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Library: Tales from the Stacks – Age of Minority by Jordan Tannahill

Discover a play at Theatre Alberta's Library

Did you know…?

Did you know you could borrow Jordan Tannahill’s 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award-winning play compilation Age of Minority: 3 Solo Plays (published by Playwrights Canada Press) at Theatre Alberta’s Library?

Yep. We got it. 

Interested in borrowing a title from Canada’s largest, independent theatre library? Our helpful Librarians and staff are available to help you navigate nearly 20,000 titles in our collection. And, we mail books free-of-charge to our members outside of the Edmonton area. Visit theatrealberta.com/library or call us at 780-422-8162 (or toll-free at 1-888-422-8160 if you live outside of Edmonton) to reserve a title today!

Workshop (Edmonton/Online): Adaptation Workshop – Alberta Playwrights Network


“Adaptation: The Word Made Flesh”, A Workshop with Vern Thiessen
Monday, December 8, 2014 – 6pm to 8pm MST (8pm to 10pm EST)

Playwright Vern Thiessen will cover a myriad of topics relating to adaptations, including story structure, style, dialogue, and rights & royalties.


This workshop will be given at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre,located at 11516 103 Street, in Edmonton, AB.

Tickets are available at the following rates:

- PGC members: Pay What You Can (Donations will go to PGC); To reserve, click here or email catherine@playwrightsguild.ca .
- APN members (non PGC): $5; To purchase, click here.
- Non PGC and Non APN members: $15 To purchase, click here.

Please note that in-person seats are extremely limited.
Reservations are required.


The workshop will also be broadcasted simultaneously on LiveStream.
To register (free), click here.
The URL will be emailed to you a few days prior to the event.

About Vern:

GG and Dora Award-winning Playwright Vern Thiessen has adapted several works of fiction and non-fiction to the stage including OF HUMAN BONDAGE, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, BIRD BRAIN, and THE BEST LAID PLANS.

Vern Thiessen’s plays include SHAKESPEARE’S WILL, APPLE, EINSTEIN’S GIFT, LENIN’S EMBALMERS, A MORE PERFECT UNION and many other works including musicals and TYA. He is the winner of the Governor General’s, Dora, Sterling, and Carol Bolt awards for Outstanding New Play. Recently, he was named Artistic Director of Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre in Edmonton.


Call For Submissions (Edmonton): Director for Fringe Production – Loose Ends Theatre Company

AssassinsEvent2-copyLoose Ends Theatre Company is looking for a director for their 2015 Edmonton Fringe production. We will be producing Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins and we are looking for an experienced director to join our team.

If you are interested please send your resume to Molly at looseendstheatre@gmail.com. We will be accepting resumes until December 12th and interviews will begin shortly thereafter.

Event (Edmonton): Playwright Forum – University of Alberta Department of Drama

Colleen Murphy, via www.playwrightsguild.ca


In my capacity as the new Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta, I am starting the U of A Playwrights Forum, which will be a collegial forum to encourage the writing and development of new plays.

To that end, I would like to invite playwrights, students, teachers, people from the wider community in Edmonton who are interested in writing plays, as well as writers from other mediums who are interested in transitioning to theatre, to attend the inaugural meeting which will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014 on the main floor of the Fine Arts Building in Room FAB 1-43, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Fine Arts Building is just north of 87th Avenue on 112th Street.

There is no need to bring any writing to the first meeting. We will talk about how the Forum will work and how we will work together. I look forward to a discussion from those attending so that I can custom-make the Forum to best serve the needs and interests of the writers who wish to be involved.  

Colleen Murphy
Lee Playwright in Residence
University of Alberta

Colleen Murphy is a playwright, filmmaker and librettist. She won the 2014 Carol Bolt Award for her play Pig Girl and was recently shortlisted for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Her play The December Man (L’homme de décembre) won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, the CAA/Carol Bolt Award and the Enbridge Playwrights Award. Other plays include Armstrong’s War, Beating Heart Cadaver (nominated for a 1999 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama), The Piper and Down in Adoration Falling. She won awards in the CBC Literary Competition for Fire-Engine Red and Pumpkin Eaters. She is an award-winning filmmaker. Her distinct films have played in festivals around the world.

