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'Once Upon A Night' gala staged for November 16 at Chemainus Theatre

Cheamainus Theatre’s gala fundraiser ‘Once Upon A Night” will raise the curtain the night of Saturday November 16.

The gala will feature a wide selection of artists as well as a silent auction table, with all money raised going towards the functions of the theatre itself.

“Once Upon A Night is about storytelling and celebrating the arts and we are fundraising to benefit the theatre,” said project manager Jennifer Lee Fairweather.

Earlier this year, Fairweather explained Chemainus Theatre received a number of donated pieces of Arthur Vickers artwork valued at $100,000.

Vickers is a well-renowned Vancouver Island artist based in Cowichan Bay and his work is based on Canada’s west coast.

As a result, 10 of the art pieces have been placed in an online auction that is underway in the lead up to the gala, and that auction closes the night prior to the show.

The night of, Fairweather explained a “super silent auction” will be available for the audience to browse and spend on as well as a variety of entertainment from artists such as Samantha Currie and jazz vocalist Zandra Burns.

Asked on why specifically people should come to this particular gala, Fairweather said, “From the point of view of the people [coming], they’ll be able to be around people who support the Chemainus Theatre and do so themselves.

“It’s a great opportunity to have a wonderful evening and do some Christmas shopping via our silent auction as well. We’ve had tremendous support from a lot of local businesses who have donated merchandise and vouchers.”

The funds raised will also help support an education and outreach program according to Fairweather, as well as specific theatre needs.

“This will help us to continue to attract the best talent available to the Chemainus Theatre be it directors, designers, actors or artists. Lots of resources, time and energy go into a theatre production and the Chemainus Theatre has built up a reputation of being an outstanding one.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. the night of the gala and tickets are $40 available from the box office at 250-246-9820.