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Blithe Spirit Poster
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When novelist Charles Condomine arranges a séance with Madame Arcati, a local eccentric and medium, as part of research for an upcoming book, he unleashes forces he had not counted on, namely the ghost of his first wife Elvira, who is visible only to him. Charles eventually convinces his current wife, Ruth, of Elvira’s presence and Ruth and Charles set about trying to get rid of the unwanted spirit. Meanwhile, Elvira plots to get rid of Ruth so she and Charles can be reunited. This play was a hit when it debuted in wartime London and has undergone numerous London and Broadway revivals. It was also made into a film in 1945.

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A Practical Introduction to Scenic Paint

Workshop will be held on March 23'rd. from 10:00 to 5:00 pm


Cost is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non members. Confirm your registration by emailing Rivercity. Please call Mary Ann Stenback at 250-923-509 if you have questions. Minimum attendees required is 15. Please reply by March 20'th, 2019.

This one-day hands-on workshop will introduce participants to basic techniques of scenic paint for theatrical set designs. Starting with an overview of tools, materials and techniques, participants will get practical experience working with scenic paint and gain a working knowledge of how scenic paint elevates set designs and creates cohesive worlds.

The workshop will cover the following sections:
Scenic Painting Tools
• an overview of the essential tools required
Scenic Painting Materials
• a discussion of the properties of scenic paint
• the difference between scenic paint and house paint
• mediums and additives to alter the handling properties of paint
• techniques for extending paint and making best use of mis-tints and leftover paint
Painting in Layers of Transparency
• the fundamental guidelines for creating any scenic paint treatment from start to finish
• a guide to colour mixing
• how to enrich single-colour wall treatments
• how to play multiple colours off each other within one surface
• a guide to texture: scumble, spatter, shading
• an overview of faux techniques: stone, brick, wood grain

Further Techniques
• painting large surfaces such as backdrops and floors
• painting dimensional set details
• pushing shadows and grounding set walls
• creating vignettes and spray shading
Participants should come equipped with a sense of adventure along with:
• painting clothes (you are guaranteed to get paint on you in some form)
• one 3” angular sash brush, preferably a higher quality brush such as a Purdy, with a long handle
All other materials and paint will be provided.

Lauchlin Johnston - Bio
Lauchlin is a scenic and lighting designer and a full member of the Associated Designers of Canada. He is a multiple design award winner with fifteen Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations and three wins, and the recipient of an Ovation Award.

Lauchlin has been working professionally since 2005 and graduated from UBC in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre design and production. Since graduation he has worked full-time as a professional designer working with companies across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario including Arts Club Theatre, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Richmond’s Gateway Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre, Alley Theatre, ITSAZOO, Western Canada Theatre, RealWheels, Pacific Theatre, Studio 58, Vancouver Moving Theatre, Douglas College, Delinquent Theatre, Native Earth, PI Theatre and Mortal Coil Performance.

Lauchlin’s work emphasizes movement and dimensional form and he is known for creating transformative designs that often take the form of intricate puzzles. He loves all types of theatre ranging from more traditional staging to site-specific spectacle to puppetry.

This coming fall Lauchlin will be back with Mortal Coil Performance working on the Stanley Park Hallowe’en Ghost Train. This will be his ninth year designing set and lighting for the popular immersive outdoor event.

He has had the honour of working with some of Canada’s most brilliant actors, directors and designers and looks forward to many future creations and collaborations.

Lauchlin is passionate about sharing his love of theatrical storytelling. Through this workshop he looks forward to sharing the craft of scenic paint with participants of all backgrounds and skills.

For more information please visit Lauchlin’s portfolio at www.lauchlinjohnston.ca


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Improv Classes & fun

All Skill Levels Welcome

Most Sunday's from 1 -3
Ages 15 and up
$10.00 drop in

Directed by Gerry McAteer Professional Improv Director, Coach and Funny Man!!

Contact Glen at glen@glenclark.ca for dates and information

Classes will be held at Rivercity Stage

Improv (short for improvisation) is a state of being and creating action without pre-planning. Commercially, improve is taught mainly as a comedic art-form, but it can be applied to any spontaneous moment of sudden inventiveness that comes to mind, body and spirit as an inspiration.

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