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Call for Submissions (Calgary) – TJLAB Sessions – Theatre Junction GRAND

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As a part of TJ LAB Sessions

At Theatre Junction GRAND

Theatre Junction announces an open call to performing artists for submissions to conduct research or develop a new work in progress in the realm of live art. Theatre Junction will provide artists with space and support for research, rehearsal, and performance in process.

This program will encourage artists to break away from established artistic practices and take risks in a creative environment with the support of Theatre Junction’s company of artists and dramaturge Raphaele Thiriet.

Artists and projects will be chosen across disciplines with a focus on performance creation. This program is open to artists who have at least 3 years of professional experience or post secondary education, and who have a desire to develop and explore their own artistic practice and language.

Theatre Junction will provide up to 7 days in the studio, dramaturgical support, and 10 hours of technical support. Artists will present their work in progress to a small public and/or an invited audience.

Please submit a dossier for the proposed project, and biographies of the artists involved to education@theatrejunction.com

Deadline for submissions: September 18, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity (Calgary): Casino Volunteers Needed – Evergreen Theatre

Evergreen-Logo-HIGHRESEvergreen Theatre needs you!

We are looking for volunteers to help us staff our 2015 Casino on September 8 and 9. This vital fundraising opportunity supports our seasonal programming, and we can’t do it without you!

NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR ANY POSITION. A chance to meet some great people and support a local not for profit charity! Daytime and evening shifts available.

Please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445a5a72fa5fc1-evergreen to sign up for the remaining shifts.

If you have any questions, please contact Artistic Producer Valmai Goggin at valmai@evergreentheatre.com

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING EVERGREEN THEATRE!!

Job (Edmonton): General Manager – Theatre Prospero

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Theatre Prospero seeks a full-time General Manager to work with the Artistic Director in the management of overall operations for the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the General Manager is an essential member of the team and provides central coordination for the company.

Organization
Established in 1996, Theatre Prospero’s mandate is to create, and to foster the creation of, mythic, classical and poetic theatre and other art for students and others through productions, residencies and festivals.

Although primarily focused on Shakespeare, Theatre Prospero has also produced other plays including Greek plays, adaptations of Charles Dickens’ and Dylan Thomas’ works, as well as developing new Canadian productions including Maggie Now Parts 1-4 and Blood Opera: The Raven Tango Poems. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Theatre Prospero provides Artist in Residence programs for schools around Alberta, offering students opportunities to act in Shakespeare’s plays with professional mentorship. Theatre Prospero also offers student matinees and public performances of plays in Edmonton. Theatre Prospero’s will be developing a major production in the upcoming seasons, a commissioned aboriginal adaptation of Macbeth to be co-produced with Akpik Theatre of Yellowknife.

Responsibilities
In collaboration with the Artistic Director, the Board, and external contract resources, the successful candidate will be primarily responsible for operating the theatre company. Specific duties include:

Financial Management
• Perform book-keeping and accounting duties such as processing payroll, accounts payable, receivable, deposits, donations, reconciling transactions.
• Prepare and analyze financial data for reporting purposes.
• Maintain the financial system to the utmost standards and ensuring financial records are organized, up to date and adhere to legal retention requirements.
• Prepare, monitor and revise the operating budget in conjunction with the Artistic Director.
• Liaise with the company’s accountant to produce the annual Notice to Reader and ensure associated federal taxes and deductions are paid in a timely manner.

Human Resource Management
• Create job postings.
• Screen and assist in hiring casual non-artistic staff and student interns.
• Create, negotiate and maintain contracts with artistic and non-artistic staff.
• Oversee artistic and non-artistic staff hours.
• Supervise non-artistic staff work.
• Recruit and train volunteers as required.

