To our Members:
Notes for September:
As the newest member of the Theatre Alberta team, I could not have picked a more exciting time to immerse myself in the Albertan theatre scene. With the busy summer festival season now drawn to a close, theatres across the province are launching their new seasons. You may have already received the 2014/2015 edition of our Playbill poster in your mailbox, which will give you an idea of what your favourite companies have in store in the coming months.
My introduction to Theatre Alberta continues in the coming weeks with some fun events!
Please note: Theatre Alberta's office and Library does not currently offer an unlimited supply of Cheetos.
First up, I'm proud to be representing Theatre Alberta this weekend at Northern Light Theatre's Battle for the Limelight fundraiser. Our team, Theatre AL-BEAT-CHA!, is not really sure what to expect, but we're ready for anything! Instead of collecting pledges for our team, we're selling raffle tickets, so you can support us and have the chance to win a fantastic prize. And in just a few weeks it's Alberta Culture Days - what better way to begin the new season than by celebrating the arts!
In the meantime I'm busy recruiting volunteers for our upcoming casino. If you're free the weekend of Saturday November 1st and 2nd, there are still a few spots available. We're able to offer casino volunteers a credit towards their membership renewal, so please give me a shout if you can help.
I'm so looking forward to getting to know all of our wonderful members in the coming months - whether you're emailing with questions, stopping by the office, or out in the community.
Theatre Alberta Office Administrator & Executive Assistant
“The stage is a magic circle where only the most real things happen, a neutral territory outside the jurisdiction of Fate where stars may be crossed with impunity. A truer and more real place does not exist in all the universe.”
~ P.S. Baber (from Cassie Draws the Universe)
What's New at Theatre Alberta
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LAST CHANCE TO PURCHASE TIX: THE 2014 THEATRE ALBERTA RAFFLE
AGLC Raffle Licence #385323
Time is running out to purchase raffle tickets for the Theatre Alberta 2014 Raffle! There are more than $3,800 in prizes to be won over seven draws, which will be made on September 26, 2014.
Tickets can be purchased from Theatre Alberta staff at the Library in Edmonton, and from Theatre Alberta board members across Alberta. To contact any of our Directors, please email [email protected] and we'll put you in touch.
OR you can purchase tickets from Morgan Norwich, Frazer Andrews, or Aaron Talbot to support Team "Theatre AL-BEAT-CHA!" in Northern Light Theatre's Battle for the Limelight fundraising event this weekend (see below).
The Stratford Festival Package, value $2,050.00
A voucher for two tickets for selected dates to the Stratford Festival’s 2015 season. Designated dates and performances only. Two nights accommodation at Hughson Hall Bed & Breakfast. Air travel for two from either Edmonton or Calgary to Toronto.
- The Banff Centre Package, value $540.00
- Rosebud Theatre Package, value $380.00
- Sundance Balloons Package, value $650.00
- The Citadel Theatre Gift Certificate, value $70.00
- Sage Theatre Gift Certificate, value $70.00
- Theatre Network Gift Certificate, value $50.00
Rules, regulations, and prize restrictions are listed online at theatrealberta.com/raffle. Thank you so much to all our generous 2014 Raffle Prize Donors!
STILL A FEW POSITIONS TO BE FILLED FOR THEATRE ALBERTA'S CASINO!
Theatre Alberta will be holding its casino at the Baccarat Casino, located in downtown Edmonton, on November 1st and 2nd. We are looking for existing or new members to volunteer for a few remaining positions:
Saturday November 1:
Chip Runner from 9:30am-7:15pm
Sunday November 2:
Late Night Banker from 9:30pm-4:00am
Cashier from 6:30pm-3:15am
Chip Runner from 6:30pm-3:15am
Please contact the office and we’ll be happy to give you more information.
Don’t worry if you’ve never worked a casino before (or if you’ve never stepped foot in one!), there are a variety of easy roles to fill. You’ll be having fun with friends, meeting new members, and helping ensure Theatre Alberta receives vital funding.
Call us at 780-422-8162 (toll free 1-888-422-8160) or email us at [email protected] to volunteer.
All volunteers receive credit towards their Theatre Alberta membership!
Click here for more information and to download the Volunteer Application Form!
ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS 2014
Theatre Alberta will be teaming up with The Citadel Theatre, Rapid Fire Theatre, and other cultural organizations on Friday, September 26th to celebrate Alberta Culture Days at The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
During the day, school groups will have the option to participate in the improvisation workshop Improv: Yes, Let's! Between 5:00–7:00 P.M. the workshop will be open to the public, so come and join us at the Jubilee in celebration of Alberta culture.
Participants will be taken on a fun and active whirlwind tour of the fundamentals of improvisation—in 30 minutes. Led by Foote Theatre School instructors and members of Rapid Fire Theatre, Improv: Yes, Let's will focus on the foundational improv skills of agreement and listening. A great way to challenge yourself and break out of your comfort zone!
