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Auditions (Lacombe) – “The Butler Did It” – Cow Patti Theatre Company

Cow Patti TheatreAuditioning for 2016/2017 Season production of The Butler Did It!

Rehearsal starts: October 24, 2016.

Audition date: June 13, 2016.

Deadline to submit: June 6, 2016.

Email applications to: AnnaMarie Lea at theatre@cowpatti.com.

For more information, visit website, or contact AnnaMarie Lea at 403.304.6329.

Additional information: The Cow Patti Theatre Company celebrating its 20th Season is looking to cast two roles in their production of The Butler Did It by Walter Marks and Peter Marks.

Roles:

  • Aldo, the Butler also Michael age range 20 – 30 years.
  • Victoria Butler also Claudia  age range 20 – 30 years.

Those interested, please submit picture and resume.

Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Equity members cast in this production will be engaged under an Equity form of contract. CAEA members: please bring your membership card to the audition.

Job (Edmonton): Performers, Stage Manager (Edmonton Fringe) – Must Be Tuesday Music

Must be Tuesday - My Boyfriend's GirlfriendMY BOYFRIEND’S GIRLFRIEND is seeking three performers and a stage manager!

The application deadline has been extended to May 30, 2016!

We are especially seeking an actor/singer for the role of the transgender character, Tricia AKA Trenton. Ideally this role would be played by a transmasculine or non-binary person, so please pass this along to any trans* actors who you know, but anyone who is comfortable presenting as female at the beginning of the show and male at the end is welcome to apply.

Payment for the actors and stage manager will be a split of revenue. Auditions are on Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1. Please apply with a CV and headshot. Rehearsals will be full time starting in mid-July (long rehearsal sessions, perhaps 8 hours, 5 days a week, depending what works for everyone). The Fringe Festival has already starting organizing the performance schedule so please only only apply if you’re not already in another Fringe show. Thanks!

Composer: Jamie Price
Director: Sarah Rose

This show is a musical comedy which will be presented in a main venue at the Edmonton Fringe Festival this year. It’s about three likeable nerds who get into a polyamorous relationship, one of whom is trans and changes gender presentation over the course of the story. It’s a funny and light-hearted story with a happy ending, although there is some drama. Video games, friendship, and love!

This is the first Fringe show by Jamie Price/Must Be Tuesday. You can hear some of the songs that will be featured in the show at mustbetuesday.com, for example Cover Me I’m Going In, The Coming Out Song, and This is Where I Wanna Be.

Cast of Characters:

  • DECKER – A young man, likeable and geeky. Tenor-ish vocal range.
  • SAGE – A young woman, Decker’s best friend, feminine and outgoing. Alto or soprano vocal range.
  • TRICIA, AKA TRENTON – A young transgender person, Decker’s partner, socially awkward and boyish. Presents as female at the beginning of the show and male at the end. Ideally played by a trans or non-binary person, but a smallish, fairly high-pitched cis man would work too. Tenor or alto.

For more info, contact Jamie Price at jamie@mustbetuesday.com or on Facebook.

Deadline to apply as a performer or stage manager: May 30, 2016.

Auditions (Edmonton): How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Foote in the Door Productions

Foote in the Door ProductionsFoote in the Door Productions seeking non-equity actors for fall show!

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying 
Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert; Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Presented by Foote in the Door Productions

PERFORMANCE DATES: November 11-19, 2016.

AUDITION DATES: June 19 & 20, 2016, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: HI Edmonton Hostel,  10647-81 Avenue.

CALL-BACKS: Monday, June 27, 2016, 7:00-10:00 pm
Location: TBD

DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: ADAM KUSS MUSIC DIRECTOR: DANIEL BELLAND
STAGE MANAGER: ATHENA GORDON

Based on Shepherd Mead’s 1952 book of the same name, the musical follows young, ambitious J. Pierrepont Finch, who, with the help of the book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, rises from window washer to chairman of the board of the World Wide Wicket Company.

