KHAOS the opera has come and gone in Nelson but now it prepares to tour.

Celebrating KHAOS’ success in Nelson

The curtain closed on KHAOS the opera’s run in Nelson on Sunday.

The curtain closed on KHAOS the opera’s run in Nelson on Sunday.

The production was the result of two and half years of blood, sweat and creativity from various local talents like Nicola Harwood, Don Macdonald, Allison Girvan, Roger Ley and Marty Horswill.

“It’s been busy,” said Horswill this week about the past two and a half years. “It’s been a huge job, but it’s been a wonderful job too. At each step you see yourself getting a little closer and getting more excited as the day gets closer.”

At last week’s world premiere, the crowd was filled with local art enthusiasts, opera lovers and members of the local and national media.

“That’s been extremely gratifying. I mean how often does Nelson get in The Globe and Mail?” said Horswill. “The whole response at every level has been extremely gratifying and it makes it all worth while.”

Macdonald and Harwood both commented on the fact that it is a point of pride that Nelson was able to create and produce an opera.

“I think it says a huge amount about Nelson,” said Horswill. “I think it says that we have this amazing critical mass of creative and performing talent in the community.”

Everyone who was part of KHAOS lived within 50 kilometres of Nelson, and 95 per cent right in town.

“It’s very encouraging for the future of the community,” he said.

Having finished their dates in Nelson, KHAOS is now going on tour.

They play the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook tomorrow, the Grand Forks Secondary School theatre on Friday, May 11, the Charles Bailey theatre in Trail on Saturday, May 12 and the Prince Charles Secondary School theatre in Creston on Sunday, May 13. For more information about KHAOS visit


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