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May 2022 SOAP-Box Newsletter
Six Dramatic Days of  Live Theatre, plus a banquet are scheduled as follows. All performances are at Venables Theatre (6100 Gala St. Oliver). The Awards Banquet will be at the Oliver Senior Centre (5876 Airport St. Oliver). 
  • Sunday, May 22: SOAP Theatre (Oliver and Osoyoos): When The Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
  • Monday, May 23: Crimson Tine Theatre (Princeton): Above and Beyond  by Robert Scott
  • Tuesday, May 24: Theatre Kelowna: Wit by Margaret Edson 
  • Wednesday, May 25: Workshop Play: Gift from the Sea by Cara Nunn of Vernon (Note that this short play is free for anyone holding a ticket to any of the other performances.)
  • Thursday, May 26: Shuswap Theatre (Salmon Arm): The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble by Beth Graham
  • Friday, May 27: Powerhouse Theatre (Vernon): Ben Hur by Patrick Barlow
  • Saturday, May 28: Awards Banquet: Dinner, awards presentation, followed by dancing to the music of popular, local duo, Rebel Luv.
Adult show tickets are only $22.50 if purchased in advance, or $25 on the day of the show. If you buy tickets to three or more shows, they cost only $20 each. Student tickets are $15.
Festival Details and Ticket Links
Our regular season run of When the Wind Blows wrapped up on Saturday, April 30 to great audience reviews. If you missed it, relax... you have one more opportunity to catch this tragic-comedy centred on a retired English couple who hopelessly reminisce about World War II in the face of a pending nuclear strike at the height of the Cold War.

When the Wind Blows will be SOAP Theatre's entry in the 2022 Okanagan Zone Theatre Festival to be held in Oliver. It shows Sunday evening, May 22nd at 7:30 in the Venables Theatre.
When the Wind Blows - Info and Ticket Links
What audience members say about When the Wind Blows:

Saw the show last night. Poignant, powerful, funny and frightening. Really enjoyed it.  Hope you get the crowds it deserves. Well done to all of you.  - Sylvia S. (Osoyoos)

​I was at the opening night. Ritchie and Margie were awesome - I never thought two people could carry a whole show, but you proved me wrong!  - ​Miles K. (Penticton)

Saw the show last night ….I would recommend it to anybody….great play...great acting.  - June J. (Oliver)

Enjoyed the show. Acting was spot on. The set was well done and the audio-visuals were frighteningly effective.  -Scott M. (Oliver)

I've been privileged to watch this extremely satisfying play. A cast that has chemistry and weaves its magic. The story is poignant, it echoes todays international mayhem. This play was written 40 years ago but it could have been yesterday. Thank you Ritchie, Margi, set designers, cast, crew, M/C and myriad behind the scenes supports... -  ​Jill M. (Kelowna)

Great play! Glad I went.  Valeria D.

Amazing show. Bittersweet as this is going on now in Ukraine. Let there be peace. - Doris K.

Excellent acting. Kept me engaged the entire time. - Colleen M.

Very well done! - Nicole N. (Penticton)

Wonderful show. So well done. Difficult to watch at times. Thank you.  - Lefa S. (Saskatchewan)
Well done. I cried. Especially when this world of ours is in such a horrific state. Peace and Love is all we need. Imagine… 
- Wendy C. (Oliver)
SOAP Theatre will be holding its own open house in conjunction with the Oliver Community Arts Council.

Come look behind the scenes in our rehearsal space and warehouse, located in the Big Blue Building across the parking lot from the Quail's Nest Arts Centre (5840 Airport Road - Oliver). See sets, props, costumes... the whole works!

10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Sunday May 15.
Seeking Directors & Show Ideas
Each year we strive to stage three productions (Fall, Winter and Spring). 

We are looking for past, current and future directors and producers to come forward with show ideas for our Fall and Spring shows next season. (The winter show will be The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon, postponed from earlier this year.) If you have a favourite play you want to see staged in the South Okanagan, why not consider directing or producing it? It's a great chance to revitalize your artistic juices!

Alternately, if you are interested in directing, but don't have your mind set on a specific play, let us know and perhaps we can explore some options together. If you have theatre experience but have not directed before, perhaps we can team you up with someone in our group be your mentor and assistant.

Once we have a draft list of plays and proponents, the final selection is up our Board of Directors. We look to having our season locked in and ready to announce in May.

If you are interested please contact us by email at
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