Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew’s series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew’s agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew’s apartment. This prompts a seance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew’s life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor’s destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew’s deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.
“I Hate Hamlet”, directed by L’Rae Whipple and produced by Nicole Foster, opens on April 20, 2023 at The Capitol Theatre and plays on select dates through May 6. It is also Portal Players’ entry in the Theatre BC North Island Zone Drama Festival being held the third week of May in Campbell River.
This play includes scintillating sword fighting and mature content – more details coming soon . . .
Portal Players Dramatic Society is a Volunteer, Charitable & Non-Profit Organization which owns & runs The Capitol Theatre. All our actors, directors, crew, front of house & production team members are highly skilled, talented & local volunteers, working hard to help create and promote a Vibrant Arts Community in the Alberni Valley.
On stage at The Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni on select dates, February 16 – 25, 2023.
When lovely young Gideon Hollis a.k.a. Giddy spots an unconscious man in a tank top and shorts lying in Copley Square just after all other Boston Marathon racers have crossed the finish line, she reasons that since nice guys finish last, this must be Mr. Right! She has a helpful policeman tote him to her nearby apartment, shocking her roommate, whose fiance is due for a dinner date. When the comatose dreamboat revives and cannot remember who he is, Giddy tells him they are married. She regrets her subterfuge when he tries to be a loving husband. Complications escalate at a furious pace in this outrageous concoction of wild, warm, and lightning-paced hilarity that is perfect for the entire family.
Tickets are available in advance from the Alberni District Co-op’s administration office, 4885 Beaver Creek Road, Port Alberni (cash sales only). Tickets are also available at the door on show nights at The Capitol Theatre, 4904 Argyle Street. The play runs for two weekends between February 16 and 25, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the curtain opens at 7:30 pm. For more information, text or call 250-913-0454.
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 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.
Here’s our award-winning entry in the 2018 Alberni & District Fall Fair Parade, as seen by Shaw TV and co-hosted by Portal Players President Brent Ronning together with Nancy Wilmot, with a cameo appearance by Morgan Schoen! (Starts at 11:05)
Portal Players Dramatic Society launched 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 unveiled our brand new Red Main Stage curtains. Thanks also to funding partners: AV Community Foundation, Little Bavaria Restaurant, Catalyst Paper, and many individual donors.
Little Shop of Horrors plays on select dates through to November 3. Tickets are available now for this show; season tickets for the entire series of plays are also now available.
Any seats available at the door on show nights are $30 each.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s the inaugural episode of At The Capitol with Portal Players, the new podcast all about our theatre company and where we perform and play.
In this episode, we chat with Carrera Schroeder, director of Little Shop of Horrors; and with Melissa Lowe, a member of the trio in the show. Recorded live at Denman Island on August 13, 2018, we learn that summer camping is another enthusiastic pursuit of many of our local thespians. (Photo, L to R: Melissa Lowe, Carrera Schroeder, Peter Wienold). Click here to see the photo being described at the start of the show.
Learn about what a director and stage manager do in a production, and hear all about our upcoming season-opening musical, Little Shop of Horrors, which opens at The Capitol Theatre with a big Gala Fundraising Night on October 17.
Soon you’ll be able to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes with your favourite podcast playing app; until those links are up and running, please enjoy the show right here in your browser!