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NOVEMBER 2010

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"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius."

                                     - Pietro Aretino (playwright)

What's New at TA

 

CASINO CASINO CASINO!

January 17 and 18, 2011 are drawing closer and closer! These are the dates of the next Theatre Alberta Casino at the Baccarat Casino in downtown Edmonton. We are still looking for existing or new members to volunteer. Not to worry if you’ve never worked a casino before, you’ll receive on-the-spot training for whichever role you choose to fill. It’s easy, it’s fun, you’ll meet new people, and you’ll help ensure Theatre Alberta receives vital funding! Please contact the office and we’ll be happy to give you more information. All volunteers receive credit towards their Theatre Alberta membership. For more information or to volunteer, call us at 780-422-8162 (toll free 1-888-422-8160) or email Stephanie at [email protected].

UPDATING THE EMERGE INVITE LIST

Theatre Alberta is constantly adding new professional theatre contacts in Alberta to its Emerge program invite list. Emerge is an annual audition event held in in April in both Edmonton and Calgary that brings together graduates of Alberta post-secondary acting programs with Alberta’s artistic directors, freelance directors, casting directors, and talent agents. If you fall in to one of these categories and would like to be considered for the Emerge professionals invite list, or if you know of a professional company or individual new to the industry who’s looking for fresh talent, please contact Julie at [email protected]

Neat, huh?

What we would like to do now is update our roster of instructors, i.e. theatre professionals. Yes, we know a lot of you, but we also know there are some of you hiding in the woodwork that haven’t tripped our radar yet. Or maybe you taught for us a while ago but have new and exciting expertise to share! If you are interested in teaching Albertan communities your specialty, please send in your resume with teaching experience highlighted along with a brief bio to Stephanie at [email protected].

 

PLAYWORKS INK S.A.D.?

Theatre Alberta and Swallow-a-Bicycle are offering an antidote to those suffering from PlayWorks Ink withdrawal symptoms… Neo-Bouffon with Karen Hines (November 23-28, courtesy of Swallow-a-Bicycle, Calgary).

Neo-Bouffon is Karen Hines' Canadian response to the Bouffon clown traditions of Parisian master Philippe Gaulier. Focused on using essential elements of Bouffon within the context of contemporary North American culture, through the writing and performing of comedic parodies, the work encourages a comedic dissection of societal maladies and afflictions.

Designed for performers, directors, creators and writers, participants will focus on strategies for the creation and development of material. Current Theatre Alberta members will receive a special registration rate of $300. (The regular rate is $400—that’s a $100 savings in fees!) There are limited discount spots available—register now to avoid disappointment! More >

Librarian’s Pick
Sprouts! An Anthology of Plays from Concrete Theatre’s Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids (2010) edited by Mieko Ouchi and Caroline Howarth.
What does it mean to be a kid today? This collection of culturally diverse short plays gathered from eight years of Concrete Theatre’s ground-breaking Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids brings us stories from the rich cultural tapestry of Canada that explore both the challenges and joys of growing up. The collection features the work of well-known and up-and-coming writers. Suitable for professionals and young performers alike. Excellent for use in the classroom.

Sprouts! An Anthology of Plays


Library Donations
Thank you to West Central High School (Rocky Mountain House), East of 60 Productions Devon), Amy DeFelice and Jim DeFelice for their donations to the library.

 

LIBRARY AND OFFICE HOURS

The library and office will be closed for a Remembrance Day long weekend from November 11 - 14. We will re-open November 15. The drop box will be available every day except November 11.

 

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Theatre News

 

FRANK GLENFIELD HONOURED BY EQUITY

Canadian Actors' Equity Association Honours Awards 2010 were held in Calgary on October 25 and Frank Glenfield was honoured for his life-long service to the theatre community. "Dedicated arts supporter and advisor Frank Glenfield (Edmonton, Alberta) is this year's recipient of Honorary Membership in Equity. Frank has made an outstanding contribution to theatre life in the province of Alberta through his dedicated service to the amateur theatre scene inspiring many artists to embark on professional careers in live performance." More>

MLA CASINO ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORT

On October 12, the Government of Alberta and the AGLC (Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission) released the anticipated findings of the MLA Casino Advisory Committee. The report outlines the complex issues in finding a fair and equitable solution for all eligible charities in Alberta. While further analysis of Alberta's charitable gaming model has been recommended, existing AGLC policies remain unchanged. More>

