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Volunteer Opportunity (Calgary): Orchestra Director – Front Row Centre Players

Front Row Centre Players: Jesus Christ Superstar

Front Row Centre Players: Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar seeking Orchestra Director!

We already have a Musical Director to handle the vocals of our performers. Now we need someone who will assume the responsibility of pulling our orchestra together and rehearsing them so that they are show ready in time for our performance run – March 27th to April 11th.

The Orchestra Director will work closely with the Musical Director (Vocal) to provide a unified musical direction for the show, with final determination on disparate issues being determined by the Director.

The Orchestra Director will not have to be present for the majority of rehearsals of the cast, just a few to make sure that orchestration and vocal lines are sympatico. They will solely be responsible for the band.

We don’t expect the orchestra to be in place until either January or February, but we want to secure our Orchestra Director before 2014 is out.

Front Row Centre expects the orchestra to rehearse once a week for approximately 10 weeks prior to the show opening. We’re hoping that the Orchestra Director will also lead the band once the show goes into performance. We also expect the orchestra to be present during tech week, starting Tuesday, March 24th or Wednesday, March 25th. Final tech week schedule to be determined.

Front Row Centre is a 100% volunteer run organization who are devoted to putting on quality musical theatre performances. Everyone involved is there because we love theatre and the chance to share it with our family, friends and community.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Janos Zeller at vicepresident@frontrowcentre.ca as soon as possible. If you know someone else who might be interested, please pass this information on to them.

News (Edmonton): Thou Art Here Theatre announces 2015 season

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Thou Art Here Theatre of Edmonton has announced its 2015 season. The company creates“site-sympathetic” productions of Shakespeare’s works or adaptations of his works. “From campus bars, to street corners, to a darkened bedroom, we transform the space around us into a living, breathing, in-the-moment spectacle.”

Ticket information has not yet been announced.

THE FALSTAFF PROJECT

Adapted by Andrew Ritchie
March 9 – 15
7:30pm
The Artery 9535 Jasper Avenue
Shakespeare’s Henry IV, reinvisioned in a bar. Death. Honour. Beer.
Different band after the show every night!

KILL SHAKESPEARE

By Conor McCreery & Anthony Del Col
April 11
11:30pm
Garneau Theatre 8712 109 Street
The graphic novel sensation brought to the big screen!

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

By William Shakespeare
May 20 – 31
7:30pm
Rutherford House 11153 Saskatchewan Drive
2014’s critically acclaimed, sold-out performance is back!

 

News (Edmonton): Workshop West announces lineup for 2015 Canoe Festival

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Workshop West has announced the lineup for the 2015 Canoe Theatre Festival and launched www.canoe2015.com to promote the festival. The festival runs January 28 – February 1 in Edmonton.

 “Every January, Workshop West turns its word-based mandate upside down to program non-traditional theatre that pushes boundaries and buttons” says newly appointed Artistic Director Vern Thiessen. “It’s our chance to show people what kinds of theatrical experiments people are cooking up from around the world.”

Lineup includes:

Gavin Crawford: Sh**ting Rainbows

 

Written by Gavin Crawford and Kyle Tingley

Star of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Gavin Crawford Show, Just for Laughs, Second City,and Wild Wild West, Lethbridge-born Crawford returns to Alberta to wow Edmonton audiences with this hilarious comedy tour de force!

Fortuitous Endings (What To Do When You Wake Up Drunk In A BBQ Cover In Your Neighbor’s Backyard)

A piece by Jake Hastey; in cooperation with Toy Guns Dance Theatre

Hot off sold-out shows at last summer’s Fringe, Toy Guns Dance Theatre’s Jake Hastey brings his ingenious mix of dance, spectacle, violence, and sex to the Westbury Theatre.

The Hierarchy of The Lost Children

Conceived and directed by Mark Harris; produced by Murmur (New York) in partnership with Rapid Fire Theatre

An immersive theatre and film experience like you’ve never had before, The Hierarchy of the Lost Children puts you at the centre of a strange initiation, and let’s you decide where and how far you want to go.

