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News (Calgary): Vertigo Theatre announces 2015-2016 season

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News (Calgary): Vertigo Theatre announces 2015-2016 season

Vertigo Theatre Artistic Director Craig Hall, and Nathan Pronyshyn, Y Stage Theatre Series Producer, announced via the release of an online season launch video, the company’s 2015/2016 BD&P Mystery Theatre Series, and Y Stage Theatre Series for young audiences.

Vertigo Theatre’s 2015/2016 season will include:

By Peter Colley
Directed by Daryl Cloran
Co-Produced with Western Canada Theatre | Kamloops, BC

September 19 – October 18, 2015

Jan is recovering from a nervous disorder when she and her husband rent a remote cabin from a strange farmer with a penchant for telling gruesome stories. Then her husband’s sister arrives, and all manner of frightening events occur. What happens to fragile Jan as bodies appear and disappear gives this classic contemporary thriller it’s tremendously frightening impact… underlain with a comic twist!

Produced by Flip FabriQue | Quebec City, Quebec
Co-presented with Springboard Performance’s Fluid Movement Arts Festival

October 23– 25, 2015 | Recommended for Ages 7+

Hoops twirl, diablos whirl, and acrobats soar— all in a day’s work (or play!) for Flip FabriQue, the new kids-on-the-circus scene. Fun, funny and fresh-faced, this nouveau cirque crew takes athleticism and showmanship to new heights in CATCH ME! (Attrape-moi). In an explosion of happiness, this giggle-and-gasp-inducing gang offers 85 minutes of high-energy entertainment for all ages, while bouncing off balance beams and scaling a trampoline wall!

By Agatha Christie
Directed by Kate Newby

November 14 to December 13, 2015

Dame Agatha returns to the Vertigo stage with the mystery classic that has been running continuously in London’s West End since 1952! An eclectic group of characters are trapped together in a remote country house only to discover there’s a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerveshredding moment, the murderer’s identity and motive are finally revealed.

By Linda A Carson & Cathy Nosaty
Directed by Kim Selody
Produced by Presentation House Theatre | North Vancouver, BC

December 4 – 6, 2015| Recommended for Ages 3-8

A daughter and her father disagree on the definition of “music.” She likes jamming with sounds she collects from the audience; he maintains music must have melody, like the songs he performs from the operatic canon. When their disagreement threatens to disrupt his concert, a surprise visitor appears to teach the pair the importance of listening to one another.

(World Premiere)
By Ellery Queen
A play by Joseph Goodrich based on the novel Calamity Town by Ellery Queen
Directed by Craig Hall & Nathan Pronyshyn

January 23 to February 21, 2016

It’s 1940, and there is nowhere in the country seemingly more charming than Wrightsville. The Depression has abated, and the New England town is booming once again. There is hope in Wrightsville, but Ellery Queen has come looking for death. The mystery author is hoping for fodder for a novel, and he senses the corruption that lurks beneath the apple-pie façade. A jinxed house, poisonings and murder are all on the menu, as Queen sits back, waiting for crime to come to him.

By Ellen Close & Braden Griffiths
adapted from the novel Amphibian by Carla Gunn
Directed by Simon Mallett
Produced by Downstage | Calgary, AB

January 28 – February 7, 2016 | Recommended for Ages 12+

Phineas William Walsh has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the natural world. What he doesn’t understand, though, is why his parents can’t live together – after all, when other mate-for-life animals have a fight, it’s not like one of them just packs his bags and leaves the country. To make things worse, Phin is worried sick about what humans are doing to the planet. So, when a White’s Tree Frog ends up in an aquarium in his fourth-grade classroom, it’s the last straw. My Family and Other Endangered Species is a funny, imaginative and moving play incorporating inventive puppetry

By Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Ron Jenkins

March 12 to April 10, 2016

A young governess is hired to care for two recently orphaned children in a lonely English manor. As the story unfolds, she begins to see the specters of the former governess and her lover haunting the youngsters. As she strives to stop the fiends from possessing their young souls, one frightening question tortures the would-be heroine: Are the ghosts real, or merely a product of her own fevered mind?

Created by Lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones
Inspired by the story of Thomas Morgan Jones
Directed by Lynda Hill
Produced by Theatre Direct | Toronto, ON

March 18 – 20, 2016 | Recommended for Ages 3-8

A grumpy old man lives in his little house in the woods by the river. Every day is the same, and he likes it this way. Until, one day, a magical creature leaps into his world and everything changes! This beautiful puppetry piece about connection, friendship and the natural world is performed entirely without words and set to a musical score.

Written by Oliver Emanuel
Directed by Douglas Irvine
Produced by Visible Fictions | Glasgow, Scotland

April 22 – 24, 2016 | Recommended for Ages 7+

In a forest somewhere near you, there is a band of brothers seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the poorly treated. They are lean, mean, justice-fighting machines. Nothing is as it seems in this Sherwood Forest, but one thing is for sure . . . no rogue is safe! (Nor the piggy banks of rich folks.)
Internationally acclaimed Visible Fictions returns to Calgary following a nearly sold-out production of Jason and the Argonauts (2013.)

By Katie Forgette
Directed by Craig Hall

May 14 to June 12, 2016

Threatened with blackmail over private correspondence with the Prince of Wales, legendary Victorian actress Lillie Langtry turns to famed detective Sherlock  Holmes to get her letters back. With the nation’s most precious jewels and the reputation of the monarchy at stake, Holmes must engage in a battle of wits with a former nemesis, Professor Moriarty, to solve the case. And when Oscar Wilde himself enters the scene, sparkling repartee abounds!


Ghost River Theatre’s
Adapted from the Ray Bradbury story by Matthew Waddell, Eric Rose and David Van Belle
Presented by Vertigo Theatre and One Yellow Rabbit as part of the 30th annual High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts

January 12 – 16, 2016

This new adaptation of sci-fi giant Ray Bradbury’s short story Tomorrow’s Child is a one-of-a-kind, audio-only theatre experience presented to a blindfolded audience. The quirks of ‘50s sci-fi are reimagined for a highly immersive sonic environment, created with the latest in sound technology.

The Shakespeare Company’s
By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Craig Hall, Haysam Kadri and Anna Cummer
Directed by Craig Hall
Presented by Vertigo Theatre

May 14 – June 12, 2016

Prophecies. Ambition. Murder. Madness. In Shakespeare’s famously cursed play Macbeth, darkness and evil abound. After an encounter with three witches on a battlefield, Macbeth must make a decision that will change the course of his life. Betrayal, love, bloodshed and tragedy adorn his path in this chilling, supernatural tale, leaving us wondering how far Macbeth will go to get what he wants.

Subscriptions to the BD&P Mystery Theatre Series and Y Stage Theatre Series Play Paks can be purchased in person at the Vertigo Theatre Ticket Office, by phone at 403-221-3708 or on line at


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