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VOCALEYE NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2016

Oct 19 2016

IN THIS ISSUE:
1) Happy Thanskgiving!
2) Described Performances in October:
3) Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at the Arts Club Stanley
4) The Ghost Train in Stanley Park
5) The Last Wife at the Belfry in Victoria
6) The Flick at the Arts Club Granville Island
7) To See or Not to See in Kelowna
8) Theatre Buddies

9) Coming Up:
10) Tales from the Blind Side 4 x 4
11) VocalEye’s Annual AGM
12) Bakersfield Mist
13) I Think I’m Fallin’

14) Support
15) Reminders

** 1) HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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Whoa, September zipped by faster than a speeding bullet!

Big thanks to everyone who attended our first Low Vision Friendly Fringe Festival! The show we described, Carry On: A Musical, was one of 6 shows selected as “Pick of the Fringe”. Hard to believe a show set in baggage claim could be so funny. Two other LVF shows were chosen: And Bella Sang with Us; and Sink or Swim. Our Kick Ass reviewer, Deb Fong attended a whopping 14 shows and you can read her reviews here (http://www.vocaleye.ca/kickass-reviews/) .

In between Fringe shows, I managed to attend a stimulating panel discussion titled “It Isn’t Easy to Read When You’re Blind” hosted by Historic Joy Kogawa House and moderated by writer-in-residence, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall. The panel featured friends and colleagues Shawn Marsolais and Jacqui Bishop and I was delighted to meet author Ryan Knighton, who confessed a special fondness for the original JAWS voice. Listen to his latest adventures as a blind travel writer in this video (http://bit.ly/2dxnBrh) .

Some exciting news to share: it looks like the documentary film proposal for “fingerworks for fireworks” is going ahead! Congratulations to filmmaker, Sarah Race. We all look forward to working with you next year. (https://www.barbarianpressmovie.com)

We’ve also added a new show to our season: CREEPS, a dark comedy with a mixed-abilities cast, on Sunday, December 4 at 2 pm for Realwheels at the Cultch. Stay tuned for more details. (http://bit.ly/2cI1byE)

And hold on to your hair, we hit the ground running this month with 5 described performances all over the province!

October will barely be over when it’s time for our favourite event of the year, our annual storytelling fundraiser, TALES FROM THE BLIND SIDE on Saturday, November 5 at Moose’s Down Under. Tickets are on sale now at the same low price of $25 (and we’ve already sold 36!). We’ve got a fabulous lineup of storytellers, awesome prizes and a few surprises in store. Don’t miss it! (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/tales-blind-side-4-x-4/)

Enjoy your turkey/tofurkey, tricks and treats!

Steph

** 2) DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES IN OCTOBER…
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** 3) BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY
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BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY is a zany whodunit based on the famous characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Described by Ingrid Turk on Sunday October 2, 2016 at 2 pm at the Arts Club Stanley, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users, while they last. Please call the Box Office to purchase at 604-687-1644. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/baskerville-sherlock-holmes-mystery/)

“Alex Zahara plays Holmes, not as the sexy but haunted young hero of the Benedict Cumberbatch variety, but as the classic egotistical genius with a flair for the dramatic who is so certain of himself that he throws a tantrum when he trips on the tiniest detail. As a counterpoint, Mark Weatherley is appropriately stiff-backed and starry-eyed as Dr. Watson. Lauren Bowler, Kirk Smith and Mike Wasko round out the rest of the cast, playing a wide range of characters, sometimes in the same scene. This is a play that asks a lot of its cast, and a few of the best moments arise out of the three’s attempts to switch costumes, makeup and characters in a matter of seconds.” –Vancouver Sun (http://bit.ly/2cxfJB2)

“Baskerville boasts great looks and strong performances” –The Georgia Straight (http://bit.ly/2deZ4qn)

“Celebrate The Arts Club’s 53rd year by enjoying this great production. You’ll love it, too.” –Review Vancouver (http://bit.ly/2drlS7t)

If you miss this fun show at the Stanley, or want to see it again, VocalEye will describe it On Tour in Surrey and West Vancouver on the following dates:

Saturday October 22, 2016 at 4 pm at the Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey. Tickets are $25 for VocalEye users, while they last. Please call the Box Office to purchase at 604-501-5566.

Wednesday November 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver. We hope you can join us for our first described performance at the Kay Meek Centre. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users. Please call 604-981-6335 to purchase.

