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Mattias Boon, founder and director of StreetRich Hip Hop Society, speaks to crowd Tuesday at Whalley’s new arts hub, at 10660 City Parkway, with Ellie King of Royal Canadian Theatre Company to his right. (photo: Tom Zillich) Surrey Now-Leader Hip-hop, theatre groups move into former auto shop in Whalley, under City Parkway Studio banner SURREY — A former auto garage in Whalley is motoring forward with a mix of theatre, dance and music for kids, teens and young adults. An opening celebration was held Tuesday (June 20) at Surrey’s newest arts hub, a youth-focused space at 10660 City [...]

By |2017-06-21T22:15:22-07:00June 21st, 2017|In the Press, News|0 Comments

‘Dark and Stormy’ comedy on the way to Surrey

    by  Matthew Hoekstra - Peace Arch News Surrey posted Sep 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM Two South Surrey actors are among the cast of It Was A Dark and Stormy Night, latest production of Ellie King's Royal Canadian Theatre Company, which flits into Surrey Arts Centre for  a three-performance run Oct. 7-8. Krystle Hadlow – well known from White Rock Players Club productions – plays the role of Belle, a key witness to a crime, while Stephen Fowler appears as salesman Smiling Sam in Tim Kelly's spoof of Hollywood 'old dark house' thrillers, presented as a tongue-in-cheek Halloween-season treat. [...]

By |2017-01-19T13:23:04-07:00January 19th, 2017|News|0 Comments

In Guildford, an ‘Oscars’ party with a purpose

    Stephen Elcheshen, Kerri Norris, Linda McCrossin, Shara Nixon, James King and Ellie King have fun with the big golden “Oscar” at Royal Canadian Theatre Company fundraiser on Feb. 28. — image credit: Gord Goble McCrossin (Director of Catering at Sheraton), ELinda McCrossin (President, DiverseCity), James King, Ellie King.                           by  Gord Goble - Surrey Now  posted Mar 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM GUILDFORD — On the final Sunday night of February, the stars came out for the Academy Awards in Hollywood. But there was [...]

By |2017-01-19T13:43:45-07:00January 19th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Beauty and the Beast in Bavaria

    Anita Brusch (Jennifer Campbell) kicks it up with Const. Hanz (Mark Manning, left) and Const. Footz (Danni Bergeron) during a performance of Ellie King's Beauty and the Beast at the Surrey Arts Centre on Dec. 18. Below: Frau Winifreda Schackenbacken (Alan Cedergreen) rides through town with Licketyschplitz Police Department's Const. Footz (Danni Bergeron, left) and Const. Hanz (Mark Manning) during a performance. — image credit: Boaz Joseph by  Colleen Flanagan - Maple Ridge News Maple Ridge posted Dec 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM The Royal Canadian Theatre Company will be putting on the Christmas pantomime Beauty and [...]

By |2016-12-22T21:32:19-07:00December 22nd, 2016|News|0 Comments

Vancouver Sun Beauty and the Beast article

Beauty and the Beast panto offers tradition, and a hint of the modern Shawn Conner, Vancouver Sun Ellie King’s Beauty and the Beast Dec. 16-26 | Surrey Arts Centre Dec. 30-31 | ACTS Art Centre in Maple Ridge Tickets: $28/$18 (seniors and under 14) at tickets.surrey.ca and theactmapleridge.org The panto fever that has hit Vancouver in recent years continues. This holiday season, no fewer than three versions of the traditional British entertainments are playing in Metro Vancouver. One of these is the Royal Canadian Theatre Company’s adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Certain conditions apply, however, before something can be considered an [...]

By |2016-12-18T17:52:11-07:00December 18th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Beauty of a panto

    ‘Beauty’ of a panto hits Surrey Arts Centre stage Surrey B.C.  posted Dec 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM SURREY — A fun-filled pantomime version of the “Beauty and the Beast” story hits the stage at Surrey Arts Centre starting tonight (Friday). The Royal Canadian Theatre Company show, directed by longtime panto fan and writer Ellie King, puts a comedic twist on a classic tale of love, bravery and second chances. The production continues until Dec. 26, followed by some dates at the The ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge. Visit Rctheatreco.com for more show details, or CLICK HERE. [...]

By |2016-12-18T17:53:31-07:00December 16th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Panto Bavarian-style

    by Alex Browne - Peace Arch News White Rock Surrey Langley posted Dec 8, 2016 There's no use tackling a traditional British pantomime without a large portion of traditional British cheek. Fortunately, that's a quality that Merseyside-reared, Surrey Civic Treasure Ellie King possesses in abundance. The director-playwright knows that friendly national stereotypes, groaner jokes and time-honoured knockabout routines are the life blood of the panto, which true to its British show-biz origins, annually turns a well-loved fairy tale inside-out and serves it up, like a well-stuffed Christmas turkey, for the delectation of young and old alike. READ FULL [...]

By |2016-12-18T17:54:29-07:00December 12th, 2016|News|0 Comments