Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm
Ticket Will Call is open 2 Hours Prior to Showtime
1379 Ellis Street
join us for our 12th season as we pay homage to the silver screen and some of the great shows that have gone from stage to screen or in some cases screen to stage. Perhaps it will remind you of some of your own favourite memories or even create new ones. See you at the movies!
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CRIMES OF THE HEART DINNER MENU
Cornbread topped with a vegetarian chilli
Black-eyed Pea Salad
a Fresh Bean Salad served in a lettuce cup. A bright combination of
Lime, Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions, Dill, Cilantro and Parsley
Choice of Main Course
Macaroni & Cheese Stuffed Bell Pepper
Bubbly homestyle Macaroni and cheese roasted in a Bell
Pepper and served over Green Beans
Southern Chicken & Gravy
A Supreme style Chicken Breast served with rice and Green Beans
A Creole classic, with Tender Chicken, Prawns, Bell Peppers, Bacon,
Rice, Celery, Onion & Tomato.
New this season - dinner choices are chosen a la carte on the evening of the performance.
Classes in musical theatre, acting and improv are extremely beneficial to social development and the best part is its just a ton of fun! Registration for the classes and camps below can happen online or call our box office for more information.
KAS Classes are quite simply the best option for training your child in the magic of theatre. No other group has the reputation, track record and success stories. Many of our students have gone on to post secondary studies and careers in the arts. You will notice many of our young performers end up in our mainstage productions.
Click the class info to register of click here for a a complete listing
Named Kelowna's Best Teacher in 2013, Randy is the Artistic Managing Director of Kelowna Actors Studio, teaching and mentoring performers of all ages (4 years of age to adult). Many of his students have attended Sheridan College in Toronto, The Randolph Academy, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in L.A. & NYC and Carnegie Mellon University among others.
With over 170 directorial/production credits in Toronto, Ottawa and Kelowna, he was also has Director of programming and marketing for the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto and held several positions on cultural boards. His passions include musical theatre, production, choreography, lighting/set design and performing.
Randy was the recipient of the first ever Okanagan Angel Award for his contribution to the local arts scene and received the Civic Award for Honour in the Arts - City of Kelowna in 2009. His home theatre group in Toronto, Ontario has an award named in his honour.
Over the past 12 years, Actors Studio has successfully produced over 76 major productions, grown to accommodate over 250 students a semester and has won civic and regional awards for their contribution to the arts.
Randy has an incredible rapport working with both children and adults and is known for getting people to perform to their highest level. He is the central force behind the implementation of our creative and challenging drama and music programs for all ages including the Broadway Jr. Series with such shows as, Rent School Version, Sweeney Todd School Version, Peter Pan Jr., Fame Jr. Winnie the Pooh-Kids to name a few. His specialties include acting, musical theatre, improv, voice, mask work, script writing, scene study, choreography and directing. In Kelowna he has directed such productions Shrek-The Musical, Company, Music Man, A Streetcar Named Desire, the 39 Steps and many more. He has also performed on our stage with favourite credits including Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and ZaZa/Albin in La Cage Aux Folles.
Over the past 30+ years, she has had extensive training in dance, music and theatre. Her career in musical theatre began at a very young age and she has received much recognition for her accomplishments in performance in the Vancouver Performing Arts community. She has had the opportunity and privilege to train with some of the most renowned vocal coaches and musical directors in British Columbia. (Including Simon Isherwood, Pat Waldron and Lloyd Nicholson).
Mrs. Hiebert has been a member of the Canadian Actor’s Equity Association as well as the Association for Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA union) for the past 20 years.
In 1991, Karlisa became a cast member of the Toronto Company of Les Miserables. Where she had the great privilege of performing for “Lady Diana:. After 1 year and approximately 500 performances in the Ensemble and as an understudy, she was selected By Claude Michel Schonberg to play the lead role of Eponine for the Canadian National Touring Company, which toured for over 1 ½ years. Other Favourite roles include, Fantine in Les Miserables for Kelowna Actors Studio, Zeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, Diana in Anne of Green Gables and Rizzo in Grease.
