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What’s On (Medicine Hat): Fiddler on the Roof – Medicine Hat Musical Theatre

fiddlerontheroofMedicine Hat Musical Theatre presents
Fiddler on the Roof

This timeless classic tells the story of family in changing times, their struggles and how they deal with them. Noted for its scintillating music, script full of humour as well as anguish, Fiddler is a must see. This production excels with rich voices and fine acting. A full evening’s entertainment and a lifetime of memories.

Nov. 14, 15, 16 (matinee) and Nov. 19-22
The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre
Medicine Hat, AB

Performances at 8 PM except matinee at 2 PM
Tickets on line at www.tixx.ca or call 1-403-502-8580

News (High River): Windmill Theatre Players set to celebrate 40th anniversary

WindmillTheatrePlayers_logoOn November 22, 2014, Windmill Theatre Players will celebrate its 40th anniversary in a celebration at the High River Memorial Center, before the Saturday evening performance of The Sound of Music.

The company plans to take a stroll down memory lane from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Munchies and a light supper will be provided. 

If you have any memorabilia, photos, and/or newspaper clippings from past Windmill Theatre Players productions, they would love to hear from you! Please email Celia at wtp@shaw.ca.

Please RSVP your attendence to Celia at wtp@shaw.ca (and don’t forget to order tickets for the evening performance). Please extend this invitation to any present and past members; they would love to see all of you there!

 

All Stages Online: Fall 2014 – Using video to share audience reactions

This is fun!

To help promote it production of Butcher by Nicholas Billon, Alberta Theatre Projects published a video of its opening night audience reactions to the play. We thought this was an interesting way to amplify a play’s positive word-of-mouth by using social media. 

For more ideas on reaching out to Albertan theatre audiences, check out the latest issue of All Stages Magazine on Audience Engagement. Click here to view as a PDF.

Butcher plays until November 1st at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Arts’ Martha Cohen Theatre. Call 403-294-7402 for tickets.

 


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News (Alberta): ADFA announces Regional Festival dates and locations

ADFAad_2014FallThe Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) is is an umbrella organization for adult amateur drama activity in the province of Alberta. With ten zones across the province, the ADFA supports theatre in every corner of the province with regional festivals that lead to the annual Provincial One-Act Play Festival. Completely volunteer driven with no paid positions, the ADFA proudly supports fellow citizens in their quest for the stage, and Theatre Alberta is proud to support the ADFA!

ADFA Regional Festivals dates and locations include:

  • Peace Country Region: February 7, 2015: Grande Prairie Live Theatre
  • Yellowhead Region: March 28, 2015: Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts, Leduc (hosted by Leduc Drama Society)
  • Edmonton Region: February 27 & 28, 2015: Théâtre de La Cité francophone, Edmonton
  • Heartland Region: April 11, 2015: Scott Block Theatre, Red Deer
  • Calgary Region: March 27, 28 & 29, 2015: Pumphouse Theatres, Calgary
  • Foothills Region: March 27 & 28, 2015: Memorial Centre, High River
  • Chinook Region: March 13 & 14, 2015: Stendale-Bennet Theatre, Lethbridge (hosted by Playgoers of Lethbridge)
  • Cypress Region: To be announced

Dates and location have not yet been announced for the 2015 Provincial Adult One-Act Festival
Visit www.adfa.ca for more information. 

Job (Edmonton): Box Office Customer Service Representative – The Citadel Theatre

Citadel_logoThe Citadel Theatre, one of Canada’s largest and busiest professional, not-for-profit theatre companies and facilities, has an opening for a part-time:

Box Office Customer Service Representative

If you enjoy working in a fun and fast-paced atmosphere, are computer literate and enjoy a flexible work schedule then this position is for you! You must possess a positive sales-oriented attitude, provide consistently courteous service to the public and demonstrate the ability to handle cash and credit card transactions with integrity. The hours for this position are mostly weekdays and evenings.

Please email your cover letter with availability (Applications without indicated availability will not be considered) and resume to:

Kim Stadelmann, Director of Sales and Guest Services     kstadelmann@citadeltheatre.com

The Citadel Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Thank you for your interest but only those persons chosen for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Call for Submissions (Alberta): Playwrights – APN Write-A-Thon

writeAthon2014Call for Playwrights
To participate in the 2nd Annual
WRITE-A-THON
In support of Alberta Playwrights’ Network

November 14 @ noon to November 15@ noon
Calgary (New APN Office) & Edmonton (Workshop West)

APN Write-A-Thon is like a 24 hour playwriting contest meets a bike-a-thon. Playwrights sign up to write for 24 straight hours (in a room with other playwrights in Edmonton or Calgary) and collect donations through the RaiseAthon.ca website from October 1 to November 15th. Building on the success of 2013’s event, the 2014 APN Write-A-Thon will provide participants with the camaraderie, space, and time to write the first draft of their new play, or finish one (or two) they’re already working on.