Development Associate
• Devise and implement fundraising activities.
• Organize AGLC casinos including applying for casino license, filling out and submitting require applications, recruiting and scheduling volunteers, end of casino reporting and ensuring volunteers are thanked appropriately.
• Identify and pursue funding opportunities available to the organization.
• Manage and assist the Artistic Director with grant applications and reports and ensuring applications and reports are submitted in a timely fashion.
• Identify, cultivate and maintain relationships with potential and current individual and corporate donors and sponsors.

Marketing and Promotion
• Manage the Theatre Prospero website and social media activities.
• Assist with the Theatre Prospero newsletter and other marketing and promotional activities as needed.

Statistical Analysis
• Collect statistical information for CADAC and grant activity reports.

Tour Management
• Book space as required for artistic activities such as auditions, rehearsals and performance.
• Assist where required with arranging of billeting, meals, transportation, and documentation associated with tour company travel.
• Communicate with and liaise with schools regarding residences before, during and after residences.
• Guide teachers through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Artists in Residence grant applications.
• Communicate with lead artists and technicians on a regular basis regarding needs for tours.
Update and maintain client database.

General Office Duties
• Manage office correspondences.
• Oversee purchasing of office supplies and equipment.
• Maintain and ensure information on Theatre Prospero website is up to date and accurate.
• Maintain Theatre Prospero Calendar of Events.
• Submit annual return to Alberta Corporate Registries and ensure account is in good standing.
• Maintain CADAC account.
• Attend board meetings as required.
• Represent the company in the community at events and performances.
• Other duties as reasonably required.

Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

• Experience in management of not-for-profit or cultural organizations.
• Have knowledge of theatre production and/or the professional performing arts touring and presenting milieus.
• Proven leadership capability.
• A successful track record in fiscal management.
• Be self-motivated, take initiative and a strong team player, but be able to work autonomously.
• Have experience in grant writing, fundraising and marketing.
• Have computer skills including: Microsoft Office Suite, skill and experience in managing website and social media platforms, database systems experience, and computerized accounting skills.
• Strong interpersonal communication (oral and written) skills are essential.
• The General Manager will be expected to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

Hours and Compensation
Hours will vary depending on the time of year and can range from 20-40 hours per week. This is not a salaried position. The General Manager will be paid an hourly wage, to be negotiated with the Artistic Director and Board of Directors.

How to Apply
Theatre Prospero is an equal opportunity employer and invites all interested candidates to apply for this position.

Please send a current CV, and cover letter detailing your interest in working with Theatre Prospero and three professional references to: theatreprospero@shaw.ca (with subject line: GM position application)

Submission deadline: September 15, 2015
Start date: Ideally, October 1, 2015.

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): 2015/2016 Season Internships – Punctuate! Theatre

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SCIP Internships for Punctuate!s 2015/2016 Season

Punctuate! Theatre is looking for competent, skilled, and creative students to join our team as SCIP Interns for the 2015/2016 Season. The interns will learn valuable skills in producing independent theatre, be connected to key partners in the independent theatre community, and become a pivotal part of our season’s success.

Associate Producer

This intern will work closely with the Artistic Producer to assist in coordinating all of the special events surrounding our productions including opening and closing night receptions, community and artist talk-backs, and fundraising events. The intern should be located in Edmonton.

Skills Required:
· Working knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel
· Experience planning/running events (asset but not mandatory)
· Experience working with large groups of volunteers
· Experience making budgets, schedules, and other spreadsheets

Timeslots Available: (Please specify your preferred time slot in your application)
September-October 2015
November-December 2015
January-March 2016
April-July 2016

Click here to see the full listing and to apply: http://joinscip.ca/internship-details/?id=1333

Development Intern

This intern will work closely with the Artistic Producer to source and approach potential sponsors, donors, and supporters. This position will also include fundraiser event planning with the company, volunteering at special events, and assisting with Silent Auction coordination.