Murphy has been Guest Playwright at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre since 2010. In 2012, she was Playwright-in-Residence at Factory theatre. In 2011/12 Murphy was the Canadian Playwright-in- Residence at Finborough Theatre in London U.K. She has been Writer in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Guelph, McMaster University and the University of Regina.

Job (Edmonton): Assistant Stage Manager – Catalyst Theatre


Catalyst Theatre
Assistant Stage Manager
January 23 to March 30, 2015
For rehearsals and performances of Vigilante in Edmonton

We are looking for an experienced ASM to join the Vigilante team! Vigilante will premier on the Maclab Stage in the Citadel in March 2014. 


  • Must be an up to date member of Canadian Actors Equity Association.
  • Rate of pay based on CTA “A” House minimums.
  • Preference given to artists who have completed a recognized stage management program, have at least three years of professional experience, a working knowledge of the CTA and experience in an A House / IATSE environment.
  • The ASM reports to Stage Manager John Raymond.

Please submit resume and cover letter at your earliest convenience. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please email your applications to eva@catalysttheatre.ca

Auditions (Calgary): Gilbert & Sullivan’s Spookiest Operetta, Ruddigore – Morpheus Theatre

Gilbert & Sullivan's Spookiest Operetta

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Spookiest Operetta

Auditions for Gilbert and Sullivan’s RUDDIGORE or, The Witch’s Curse

At the Pumphouse Theatre, April 17 – May 2, 2015
Producer- Tim Elliott
Director- Dale Hirlehey
Musical Director- Ian Robertson
Choreographer- Amy Tollefson
Stage Manager- Jody Low
Assistant Stage Manager- Eilidh Long

When a witch curses the first Baronet of Ruddigore that he and any future Baronet of Ruddigore must commit a crime everyday of their life, or else perishes in inconceivable agony, their lineage is doomed for 20 plus generations which leads us to merely the beginning of our tale! A story full of love, the supernatural and outrageous situations and songs by the original masters of the musical comedy; Gilbert and Sullivan! Expect a frightening curse, ghosts coming to life, and a sudden surprise conclusion, all told with clever songs and dances. Be ready for the Ruddy Gore!

Cast Auditions

Open auditions for all roles will take place:
Wednesday December 10th (7:00 to 9:30pm)
Thursday December 11th (7:00 to 9:30pm)
Sunday December 14th (11:00am to 4:00pm)
Callbacks will take place on Sunday December 14th from 7:00 to 10:00pm
at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre (lower level of the Parkdale Community Centre) 3512 – 5 Avenue NW

Audition Requirements:
*A cold read from the show
*A prepared song in any style that best shows off your voice. No matter what style of music you choose to sing bring your best character performance to your audition song!
(An accompanist will be available, but music must be in his hands by December 3rd. He can be contacted at ian.mark.robertson@gmail.com.If you would like to bring your own accompanist, or a cd/mp3 player, please feel free to do so. A capella auditions are also welcome.)
*You will be asked for a range check
Book your audition time at http://www.morpheustheatre.ca/?page_id=348
or Call 403-246-2999 or email audition@morpheustheatre.ca for more info.

SIR RUTHVEN MURGATROYD – Male baritone. Baron of Ruddigore in disguise as Robin Oakapple to avoid his responsibilities as Baron, in love with Rose, but far too shy to tell her.
RICHARD DAUNTLESS – Male tenor. A sailor and foster brother to Ruthven Murgatroyd.
SIR DESPARD MURGATROYD – Male baritone. Current Baron of Ruddigore and holder of the curse.
SIR RODERIC MURGATROYD – Male baritone. Twenty-First Baronet of Ruddigore.
OLD ADAM GOODHEART – Male bass. Valet to Ruthven Murgatroyd, and keeper of his secret.
ROSE MAYBUD – Female soprano. Sweet young village maiden in love with Robin Oakapple, but far too polite to tell him.
MAD MARGARET – Female mezzo. A villager driven mad by the actions of the evil baron, Despard Murgatroyd.
DAME HANNAH – Female mezzo. Rose’s Aunt.
ZORAH – Female soprano. Head bridesmaid.
RUTH – Female speaking. One of the bridesmaids.
A large ensemble that includes the professional Bridesmaids, the Ancestors of Ruddigore, Townspeople…and more.