Visit the VocalEye website for more details, updates and support materials. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/)

** 4) THE GHOST TRAIN IN STANLEY PARK
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THE GHOST TRAIN in Stanley Park is a Vancouver Halloween tradition and spooky fun for the whole family. Anika and Ingrid will describe the Ghost Train rides on Oct 14, 15 and 16 from 5:30 pm until 8 pm on the Pipeline Road in Stanley Park near the Bus Loop. Regular ticket prices range from $7 for children to $11 for adults. VocalEye users will receive a $3 discount with the promo code below.

Purchase your Ghost Train tickets online (http://ticketleader.ca/events/stanley-park-ghost-train-2016)

* Select “Buy Tickets”
* Enter the Promo Code: 66nhkn43
* Select date & train time (described train rides from 5:30 to 8 pm on Oct 14, 15 and 16 only)
* Follow instructions to complete the sale

You can also call customer service for assistance, 604-252-3700.

There are a limited number of tickets available and some rides may sell out. The discount code is for VocalEye members and guests only.

This year’s theme is DAY OF THE DEAD, a time to remember our loved ones and to celebrate the festival of life. You’ll be serenaded by a mariachi band of cockroaches, ride the train through the tunnel of flames with the Aztec Lord and Lady of Death, and picnic in a gorgeous graveyard where friendly souls return to dance with a twelve foot skeleton.

Other fun Halloween activities and displays on the Ghost Train site include the Haunted Maze, Creatures of the Night and the Spooky Barn (admission to the Spooky Barn is $2, other activities are free). Face painting is available for as little as $3 for little cheeks. Hot buttered popcorn, caramel apples, hot chocolate and other tasty snacks are on sale at the concession stands.

Pick up your VocalEye equipment at the picnic table near the accessible/wheelchair entrance to the train. VocalEye users will receive priority boarding. The Ghost Train is wheelchair accessible.

Free parking is available on site or take the #19 bus to the Stanley Park bus loop. The Ghost Train entrance is near the bus loop and parking lot. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/ghost-train-stanley-park/)

** 5) IN VICTORIA: THE LAST WIFE
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THE LAST WIFE, a modern look at Henry the Eighth and his final marriage. Described by Rick Waines on Sunday October 16, 2016 at 2 pm at the Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Avenue in Victoria. This performance will be followed by a Touch Tour. Tickets are $24.68 for VocalEye users plus a 25% discount for a companion. A limited number of tickets are being held for VocalEye users. Please call 250-385-6815 to purchase.

This contemporary re-imagining of the compelling relationship between King Henry the Eighth and his last wife, Katherine Parr, is a witty and powerful examination of sexual politics and women’s rights. It’s a dangerous game of chess, with Henry’s offspring, Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward as pawns.

“The Last Wife is an audacious, clever play. Hennig’s drama with comic touches catapults Catherine (dubbed Kate), Elizabeth (dubbed Bess), Mary and Henry into a modern setting. So don’t go expecting a traditional period entertainment with Tudor costumes à la A Man for All Seasons. Kate (Celine Stubel) is portrayed as a take-no-guff proto-feminist so brilliant and politically astute, Henry seems like a dancing bear by comparison. She’s the full deal: a sexy, feisty woman in cocktail dresses who juggles a lover on the side.” –Times Colonist (http://bit.ly/2cZrNMp)

Visit the VocalEye website for more details, updates and support materials. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/the-last-wife/)

** 6) THE FLICK
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THE FLICK is a Pulitzer prize-winner about 3 underpaid ushers who try to save their beloved movie theatre. Described by Steph Kirkland on Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Arts Club Granville Island, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users, while they last. This performance will be followed by a Talk Back with the cast. Please call the Box Office to purchase at 604-687-1644.

Set in a run-down movie theatre, this Pulitzer Prize–winning comic drama follows three underpaid ushers who’ll do anything to keep the beloved and endangered local landmark running. As they share their hidden hopes for the future, an intimacy forms among these outsiders who at first glance have only one thing in common. Sharp-witted and insightful, The Flick is a sideways look into the lives of young people navigating their place in the world.

In The Guardian, Michael Billington said this play “magically exposes the souls of lonely people” and Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called this slow, subtle, Pulitzer winner “a work of art so strange and fresh that it definitely freaks people out”. Adventurers should enjoy this Arts Club offering. (from The Georgia Straight Critics’ Pick of the Season (http://bit.ly/2duXuOo) )

This production is directed by one of our favourite directors, Dean Paul Gibson (It’s a Wonderful Life, The 39 Steps, Spamalot).

