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Occurs on Saturday October 29 2022

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes


The Capitol Theatre
421 Victoria Street
Nelson BC V1L 5R2

Event Notes

× Adult: $40 NEW! 30 Years & Under: $34

This show is part of the CAPITOL SEASON.

Tickets can be purchased here for the price listed above or bundled as part of a FULL SEASON PASS (14 shows - 15% savings) or HALF SEASON PASS (min. 5 shows - 10% savings) by calling the box office at (250) 352-6363.

This show is also one of our ENHANCED EXPERIENCES!

Here is your chance to get creative with the option to arrive in costume for this show. Wear your connection to the environment and the natural world to The Cave by dressing as an animal, plant, tree, pebble, fire, river... let's see where your imagination takes you! Prizes from local businesses for the best 3 costumes of the night.

About the show -

A ragged group of animals flee for their lives and take refuge in a cave. The animals, through song, comment on their fate and that of the world. What cased their dire situation? The writing was supported by two themes: The Genesis ‘expulsion from the garden’ story, and our changing environment. In our complacent greed, we are ‘evicting’ ourselves and all creatures fro the ‘garden’. The Cave is our way of telling the story of the earth’s precarious survival.

The format of the show takes its inspiration from cabaret. The MC, hilariously played by composer John Millard, tells jokes and stories and gives political context to the songs.

The lyrics are at times comic, at times tragic. Two songs are in Cree. John’s music is bombastic, lyrical and moving. The band, led by music direct, Gregory Oh, includes keyboards, accordion, reeds, bass, banjo, and percussion. Adam Paolozza, of Bad New Days renown, directs. The Cave includes an impressive list of performers, musicians, and designers.

Forest fires and ‘weather events’ are becoming more frequent and more catastrophic. In 2017, when visiting Tomson Highway, the show creators related to each other our personal and harrowing stories about forest fires in the interior of B.C. and Northern Manitoba. The three of them decided that they wanted to write an entertaining show that addressed the dire effects of climate change and came up with the idea for “The Cave”.

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CREATORS John Millard – Composer Tomson Highway – Librettist Martha Ross – Book Writer

CREATIVE TEAM Adam Paolozza – Director Greg Oh – Music Director Victor Pokinko – Producer

PERFORMERS Alex Samaras Neema Bickersteth Derek Kwan Andrea Koziol

MUSICIANS Rob Clutton – Bass Christa Mercey – Percussion Peter Lutek – Reeds Matti Pulkki – Accordion Greg Oh – Keyboards, Conductor John Millard – Banjo and Vocals Chris Pruden – Keyboards alternate

COVID Protocols: Show dates, times, and conditions may be subject to change as mandated by Provincial Health Orders. At this time, masks are optional and proof of vaccination is not required.Ticket-holders will be informed by email of any changes to these health and safety measures.

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