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East Coast tradition comes to the West Coast

A new tradition gets its start in Victoria when the cast of Saltwater Theater Productions’ holiday show knocks on the door and asks, “Any mummers ‘llowed in?”

Mummers Masque is an ode to the English holiday tradition of mummering – when holiday revelers (called mummers) roam door-to-door dressed in disguise, offering amusement and entertainment in the form of music, dance and a play. Typically, at the end of a performance, they’re offered a hot, stiff drink, Christmas cake and a chance to reveal their identities, before moving along to the next “stage.”

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New Performance: CRUSH, featuring Missie Peters
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Upcoming Saltwater Performance Event: Music, words and romance come together in CRUSH…At the Touch of Love Everyone Becomes a Poet….. Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm Metro Studio 1411 Quadra Street, Victoria, B.C.

Missie Peters M-Award winning spoken word artist performs in Saltwater’s CRUSH: At the Touch of Love Everyone Becomes a Poet. She has a lot of experience with love-part of the occupational hazard of being a poet. Musical guests include Taylor Pardell, Soprano; Alan MacDonald, Baritone; Gordon Clements, Saxophone and Michael Drislane, Piano.

Cocktails 7:00 pm Show 8:00 pm Admission $30.00 with 20% discount for students and seniors

Tickets are available at the McPherson Box Office, charge by phone: 250-386-6121 or

Contact: Joanne Hounsell (250) 888-4982 cell

“Saltwater is musically inspired and theatrically driven to engage the senses and the imaginations of everyone.”

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I'm heels over head in love with CRUSH


CRUSH at the touch of love everyone becomes a poet

Phoebe Rumsey, Choreographer has been working her magic in rehearsals with fellow dancers Stacy Sanderson and Leigh Machnee. Last week she happily announced that the choreography was complete! In watching preliminary rehearsals for CRUSH,  I observed Phoebe’s innate sense of style & comedic flair shining through in every dance number. I marvelled at how the dance choreography immediately brings character and text to life through dance. And the dance element integrated with committed text and powerful vocals transformed something ordinary into something extraordinary. At Saltwater, we aspire to bring the creative arts together and are always eager to integrate poetry, music and dance to embellish, extend and enlarge existing emotions. We are excited to collaborate on programs like CRUSH and share them with the arts community in Victoria.

Seussical Takes Off
Oct 2012 22

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Seussical has been a big hit with Victoria audiences with 3 sold out performances last week. Don’t miss this magical fantastical production:

Music by Stephen Flaherty with Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Presented by Saltwater
Metro Studio

Book Tickets at the McPherson Box Office (250) 386.6121
* Before Surcharge & Student and Senior Discounts

Saltwater is proud to bring this fantastical magical musical to Victoria audiences. Seussical the Musical features Joseph Bulman as the purfect “Cat in the Hat” and Victoria’s beloved Alison Roberts as the nerdy bird “Gertrude McFuzz” who longs to capture Horton’s heart; Hannah Block as the “Thinker” JoJo; Aly Tisdale as the soulful “Sour Kangaroo”; Sarah Carlé as “Amazing Mayzie” and Mikel Wall as “Horton the Elephant”. The Saltwater Artistic Team includes Phoebe Rumsey, Director and Choreographer and a fabulous cast.

Contact: Joanne Hounsell, Creative Director
(250) 888-4982

Sondheim’s “Side by Side” coming to Victoria in February 2013
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“A ravishing musical retrospective” New York Post

“This is a dream of a show……happy, funny, witty and so compassionate. It makes you feel good!” New York Times

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM A Musical Entertainment presented by Saltwater Inc.

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

With Music by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers and Jule Styne

Continuity by Ned Sherrin

Produced on Broadway by Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchel


Metro Studio 1411 Quadra Street Victoria, BC


Thursday, February 28 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, March 1, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 2 @ 2:00 pm

Saturday, March 2 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets: $28.00 ADULT $20.00 STUDENT & SENIOR



Sean Guist, Director                             Joanne Hounsell, Music Director                     Phoebe Rumsey, Choreographer

Saltwater Inc. “Saltwater is musically inspired and theatrically driven to engage the senses and the imaginations of everyone.”

Side By Side By Sondheim is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI

Stephen Sondheim is the most acclaimed composer on Broadway. He has won eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer), eight Grammys, a Pulitzer Prize and an Oscar.

His phenomenal legacy includes lyrics for the musicals West Side Story and Gypsy, as well as music and lyrics for Follies, Company, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and Sweeney Todd.

Side By Side By Sondheim is a celebration of Mr Sondheim’s earlier work in landmark shows that revolutionised musical theatre. This wonderful production celebrates some of his best known works including Send In The Clowns, Broadway Baby, Losing My Mind and Being Alive as well as featuring songs from West Side Story and Gypsy.

The original production of Side By Side By Sondheim began in London in 1976 to overwhelming success, where it ran for four years.

The Broadway production opened in 1977, and enjoyed an incredible run of 390 performances – largely unprecedented for a simple revue. The show started a trend for sophisticated revues that persists today.

Side by Side by Sondheim