Lester Centre "Welcomes Back" Audiences for its 2022/2023 Season

Today, the Lester Centre of the Arts released its schedule for its 2022/2023 season, called “Welcome Back,” which features over 15 shows to be staged from September 2022 to May 2023.

The main highlights for the season will be a 3-day gala in October celebrating the Lester Centre’s 35th anniversary, and the return of the community musical in April.

“We’ve named the season ‘Welcome Back’ because this will be our first full season since the Covid-19 pandemic began in March 2020,” said Chris Armstrong, General Manager of the Lester Centre. “In keeping with the theme, we’d like to welcome back performers and audiences alike to once again enjoy the best of the performing arts.”

As a bonus, a pre-season show has been added for August 12: “Rock or Bust,” an AC/DC tribute band with local roots. The season begins in earnest with back-to-back shows of “An Intimate Evening with Johnny Reid” on September 12 and 13.

This year is also the 35th anniversary of the opening of the Lester Centre, which will be celebrated with a three-day gala from October 13-15, featuring dance, music, theatre, and a world-class magician, Chris Funk. Another highlight of the season will occur from April 20-22, 2023 when the community musical will return; for this season, the Lester Centre will stage Mamma Mia!

“I’m very excited that we’ll be able to once again bring a musical to Prince Rupert, and even more excited that it’s the music of ABBA,” said Alison O’Toole, who will be the Director for Mamma Mia! “We’ve got some incredibly talented musicians and performers in Prince Rupert who will put on a terrific show in April.”

The 2022/2023 season will also feature music from a variety of different genres, from classical music by Sarah Hagen (November), soul/neo-folk/R&B by Tonye Aganaba (September), and a fusion of dulcimer and piano in “Roots &Grooves” (February). On top of that, there will be two comedy shows in January, and Toronto’s Ballet Jorgen will be here in March with a contemporary version of “Cinderella.” Speaking of dance, the BC Annual Dance Competition will return for its 33rd year in May. (The full schedule is below.)

“A lot of work has gone into planning this season, and some of the shows had been booked a few years ago,” said Margaret Cavin, Chair of the Board of the Lester Centre. “We’re grateful to everyone who had a hand in creating the schedule, and we’re looking forward to welcoming back everyone to our community’s beautiful theatre!”


"Welcome Back"

Lester Centre's 2022/2023 season schedule

Show Date Details
Rock or Bust: A tribute to AC/DC Aug. 12, 2022 Get loud and crazy with one of the best AC/DC tribute bands this side of Australia. For those about to rock, we salute you!
An Intimate Evening with Johnny Reid Sept. 12-13, 2022 Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Johnny Reid arrives for two sold-out nights to share his stories, his songs, and his charm.
Tonye Aganaba Sept. 29, 2022 Multidisciplinary artist and musician Tonye Aganaba shares an immersive and intimate experience, evoking a vulnerability we all hunger for.
Bunk #7 Oct. 8, 2022 It is 1960 at Edmonton Residential School on the prairie flatlands of Alberta, and unrest is in the air, in this play written by the late Larry Guno, a survivor of the Canadian residential school system.
A Night of Dance and Theatre Oct. 13, 2022 In our first night of our 35th Anniversary Gala, enjoy performances by the Dance Academy of Prince Rupert, Harbour Theatre, and more!
A Night of Wonder and Magic Oct. 14, 2022 Finally, a magic show with live music! In our second night celebrating 35 years, come watch world-class magician Chris Funk in an engaging and visceral multimedia experience that you won’t soon forget.
A Night of Rock and Roll Oct. 15, 2022 In our third night celebrating 35 years, cast your vote to rock out with local musicians “Ring System” and “Triple Bypass.”
Sarah Hagen plays Bach's "Goldberg Variations" Nov. 5, 2022 Cherished by many, the Goldberg Variations are emblematic of keyboard virtuosity, rich expression, and hardcore classical interpretation. Join pianist Sarah Hagen as she brings this formidable work to life.
The Spongebob Musical Dec. 1-3, 2022 Adapted from the iconic Nickelodeon series, this year’s high-school musical tells the story of how Bikini Bottom faces annihilation – until a most unexpected hero rises to take centre stage.
Jingle Bell Rock Dec. 10, 2022 Now in its 11th year, the music students from Ring System studios bring you festive rock 'n' roll cheer for the holiday season.
Snowed-In Comedy Tour Jan. 10, 2023 Back for another year, the Snowed In Comedy tour will bring comedic light to some of the darkest days of the year.
God Is A Scottish Drag Queen Jan. 19, 2023 God, dressed in a floral power suit, skewers everything from Justin Bieber to the Pope in an unforgettable two-act comedy of biblical proportions. Featuring award-winning comedian Mike Delamont.
Regional High School Drama Fest Feb. 23-25, 2023 High schools across the North put their theatrical savvy on display for the chance of thespianistic glory. And also to learn a few things from seasoned adjudicators.
Roots and Grooves Feb. 26, 2023 Veteran dulcimer ace Rick Scott and young keyboard wizard Nico Rhodes join forces in an inter-generational smorgasbord of folk, boogie-woogie, jazz and blues. And anyway, when was the last time you saw someone play a dulcimer?
Ballet Jorgen's "Cinderella" Mar. 1, 2023 Balancing the fairy tale elements of the story with a contemporary treatment of Cinderella and her family relationships, this is a classical ballet with modern, dramatic sensibilities.
Mamma Mia! Apr. 20-22, 2023 The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.
BC Annual Dance Competition May 7-13, 2023 Back for another year, hundreds of Canadian dancers will once again descend upon Prince Rupert for one of the most unique dance competitions in the country, and run entirely by volunteers!
Rockstock May 27, 2023 The students of Ring System music studio will once again blow the roof off the joint with rock, roll, and a lot of acoustic guitars. A can't miss show!

***Note that the schedule is subject to change. Please keep an eye on this website for the most up-to-date schedule.

For more information, please contact Chris Armstrong, General Manager, at 250-627-8888 or email manager@lestercentre.ca