18th Sep, 2009

It’s summer again – quick, plan that vacation!

Summer has returned by popular demand – it’s that one last appearance, the encore, the curtain call, before the leaves drop, the flowers are put away and the summer clothes are tucked away for the next season.  In keeping with the sunny blue skies, the wonderful aroma of the last mown lawns for the year, and the sound of the crackling leaf piles by the road’s edge, our town is more active than ever.

Be sure to check out all these events – and make time to walk along the sea coast to enjoy the warmth, the sun and the sound of the seabirds.

The Chalk Garden, presented by St. Luke’s Players opens Oct 14 and runs until Oct 17, then reprises from the 21-24. We’re delighted to announce that our beloved general manager, Debra Taylor Wright is in this play.  Debra is by all accounts a talented and versatile actress, as are the rest of the cast. St. Luke’s Players have a long and outstanding history of theatrical presentations, and there’s every reason to believe that this play will be as good as everything else they’ve produced over the years. Be sure that you don’t miss this compelling, suspenseful play. Ticket, price and location information are on their website.

We’ve mentioned it before, but if you’re coming to town in early October and you’re a hockey fan, be sure to get tickets for the Canadian women’s national hockey team (the same team that won the Gold Medal for Hockey at the 2002 Olympics). They’re coming to Victoria, to the Save-On-Foods arena to play an exhibition game against the US Women’s hockey team. The game is part of a six game exhibition series in advance of the 2010 Olympics. So if you like Women’s hockey (and what’s not to like?) book your stay now, with us, and we can reserve tickets for you for the game. But you better hurry – word is that they’re selling fast. Tickets are $30.00 for sides and $20.00 for bowl – just email us at admiral@admiral.bc.ca and let us know when you want to stay, how many tickets you’d like and we can order them for you and charge your credit card. Or you can call us at 1-888-823-6472 between 7:30 am and 11:30 pm PDT.

The opera season gets off to an incredible start with La traviata, with Sookhyng Park, Vale Rideout and Bruce Kelly in the principal roles. La traviata is a timeless and engrossing story that never loses its beauty and pathos. For those unfamiliar with opera, the film Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman was loosely based on the plot, which in turn was based on the true story of a famous Parisienne courtesan. Don’t miss the original with this stellar cast.

If opera isn’t quite what you’re looking for, Canadian Pacific Ballet’s season begins with La Source; a romantic ballet. That’s romance in all senses of the word – traditional, beautiful romantic ballet, with a romantic and elegant plot set in exotic and (yes) romantic Persia. Ursula Szkolak will dance the role of Nouredda, Ashley Evans will dance Naila, Graham McMonagle will dance Djemil and Amanda Gray will dance Morgab. Be sure to catch it on one of the two nights – Oct 17 and 18 at the MacPherson Theatre. And be sure to mark your calendars for that seasonal favourite – the Nutcracker. It’s being mounted by the Canadian Pacific Ballet this Christmas, and is sure to be a winner. Watch our blog for more information.

On the music scene, as well as the performance art and comedic scenes, Blue Man Group is a unique and compelling performance organization. They’re coming to Memorial Arena Friday, October 2 and are renowned for the party atmosphere at their concerts. Be sure to book now for an experience you’ll remember for decades.

Whether you’re coming to Victoria for dance, theatre, sports or just a weekend or midweek vacation getaway, we at the Admiral will be happy to welcome you to our hotel and city. Adjacent to the downtown inner harbour, the Admiral is within walking distance of most of downtown, and our front desk clerks are happy to answer your questions about current events, historic spots and up to date activities.

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