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Audition (Edmonton) : Cheerleader! at The Roxy – Human Loser Productions

CheerleaderHuman Loser Productions is holding auditions for its upcoming production of Cheerleader! by Morgan Smith, directed by Clinton Carew, as part of Theatre Network’s Roxy Performance Series.

So you think being a cheerleader is easy? Try keeping your boyfriend the star quarterback sober and out of jail. Try keeping your best friend from holding your hand in the locker room. Try keeping the jealous wide receiver from ruining EVERYTHING. Human Loser’s fast-paced, darkly comic Fringe hit is back. RAH!

We have one final role to cast and are looking for a male who looks 20-25

Auditions will be held Saturday October 4 at FAVA, 9722 102 St NW

Please submit a headshot and resume to morgan.norwich@gmail.com. If selected for an audition, you’ll be asked to prepare a monologue of your choice (dramatic or comedic, contemporary or classical, whatever you like best!) You may also be sent some short sides to prepare.

Cheerleader! runs January 13 – 25, 2014

Rehearsals will begin after Christmas, with some reading and workshop dates in November and December.

Cheerleader! is being produced as a Co-op with the Canadian Actors Equity Association. Both Equity and non-Equity actors may audition, but preference must be given to Equity actors when scheduling auditions.

News (National): Colleen Murphy’s Pig Girl nominated for Carol Bolt Award

Colleen Murphy

The current University of Alberta Department of Drama Lee Playwright in Residence, Colleen Murphy, has had her play Pig Girl nominated for the 2014 Carol Bold Award (full PGC news release below). Pig Girl received its World Premiere at Theatre Network in Edmonton in 2013. Congratulations!


The short list for PGC’s Carol Bolt Award, as well as the Stage West Pechet Family Comedy & Musical Awards were released today by their respective juries:


This award is given annually for the best work by a PGC-member that has premiered in the past year. JURY: Yvette Nolan (Chair), Jacob Zimmer, Glenda MacFarlane, and Brian Dooley.

  • Sean Dixon (ON) for A God In Need Of Help,
  • Matthew Heiti (ON) for Mucking In The Drift
  • Colleen Murphy (ON) for Pig Girl


This award is given annually for a new musical work by a PGC-member, which has not yet had a premiere production. JURY: Jonathan Monro (Chair), Katrina Dunn, Joseph Trefler, and Bruce Ruddell.

  • Sara Farb (ON) for Bremen Rock City (composer/ lyrics Colleen Dauncey & Akiva Romer-Segal),
  • Amiel Gladstone & Veda Hille (BC) for Evgeni Onegin Project; and
  • Lezlie Wade & Daniel Green (ON) for The Remarkable Journey Of Prince Jen


This award is given annually for a new comedy by a PGC-member, which has not yet had a premiere production. JURY: Elvira Kurt (Chair), Lib Spry, Caleb Marshall, and Camyar Chai.

  • Jordan Hall (BC) for How To Survive An Apocalypse,
  • Marcia Kash & Douglas E. Hughes (ON) for Something Fishy
  • Lea Daniel & Gary Kirkham (ON) for Pocket Rocket

The winners for each award’s category will be announced at PGC’s Tom Hendry Awards Event on October 27th at 401 Richmond St. W, 6pm to 9pm. rsvp@playwrightsguild.ca or 416-703-0201

View the synopses of the shortlisted plays and bios of the jurors.

Classes (Calgary): Fall Physical Theatre/Acting classes for Adults – Theatre A Go-Go

IMG_6757WHO: Adults (with performance experience)

WHAT: CHARACTER MASKS – Join us in discovering the world of character masks! Masks guide us back to the roots of our physical presence. Players will explore various Character Masks and choose one to develop. Through exploratory mask work, movement, ensemble and Improvisation games, players will utilize issues of relevance or importance to create a modern day Chorus. The ensemble will play and share their creation at the end of the program.