Karlisa Hiebert has worked as an instructor for the Lindbjerg Academy of Performing arts and as a private vocal/acting coach for the past 20+ years. She has also run summer theatre programs for youth in both Port Moody, B.C. and Kelowna. Many of her former students have gone on to work as professional or amateur performers in the Vancouver Performing Arts Community. For the past 12 years she has worked as the performing arts teacher at Studio9 School of the Arts in Kelowna as well as being school principal for the past 5 years.
Margaret has a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta. She has worked as an actor and director in Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto, co-founding a theatre company in Toronto. She has also worked in Arts Administration for the Tarragon Theatre, the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival.
Here at the Actors Studio she is in Development - helping to build the Kelowna Actors Studio Academy Foundation.
On stage for KAS she has directed My Son Pinnochio, Annie, Shirley Valentine, co-directed South Pacific and performed as Mickie in The Odd Couple: Female Version. She has also outfitted several KAS shows with their props.
Norene is a singer, teacher, and choral conductor with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Music (Performance) from the University of Arizona. She is originally from Winnipeg and has taught voice/choral music and music theory at various institutions including Penticton Academy of Music, Algoma University College and Conservatory, the Universities of Manitoba and Arizona, Mennonite Brethren and Steinbach Bible Colleges. She has also worked as a festival adjudicator, a workshop clinician, and as a performer and vocal/stage director with various theatre companies in Manitoba, Ontario, and BC. Currently, she has a private voice studio in Kelowna.
While Norene’s main outlet for creative expression has always been in music, over the years she has developed skills in other areas that ultimately brought her to KAS, where she has had the opportunity to create, play, and teach since 2008. She has been involved in over 25 productions both on stage and off. This involvement includes three seasons as head of the set décor department, the creation of specialty props and costumes for main stage and student productions, as well as music directing for Sweet Charity and the student production of Les Misérables. This summer and fall she will continue work as music director for the student productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Rent.
As a performer at KAS, Norene has been on stage in 9 productions. Favourite roles include Bloody Mary in South Pacific and Molina’s Mother in Kiss of the Spider Woman
Jennifer has been dancing most of her life starting as a student at the Canadian School of Ballet in Kelowna at the age of 6. She spent many summers at various dance training programs including, The Banff Center of Performing Arts and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Apprentice Program, before continuing her training at Arts Umbrella in their post-secondary Grad Program and Company on Granville Island. In her two years there she was fortunate to work alongside many great choreographers including: Roberto Campanella (ProArteDanza), Shawn Hounsell (Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal), Joe Laughlin (Joe Ink), and Wen Wei Wang (Wen Wei Dance) to name a few. She was also fortunate enough to travel to Japan to collaborate and perform with a company of Japanese dancers for two weeks and performing at Expo ’05 in Aichi. Jennifer has taught various types of dance at Aberdeen Hall Prep School, Arts Umbrella Children’s classes, Canadian School of Ballet, and is excited to continue teaching in the following year through KAS.Jennifer has been choreographing shows for KAS since 2009. In that time she has choreographed and assisted with dance in 10 productions including “Sweet Charity”, “White Christmas” and “Annie”. As well as performing in many productions including “Sweet Charity”, “The Producers”, and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.
We are so fortunate to have the Actors Sudio in Kelowna. The place is loaded with charm and they always do such a great job on their productions
Sally Mahood - Patron
The Actors Studio is creating world class entertainers and producing world class entertainment!!!!!
Mike Minor - Patron
Always amazing in all ways!
Don Gord Campbell - patron
The Kelowna Actors Studio is not only a great venue to watch brilliant plays and fantastic musicals, but also an amazing place to perform and enrich your own skills.
Brandon Shalansky - Actor
KAS is a true gem of a theatre company. Kelowna is blessed to have such amazing live theatre year round, with productions varying from familiar, popular musicals to the lesser known works that soon become favorites.
Glenna Turnbull - local personality
KAS is fabulous! They put on amazing productions and have a group of wonderful actors and crew. Definitely check it out for a great date night!
Teri Lynn - Patron
MEET THE TEAM
Frequently Asked Questions
Wednesday to Sunday Evenings
Dinner Seatings 6:15pm
Regular Seating Doors Open at 7:15pm
Curtain at 8pm
Doors Open at 12:30pm
Curtain at 1pm
Please Note: Late seatings are at the discretion of management.
