Belfry premieres This Little Light

From December 10 - 23, 2016 the Belfry Theatre will present a staged presentation of a brand new musical, This Little Light, based on the short story The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen.

Created by Erin Macklem (Book and Lyrics) and Brad L’Écuyer (Music and Lyrics) and directed by Jane Johanson, This Little Light stars members of the Canadian College of Performing Arts Company C Studio Ensemble and will feature students from George Jay Elementary School, Central Middle School and Victoria High School.

First published in 1845, The Little Match Girl has served as inspiration for countless books, films, and songs. Erin and Brad wanted to create a piece written specifically for Victoria and Fernwood, celebrating light, music and community in the dark days of winter. 

This Little Light features many of the real (and fictional) characters who make up this special neighbourhood and during each performance there will be a different and very special guest star.

This staged presentation is presented in partnership with the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Their Company C Studio Ensemble features Devin Arams, Will Carr, Forrest Elliott, Derry Oshust, Chase Sander, Kira Renee,  Jesse Deutscher, Madeleine Humeny, Amber Landry, Frankie Mulder, Hannah Ockenden, Miranda Sheepwash, Victoria Stolting, Charlotte Thompson, Ainsley Harrington, and Julie Mombourquette.

Erin and Brad have also been working with students and teachers at George Jay Elementary School, Central Middle School and Victoria High School. Choirs from each school will also be starring in This Little Light.

Creative Team
Jane Johanson Director
Erin Macklem  Book & Lyrics
Brad L’Écuyer Music & Lyrics
Bryan Kenney Lighting Designer
Rainer Roth Musician
Paul Tedeschini Sound Design
Patricia Reilly Wardrobe
Jessica Schacht Stage Manager
Ainsley Harrington Assistant Stage Manager
Julie Mombourquette  Assistant Stage Manager

Special Performances & Notes

Mustard Seed Food Bank Collection
In the spirit of the season the Belfry will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Mustard Seed Food Bank during the run of the show.

VocalEye Performance
Sunday, December 18 at 2 pm

For our patrons with low or no vision, we’ll offer a VocalEye performance during This Little Light. Trained Audio Describers provide descriptions of the visual elements of the show, allowing people with low vision to enjoy the theatrical experience without missing any of the details.

Benefit Performance for Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island and the Actors’ Fund of Canada
Sunday, December 18 at 2 pm

Proceeds from this performance will be shared equally with Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island (formerly the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children) and the Actors’ Fund of Canada.

Show Sponsors
This Little Light is generously supported by the BC Arts Council, Larsen Music and 98.5 The Ocean.

Season Sponsors
The Belfry is generously supported by The Times Colonist, Thrifty Foods, Cook’s Day Off and Helijet.

Public Funders
The Belfry is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Development and the City of Victoria.

Ticket Information
Tickets for This Little Light are $10 for Students and $22 for Adults (plus GST). Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at Prices are subject to change.

Ticket Discounts
Seniors – 10%
Members of the Military – 25%
Groups (10 or more) – 10%

Performance Schedule (December 10 - 23, 2016)

Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 pm - Preview

Sunday, December 11 at 2 pm - Preview


Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 pm - Opening Night

Wednesday, December 14 at 11 am - Morning Show

Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 pm

Thursday, December 15 at 1 pm - Matinee

Friday, December 16 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 17 at 4 pm - Matinee

Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 18 at 2 pm - Matinee


Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, December 21 at 7:30 pm

Thursday, December 22 at 7:30 pm

Friday, December 23 at 1 pm - Closing Matinee




Media Contact
Mark Dusseault
Director of Marketing & Communications
Belfry Theatre

About Belfry Theatre

The Belfry is a professional not-for-profit theatre company in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. 

We produce contemporary theatre from the international repertoire with an emphasis on new Canadian plays. 

With love, from scratch, and with some of the country's best theatre artists, we build, rehearse and create our plays in our own home, a renovated 19th century church in Fernwood - the city's most interesting neighbourhood. 

Belfry Theatre
1291 Gladstone Avenue
Victoria, BC
V8T 1G5