As part of the Sid Williams Theatre Society’s mandate to stimulate and enhance artistic and cultural activities in the Comox Valley, we proudly present a number of event series during our season - typically between September and early June.
Presenting a performance means we have contracted the artists to appear locally, unlike commercial or community user groups who select available dates to rent the theatre for their shows.
From classical music to comedy, from a one man play to an indie band, we’re trying to enrich our community with the opportunity to experience a diverse range of performing arts.
Many of the Blue Circle Series artists who visit the Comox Valley do so as part of a provincial or national tour. Such tours focus on major urban centres like Vancouver and Victoria, and only venture into the regional hinterlands if there is a presenter such as the Society with the means to bring them in. We work proactively with other venues and presenters on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast to ensure that our audiences benefit from as many tours as we can secure.
The selection process is stewarded by our General Manager and Events Coordinator – both with many years of experience in artistic direction for a theatre venue. Because we receive funding from both federal and provincial governments, our Blue Circle Series is currently made up of predominantly Canadian artists, several from British Columbia. We also look for diverse genres and multicultural acts, and consider a range of performances from season to season. We encourage recommendations from the community, and popular performances may return. We strive to balance our Blue Circle Series so that we are not competing with our rental clients, but instead offering performances that bring something different and fresh to our stage.
We travel to juried showcase events, as well as presenter previews at other venues, to view artists and performances to ensure that we are always selecting the highest quality productions we can, taking artist fees and the capacity and technical capability of our venue into consideration.
What’s in a name?
Blue is the colour of inspiration. The circle celebrates inclusion. It symbolizes our eyes and opening awareness. It represents the infinite nature of energy. It symbolizes the cycles of time, the movements of seasons. The circle is sacred to many cultures, and beckons the viewer to be drawn in, like a spotlight on our stage.
The Sid Docs series is a small selection of popular documentary films from some of the most prominent film festivals in the world. This series is mainly focused on stories about the performing arts or human interest pieces. Ticket pricing for this series is subsidized to ensure access for as many as possible in our community.
This film series was created as part of the City of Courtenay's centennial celebration in 2015. It also celebrates the theatre's origins as a popular movie house. Beloved older classics are shown on our big screen and we encourage the audience to come dressed in the theme or decade of the movie. Like the Sid Docs, ticket pricing for these films is subsized to ensure affordability for the broader community.
This is our most popular film series to date. We select 3 to 4 family-appropriate films each season to screen on Sunday afternoons. Our staff dress up as characters from the films and there are usually door prizes provided by our generous local sponsors. These films are an affordable afternoon for the whole family - admission is pay what you can by donation.
These are special events that we often co-present with other community groups.
If you have any questions or comments about our programming, please don't hesitate to send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us 250.338.2430 ext 6.