Rickrack in The Wack
Date: May 3, 2017 - May 7, 2017
Time: All Day
Location: Chilliwack Cultural Centre/Chilliwack Players Guild Hall
9201 Corbould St, Chilliwack BC
Price: Adults: $10
Students and Seniors:

Chilliwack Players Guild Official Press Release:

Contact: Rick Mawson 604-792-7201 rickywawn@gmail.com

Guild Brings Rickrack To The Wack

The Chilliwack Players Guild is pleased to announce its newly created Fringe-style theatre festival will be called Rickrack in The Wack.

Those familiar with needle and embroidery work will recognize the term Rickrack used to describe a type of fringe often used in clothing and quilting. The Festival committee also considered the words Edge and Brink for titles but felt that they did not have the same impact and local reference to the title eventually chosen. On examining synonyms for Fringe, Festival curator Ian Fenwick had come across Rickrack and the committee agreed that paired with the word Wack (an affectionate nick name for Chilliwack) it provided an original and striking title for the festival. And so Rickrack in The Wack was born.

Like fringe-styled festivals across the country, the Chilliwack Festival will provide opportunities for theatre groups from the local community, the lower mainland, and from all corners of the province to present their work in a non-competitive, celebratory theatre event.

The initial festival will feature twelve shows spread over five days from May 3 to 7, 2017 in two theatres – one of them being in the Rotary Hall Studio at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre and the other across the northwest parking lot in the Chilliwack Players Guild Hall.

Festival Curator Ian Fenwick states ’’ The Chilliwack Festival aims to present a wide range of theatre from edgy-experimental, newly-created work, to established contemporary and classic plays, to plays for young audiences.  We hope to build greater participation in theatre and get more people of all ages involved in this collaborative effort.

‘’We also want to build our theatre audience by offering affordable tickets. The festival will begin with a fun-filled Opening Ceremony and reception on Wednesday, May 3 at 4:30 pm. and plays for young audiences will be a feature of the first day of the festival. ‘’

Productions will have a shorter running time than normal theatre fare so that audience members can see several shows in a day. Most shows will play for about an hour and then another show will begin thirty minutes later.

Each production will play four times over the five-day festival with productions running simultaneously in both theatres. Plays selected for the festival will ideally have a 60 minute running time.

Ticket prices will be quite affordable at $10 per show and patrons will also have the opportunity to purchase a festival pass that will permit them to see all twelve shows.

Theatre Groups wishing to submit a show for consideration for the first festival should contact the Festival Curator, Ian Fenwick, at ian.fenwick@ufv.ca  by December 31. Late applications may be accepted up to Jan 31, 2017, if places are still available. For further information contact Chilliwack Players Guild president Astrid Beugeling  at astridb@shaw.ca  or Sandy Tait at joyahawk@yahoo.ca