ALBERTA ARTS DAYS TEAM WINS PREMIER'S SILVER AWARD

The Alberta Arts Days team was one of 24 teams of Alberta Public Service employees recognized by Premier Ed Stelmach at the 16th annual Premier’s Award of Excellence ceremony . The team developed the Alberta Arts Days project to encourage Albertans to discover, experience, and celebrate the province’s rich arts and culture. More>

GOODNIGHT BALANCING ACTS

Stage Left Productions, Canada's leading contributor to the global disability arts and culture milieu, is closing the curtain on Balancing Acts: Calgary's Annual Disability Arts Festival - after producing ten disability arts festivals in eight years in two cities, representing a total investment of more than $750,000 on the commissioning and/or presentation of more than 1,500 disabled Canadian artists. More>

CCA BULLETIN: STATUS OF THE ARTIST UPDATE

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist. With the support of the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal, the Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) has conducted a critical review of this initiative in Canada. After 30 years of efforts, what exactly has been achieved for artists and creators in this country and abroad? More>

THEATRE ENCOUNTER ANNOUNCES ALBERTA & BC TOUR OF QUEST

David Thompson has been called “the greatest land geographer who ever lived,” mapping over 3.9 million square kilometres of North America from East to West coast in his life-time. This is the bicentennial year of his epic journey across the Great Divide in 1810-11. Capturing the essence of this legend’s story, Quest is a performance piece that pushes the boundaries of physical exploration into the discovery of not only our physical world, but also the inner world of what it means to quest. This production will be touring Alberta and BC during 2011 and is currently open for bookings. For Tour Information, contact [email protected].

 

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Shows Opening

November 3 - 30

Full Playbill

39 Steps
Reasons to be Pretty
Seussical the Musical
Children of a Lesser God
Cabaret
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Women_ Who_Steal
Over the River

CALGARY

CLUEd In
Nov 4 - 20, Attic Players with Impetus Magic More>

reasons to be pretty
Nov 5 - 20, Ground Zero Theatre with Hit & Myth Productions More>

Chess
Nov 5 - 20, Front Row Centre Players Society More>

Uproar
Nov 6, Downstage More>

Stories Of Shel Silverstein
Nov 8 - 21, Calgary Young People's Theatre More>

Motown Gold
Nov 11 - Jan 30, Stage West Theatre Restaurant More>

Tinsel Talk Terror
Nov 12 - Dec 12, Pegasus Performances More>

The 39 Steps
Nov 13 - Dec 12, Vertigo Theatre More>

Godspell
Nov 17 - 20, Playhouse North School of Theatre More>

Uncommon Women and Others
Nov 18 - 27, Mount Royal University More>

Uprising: A Festival of New Political Theatre
Nov 18 - 27, Downstage More>

Based on a Totally True Story
Nov 18 - 27, Mob Hit Productions More>

CSI: North Pole
Nov 18 - Dec 19, Pegasus Performances More>

Lucia di Lammermoor
Nov 20, 24, 26, Calgary Opera More>

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer®
Nov 20 - Dec 24, Centre Stage Theatre Company More>

With Bells On
Nov 22 - Dec 18, Lunchbox Theatre More>

Quest
Nov 23 - 27, Theatre Encounter More>

Faerie Tales
Nov 24, TALES Calgary More>

The Blue Room
Nov 25 - Dec 4, Sage Theatre More>

Seussical™ The Musical
Nov 25 - Dec 30, Alberta Theatre Projects More>

The Queen of Paradise's Garden
Nov 26 - 28, Vertigo Theatre, Y Stage Series More>

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer®
Nov 26 - Dec 19, StoryBook Theatre More>

Children of a Lesser God
Nov 27 - Dec 4, Workshop Theatre More>

Perfect Pie
Nov 30 - Dec 11, University of Calgary Department of Drama More>

 

EDMONTON

The Mating Season
Nov 3 - 7, Grant MacEwan University Theatre Arts More>

Women Who Steal
Nov 3 - 21, Shadow Theatre More>

Love & Human Remains
Nov 4 - 13, U of A Studio Theatre More>

The Laramie Project
Nov 10 - 13, Pets Productions More>

Cabaret
Nov 11 - 20, Two One-way Tickets To Broadway Productions More>

Loud & Queer
Nov 12 - 13, Workshop West Theatre with Guys in Disguise More>

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later
Nov 17 - 19, Pets Productions More>

