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Library: First books from Gift-A-Play 2014 have arrived!

Morgan Nowich and Becca Barrington receiving our first package from the 2014 Gift-A-Play campaign

Morgan Nowich and Becca Barrington receiving our first package from the 2014 Gift-A-Play campaign

We were thrilled earlier today when our first package of books to arrive from our 2014 Gift-A-Play Library campaign arrived in the mail. And it was a great pair of Canadian plays to start off with too!

Thank you Doug Mertz and Stefano Muneroni for your gifts of Armstrong’s War by Colleen Murphy and Butcher by Nicholas Billon

This really is our favourite time of year in the Library.  At the time of this writing, twenty-two books from our Amazon Wish List have already been purchased! We look forward to seeing more great titles come in the mail in the next few weeks.

What’s On (Medicine Hat): Big Fish: The Musical – Medicine Hat High School Drama

Big-Fish-Horizontal-Title-JPG-LPBig Fish: The Musical

“Now, the best part of an adventure is the people you meet!”

Medicine Hat High School Drama presents our first Community Theatre Production
Playing December 11 – 19, 2014
Call 403-527-3371 for tickets

Big Fish: The Musical will be MHHS Drama’s first Community Theatre Production. MHHS Drama has connected with local artists to invest in the next generation of theatre here in Medicine Hat. Alumni, teachers, and local theatre volunteers have joined us for this production as performers, musicians, dancers, singers, and technical support.

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Columbia Pictures film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.

What’s On (Calgary): Young Sherlock Holmes…and the Case of Dick Whittington’s Cat – Morpheus Theatre

SherlockYoung Sherlock Holmes and the case of Dick Whittington’s Cat

December 5 to 14, 2014
By Craig Hewlett
Directed by Sean Anderson
Call 403-246-2999 for tickets.

Elementary, Watson!…Whitsun? What’s going on? It’s Panto! Morpheus welcomes back this popular Christmas season tradition with classic characters of pantomime and fiction as everyone’s favourite detective solves the mystery at hand – young Dick Whittington has disappeared! He was last seen wearing lipstick, fishnets and high-heeled boots? Holmes and Whitsun are on the case! Join us as we flip genders, boo the villain and rejoice in the antics of the saucy Dame, Maisie Luvaduck. A sloshingly good time will be had by all. Case closed. Oh yes, it is!

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What’s On (Calgary): Peter Pan the Musical – StoryBook Theatre

Peter-Pan-Logo-01PETER PAN the musical

NOVEMBER 28 to DECEMBER 22, 2014
Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm

RUNNING TIME: Two Act Musical – 120 minutes
RECOMMENDED FOR AGES: 6 & Up

Call 403-216-0808 for tickets

Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Music by Morris “Moose” Charlap
Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Additional Music by Jule Styne
Based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie

Join Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, and John in the high-flying timeless Broadway musical that will whisk you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up!

Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris “Moose” Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, PETER PAN is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time.

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook.

Featuring the iconic songs “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, PETER PAN is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.

Deal (Edmonton): Elephant Wake Ticket Discount – Catalyst Theatre

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Elephant Wake

written & directed by Joey Tremblay | directed & designed by Bretta Gerecke
Catalyst Theatre @ C103

SPECIAL DISCOUNT
Get tickets for just $15 by using the promo code: DRAMA

Get tickets to any show during the run!
Can ONLY be booked by phone at Tix On the Square – 780-420-1757
Or by contacting Catalyst at brenda@catalysttheatre.ca | 780-431-1750

OFFER EXPIRES MONDAY NOV 24 at 6pm.

Job (Lloydminster): Technical Director – Vic Juba Community Theatre

DSC_3469Due to an impending retirement, we are seeking a full time Technical Director for our 550 seat performing arts centre in one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, Lloydminster, Alberta. Reporting to the General Manager, the Technical Director oversees and executes all activity related to stage and backstage areas of the theatre including lighting, sound, projection, special effects, stage and backstage management, equipment acquisition & maintenance, and building operations related to the theatre.

As the successful candidate, you have graduated from an accredited training institution and have at least three years’ experience in one or more of the above areas, including two years or more in a management capacity.