Visit the VocalEye website for more details, updates and support materials. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/the-flick/)

** 7) IN KELOWNA: TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE
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TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE, a vision quest. Described by Rick Waines on Saturday October 22, 2016 at 2 pm at the Rotary Centre for the Arts (Mary Irwin Theatre), 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna. This performance will be followed by a Q and A with community leaders. Tickets are $25. Please call the Box Office to purchase, 250-717-5304.

VocalEye is thrilled to provide live description of this world premiere by a Canadian playwright with vision loss, Ruth Bieber.

Employing the circular motif of a shamanic quest as frame, Bieber’s first play is full of insight about what it’s like to have a vision disability as a child, a woman, a mother and a professional – and about the more hidden disabilities of those around her. One woman’s compelling and revealing experience of shadow and light.

Visit the VocalEye website for more details, updates and support materials. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/see-not-see/)

** 8) THEATRE BUDDIES
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Theatre Buddies are available to guide VocalEye Members 18 years of age and over from a designated meet up location to and from selected theatres in the lower mainland. Reserve your Theatre Buddy by calling 604-364-5949 or send us an email (mailto:buddies@vocaleye.ca?subject=Theatre%20Buddy%20reservation) In Victoria, please contact Linda Bartram at 250-595-5888. (48 hours notice is required)

** 9) COMING UP IN NOVEMBER…
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** 10) TALES FROM THE BLIND SIDE 4 X 4
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Don’t miss VocalEye’s 4th annual storytelling fundraiser, TALES FROM THE BLIND SIDE, Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Moose’s Down Under Bar and Grill, 830 West Pender Street, downstairs. Doors open at 6 pm. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/tales-blind-side-4-x-4/)

Join us for an evening of true tales told by members of the blind and low vision community!

Storytellers: Albert Heide, Laura Mackenrot, Betty Nobel and Collin van Uchelen

Host: Becky Armstrong
Storytelling Mentor: Rick Waines
Event Organizers: Amy Amantea and Linda Weber

Tickets are $25 and are on sale now!

Buy Online (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XFVKFWGGFP92A)

or call 604-364-5949

Admission includes a tasty assortment of hot and cold appetizers.

Amy and Linda are working their prize wrangling magic again this year to gather some spectacular prizes and gift baskets for this event. Live auction items will include a fabulous Apple TV package (donated by Descriptive Video Works); A Chocolate Fantasy Adventure (donated by Pat Duffy); and a pair of Vancouver Canucks hockey tickets to the November 15 game against the NY Rangers (donated by Kathy Ducey). Huge thanks to all our generous event donors!

Wheelchair accessible. Guided assistance is available from the Burrard SkyTrain. Please call 604-364-5949 to arrange.

All proceeds go toward VocalEye programs that provide people with vision loss greater access to arts and culture.

** 11) VOCALEYE’S ANNUAL AGM
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You are invited to attend the 4th Annual General Meeting of the CCB Vancouver VocalEye Chapter Society

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Cathedral Place, 925 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Light snacks and refreshments will be served

The meet up location for those who would like assistance is the Burrard SkyTrain Station, street level, at 5:15 pm

Please RSVP your attendance and arrange a guide, if needed, with Linda Weber: lmweber@shaw.ca (mailto:lmweber@shaw.ca?subject=VocalEye%20AGM%20RSVP)

A separate notice will also be emailed to all VocalEye members. Thank you for your ongoing support.

** 12) BAKERSFIELD MIST
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A comedy that questions what’s real and what’s fake in art and in life. Based on a true story, starring Nicola Cavendish. Described by Anika Vervecken on Sunday November 13, 2016 at 2 pm at the Arts Club Stanley, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users while they last. Please call 604-687-1644 to purchase. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/bakersfield-mist/)

** 13) I THINK I’M FALLIN’
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The songs of Joni Mitchell. Described by Rick Waines on Sunday November 27, 2016 at 2 pm at the Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria. Please call 250-385-6815 to purchase tickets. This performance will be followed by a Touch Tour. (http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/think-im-fallin/)

** 14) SUPPORT…
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VocalEye describes more than 30 arts and cultural events each year for people who are blind and partially sighted. None of this would be possible without the generous contributions of our funders and supporters.

