glee/Sea Notes Choirs), and all other events scheduled to take place at the Capitol Theatre have been postponed. 

Prorated refunds will be forthcoming to all of our educational program participants with more details to follow.  Season Ticket holders will be contacted. 

Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate through this ever-changing situation. We are deeply concerned about the health and welfare of our patrons, members, staff and contractors, and we are confident that this is the right course of action at this time.

For more information, please contact us at capitoltheatre@shaw.ca, call (250)723-1195 (messages) or this website.

We encourage everyone to seek out information on how to protect themselves and the community at large by visiting the following sites:

Island Health – https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/diseases-conditions/novel-coronavirus-information

BC Centre for Disease Control — http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus

Public Health Agency of Canada — https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

World Health Organization — https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

August Update 2021

Hello everyone! August is here and we are gearing up for an exciting fall! We have begun working on remounting “The Complete Works of Williams Shakespeare (Abridged)” and the Society is looking for volunteers to join the board, various committees, and upcoming events. Grab your calendars so you can save these dates!

Before we get into all the exciting fall events, we have an update on our CEBA application. For members who couldn’t attend the Extraordinary General Meeting back in June, Portal Players applied for a loan through the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). The CEBA program provides interest-free loans of up to $60,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits and a portion of it would’ve been forgivable. Unfortunately, we were not successful in our application and will need to look at other opportunities for fundraising.

As September quickly approaches, we are looking to fill four seats on the Board. We will be holding a Nominations meeting on August 26, 2021, at the theatre at 7 pm. We are looking for members to fill the roles of Director-at-Large and Treasurer. If you or someone you know is interested, please encourage them to join us at this meeting or they can contact the committee chair at hinatinyis@gmail.com.

The Fundraising Committee has a few events this fall to coordinate and is looking for volunteers. The committee will be meeting on September 9, 2021, at the theatre at 7pm. Portal Players will be participating in a Revival of the Arts event late September or early October, and we are also collaborating with Co-op for the Fuel Good Day in September.

Fuel Good Day is an annual event where Alberni Co-op and the Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) donates .10 cents per litre sold at all three Port Alberni locations. The more fuel sold, the more money donated. We are looking for individuals who would be interested in dressing up in costume to help create a presence and draw attention. We are also looking for people to help coordinate all our lovely volunteers!

As for the Revival of the Arts event, we look forward to inviting you back into our theatre. We have not fully formed this event and look forward to working with our volunteers to shape it into an exciting fundraiser that compliments our upcoming season.

A big shout out to the cast and crew of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) for hitting the ground running on their upcoming production. Rehearsals have begun and the cast and crew are eager to share their love of laughter with you all. Opening weekend will be October 8, and we look forward to seeing you all there! Stay safe and we can’t wait to see you all again!

One last reminder! Our Annual General Meeting is also next month and we would like to invite you to join us in-person. We will post an official Notice of Meeting with the agenda shortly but please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 23, at 7pm.


Brittany Coté


Extraordinary General Meeting Wednesday June 23rd, 2021 via Zoom

Portal Players Dramatic Society will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm via ZOOM.
The topic of the meeting will be to adopt a Special Resolution for the board to apply for CEBA for the society. Per PPDS Bylaw J-2 Borrowing Powers, “Should the board feel that it is necessary to borrow funds to carry out a project, it shall convene an Extraordinary General Meeting of the society to consider a Special Resolution to approve the borrowing”…”Special Resolutions authorizing borrowing in excess of ten thousand dollars will require a two thirds majority of the Members in attendance at the Meeting”.
Voting members shall be members in good standing.
The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) is an interest free business loan available to Canadian businesses to help with the strain that COVID-19 has caused. We can apply for up to $60,000. If we repay the balance of the loan by December 31, 2022, the government will forgive 33 percent of the loan (up to $20,000). Our goal in applying for the loan is to help fund our restart efforts. Deadline to apply for CEBA is June 30, 2021.
Mitch Cote
PPDS Treasurer
Portal Players Dramatic Society

ATC 008 – “Shadow of Murder”

After a little hiatus, Portal Players’ podcast “At The Capitol” returns. This episode we’re checking in at the half way point of our “Shadow of Murder” run. Director Jacqollyne Keath and Producer Nicole Saugstad join host Peter Wienold.

“Some people have said it looks nicer than their homes!”

Regarding the set on stage at The Capitol Theatre for “Shadow of Murder”

The final two performances of “Shadow of Murder” are on Friday March 13 and Saturday March 14. Don’t miss it to find out whodunnit! Tickets available here by clicking here.

Down the show directly here.

ATC 007 – “GEN Z – It’s Fun & Fresh, with Cool Teens”

This time around, and with no trepidation at all, we have handed the podcast keys over to some of our STAGES Company One students, who are preparing their original play “GEN Z” for production at The Capitol Theatre.

STAGES Youth Theatre Company students, podcasting.

STAGES Youth Theatre Company is opening “GEN Z”on Friday, April 5, 2019 – running over two weekends of Friday and Saturday night shows, and Sunday matinees, through to April 14th at The Capitol Theatre. Tickets available at the box office before each performance. Check out the STAGES Facebook page for tons more information and promotional videos that the students have prepared.

Download the show here.

ATC 006 – “The Melting Pot of Many Hats”

Portal Players’ podcast is back! After some time off, we’re back on track talking all about Portal Players Dramatic Society.

Our next two productions are called “Looking” and “Sisters”, and in this episode we talk to the directors of both shows. The co-producers of “Looking” also make an appearance, as do some actors from “Sisters”. You might think there are a dozen people on this show, but no – that’s the magic of the melting pot of many hats!

Brent Ronning, Peter Wienold, Jacqollyne Keath & Nicole Saugstad

Host Peter Wienold chats with Brent Ronning, Jacqollyne Keath and Nicole Saugstad on this episode. Jacqollyne is the director of Norm Foster’s great comedy, “Looking” which opens on February 22 at The Capitol Theatre. Brent Ronning is Portal Players’ President and director of Wendy Lill’s “Sisters”, opening April 26. And Nicole Saugstad is co-producer for “Looking”. To find out the many other hats we all wear, please tune in!

Tickets to our upcoming shows are available now at the box office, from Rollin Art Centre and online. Click here for “Looking”, and here for “Sisters”.

Yes, it’s episode number 006 of At The Capitol with Portal Players – please have a listen right now!