WHEN: Sundays Oct. 19 – Dec. 7 @ 1:00-3:00pm
OR Mondays Oct. 20 – Dec. 8 @ 7:30-9:00pm (8 classes)

INVESTMENT: Discount = $134/player, for registration by Oct. 6 or members of: University/college, Parkdale Community, Morpheus Theatre, or Calgary Acts
Regular = $184/player

WHERE: All classes take place at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre in the Parkdale Community Centre (3512 5 Ave. N.W.)

Register now and give yourself the gift to imagine and express through the Physical Theatre Arts!
For more information or to register,
contact Tanya @ theatreagogo@telus.net or
T.A.G.G.–You’re it!

What’s On (Calgary): Richard Scarry’s BUSYTOWN the musical – StoryBook Theatre

Busytown-Logo-no-Background-01RICHARD SCARRY’S
BUSYTOWN the musical
October 3 to 25 2014
Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 11am, 2pm & 4pm

RUNNING TIME: One Act Musical – 55 minutes

Busytown is always buzzing with activity. But what do people do all day? That’s where Huckle Cat comes in—he’ll take us on a tour of his great neighborhood. And there is so much to see and do, so many wonderful friends to visit. Huckle shows us how Farmer Pig and Grocer Cat work together to bring food to the town. Construction Worker and his crew build new houses, and Firechief and the gang keep them safe. Isn’t it wonderful how everyone works together to keep Busytown busy?

Call 403-216-0808 for tickets or visit www.storybooktheatre.org.

What’s On (Calgary): Farewell, My Lovely – Vertigo Theatre (co-produced with The Arts Club Theatre Company)

Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely

Sept 20 to Oct 19, 2014

A Hard-Boiled Detective Tale
Detective Phillip Marlowe is about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard. All in a day’s work for America’s most famous private eye. Vertigo is proud to partner with Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company on the world premiere of this outstanding adaptation by Canadian playwright Aaron Bushkowsky. Call 403-221-3708 for tickets or visit www.vertigotheatre.com.

What’s On (Alberta School Tour): Pigs in a Canoe and Other Watery Stories – WP Puppet Theatre

Audiences will meet the Greedy Frog, who swallowed all the water in the world; Water Droplet’s funny adventures as he moves through water phases; shadowy creatures of The Deep; and of course adorable MacTavish the piglet and six additional pigs as they travel down Manitoba’s Red River.
Dramatic lighting, music and sound effects bring to life the repertoire of historical anecdotes, facts, fictions, riddles and song.
“Pigs in a Canoe” is a performance with multiple core curricula links such art, drama, music, social studies, language arts and science. It’s also a fun family show for children ages 4 and up. The Study Guide is a great on-line companion that can be reviewed by educators and their students both before and after the production as well as parents.
This one person production is available for school and special event bookings throughout Alberta. Call 403-228-3373 or visit www.wppuppet.com for more information and to book.

What’s On (Calgary): Season 15: Clean Cut – Dirty Laundry

Dirty_LaundryCalgary’s completely live, completely improvised comedy soap opera

Dirty Laundry



Monday Nights @ 7:30 pm
Lunchbox Theatre (base of the Calgary Tower)

September 29 – December 22, 2014
February 2 – May 18, 2015
**No shows some Mondays.

Check website for complete schedule. Tickets $16 at the door or online

Improv comedy troupe Dirty Laundry presents weekly episodes of an improvised soap opera that runs all season long. Everything that happens on stage is made up on the spot!

In Season 15: Clean Cut, Dirty Laundry takes a little off the top. The setting this season is 1980s New York. In a world where sunglasses are worn at night, where girls just wanna have fun, and where love is tainted, you’ll find two warring hair salons. In Dirty Laundry: Clean Cut “Big Hair is Big Business”. It’s salon sass, New York style.

