During the busy summer season of June to early September, six prominent personalities from British Columbia's past are brought back to life for our visitors. These engaging performers shine a light on historical characters and events that helped to shape and define the province of British Columbia. Dressed in period costumes, these student actors appear on tours and deliver lively, historically accurate monologues. The Parliamentary Players also interact with visitors along the front driveways and lawns of the Parliament Buildings each day throughout the summer months. This year, our driveways will be graced by the appearance of Her Majesty Queen Victoria; the famed architect of our fine buildings, Francis Mawson Rattenbury; longest serving MLA in BC's history, Thomas Uphill; famed BC gold miner, Nellie Cashman; stonemason and professional scotsman, Hamish MacKinnon; and BC's first female MLA, Mary Ellen Smith.
Each spring the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia invites post-secondary students from across Canada to participate in the Parliamentary Players Program. Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited post-secondary institution, must have theatrical experience, and must be able to convincingly portray historical characters and creatively ad-lib with visitors.
How to Apply
Applicants are asked to complete and submit an application form, as well as a cover letter, resume, and proof of registration in a post-secondary institution. Recruitment for the Summer 2018 Parliamentary Players Program is now closed but visit our Job Postings page in late October or early November for more information and to apply.
Parliamentary Player Tours
Starting in October, the Legislative Assembly of BC will be offering guided tours with longest-serving MLA Thomas Uphill. Mr. Uphill will regale visitors with stories from his 40 years serving in the Chamber, giving an in-depth look at the parliamentary process, and what it means to be a legislator. Teachers wishing to book a guided tour with Mr. Uphill can submit a tour request via our tour submission form found here, and by indicating their request in the comments section. Furthermore, public guided tours with Mr. Uphill will be offered every Friday between October 5th, 2018 and April 26th, 2019.