The legendary Chairlift Revue will return for a holiday-inspired edition on Thursday, December 18 and Friday, December 19 at Millennium Place. Chairlift Revues are a long-standing tradition in Whistler, with the first performances starting in the mid-80’s.
It’s clear why this production has become a Whistler legacy – it’s a way for snow-loving folk to celebrate the shared experiences of conversations and encounters that take place on the lifts. For those of you unfamiliar with the Chairlift Revue they are…
skits celebrating the most ridiculous and memorable chairlift moments experienced by Whistler’s skiers and snowboarders
This grassroots theatrical project was revived in the mid-90’s by local writer GD Maxwell and long-time Whistler entertainer Michele Bush. This year, Heather Paul and Angie Nolan take the reins as co-directors, actors, and co-producers of this holiday-inspired take on the Revue.
“There’s no other place where you’re totally alone with someone for that length of time. At the doctor’s office, at Starbucks- there’s always other people around,” says Heather Paul. “The chairlift is this vast open space where it’s easy to strike up a conversation away from judgement or listening ears.”
Several local writers contributed pieces for the show, which were then adapted for the stage. This year will feature a revival of the 2009 Chairlift Revue classic “Baby, It Snowed Outside”. Cast members will include veterans Mike Varrin and Kirby Brown, as well as first-time participant Michael Faiella.
“We really enjoy working with people who have never acted on stage before, as well as the returning crew who are steadfastly committed” says Heather. “The cast and crew are the ones who really deserve the credit. They continually find time in their busy schedules to step up and say yes.”
The evening will kick off in Scotia Creek Gallery with the opening of Skiing Under the Influence . This exhibit will demonstrate the relationship between winter sports and creativity in Whistler – a perfect pairing. Also included in the show will be pieces of memorabilia which showcase Whistler’s long history of blending art with winter sport. Local contributors include Sean Pettit, Stan Rey, Vanessa Stark, Sean St Denis, Kate Zessel, the Whistler Museum, and Whistler Blackcomb.
Show-goers will be able to take drinks with them from the gallery into the theatre – yay! Attendees are also encouraged to don their favourite ugly Christmas sweater to the events for a chance to win one of several prizes throughout both evenings. As the official Chairlift Revue sponsor we’re hosting the Official After-Parties at Buffalo Bill’s, with complimentary cover and one drink included for those who show a wristband from Chairlift Revue.
Tickets to this 19+ event are $20 for General Admission and $18 for Whistler Arts Council Members, and are available at Millennium Place or online.