The Girl with Two Voices

By Alan Williams

Now a star of West End London and a frequent face on BBC series such as Rome, Starlings, and the UK version of Shameless, Alan Williams returns to Edmonton after a 20 year absence to bring us a sweet, funny story about redemption.

How iRan: three plays for iPod

Conceived, Written and Directed by Ken Cameron; produced by Productive Obsession

*How iRan: Three Plays for iPod* takes one story and divides it up amongst multiple tracks on several iPods. As you enter the library you are given an iPod and a map. Your iPod is programmed to shuffle, resulting in over 10.6 million combinations and ensuring that your experience will be different from everyone else’s, no matter how many times you come back.

Lavinia (workshop production)

Written and Performed by Jon Lachlan Stewart; A Surreal SoReal Theatre production

Some of William Shakespeare’s plays aren’t exactly pro-feminist. Lavinia takes several of the Bard’s victimized female characters, suffering various acts of sexual violence, and puts them in a survivor group together, where some of their unfinished stories continue in the contemporary world.

Library: 2014 Christmas Holiday Break reminder

 

The Theatre Alberta Library Dropbox. (Giant Christmas Elf normally not included...)

The Theatre Alberta Library Dropbox. (Giant Christmas Elf normally not included…)

Happy Holidays from your friends at Theatre Alberta!

Just a reminder that the Library will be closed Monday, December 22nd and will open again on Monday, January 5th. If you have books that you need to return during that time, our Library dropbox will be available during the following times:

December 22-23, 8:15 am – 6 pm
January 2, 8:15 am – 10:30 pm
January 3-4, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

And how do I find the Library dropbox? Visit Click here for directions and a handy video about how to find our Library in the Percy Page Centre in Edmonton.

Have a wonderfull holiday season and a happy New Year!

Audition (Edmonton): Evangeline, the Musical – Citadel Theatre

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Evangeline, the Musical
Directed by Bob Baker
A JOINT PRODUCTION OF CONFEDERATION CENTRE, Charlottetown, and THE CITADEL THEATRE, Edmonton

Rehearsal starts in Charlottetown: August 17, 2015
Previews: September 15, 16, 17, 2015
Opens in Charlottetown: September 18, 2015
Close in Charlottetown and meet the stage in Edmonton both dates TBC
Previews in Edmonton: October 31
Opens in Edmonton November 5
Closes in Edmonton: November 22nd with holdover option to November 29, 2015

Singing is required for all roles; playing a musical instrument (accordion, fiddle) is an asset.

Click here for Character Breakdown (PDF)

AUDITION DATES:

• Edmonton January 8 and 9

Deadline to submit January 2, 2015.

Send resume and headshot to Peni Christopher, Citadel Theatre, pchristopher@citadeltheatre.com.
Indicate the role in the body of the email and write “Evangeline Edmonton” in the subject line.

Job (Edmonton): House Captain – Citadel Theatre

Citadel_logoThe Citadel Theatre, one of Canada’s largest and busiest professional, not-for-profit theatre companies and facilities, is looking for a reliable, customer service oriented individual to provide assistance to our patrons as a

House Captain           

House Captains:

  • ensure the smooth and efficient seating and departure of the public at performances and events
  • provide a high level of customer service
  • maintain order and ensure adherence to theatre and safety rules 

Qualifications:

  • Frequent availability to work flexible hours on weekends and evenings (Some weekday availability would be an asset.)
  • Customer service experience
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Ability to problem solve and think on your feet

This is a casual, part-time paid position. The number and length of shifts vary based upon our show and rental schedules and needs.  

Please email your cover letter with availability (Applications without indicated availability will not be considered.) and resume by January 14 to:

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

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

News (National): 2015 National Congress to be held in Edmonton

2015NationalCongressNational Culture Days is thrilled to announce the 2015 National Congress will be held in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8.

Organized with the support of the Government of Alberta and being held at the Citadel Theatre in the heart of Edmonton’s arts district. The provincial capital city’s renowned diverse arts and cultural scene will bask in the national spotlight of this increasingly popular event.

