VIU’s Spring 2013 Upper Level theatre production kicks off with Gala Night on Thursday, Apr. 4, with doors open at 6 p.m. and food, drink, and silent auction in the theatre lobby. Tickets for Gala Night are available at the box office for $25, or two for $40, and include food, one drink ticket, and admission. All proceeds go to the Mike Monych scholarship fund and to Haven Society. There will also be performances on Apr. 5 and 6, with student and senior tickets at $10, and adult tickets at $12. For all three nights, doors open at 7 p.m. and the shows start at 7:30 p.m. This year’s event includes two shows—VIU student Michael Calvert’s Gladys and Lionel, a mother and son muder, in which “Lionel spends his days writing psychotic plans in his journals and plotting ways to kill his mother, Gladys, a sweet 72-year old lady. But what Lionel doesn’t realize is Gladys has been making a small fortune by e-publishing his books as crime fiction. The arrival of a publisher with a book deal could be Gladys’ ticket to a retirement village in Arizona, but first she has to get the books out from under Lionel’s nose,” Mathew Snowie says. The second show, Cuffed by G. Sherman H. Morrison “follows Jerry, the overly-ambitious assistant of a U.S. senator when he is on his way home from the office. His evening takes a turn for the worse when he is handcuffed to a lamp post by a nun. In the park after dark, with his cell phone out of reach, Jerry comes face to face with a ghosthunter, the personal assistant to alien abductors, his ex-girlfriend, and a dominatrix. A normal night in Georgetown,” Snowie says. Plays include violence, course language, and some sexual content. Viewer discretion is advised. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the box office, 250-740-6100. For more information about The Haven Society, please visit <>.