CHARACTERS:

  • J. Pierrepont Finch (20-30) – a window washer who applies for a job at the World Wide Wicket Company.
  • Bud Frump (20-40)- Biggley’s arrogant and lazy nephew.
  • Hedy LaRue (20-35) – Biggley’s attractive and dim-witted mistress.
  • Smitty (20-55) – Rosemary’s best friend and fellow secretary at the World Wide Wicket Company.
  • Miss Jones (30-50) – Biggley’s immovable secretary who is charmed by Finch.
  • Miss Krumholtz (20-35) – a secretary of Mr. Gatch, then J. Pierrepont Finch.
  • Mr. Benjamin Burton Daniel Ovington (30-45) – prospective head of the advertising department.
  • Mr. Wally Womper (40-65) – the Chairman of the World Wide Wicket Company.
  • Book Voice – the “voice” of the book How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying which narrates the musical.
  • Mr. Twimble (45-65) – Head of the mailroom for 25 years.
  • Mr. Milton Gatch (30-50) – head of the Plans and Systems department.
  • Executives and Secretaries (Ensemble) – All ensemble roles will play speaking characters and all actors will be in multiple songs.

We are committed to diversity in our casting and encourage submissions from all ethnic/cultural backgrounds for auditions.

Please note: The roles of J.B. Biggley and Rosemary have been filled prior to this audition process.

The auditions will comprise of the following:

  • A SHORT (1-2 MINUTE) PREPARED CONTEMPORARY COMEDY MONOLOGUE of your choice.
  • A SHORT MUSICAL THEATER COMEDY SONG (2 min max) in a classic musical theater style. Please bring sheet music in the correct key – an accompanist will be available.

Rehearsals will run Monday and Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons starting at the End of August. Please bring any potential conflict dates you have to the audition.

Actors must be available from November 7th, 2016 to November 19th, 2016 for all technical rehearsals and performances.

Headshots and resumes are requested to be emailed to footeinthedoor@gmail.com.

Workshop (Calgary): Playwrights’ Circle with Caroline Russell-King – Alberta Playwrights’ Network

Calgary Playwrights' Circle

Early Bird Pricing until June 15 for Calgary Playwrights’ Circle!

CALGARY PLAYWRIGHTS’ CIRCLE – Featuring Caroline Russell-King
Presented by the Alberta Playwrights Network

When: July 7 – August 25th (Thursday evenings 7pm – 9pm)
Where: APN Offices – #208 – 331 – 41st Avenue NE</strong>
Cost:

  • Regular Price – $299.00
  • Early Bird Price – $259.00, if you register before June 15.

Do you want to have a draft of a play written by September? This 8 week course will assist you in going from an idea to a first draft. Caroline has been a professional playwright and playwriting teacher for over 30 years. Come with an idea, a few scenes or a first draft and be guided through the creative process.

For more information, and to register, please click here.

Photo Credit: Emma Matthews

Volunteer Opportunity (Edmonton): Ushers, Sales, Patrols, Ticket-takers – Freewill Shakespeare Festival

Freewill Shakespeare Festival

Free Tickets, Free T-Shirts, Free Party for Volunteers!

Ushers, concession sales, merch sales, line up patrol, and ticket takers needed!

We are so excited for this summer’s upcoming festival, which runs June 21- July 17, 2016. This year, we are showing Love’s Labour’s Lost and Romeo & Juliet. It’s going to be our summer of love.

All Volunteers Receive:

  • A Volunteer T-Shirt.
  • A non alcoholic drink ticket and snack ticket for each shift.
  • 2 complimentary tickets to the performances.
  • Invitation to annual Volunteer Party (takes place during Festival) with a chance to win some awesome prizes.
  • A thank you package including FSF sunglasses, coupons and entertainment passes
  • 10% off merchandise.
  • Volunteers are welcome to stay and watch the show after their shifts are completed.

Volunteers are asked to work AT LEAST 4 shifts during the Festival.