The Congress will culminate with an awards dinner showcasing Alberta’s best talent and honour the 2014 Culture Days award winners. Stay tuned for more program and registration details in early 2015!

Click here to learn more about National Culture Days.

News (Calgary): EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts rebrands to Arts Commons

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CALGARY – After entering into a rebranding exercise in spring 2014, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce its new name and identity, Arts Commons. The new name reflects the Centre’s positioning as an open, creative gathering place, and multi-venue, multi-genre arts facility, welcoming all citizens within Calgary and beyond.

“This new name reflects the momentum that the Centre has been gaining over the last few years, and best communicates where we want to be as part of Calgary’s cultural landscape,” says Johann Zietsman, President and CEO of the new Arts Commons.

“This name was arrived at with the input of community stakeholders from all touch points within our cultural community and in all senses has been a collaborative effort. Our Centre – your Centre – has developed beyond being just a ‘Centre for the Performing Arts.’ In addition to supporting great performing arts, we welcome and are open to so much more.”

Many changes will take place in the Centre over the first half of the new year, which will involve updated signage, better way-finding through the Centre, the grand opening of the new café, Ca’Puccini by Teatro Group, and a new volunteer concierge program. These changes will culminate in a spring launch event on May 14th – more details to come.

“The rebrand is not just about a new logo,” says Henry Sykes, Chair of the Arts Commons Board of Directors. “It is about increasing awareness, and creating a better experience for both our resident companies and our patrons. It is about being welcoming and open to all.”

For more information on the new Arts Commons, please visit artscommons.ca.

PLEASE NOTE:
Theatre Alberta has updated Venue Names for theatre spaces inside the former Epcor Centre to read Arts Commons in our online Playbill.
eg. Arts Commons: Max Bell Theatre

About Arts Commons – Formerly known as EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, Arts Commons is renowned as one of three great arts centres in Canada. Welcoming over 600,000 visitors a year, Arts Commons is a leader in arts, culture, education and community engagement in Alberta and is a key contributor to the social, economic, cultural, and intellectual life and well-being of the citizens of Calgary.

Playing a critical role in the sustainability of its resident companies and countless other organizations, Arts Commons is a creative space for Calgarians – a space where people are stimulated, energized, and engaged through the world of the arts – theatre, music, dance, and all forms of visual arts and creative expression. Home to five theatres, rehearsal halls, administrative offices, and one of the world’s leading concert halls, Arts Commons is a gathering space where connections are made, art is created, and life is inspired.

Library: Only 7 titles remain on our 2014 Gift-A-Play Wish List

Theatre Alberta staff with just some of the 29 books that have already arrived in the mail from our 2014 Gift-A-Play campaign!

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We are truly overwhelmed.

Of the 50 books we added to our Wish List one month ago, only seven titles remain! This is the third year we have run our Gift-A-Play Christmas donation campaign in support of the Theatre Alberta Library. We have never actually had all of our Wish List items donated during our previous campaigns… could this be the year?

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated thus far! Your donation is a gift to our entire membership, and will be used by theatre-lovers and patrons for years to come. Scroll down to see who has given which titles so far.

Learn more about our 2014 Gift-A-Play campaign here.

Thank you Alberta!

Our 2014 Gift-A-Play “Nice List”

Below you will find a list of donors to our 2014 Gift-A-Play campaign.
(We will update this list regularly as we receive books throughout the campaign.)

DONORS

BOOKS

~Listed by most recent gift notification received by Theatre Alberta

Doug Mertz & Stefano Muneroni Armstrong’s War by Colleen Murphy
Butcher by Nicholas Billon
Craig Colegrave All The Way: A Play by Robert Schenkkan
carried away on the crest of a wave by David Yee
Truth in Play: Drama Strategies for Building Meaningful Performances by Debbie Nyman and Jill Lloyd-Jones with David S. Craig
Yukonstyle by by Sarah Berthiaume, translated by Nadine Desrochers
Tracy Carroll Sequence by Arun Lakra
National Theatre Connections 2014: Plays for Young People (collection)
Kevin T. Mott I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World by Eve Ensler
The Woods, Lakeboat, Edmond by David Mamet
Mistakes Were Made by Craig Wright
Kate Quinn-Feehan When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell
Sue Quon