We gratefully acknowledge the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, our Community Donors and Individual Donors for their critical financial and in-kind support. Tax receipts are issued for amounts of $25 or more and all donors will be listed on our website. Be among the first to donate this season! We thank you for helping us provide people with vision loss greater access to live performance, arts and culture!

DONATE NOW (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=W6ZXMTEJ9MSGC)

** 15) REMINDERS…
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* VocalEye’s complete season of described performances can be found on our website (http://vocaleye.ca/shows/)
* Tickets and description equipment must be reserved by calling the theatre, unless instructed otherwise.
* Be sure to mention VocalEye to receive any discounts offered and please indicate whether you have partial vision, a guide dog or other seating preferences. Seating options may be limited.
* We recommend arriving early to pick up your equipment so you can be seated in time for a sound check and to listen to our pre-show introduction that includes brief descriptions of the set, characters and costumes. These begin 10 minutes before curtain.
* Our handheld receivers come with a single earpiece that can be worn on the left or right ear, or you can use your own earbuds or headphones. The audio signal is mono, so it will come through on only one side.
* VocalEye Memberships are FREE for people with vision loss.
* VocalEye Members are eligible for Theatre Buddy assistance, ticket discounts and equipment pickup without a deposit.
* VocalEye newsletters are available in your choice of formats: Plain Text or HTML with images. Both include a link to a simple Word Doc format.
* VocalEye respects your right to privacy. We do not and will not rent, sell or trade our list. Our mailings are intended to inform you of our events, programs, services and fundraising activities. You may unsubscribe at any time.
* VocalEye is a registered non-profit society and a Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) BC/Yukon.
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VOCALEYE NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2016

Sep 07 2016

IN THIS ISSUE:
1) Labours of Love
2) Described Performances in September
3) Low-Vision Friendly Fringe
4) Touch Tour Photos from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
5) Coming Up
6) Support
7) Reminders

** 1) LABOURS OF LOVE
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The end of August feels like the end of summer – already! It also marks the end of VocalEye’s 6th season of described performances and what a record-breaking year it has been! Grab a cuppa, this may take a while…

We described a whopping 35 shows and events last season! Since our launch in 2010, our programming has increased by 233%, VIP attendance by 517% and total attendance by 750%. We also counted 70 guide dogs this year, a 30% increase over last year! And we were able to offer more Touch Tours than ever!

Here’s a list of the most popular described shows this year:
1. Romeo and Juliet at Bard on the Beach
2. A Christmas Story at the Arts Club
3. The Merry Wives of Windsor at Bard on the Beach
4. Billy Elliot at the Arts Club
5. Beauty and the Beast at Theatre Under the Stars
6. Disgraced at the Arts Club
7. a 2-way tie: Rock of Ages at the Arts Club; BOOM for the Push Festival and the Arts Club
8. a 4-way tie: A Christmas Carol at the Belfry; In a Blue Moon at Surrey Arts Centre; The Valley at the Belfry; Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Gateway
9. a 3-way tie: Speed-the-Plow at the Belfry; Pride and Prejudice at the Arts Club; Sexy Voices Cabaret for Realwheels
10. Peter and the Starcatcher at the Arts Club

Our most popular described events came so close to a 3-way tie that I hesitate to rank them:
1. Celebration of Light
2. Pride Parade
3. The Ghost Train

I want to thank all our members and guests who attended shows this year (many from out of town) for helping us set this new attendance record, for trying new venues and supporting our new theatre partners, for booking our Theatre Buddies, for your gracious understanding and patience when we had technical difficulties, for your generous and thoughtful feedback, for your requests and suggestions and for making what we do so rewarding and delightful!

Our Theatre Buddies were stellar this year, filling over 90 shifts and volunteering hundreds of hours to meet a 30% increase in demand over last year. A big round of applause for: Peter Church; Collene Ford; Ben Gradidge; Lia Haleem; Sarah Hayward; Megan Kaart; Tal Jarus; Linda Letnick; Sandy Leznoff; Carol MacDonald; Julia Siedlanowska; Shanna Yeung; Anika Vervecken; our Belfry volunteers, Frances Nickerson and Barbara Schuster; our volunteer of the year, Rick Lin; and our Fingerworks for Fireworks creator, Collin van Uchelen. Kudos to our Volunteer Coordinator, Donna Soares, for keeping track of everyone and for filling in when needed!

Bravo to our talented team of describers for their outstanding descriptions and their dedication to perfecting their craft and to serving our listeners: Eileen Barrett, Teri Snelgrove, Ingrid Turk, Anika Vervecken and Rick Waines.