Theatre Alberta News: 2014 Raffle Winners Drawn

Congratulations Jenn Merio of Calgary who won the Grand Prize of the Theatre Alberta 2014 Raffle (AGLC Raffle Licence #385323): The Stratford Festival Package! 

After a brief hiccup, in which we thought we had lost a package of 50 ticket stubs – we didn’t after all, just an accounting error on our part – the 2014 Theatre Alberta Raffle was held on schedule at 3 p.m. on September 26th at the Theatre Alberta Library. The seven draws were performed by our Executive Director, Keri Mitchell, and was witnessed by Theatre Alberta Board Secretary, Kristen Finlay, and an independent witness (i.e. not a member of Theatre Alberta with no entries in the 2014 Raffle). 

We are in the process of contacting the draw winners (listed below). Winners have THREE (3) months from the date of the draw to claim their prize. In the event that a winner(s) cannot be located after THREE (3) months, the prize or moneys equivalent to the fair market value of the prize will, with AGLC approval, be donated back to Theatre Alberta.

Congratulations to all our winners:

Prize  Winner  City  No. 
Draw #1: Theatre Network Gift Certificate, value $50.00  Jason McGee  Edmonton  0765 
Draw #2: Sage Theatre Gift Certificate, value $70.00  Marie Gynane-Willis  Edmonton  0671
Draw #3: The Citadel Theatre Gift Certificate, value $70.00     Amanda Skopik  Edmonton  0511
Draw #4: Sundance Balloons Package, value $650.00  D. Erasmus  Provost  0932 
Draw #5: Rosebud Theatre Package, value $380.00  Sherry LeVoie  Fort Saskatchewan  0050 
Draw #6: The Banff Centre Package, value $540.00  Jolene Dyer  Edmonton  0111 
Draw #7: The Stratford Festival Package, value  $2,050.00  Jenn Merio  Calgary  0837 


Theatre Alberta would like to once again thank our generous donors for our 2014 Raffle!

Theatre Alberta 2014 Raffle Donors

Thank you to Claude Giroux for his generous donation to the Theatre Alberta 2014 Raffle.


What’s On (Edmonton): Cadaveret: A Halloween Cabaret! – Cadaveret Company

Life is a Cadaveret!

Life is a Cadaveret!

Cadaveret: A Halloween Cabaret!

Musical theatre, fake blood, and the attitude that anything goes: that’s Edmonton’s Cadaveret Company in a nutshell! These trained players came together for the love of everything musically wicked and deliciously tasteless, just in time to give you one Hell of a ride this Halloween. Also featuring Edmonton’s well-known Go 4 Broke improv troop and drag performances by the House of Homo-cidal!

Ocotber 17th at the ARTery. Click here for tickets.

Event (Edmonton): Scene Study – October 5th – Grindstone Theatre

1005011_10153441965330051_60220504_nHello fellow Theatre Practitioners!

What: OCTOBER Edmonton Scene Study
Where: Sun and Moon Visionaries, 10125 97 Avenue
When: Sunday, October 5th, 2pm-4pm
*Please email briannejang@gmail.com to RSVP if you are able to attend.


This is Lora’s first time hanging out with the Edmonton Scene Study pals and she is excited to read (new) plays and dig a little bit deeper into the quest for better understanding this art form—and vital form of human expression and connection—that we call theatre. Lora was last scene in Theatre Yes’ National Elevator Project (Parts I and II). Before that you may have seen her in Theatre Network’s Sterling award-winning production of Let the Light of Day Through by Collin Doyle. While she is fond of many past theatre projects, her most favourite credits include: The Three Sisters (Broken Toys Theatre), A Few Good Men (Citadel Theatre & Manitoba Theatre Centre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel Theatre), Heroine, Mo and Jess Kill Susie, and Fat Pig (Northern Light Theatre), The Liars and Three Days of Rain (Shadow Theatre), Comedy of Errors and Titus Andronicus (Freewill Shakespeare Festival), Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Theatre Yes), Goodness (Downstage), The Death of Me (Lunchbox Theatre), and Effie’s Burning (Peregrine Theatre). This season, Lora can be seen in Shadow Theatre’s production of Circle Mirror Transformation. Lora is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program and the Citadel Theatre/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program.