Instructors: Matt Schuurman, Joleen Ballendine, and Andrew Ritchie.
For more information about Alberta Culture Days events happening in your community, visit culture.alberta.ca/culturedays.
SUPPORT THEATRE AL-BEAT-CHA! AT NLT'S BATTLE FOR THE LIMELIGHT
This Saturday, Theatre Alberta staff Morgan Norwich, Aaron Talbot, and Frazer Andrews, along with TA supporter Cheryl Andrews, will be participating in Northern Light Theatre's Battle for the Limelight Fundraiser as Team Theatre AL-BEAT-CHA! An Amazing Race style scavenger hunt set in Old Strathcona in Edmonton, we're competing against teams created by local theatre companies... and we need your support!
Each competing team is collecting pledges from the community with the funds going to support each team's theatre organization! However, as Theatre Alberta is currently running our 2014 Raffle as our major fundraising initiative, we thought we'd give our members some extra initiave to pledge for Theatre AL-BEAT-CHA!.
So instead of a pledge, purchase a raffle ticket (or three!) from Morgan, Frazer, or Aaron and help us take on our competitors! You can also purchase tickets from Theatre Alberta's Library or around Alberta from Theatre Alberta board members!
And, if you want to donate online visit www.theatrealberta.com/donate and let us know you're supporting Theatre AL-BEAT-CHA! at the Battle for the Limelight. (Please note that we can not sell raffle tickets online, but we can provide a tax receipt for donations of $20 or more.)
Click here to watch Theatre AL-BEAT-CHA!'s promo video on YouTube.
Thank you all for your continued support of Theatre Alberta!
WORKSHOPS BY REQUEST - SEPTEMBER
Workshops by Request are coordinated by Theatre Alberta at your request and targeted to the specific needs of your theatre organization. Workshops in both technical and non-technical aspects of theatre bring highly trained professionals to your community for one, one and a half, or two-day workshops.
Click here to apply for a Workshop by Request.
Workshops by Request scheduled for September 2014 include:
Character Development in Lethbridge
On September 20th, Valerie Ann Pearson will travel from Calgary to Lethbridge to lead a one-day workshop in Character Development for the Playgoers of Lethbridge.
The aim of the workshop is to help actors in the company begin the important work of fleshing out their characters before rehearsals begin.
Stage Combat in Camrose
On September 20 - 21, Churchmice Players will welcome Jonathan Purvis to teach a two-day workshop on Stage Combat, specifically looking at sword play. The Players are producing The Three Musketeers in March 2015, so we look forward to seeing some of their newfound skills on stage in the spring.
Acting/Directing in Wetaskiwin
On September 27th, the Waterworks Theatre Players will host Greg Dowler-Coltman from Edmonton to teach a one-day workshop on Acting and Directing. Greg is a long-time theatre instructor and has been the co-curriculum director of Theatre Alberta's Artstrek for many years!
Congratulations Peak Theatre Players!
By hosting a workshop (Directing with Kelly Reay), and having the participants fill out the WbR Online Follow-up Survey, we are pleased to announce that Peak Theatre Players of Sundre has won our draw for a free one-day Workshop by Request for 2014/2015!
Workshops by Request applications are accepted throughout the year. We are now accepting applications for Workshops by Request for the 2014/2015 season! Any theatre organization in Alberta that is a group member of Theatre Alberta may apply for a workshop through the Workshops by Request program, on any topic of their choice. For more information, please email Frazer Andrews, Programmer at [email protected].
2014/2015 PLAYBILL INFORMATION NOW ONLINE
Theatre Alberta's 2014-2015 Online Playbill has been uploaded to our website and is now available to audiences across Alberta and beyond. We invite all our members and supporters to search our database to see what the upcoming season has in store!
If you have submitted your season to Theatre Alberta's Playbill, please take a moment to ensure that your season information is correct. Visit www.theatrealberta.com/playbill and select your company from the "Select a Theatre Company" drop down menu and click "Submit." Mobile and tablet users, please visit m.theatrealberta.com to view your information and add our web-app to your home screen!
If your company is producing a festival, school tour, or improv/sketch/variety season, your information has also been included on our website. Please check the corresponding pages to ensure your information is accurate.
Theatre Alberta is proud to debut Young Playbill: Theatre Opportunities for Youth. Found on the reverse of the regular Playbill poster and online, we hope you use this quick
reference guide to find programming and other theatre
opportunities for Alberta’s young artists - 18 and under! Further resources for young people are available through Theatre Alberta's Stage Door webpage.
Please email any corrections, updates, or new events to Aaron Talbot, Communications & Marketing Coordinator at [email protected]. Please note: we are now accepting production information from Albertan High School Drama programs for inclusion in the online Playbill. Contact Aaron for more information.
Please note Theatre Alberta's Library will be closed October 11 - 13 for the Thanksgiving weekend. The Dropbox will be unavailable.