Skills Required:
· Working knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel
· Experience creating sponsorship packages (asset but not mandatory)
· Experience with Silent Auctions (asset but not mandatory)
· Experience planning/managing fundraiser and special events (asset but not mandatory)

This is a full-season, very part-time position based on the student’s availability and class schedule.

Click here to see the full listing and to apply: http://joinscip.ca/internship-details/?id=1339

Box Office Manager

The student will be responsible for seeking out and scheduling volunteers for box office, training all scheduled volunteers, and creating new tracking documents for ticket sales and inventory. The Box Office Manager will work closely with the Producer to make sure all box office duties are clearly planned out for the volunteers, and that all volunteers are treated with respect.

Skills Required:
· Working knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel
· Experience working with large groups of volunteers
· Experience making schedules and other spreadsheets
· Working knowledge of how a theatre box office operates

This position will be part-time throughout January-March, 2016.

Click here to see the full listing and to apply: http://joinscip.ca/internship-details/?id=1340

Volunteer Coordinator

The student will be responsible for seeking out, scheduling, and training volunteers for special events, fundraisers, concession, and box office. The Volunteer Coordinator will work closely with the Producer and Box Office Manager to make sure all volunteer duties are clearly planned out, and that all volunteers are treated with respect.

Skills Required:
· Working knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel
· Experience working with large groups of volunteers
· Experience making schedules and other spreadsheets

This is a full-season, very part-time position based on the student’s availability and class schedule. The bulk of the work will be in January-March, 2106.

Click here to see the full listing and to apply: http://joinscip.ca/internship-details/?id=1478

Associate Designer

The Associate Designer will work closely with our Production Designer in a focused area: lighting, costumes, set, props, or sound design. The Associate Designer will create tracking and requirement paperwork, and will source and shop for design materials. In addition the Associate Designer will assist with set-up and strike of the performance venue, and could potentially assist in building the set.

Skills Required:
· Working knowledge of theatre lighting and sound equipment working knowledge of how to operate a sound or lighting board
· Working knowledge of proper safety procedures for light hangs and strikes
· Working knowledge of theatre design elements

This is a part-time position running throughout December 2015-March 2016.

Click here to see the full listing and to apply: http://joinscip.ca/internship-details/?id=1338

Associate Production Manager

We are looking for someone to work closely with our Production Manager to help create all of the necessary schedules, and production paperwork. In addition the Associate Production Manager will liaise with all of this season’s directors, designers, and stage managers to ensure that the requirements of all shows are met.

Skills required:
· Basic knowledge of technical theatre
· Basic knowledge of theatre production
· Basic knowledge of production paperwork

This is a part-time position running throughout December 2015-March 2016.

Click here to see the full listing and to apply: http://joinscip.ca/internship-details/?id=1334

Audition (Sherwood Park): Prom Night of the Living Dead – Sherard Musical Theatre

imageSherard Musical Theatre Association is holding open auditions for our 2015 production, Prom Night of the Living Dead: A Zombie High School Musical!  This is an original work, premiering in October.  The production can be best described as throwing the Breakfast Club, Return of the Living Dead, and Glee in a Blender and hitting frappe.  

The following roles are available:

Becket, (Male, age range 17-35) A part time dealer, and a full time philosopher with a fondness for Dr. Seuss and Disney.  Hides behind a cloak of mystery, keeps others at an arms length.  Extremely intelligent, totally eccentric.  This is a singing role

Mackenzie, (Male, age range 17-35) A typical jock bully, intolerant to anyone who lacks athleticism, pretty unpleasant, not very intelligent.  Non singing role

Dylan, (Male, age range 17-35) See the Mackenzie profile, add more aggression and anger, detract even more intelligence.  Non singing role

10-15 Ensemble roles are also required to play students, teachers, and army personnel.  Age ranges of 17-45.  No singing and minimal time commitments until October are required for the ensemble roles.  