Collin Doyle is an Edmonton based writer. His play The Mighty Carlins premiered at
Workshop West in January of 2008. Nakai Theatre in Whitehorse produced a second
production in the spring of 2009. Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon produced a third
production in February of 2012. The Mighy Carlins was the winner of the Discovery
Category of the Alberta Playwriting Competition in 2004, and received the Sterling
Award for Outstanding New Play in 2008. His play for teens, Routes, premiered in the
fall of 2009. Concrete Theatre toured Routes to high school audiences in Alberta,
Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Routes received a Sterling Award for Outstanding
Production for Young Audiences; it also received a Dora Award for Outstanding
Production for Young Audiences. His play, Slumberland Motel, won the main category of
the Alberta Playwriting Competition in 2006. His plays Dear Penthouse and Nighthawk
Rules (with James Hamilton) were critical and popular successes at the Edmonton Fringe
in 2004 and 2005. Nighthawk Rules received two Sterling Awards for Outstanding
Fringe Production and Outstanding New Fringe Work. His new play Let the Light of Day
Through won the Alberta Playwriting Competition in 2012. Theatre Network
produced Let the Light of Day Through in the Spring of 2013. Collin is a graduate of the
National Theatre School of Canada.


Edmonton Scene Study is for emerging and professional theatre practitioners
(actors, directors, playwrights…) to share in the reading of plays. The
world of theatre is so rich and vast that we should be encouraged to
explore it. Not only does the play come to life as we read it aloud, it
broadens our knowledge of theatre, our skills in cold reading and warms the
relationships we have in this theatre community. All theatre lovers are
invited to join the group, enjoy meeting fellow artists, and share a scene
from a play.

Edmonton Scene Study will be hosted once a month, so please come and be inspired and join the
Edmonton Scene Study group on facebook for all updates.


Brianne Jang

Job (Calgary): Technical Director – One Yellow Rabbit Theatre

colour-rabbit-logo1Job Opportunity

Title: Technical Director
Type/Term: Part-time, regular
Reports to: Managing Director

Join our dynamic team of arts professionals and contribute to the vitality of Calgary’s arts and culture sector. One Yellow Rabbit creates, produces, presents, inspires, challenges and entertains like no other.
Reporting to the Managing Director, the Technical Director is a collaborative member of the OYR Team, leading on all technical elements of the Big Secret Theatre – One Yellow Rabbit’s home in the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts. This individual will work closely with the Artistic Director, Artistic Associate, and Associate Producer to fully realizes the Company’s activity, and will manage and continue to build a team of casual crew and technicians.

This is a key position on the management team, which would be well suited to an experienced Technical Director, an experienced technician with management experience, or an experienced production manager with hands on technical experience.


• Overseeing the technical operations and maintenance of the Big Secret Theatre (BST), all storage spaces, and occasionally other venues as required during the High Performance Rodeo
• Acts as the lead technician on all events in the BST, and/or supervises other technicians in this regard
• Supervises and schedules technical staff, maintains an up to date call list
• Responsible for the maintenance, purchase and rental of all production and office
equipment as it relates to the BST and maintaining the inventory of these items
• Manages and tracks equipment common share (borrow and lending of equipment)
• Orders and tracks production consumables
• Liaises with landlord representative regarding physical plant aspects of the company’s
facility, including building operations, safety, security, cleaning and venue activity
schedules and represents OYR at building meetings
• Responsible for ensuring safe working conditions exist within the facility at all times and
acts as designated safety coordinator with the landlord
• Creates and distributes nightly show reports
• Attends all production and team meetings
• Acts as main point of contact with renters of the BST regarding all technical aspects of
the venue use
• Determines venue capacities and communicates information to Patron Services
• Supports the OYR ensemble and contract Production Managers on ensemble shows,
including touring productions, creative projects, special events and the annual High
Performance Rodeo and SummerLab Intensive
• Acts as Production Manager on small projects as required
• Approves and coordinates any and all video taping of live performances in the BST
• Oversees and tracks operating budgets as required
• Tracks and signs out keys to all personnel