The Ash Girl
Nov 17 - 21, Concordia University College Of Alberta More>

Une maison face au Nord
Nov 18 - 21, L'UniThéâtre with Théâtre Français de Toronto, Théâtre La Rubrique et Théâtre du Tandem More>

Hard Core Logo: Live
Nov 18 - Dec 5, Theatre Network with November Theatre & Touchstone Theatre More>

Macbeth
Nov 25 - Dec 3, Theatre Prospero More>

A Bard Day's Night Festival
Nov 25 - Dec 4, Victoria School Of The Arts More>

Disney's High School Musical
Nov 25 - Dec 5, St. Albert Children's Theatre More>

A Christmas Carol
Nov 27 - Dec 23, Citadel Theatre More>

 

ALBERTA

Imperial Nightingale
Nov 4 - 7, Heartland Arts Troupe, Stettler 403-742-4525

Kiss Me Kate
Nov 5 - 20, Lethbridge Musical Theatre, Lethbridge More>

Over the River and Through the Woods
Nov 5 - 7, Leduc Drama Society, Leduc More>

The Secret Garden
Nov 5 - Dec 23, Rosebud Theatre, Rosebud More>

Dry Streak
Nov 12 - Dec 12, Central Alberta Theatre, Red Deer More>

The Crucible
Nov 18 - 20, The Horizon Players, Spruce Grove More>

Jesus Christ Superstar
Nov 18 - 27, Medicine Hat Musical Theatre, Medicine Hat More>

What Mildred Did
Nov 18 - Dec 18, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Grande Prairie More>

The Man Who Came to Dinner
Nov 19-20, 26-27, Pumpjack Players/Whitecourt Drama Society, Whitecourt 780-778-6149

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Nov 19 - 27, Windmill Theatre Players, High River More>

Don't Dress for Dinner
Nov 21 - 27, Westlock Drama Society, Westlock 780-349-4995

Spring Awakening
Nov 23 - 27, University Of Lethbridge, Lethbridge More>

A Chorus of Disapproval
Nov 25 - Dec 4, Red Deer College Theatre, Red Deer More>

A Little Princess
Nov 25 - Dec 4, Barrhead Community Theatre, Barrhead 780-674-6357

The Christmas Express
Nov 25 - Dec 11, Innisfail Town Theatre, Innisfail More>

The Grinch
Nov 26 - Dec 4, Camrose Main Street Players, Camrose 780-672-0893

Private Lives
Nov 26 - Dec 4, Keyano College Theatre, Fort McMurray More>

Holiday Dinner Theatre
Nov 26 - Dec 11, Peace Players, Peace River More>

 

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Jobs & Auditions      

Full Jobs Postings  |  Full Auditions Postings

JOBS

{ CALGARY }

Customer Service Agent, Alberta Theatre Projects

{ EDMONTON }

General Manager, GeriActors & Friends

{ ALBERTA }

Part-time Program Administrator, Tree House Youth Theatre, Red Deer

Lighting & Projections Designer, Keyano Theatre, Fort McMurray

Theatre Technician, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Grand Prairie

{ CANADA }

There are no new postings at this time.

AUDITIONS

{ CALGARY }

Medea, Theatre Encounter

Twisted: Words, Music and Weirdos (working title), Forte Musical Theatre Guild and The Bitter Suite Society

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, StoryBook Theatre

{ EDMONTON }

Beneath the Ice, The Cookie

Christmas Under the Sea, The Children's Christmas Play - The Leading Stars Arts and Education Foundation

The Threepenny Opera, Walterdale Theatre Associates

{ ALBERTA }

There are no new postings at this time.

{ CANADA }

There are no new postings at this time.

 

Only NEW job & audition opportunities (received since the previous Buzz issue) are listed above.

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

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Submissions & Workshops


SUBMISSIONS

BANFF CENTRE PLAYWRIGHTS COLONY

Banff

From emerging playwrights to seasoned professionals, the participants at the Banff Playwrights Colony represent the richness and variety of contemporary Canadian theatre writing from all across the country. The Colony is a five-week residential program that focuses on text-based theatre. Because the objective of the Colony is to serve the specific needs of each playwright and his or her project, plays may be at various stages of development, from first draft to final polish. Playwrights may select the dramaturge with whom they wish to work, or choose to use a program dramaturge. The Colony also provides a small resident company of professional actors who are especially skilled in reading new work. More>

Deadline: November 6, 2010

 

WALTERDALE THEATRE ASSOCIATES SEARCH FOR NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Deadline: December 31, 2010

DOWNSTAGE 2011 UPRISING FESTIVAL

Deadline: January 10, 2011

 

LETTERS TO THE ENBRIDGE PLAYRITES FESTIVAL OF NEW CANADIAN PLAYS

Calgary

Alberta Theatre Projects is celebrating the 25th edition of our Enbridge playRites Festival this season and we are getting ready to celebrate by reaching out to our community.