As a team leader with a sense of humour, you enjoy working with a variety of users of the facilities including educational institutions, professional artists, business clients, non-profit groups and impresarios from across Canada. You understand quick turnarounds, accommodating different demands, scheduling and juggling resources to make things work seamlessly. You can stand back and watch your work unfold before you or you can grab a headset and take charge for the good of the show.

We will begin looking at submissions on December 1, 2014. You may continue to submit applications after this date until December 8th. Only those invited to come to an interview will be contacted. Please submit your covering letter and resume to:

Ms. Sheila Bouchard
Accounting and HR Administrator
Vic Juba Community Theatre
2602 – 59 Avenue
Lloydminster, AB T9V 3N7
accounts@vicjubatheatre.ca
www.vicjubatheatre.ca

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Found Festival 2015 – Common Ground Arts Society

Common-Ground-Logo-2Call for Submissions!

Found Festival 2015
June 25 – 28

Found Festival is a multidisciplinary found space arts festival exhibiting explosive and dynamic new works in a variety of unconventional spaces in Edmonton, Alberta

Eligibility
Any artistic discipline: music dance, visual art, film, theatre, writing, etc.
Projects can be previously produced work or new work.
We accept one-minute performance, daylong endurance art pieces and everything in between.
You must define yourself or your project as contributing to the emerging Edmonton arts scene.

1. Project Submissions (individuals or ensembles)
Project Descriptions (your team, dream venues/location)
Outline of proposed process (creation, development, and performance)
Support Material (past performance history, scripts, resumes, photos, videos, etc)

2. Individual Submissions
Want to be part of the festival but you don’t have a project in mind? Solo artists interested in performing apply here. (musicians, visual artists, poets, authors, actors, dancer etc.)
Include Support Material (past performance history, scripts, resumes, photos, videos, etc.)

Deadline December 20, 2014

ABOUT THE FOUND FESTIVAL
Now in its fourth year, Found is a living, breathing showcase of dance, theatre, visual art, music, film, creative writing and more all in unexpected places. Our aim is to produce an event that is affordable, accessible, interactive, and empowering, encouraging artists to contribute to the cultural landscape of the city.
Our past venues have included a funeral home, residential garage, and a Dodge grand caravan. We’ve had live music played off rooftops, movies projected onto buildings, and a play performed— in the middle of June— on a giant pile of snow. Some pieces are designed for as few as 5 people at a time, with others accommodating as many as 200. We are committed to presenting innovative, entertaining, and provocative new works which push the boundaries of audience interaction, allowing both spectators and performers to engage in a more stimulating brand of risk-taking and play.

ABOUT COMMON GROUND
The Common Ground Arts Society is a not-for-profit organization established in 2009 dedicated to the promotion, advocacy, and development of Edmonton’s emerging arts scene. We hope to successfully showcase and develop the work of artists in Edmonton through our flagship festival, workshops, performances and community events.

Send Submissions to Festival Director Andrew Ritchie foundfest.director@gmail.com

For more information or to apply visit www.commongroundarts.ca

Workshop (Calgary): Master Class in Commedia dell’Arte – Theatre A Go-Go

Arlecchino discovers The Calgary Kids Festival

Arlecchino discovers The Calgary Kids Festival

WHAT: A Master Class in Commedia dell’Arte
The Commedia dell’Arte was born out a response to the political and economic crisis of the 16th Century in Italy. It is a physical style of theatre characterized by masked “types” and is responsible for the advent of improvised performances. Due to its popularity, the Commedia outgrew its Italian roots and reached England, with Shakespeare incorporating many chase scenes into his comedies. In the 19th century, it made its way to North American shores in traveling medicine shows and vaudeville and became known as Slapstick Comedy; a style of humor involving exaggerated physical activity exceeding the boundaries of common sense. It takes its name from the “slap stick”, a club-like object used to accentuate a punchline in the Commedia dell’Arte. The style was explored extensively during the “golden era” of black and white, silent movies featuring such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and the Three Stooges. Slapstick continues to maintain a presence in modern comedy that draws upon its lineage, in films of Mel Brooks to television with Rowan Atkinson. Today its modern version can be found in cartoons and animation.

