2 Pianos 4 Hands – Chemainus Theatre Festival

I laughed out loud until tears came rolling down my face at intermission! The latest show at the Chemainus Theatre 2 Pianos 4 Hands was all too real for me. Oh. My. Word.

I grew up playing the piano.

I started taking lessons in grade 2 and continued until I graduated high school. In those 10 years, I took lessons from 3 different teachers, one of whom was my mother. It may not mean anything to you that I took lessons from my mother, except if you had just watched 2 Pianos, 4 Hands at The Chemainus Theatre.

Then you might understand why I couldn’t stop laughing during the entirety of the first act and into intermission.

The stage is set simply with two black grand pianos and two exceptionally large picture frames used to change from scene to scene. I had no idea what to expect…other than the obvious… piano music. The two phenomenally talented pianists entered the stage, took their places and within seconds, we were all laughing.

They took us on a journey of their piano lives as individual boys learning from their piano instructors. The ups and downs of practicing. The grilling of scales and arpeggios. The memorizing of composers, time signatures, and musical keys.

I could only laugh.

Their portrayal of what it’s like to study classical piano as a child had me laughing so hard that by intermission I had tears squeezing out of my eyes.

If you’re wondering if it’s possible to enjoy this play without an understanding of classical piano, then never fear. Jay, my musically illiterate husband laughed too. Though I’m not entirely positive if he was laughing at the show or at me.

Whether you love piano music or not, you will find a way to relate to this story. Maybe you played a sport, or had a tutor. Whatever your childhood dream, you’ll laugh at the parent/child, teacher/student relationships throughout.

And I just gotta say…these two men, Bryce Kulak and Max Roll, were AMAZING!

Chemainus Theatre, 2 hands 4 pianos
Max Roll and Bryce Kulak. Image provided.

Not only could they act, but wow! could they ever play the piano. The talent in their fingers was nothing short of astounding.

I felt that I received two shows in one…a play and a concert. What a night!

Purchase your tickets for “2 Hands 4 Pianos” here before it’s sold out.  Show ends on May 14th.

Of course our night was made all the more special with dinner first at The Playbill Dining Room.

I think I have finally learned how to pace myself at this buffet and leave without feeling uncomfortably full. But it’s take me 3 years to do it. Jay on the other hand not so much. He just couldn’t get enough of the ribs. Just one more, he said. Just one more.

The Saturday night menu is wonderful with something for every palate.

This Prime Buffet menu consisted of the following:

Friday and Saturday

Homemade Soup du Jour & Fresh Baked Buns
Rabbit Tourtiere

Ted’s Tuna & Watermelon with Iceberg Lettuce, Broccoli, Feta & Candied Pecans
Asian Asparagus Salad, Tomato Basil & Cucumber, Artichoke & Baby Corns, Coleslaw,
Assorted Meat Tray

Richard’s Montreal Smoked Beef

Salmon with Dijon Cream Sauce, Spinach Pinwheels, Beethoven’s BBQ Ribs,
Nut Crusted Chicken with Peppercorn Glaze, Honey Glazed Carrots and Peas,
Swiss Chard with Baby Beets, Scalloped Potatoes, Wild Mushroom Rice

Featured Desserts
Decadent Cakes and Pies, Assorted Squares, Chocolate Fountain,
Build Your Own Sundae, Sticky Toffee Pudding

See Playbill Restaurant full menu and costs for all showings and seatings.


A fully packed Chemainus Theatre Luxury package includes theatre tickets, a pre-show lunch or dinner in the Playbill Dining Room, breakfast and accommodations in the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn all for only $122 per person.

Chemainus Theatre, 2 hands 4 pianos
Max Roll and Bryce Kulak. Image provided.