Please email promnightofthelivingdead@hotmail.com to book an audition time by no later than September 10, 2015.   Visit our website at www.sherardmusicaltheatre.org or our Facebook page. Sherard is a non profit amateur theatre company dedicated to the promotion of musical theatre in Alberta.

Classes (Edmonton): Foote Theatre School – Fall/Winter 2015/16 – Citadel Theatre, Robbins Academy

Fall/Winter 2015/16 Brochure

Fall/Winter 2015/16 Brochure

 

Register for Foote Theatre School Classes Today!

Registration for Fall/Winter 2015/16 Classes at the Foote Theatre School is now open. Our classes provide:
* And excellent instructor-to-student ratio.
* Instruction from experienced theatre professionals and educators.
* A structured and progressive curriculum.
* Potential audition opportunities – our students have appeared in many Citadel Mainstage productions including: A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet, Oliver!, The Sound of Music and more.

We have classes for Children, Teens and Adults in a variety of specialized areas such as: Acting, Scene Study, Musical Theatre, Acting for the Camera, Playwriting, Improvisation and I Can Pretend (Drama for children with Autism).

We have a class for you!

Call 780.425.1820 to register today!

What’s On (Edmonton): Arts at The Barns Presentation Series: The Steadfast Tin Soldier – Alberta Opera

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier
October 16-24, 2015
Westbury Theatre | ATB Financial Arts Barns

Adapted by: Jeff Unger, Farren Timoteo
Music by: Jeff Unger
Directed by: Farren Timoteo

Alberta Opera presents one of the most celebrated fairy tales of all time!

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

The award-winning minds behind the musical adaptations of Rumpelstiltskin, Aladdin and Pinocchio want to take you on a journey into the world of toys! When a unique Tin Soldier becomes captivated by a paper Ballerina and attracts the ire of a nefarious Goblin, he is forced into a series of incredible adventures that will change his life forever.

Don’t miss the chance to see Alberta Opera’s thrilling adaptation of this Hans Christian Andersen classic!

TICKETS
Adult: $18.50 | Student/Senior: $13.50 | Children 12 & under: $8.50
Above prices do not include GST.

Performance Schedule
Fri., Oct. 16 7 PM
Sat., Oct. 17 12 PM & 3 PM
Sun., Oct. 18 2 PM
Fri., Oct. 23 7 PM
Sat., Oct. 24 12 PM & 3 PM

Job (Calgary): Facility & Box Office Attendant (Part-time) – Calgary Community Theatre Ltd

Facility & Box Office Attendant (Part-time)

Calgary Community Theatre Ltd (CCTL) manages the Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre (Home of Front Row Centre Players Society and Storybook Theatre Society) as a centre for community activities with a focus on the performing arts. We are recruiting a part-time Facility Attendant. The hours are in the evenings and weekends, typically one to three shifts per week depending on how busy the facility is.

Responsibilities

• Key holder responsibilities
• Check tenants in and out of the building
• Answer tenant queries and concerns about the facility
• Answer inquiries over the phone
• Sell show tickets to patrons using theatre manager
• Run the box office when there is a performance in the theatre
• Supervise building to ensure security
• Occasional minor janitorial duties
• Collect payments, issue receipts, manage cash
• Lock up at the end of the night

Qualifications

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Must be able to be understood over the phone in English
• Customer-oriented focus
• Excellent at multitasking
• Ability to handle stressful situations in a calm and professional manner
• Positive attitude and ability to work effectively as a team member
• Ability to work independently and take initiative
• Mature, trustworthy, reliable and punctual
• Use of Mac OS, MS Office
• Knowledge of Theatre Manager Software an asset

Applying

Suitably qualified candidates are asked to send their resume and cover letter along with salary expectations to jobpostings@calgarycommunitytheatre.ca.

We thank all applicants for their interest in Calgary Community Theatre Ltd. Please no phone calls and only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Audition (Calgary): Artisitc Liaison – Heritage Park Players

heritage_park_logoThe Heritage Park Players are pleased to announce auditions their Once Upon A Christmas Musical Melodrama, Not a Shot Fired and for character roles for their Halloween event: Ghouls’ Night Out.