Please call 250-862-2867 ext 105 if you know you are going to be late.
The menu is prepared specifically for each production featuring a four course dinner served at your table including a starter, an appetizer, choice of main course and gourmet dessert.
Specific Dinner Menu's for each show can be found here
Vegetarian options are always available and dietary concerns can usually be accommodated with notice at time of purchase.
New this season dinner is ordered and served a la carte on the evening of your show. No need to pre-register your meal choice other than reporting any dietary concerns so we can prepare for you.
A selection of cocktails, wine, beer, champagne and after-dinner drinks are available in the lobby and at your table.
Mainstage Tickets as low as $52
with Dinner Reservations from $85
FreckleFace Strawberry Tickets as low as $19
Please call the box office early for VIP Private Box Seating.
Ticket prices subject to change based on availability
5% GST applies to all tickets sold
Actors Studio uses the Dynamic ticket pricing model. As such, the earlier your purchase your tickets the lower the ticket price.
Regular Ticket Subscriptions for $220
Matinee Dessert Theatre Subscriptions from $247
Dinner Theatre Subscriptions from $364
Up to 40% savings on standard ticket pricing
Best seats at the best price guaranteed
Free ticket exchanges (see details below)
Savings on extra tickets and class registrations
Become a Diamond Club Member for an additional $90:
Exclusive access to premium booth seating on the main floor
Missed performance standby exchange
Unlimited no charge ticket exchanges with 48 hours notice
Subscriber Ticket Exchanges
If you have a season ticket but can't come on your regular night, you may exchange your ticket for another performance of the same production, provided that seats are available. The request must occur at least 48 hours before the performance date shown on the ticket. This may only be done once per production.
Ticket & Class Registration Policies
There are no refunds or exchanges for unused tickets. Please safeguard your tickets. Tickets are only good for the specific performance designated and are not for resale.
There are no cash refunds for class registrations. Cancellations prior to the beginning of class may qualify for a gift certificate credit. Cancellations for reasons beyond the student or families control after a class begins are subject to pro-rated class fees and will only qualify for a credit. Dropping of classes due to not getting the part you or your child wanted in the class will not result in a credit.
Ticket sales include all applicable taxes and fees
Ticket exchanges for another performance within the same production are subject to a $3 service charge per ticket and must be completed 48hrs prior to the original date.
A $3 service charge is applicable for all mail deliveries.
Wheelchair access is limited and based upon availability. Please mention at time of booking and book in advance.
All children are required to have tickets and separate seats. Babes in arms are not permitted.
Discount group reservations for 10 or more people are available for many Actors Studio performances. To start planning, contact our box office manager, Rebecca Leboe at 250-862-2867 ext 110
Gift cards may be purchased in any denominations and are redeemable for most events held at Actors Studio and concession purchases.
Shows subject to change and are based on rights availability.
Kelowna Actors Studio relies on the support and dedication of our 100+ volunteers who work tirelessly in front of house, set decor, props and more!
Join us for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Night in the fall, featuring wine, appies and performances by some of Actors Studio’s favourite personalities!
Back of House
The show cannot go on without the work of stagehands and crew "behind the curtain". Their tasks range from scenery moving and looking after props during a performance, assisting performers, and painting sets or props prior to the show opening. If you enjoy working behind the scenes and want to find out more about working in a stage production, then this is the crew for you. Set Decor please contact Stacey Baker and all others contact Randy Leslie at ext 102
Front of House
Members of this crew are people who like to work with the public. They can be found greeting theatre-goers at the entrance and as ushers in the front of the house, handing out programmes, clearing tables and helping people locate the correct seat. Shifts are 5:15pm to end of show and noon to end of show for Matinees. Please contact Patricia Rockwell at 250-862-2867 ext 105
How much time does this involve?
The time you commit is up to you, according to your availability and interest. Some volunteers work a few hours per year, while others participate in several full performances a year.
How will I know what to do?
Orientation and training is arranged in the area that appeals to you before working your first show. Theatre staff and experienced volunteers will be on hand to help you become confident in your role.
