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Editorial: Value of theatre truly priceless

Chemainus Theatre a gem in the community
Chemainus Theatre’s managing director Randy Huber, left, and artistic director Mark DuMez are looking forward to the doors opening in March for the 2024 season. (Photo by Don Bodger)

As most everyone probably knows by now, this is the 30th anniversary of our beloved Chemainus Theatre.

It would have happened two years ago if not for COVID, but it’s here nonetheless.

The theatre is such an important part of this community and that became abundantly apparent during the pandemic when there were fewer people around to frequent the restaurants and other shops around town during show times.

The theatre has also provided much-needed experience and opportunities for actors to expand their horizons in a difficult field, not the least of which is Chemainus’ own Georgia Bennett who has partly honed some of her immense talents under the dome.

While the theatre attracts patrons from around the Island and beyond to the Lower Mainland and just about everywhere else – especially during the tourist season – it does rely a great deal on locals to keep it operational.

It’s no secret the theatre has undergone some difficult times in the two years since coming out of COVID restrictions and it’s a long haul to bounce back to pre-pandemic levels. The lost revenue can never fully be recovered, but many have done their best to lend a hand through the many innovative fundraising programs.

For those in this community who still haven’t gone to a production before or very few, this would be a great time to find out what the theatre has to offer. It’s a great experience going for dinner and a show and to have it all so close at hand without worrying about connecting transportation.

The staff at the theatre is incredible from top to bottom, from those who handle the ticket sales to the costuming of the actors, administration, attendants who take tickets and seat everyone, the stage and lighting crew – the list goes on and on.

Sometimes people might not realize how fortunate we are to have a facility of this nature in our own backyard. It’s truly a gem worth preserving and celebrating.

The 2024 show season is about to begin within the next month with another great lineup. A lot of hard work goes into it and the theatre’s personnel always appreciates the support.

Don Bodger

About the Author: Don Bodger

I've been a part of the newspaper industry since 1980 when I began on a part-time basis covering sports for the Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle.
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