If you have attended the Festival or worked at the Festival we are asking you to consider the following request.

Letters to the Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays

In 2011 the Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays will celebrate its 25th edition and we are in the mood to reminisce and look ahead. Over the course of the coming season we will be asking our friends and supporters (that is to say, you) to reflect on the past and imagine the future of the Enbridge playRites Festival.

We will collect these stories and ideas to share with our audience and the world during the 25th Annual Enbridge playRites Festival this February. More >

Deadline: Ongoing through February 2011

 

WORKSHOPS

BASIC THEATRE RIGGING – CITT Alberta (Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology)

November 6, 2010 – Edmonton
This workshop will cover topics including (but not limited to) rope, blocks, wire rope, hardware, soft goods, as well as as theory and safety. The course is limited to 30 participants. CITT Members will be given priority registration over non-members. Organizational members will be allowed to send two participants at the CITT Members rate, additional participants will have to pay the non-member rate. More>

AERIAL FITNESS CLASSES – Firefly Theatre

Aerial Fitness & Conditioning (session B) Nov 6 - Dec 18, 2010, Nov 10 - Dec 15, 2010
Handstands, Nov 14 - Dec 19, 2010
Flexibility, Nov 14 - Dec 19, 2010

It's almost the holiday season - time to get in shape now, so you can eat all you want! Firefly has several classes that are geared towards just about anyone in any shape wanting a good workout. Aerial Fitness = a Higher Level of Fitness! All classes take place in Edmonton. More>

 

THE REALITIES OF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES – Alberta Playwrights' Network

November 20 & 21, 2010 - Edmonton
November 27 & 28, 2010 - Calgary

This two-day, intensive workshop will focus on the creation of Theatre for Young Audiences, from both the writing and production aspects. TYA producers, Duval Lang and Mieko Ouchi will lead seminars focusing on understanding and overcoming obstacles that face TYA production. More>

 

DIALECT WORKSHOP WITH DAVID LEREANY – Morpheus Theatre

November 21, 2010 – Calgary
Some actors whip out accent after accent without pause – while for others, attempting to speak with an accent can be terrifying territory. David will guide participants in learning how to tackle commonly required accents, and how to keep them consistent night after night. More>

The above listings are but a sampling of the submission & workshop opportunities listed on our website.

Postings are updated weekly


Full Submissions Postings  |  Full Workshop Postings

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Odds & Ends

RESOURCES
AFA: ARTS ORGANIZATION OPERATIONAL PROGRAM - ARTS FESTIVALS – Alberta

The Arts Organization Operational Grant program supports the annual operating expenses of some of Alberta’s arts and cultural organizations and companies, including theatre and performing arts organizations, public art galleries and community arts organizations.
Next deadline: Arts Festivals November 15. More>

 
VOLUNTEERS
PETS PRODUCTIONS LOOKING FOR BOX OFFICE VOLUNTEERS – Edmonton

PETS Productions is looking for box office volunteers at the Trans Alta Arts Barn for The Laramie Project Nov 10-13 and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later Nov 17-19. Volunteers are needed from 6pm to 11pm to sell tickets and will get to see the show for free on the same evening. More>

WORKSHOP THEATRE SEEKS PRODUCTION VOLUNTEERS – Calgary

Workshop Theatre desperately needs the following positions filled for the upcoming production of Children of a Lesser God (runs Nov 27-Dec 4): Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Lighting Operator, Sound Operator. More>

STORYBOOK THEATRE SEEKS PRODUCTION VOLUNTEERS – Calgary

Rehearsals for Storybook's annual Christmas show Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer are underway and they are looking for a sound operator, light operator and an additional ASM (assistant stage manager) for the run which begins November 26 thru December 19th, on Fri, Sat and Sun. They can teach you how to do the tasks, you just need enthusiasm and the ability to come to all of the performances! They would also love to find a musical director who would be willing to work with the cast for a few rehearsals to get them tuned up on all the popular songs and help record the music. More>

THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY SEEKS VOLUNTEER CAST AND CREW – Alberta tour

