Melanie Minty

URP’s production of the rock musical “Rent” stars Darren Adams as Roger and Ali Watson as Mimi.

MINTY: Acronyms abound as the rebranded FVGSS prepares ‘Pinocchio’ for stage in Surrey

SAGA and URP also busy with special events this month

URP’s production of the rock musical “Rent” stars Darren Adams as Roger and Ali Watson as Mimi.
Members of The Vaudevillians dress-rehearse their “Reflections of Vaudeville” show

MINTY: Ah, I love the value of vaudeville and help for young performers

Also: Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners do another Fibre Flare event in South Surrey

Members of The Vaudevillians dress-rehearse their “Reflections of Vaudeville” show
The college-reunion comedy 'The Dixie Swim Club' is currently staged at Surrey Little Theatre.

Surrey Little Theatre dives in with college-reunion comedy ‘The Dixie Swim Club’

All-female cast delivers comedy, pathos, senility and warmth with equal ability

The college-reunion comedy 'The Dixie Swim Club' is currently staged at Surrey Little Theatre.
Kirk Smith and Lauren Bowler in “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

MINTY: Stormy nights, mystery and more in a diverse dish of theatre shows in Surrey

If you haven’t gotten tickets yet for the Arts Club On Tour series at Surrey Arts Centre, jump on it now

Kirk Smith and Lauren Bowler in “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The interior of Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey

MELANIE MINTY: A big, shiny new theatre isn’t needed in Surrey, but smaller spaces sure are

The phrase 'Build it and they will come' clearly does not apply to theatre space

The interior of Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey
Kids work on art at Surrey Art Gallery.

MELANIE MINTY: Get creative at ‘Family Sunday’ event at Surrey Art Gallery

Also, White Rock Players' production of 'Frankenstein 1930' continues at Coast Capital Playhouse

Kids work on art at Surrey Art Gallery.
Jennifer Lane (as Olive) and Kay Lozada (as Dorothy) in Royal Canadian Theatre Company’s “It Was a Dark an Stormy Night

MELANIE MINTY: Big issues linger for Surrey Little Theatre; ‘Stormy’ nights ahead for Royal Canadian co.

Theatre’s home remains threatened by growth and development along 184th Street

Jennifer Lane (as Olive) and Kay Lozada (as Dorothy) in Royal Canadian Theatre Company’s “It Was a Dark an Stormy Night
The Interactive Knitting Group at an 'inFlux' event at Surrey Art Gallery last February. Another arts-minded gathering is planned for Friday
The Interactive Knitting Group at an 'inFlux' event at Surrey Art Gallery last February. Another arts-minded gathering is planned for Friday
Kerry O'Donovan

MELANIE MINTY: O’Donovan and friends unite for what could be a magical concert at White Rock’s Coast Capital Playhouse

Show on Friday, Sept. 16 will also feature Phil Dickson and Steffanie Davis

Kerry O'Donovan
Artist Daniel Tibbits

MELANIE MINTY: Old-school skills are still relevant in today’s world

Surrey Skills Share Fair set for Oct. 2 at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre

Artist Daniel Tibbits
Adam Francis Proulx brings “Baker’s Dozen: 12 Angry Puppets” to Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall in September.

MINTY: Angry puppets show up at city hall stage, and that could be serendipitous

Also: Word about Surrey Skills Share Fair this fall, final Movies Under the Stars night at Holland Park on Saturday

Adam Francis Proulx brings “Baker’s Dozen: 12 Angry Puppets” to Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall in September.
Members of Surrey International Folk Dancing Society in costume following a dance demo in 2015 at Suncreek Village Care Home in Surrey.

MELANIE MINTY: Surrey folk dancers plan fall retreat, restart lessons at local school

Also: Semiahmoo Arts stitches together a Fibre Arts Market on Oct. 22-23

Members of Surrey International Folk Dancing Society in costume following a dance demo in 2015 at Suncreek Village Care Home in Surrey.
A large portion of Ellie King’s time for the last 10 years has been devoted to the Royal Canadian Theatre Company.

MELANIE MINTY: Busy days for King with Royal company and City Parkway space in Whalley

Also: Peninsula Productions launches NextGen, for young people in theatre

A large portion of Ellie King’s time for the last 10 years has been devoted to the Royal Canadian Theatre Company.
Naked Stage Productions Society's Ed Milaney (artistic director)

MELANIE MINTY: Men wanted for Naked Stage play in Newton

Community theatre runs on volunteer power, so get involved

Naked Stage Productions Society's Ed Milaney (artistic director)
Get that computer fired up for Surrey Libraries' Young Adult Writing Contest.

MELANIE MINTY: Young writers, Surrey Libraries has a contest for you

Also in the works is the 'We Are Newton!' anthology project

Get that computer fired up for Surrey Libraries' Young Adult Writing Contest.
Michelle Collier and James Walker in Beach House Theatre’s production of “The Foreigner
Michelle Collier and James Walker in Beach House Theatre’s production of “The Foreigner
Melanie Minty' s arts column is published every week in the Now. She can be reached at melminty@telus.net

MINTY: Honouring heroes, both the obvious and unsung kinds

Melanie Minty' s arts column is published every week in the Now. She can be reached at melminty@telus.net

Melanie Minty' s arts column is published every week in the Now. She can be reached at melminty@telus.net
John Cousins plays infamous actor John Barrymore in 'Barrymore's Ghost

MINTY: Life of Hollywood icon revealed in ‘Barrymore’s Ghost’ play

The Page Theatre and White Rock Players bring story to the stage

John Cousins plays infamous actor John Barrymore in 'Barrymore's Ghost
Aaron Holt (as Petruchio) and Mandy Dyck (as Kate) in Bard in the Valley’s production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew

MINTY: Head outdoors to see Bard in the Valley’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

Also: Kick off summer with an “art party” hosted by The Arts Council of Surrey

Aaron Holt (as Petruchio) and Mandy Dyck (as Kate) in Bard in the Valley’s production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew
Actors Mike Busswood

MELANIE MINTY: Surrey play about ‘Titanic’ cruises to Fraser Valley victory

Additional stagings of 'The Last Lifeboat' at Surrey Little Theatre

Actors Mike Busswood