Play Information: Not a Shot Fired

Director: Trevor Matheson
Musical Direction: Melissa Dorsey
Time: The early 1900’s.
Setting: The interior of a General Store in a small western town.
Performance times: 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm during the weekends from November 21st to December 20th, 2015.

Miss. Jezebel is about to inherit one of the richest anthracite seams in all the Rocky Mountains, however Miss. Blackwell has a dynamite plan to inherit the land for herself. This puts newly arrived Constable William Blake in quite a predicament, as he duels with danger, deception and a distant admirer to bring justice to the town. This thrilling Christmas Musical Melodrama rustles up laughter and thrills for audiences of all ages.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
CONSTABLE WILLIAM BLAKE (male, 18 to 55)
A new recruit for the Royal North West Mounted Police. The straight man/hero, decent singing voice.

MISS. MYRTLE MAYFIELD (female, 18 to 55)
Love interest to the Constable. A comedic book worm and side kick to the Constable, decent singing ability.

JEZEBEL TURNER (female, 16 – 25ish)
Young, obnoxious and obsessed with the finer things in life.

MISS. BLACKWELL (female, 25+)
Charming personality, but a black hearted villain enraged by her demeaning position in society. Strong singing ability.

FAST WILLY (Male, any age) A smooth talking shop keeper. Side kick to the villain.

Audition Requirements:
If auditioning for the Constable, Miss. Myrtle or Miss. Blackwell a prepared song to highlight your vocal abilities. For all other roles, reads from the script.

Auditions for roles will take place in 15 minute slots on Sunday September 20th (10am to 3pm) & Monday September 21st (6:30pm to 9:30pm) in the Canmore Opera House at Heritage Park Historical Village (in Calgary).

Rehearsals will take place from the beginning of October through to November 20th twice a week for four hours. The specific times will be based on actor availability. Some roles will be double cast, so only a Saturday or Sunday commitment is required. This is a non paying gig and is a volunteer commitment.

E-mail tmatheson@heritagepark.ca to book a 15 minute audition time. Call 403-612-8044 or e-mail for more info.

Halloween Characters ~ Ghouls’ Night Out

The Heritage Park Players will be presenting various interactions outside on the streets of Heritage Park for its Ghouls’ Night Out Event running October 23rd, 24th, 25th, 29th & 30th from 5pm to 8:30pm. For each character there will be a few rehearsals set at the actor(s) convenience. This is a non paying gig and is a volunteer commitment.

Draculena Monologue
(Wing Chong Laundry)

A girl/lady escapes from a coffin only to discover the wonders of becoming a new Vampire. She sets on a course of making her first kill, her beloved cat Charles.

Character:
Draculena (Female aged 13 to 60).

The Goblin versus a Pirate Sword Fight
(Outside the Mindapore Train Station)

A pirate awakens after a night of plundering only to find a goblin warrior stalking him. The pirate must answer the goblins riddles or die fighting. There is an epic sword fight amongst the gathered booty choreographed to Pirates of the Caribbean style music.

Characters:
Pirate ~ (Male, any age).
Goblin ~ (Male or female, any age).

Scarecrow Comic
(Perched high above in front of the Thorpe House)

As guests pass by, standup comedy is delivered by a scarecrow, featuring the very best of Eddy Murphy, Seinfeld and knock knock jokes.

Ghost Train Characters:

Phantom Bride: Will interact with crowd looking for groom. Will board the train where she will disappear into the fog transforming into a phantom.

Bride Groom: Will alternate between sitting as a mannequin in train, looking and calling to his bride. Also he will de-boarding the train interacting with crowd and train conductor on platform continuing his quest to be reunited with his bride.

Porter: Helps actors to board train, and being especially attentive to the “Black Widow” and her pile of coffins containing her dead husbands.