If you are unable to make a scheduled shift we ask that you let our Operations Coordinator know at least a day in advance so the position can be rescheduled. Volunteers are required to attend the pre-festival orientation session, which takes place down at Hawrelak Park a few days before Preview.

For more information, please click here.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email Brittney at volunteer@freewillshakespeare.com. Thank you so much, and we hope to see you soon!

Auditions (Edmonton): Hansel and Gretel – Alberta Opera

Alberta Opera - Hansel and GretelAlberta Opera is seeking trained and/or experienced non-Equity musical theatre performers for their upcoming tour of Hansel and Gretel.

Where: Citadel Theatre, Third Floor, Classroom TBD, 9828 101A Avenue

When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 10am – 6pm

Deadline to submit is June 10, 2016.

What: We request that those selected to audition prepare one full musical theatre ballad under four minutes, as well as a comedic monologue. An accompanist will be provided.

How: To book an audition time, please submit your headshot and resume to the Artistic Director, Farren Timoteo, at farren@albertaopera.com. Please ensure your contact information is included in your submission. Please note, audition times are limited and not everyone may be seen. You will only be contacted if selected for an audition time.

Additional Information: In 2016/2017, Alberta Opera Touring Association is celebrating its 33rd season of touring original musical theatre adaptations to elementary schools around the province. Performing for more than 70,000 students each season, Alberta Opera’s work is widely celebrated and has become an essential cultural experience in schools province-wide. Hansel and Gretel was writen by Farren Timoteo and Jeff Unger and first produced in 2009. It was nominated for four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes-Awards and remains a favourite with educators and students. This will be the first revival of Hansel and Gretel since its debut tour. The production will open in October 2016 and tour until June 2017. For more information, please visit www.albertaopera.com.

Auditions (Whitehorse): General Auditions – National Arts Centre

National Arts Centre - AuditionsGeneral Auditions for the National Arts Centre English Theatre

Date: June 12, 2016.

Where: Whitehorse, YT.

Deadline to submit: June 1, 2016

Email applications to: auditionswhitehorse@nac-cna.ca.

Contact: Judi Pearl at judi.pearl@nac-cna.ca or phone 613-947-7000 x537.

Website: nac-cna.ca | Casting Information:  News Release 2016

Agreement: CTA

NAC English Theatre is committed to inclusive casting. We encourage submissions from professional artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities, a concept we understand very broadly.

Additional information:

  • Jillian Keiley, Artistic Director and Marcus Youssef, Artistic Advisor* in attendance.
  • Actors may only audition for the NAC English Theatre once every three years. Please do not submit if you have auditioned for Ms. Keiley since June, 2013.
  • Actors will be asked to prepare either two contrasting monologues (of no more than two minutes each), OR one two-minute monologue and one song (no accompaniment provided).

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

To request an appointment, please email your headshot and resume to auditionswhitehorse@nac-cna.ca no later than Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Please clearly indicate with your submission:

  • whether you are an Equity member or apprentice.
  • your current home base.
  • your availability for the audition date noted above.
  • any accessibility requirements.

* In an effort to broaden the scope of influence within the artistic leadership of NAC English Theatre, Artistic Advisors from across the country will be joining Artistic Director Jillian Keiley for intensive periods throughout her tenure to advise, influence and collaborate on ever developing aspects of our work.

Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Equity members cast in this production will be engaged under an Equity form of contract. CAEA members: please bring your membership card to the audition.

News (Calgary): “Never Give Up” premieres at King’s Shorts Festival – James Hutchison

James HutchisonCalgary Playwright premieres 10 minute short at Nova Scotia Play Festival!

Never Give Upa ten minute comedy about going after your dream, by Calgary playwright James Hutchison, will premiere at the 2016 King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia June 17th to 19th. All plays presented at the festival are original, never having been produced in any form.

