Chaos for play festival

If local band wins this competition, they'll be heading on to Kamloops

Celtic Chaos performs at the Village Theatre April 18.

Celtic Chaos performs at the Village Theatre April 18.

Members of Celtic Chaos will be on hand for the Wednesday, April 18 performance of Dancing at Lughnasa to play Celtic music in the foyer of the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach.

The performance is being held to help raise money to send the ECHO Players’ production to the Theatre BC Festival in Courtenay in May. Producer Lesley McVey said there are some costs associated with taking the play to the festival including transporting the set up Island.

She said the costs add up and could be as much as $4,000.  She added that if they are victorious in Courtenay they will need to do more fundraising.

“If we win we have to go to Kamloops…but one step at a time.”

When Dancing at Lughnasa wraps up April 22 at the Village Theatre the production will be presented at the North Island Zone Theatre Festival on May 18. McVey said there is always pressure when you take a production to a drama festival but she looks forward to the feedback from the out of town visitors and the advice handed out by the adjudicator.

“It is always an interesting week.  You learn so much seeing other plays,” she said.

Celtic Chaos will do a pre-show performance from 7 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby and will bring out their fiddles during the intermission. Irish drinks will be served at the bar. Anyone who would like to help towards the costs of taking the production to Courtenay, can make a contribution at the box office before and after the show and at intermission on April 18.

The play by one of Ireland’s best loved playwright, Brian Friel.

For tickets call the box office at 250-752-1980.