Show Garners Rave Reviews

January 6th, 2016

CBC calls Trent Arterberry’s physical comedy gifts “amazing”

Trent Arterberry brings extraordinary mime and theatre work to two of his original shows at The Charles Bailey Theatre Saturday Jan 16 and Sunday January 17.   A fine way to beat the mid-January blahs!

Saturday January 16 at 7:30—-Funny and thought provoking, ‘My Impractical Life’ is a show for adults of mime and monologue that tells the story of how Trent chose a career in the arts.  Following terrain familiar to any teenager, Arterberry overcomes parental expectations, peer pressure and technological distraction as he ultimately learns to follow his heart.  You will giggle uncontrollably one moment and the next moment you will be in awe.  “Arterberry’s genius is twofold- storytelling that doesn’t patronize and the agility to make it vastly entertaining.” – Monday Magazine.

This show is part of the E2 series that brings the best of the Canadian Fringe circuit to your backyard.  Performed in the Muriel Griffiths room providing an intimate setting that allows audience members to connect with the artists.  The bar is open and the shows do not allow for minors so consider it a perfect setting to catch cutting edge comedy, music and theatre for date night or girls night out.  Tickets are $18 in advance.

Sunday January 17 at 2:00 pm features Trent’s kids show ‘The Secret Life of Walter Manny.’  Unique in form, the play seamlessly blends five speaking characters with several mimed adventures.  It tells a charming story of turning rejection into affection to which both children and adults will relate.

Inspired by Trent’s son,  the play explores the vivid fantasy life of a child.  Ostracized at school, eight-year-old Walter escapes into high-octane reveries of racecar driving, firefighting and secret-agent spying similar to the style found in the well-known film starring Ben Stiller.  When a fire threatens the classroom, Walter must use his imaginative skills to save his best friend’s life.

The play was performed for hundreds of people at the 2012 Victoria, Canada Fringe Festival.  Audience and critics alike were universal in their praise:   “The play, a true gem, resolves with a nugget of wisdom as useful for adults as it is for children … ★★★★plus one-half stars” — TIMES COLONIST.  This show is part of the Teck kids series and performed in the main theatre at The Charles Bailey.  Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door.

In his early career, Trent Arterberry combined mime, music and special effects to open for rock bands on college campuses, and he eventually toured with major recording stars to iconic theatres and vast sporting arenas.  Recently, Arterberry has collaborated with director, Gregg Goldston and writer, Rob Wipond to create shows that blend his trademark physical expressiveness with multiple speaking characters and dramatic story lines.

The American-born Arterberry now happily calls Sooke, B.C. home, where he lives with his wife and seven-year-old son, Nate, who continues to inspire him with the powers of the imagination.

Tickets are available at The Charles Bailey theatre box office at 1501 Cedar Avenue in Trail/250-368-9669.   Visit www.trail-arts.com for more information.

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