The workshop will focus on the passions, schemes and foibles of the 7 main/stock characters of the Commedia. Using the beautifully crafted masks of Canadian puppeteer and mask maker, Trish Leeper as well as the sculpted leather masks of Amleto and Donato Sartori, players will have the opportunity to experience each character via their walk, their gestures and voice. Players will choose a character that they’d like to play; one that suits them or offers a challenge. Based on scene suggestions, players will improvise various scenarios.

WHO: Calling all Adult Fools with some performance experience

WHEN: Sunday Jan. 11 from 10:00am – 5:30pm (With one half hour break for lunch)

WHERE: Morpheus Rehearsal Centre (In the Parkdale Community Centre – 3512 – 5 Ave. N.W.)

WHY: Join us in a workshop that will explore the roots of Slapstick Comedy and a physical means of theatrical expression, through the Commedia dell’Arte. This one day workshop will offer insight into approaches to physical comedy and broaden your performance horizons.

INVESTMENT: Discount: $75/player for Early Bird and students, with registration by Dec. 6
Regular: $100/player

INSTRUCTOR: DAVID LANGLOIS is the founding Artistic Director of MetaPhysical Theatre, a company that uses the styles, techniques and vocabulary of physical theatre as the basis for the development of its work. Based in Toronto, MetaPhysical Theatre has created seven original productions that have toured to Fringe Festivals across Canada, in the USA, and to Australia and New Zealand. David is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal as well as The Canadian Mime School. In 1976-77, he was a student at The Dell Arte School in Blue Lake, Calif. and in 1983 he was awarded a Canada Council grant to study under Jacques Lecoq in Paris. In 1994 he was awarded a Canada Council travel grant to study mask making under Donato Sartori at the Centro Maschere e Strutture Gesuali in Abamo Terme, Italy.

To register or for further information, please contact Tanya at:
theatreagogo@telus.net OR 403.282.4622
OR http://www.theatreagogo.ca/actingclassesforadultscalgary.html

What’s On (Calgary): Where the Wild Things Are – Vertigo Theatre Y Stage Theatre Series

Wild_loResWhere the Wild Things Are

By Maurice Sendak
Originally Adapted for the Stage by Carol Healas and Tag Theatre, Glasgow
Directed by Kim Selody
Produced by Presentation House Theatre

Nov 21 & 28, 7PM
Nov 22 & 23, 12:30PM & 3PM
Nov 29 & 30, 12:30PM & 3PM
Call 403-221-3708 for tickets

The Renowned Children’s Book Transformed into a Delightful Interactive Play
A landmark in children’s literature, this interactive adaptation of award-winning Maurice Sendak’s tale continues to delight sold-out audiences around the globe. The incorrigible Max, sent to bed without his supper, embarks on imaginary travels to a land of wild animals and extraordinary adventures – where he is ultimately crowned ruler. Young audiences are invited to sail along with Max to the land of the Wild Things.

Call for Submissions (Calgary): 2015 Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival – Pumphouse Theatres

Pumphouse TheatreCALL FOR REGISTRATIONS
2015 Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival

The Pumphouse Theatres has presented the Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival (with the Alberta Drama Festival Association) for over 30 years and we are please do so again! Registration will open on December 17th @ noon for 12 spots on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Festival will be held March 25 – 28, 2015.

One play is chosen by a professional adjudicator to represent Calgary at the Provincial One Act Festival. Each of those chosen plays receives traveling expenses or a grant to assist in funding their participation in the Provincial Festival.

Registration Requirements:

  • All registrations must be submitted in person with a completed registration form and a $60 non-refundable registration fee.
  • The performing group is responsible for royalty payments. A letter confirming permission from the publisher or playwright must be included.
  • A clean copy of the script must be included. Photocopies will only be accepted for an original script.
  • Make cheques payable to the Pumphouse Theatres Society.
  • Participants who are members of CAEA, ACTRA, or IATSE are not eligible to participate in their professional vocation.
  • Plays must be one act in length. Performances between 10 and 60 minutes. No excerpts.
  • Each group is responsible for supplying its own technicians for stage management and light and sound operation. We can provide training to operators.
  • Each show must be set up in 10 minutes and struck in 5 minutes.
  • Casts shall be predominantly adult and from CALGARY.

