AUDITIONS for Norm Foster’s comedy “Looking” (Extra Audition Date!)

Portal Players Dramatic Society is casting roles now for the play Looking, a comedy by Canada’s Norm Foster. Directed by Jacqollyne Keath and produced by Peter Wienold, Looking will be on stage at The Capitol Theatre in February and March of 2019.

3rd Set of Auditions:

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
  • 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm  at The Capitol Theatre

Cast Requirements:
2 Male and 2 Female who can play mid 40s-mid 50s:

  • Val (45-55) is an O.R. nurse;
  • Andy (45-55) is in the storage business;
  • Nina(45-55) is a police officer;
  • Matt (45-55) host of a morning radio show.

Matt and Andy have shared a friendship for years. Unfortunately, they have also shared the same relationship status for years (single), and so now they reluctantly share their emotional baggage and problems whenever they get together. Val and Nina are also long-time friends; they are similarly questioning their lives. All four are ‘looking’ for more in life, looking for someone to fill the void that was left after their failed marriages. So Andy, in desperation, puts an ad in the personals column, Val in desperation reads the ad and sees some potential. With the help of their friends as buffers, they agree to a double date, meeting at a downtown pub named The Private Dick. Classic situational comedy ensues as male-female agendas meet amid first-date insecurities.

It’s a fabulously funny script full of lightning-quick dialogue and loaded with original sexual innuendos. For all of its adult frivolity, there are some tender and serious moments in this play that make for poignant and emotionally wrought acting.

Performance Dates (2019):

  • Friday and Saturday nights, one Sunday matinee
  • February 22 & 23
  • March 1, 2 & 3 (Matinee)
  • March 8 & 9

“Little Shop of Horrors” Tickets Available Now!

Portal Players Dramatic Society launches its new season of plays on October 17 with an Opening Night Fundraising Gala & Raise The Reds event at The Capitol Theatre.

With thanks to major sponsors Koliber Gifts and Swale Rock Cafe, we will be unveiling our brand new Red Main Stage curtains. Thanks also to funding partners: AV Community Foundation, AV Lions Club, Catalyst Paper, and many individual donors.

Little Shop of Horrors plays on select dates from October 17 (fundraising gala) through to November 3. Tickets are available now for this show; season tickets for the entire series of plays will be available soon.

Ticket purchase links as follows:

Any seats available at the door on show nights are $50 each (Oct 17 only); and $30 each for all other show dates.

Season Tickets are now available which includes Little Shop of Horrors, at a cost of just $69 + fees – a savings of $10 over buying individual advance adult tickets.

The full season shows include:

  • Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman & Alan Menken; based on the film by Roger Corman & Charlie Griffith (October/November, 2018)
  • This Is a Play by Daniel MacIvor (November, 2018) – This includes a special tour of select non-public areas of The Capitol Theatre
  • Looking by Norm Foster (February/March, 2019)
  • Sisters by Wendy Lill (April/May, 2019)
Portal Players’ incredible Fall Fair parade team promoting Little Shop of Horrors.

Individuals can also purchase a Membership Patron Sponsorship Package for $129 (only available at our Capitol Theatre Box Office) which includes a season ticket, a membership in Portal Players to support us and receive our updates, and a $50 tax receipt. These and other business sponsorship packages are available by contacting Portal Players as listed below.

It’s an exciting season and series of plays, presented by Portal Players Dramatic Society at The Capitol Theatre. For more information call or e-mail the box office, 250-723-1195 and

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One Act Plays – Auditions

Portal Players is producing a series of two one-act plays in November and invites people interested in acting in them to audition. Two more nights of auditions will be held for “Take Five” and “This Is A Play”, both comedies, about which you can read more below.

Auditions are being held on Sunday, August 26 and Monday, August 27 at 6 pm, at The Capitol Theatre.

Education Programs – Registrations

The STAGES Youth Theatre Company is taking registrations for the fall semester at The Capitol Theatre Box Office on Monday through Wednesday, August 27 to 29, from 4 pm to 6 pm. The Company One auditions will also be held then – more information on how to prepare can be found below.

Our music programs registrations are being held on Thursday, August 30 from 3:30 to 6 pm – this is for our Glee, Wee Glee and Sea Notes choral programs.

For more information on either of these programs, please e-mail

Season Tickets Available Soon

Portal Players’ new season of plays kicks off in October with our production of the musical “Little Shop of Horrors”. Season tickets will be available soon for the entire series of productions at a discounted price of just $69.00 for adults, a savings of $10 on individual ticket purchases. Keep an eye on our website for when they become available.

Business Partnerships

Our annual campaign to partner with local businesses is now underway. This is an excellent opportunity for your business to support the arts while raising your own profile in the community, including shout outs on our new podcast. Affordable support levels start at just $250, with several higher levels available too. Interested? Email us: and someone will get back to you.

Thank you to our season sponsors so far, Koliber Gifts, Swale Rock Cafe and The Graphics Factory.

Opening Night Fundraising Gala

Another way you can show your support of Portal Players is by attending our Opening Night Fundraising Gala for “Little Shop of Horrors” on Wednesday, October 17. Not only is it our opening night, but we finally be “Raising The Reds” with our new, marquee curtains at centre stage. With grateful thanks to Lily Diotte and our many other funders, it’s a night to celebrate! Tickets available soon.

Podcast Episodes

Be sure to listen to our inaugural episode of the podcast, featuring a chat with Carrera Schroeder and Melissa Lowe, talking about days of old and new with Portal Players at The Capitol Theatre.

Future episodes include more chats with cast and crew members of “Little Shop of Horrors”, and coming soon we’ll feature Portal Players president Brent Ronning and treasurer Elliot Drew announcing our upcoming season, and on how we work in tandem with the local business community to both our benefit.

PPDS Annual General Meeting

Finally, if you are new to the Alberni Valley or new to hearing about Portal Players, please consider attending our Annual General Meeting on Monday, September 24 at 7 pm, at The Capitol Theatre. You’ll get to meet many of our members and hear more updates. You may be aware that Portal Players is taking a lead role in organizing Theatre BC’s big “provincials” of drama festivals called Mainstage, coming to Port Alberni next summer. We’re still building the team and assembling a volunteer corps, so by all means, come to the AGM.

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