The Leading Stars Arts and Education Foundation seeks production crew for Christmas Under the Sea. They are in need of talented individuals who can act, who can help with set design, paint sets, build sets and props and who can help with the technical side of this production such as a sound man, crew to strike the set, and help with set changes. The roles of those who would be cast, sound person, and crew would be needed to go on the road while they perform in Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Calgary. These are volunteer positions, however each individual's accommodations, travel and food while on tour are taken care of. "We don't do this for money, we do this because we love to entertain children." More>


CASINO VOLUNTEERS

ALBERTA PLAYWRIGHTS’ NETWORK SEEKS CASINO VOLUNTEERS – Calgary

APN has its casino booked for November 23rd, and 24th at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino and, of course, they need you! More>

MORPHEUS THEATRE SEEKS CASINO VOLUNTEERS – Calgary

The dates Morpheus were given for its casino are March 26th and March 27th 2011. Any help that can be offered will be gratefully received as they are looking for volunteers for all positions. More>

 

EVENTS

UPROAR – DOWNSTAGE’S SIGNATURE FUNDRAISING EVENT

November 6, 2010 at 7:00pm - Calgary
Downstage’s theatrical fundraiser brings you to the heart of Calgary’s theatre scene to enjoy special presentations of new 10-minute plays brought to life by some of Calgary’s finest actors. You can also look forward to live music, a collaborative visual art piece being created on-site, a silent auction featuring playful pairings of items from local businesses, a cash bar and much more. Funds raised will help Downstage continue to engage the community in vibrant critical discussion through Provocative Canadian Performance. More>


BROADWAY ACROSS CANADA: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH GREASE

November 10, 2010 at 2:00pm – Edmonton
You are invited to the next Behind the Scenes session with Broadway Across Canada's cast of Grease. Last year, the Edmonton Public Library hosted three powerful and fun experiences with the cast and crew of A Chorus Line, Chicago, and the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, and they are offering this rare opportunity to hear candid testimony about what it is like to work as part of a large, traveling musical production. The best part is that this year, the production is the fun and highly popular Grease. Whitemud Crossing Library 4211 - 106 Street. More>


U OF A FESTIVAL OF IDEAS: “TRUTH AND LIES: TRUST ME”

November 16 – 21, 2010 – Edmonton (with some events in Calgary and Camrose)
Join some of the world’s most well-known and provocative writers, scientists, public intellectuals and performing artists at the festival, as they explore the difficulty of distinguishing truth and lies in contemporary society. More>

APN EDMONTON READING SERIES

November 20, 2010 at 3:00pm – Edmonton
Alberta Playwrights' Network will be having a reading of The Gallows Tree by Myrna Kostash, an adaptation of her book The Frog Lake Reader, dramaturged and directed by Vern Thiessen. The reading will take place at the Stanley A. Milner Library. More>


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Donors, New & Renewing Members

October 1 to 31, 2010

 
DONORS: THANK YOU!

Michele Brown, Shannon Tandrup

NEW MEMBERS

Individuals
Jesse Anderson, Lawrence Bergquist, Sarah Bryan, Amy Burks, Danielle Bye, Peter Christeas, Jordan Galloway, Natalie Gauthier, Laura Gillespie, Angela Gillis, Nicholas Heffelfinger, David Higgs, Jodi Keiver, Krysta Larsen, Christopher Levann, Tololwa Mollel, Andres Moreno, Joshua Rizko, Matthew St. Jean, Kristian Stec, Shannon Tandrup, Sara Ugljesic, Matthew Warren.

Groups
Staged Right Productions.

RENEWING MEMBERS

Individuals
Kenneth Abernathy, Mary Lou Armstrong, Conrad Belay, Natalie Blanchard, Ellen Close, Emma Cobb, Daniel Derksen, Tory Doctor, Wendy Doerksen, Ida Edwards, Caitlin Goruk, Marilynne Hebert, Sienna Holden, Amy Keating, Sherryl Melnyk, Thomas Peacocke, Lennette Randall, Dana Rayment, Jacqueline Russell, Cassia Schramm, Eugene Stickland, Faye Stollery, Russell Thomas, Ileana Tschabold, Alysa van Haastert, Mark Vetsch, Sam Wolkow, Heather Zacharias.

Groups
Ghost River Theatre, Katie’s Playhouse, Keyano College Theatre, Pine Tree Players, Sherard Musical Theatre Association.

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