Tag Archives: 2017

Honky Tonk Angels

Honky Tonk Angels Musical by First Impressions Theatre

Honky Tonk Angels

November 9-25 2017

Poorly behaving males — those who come home a’drinkin’, who’ve been a’messin’ where they shouldn’t have been a’messin’, those inclined to bring their barroom habits home to mama — are the uber-text of much of the great country music recorded by such woman as Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and that angel on this green earth, Dolly Parton.

Songs of defiance thus form much of the content of Honky Tonk Angels, the toe-tapping, laugh a minute country music celebration of women and their power to survive, dream and downright overcome!

First Impressions Theatre’s production of Honky Tonk Angels will be a welcome chance to hear this repertory, up close and real personal!

This production, directed with heart by Claude Giroux and Alishia Suitor, with outstanding musical direction by Gordon Roberts, is cast exceptionally well. These three “ladies of country” create a welcoming embrace for everyone without compromising the defiance and self-actualization heard in the lyrics of these songs.

It’s an intimate three-person, 31 song, musical celebration of the country-western genre, more than enough to keep audience members clapping and singing along all through the night.

End Of The Rainbow

End of the Rainbow

A play with music by Peter Quilter
Directed by Claude A. Giroux

“A don’t miss theatre event!”

Starring Janet Gigliotti as Judy Garland

There are moments in the theatre when you lean forward in your seat with shivers down your spine and realize there is nowhere on earth you’d rather be!
Electrifying, intense and real, this production will leave you breathless. End of The Rainbow is a true account of the last “comeback” of Judy Garland at the twilight of her career and as it turns out, her all too short life, and it’s revealing in a way seldom found in the tabloids. See that perilous bipolar energy that so often animates great performers. Touch this woman at your own risk. She burns … every chapter of Garland’s history is alive; she is foul mouthed, flirtatious, erotic, childlike, unedited, manipulative and supremely self-conscious as she makes love and war with her lovers and keepers. Judy has a strong sense of herself as a human tragedy on a world stage, but her sense of humour, of the absurdity of it all is just as sharp and appallingly funny … and then … she sings. And all those disparate elements coalesce into a coherent riveting whole … Sometimes!


"A true account of the twilight of an all too mortal goddess, Judy Garland, on the eve of her destruction."


End of the Rainbow

August 31 to September 16

On A First Name Basis

Stage Manager Darlene Manchester

Production Co-ordinator Janice Howell

Properties Audrey Grisdale

The western Canadian premiere for community theatre, this delightful play tells the story of a very successful, but cantankerous novelist who suddenly discovers that he knows nothing about his maid of 28 years. She, on the other hand, knows absolutely everything about him! He makes it his mission to learn all he can about her in a most engaging conversation. With revelations that are surprising, funny and extremely moving, this is a love story, a social commentary and a mystery wrapped in witty dialogue and vivid imagery.


May 4 to 20, Wed through Sat at 8pm

Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Van V7G 1L2


The Marvelous Wonderettes

>The Marvelous Wonderettes

Written and Created by Roger Bean Musical Arrangements by Brian William Baker Orchestrations by Michael Borth Vocal Arrangements by Roger Bean and Brian William Baker

Directed by Katherine Alpen

Musical Director: Gordon Roberts

Artistic Director: Claude A. Giroux

First Impressions Theatre is presenting The Marvelous Wonderettes, written and created by Roger Bean, in the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, February 23 through May 11, 2017.
This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts!
As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ’50s hits including Lollipop, Dream Lover, Stupid Cupid and Lipstick on Your Collar. In act two the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year-reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!
“Effervescent and irresistible! An utter charm bomb” — The New York Times.
First Impressions Theatre has a tremendous powerhouse of talent working on this production including Artistic Director Claude A. Giroux and Music Director Gordon Roberts, the team behind the recent very successful productions of Always…Patsy Cline. Director Katherine Alpen has assembled an outstanding cast with Laura Gobbo, Carolyn Bergstrand, Jenika Schofield and Sabrielle McCurdy Foreman, backed by a live band.
This family friendly show, the Marvelous Wonderettes, runs February 23 to March 11, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm. Saturday, March 11, has one performance only, a matinee at 2:00pm.
Tickets are $20 each and will make perfect Valentine gifts, book online at www.firstimpressionstheatre.com, or by telephone 604-929-9456 or tickets can also be purchased cash only from the Seymour Art Gallery in Deep Cove.
Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver Feb 23 to March 11, Wed through Sat at 8pm (Sat, Mar 11 matinee at 2pm only) www.firstimpressionstheatre.com … 604-929-9456

Jim Byrnes

jb-2017-posterwebFolks have been asking when Jim Byrnes will be back and we are thrilled to announce he will headline two concerts with special guest Mainstreet Muze (featuring Babe Gurr) on January 19 and 20, 2017 at 8:00pm.

Jim’s huge repertoire of music is further enhanced with his story telling and memories from his rich experiences in the music industry in Canada and the United States.

Tickets are $35 each are will be available online or by calling 604-929-9456.

Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver