Event Category: BC’s Best Festivals & Events
Caravan Farm Theatre presents five celebrated Canadian films in a spectacular outdoor setting
SPALLUMCHEEN, BC—The show will go on… in another way, and just as magical and meaningful. Caravan Farm Theatre, which had to hold off its full-scale outdoor musical theatre production this summer, will soon welcome guests to its idyllic Armstrong property for another kind of performance, one with a projector and a screen.
“Building a cinema on the farm has been a dream of ours for a long time, and we’ve decided since we can only have gatherings of 50 people right now, this is a good time to adapt and seize the opportunity,” says Estelle Shook, Caravan’s artistic director.
The Canadian Cinema Experience at Caravan Farm Theatre, which runs Aug. 25 to Sept. 5, presents five spectacular national films that will be shown in an outdoor setting unlike any other. Beneath the magnificent timber barn, the theatre company has erected a terrific cinema featuring a 10 by 20 foot silver screen with an 8,000-lumen projector. Guests can watch the film in artfully and socially distanced zones under the barn, or on the grass beyond under the stars.
Each show will also be preceded by a surprise short film. Attendees are also encouraged to make a night of it by coming up to two hours ahead of show time. Creatively shaped spaces on the lawns are perfect for picnicking, and guests are welcome to bring their own food or enjoy treats from the concession and bar during the film. Another highlight, new to the cinema events, is a beautifully mowed walking path that meanders, surprises and fills the spirit with nature and even some music.
“We really do miss our audience,” says Shook. “We miss the sight of folks pulling into the parking lot, unfolding their blankets and the sense of enjoyment people gain when they’re on the farm. The buzz of the contemporary world and all the troubles melt away because it’s so calm and beautiful here, so we’re looking forward to providing our community with a lovely, enjoyable escape.”
The Caravan Farm Theatre Cinema screenings include:
My American Cousin, Aug. 29 & Sept. 2, a coming of age drama about a 12-year-old girl growing up on a ranch near rural Penticton in the late 1950’s and based on the memories of writer-director Sandy Wilson, who may make an appearance at Caravan.
Revisor, Aug. 25 & Sept. 5, a lavishly theatrical and satirical dance work inspired by Nikolai Gogol’s 1836 play The Inspector General created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young, whose father, George Young, is a Vernonite. Click here for the website.
Red Snow, Aug. 26 & Sept. 4, a dramatic feature debut by acclaimed Métis writer-director Marie Clements, who expertly employs purely cinematic means to transform a familiar story of a soldier held hostage in Afghanistan into an inspiring vision of identity as its own salvation. Click here for the website.
Black Cop, Aug. 28 & Sept. 3, in which a black police officer seeks revenge after being egregiously profiled and assaulted by his colleagues, in this searing political satire by actor-director Cory Bowles (Trailer Park Boys). Click here for the website.
The Anniversary, Aug. 27 & Sept. 1, about a 20th wedding anniversary in which the husband sets out for a run and keeps on running, the wife carries on with the dinner party festivities, and the teenage son spikes the food with hallucinogens, by writer-director Valerie Buhagiar. Click here for the website.
Caravan will be observing rigorous COVID Protocols as per our BC Health Regulations: A maximum of 50 patrons; heightened cleaning protocols, social distancing practices; mask wearing in washrooms and at the bar & concession stand. Contact tracing will be in effect via the box office. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.
The Canadian Cinema Experience at Caravan Farm Theatre runs Aug. 25 to Sept. 5 with gates opening at 6 pm and movies starting at 8 pm. Four ticket prices ranging from $5 to $35 are available, and can be purchased online here.
About Caravan Farm Theatre
Now in its 42nd season, Caravan Farm Theatre is one of Canada’s premier professional outdoor theatre companies located on a beautiful 80-acre farm on the unceded traditional territories of the Secwepemc and Syilx First Nations outside of Armstrong, BC. Hailed as a national treasure, Caravan welcomes audiences of all ages and from near and far to the great outdoors to see both classic and original productions created by some of Canada and the world’s top talents. Annual productions include the Halloween Walk of Terror, the winter one-act sleigh-ride show, and summer full-scale musical production.