We would have nothing to describe if not for our intrepid theatre and event partners, who should be commended for their commitment to inclusion and community:
the Arts Club Theatre Company, Bard on the Beach, The Belfry,
the Frank, the Gateway, Mortal Coil, Neworld Theatre,
the Push Festival, Realwheels, the Surrey Arts Centre, Theatre Under the Stars, the Vancouver Pride Society and our new partners at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and the Kay Meek Centre. Deep appreciation to the Staff, Box Office, Guest Services, Front of House, the performers, designers, directors, technicians and crew for all that you do for us.

The donations we receive from our fundraising efforts, individuals and community supporters play a vital role in sustaining us. I want to thank everyone who made a contribution from January 2015 to August 2016: Deborah Williams, Beaver Valley Lions Club, Dawn Brennan, Betty Nobel, Kay Zigmont, Rosamund and Richard van Leeuwen, Richard and Tina Hulbert, Great Canadian Gaming, Burnaby Lions Club, Patrick Duffy, Tom Teranishi, Richard Marion, Asif Bhalesha, Dave Wodchis, Norna Horner, Marion Poggemiller, Shayda Kassam, Ken Wong, Albert Ruel, Ken Gray, The Gyro Club of Vancouver, Tina Hulbert, Linde Zingaro, Freda and Edward Linstead, Eric Godot Andersen, Andrea Yip, Rebecca Armstrong and Gail Ritter.

Special thanks also go to Moose’s Down Under,
Aroga Technologies, JAGlen Design, Langara College, M & M Cruise Products Ltd, NCIX, our Tales from the Blind Side contributors ( HYPERLINK “http://www.vocaleye.ca/support-us/special-event-donors/” http://www.vocaleye.ca/support-us/special-event-donors/) and our partners at the CCB BC-Yukon Division ( HYPERLINK “http://www.ccbbcyukon.com” http://www.ccbbcyukon.com) for their invaluable support.

Saving the best for last, our indefatigable board members who generously give their time, energy, enthusiasm, talents and expertise to the ongoing challenge of keeping this tiny boat afloat: Linda Weber (Chair); Amy Amantea (Vice-chair and Blind Beader); Becky Armstrong (Treasurer); Dawn Brennan (Secretary) and members Karim Damani, Graham Hardy and Laura Mackenrot.

I stand amazed and deeply grateful for all your support and for all that we have accomplished together.

Thanks to all of you, we’re able to dive in to a new season with another great line up of described performances and events, starting with CARRY ON: a musical at the Vancouver Fringe Festival on September 14. I hope you’ll join us there and catch some other shows at this year’s Low-Vision Friendly Fringe!

VocalEye kicks off a jam-packed October with BASKERVILLE: A Sherlock Holmes mystery at the Arts Club Stanley. Five performers play more than 40 characters in this zany whodunit. If you loved The 39 Steps, you’ll love this!

We’re still waiting to confirm our dates for the Ghost Train in Stanley Park where we’ll describe this year’s theme, “Day of the Dead”. We also look forward to returning to the Arts Club Granville Island before heading out for a whirlwind of description in Victoria, Surrey and Kelowna.

I’m pleased to announce that there will be Theatre Buddy service for VocalEye users at the Belfry in Victoria this season. Big thanks to Linda Bartram and the Victoria Society for Blind Arts and Culture for generously stepping up to provide this service! ( HYPERLINK “http://on.fb.me/1QbTcYR” http://on.fb.me/1QbTcYR)

The complete line up of described performances and events can be found on the VocalEye website, with performances and events still to be confirmed at the Gateway and the Push Festival. I expect to have dates and shows confirmed for Bard on the Beach and Theatre Under the Stars in the New Year.

Tickets are now on sale for our 4th annual storytelling fundraiser, Tales from the Blind Side, on Saturday, November 5 at Moose’s Down Under. One thing that hasn’t changed is the ticket price: still only $25. Purchase online or phone 604-364-5949. ( HYPERLINK “https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XFVKFWGGFP92A” https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XFVKFWGGFP92A) ( HYPERLINK “http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/tales-blind-side-4-x-4/” http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/tales-blind-side-4-x-4/)

I’ll have more details for you in the next newsletter.

Have a lovely Labour Day Weekend, everyone!