Playwrights and /or teams of writers will set a goal for how many pages they can write in 24 hours. All the proceeds for this event will go towards play development workshops, creating new member resources, public staged readings of brand new plays & professional and amateur playwright development courses.

• All writers who complete WRITE-A-THON will receive a complimentary APN one-year membership
• All writers who raise $300 or more will receive a complimentary Act One Service (script consultation)!
• We will have Dramaturgical help onsite so you can keep going!
• There will be great prizes for the most money raised!
• All the coffee and snacks you can conceivably consume!

For more information, please visit our website (www.albertaplaywrights.com) and to register, visit www.raiseathon.ca/apnwriteathon

Education (Red Deer): RDC Study Tour New York City – Red Deer College

RDC_theatre-performanceFebruary 16 – 20, 2015

Gain a global perspective to learning by joining RDC on a Study Tour to New York City, where you will experience world-class theatre by renowned actors, instructors, directors and designers.

Take in first-class theatre shows both on and off Broadway, visit The Metropolitan Museum Museum of Art (MOMA), tour The Juilliard School, and explore other amazing New York landmarks, such as Central Park, The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty and more.

Our days will consist of both group activities and optional independent exploration.

Registration Deadline: December 12, 2014.

Click here to view brochure (PDF)

Auditions (Calgary): Legoland – Urban Curvz Theatre

Legoland-imageUrban Curvz Theatre is holding auditions for their upcoming production of Legoland by Jacob Richmond.

Audition dates: Dec 3 and 4, 2014

Roles:

  • Penny Lamb: A sixteen-year-old, sister of Ezra.
  • Ezra Lamb: A thirteen-year-old, brother of Penny.

(Note- due the to highly stylized nature of the piece the actors playing Penny and Ezra can be in their 20’s and 30’s- they need not believably look 13 and 16.)

Rehearsals: May 25- June 10, 2015
Production: June 11-20, 2015

Successful applicants will be provided with audition sides.

Please submit a resume and headshot to Artistic Director, Jacqueline Russell no later than Sunday, November 16, 2014. Please email submissions to Jacqueline@urbancurvz.com

Both equity and non-equity members are encouraged to submit. 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. Urban Curvz encourages submissions from artists of diverse backgrounds.

Audition (Calgary): Performer – Theatre Encounter

How To Win Friends and Influence People-photo by Dean Mullin

How To Win Friends and Influence People-photo by Dean Mullin

Theatre Encounter is auditioning for one male to play the role of Jean, in an interpretation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. The performance is during the fourth week of March, 2015, in the Big Secret Theatre, in the EPCOR Centre, in Calgary. Payment for the gig is at the end of the run.

Theatre Encounter is an experimental contemporary art company, that works within an elongated creation process and is very physical. All interested performers would have to be comfortable being naked on stage, and partake in a movement based training process, developed by Theatre Encounter.

Please send a headshot and resume to info@theatreencounter.com if interested, and state ‘Performer for Jean in Miss. Julie,’ in the subject line. Please visit our website at www.theatreencounter.com for Theatre Encounter information.

Audition (Leduc): Spirit Control by Beau Willimon – Leduc Drama Society

LDS1AUDITION NOTICE

Auditions for Leduc Drama Society’s 2015 Winter Drama – Spirit Control – will be held on Wednesday October 22 from 6:30-8:30 pm and Sunday October 26 from 4:30-7:00 pm. The audition process will be cold readings from the script and they will take place at:

Leduc Drama Society Playhouse
4701A 44 Street, Leduc AB

The show will be performed at the Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts in Leduc on February 6-8 and 12-14, 2015. The show requires two females and four males. See below for a synopsis.

A haunting drama, this play is written by Beau Willimon, the writer who developed the Emmy-nominated House of Cards for Netflix. Adam Wyatt has the perfect family and a perfect record as an air traffic controller. When the pilot of a small plane suffers a heart attack, Adam must talk a terrified passenger through an emergency landing. What happens next will link him inextricably to a woman he’s never met and set the life he once knew irrevocably adrift. Spirit Control is a chilling and mesmerizing look at how we navigate a crisis, and the demons that haunt us long after.

For more information contact the Leduc Drama Society at leducdramasociety@gmail.com.

News (National): Olivier Choinière wins 2014 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre

The 2014 Siminovitch Prize was held October 20, at University of Toronto’s Hart House Theatre
Congratulations to all the finalists and recipient Olivier Choinière and his protégée Annick Lefebvre.
Click here to view the evening program in pdf form

siminovitch_logo2014 SIMINOVITCH PRIZE IN THEATRE

Four remarkable playwrights have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

These four playwrights demonstrate the astonishing and wonderful diversity in writing for theatre in Canada,” said Jury Chair John Van Burek.  “Our finalists are passionate, accomplished artists who galvanize audiences and tell the most meaningful stories in a myriad of ways.”

