The Vagina Monologues

Saturday March 29th we present The Vagina Monologues-tickets for this benefit show are $15 in advance at the Main Artery-$18 at the door.

Auditions are early March-contact for details

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Rosie’s Bitts of Tease Cabaret

Saturday, February 15th-roaring twenties themed night of burlesque, fun and frivolity at the Bavaria Centre on 4th in Port Alberni-doors open 8 PM-show is 9-9:45pm Intermission second performance 10:15 – 11:00 PM.

refreshments-munchies-prizes for best costumes

Tickets $22 in advance at the Main Artery, 4969 Argyle St Port Alberni

At the door $25

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Alberni Valley Fringe Theatre Festival

We’re back!  June 20,21,22 2014-applications are now ready -each app must be accompanied with a $50 non-refundable deposit made out to Art Matters Society and mailed to 3652 15 Avenue Port Alberni, BC V9Y 5C6

First come, first served-everyone gets in the Fringe-we accommodate you with a venue, a place to stay and a postering service to help you get the word out about your show.

Stage spaces are available in 30 minute, one hour and one and a half hour time slots. Our main venue is the beautiful Capitol Theatre provided by the Portal Players Dramatic Society. 9220 seats)

For the ’30 minutes’ ‘1 hour’ or ‘1 1/2 hours’ you strut and fret your time upon the stage we provide you with lights/sound and a tech.  We also do front of house-we do ask you bring your own backstage help for staging your show. You take 100% of the door.

Costs are $75 for a 30 minute show-you get a 30 minute tech with that

$225 for 2 one-hour shows and you get a one hour tech with that

$125 for a one hour show and you get a one hour tech with that

$300 for two 1 and one-half hour shows and you get a 1 1/2 hour tech.

$175 for a one and one half hour show with a 1 1/2 hour tech.

$75 for a one hour children’s time slot or any afternoon show for children.

These prices are all for our main stage Capitol Theatre-concession and lounge open  between shows

Our second venue seats 175 and only available on the Saturday, June 21-

show prices are $50 for 30 minutes

                             $75 for 60 minutes

-includes tech but lights and sound are basic and the stage is only 10 x 20 

Great venue for poets, singer/songwriters/children’s shows-Bavaria Centre

We will have a food court and refreshments at this venue. Time slots are available in-between showtimes at the Main Stage-so no conlficting times.

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Fringe Coming Up Fast!

For a full scheudle of the Alberni Valley Fringe Theatre Festival go to . . .it is the Official site and the one that is constantly updated.

Tickets and passes until 4 PM Friday June 21 at the Main Artery, 4969 Argyle Street Port Alberni-debit and credit accepted. While you are there buy a Fringe Bug Pin and get savings at 18 different local restaurants and business locations during Fringe.

After 4 PM CASH ONLY at the Capitol Theatre.

Shows are Bitts of Tease Cabaret, ‘capsules-it’s about time’, MacBethie, Birth of Releasing Light Kreations, Connections, Misha Munroe Sings, Beat Poet Massive, A Crack In My Reality, Standing Up For Myself, Cougar Annie Tales, Ballerinas and The Southpaw, Jake West Circus Act, The Oblivion Series-a not so girlie show, Raven, FringeProv, Take Five, The Actor’s Nightmare, Eye Thoughts of Verse City, Grim.

From fairytale dance to poetry, burlesque, song, stories to one act plays–it will be a Fringe Experience to remember.

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Mudflaps & Social Justice Day

Just to remind you that Saturday (this weekend) is Social Justice and the Arts Day with Gwynne Hunt’s one act play Mudflaps at 7:30 PM at Char’s Landing-tickets $8 at the door and starring Alysia Miller, Gwynne Hunt, Jen Fisher-Bradley, Erma Robinson, Irene Robinson, Pam Donald and Lisa Barnes . . .drop by Char’s between 4-6 PM for an open mic event with poetry, song and readings, films.
For more info
This is sponsored by Art Matter’s Society.
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Alberni Valley Fringe Theatre Festival

2013 Theatre Artist Applications now Available for the new Alberni Valley Fringe Theatre Festival . . . on beautiful Vancouver Island!

Here’s how you can apply:

Contact Artistic Director Gwynne Hunt @   250-723-7883

Currently working on a website and it will be available soon!

In the meantime . . .






-FRINGE DATES ARE JUNE21,22,23 2013.


Main Stage

The Capitol Theatre is home to the Portal Players and is a beautiful 230 seat theatre.

The cost is $250 for two shows which includes basic lights and sound with full stage, front of house and tech support. Guaranteed performance time slots-we book you in at the time you request until the venue is full. This cost is for full one-act plays in the evening. There are 10 spots available. Five one-act plays or equivalent.

For Children’s afternoon slots the cost is $75 per show for a full hour of stage time. Basic lights, sound, tech and front of house.6 spots available.

Fill-in spots for $75 for 15 to 20 minute performance art pieces. Book one and we will slot you in where and when we can. Book two or more and we will guarantee spots for you at the time you want. Singer/song/writers, poets, slam poets, storytellers.

Dance troupes pay the same as one acts. 6 spots available.

