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!

ATC 003: Season Announcement & Sponsorship Campaign Launch

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Portal Players Dramatic Society is back with a new episode of “At The Capitol” featuring special guests Brent Ronning, President; and Elliot Drew, Treasurer; in conversation with host Peter Wienold, coincidentally Vice President of the organization – recorded live in The Capitol Theatre Member’s Lounge.

Left to right: Brent Ronning, Peter Wienold, Elliot Drew.

The trio are first excited to announce the plays in Portal Players’ upcoming 2018 – 2019 season, and when Season Ticket sales will start. Then they discuss this year’s Sponsorship Campaign for individuals and businesses to help support this volunteer-run organization and theatre continue operating and contributing to a vibrant Arts Community in the Alberni Valley.

The season kicks off in October with our production of “Little Shop of Horrors”, and a very special Opening Night Fundraising Gala has been planned for October 17th. It will be the first public unveiling of The Capitol Theatre’s brand new main stage curtains, as we “Raise The Reds”. Fundraising continues to fund the $16,000 project, and after three years of doing just that, Portal Players was able to make in installation happen for the new season. More details will be released soon, as will online ticket sales. Entry is $50 to this special fund raising night, which includes a $25 tax receipt, nibblies and a chance to meet the cast following the show. You can even donate more for an even larger tax receipt!

Our annual Sponsorship Campaign has kicked off – hear all about how you and your business can benefit from partnering with Portal Players on this episode. And a special shout out to our season sponsors so far, The Swale Rock Cafe, Koliber Gifts and The Graphics Factory. High level sponsors are also being recognized on our podcast, so check out our various support levels. Our sponsorship brochure will be going out to all Valley businesses soon, and can also be downloaded now.

Lastly, the show wraps up with a quick note about next summer’s Theatre BC Mainstage Festival, which is coming to Port Alberni for the first time. This is the “Provincials” of Drama in BC, with eight productions from across the province coming to perform at the ADSS Performing Arts Theatre next July. More details coming soon.

Portal Players’ Annual General Meeting is coming up on Monday, September 24 at 7 pm at The Capitol Theatre – come hear the latest news and get involved if you’re so inclined!

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ATC 002: News Update, August 19, 2018

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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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