Awards & prizes presented for: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Female/Male Actor, Outstanding Technical Merit, and Outstanding Original Script!

Registration for the Calgary Region One Act Play Festival
at the Pumphouse Theatre (2140 Pumphouse Ave SW).
Starts Wednesday December 17 @ Noon

Registration will close when all slots are filled or by February 1st, 2015.

For more information including One-Act Play Festival rules and regulations, please feel free to email us at boxoffice@pumphousetheatre.ca.

News (Alberta): Announcing Theatre Alberta’s 3rd Annual Gift-A-Play Library Fundraiser Campaign

2014 Gift-A-Play CampaignTheatre Alberta’s annual Gift-A-Play campaign, in support of Canada’s largest fully-circulating, independent theatre library, is once again upon us! We are asking for your help to add to our most valuable resource.

How does Gift-A-Play work? Well, we created a ‘Wish List’ on Amazon of titles that our Library would like to add to our collection. Simply choose a title (or more) from our Wish List and give it to Theatre Alberta for Christmas! We have included the shipping address in our profile, so the books will be shipped directly to our Library in Edmonton (no need to worry about wrapping!). And, if the value of your order is more than $25, shipping is free!

You are also welcome to purchase plays on our Wish List from retailers other than Amazon. Just be sure to click the button that says ‘Buying this gift elsewhere?’ on the right of the Amazon book description, so that the title is removed from our Wish List (and we avoid receiving the same gift twice). If you prefer, you are also welcome to make a monetary donation directly to Theatre Alberta at http://theatrealberta.com/donate.

If the title you want to give is already gone, none of the books match your price point, or if you’d rather not pay for shipping fees, then we would love to receive an Amazon gift card as much as a book. You can choose the amount you wish to give and email us the gift card directly. Theatre Alberta will pool all gift cards together at the end of the campaign to make one grand purchase of titles in the new year.

Every book we receive during this campaign—whether given to us directly or purchased with gift cards—will be marked with a 2014 Gift-A-Play sticker, bearing the name of the donor. If your gift or donation to our Library, is worth $20 or more Theatre Alberta can provide you with a tax receipt.  

Please visit http://theatrealberta.com/gift-a-play/ for more information about the campaign and to find links to our Wish List. We will update the Gift-A-Play page regularly with a list of donors and lovely donation messages as they are recieved. This is a different way to donate to Theatre Alberta during the holiday season that directly impacts one of the most comprehensive theatre collections in the country—a resource available to each and every one of our current members.

Thank you so much for your continued support. Happy Holidays from all of us at Theatre Alberta!

We love receiving plays at Theatre Alberta's Library!

We love receiving plays at Theatre Alberta’s Library!

Event (Calgary): Play Readings & Book Launch – Caroline Russell-King

We’re thrilled for playwright (and long time Theatre Alberta member) Caroline Russell-King, as she launches her collection of three plays Palliser Suite – which marks Frontenac House’s 100th book. Palliser Suite is a trilogy of one act plays set in the Palliser Hotel and written in homage to Neil Simon. Caroline has received rave reviews and critical acclaim for her work.

Join Caroline and a cast performers for readings of all three plays in her trilogy on Monday, November 24 at 7 p.m. at The Fairmont Palliser (133 9 Avenue SW) in Calgary. Free event! 

News (Calgary): 2015 High Performance Rodeo Lineup Announced

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen – a Firehall Arts Centre / Theatre Calgary co-production at the 2015 High Performance Rodeo

On November 18th, Festival Curator Michael Green and Managing Director Ann Connors, announced the line-up for the 29th annual High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts. The popular festival runs January 7 to February 1, 2015 at thirteen venues throughout Calgary. The Rodeo features an extraordinary collection of the boldest and brightest artists in the realms of theatre, dance, comedy and multimedia. Tickets for the festival go on sale at 10am today online at www.hprodeo.ca, by calling 403-294-9494, or in-person at the EPCOR Centre Box Office.