SYNOPSIS: Nigel Davenport is a playwright who has been entering the Short Cuts Playwriting Festival for years. He’s never won, in spite of submitting hundreds of plays. When Nigel gets a call from Artistic Director Todd Sparks, he thinks his luck has finally changed, until he meets with Todd and Todd tells him that they’d like him to stop submitting to the Festival because he’s a terrible playwright. In fact, three members of this year’s reading committee resigned, two were treated for depression and one tried to commit suicide all because of Nigel’s plays. But instead of giving up, this only inspires Nigel to try harder and figure out how to write an award winning play that will win the festival.

Never Give Up by James Hutchison

  • Directed by Ron Wesman
  • Simon Bonnington as Nigel
  • Blaine Schumacher as Todd

Never Give Up was workshopped through the Alberta Playwrights Network Wordshed program with the participation of Trevor Rueger, Christopher Hunt, Elinor Holt and Julie Orton. The Alberta Playwrights’ Network assists in the development of both plays and playwrights through a number of different development programs.

James Hutchison is a Calgary playwright specializing in comedy, romance, and mystery and is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Alberta Playwrights Network, Theatre Alberta and the Playwrights’ Center. You can follow James on Twitter @lifeisanact or visit his web site at www.jameshutchison.ca where he blogs and occasionally interviews other actors, writers, and directors about theatre.

For more information about the King’s Shorts Festival, or to read the complete news release, Never Give Up.

Photocredit: Greg Fulmes

 

News (Edmonton): Co-Founder & Long-time Producer, Richard (Dick) Finkel, Passes – Edmonton International Street Performers Festival

Richard (Dick) FinkelRichard (Dick) Edward Finkel, passed away on Tuesday, May 17th, after a long illness.

Dick was one of the original participants of Summerfest, a pilot project that launched Edmonton’s festival scene. It also kick-started the Street Performers Festival, the first of its kind in North America. Dick, who had a strong belief in the power of laughter, was the principal programmer and producer for 15 years. Dick influenced the development and advancement of busking as a legitimate performance genre, and presented street artists in a creative festival setting.

Dick was very active in the Alberta cultural community, as an influential mentor, board member, consultant, and passionate arts advocate. He was inducted into the Edmonton’s Arts & Culture Hall of Fame in 1999, and received the Governor General of Canada’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

Dick was genuinely interested in people, and enjoyed lively conversation on a wide range of subjects. He loved traveling to the Rocky Mountains, for which he felt a great affinity, and to Thailand, where he fell in love with both the country and his wife. Dick was famous for his weekly poker games, which featured a rotating cast of characters that included many of his closest friends and colleagues from the entertainment industry.

A memorial celebration of the life and times of Dick Finkel will be held in Edmonton.

Donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Plans to celebrate Dick Finkel’s legacy are being made as part of the 2016 Edmonton International Street Performers Festival this July and will be shared in the near future.

In the meantime, StreetFest is collecting “messages and memories” from the Festival family. As you reflect and remember Mr. Finkel, please share your favourite memories, stories and pictures with us via info@edmontonstreetfest.com.

To read the complete news release, please click here.

To read Dick Finkel’s Obituary, please click here.

Announcement (Calgary): 2016 Critter Nominations – Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards

2016 Calgary Critics AwardsCalgary Theatre Critics’ Awards Honour Nominees in 19 Categories!

Calgary Theatre Critics, Stephen Hunt formerly of the Calgary Herald, Louis B. Hobson of Postmedia, Rodrigo Flores of Joyful Magpies and Jenna Shummoogum of Downtown Calgary Association are pleased to announce the nominees for the fifth annual Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards.

Nominees were chosen from any production performed in Calgary between June 2015 and May 2016, with the exception of Broadway Across Canada performances. The winners will be announced at a free public awards ceremony. The ceremony starts at 8pm on June 6th at Commonwealth Bar & Stage, 731 10th Avenue SW.

In addition, the critics will be handing out the Evans Award, a special award recognizing outstanding contribution to the vibrancy of the theatre community in Calgary. The award recipient will be revealed on the night of the event.