Warmly,

Steph

** 2) DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES IN SEPTEMBER…
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** CARRY ON: A MUSICAL
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Carry On: A Musical will be described by Anika Vervecken on Wednesday September 14, 2016 at 7:15 pmat the Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver. ( HYPERLINK “http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/carry-musical-vancouver-fringe/” http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/carry-musical-vancouver-fringe/)

This production is part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Tickets are $14, with a 2-for-1 companion rate and reserved seating for VocalEye users.

Fringe memberships are also FREE to VocalEye members (regular $5). Please present your Fringe membership along with your ticket for admission.

Running time is 90 minutes with no intermission.

The story centers around Tracy, the baggage claim supervisor, who feels a little stuck after 10 years at her job, and is hoping a promotion to management is in her future. However, her boss Mr. Grant, doesn’t take her application seriously – he sees her as the smiling face on the front line, and not exactly management material. Besides, who would replace her? She’d better stay where she is. Cue Casey, an eager if inexperience young applicant desperate for a job in baggage claim – and in Tracy’s eyes, someone to take over when she heads upstairs to the offices. And then… a flight full of bags disappear. With a baggage claim full of unhappy guests with personal issues of their own, Tracy has her hands full trying to keep everyone’s tempers under control – including her own – and prove to Mr.
Grant that she deserves to move up in the world.

This show was the winner at last year’s 24 Hour Musical Smackdown contest. An Awkward Stage production, creators of last year’s Fringe hit, Titus: the light and delightful musical comedy of Titus Andronicus.

Theatre Buddies are available. The meet up location is the Main Street sky train station.

Theatre Buddies are available to guide VocalEye Members 18 years of age and over from a designated meet up location to and from selected theatres in the lower mainland. Reserve your Theatre Buddy by calling 604-364-5949 or send us an email ( HYPERLINK “mailto:buddies@vocaleye.ca?subject=Theatre%20Buddy%20reservation” mailto:buddies@vocaleye.ca?subject=Theatre%20Buddy%20reservation) (48 hours notice is required). In Victoria, please contact Linda Bartram at 250-595-5888.

** 3) LOW-VISION FRIENDLY FRINGE
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VocalEye is thrilled to partner with the Vancouver Fringe Festival to make their annual event more accessible for people from the blind and low vision community.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival runs for 11 days (September 8 to 18) with more than 700 performances in 21 venues centred in the Granville Island and Commercial Drive neighbourhoods. ( HYPERLINK “http://www.vancouverfringe.com/venue-locations/” http://www.vancouverfringe.com/venue-locations/)

VocalEye’s consultation with the Fringe last year was all about finding ways to make the whole festival more accessible to people with low vision.

“I had a very positive experience at last year’s festival, and I would encourage other patrons with vision loss to check it out this year. I’ve already got tickets to 4 shows.” -Tami Grenon.

Read more about Tami’s Fringe experience here ( HYPERLINK “https://gallery.mailchimp.com/de65e4fe4220a1a668fdef7ee/files/Fringe_Highlights_2015.doc” https://gallery.mailchimp.com/de65e4fe4220a1a668fdef7ee/files/Fringe_Highlights_2015.doc) .

Here is a breakdown of this year’s accessible services:

2-for-1 Companion Rate: Regular ticket price is $14. People with vision loss may bring a sighted companion for no extra charge. Please book your tickets through Chelsee at the Fringe Box Office, 604-762-5294. Be sure to mention VocalEye. Save even more with a Frequent Fringe passes: 4 shows for $40, 10 shows for $90 or a marathon 30 shows for $270. Quantities are limited. Also check the schedule for half-price performances.

Free Fringe Memberships for VocalEye members: A Fringe membership is required to attend any show. Regular price is $5 and these memberships will be provided free to VocalEye members. You will need your to present your Fringe Membership with your ticket (printed or electronic) at the door.

Priority Seating: Most of the seating is general admission, so please let the ushers know you require priority seating and they will let you in first to choose your seats.

One described performance: CARRY ON: A Musical, is the one and only production that will be described live at the Fringe this year for audience members with vision loss on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:15 pm at the Firehall Arts Centre.