Skills, Knowledge, Qualifications, Experience:

• Post-secondary degree in technical theatre, production, design, etc. or equivalent experience in professional theatre
•Certification in fall protection, rigging, pyrotechnics, PAL License and/or other technical/production certifications would be an asset
• Knowledge and proficiency with MacOS based applications
• Knowledge and experience working with Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD would be an asset.
• Knowledge of current lighting, sound, and/or digital technologies and an interest in continuing
to stay up-to-date in advancements.
• Knowledge and experience in theatre maintenance – lighting, audio, theatre specific hardware
(i.e. seating banks, dance floors, etc.)
• Must be able to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment
• Proactive approach, highly organized, conscientious and detail-oriented
• Approachable, professional and collaborative working style, demonstrating high levels of trust
and integrity
• Demonstrated good judgment, flexibility, and openness.

Remuneration includes competitive salary, group benefits, professional development and flex- Fridays throughout the year.

Interested in us? We’re interested in you!

Send an electronic copy of your cover letter and resume with salary expectations by October 09,
2014 to: nclaerhout@oyr.org

We thank all candidates for their interest in One Yellow Rabbit. Please note only those selected
for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

About One Yellow Rabbit Theatre Association

Since 1982, One Yellow Rabbit (OYR) has been pushing artistic boundaries in the creation of original, innovative theatre and has become one of Canada’s best-known theatre companies. A resident company at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts and working out of the Big Secret Theatre, the award-winning One Yellow Rabbit Performing Ensemble creates original plays that are noted for their intricate physicality and originality.
OYR also produces the High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts – an annual event that animates the city in the cold of January with a sizzling array of live performances from around the world featuring theatre, music, comedy, dance, film, visual art and more. The High Performance Rodeo is a dazzling showcase of the best in contemporary performance.
OYR is a not-for-profit charitable organization with a vision to enrich society through stimulating, provocative and life-affirming performing arts. We create and present vital, surprising performance experiences that engage and reward our community.

Audition (Edmonton): Miss Saigon – Two ONE-WAY Tickets to Broadway

miss_saigonThis epic adaptation of Puccini’s 1904 opera Madame Butterfly explores love and loss in the Vietnam conflict.

A tragedy of passion and beauty MISS SAIGON is one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. Nominated for an incredible number of Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk Awards, MISS SAIGON is the second, massively successful offering from the creators of LES MISÉRABLES: Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil. 

In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, Chris, an American soldier, and Kim, a Vietnamese girl, fall in love and marry but are distressingly separated when Saigon falls. As years pass, Chris, unable to contact Kim, remarries and attempts to move on with his life. Kim, however, gives birth to Chris’s son and waits faithfully for Chris’s return. When circumstances bring Chris back to Vietnam he learns the truth, but before he is able to speak with Kim, she takes her own life ensuring their son will be taken back to America with his father.

MISS SAIGON is an epic, daring musical that is universal in its emotional power. The sung-through, pop-inflected score showcases a multi-ethnic cast.

Show dates and tech details:

  • Tech rehearsal: June 7-11, 2015 (6pm-11pm)
  • Show runs from June 12-28, 2015 for 12 performances.


  • Thursday, November 27 from 7-10pm
  • Friday, November 28 from 7-10pm

Click here to book an audition through SignUpGenius.

Dance Auditions and Callbacks*:

  • Dance Auditions – Saturday, November 29 from 6:30-7:30pm
  • Callbacks – Saturday, November 29 from 7:30-9:00pm 
    *those invited will be contacted by midnight, Friday November 28.