Vampire: Actor will interact with crowd offering to drink them dry so that they can ride the ghost train.

Ticket Seller/Fortune Teller: Informs guests that only those carrying their death certificate can buy a ticket for the Ghost Train.

Auditions for all roles will take place in 15 minute slots of Sunday September 20th (10am to 3pm) & Monday September 21st (6:30pm to 9:30pm) at the Canmore Opera House at Heritage Park Historical Village (in Calgary).

E-mail tmatheson@heritagepark.ca to book a 15 minute audition time. Call 403-612-8044 or e-mail for more info.

Auditions (Calgary): Video auditions for Arden of Faversham – Artists’ Collective Theatre

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Arden of Faversham
Rehearsals begin September 15
Deadline to submit: September 5

Email applications to:
Amanda Cutting
amanda@acttheatre.ca
Questions? Call 403-519-5327

Artists’ Collective Theatre will be accepting video submissions for our upcoming production of Arden of Faversham. The roles we are looking to fill are:

  • Arden – (male, mid 30s-50s)”a self-made man, he was formerly the mayor of Faversham and was appointed as the king’s controller of imports and exports.”
  • Alice – (female, mid 30s-50s)”Wife of Thomas Arden, Alice plots with her lover Mosby to kill Arden.”
  • Shakebag- (male) Open to any age. A henchmen hired to kill Arden but ultimately every attempt he makes fails. Good comedic timing required.

REQUIREMENTS: Please film yourself performing a 2 minute Shakespearean monologue and send your self-tape, with resume and headshot, to artistic director Amanda Cutting at amanda@acttheatre.ca no later than September 5th 2015.

Artists’ Collective Theatre welcomes submissions from both Equity and non-equity performers, and from performers of all ethnicities and racial backgrounds.

News (Calgary): Ghost River Theatre first Company-in-Residence with the School of Creative and Performing Arts

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Eric Rose, Artistic Director of Ghost River Theatre

Drama students at the University of Calgary will get a chance to immerse themselves in a full year studying the exciting, unpredictable art of theatrical devising, thanks to a partnership with a nationally-acclaimed, Calgary-based theatre company. Ghost River Theatre will be the first Company-in-Residence with the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) for the 2015-16 academic year.

In devised theatre, artists create their own plays from the ground up, using collaborative and often improvised approaches to produce a final presentation. As part of the residency, Eric Rose, artistic director of Ghost River Theatre, will teach a full-year course about devised theatre and performance.

Click here to read more about this exciting opportunity on UCalgary Today.

Event (Edmonton): Riverkeeper play reading – Script Salon

KATHERINE KOLLER NAVIGATES A JOURNEY OF HOPE AND HEALING IN SEPTEMBER’S SCRIPT SALON

On Sunday September 6 at 7:30 PM SCRIPT SALON will present a moving new play by Katherine Koller that uses the river and Alberta geography to explore themes of redemption, rediscovery and family. Riverkeeper is a compelling and touching journey of the heart and soul.

THE STORY: Sixty year old River (Coralie Cairns) conjures her young thirty-something parents to ask her questions, relive their journey, and find the way to let them go in a private ritual of healing on the river.  By canoeing down and reading the river, she creates an unfolding narrative of history, memory and imagination. 

Read by Lora Brovold, Coralie Cairns, and Garett Ross.
Sunday September 6 at 7:30
in the Upper Arts Space at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Avenue).
Admission is free although donations are accepted. Refreshments will be provided. Parking is free.
 
After the reading the audience is encouraged to ask questions and provide commentary directly to the playwright.
 

