Arts and Entertainment

The love story behind family is front and center at the Surrey Arts Centre until Saturday

Brett Christopher, Emma Tow, Anita Wittenberg. Photo by David Cooper

Theatre is a sophisticated expression of a basic human need. It’s an instinct to mimic and to project stories onto ourselves and others, to create meaning through narrative and metaphor.

In a Blue Moon — an Arts Club Theatre Company Production produced in Association with Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops) and Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque, ON) — is a love letter expressed on the theatre stage, one that celebrates the way magic is born out of chaos.

Photo by Barbara Zimonick
Photo by Barbara Zimonick

This visually beautiful tale that highlights our unique British Columbia region in the photography and stage design, unveils the real-life emotional times about creating new life in a new landscape. When Ava and her daughter, Frankie (uniquely played by real-life mother and daughter Anita Wittenberg and Emma Tow), move to an inherited cottage near Kamloops, they discover that Ava’s late husband’s brother (played by Brett Christopher) is already living there.

What starts as a tense relationship develops in unexpected ways as Frankie finds a role model in her uncle and Ava grows attached to the companionship of this other man. Through memories and photographs, a tender love story unfolds between the three as they begin to thread together a new understanding of family.

You’ll want to watch this show with a loved one, sharing in witnessing and contemplating a life-altering event that is moving, thought-provoking, and beautiful — all while to savour the dialogue of existential pain, and to be reminded and inspired of the always hopeful outcome.

This play is a warm and witty expression to life on the stage, which allows us to recognize how one individual can alter your life in big and little moments. As I watched the three characters explore their dynamic relationships among each other, I was left feeling inspired to find joy in the ordinary, yet sentimental moments of the everyday life.

Take a break and go see this charmingly intimate, touching production that will give you a new meaning of finding home in unexpected places.

By Lucia Frangione | An Arts Club Theatre Company production
Presented by Surrey Civic Theatres

Time: 8:00 PM and 4:00 PM
Running time approximately 2 hours 10 minutes, including intermission

Special Performances:

  • Paint at the Play Art Camp on January 16: Do you have kids ages 6 to 12? We make it easy for you all to come to the theatre! While you’re watching the 4pm performance, your kids will be having their own fun. Art Camp is from 3:30–6:30pm. $24 each or two kids for $40. We encourage registration by January 11—call our Box Office at 604-501-5566.
  • VocalEye audio description during the January 23, 4pm performance

Tuesday to Thursday 8:00 PM: Adult $45; SSS $40 | Senior $41; SSS $36
Saturday and Sunday 4:00 PM: Adult $45; SSS $40 | Senior $41; SSS $36
Friday and Saturday 8:00 PM: All seats $47; SSS $42
Off-the-Wall $29
25 Under 35: $25
VocalEye audio description $25

See 3 or more shows from the Surrey Spectacular Series (SSS) and save!

BUY TICKETS! Online or call the Box Office at 604-501-5566

Writing for the Stage workshop with Lucia Frangione
This 3-day workshop (January 22–24) is jam-packed with theory, exercises, and practical production tips. Bonuses: share your new work at a public reading | complimentary ticket to see In a Blue Moon
Information | Registration

Location: Main Stage at the Surrey Arts Centre 13750–88 Avenue

Contact: 604-501-5566 |

Krystele Chavez
Krystele was born and raised on the beautiful island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. Although from a tiny community, she was already traveling to North America at the age of 12 to compete and champion international public speaking competitions. Her global perspective has helped her branch out to discover new opportunities when she moved to BC seven years ago. At just 21, she has received a B.A. in Communications from SFU and has already worked for numerous organizations including Metro Vancouver, Canadian Cancer Society, Special Olympics BC, and the BC Non-Profit Housing Association to name a few. She is an entrepreneur, and handles social media for reputable brands. Krystele's passion is to help others find their voice and be heard, as well as inspire others to make the world a better place.