Rehearsals will take place from January 21 – April 16 on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday Evenings. Morpheus Theatre requires that auditioners come prepared to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule.

Volunteer Opportunity (Edmonton): Casino Volunteers – Firefly Theatre & Circus

Firefly Aerial ArtsFirefly is pleased and proud to be having their second casino. Our inaugural casino in 2013 was highly successful with great volunteers and a substantial charitable donation to our theatre. We could not function without the help of funding from the casino drive. It is an integral fundraising event and we need your help to fill positions. There are about 20 shifts to fill.

The Casino will take place at CENTURY CASINO (13103 Fort Road) on January 11 and 12th 2015. If you require transportation, please let us know so we can arrange a taxi or a ride for you. Century is located on the LRT line.

If you’ve never volunteered for a casino before, it’s time to start. Food is provided, and it’s a great way to spend time hanging out and getting to know fellow volunteers.

Shifts are generally from 9:30am- 6:30pm (daytime) or 6:30pm to 3:30 am(night shift). Various positions are available such as chip run, count room, cashier, banker ,GM. You will be provided with information prior to your shift on your responsibilities, general FAQ, and start time, etc… You will be well trained during your shift and duties are relatively easy. If you can take money out of an ATM, you are well qualified to work a casino.

Please email Sue at casino@fireflytheatre.com, if you would like to volunteer( please provide which date, shifts and/or position) or if you have any questions.

Call for Submissions (St. Albert): Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards

2014 Emerging Artist recipient (and Artstrek 2014 Super!) Luck Tellier

2014 Emerging Artist recipient (and Artstrek 2014 Super!) Luc Tellier

Nominate an artist for the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards, and celebrate excellence in the arts in St. Albert!

The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards recognizes the artists and organizations in our community that demonstrate a clear commitment to arts and culture in St. Albert. In saluting these leaders, we hope to highlight the positive role that the arts play in our community and how it enriches and enlivens our city and promotes economical and social growth.

The deadline for Award Nominations and Call for Submissions has been extended until
December 19, 2014 at 5:00pm.
Click here for Nomination Forms and Guidelines.

Event (Banff): Banff Talks: Robert Lepage – The Banff Centre

Robert Lepage, crédit-Julie-Perreault, via www.banffcentre.ca

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Max Bell Auditorium

Join Robert Lepage for a very special talk titled Creating Outside of the Frame. 

Versatile in every form of theatre craft, Robert Lepage is equally talented as a director, playwright, actor and film director. His creative and original approach to theatre has won him international acclaim and shaken the dogma of classical stage direction to its foundations, especially through his use of new technologies. With Ex Machina, his multidisciplinary production company, he works simultaneously across a range of projects including theatre, opera, cinema, dance, circus and interactive exhibitions.

While going back and forth between different projects and different design teams may appear chaotic to most people, it is precisely the intermingling of disciplines that nourishes Robert Lepage’s creativity. Venturing out of the frame, he has developed with Ex Machina a unique work method that allows him to develop innovative ways to tell stories, turning methodologies and narrative codes inside out to create his own identity.

Robert Lepage’s most noted work for the stage include The Far Side of the Moon (2000), The Andersen Project (2005), Lipsynch (2007), and the new staging of Needles and Opium (2013); at the opera: The Nightingale and Other Short Fables (2009) and Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (2010-­-11 and 2011-­-12); and recently for the big screen, Triptych (2013).

Robert Lepage’s talk will be followed by a brief Q&A with the audience. Click here for more information.

What’s On: Bloody Poetry opens tonight – School of Creative and Performing Arts

Bloody Poetry playing at the U of C School of Creative and Performing Arts

Bloody Poetry playing at the U of C School of Creative and Performing Arts. Photo by Citrus Photography

Cool! Check out the amazing production shots from the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts production of Bloody Poetry, which opens tonight at the Reeve Theatre. More amazing photos can be found on the SCPA’s Facebook page.

Production information:

Nov. 25 – 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.
Dec. 3 – 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Reeve Theatre
Tickets: $20 Adults – $15 Students/Seniors. Call 403-220-7202 to book.

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

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“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!


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

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

EW Discount Flier

Elephant Wake

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

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