SCRIPT SALON is sponsored and supported by the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Alberta Playwrights Network and Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

Job (Drumheller): Lead Director – The Canadian Badlands Passion Play

Canadian Badlands Passion PlayThe Canadian Badlands Passion Play is currently accepting applications for a Lead Director for our new production in the summer of 2016. This will be the inaugural year for a new script based on the Gospel of Luke called ‘For All The Nations’ being written by Barrett Hileman. The approximate dates of the contract would be from April – July 2016 with preproduction meetings in the month’s prior. Specific dates have not yet been confirmed and will be worked out with the successful candidate and the rest of the team.

The Lead Director assumes responsibility for the overall practical and creative interpretation of the script and score. They are responsible for guiding the artistic integrity of the production as whole, within the physical, time, and budgetary constraints of the company. S/he will work collaboratively with the creative and production teams, as provided by the Company, to manifest a physical production on the Company stage, for our live audience, on the dates chosen by the Company.

For more information or to apply please send a copy of your résumé to Denise Lines at passionplayproduction@gmail.com.
The deadline for this posting is September 30th, 2015.
Previous directing experience necessary. Working with a large volunteer/community theatre organization is an asset.
Please take a moment to visit our website www.canadianpassionplay.com

Going into the 23rd Season, The Canadian Badlands Passion Play is one Canada’s largest outdoor theatrical events. The company is a unique combination of primarily volunteer performers with professional guidance and support. The company mandate is to annually depict the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in dramatic form. It is performed on our unique and expansive stage, built into the hills of the Drumheller badlands in front of our 2700 seat outdoor amphitheatre. It is an epic story told on an epic scale.

Audition (Calgary): NATIVITY IN THE CITY – Fire Exit Theatre

Nativity-Worship-Background-StillNATIVITY IN THE CITY an evening of Storytelling and Music

– including the play “NATIVITY ON THE SQUARE”
Written by Tom S. Long Directed by Val Lieske

Audition Dates: Tuesday September 1st 6:30-9:30. Call backs Wednesday September 2nd 7:00 PM.

Audition Location: Alberta Bible College – 635 Northmount Dr. NW

PLEASE PREPARE: One (1) 60-second contemporary, comedic monologue. You may be asked to cold read.

BOOK YOUR AUDITION with val@fireexit.ca

Play Summary: The nativity, the center of Christmas. We sing about it, we put ornate ones on our fireplaces, we act them out for Christmas pageants. This is a look one brought to life. The figures of a public creche scene come to life on Christmas Eve and attempt to discover who they are. A drunken homeless woman explains the Nativity story to them in a manner that is both comical and deeply moving.

Character Breakdown:

(strong>KING: (age range: 35-55) KING may not be exactly sure what his role in this annual event is, but is sure it has something to do with they gift he has brought and is determined to hang on to it until he’s sure who to give it to. Loyal, regal, confident.
“I am the King. I bear the gift and follow the star. And in the meadow I will build a snowman.”

ANGEL: (age range: ageless) ANGEL is more nervous about getting dirty than getting the story right. Being able to sing an asset.
“I am the Angel. My name is Harold and I fly over planes and sing strange and beautiful songs about the glory of egg shells and the coming of the King.”

SHEPHERD: (age range: 30-55) SHEPHERD is concerned about getting the story right. Becomes a protector to BAG LADY.
“I am the Shepherd. I carry the stick with the hook and the music says I am certain and poor and I keep sheep – whatever that is. Oh yeah, and I listen to Angels.”

BAG LADY: (age range: 35-55) BG has had a hard life and has turned to drink as a way to survive and numb the pain. Underneath it all, she is optimistic and clings to her Sunday school faith. Broken but likeable.

NARRATOR(S): 2 – male or female. Good readers.

Show Dates: November 25th – November 29th, 2015 (6 performances) at the Engineered Air Theatre, Arts Commons (formally Epcor Centre for Performing Arts)
Tech Rehearsals: November 22nd, 23rd, 24th.
Rehearsals: TBA

Fire Exit Theatre is a not-for-profit semi-professional theatre company. We operate primarily with a volunteer base. As such, your time and talent will be considered volunteer.