Occurs on Friday January 17 2020

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Muriel Griffiths Room
1501 Cedar Avenue
Trail BC V1R 4C7

Performance Notes

× Trail & District Arts Council's Experiments in Entertainment Series Presents UNSCRIPTURED

Travis Bernhardt never ceases to amaze. Whether he’s dropping your jaw with impossible-seeming magic or transcending you to new planes of consciousness with his delicate mentalism, Bernhardt is an intuitive and wildly talented performer.

With Unscriptured, he eschews his usual stage magic to explore the enduring pull of collective spirituality with a spontaneously-created church service. And it’s BRILLIANT. Improvised on the spot with prompts from his audience, Bernhardt skillfully leads his makeshift congregation down a path of hymns, prayers and scripture with his trademark charm and thoughtful insight, offering pithy ideas about the human condition out of ad-libbed and often hilarious responses to the environment around him. If church is a part of your past or present, the structure of this show will feel familiar. He’s taken the best parts of public devotion — congeniality and hopefulness and joining together in song — and removed all the messy judgement and damnation bits to create a singularly joyful experience for his audience with great care and consideration.

" An extremely precise and intelligent performer, Travis conducts the ‘service’ with great care, …Theatre as a practice lacks the integrity and brilliance of this well-crafted piece, and Travis has consolidated admirable effort and faultless ease to create a show well worth the ticket price." –Alexandra Dawkins, Vue Weekly Edmonton “Unscriptured is an incredibly clever twist on the improv tradition, taking audience cues to form a completely new religion on the spot...It's a little unorthodox, bringing irreverence to religion, but at a time where religion divides us now more than ever, Unscriptured offers a moment to forget the renewed bond of church and state and poke fun at the very framework of the traditional church rituals people of the faith fall into without question.” –Sophie Pinkoski, Vue Edmonton

Performance in The Muriel Griffiths Room. General Admission Seating. Runtime: 1 hour+

Experiments in Entertainment (E2) Series Pass - All 4 shows only $70 ** Don't miss out on this great deal. These shows sell out fast! ** Call or drop into the Box Office to get your season pass. Call 250-368-9669. Season passes not available online. Regular Admission $24 at the door / $22 in advance (if tickets remain)

2019-20 E2 Series includes: Ric Scott & Nico Rhodes, White Rabbit Red Rabbit (choose from 2 show dates), Travis Bernhardt's Unscriptured, Chase Padgett's Nashville Hurricane

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