William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead by John Heimbuch
Crash by Pamela Mala Sinha
The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

Playwrights Canada Press

The Secret Mask by Rick Chafe
Opium_37 by Catherine Léger, translated by Leanna Brodie

Kate Quinn-Feehan When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell
Deborah Ferguson

Michel and Ti-Jean by George Rideout
100 (Monologues) by Eric Bogosian
Butcher by Nicholas Billon

Kristen M. Finlay Three Comedies by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
All in the Timing: Fourteen Plays by David Ives
Refractions: Solo by Donna Michelle St. Bernard and Yvette Nolan
Single Spies by Alan Bennett
Julie Sinclair

The Second Mrs. Tanqueray by Arthur W. Pinero 
Free Outgoing by Anupama Chandrasekhar
The Flick by Annie Baker
Good With People by David Harrower
An Amazon.ca Gift Card

Brenda Sutherland

Our Walk Through the World by Ross Howard
The Girl on the Via Flaminia by Alfred Hayes

Nicole Loroff The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter
Anonymous Another 12 titles en route!

DONATION MESSAGES

Lovely messages from our members and supporters as they arrive with our gifts in the mail!

Happy to support Theatre Alberta for all the great programming that you offer! Enjoy your gift!

~Tracy Carroll

Enjoy your gifts!

~Craig Colegrave

Merry Christmas Theatre Alberta! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as much as I enjoyed stage managing it this year.

~Kate Quinn-Feehan

Cheers, Theatre Alberta!  Thanks for another great year. I wish you all a safe, restful, restorative, and fun holiday break.

~Julie Sinclair

Here’s wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas! All the best to everyone and their families this Christmas and a Happy New Year.

~Brenda Sutherland

Enjoy your gift! 

~Nicole Loroff

Heard good things about this one! [Single Spies by Alan Bennett]

~Kristen M. Finlay

 

 

Workshops by Request: Update from Grande Prairie

DSC_0150-1On December 14, Anita Miotti travelled from Calgary to Grande Prairie to teach a workshop on integrating shadows into theatre peformance to Grande Prairie Live Theatre. Anita is a choreographer/dancer/actor who writes, performs and produces her own work. She is the founding Artistic Director of Theatre of the Living Statue and has created a Balinese style shadow performance at Calgary’s Saddledome stadium for His Holiness The Dalai Lama!

The workshop even made the front page of Daily Herald Tribune in the Monday, December 15th paper! Wayne Ayling, General Manager of GPLT copied us on a great email to Anita about the workshop: 

Thank you for coming to Grande Prairie. Your Shadow Performance Workshop was excellent. You were the perfect choice for us. We appreciated that you gave us the full depth of your expert knowledge and experience, your creativity, and your passion for this form of performance art. You were caring and supportive of the participants. Your teaching style works very well for adult learners.

~Wayne Ayling, General Manager

Click here to view more photos from the workshop on our Facebook page!

Any theatre company in Alberta can apply for subsidized workshop with a professional instructor on almost any theatre-related topic through our Workshops by Request program! For more information visit www.theatrealberta.com/wbr.

 

Workshop (Banff): Dance Workshop with Compagnie Marie Chouinard – The Banff Centre

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An encounter with Compagnie Marie Chouinard’s creative universe

Program dates: March 3, 2015 – March 5, 2015
Registration deadline: February 11, 2015

An introduction to the basic principles applied and developed by the Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Senior dancers from the company will guide exercises and explorations that awaken and refine spatial awareness, movement choices and connections by use of repertoire and choreographic systems.
This workshop is ideal for professional dancers who wish to incorporate the methodologies of Compagnie Marie Chouinard into their own professional practice.