Who chooses which shows I work?
You decide which shows to volunteer for by signing up at the theatre Box Office. You may also be called when extra help is needed, but the choice is always yours.
Why become a theatre Volunteer?
• Meet new people and make new friends.• Learn new skills.• Discover or confirm career interests.• Enrich retirement.• Be a proud member of a great team.• Know that you are enhancing your community.
The first step is figuring out where you want to volunteer!
Call Patricia at 250-862-2867 x105 for more information or send her an email
Auditions for our mainstage season are typically held once a year in the Spring.
Check back here for audition announcements or drop our Artistic Director an email with your headshot and Resume. You never know what roles may open up once the season starts!
Our History & Founders
Kelowna Actors Studio Inc. (KAS) was formed in May of 2003 to produce vibrant, exciting presentations of the worlds best loved Broadway productions, present fun, challenging and enriching learning experiences for students of all ages, become the premiere forerunner and prime example of a high quality theatre company and enrich the cultural landscape of the Okanagan valley.
The studio located at 1379 Ellis Street (across from the Kelowna Public Library) offers an approximately 11,000 square feet of space divided into four main areas; 230-seat theatre including 91 dinner seats with full table service, mirrored rehearsal/dance studio, set and props construction/storage; kitchen, licensed bar and a general office area.
KAS positions itself in the local cultural scene as a comprehensive home for the theatre arts, offering educational, volunteer and performance opportunities for children and adults in all aspects of a theatre production.
KAS’s mission statement, “Providing quality education, entertainment and enrichment for all ages through the performing arts” is showcased by their strong contribution to the Kelowna Cultural District.
Over the past 12 years, Actors Studio has successfully produced over 76 major productions, grown to accommodate over 250 students a semester and won civic and regional awards for their contribution to the arts.
Randy Leslie - Co Founder
Randy is the Artistic Managing Director of Kelowna Actors Studio and the driving force in KAS’s educational programmes. with many of his students going to Sheridan College in Toronto, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in L.A. and the Juilliard School in New York City.
Randy has over 150 directorial credits in Toronto, Ottawa and Kelowna. He was the Director of Programming and Marketing for the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto for 13 years.
He has directed, produced, and starred in various local productions as a professional actor in Toronto for over 10 years and held positions on various local cultural boards before focusing 100% of his attention to KAS. Randy was the recipient of the first ever Okanagan Angel Award for his contribution to the local arts scene and received the Civic Award for Honour in the Arts - City of Kelowna in 2009. His home theatre group in Toronto, Ontario has an award named in his honour and he was awarded the 2013 Best Teacher in Kelowna Award with the Best of Kelowna Awards.
Randy has an incredible rapport working with both children and adults and is known for getting people to perform to their highest level. He is the central force behind the implementation of our creative and challenging drama and music programs for all ages including the Broadway Jr. Series with such shows as, Music Man Jr. , Winnie the Pooh, Les Miserables and Aladdin Jr.
His specialties include acting, musical theatre, improv, voice, mask work, script writing, scene study, choreography and directing. In Kelowna he has directed such productions as ‘Shrek the Musical, Spamalot, A Streetcar Named Desire, My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, Miracle Worker, Sweeney Todd just to name a few.
Nate Flavel - Co Founder
Recipient of the Young Entrepreneur award with Kelowna Chamber of Commerce for his work with KAS, Nate is also the recipient of the 2012 Okanagan Arts Award for Theatre and the 2011 City of Kelowna Civic Award for the Honour in the Arts.
Besides his full time career with The Stone Sisters Group at RE/MAX and maintaining his role as Executive Producer at KAS and the Tourism Kelowna Board Representative for Arts and Culture, Nate has directed and choreographed numerous productions, taught the ever popular Glee performance troupe and performed in over 20 productions for KAS totalling about 375 performances over the past 12 years. He is known for his tenor voice, tap dance and comic characters. Notable performances include Donkey in Shrek the Musical, Don Lockwood in Singin in the Rain, Jesus in Godspell, and the title role in Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Prior to KAS he was involved in the local groups MASK and Encore performing 4 summers at Grey Monk Estate Winery and numerous conventions, meeting and concerts.