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March 15, 2007

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Theatre Alberta regularly receives information that we believe is important and of interest to our members, and TA eNews is a way of communicating this information in a timely manner. We hope this enewsletter will strengthen communication within the provincial theatre community, as north, south, east, and west become more aware of each others’ activities and needs.


What's New at TA

The snow may still be with us, but that hasn't slowed down Theatre Alberta's Workshops by Request program—it's been hot in 2007! We are coordinating workshops for community theatre group members all over the province—from makeup in Morinville to character development in Kelsey. Theatre professionals travel to communities to lead one-, one-and-a-half, and two-day workshops in subjects community theatre practitioners want to learn about!

For more information, check out our Workshops by Request page >

When Pigs Fly by Howard Crabtree & Mark Waldrop, music by Dick Gallagher (1999).
An irreverently outrageous musical review with numbers that range from pure entertainment to hilariously trenchant political commentary.

Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, adapted by Beverley Cross (1988).
A swashbuckling tale of English aristocrats rescuing their French brethren from the jaws of Madame la Guillotine in revolutionary-torn, eighteenth-century France. There's something for everyone—humour, adventure, and just a dash of romance!

The Art of Voice Acting by James R. Alburger (2007).
Everything you need to know about voice acting.

International Plays for Young Audiences, edited by Roger Ellis (2000).
An anthology of complete and current plays both serious and comic, for all ages, reflecting internationalization and cultural conflict.


Theatre News



Established by the International Theatre Institute on March 27th 1961, World Theatre Day is celebrated through local, national and international events highlighting the importance of theatre and the performing arts.

One of the traditions is the circulation of the International Message traditionally written by a theatre personality of world stature at the invitation of the International Theatre Institute. Previous authors include Jean Cocteau, Arthur Miller, Lawrence Olivier, Peter Brook, Edward Albee, Michel Tremblay and Ariane Mnouchkine.

Read the 2007 message by H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi



On the 12th of February, Canada became the second country, after India, to promise financial contribution to a future International Fund for Cultural Diversity. This UNESCO-adopted Fund would provide financial support to projects in developing countries, allowing these countries to subsidize and protect their cultural industries irrespective of outside commercial interests. The U.S. has been consistently opposed to this prospective fund, which would notably establish quotas in favour of local content in radio and television.  More >


The Cultural Human Resources Council has undertaken a much-needed facelift for their website! Equipped with 8 new "minisites" based on the broad discipline areas CHRC represents including Film and Broadcasting, Heritage, Writing and Publishing, Music and Sound Recording, Live Performing Arts, New Media, Visual Arts and Crafts, and Managing and Mentoring.

Visit the CHRC website! >

The CHRC has also launched Careers in Culture Online—an interactive online resource that tells you what you need to know and what skills you need to have for a career in the vast and diverse arts and culture sector.

Along with job search strategies, training requirements, job interview tips, and interest and aptitude quizzes, these sites also feature examples of cover letters and resumes, instructions on how to create a demo or portfolio, and live testimonials from people in the "biz.” More >




Members of the Edmonton Arts and Cultural Community are invited to an information session which will introduce the Edmonton 2007 Cultural Capital of Canada Project. We will provide information about the project, including details on events, initiatives, and funding opportunities. But more importantly, we want to have you there for your input on what this project can be.

11:00 – 11:30 AM on Monday, March 19
Rice Lobby of the Citadel Theatre (9828 - 101A Avenue)
Please RSVP by Friday, March 16 to Linda Huffman



Calgary Arts Development hosts a talk by Antonio Cimolino, General Director of the Stratford Festival, on cultural tourism strategies for the arts. We invite arts administrators, artists, tourism professionals, and others to join us for this interesting discussion.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. @ The GRAND Theatre
Admission is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Erica Mattson or call (403) 264-5330. More >




