Time to PLAY in Port Coquitlam

PLAY Fundraiser Port Coquitlam

Colin Mochrie from Whose Line Is It Anyway?, along with his wife Deb McGrath, are coming to Port Coquitlam to perform at Professional Live Arts for Youth’s (P.L.A.Y.) Anniversary Fundraiser. Colin is a Scottish born Canadian actor and improviser famous for his solid comedy muscles. Colin and Whose Line Is It Anyway? show have helped to mainstream improv, and they have been performing for years with great reviews.

On April 9, 2015 at the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam, Colin and Deb will perform alongside P.L.A.Y. staff for P.L.A.Y’s first annual event Time to PLAY. This event celebrates the accomplishments of a new arts company dedicated to providing professional and affordable arts programming throughout the Lower Mainland to children and youth. This program has had a tremendous first year with many highlights.

P.L.A.Y. got its start when it brought 11 deserving children and youth and four staff to see Wicked at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre last summer. The show was amazing, the kids had the time of their lives and P.L.A.Y. was born. The first program they offered was a week-long summer intensive at Chief Sepass Theatre in Fort Langley, and they have not stopped growing since.

Today P.L.A.Y. provides three evening classes in Langley, three after school programs in Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam, an afternoon class in Burnaby, and a Spring Break theatre camp at Chief Sepass Theatre (Langley). This coming summer they are gearing up to provide a comic book writing class in North Vancouver, a creative movement story telling class in East Vancouver/Burnaby, a piano teacher that travels to your home for lessons, as well as summer theatre intensives at The Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam and at Chief Sepass Theatre in Langley. Their goal is simple – provide arts programming to children and youth where they need it and have it be very affordable. P.L.A.Y. is working with new artists in each community to ensure they succeed.

All of this is made possible because of one amazing woman, Barbara Howards – for which the program is named for. Barbara was the first person of colour to compete athletically for Canada on the world stage and the first person of colour hired by the Vancouver school board. P.L.A.Y. was created under the Barbara Howard Student Arts Program and it is because of that initial program that all of this is possible, including convincing Colin Mochrie and his wife to perform at their first anniversary fundraiser.

The fundraiser event promises to be a great time. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for a VIP package that includes seating in the front three rows of the theatre and an intimate meet and greet with Colin and Deb post show. Tickets and information for this event are available online at www.professionalliveartsforyouth.ca or by calling 604.612.9713.

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