Venue Boutique Opportunities

Char’s Landing

Char’s Landing is across the street from the Capitol Theatre and is a quaint re-designed church—seats 100 and is perfect for stand up comics, bands—basic sound and lights with  lighting options. Intimate seating arrangement. All times spots are for one hour-you can request ore and the price charged will reflect that but a basic spot is $100. 8 spots.

Main Artery

Down Argyle Street from the theatre ½ block and still in the Rotary Art’s District is a 25 seat venue-store by day, mini theatre by night. Lights, microphone-great for singer/songwriter or poetry slams. $50 per spot. 8 spots.

Steam Punk Café

Still in the art’s district around the corner on 3rd this is a 50 seat coffee shop. 6 spots/$50 per spot and would work well for stand-up, singers, or small skits. 15-30 minutes.

Why attend our Festival?

-It is at the beginning of the Fringe Festivals-a good place to tighten up your show before your tour or work on a piece for other juried Festivals

-Port Alberni is thirsty for alternative theatre and we believe all shows will perform to good audiences.

-we are friendly, billeting is free (while still available

-free passes to all participants to see each other’s shows (if show not sold out)

= Port Alberni is a waterfront community at the heart of the west coast of Vancouver Island. We are situated at the end of a 48 kilometre-long inlet and offer wilderness access/amazing scenery.



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Auditions/pre-audition workshop

Art Matters Society and the Main Artery

Presents Eve Ensler’s

The Vagina Monologues

Saturday, February 9th, 2012

At the Capital Theatre

Sponsored by the

Portal Players

Tickets $15 at the Main Artery, 4969 Argyle Street

Pre-Audition Workshop Sat Jan 12

Auditions Sunday Jan 13th-open to any woman who wants to audition-no experience necessary-only 3 rehearsals.

Pre-Audition Workshop for the Vagina Monologues-theatre exercises, discussion on the play, the history and impact on the world-stage of Eve Ensler’s famous production. Empower yourself! (you do not have to attend this workshop to audition on Sunday but the insight into the play will help with your audition and understanding of the production).Auditions Sunday Jan 13th 1-4 PM –please call Gwynne at 250-723-7883 to book an audition time or email

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A New Town-A New Venture

  • Owner hopes store will be a hub of activity
    New Argyle Street craft supply shop offers hard-to-find items, original art and a venue for workshops
    Kristi Dobson, For The Times
    Published: Friday, August 10, 2012
    While walking past Main Artery on Argyle Street, the storefront looks like a regular craft supply shop. Stepping inside, though, one realizes it is much more than that. Not only providing hard-to-find items and original art, owner Gwynne Hunt hopes her new venture will be a hub of activity for workshops and live performance art.

    Hunt recently relocated to Port Alberni from the Fraser Valley, where she lived for the past 25 years. She was highly involved in creative fields including desktop publishing, writing and the theatre. She recently published a book chronicling the lives of missing women and children in British Columbia and has books of poetry in print. For 14 years, Hunt had produced the community’s Fringe Festival as well as about 15 productions that travelled around the province.

    Putting these skills to use to help others is what drives Hunt’s passion for the arts, which she does as the artistic director of the Arts Matters Society. The organization fosters and encourages the arts, and by doing so, raises funds to benefit local non-profit organizations, mainly those which assist with violence against women.

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    Font:****When Hunt visited Port Alberni last fall, she learned of the Rotary Arts District and realized she could bring her idea of the Main Artery into fruition.

    The cosy, high-ceiling space near the corner of Third and Argyle was available and provides the perfect surrounding for her plans. Hunt’s vision is to provide workshops in creative freelance writing, art play for children, scrapbooking, art therapy and others complimenting the seasons.

    “I did Spirit to Heal workshops in Mission for women going through abuse, divorce, death or other tragedies and there is something very healing about working on creative art projects together,” Hunt said. “It allows women to talk and open up. I hope to do those here in the future too.”

    For those workshops, Hunt introduced participants to the art of wax dolls and altered books. She said she saw a similar ability for self-expression to shine through while working with senior citizens on storytelling and those with brain injuries taking part in improv theatre and poetry readings. As such, she has set up a stage area to provide the local performing arts community with an outlet for their talents and plans to hold regular evening performances.

    Already a member of Portal Players Dramatic Society, Hunt has met many local performers but knows there are many more creative artists that may be looking for space to sell their work.

    Along with paintings, photography, music, intricate polymer clay bracelets and other jewelry, she welcomes consignments from other artists. She stands by her view that art is best nonjuried and is open to a variety of mediums.

    “Art comes in so many forms,” she said. “It is such an amazing way to express yourself and it can be so healing, so I don’t believe we can judge others’ work.”

    On the retail front, Hunt strives to provide items that have not been available in town, including specific paints and brushes, soap and soap making supplies, wax and beads. She looks forward to meeting even more new people, as her first impression of the city was its friendly atmosphere.

    The grand opening of Main Artery takes place on Saturday, Aug. 18 with a drop-in scrapbook session at 1 p.m. and two radio plays taking place at 8 p.m. Drop by 4969 Argyle Street to see what the store has to offer.

    © Alberni Valley Times 2012

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