The upcoming Rickrack in The Wack Festival, sponsored by the Chilliwack Players Guild, promises to be a theatrical Cornucopia for local audiences. Festival Curator Ian Fenwick has assembled a lineup of twelve productions containing an eclectic blend of genres that is certain to appeal to many theatre patrons with varying tastes.

Fenwick states ’’ The Festival aims to present a wide range of theatre from edgy-experimental, newly-created work, to established contemporary and classic plays, to plays for young audiences.‘’

The lineup includes: Happily Never After, a children’s show from The Players Guild, along with six productions from Thompson Rivers University’s Tru Actors Workshop Theatre from Kamloops, along with theatre improv performances by SimPhoney Improv.

Edgy/Experimental work includes: A Trois by Barry Hall, presented by Rae MacEachern. Along with three original works by Canadian playwrights: Savitar Production’s Basement Santa by Rajnish Dhawan, Canadian Content by Darcy Knopp and Imposter Theatre’s Three Love Spats by Alex Rake.

The contemporary Canadian classic The Life History of the Elephant will be presented by Off Topic Theatre.

Rickrack in the Wack will also include two Musicals, Last Five Years from Secondary Characters and Confessions of a Grocery Clerk from Capricorn Theatre Productions.

Ticket prices will be quite affordable at $10 per show and patrons will also have the opportunity to purchase a festival pass that will permit them to see all twelve shows at a reduced rate.

The festival will be spread over five days from May 3 to 7, 2017 in two theatres – one of them being in the Rotary Hall Studio at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre and the other across the northwest parking lot in the Chilliwack Players Guild Hall.

The opening ceremonies of the event will take place in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre Rotary Hall on Wednesday, May 3 at 4:30 pm and all are welcome.

The performance schedule for the festival will be available in the near future. Further details can be accessed at the Festival website at  or by contacting or


Rick Mawson