February 2024

Phoenix Theatre @ UVic


Mac Huff's 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY takes centre stage!

The production team and cast are getting ready. Photos: Jordann Bradshaw & Megan Farrell.
Join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the extraordinary legacy of Broadway. This revue seamlessly weaves together medleys and full-song performances, capturing the essence of each era and showcasing the evolution of musical theatre from Tin Pan Alley to contemporary Broadway. Inspiring, entertaining and connecting people across generations it will have you singing and dancing long after the curtain falls.

It's been popular with our subscribers but you can still buy individual tickets beginning February 5. Don't wait too long though, we expect this one to SELL OUT fast!
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RUNS: February 15-24
Performance dates and more info...

She sparkles, she shines. Alum Pia Wyatt gives back to the Phoenix.

Pia Wyatt, Guest Director and Choreographer.
Pia breezed in at the beginning of the year with an infectious energy strong enough to wash away any winter blues! Pia graduated with a BFA in Acting in '92 and an MFA in Directing in '94. Since then, she has been making waves as a director, choreographer and teacher and is currently the Head of Performance and Directing at Northwestern State University in Louisiana,

“I look forward to breathing new life into each theatrical production, helping create a masterpiece that entices the hearts and minds of the audience. Theatre and Dance provide freedom of expression and the power to communicate, to educate, and to entertain – this outreach is what makes it exciting for me to create theatre.”
Pia's MFA thesis production at the Phoenix was Cabaret (1994).

Take a peek in the programme for some throwback fun. Most of the students involved are still working in the industry today!

Phoenix students in the spotlight

100 Years of Broadway features an all-student creative and design team! We take immense pride in being a leading school for all aspects of theatre.

In their first and second years, UVic theatre students are exposed to all areas of theatre and gain valuable hands-on experience. Students often discover what they thought they wanted to specialize in turns out to be completely different. That's the beauty of our program. It expands students' horizons, offering many possibilities and avenues for exploration
Megan Farrell Stage Manager
Megan Farrell, Stage Manager, fourth-year student.
Megan originally came to the Phoenix to pursue directing but fell in love with stage management when she was introduced to it in a second-year required course.

The theatre stage manager is the behind-the-scenes leader, organizing rehearsals, coordinating with different teams, and ensuring everything runs smoothly during performances. They're the link between the creative team, cast, and crew, ensuring a well-organized and successful production.

"One thing I've really enjoyed about the theatre program here at UVic is how hands-on it can be. Sometimes, I forget the things I spend my time doing are tied to a class! I really learn by doing, and the Phoenix is a great place to do just that."
Photograph of lighting designer Carson Schmidt
Carson Schmidt, Lighting Designer, fourth-year student.
Carson (he/him) initially thought he was interested in becoming a stage manager. However, he soon discovered that lighting was his passion. During his time at UVic he has discovered new avenues that he hadn't previously considered.

"Whatever theatre program you choose, the value is really correlated to the energy you put into it. The Phoenix is the perfect place to direct that energy due to the wonderful facilities and department support. I started this degree wanting to get in and out as fast as possible, but the longer I stay the more value I see in taking it slow. Enjoy the process, it'll pay dividends."
See their calendar of events for full details.
February 1 | 7:30 PM
Faculty Concert: Popular Culture Through the Centuries
UVic School of Music faculty and guests from other disciplines in Fine Arts explore popular culture through the centuries and across the globe.
February 2 | 8 PM
UVic Symphony Orchestra: Love Notes
An enchanting symphonic journey themed around one of the most powerful forces of all: LOVE! Hear music by Fauré, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Copland and more.
February 5 | 8 PM
Faculty Concert: I Have Been to Tibet
Ajtony Csaba leads the audience on a captivating journey, weaving together diverse keyboard repertory from different eras, improvisations, electronic sounds, and evocative live imagery, drawing inspiration from a recent trip to Tibet
February 9 | 8 PM
UVic Wind Symphony & the Naden Band: A Space Odyssey
A musical journey exploring the far reaches of space! Hear music from E.T., Star Trek, The Mandalorian, Battlestar Galactica; classics by Strauss (Also Sprach Zarathustra) and Holst (Jupiter), & more.
February 11 | 2 PM
Faculty Concert: An Afternoon of Songs
An enchanting concert through the ages. Featuring songs by Noel Coward, Kurt Weill, Robert Schumann, Arnold Schoenberg, and Henri Duparc, plus some timeless Broadway classics.
February 16 | 8 PM
Khachatryan and Aloni Play Chopin and Schumann
An unforgettable evening of classical mastery featuring three virtuosos. Enjoy Chopin’s Cello Sonata and Piano Sonata in B-flat minor, as well as Schumann's Violin Sonata.

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FREE Lehan Lecture on Activism & the Arts: Gord Hill

A renowned artist, author and political activist, Gord Hill is a member of the Kwakwaka'wakw nation and the creator of The 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book and The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book, among others.

February 27
| 5-6 PM
Room A102 UVic’s Turpin Building
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