To attend the Calgary Critics’ Awards please RSVP to critterawards2016@gmail.com as soon as possible as there are a limited number of spots available. Doors open at 7pm, the awards will begin at 8pm and the celebration will continue until they kick us all out.

The Calgary Critics would like to thank their event sponsors: Postmedia, Clarice Siebens and Joe and Maureen Morris for their support and enthusiasm.

For the complete list of all awards and the nominees, please click here: Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards.

Auditions (Edmonton): Student Drama Troupe Ensemble Members – Fort Edmonton Park

Fort Edmonton ParkFort Edmonton Park is hiring 4 student ensemble members for their Historical Drama Troupe.

This position is for 12-weeks, from June 6 through August 27. It is funded in part through the Canada Summer Jobs program and as such, applicants must be 30 years of age or under and be continuing in a post-secondary institution.

About the position: The Drama Troupe Ensemble Members help to animate the Fort’s Midway and provide entertainment for guests at Fort Edmonton Park using an historical repertoire of song, dance and short vaudeville style performance. They will report to the Drama Troupe Supervisor and Drama Troupe Team Leads and attend rehearsals leading up to the busy season in July and August.

The ideal candidates will have experience with performing in front of a crowd and maintaining an audience’s attention. Performances include outdoor roving experiences, puppet shows for kids, short plays in the midway tent and pop up song and dance numbers. Strong improvisational skills are important for adapting to different audiences. Dance training, singing and playing an instrument are considered an asset for this position.

This is a 30 hr/week position for a 12-week period, from June 6 to August 27, 2016. Compensation is an hourly wage of $14.00/hr.

Auditions will be held at Fort Edmonton Park from June 1-3.

Applicants are asked to prepare 5-8 minutes of material, which may include a monologues, songs or dance numbers. If you play an instrument please bring it with you and be prepared to play.

Please submit a headshot and artistic resume to:
Vincent Forcier – Drama Troupe Supervisor
Email: vincent.forcier@edmonton.ca

Applications will be accepted until 5pm on May 31, 2016.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our team to better reflect the diversity of the visitors we entertain. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, especially candidates from visible minorities, indigenous backgrounds and people with disabilities. We thank everyone who applies, but only candidates selected for an audition will be contacted. All applications are considered in confidence.

Library: Amelia Earhart and other women pioneers

#FridayReads

On this day in 1932 Amelia Earhart became first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Check out “Amelia Lives” and “Excursion Fare” in the library to learn more about this aviation pioneer and let your imagination soar!

For more inspiration here are five more plays about female pioneers and trailblazers. Take time this long weekend to consider which one you want to read the most. We’ll be back on Tuesday!

#fridayreads May 20

Call for Nominations (National): 2016 Siminovitch Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Theatre – Siminovitch Prize & National Arts Centre

Siminovitch Prize

Championing the work of the best and brightest directors in the country!

“The Siminovitch Prize is the most distinguished honour in Canadian theatre. We look forward to receiving nominations championing the work of the best and brightest directors working in the country today,” said Jury Chair Bob White.

The prize also recognizes the importance of mentorship to support emerging talent. The recipient receives $75,000 and, in turn, chooses a protégé to receive $25,000.

Please help us spread the word through your theatre companies, organizations, newsletters and social media. Visit www.siminovitchprize.com for more information.

Eligibility: Nominations are welcome for stage directors who, through their body of work, have made a significant creative contribution to noteworthy theatre projects in Canada, and who are continuing to create work that demonstrates innovation and excellence.  Nominees must have at least ten years’ experience as professional directors and should be continuing to make substantial achievements in their work.

Nominees will have developed a marked personal style or artistic approach to their craft, vision, technique, interests and/or collaborations.

In addition, the jury will consider the following aspects of the artist’s work: originality, sense of evolution, growing maturity, continuing experimentation, impact upon audiences, and influence upon younger artists.

