Portal Players’ 2015 – 2016 Season Tickets now available!

Portal Players Dramatic Society is pleased to announce our latest season of productions – tickets for which are available now!

Tickets to individual shows can be purchased by using the following links:

Season tickets at a discounted price can be purchased online here (or by clicking on the poster), and at the Capitol Theatre box office during regular hours, Monday to Thursday, 3 pm to 6 pm.


Halloween Dance to Raise Funds for new Capitol Theatre Stage Curtains!

Portal Players Dramatic Society, together with the band “Big Fun”, is putting on a huge Halloween Fundraising Dance at the Italian Hall on Saturday, October 31. There will be prizes for best costumes and 50/50 draws, so be sure to get your tickets soon.

Funds raised will go towards replacing the aged and threadbare main red curtains fronting the Capitol Theatre stage.

Tickets are available right now – purchase online by clicking here (or click on the poster), and from Ineo Employment on Argyle Street (cash only), and the Capitol Theatre box office during regular hours, Monday to Thursday, 3:00 to 6:00.

PrintWe are pleased to announce that the Hospitality Inn on Redford Street has come on board as a supporter! Book the Hospitality Inn and request the “Raise The Reds” rate to pay only $79.95 plus taxes on the night of the dance!

You can e-mail your reservation request, or call them at 1-250-723-8111. Thanks to Jonathan and the crew at Port Alberni’s Hospitality Inn.


“A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” Opens new season November 6, 2015

OCR DocumentPortal Players Dramatic Society is thrilled to open its new season of plays with “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline”. This family-friendly musical production was written by Dean Regan, and opens at The Capitol Theatre on Friday, November 6. It was originally conceived and performed at The Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver, and is one of only two musical productions showcasing Patsy Cline’s story and music that is sanctioned by her estate.

Featuring a wide range of Port Alberni talent, local singer Kerri Shannon leads the cast, performing the role of Patsy Cline. “We are so lucky to have found Kerri,” said Peter Wienold, director of the show. “Kerri brings an emotional depth of character to the part that truly resonates with people. She’s going to be a real crowd pleaser.”

Backing Kerri up is a harmonious quartet of singers, including Marina Connah, Mike Villette, Brent Ronning, and vocal director Colleen Noiles Brooks – whose husband Craig Brooks plays the part of radio DJ Little Big Man, along with some comic relief. It’s Little Big Man’s radio program, a tribute to Patsy Cline’s music, that takes us through the journey of the show.

A five-piece band brings the music together, including all of the well-known Patsy Cline hits. The band features musical director and lead guitarist Dennis Olsen, fiddle player Anna Lewis, Guy Langlois on stand-up bass, Rick Smith on drums, and pianist William Frew.

“This production has been months in the making,” Wienold said. “The team has worked incredibly hard since the summer to put on another professional-level show in our community theatre. Local and visiting audiences will be well-entertained, and many are likely to return for another look and listen.” Co-director and local musician Denis Levasseur spent the better part of the summer months doing vocal coaching with Kerri, and working with Wienold on show preparations. Denis’ wife, Suzanne, is the show’s producer.

Costuming has been deftly handled by Heather Maloney and Marina Connah, while lighting design is being expertly crafted by Diena Tyne. In the background, stage manager Terry Switzer makes sure everyone stays in line and on track with his stage crew team.

“A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” runs the first three weekends of November on Friday and Saturday nights, starting November 6. There are also two Sunday matinees, on November 15 and 22. All shows are at The Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni, 4904 Argyle Street. Tickets are now available online as both individual purchases, and as part of Portal Players’ discounted Season Ticket package. All seats in advance are $25 each; tickets at the door on show nights (when available) are $30 each. Tickets are also available from The Capitol Theatre box office, open Monday to Thursday, 3 pm to 6 pm.

For more information, call the box office at 250-723-1195.