Beauty and the Beast

The casting is complete and rehearsals are underway for Asparagus Community Theatre’s presentation of Beauty and the Beast directed by Paul Kirkwood-Hackett. Written by Dawn Cairns, this pantomime is filled with hilarity, slapstick, talking animals, ugly dame sisters and of course Prince Handsome, the Beast and the Beautiful Belle.

Veteran A.C.T. director Paul Kirkwood-Hackett (James and the Giant Peach, On Golden Pond, Goodnight Disgrace) is teaming up with music director Todd York (Always… Patsy Cline, Ethan Claymore and Winnie the Pooh) to bring you an exciting and hilarious adventure that will leave you rolling in the aisle.

This is not like the Disney version! It is a fun filled traditional pantomime as evil witch Grimelza played by Sheila William and her sidekicks Snivel and Snide (Joseph Taylor & Beth Fitzpatrick) are thwarted in their attempts to prevent the Beast from marrying beautiful Belle played by Haley Burt. Expect action, audience participation, and antics throughout from our multi-aged cast of twenty seven.

And what is a pantomime without music? Beauty and the Beast includes classic songs such as “Thank You for Being A Friend”, “Nine to Five”, and “Bad to The Bone”. Kelly Martwig, a certified classically trained pianist provides live music in conjunction with music director Todd York. Todd spent two years studying voice and music in Vancouver and sang in many choirs including Soundwave, a well-known jazz choir. Laurisa DeFehr (Always … Patsy Cline, Half Life, and Gold Dust) adds her expertise as choreographer for the musical numbers.

Beauty and the Beast, suitable for all members of your family runs December 6, 7, 8, 9 & 12, 13, 14, and 15 with 7:30 PM performances and a matinee on Sunday December 9th at 2 PM.

Tickets go on sale November 6th at “The Guy Next Door”, 250-546-0950. Ticket prices - Adults $20, Seniors & Students $18, Children 12 and under $10.

Call for a Stage Manager

Do you have great people management skills?
Are you highly organized?
Are you a multi tasker?
Can you keep calm under pressure?
Do you have a keen eye for detail?

If this sounds like you then you have the skills for Stage Management and we need you!!!

Asparagus Community Theatre is searching for a stage manager for their winter production Beauty and the Beast, a musical pantomime. 

Rehearsals are underway with the show set to run December 6-9 and 12-15.

For more information please call or text Lara @ 250-503-7227 or email

Annual General Meeting

Asparagus Community Theatre is holding their Annual General Meeting Tuesday October 23rd at 7:00pm at The Anchor Inn (UPSTAIRS)

Appies on us!!

Don't forget to bring a cheque or cash to become a new member or renew your old membership.

Auditions Reminder for "Beauty and the Beast"

Greetings Everyone!

Reminder: Auditions for Beauty and the Beast are this Sunday Sept 23 and next Tuesday Sept 25 @ 7:00pm at the theatre!

Please note * All ages welcome to audition- Parents of children 10 under are required to stay during auditions and be present for all rehearsals should their child/children be cast in the production. No exceptions.  

For more information contact Lara @ 250 503 7227 or

Audition List for "Beauty and the Beast"


Asparagus Community Theatre is casting for their winter production of Beauty and the Beast. Not at all like the Disney version, this show is a fun filled musical pantomime full of slap stick, talking animals and of course Prince Handsome and Beautiful Belle. A large cast of approximately 20 roles with a chorus and villagers. Appropriate for children 10 years and up. Please be prepared to sing a song of your choice. 


PLAY READING: Sunday September 16th at 6pm. 
AUDITIONS: Sunday September 23rd @ 7pm 
AUDITIONS: Tuesday September 25th @ 7pm 
Rehearsals start Sunday September 30th 

December 6-9th & 12-15th 
Matinee December 9th @ 2pm                Evening Shows @ 7:30pm 
For more information please call or text
Lara @ 250-503-7227 or email 
Paul at 250-838-0230 or email 

Auditions for "Beauty and the Beast"

Hello everyone,

Asparagus Community Theatre is getting ready to launch their 2018/2019 season and are currently calling for volunteers to come and get involved with our winter production, Beauty and the Beast. This is sure to be an exciting show to be involved with, and we are eagerly looking for volunteers to fill all positions including producer, music director, stage manager, publicist, costume designer, lighting and sound designers and operators, makeup and hair designers, and set painting and construction. Come get involved with your local community theatre!!! Everyone is welcome!

Beauty and the Beast is a traditional fun filled musical pantomime with hilarity, slapstick, talking animals, and of course Prince Handsome and the Beautiful Belle. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get involved with your community and help support the local arts!
For more information please call or text Lara @ 250-503-7227 or email

Sold Out on All Shows!

