March 2024

Phoenix Theatre @ UVic


Get ready for a season packed with laughter, heart, music and unforgettable performances that transcend the ordinary!

After a record-breaking season of sold out shows, we're back with another incredible lineup. In October, join us for the vibrant celebration of diverse voices in im:print 2024. November brings musical fun with The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, followed by the surreal absurdity of Eugène Ionesco's The Killing Game in February. We close the season in March with Shakespeare's timeless comedy Twelfth Night, full of love, laughter and mistaken identities.
A special presentation with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria.

A community based performance that weaves together the personal stories of Indigenous, settler, immigrant and refugee artists. Using spoken word, dance and song, the stories centre around themes like place and displacement, belonging and longing, and connection and disconnection, showcasing the diverse voices within our community.
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Music & Lyrics William Finn. Book by Rachel Sheinkin. Conceived by Rebecca Feldman.
Guest Director Jacques Lemay.

This hilarious and heartwarming musical, follows an eclectic group of six adolescents as they vie for the coveted title of spelling bee champion. With catchy tunes, unexpected twists and audience participation, it’s a riotous ride that has charmed audiences worldwide.
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By Eugène Ionesco. Translated by Helen Gary Bishop. Director Conrad Alexandrowicz.

Step into the surreal world of Ionesco's captivating play that immerses audiences in the tale of a town facing a deadly plague. As the body count rises, the community becomes a chaotic mix of paranoia, hypocrisy and opportunism. Accusations fly, tensions rise, and the line between reality and absurdity is blurred.
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By William Shakespeare. Director Fran Gebhard.

Shipwrecked and separated from her twin brother Sebastian, Viola disguises herself as a young man to serve Duke Orsino. What follows is a whirlwind of romantic entanglements, mischievous pranks, mistaken identity and hilarious misunderstandings. The play explores love’s transformative power and the delightful chaos of reality & illusion.
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Save up to 50% off the single ticket prices with a three or four show subscription package that includes a host of perks! Subscriptions on sale now. Visit the Phoenix Theatre website for box office hours, pricing and booking information.
Image of a neon hotel sign called Hotel Baltimore with the E burned out.
Tickets for our final production of this season, Lanford Wilson's The Hot L Baltimore are going fast. Don't miss out!

Runs until March 23
Box Office 250-721-8000
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The Phoenix Theatre is thrilled to host two esteemed puppet artists in March. Shizuka Kai and Randi Edmundson will lead FREE public lectures on March 20 and 21.
Shizuka Kai is a seasoned multidisciplinary artist with over 12 years of professional experience in puppetry and set design.

Randi Edmundson is a versatile producer, director, designer and performer. She serves as the artistic producer of Little Onion Puppet Co.
Wednesday, March 20, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • The two practitioners share their personal practices and journeys to puppetry.
Thursday, March 21, 9:00–10:00 a.m.
  • Shizuka and Randi discuss Otosan, a new tabletop puppet show for young audiences based on Shiz and her father. It's a multidisciplinary project that they have been developing since 2019, collaborating with deaf artists to ensure it's accessible and exciting for the deaf community.
Both lectures take place in the Roger Bishop Theatre in the Phoenix Theatre building. This is not a ticketed event, no reservations required.
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Wednesday, March 20
Orion Series in Fine Arts
Guest artist Faustino Díaz
Trombonist, tubist, trumpeter, and arranger.
From a century-long musical dynasty in Mexico, Faustino Díaz has performed and held esteemed positions globally and is one of the greatest proponents of Latin music.
12:30 PM: Concert with students from the UVic brass studio.
3:30 PM: Brass Masterclass

Friday, March 22 | 8 p.m.
UVic Wind Symphony: Tapestry
Exploring music from different cultures and genres, Steven Capaldo conducts a program that highlights a diverse tapestry of people, sounds, and colours. Featuring UVic Concerto Competition Winner Xavier Marican (alto saxophone) and acclaimed international trombone virtuoso Faustino Diaz.

Friday, March 29 | 7:30 p.m.
The Martha Cooke Visiting Artist Fund presents
Pianist Minsoo Sohn: Liszt's Transcendental Études
Internationally acclaimed pianist Minsoo Sohn returns to the School of Music for a performance of Franz Liszt's Transcendental Études. Known for his musical intelligence, magnetic stage presence and masterful virtuosity, Sohn brings his piano mastery and profound artistry to Liszt's masterpiece.
Saturday, April 6 | 2:30 p.m.
UVic Chorus & Orchestra: Messa di Gloria
Giuseppe Pietraroia conducts Beethoven's Egmont, Op. 84 and Puccini's Messa di Gloria. Let the harmonious sounds of the chorus and the orchestra inspire and uplift you.

Coming up in Fine Arts

Annual Visual Arts BFA Exhibition

The biggest event of the year for our Visual Arts department, the annual BFA Exhibition features the work of 20+ graduating artists and will see the entire Visual Arts building transformed into an art gallery. This exhibition is organized, curated, installed and run by graduating art students.

April 19-28, UVic’s Visual Arts Building
Opening reception 7-11 p.m. Friday, April 19
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Cinecenta presents

The Great Salish Heist
Screens March 15 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The first Indigenous Heist Film ever produced, inspired by the work of local First Nations archeologist Harold C. Joe, and filmed here on Vancouver Island. A down-on-his-luck First Nations archeologist seeking redemption teams up with a group of misfits from the Rez to break into a museum and reclaim sacred artifacts that rightfully belong to their people.
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