The Heritage Canada Foundation and the Coalition against Demolition are calling upon the federal government to implement financial incentives for historic places in its 2007 Budget. They believe the time has come for the federal government to implement financial incentives in its 2007 budget to encourage private sector investment in the rehabilitation of historic places, and are calling on the public to support their request. Over the past 30 years, Canada has lost 20% of its historic buildings to demolition—and the destruction continues.  Sign the online petition >



This award recognizes those community members who have demonstrated a sustained and significant contribution to theatre in Calgary. This year’s award, administered on behalf of the Cohen Family and Alberta Theatre Projects, was presented to Lynn duFort on March 2, 2007, following a performance of Colleen Murphy’s The December Man (L’homme de décembre), part of the Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays.  More >


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Shows Opening


Full Playbill

Monster Poster



March 14 to March 27, Kill Your Television @ Theatre Network   More >

Woyzeck / Love's Labour's Lost
March 14 to March 18, MacEwan College Theatre Arts   More >

The Flyfisher’s Companion
March 15 to April 1, Shadow Theatre 
More >

The Overcoat
March 17 to April 8, The Citadel Theatre  More >

The Mikado
March 18 to March 20, Beaumont Drama Society/Children’s Make a Wish Foundation and Stollery Children’s Hospital  More >

What Lies Before Us
March 24 to April 15, Crow’s Theatre Production in co-operation with CanStage @ The Citadel Theatre  More >

Spymonkey Poster



Spymonkey: Bless
March 14 to March 31, presented by One Yellow Rabbit  More >

God's Favorite
March 14 to March 17, Rocky Mountain Collge Theatre & Acts of God: (403) 284-5100 (228).

The Three Musketeers
March 14 to March 24, Scorpio Theatre   More >

Bonne Fête
March 14 to 16, Sage Theatre   More >

Bloody Sunday, Scenes From The Saville Inquiry
March 15 to March 24,  Liffey Players   More >

Music for Contortionist
March 22 to March 31, Sage Theatre   More >

March 26 to April 14, Lunchbox Theatre   More >

Taking Flight - A Festival of Student Work
March 27 to April 7, U of C Dept. of Drama   More >

The Producers
March 27 to April 1, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium   More >

Return to the Forbidden Planet
March 28 to March 30, St. Mary’s University College  More >

 On Golden Pond Poster


On Golden Pond
March 16 to May 19, Rosebud Theatre  More >

Murder by the Book
March 16 to March 31, Grande Prairie Live Theatre  More >

Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches
March 20 to March 24, University of Lethbridge: (403) 329-2616.

Hello, Dolly!
March 22 to March 25, Barrhead Community Theatre: (780) 674-2357.

A Few Good Men
March 23 to March 31, Horizon Players, Spruce Grove  More >



Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings




Recreation Technician III Heritage Amphitheatre Facility Coordinator, The City of Edmonton

Front of House Manager, Timms Centre for the Arts – U of A

General Manager, Northern Light Theatre


Character Interpreters, Heritage Park Historical Village

Stage Door Security Officer, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

Summer Student Employment – Technical Director,, Theatre Junction

Street Performers, Calgary Fringe Festival

Coordinator, Puppets for Peace


Artistic and Executive Director, Centaur Theatre Company (Montreal, QC)

Director of Production, National Theatre School (Montreal, QC)



Vimy by Vern Thiessen, Citadel Theatre

El Muchacho, Sherard Musical Theatre

Teens @ the Turn, Citadel Theatre


General Auditions, Alberta Theatre Projects

Man Out of Joint, Downstage (Older Male Actor)

The Wars by Timothy Findley, Playhouse Theatre Company

Male Actors Needed, Pegasus Performances


Auditions 2007/08 Academic Year, Red Deer College

Full-time Summer Ensemble Performers, The Empress Theatre Summer Program (Fort Macleod)


The Wars by Timothy Findley, Playhouse Theatre Company (Vancouver, BC)

Waiting for the Parade and Cabaret, Showcase Festival (Courtenay, BC)

