What A Year It Was!

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As the curtain falls on 2023, Delta Stageworks celebrates a year of artistic growth and diversity as a company; a year filled with amazing performances by some 25 company and community members, enriching workshops, digital storytelling and one very funny comedy night! The heart of our mission—to harness the transformative power of theatre for well-being and community building—has resonated throughout the year, leaving a lasting imprint on all who experienced our shows and workshops.

Then & Now: A Digital Journey Through Reflections

We kicked off the year with a return to Then & Now, a digital web series we’ve created combining our 2021 stage show with video interviews that delve into the highs and lows of navigating life during the pandemic. The docu-comedy short video series, set to be released on our website in early 2024, captures reflections from both community members and our talented company. It’s a testament to the resilience and creativity that emerged during challenging times delivered in bite-sized shorts.

Heirlooms & Baggage (My Mother’s Story): A Workshop Production and Full Production Spectacle

In February, we brought the compelling Heirlooms & Baggage (My Mother’s Story) to audiences in a workshop production at Kin Village in Tsawwassen. Directed by Cory Haas, with dramaturgy by Marilyn Norry and projections by Cliff Caprani, the show featured company members Camryn Chew, Peg Christopherson-Keenleyside, Renee Iaci, Ragini Kapil and Eric Keenleyside. A huge shout out of thanks goes to Delta Youth Theatre for helping us get this production up in a non-theatre space.

The overwhelmingly positive feedback from our audiences was extraordinary; underscoring the connections people made with our diverse stories and the meaningful nature of the show. Comments such as “Fabulous show!” and “Thoroughly enjoyed it…including laughter and tears” echoed the sentiment of an unforgettable experience. 

Fast forward to October, and we were at Genesis Theatre with the full production of Heirlooms & Baggage, directed by Fran Gebhard, with set & projections by emerging artist Christian Ching, lighting design by Keaghan Elrick and stage management by the equally talented Emily Willcox. With new scenes and staging, the impact of the show resonated around the community again, sparking heartfelt reactions on social media. From “Thoroughly enjoyed the show!” to “What a great performance!”—each comment underscored the emotional journey our patrons embarked on, emphasizing the power of storytelling in building community.

May Laughter Reign: Improv Workshop and Comedy Show Extravaganza

In May, we ventured to The Red Barn in the Southlands for an evening of laughter and connection. An improv workshop paved the way for a sold-out Comedy Show hosted by the talented Ragini Kapil, a proud member of our company. Collaborating with Vancouver’s Tightrope Theatre, this show became a fabulous fundraiser, showcasing the generosity of our community in supporting Delta Stageworks.

As we bid farewell to 2023, Delta Stageworks remains committed to the belief that theatre is not just an art form but a force that brings people together. The diversity of voices in our community, as showcased in Heirlooms & Baggage exemplifies our dedication to creating spaces where stories unite us and build the bonds of a thriving community. Here’s to a year of creativity, connection, and the enduring magic of the stage.

Upcoming Shows, Workshops & Events in 2024!

Embracing the promise of 2024, Delta Stageworks is delighted to share an exciting lineup of events that promise to weave the fabric of our community even tighter. From insightful journeys into Delta’s rich history to laughter-filled evenings at the Red Barn, we invite you to mark your calendars for a year of storytelling, connection, and shared experiences.

March 2024: Community Stories Event with Delta Heritage Society

On March 3rd, join us for an extraordinary journey through time as we partner with the Delta Heritage Society at the DJH Discovery Centre in Ladner. This Community Stories Event will delve into the captivating history of Delta in the 1920s. 

March-April: My Mother’s Story Writing Workshop Series: A Creative Exploration

In April, we’re thrilled to introduce a new chapter in our workshop series—My Mother’s Story. This 4-week creative writing workshop series is designed to inspire and cultivate the art of personal storytelling. Led by Marilyn Norry, we invite members of the community to delve into the memories and stories of their mother.

April Laughter Extravaganza: Comedy Event at the Red Barn

Prepare for an evening of hilarity in April as we return to the Red Barn in the Southlands (Tsawwassen) for another side-splitting comedy event in support of Delta Stageworks. Join us for a night of laughter, camaraderie, and unforgettable moments as our talented performers take the stage. It’s an event that promises to tickle your funny bone and leave you with memories to cherish.

October Spotlight: To Perfection at Genesis Theatre

In October, witness the compassionate comedy To Perfection at Genesis Theatre, directed by award-winning company member Renee Iaci. Written by the talented Megan Gardiner, this family friendly comedy explores the ‘genderational divide’ between a grandmother and her non-binary identifying grandchild with wit and warmth. Join us for an evening of laughter, reflection, and a celebration of the diverse perspectives that shape our understanding of family and relationships.

Fall Delights: More Community Workshops and Events

As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, Delta Stageworks continues to curate a series of community workshops and events throughout the fall. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for announcements on engaging workshops, thought-provoking discussions, and opportunities to connect with fellow community members. These are moments you won’t want to miss as we continue to explore the power of storytelling to unite and inspire.

Save the dates, spread the word, and join us for a year filled with laughter, learning, and the magic of live performance. Delta Stageworks is your stage, your community, and your home for unforgettable experiences. See you in the front row!


Keep up with Delta Stageworks Workshops, Shows & Events

Our 2024 season launches on our website in January 2024! Find out when events are happening and where to sign up on our social media channels and on our website landing page.