Artists are eligible whose work is performed in either English or French in the not-for-profit or commercial theatre sector in Canada.  Issues regarding the eligibility of nominees are decided at the sole discretion of the jury.

Full-time employees and board trustees of the National Arts Centre are not eligible to be awarded the Siminovitch Prize, in any year during which they are actively serving the National Arts Centre.

Nomination Procedure: Self-nominations will not be considered. Completed nominations should be submitted electronically by Friday, July 15, 2016 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Click here for the nomination form.  Additional questions can be directed to exec@siminovitchprize.com.

Selection: A national jury of distinguished members of the Canadian theatre community is chosen annually to select the Siminovitch Prize recipient. The Jury Chair leads the selection of the jury and presides over the deliberations.

View complete media release here or visit www.siminovitchprize.com for more information.

Job (Calgary): Summer Student Intern – Alberta Theatre Projects

ATP2016 Internship position in Administration and Marketing and Communications

Our vision is a world where minds and hearts are opened through the life-changing experience of theatre. Our mission is to create community by producing relevant, high quality contemporary theatre; by playing a national leadership role in the development and creation of new Canadian plays; and by bringing audience and artists together in an exchange around the work.

With the assistance of the Canada Summer Jobs program we are seeking a motivated, energetic and team-oriented student to join us for a period of eight weeks (30 hours per week) from June 27 to August, 2016 (exact term to be negotiated with successful candidate).

The Summer Student Intern will assist with the following:

  • Compile show research.
  • Help in the development and preparation of in-depth study guides for shows.
  • Archiving and distribution of marketing and communications collateral.
  • Assisting the marketing team with development of the promotional strategy for the upcoming season.
  • Help in the planning and execution of season launch event, assisting at marketing events as needed.
  • Content gathering (taking photos, videos, etc.).
  • Scheduling meetings and note taking at meetings.
  • Receptionist break coverage.
  • Records management and archiving duties.
  • Other administrative and marketing duties as required.

This internship is supported through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

The candidate must also meet the following requirements:

  • Was registered as a full–time student during the preceding academic year.
  • Intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year.
  • Is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP( Quebec only), vocational or technical program.
  • Is between the ages of 15 and 30(inclusive) at the start of employment.
  • Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Is legally entitled to work according to the legislation and regulations of the Province of Alberta.

At Alberta Theatre Projects we are committed to a diverse workforce and a respectful work environment. We are focused on attracting and retaining the best talent by encouraging applications from all qualified individuals including visible minorities, aboriginal people and people with disability.

Email your resume and cover letter, no later than Friday, June 3, 2016, 5:00pm to kdonovan@atplive.com.

Thank you to all applicants. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Volunteer Opportunity (Calgary): Keyboard Player for “South Pacific” – Front Row Centre Players

front row centreKeyboard Player (or Players) needed immediately for run of “South Pacific”

Front Row Centre is looking for a keyboard player for their production of South Pacific running from June 10 – 25. It is an easy book to play as it is the synth keyboard part to fill out the strings. Our Orchestra Director is Joanne Sampson. If you are unable to commit for the full run, we are willing to share this part with another player (or two!), so please don’t let that prevent you from helping us out and being a part of a wonderful experience.

Schedule:

  • Move in to the Beddington Theatre is June 5.
  • The show runs until June 25: Tue to Sat evenings, Sat/Sun matinees, no matinee on Sat June 11.
  • We also have sitzprobe on May 28 at 1 pm.
  • We have an orchestra rehearsal this Friday, May 20 at 6 pm (currently located at Beddington) and would really like someone in place by then.

If you are available and willing to help us, we would greatly appreciate you getting in touch with us as soon as possible.

Please contact either the Orchestra Director Joanne Sampson, jgsampson8@gmail.com, or the Producer Janos Zeller, vicepresident@frontrowcentre.ca, if you are interested.

Phone: 403-246-8505 Ext. 102