Michel Marc Bouchard Bouchard’s writing marries a mature and poetic voice with an adventurous theatricality. He creates compelling and irreverent characters; often outsiders trying to negotiate their way through a difficult world in plays such as Lilies and Christina, The Girl King. His work has been widely seen across Canada in both French and English, including productions at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals.

Olivier Choinière (*2014 recipient) – Choinière is known as a provocative risk-taker, and as someone who is always questioning and reinventing his theatre. He is well known for his early play Autodafé, and more recently for Félicité. This play was subsequently produced as Bliss at London’s Royal Court, and Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times in a translation by Caryl Churchill. 

Hannah Moscovitch – Moscovitch’s plays take on big issues as seen through the emotional and moral struggles of her complex characters. Coming out of indie theatre, she brings sensitivity and wisdom to plays such as East of Berlin, which explores the lingering effects of the Holocaust many years later, andThis Is War, where a group of Canadian soldiers are forced to confront a disturbing incident in Afghanistan. 

Colleen Murphy – Murphy’s tough, hard-hitting plays pull back the curtain on disturbing subjects that we often don’t want to look at.  But her stories are told in an intimate setting through deeply human characters. The December Man (L’homme de décembre) is driven by the Montreal Massacre, and her recent play Pig Girl was inspired by the murders of the missing women in Vancouver. (*Pig Girl world premiere was held in Edmonton as part of Theatre Network’s 2013 season.)

The largest theatre prize in Canada, this $100,000 award allows the recipient to take his or her craft to the next level of accomplishment. At the same time, it encourages the next generation of artists by allocating $25,000 of the prize money to a protégé of the recipient’s choice. Over a three-year cycle, the prize celebrates a director, playwright or designer whose work is transformative and influential.

The 2014 jury included Chair John Van Burek (Toronto), Rachel Ditor (Vancouver), Brian Dooley (Edmonton), Brendan Healy (Toronto), and Jean-Denis Leduc (Montreal).

 

What’s On (Calgary): The Shape of a Girl – Artists’ Collective Theatre

soag.nov_.fundraiser.800Artists’ Collective Theatre is presenting two public performances of its school tour show The Shape of a Girl in order to raise money for those schools which cannot otherwise afford to have us bring the show to them.

The Shape of a Girl, by Canadian playwright Joan MacLeod, is a powerful one woman show that deals with the grim reality of female bullying and the code of silence amongst teens. Through her experiences and those of her friends, Braidie can see how bullying that starts as early as elementary school can lead ultimately to tragedy for teens.

Only two performances, November 7th and 8th, at the West Village Theatre in Calgary.

To reserve tickets visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/904541

Kind Regards,

Amanda Liz Cutting
Artistic Director,
Artists’ Collective Theatre

Audition (Calgary): The Goat – Artists’ Collective Theatre

ACT presents The Goat, by Edward Albee

ACT presents The Goat, by Edward Albee

Audition for Artists’ Collective Theatre’s production of The Goat or Who is Sylvia by Edward Albee.

WHEN: Sunday, October 26th
WHERE: TBA (in Calgary)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 25th, 11:57 pm

Please email info@acttheatre.ca to request a time. Please attach headshot and resume. Only those chosen will be contacted with an audition time and the location.

Rehearsals will likely be in November, December, and the beginning of January. The show will run January 15th to 24th at the West Village Theatre.

ROLES
Martin Gray – 50 year old architect
Stevie Gray – Martin’s wife
Billy Gray – 17 year old son of Stevie and Martin
Ross Tuttle – mid 40s, Gray family friend and tv host

Deals with mature subject matter.

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Girls Gone Wilde Festival -Urban Curvz Theatre

GGW-2015-ImageGirls Gone Wilde: Call for Submissions
Show us your wits!
Urban Curvz Theatre is seeking submissions for the 4th annual
Girls Gone Wilde Festival (March 16-21, 2015)

The Girls Gone Wilde Festival is a celebration of new works that tell female-centric stories with humor, passion, and wit. We welcome submissions from playwrights and creators of any gender whose work demonstrates a commitment to creating rich female characters.

Submission Criteria: Scripts should pass the Bechdel Test
1. Pieces must feature two or more female characters
(there can also be male characters)
2. The characters must speak to each other, and
3. They must speak to each other about something other than a man.
(men can be mentioned, just not exclusively)

This year we are accepting submissions for full-length pieces, workshop readings and cabaret pieces. Work may have been previously produced, but not published.

Past years’ submissions have included clown, puppetry, song, dance, sketch comedy and mask.

For more information and submission criteria visit urbancurvz.com/ggw-submissions-2015

SUBMISSION DEADLINE SUNDAY NOVEMBER 30TH