Miss Saigon, Viva Musical (Kelowna, BC)


Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings
Postings are updated weekly at

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Call for Submissions      

Full Submissions Postings


Commisioned Playwrighting
Britannia-Lansdowne Research Society of Edmonton, deadline March 29: (780) 488-5751

Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards
Award increased from
$15,000 to $25,000 in celebration of the Council’s 50th anniversary, deadline extended to March 30  More >

Athabasca Fringe Festival
Runs July 27 to 29, deadline March 31  More >

Alberta Playwriting Competition
Alberta Playwrights’ Network, deadline March 31  More >

Speed Dating session during the Industry Series
Magnetic North, deadline April 1  More >

Harvest International Theatre Festival
Village Scene Productions – Montreal, deadline April 1  More >

Pitch Session during the Industry Series
Magnetic North, deadline April 1  More >

CalgaryInc’s Ninth Annual Top 40 Under 40
Deadline April 20  More >

Urjo Kareda Residency Grant for an Emerging Artist
Tarragon Theatre, deadline April 27  More >

2007 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts (Theatre)
Canada Council for the Arts, deadline April 30  More >

New Play Development Program
Babes With Blades  More > 

Fort McMurray’s interPLAY Festival
Currently accepting applications for indoor theatrical productionMore > 

Full Submissions Postings
Postings are updated weekly at

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Odds & Ends



Kit Brennan will be compiling and editing a book for Signature Editions (working title is Triple Time). The volume will feature complete plays of various lengths (anywhere from 10 minutes to full-length) by Canadian playwrights. The plays will all be three-handers (written to be performed by three actors); they should have had at least a semi-professional, fringe or workshop production, and should not have been previously published in their entirety. Established writers will be represented, as well as voices that are not yet well known.

Hard copy (ms) submissions should be sent to Kit Brennan, c/o Department of Theatre, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec, H4B 1R6. Include an overview of the play's production history and a short bio of yourself. Scripts will be accepted from June 1 - August 31, 2007.
Inquiries to Kit Brennan after June 1.


Back by popular demand, Calgary Young People’s Theatre’s Drumma camps will be running again this year, during the Calgary Board of Ed’s spring break. Register now to for a fun filled week of acting, art, storytelling and drumming combined!

For ages 6-12. Preschool camp ages 4-6.
April 2 to 6, 2007
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Preschool camp 9:00 a.m. – 12 00 p.m.
To register call (403) 230-2664 or fill out the online registration form


Green Fools Theatre (Calgary) is pleased to offer classes in stiltwalking, acrobatics, mask, clown, slapstick, juggling, mime, and more!

April 2 to 5, 2007
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
To register call (403) 237-9010 or more >


The Calgary International Children's Festival (CICF) is now accepting applications to fill various positions during the 2007 Festival (May 22-26) held at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts and on Olympic Plaza.

The Festival requires a devoted force of approximately one thousand volunteers to make this five-day event fun, safe and affordable. CICF is currently looking for youth volunteers, ages 16 and up, and adult volunteers to fill numerous day, evening, and weekend shifts during the Festival (starting on May 21).

Applications and listing of available positions >


Do you have a couple of jokes? Do you do stand up? Do you clown? Have a lazzi you want to unleash? Do you have any comedy musical theatre numbers? A small cabaret? WOULD YOU CONSIDER HELPING OUT????

Brandon Palm needs performers for a benefit variety show to help send his friend Alice Nelson to South Africa. Alice is leading a team of clowns through Clowns Without Borders, performing for and teaching children who deal with too much poverty and death.

Workshop West and Northern Light have donated the Third Space on April 1. If you’ve got a 5-7 minute set, contact Brandon at (780) 996-7256.


Morpheus is looking for volunteers (ushers, box office) for their upcoming production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s musical Yeoman of the Guard, March 30 – April 7th.

Contact Caren Johnson or more info >


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