Low Vision Friendly Shows: Since we can’t describe all 70+ productions in the Festival, we’ve come up with a list of “Low Vision Friendly”performances recommended as suitable for viewing without description. You can view this Low Vision Friendly list in one of 3 formats:
1. online ( HYPERLINK “http://www.vancouverfringe.com/accessibility3/” http://www.vancouverfringe.com/accessibility3/)
2. Excel spreadsheet ( HYPERLINK “https://gallery.mailchimp.com/de65e4fe4220a1a668fdef7ee/files/Fringe_Low_Vision_Friendly_2016.xlsx” https://gallery.mailchimp.com/de65e4fe4220a1a668fdef7ee/files/Fringe_Low_Vision_Friendly_2016.xlsx)
3. pdf Part 1 ( HYPERLINK “https://gallery.mailchimp.com/de65e4fe4220a1a668fdef7ee/files/Fringe_Low_Vision_Friendly_SEP_8_12_2016.pdf” https://gallery.mailchimp.com/de65e4fe4220a1a668fdef7ee/files/Fringe_Low_Vision_Friendly_SEP_8_12_2016.pdf) ,
pdf Part 2 ( HYPERLINK “https://gallery.mailchimp.com/de65e4fe4220a1a668fdef7ee/files/Fringe_Low_Vision_Friendly_SEP_13_18_2016.pdf” https://gallery.mailchimp.com/de65e4fe4220a1a668fdef7ee/files/Fringe_Low_Vision_Friendly_SEP_13_18_2016.pdf)

You’re not restricted to the shows on this list. You can attend any show in the Festival and receive the same accessibility benefits. The full Fringe Guide is available online in pdf format and print copies are available at Blenz coffee shops in Vancouver. Please note: Low Vision Friendly shows will NOT be described. (http://www.vancouverfringe.com/program-guide/)

For more details on the shows themselves, check the Vancouver Presents “Fringe du Jour” articles, which previews a Fringe show a day, most of them on our Low Vision Friendly list. ( HYPERLINK “http://bit.ly/2bM0BRh” http://bit.ly/2bM0BRh)

KickAss Reviews: Last year’s low vision consultant, Deborah Fong, made it out to more than a dozen shows and almost as many venues with a Fringe Festival KickAss Pass. Her reviews and recommendations were so useful, we’ve invited her back this year to do the same. We’ll publish her reviews here and on Facebook and Twitter. We’re running a contest for next year’s KickAss reviewer, check the details below. ( HYPERLINK “http://www.vocaleye.ca/kickass-reviews/” http://www.vocaleye.ca/kickass-reviews/)

KickAss Contest: We’re looking for next year’s KickAss reviewer! The winner of the contest will receive a KickAss Pass to the Vancouver Fringe 2017, that’s unlimited free admission for you and a guest to review as many shows as you can next year. Only VocalEye members with vision loss are eligible to enter. Here’s how:
1. attend a Fringe show
2. write a short review of that show including the date and time you attended
3. send it to us: info@vocaleye.ca ( HYPERLINK “mailto:info@vocaleye.ca” mailto:info@vocaleye.ca)
4. rinse and repeat!

Each review gets 1 point with bonus points for submitting within 24 hours. The person with the most points wins the pass. Deadline for entries is September 20, 2016.

VocalEye memberships are free to any adult with vision loss, 18 years of age and older. Please call us for more information, 604-364-5949.

We hope these accessibility initiatives will make it easy and affordable for you to grab a friend and have a Fringetastic time! Let us know what you think!

** 4) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TOUCH TOUR PHOTOS
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A lovely way to end the season! Big thanks to Jennifer, the Assistant Stage Manager, for this wonderful backstage tour at Theatre Under the Stars. Not everyone could stay for the tour, but those who did really enjoyed it!

The first 3 photos were taken in the long, narrow backstage hallway. There are numerous doors on both sides of the hall leading to dressing rooms, offices, props and costume storage. The white walls are covered with colourful signatures, messages and other graffiti penned by performers and crew over the decades. The last 3 photos were taken onstage.

1. John with Theatre Buddy Shanna
2. Laura with her guest
3. Monica and Doug find out how Lumiere’s “hand torch” works
4. TUTS sandwich board with raccoon mascot announcing Tonight’s Show
5. Group photo in front of the Beast’s fireplace: Left to right: Anika, Laura, John, Shanna, Tal, Karim, Steph, Collin, Monica and Doug
6. Jennifer describes the fog machine to Collin and Karim, Doug and Monica in the background
7. Collin holding a gargoyle

** 5) COMING UP…
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BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY and a zany whodunit, will be described on Sunday October 2, 2016 at 2 pm
at the Arts Club Stanley, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users, while they last. Please call the Box Office to purchase at 604-687-1644. ( HYPERLINK “http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/baskerville-sherlock-holmes-mystery/” http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/baskerville-sherlock-holmes-mystery/)