Location: 5951-103A Street (use 58 Ave for access, the studio is located between Calgary Trail and Gateway Boulverad, first bay in an orange roof industrial bay complex)

Director: Martin Galba
Musical Director: Daryl Price
Choreographer: Linette Smith
Stage Manager: Jen Magel

What to Bring:

  • 2 contrasting Broadway song selections – 16 bars of music that best highlight your vocal range

Those auditioning for the following roles, please prepare a 16 bar selection from these songs, however be prepared to sing the whole song:

  • Kim – I’d Give My Life for You
  • Chris – Why, God Why?
  • Ellen – I Still Believe
  • Engineer – Let Me See His Western Nose

Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume, even if you have emailed it to us.

We will accept either sheet music, voiceless tracks on mp3 or cd.

Please bring all your conflicts with you to the auditions. Casting will be made with those consideration. Additional absences may result in having to re-cast some roles.

For more information email us at info@twoonewaytickets.com

Audition (Edmonton): Suburban Motel – Punctuate! Theatre

Punctuate_TheatrePunctuate! Theatre is holding auditions for our 2015 repertory production of all six of George F. Walker’s Suburban Motel plays. Actors should expect to appear in two different plays and play up to two different characters in the production. We are auditioning for all roles, male and female, ages ranging from 21-50 years old.

Rehearsals: March 30, 2015-April 28, 2015 (full time rehearsal, alternating Day A/B repertory schedule)
Production run: April 29, 2015-May 11, 2015

Successful applicants will be provided with audition sides. Please submit a resume, headshot and statement of interest (maximum one page) to Artistic Director Liz Hobbs no later than Monday, September 29th by 5pm MT. Please email submissions to lizhobbs@punctuatetheatre.com

All three directors (Geoffrey Ewert, Liz Hobbs and Jeff Page) will be present at auditions.

Both equity and non-equity members are encouraged to submit. All artists will be engaged under a form of equity contract.

***Please note that preference will be given to local Edmonton actors. Punctuate! Theatre will not provide lodging or travel expenses for out-of-town actors.

Job (Edmonton): Stage Managers – Punctuate! Theatre

Punctuate_TheatrePunctuate! Theatre is looking for three stage managers for their upcoming production of George F. Walker’s Suburban Motel Series. Each stage manager will work on two of the six plays alongside one director. 

Rehearsals begin on March 30, 2015, all six plays will rehearse in rep. 

Performances run from April 29-May 11, 2015. 

Local stage managers will be given preference. Punctuate! Theatre will not provide lodging for out of town artists. 

All three positions will require stage managers who work efficiently and communicate effectively with the large team assembled to complete this production. An understanding of the nature of independent professional theatre is an asset.

Please submit a letter of interest and resumé to Julie Ferguson, Production Manager, at julieferguson@punctuatetheatre.com by Monday, September 29, 2014. 

This production will be under the Indie 2.0 agreement. Both Equity and non-Equity members are encouraged to apply.  Equity members hired will be engaged under an Equity form of contract.

Job (Calgary): TYA Tour Stage Manager – Quest Theatre

quest_logoProduction name: Christmas Stories and Songs
Date production rehearsal/job starts: 11/20/2014
Deadline to submit: 10/08/2014
Email applications to: questmd@telus.net
Contact name: Cimmeron Meyer
Contact email: questmd@telus.net
Contact phone: 403-264-8575
Engager Website: www.questtheatre.org

Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement:
Quest Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and encourages submissions from actors of all cultural backgrounds.

Additional information:
Christmas Stories and Songs is a 30 – minute interactive collection of stories and songs created for children ages 3 – 8 and their families. This is an in Calgary tour to preschools and corporate Christmas parties. Responsibilities include load in and strike of a small set with two cast members. In town Stage Managers only please. Contract ends Dec 18.

Equity members hired will be engaged under an Equity form of contract.