  • On the centenary of the First World War, the award-winning hometown One Yellow Rabbit ensemble teams up with guest artist, Canadian theatre heavyweight Peter Hinton – for the premiere of What the Thunder Said
  • Theatre Calgary and the High Performance Festival join together to open the festival with Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen by Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre. Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of Chelsea Hotel
  • Brooklyn’s Young Jean Lee follows her discomfort like a compass. Bracing irony encounters the long tradition of heart-on-sleeve American truth-telling with hilarious and provocative results in her latest experiment UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW coproduced by Theatre Junction Grand.
  • The High Performance Rodeo is thrilled to welcome 2014 Polaris Music Prize winner, Tanya Tagaq to this year’s festival. Her intense, evocative vocalizations, based on Inuit throat singing traditions, help reclaim the controversial 1922 film Nanook of the North. 
  • The Rodeo partners up once again with Alberta Theatre Projects to co-present Mump & Smoot in “Anything” with Knooma. Canada’s hilarious – and notorious – Clowns of Horror are back with their first new show in four years. 
  • Join The Walrus once again at the festival with Concordia University Presents The Walrus Talks Vice. Eighty stimulating minutes of chat features eight of Canada’s liveliest minds as they regale the audience with their own take on the tantalizing topic of vice. 
  • Lunchbox Theatre and the Rodeo welcome Ontario’s A Firebrand Theatre Production’s Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story, the incredible true story of Maurice Ruddick – “the singing miner”. 
  • Canadian journalist and writer Alanna Mitchell brings her powerful and deeply personal solo performance of Sea Sick to the festival. 
  • Master storyteller Alan Williams captivating autobiographical one-man show The Girl With Two Voices, is about a middle-aged actor who returns to Britain after 15 years living in Canada. 
  • Public Recordings Artistic Director Ame Henderson, along with her collaborators, clear the way for a new territory in dance with what we are saying. 
  • Inspired by his legendary image and outrageous endurance, The Keith Richards One Woman Show is a Jack Daniels toast to getting by just as you are. Performed by Suitcase In Point’s Deanna Jones.
  • As part of its 2015 world tour The Sofa Experience comes from Denmark to the High Performance Rodeo. 
  • The High Performance Rodeo’s festival favourites are back. Downstage returns with the wildly popular 10-Minute Play Festival.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.hprodeo.ca, by calling 403-294-9494, or at the EPCOR Centre Box Office.

Now in its 29th year, the High Performance Rodeo is an annual festival featuring theatre, dance, comedy, music and multimedia presentations. Curated by Artistic Director Michael Green and produced by Ann Connors and the One Yellow Rabbit team, it is dedicated to entertaining as wide an audience as imaginable, while remaining fertile ground for the progressive and wild. The High Performance Rodeo is the largest festival of its kind in Western Canada.

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Double Bass Player – Urinetown – Front Row Centre Players

UrinetownDouble bass players, listen up!

Front Row Centre Players still need a double bass (aka upright bass aka string bass) player to volunteer for our upcoming production of Urinetown, running Jan 9 – 24 at the Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre.

If you are a double bass player and are available and interested – or know someone who is, we’d love to talk to you! We’re trying to start rehearsals right away!

Please get in touch at darrenstewart@frontrowcentre.ca or call 403-246-8505, extension 101.

More on the show at http://www.frontrowcentre.ca/urinetown/

Job (Red Deer): Artistic Director – Tree House Youth Theatre

Let the play begin!

Let the play begin!

After ten years as the Artistic Director of Tree House Youth Theatre, Mr. Matt Gould is leaving the “house” in the spring of 2015. The Board thanks him for helping to co-create extraordinary theatre experiences for the youth of central Alberta, their families, our audiences and the community. We look forward to seeing his next act.

We will be posting detailed information about the upcoming recruitment process for the position of AD in the New Year, but in the meantime, we are accepting expressions of interest to treehousetheatre@gmail.com

For more information, or to submit an expression of interest, please contact:

Tree House Youth Theatre Program Administrator
403-986-0631
treehousetheatre@gmail.com