THE GHOST TRAIN in Stanley Park is a Vancouver Halloween tradition and spooky fun for the whole family. This year’s theme is “Day of the Dead”, where friendly souls return to dance with a twelve foot skeleton. Description dates to be confirmed. ( HYPERLINK “http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/ghost-train-stanley-park/” http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/ghost-train-stanley-park/)

THE LAST WIFE, a modern re-imagining of the relationship between Henry VIII and his last wife (Katherine Parr). Described on Sunday October 16, 2016 at 2 pm at the Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Avenue in Victoria. Please call 250-385-6815 to purchase tickets. This performance will be followed by a Touch Tour. ( HYPERLINK “http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/the-last-wife/” http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/the-last-wife/)

THE FLICK is a serious comedy about 3 ushers who try to save their beloved movie theatre. Described on Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Arts Club Granville Island, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users, while they last. Please call the Box Office to purchase at 604-687-1644. This performance will be followed by a Talk Back with the cast. ( HYPERLINK “http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/the-flick/” http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/the-flick/)

TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE, a vision quest by a Canadian playwright with vision loss, Ruth Bieber. Described on Saturday October 22, 2016 at 2 pm at the Rotary Centre for the Arts (Mary Irwin Theatre), 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna. Tickets are $25. Please call the Box Office to purchase, 250-717-5304. Followed by a Q and A with community leaders. ( HYPERLINK “http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/see-not-see/” http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/see-not-see/)

BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY goes on Tour! We’ll describe it on Saturday October 22, 2016 at 4 pm at the Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey. Tickets are $25 for VocalEye users, while they last. Please call the Box Office to purchase at 604-501-5566. ( HYPERLINK “http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/baskerville/” http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/baskerville/)

Be sure to check our newsletters and the VocalEye website for more show details, updates, reviews and support materials. ( HYPERLINK “http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/” http://www.vocaleye.ca/shows/)

** 6) SUPPORT…
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VocalEye describes more than 30 arts and cultural events each year for people who are blind and partially sighted. None of this would be possible without the generous contributions of our funders and supporters.

We gratefully acknowledge the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, our Community Donors and Individual Donors for their critical financial and in-kind support. Tax receipts are issued for amounts of $25 or more and all donors will be listed on our website. Be among the first to donate this season! We thank you for helping us provide people with vision loss greater access to live performance, arts and culture!

DONATE NOW ( HYPERLINK “https://www.paypal.com/ca/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=C01gFaDHIcJGb0CcffB7w0aPEjhWio__nopvfOoiaF1E3OXpf2HNGGjnYC4&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8de2b8031b89187c030b37e57608011f58” https://www.paypal.com/ca/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=C01gFaDHIcJGb0CcffB7w0aPEjhWio__nopvfOoiaF1E3OXpf2HNGGjnYC4&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8de2b8031b89187c030b37e57608011f58)

** 7) REMINDERS…
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* VocalEye’s complete season of described performances can be found on our website ( HYPERLINK “http://vocaleye.ca/shows/” http://vocaleye.ca/shows/) .
* Tickets and description equipment must be reserved by calling the theatre, unless instructed otherwise.
* Be sure to mention VocalEye to receive any discounts offered and please indicate whether you have partial vision, a guide dog or other seating preferences. Seating options may be limited.
* We recommend arriving early to pick up your equipment so you can be seated in time for a sound check and to listen to our pre-show introduction that includes brief descriptions of the set, characters and costumes. These begin 10 minutes before curtain.
* Our handheld receivers come with a single earpiece that can be worn on the left or right ear, or you can use your own earbuds or headphones. The audio signal is mono, so it will come through on only one side.
* VocalEye Memberships are FREE for people with vision loss.
* VocalEye Members are eligible for Theatre Buddy assistance, ticket discounts and equipment pickup without a deposit.
* VocalEye newsletters are available in your choice of formats: Plain Text or HTML with images. Both include a link to a simple Word Doc format.
* VocalEye respects your right to privacy. We do not and will not rent, sell or trade our list. Our mailings are intended to inform you of our events, programs, services and fundraising activities. You may unsubscribe at any time.
* VocalEye is a registered non-profit society and a Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) BC/Yukon.
* Help us get the word out about described performances and arts access for people with vision loss by sharing this newsletter with those in your network.

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