For more information and to apply: http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1546

Workshop (Banff): Creative Process Workshop with Crystal Pite – The Banff Centre

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A creative process workshop with Crystal Pite

Program dates: June 1, 2015 – June 5, 2015
Application deadline: February 25, 2015

This new original Banff Centre dance workshop will allow participants to work with esteemed choreographer Crystal Pite in an investigation of the relationship between text and movement, story and the body, as well as an exploration of a physical process that can deliver narrative elements and emotion.
This workshop is for early-to-mid career artists that make their own movement-based work. It is for choreographers, directors, playwrights, and puppeteers: any creators that are making work for the stage.

For more information and to apply: http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1547

Audition (Edmonton): Musical Theatre Review – Ocean Entertainment Worldwide

Auditions will be held on Sunday 21 December at 2.30 pm at Dance Code, Main Floor, Centre 115, 10575 115 Street, Edmonton, AB for a new pre-professional musical theatre company.

Minimum ager 10 years to Adult for Musical Theatre Review show “The Best of “Annie” and “Oliver”, two well known and loved musicals to be presented July 2015 at The Arden Theatre, St. Albert.

Strong Acting, Dance/Movement & Voice skills. Prepare a 1 to 1 1/2 minute monologue (to highlight acting skills) and a song from either “Annie” or “Oliver”.

  • Audition will include group movement and voice warmup in addition to solo monologue and song (please bring piano sheet music). An accompanist will be available.
  • Please bring an up to date resume and headshot to the audition.

Rehearsals will commence in January 2015 – Thursdays 6 – 9 pm & Sundays 2.30 – 5.30 pm

To book audition time send email to:
doreen.c@shaw.ca

Audition (Calgary): “Absence” – Fire Exit Theatre

AUDITION NOTICE

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Written and directed by Val Lieske

  • Audition Date: Tuesday December 16th 6:00-9:30 pm
  • Audition Location: Alberta Bible College – 635 Northmount Dr. NW

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

BOOK YOUR AUDITION with val@fireexit.ca

Play Summary: The story of ABSENCE comes from a lifetime of following a quiet God.

A God that does not speak from a pillar of cloud or a tower of fire. A God that does not send His angels down to wrestle us into belief. At least not anymore.

The God of the North American Christian seems quiet silent, some may argue, absent. The daily news seems to proclaim that he has left the building.

This production explores through word and dance, the power of asking questions, of crying out to our Creator, of seeking clarity in our journey. This journey is profoundly beautiful in it’s messiness.

* A co-production with Corps Bara Dance Theatre.

Character Breakdown:
ZITA: Female
JACOB: Male
LICIA: Female

These characters are sharp, witty, sarcastic, sometimes irreverent and are desperately seeking God.
Ages can range from between 20-50…it will be cast on chemistry.

Show Dates: February 25th-March 1st, 2015 (6 performances) at The Lantern Community Church
Tech Rehearsals: February 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.

www.fireexit.ca

Classes (Calgary): Winter Adult Physical Theatre/Acting classes – Theatre A Go-Go

Threatre-Go-Go-final-01What is Physical Theatre?
Modern physical theatre has grown from a variety of origins and is steeped in ancient traditions of both Eastern and Western cultures. It is a style of Theatre performance where a story is expressed primarily through the use of the body, but also contains the integration of the vocal, mental and emotional resources of the performer. Physical Theatre can include a wide variety of styles, approaches and aesthetics that can include dance-theatre, movement theatre, clown, puppetry, mime, mask, Commedia dell ’Arte, vaudeville, and circus.

WHO: Calling all Adult Fools with some performance experience
WHAT: A Master Class in Commedia dell’Arte
For more info, go to: http://www.theatreagogo.ca/actingclassesforadultscalgary.html

WHO: Adults with some performance experience
WHAT: CHARACTER MASKS
For more info, go to: http://www.theatreagogo.ca/actingclassesforadultscalgary.html

WHERE: All classes take place at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre in the Parkdale Community Centre (3512 5 Ave. N.W.)

For more information or to register,
contact Tanya @ theatreagogo@telus.net or 403.283.4622
or http://www.theatreagogo.ca/actingclassesforadultscalgary.html
Please visit/like us @ www.facebook.com/theatreagogo
T.A.G.G.–You’re it!