Asparagus Community Theatre is now excited to announce that we are sold out for ALL remaining shows of "Always... Patsy Cline!"

Congratulations to the cast and crew of  "Always...Patsy Cline". 

Sold Out!

Asparagus Community Theatre is thrilled to announce that our opening night performance of Always...Patsy Cline is SOLD OUT!!!! 

Tickets to other performances are selling fast with only a few tickets left to each performance so don't delay!!

For tickets and information please contact our ticket outlet at 250-546-0950.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of  "Always...Patsy Cline". Break a leg!!!

Always... Patsy Cline - Behind The Scenes

Asparagus Community Theatre was visited by Theatre B.C. consultant Neil Facey on Sunday’s rehearsal. He provided us with a “Fresh pair of eyes” as he puts it.  Offering us some worthwhile suggestions, tips and laughs. Here he is pictured with director Laurisa DeFehr.

Always... Patsy Cline

Asparagus Community Theatre is excited to present its upcoming production of:         

In her directorial debut Laurisa DeFehr is taking on this very entertaining musical alongside Aaron Anderson as musical director, with co producers Lara Sheridan and Susan Gagnon.  Featuring 27 toe tapping songs, like “Walking After Midnight”, “Back In Baby’s Arms”, “If You’ve Got Leavin On Your Mind” and of course “Crazy”.

This show is packed with local talent, in her debut performance with Asparagus Community Theatre, Mary Groeneveld is Patsy Cline and veteran Jeunesse Pearson is Louise. The Bodacious Bobcats, (the band) feature Aaron Anderson on Drums, Todd York on base, Allen Bensmiller lead guitar, and George Bensmiller on keys and fiddle.

Written by Ted Swindley, the script is based on a true story of a pen pal relationship between a Houston housewife who met Patsy Cline and struck up a friendship that lasted until Clines’ untimely death in a plane crash in 1963.

Show times are first week May 3rd-6thth @7:30pm with the Sunday show being a matinee @2pm.  

Second week May 9th-12th all shows 7:30 pm  

Tickets and reservations are available April 1st @ “The Guy Next Door”3450B Okanagan Street at a cost of $20.00 for adult $18.00 students/seniors and $10.00 for Children 12 and under. Cash or cheques accepted only.  

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These shows are sure to sell out so don’t delay!

Second Auditions for "Always....Patsy Cline"

Asparagus Community Theatre is pleased to announce a second audition for its spring production Always....Patsy Cline, Sunday, January 28th at 7:30pm at the Centennial Theatre.  3305 Pleasant Valley Road, Armstrong, BC.

An upbeat and sentimental story about the short, but illustrious career of Patsy Cline.  Backed our swinging band, The Bodacious Bobcats, this show will have you toe-tapping and singing along!


Female 20-50 years old.  Patsy Cline, the famous Virginia singer from 1957-1963.  27 song repertoire with some lines.

Female 20-50 years old.  Texas housewife with a big personality.  Mainly acting with a small bit of singing.

For more information please contact:
Lara Sheridan

Auditions for "Always....Patsy Cline"

Asparagus Community Theatre is proud to announce the upcoming play reading and auditions for “Always....Patsy Cline”. This spring show will be directed by Laurisa DeFehr, musical direction by Aaron Anderson, and co-produced by Lara Sheridan and Susan Gagnon.

Sunday January 14th play reading 4pm @ Centennial Theatre. 

All interested parties will be able to read the script and see what it involves.  Directly afterwards there will be a meet and greet with current crew. Anyone interested in any of the production jobs that need filling are welcome to stay. (See bottom)

Sunday January 21st and Monday January 22nd auditions 7:30pm @ Centennial theatre. 

Auditions are for two roles:

Female: 20-50 years of age, Patsy Cline’s friend, mainly acting, but must be able to sing a simple song.

Female: 20-50 years of age Patsy Cline, mainly singing, but some acting

Please be advised for Patsy Cline auditions, come prepared to sing a Patsy Cline song of your choice, or we will provide a karaoke version of a few songs with words.
Synopsis of the show is a true story of a pen pal relationship between a Houston housewife who met Patsy Cline and struck up a friendship that lasted until Clines’ untimely death in a plane crash in 1963.

If you are interested in being a part of the show but not on stage, the following positions still need filling.  Costumes, hair and makeup, tech, (lighting and sound), backstage help, i.e. Patsy’s dresser, front of house and props.

For more info please contact:

-Lara Sheridan @ 250-503-7227

-Susan Gagnon @ 250 546-3448 (work)