The McPherson Playhouse

by Jodi Baker on November 9, 2010

The McPherson Playhouse, affectionately referred to as “The Mac” opened in 1914 as a Pantages Theatre and has been staging exemplary entertainment for Victorians ever since.

The name change came about when Thomas Shanks McPherson bequeathed the theatre and the necessary funding for it’s reconstruction to the people of Victoria.  The award winning project was completed in 1964, and included the addition of a modern lobby and technical improvements as well as the renovation of the theatre itself.

The theatre flaunts a lush Neo-Baroque style with two balconies and seating for 772 people.  Professional, amateur and community based events are hosted at the Mac throughout the year.

The Royal and McPherson Theatres Society (RMTS) is a not for profit organization which manages both venues under an agreement with the Capital Regional District (CRD).

As well as providing diverse theatrical entertainment, the McPherson Playhouse boasts an art gallery.  “The Gallery at the MAC” showcases local and regional artists in both the upper and lower lobbies.  There are two separate shows running approximately seven weeks each that are open for public viewing during performances or by appointment.

Local organizations which call the Mac home include:

  • Ballet Victoria;
  • Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre;
  • Canadian Pacific Ballet;
  • Kaleidoscope Theatre, and
  • Victoria Operatic Society.

Touring acts of all stripes are booked into the theare year round; many world class entertainers have graced the stage of the McPherson Playhouse.  The venue’s relatively small size contributes to an intimate atmosphere in which to enjoy a concert or play.

An evening at the McPherson Playhouse combines an experience of musical, comic or theatrical entertainment with an opportunity to view local and regional artistic talent which creates a unique occasion.  Fortunate are those who live in Victoria and are able to visit this lovely theatre.

Jodi Baker

After attending grade school locally, Jodi enrolled at Camosun College, taking Business Administration and majoring in marketing. She graduated in 1991, the same year she was licensed as a Real Estate Agent and joined Re/Max Camosun.

Since then Jodi has been been building her career based on a desire to provide friendly professional service to people who want to sell or buy properties in Victoria, winning several awards along the way. In 2003 Jodi joined Geoff McLean and Associates, and she enjoys being part of his team of real estate experts.

The team approach allows Jodi to balance her career and home life, something that every mother can appreciate, especially when the children are young! Jodi also enjoys cooking, camping, traveling and music. She shares her Central Saanich home with her husband and two children, two border collies and a cat.

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