In this funny and fierce play, an Indigenous man, Arthur Copper, has taken it upon himself to repopulate the nearby lakes with wild rice. The local non-Indigenous cottagers, Maureen Poole in particular, are NOT impressed. Based on real-life events in Ontario's Kawartha Lakes region, the story infuses contemporary conflicts between Indigenous and non-Indigenous sensibilities with Drew Hayden Taylor's characteristic warmth and humour.
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A co-production between Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society and Quest Theatre
Directors: Troy Emery Twigg and Nikki Loach
Production Design: Scott Reid
Additional Design: Adrian Stimson
Actors pictured: Elizabeth Ferguson, Anders Hunter, Garret Smith, Alexandra Dawkins, Genviève Paré
Photographer: Justina Gibson
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t's time to carry the banner with Disney's Newsies! Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!
Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for every audience.
Disney's Newsies runs from May 12 to June 3 2023 with evening performances at 7 pm and matinees at 2 pm. Show dates are added based on demand with Thursday through Sunday being available for purchase now. Student matinees are available based on school booking requests. Additional information can be found at https://www.storybooktheatre.org/disneys-newsies
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This entirely reimagined production expands the original story of Boy Trouble across multiple characters and multiple years, debuting the two-actor version of the Fringe hit.
Kay and Anthony have a lot in common. As two of the only gay kids in their town, their paths cross over years of casual encounters and missed connections - but some things only stay on the DL for so long. Boy Trouble is a cutting, playful, and surprising interrogation of toxic masculinity and casual sex in the Grindr age.
Sterling Award Nominee - Outstanding Fringe Production (2019)
"Impressive for its sharp, funny writing." - 12thnight.ca
"A beautifully conceived and executed coming-of-age/coming-out comic-drama." - Edmonton Journal (2019 Best of Fest List)
"Lyrical and relatable ... unexpectedly nuanced." - Ephemeral Pleasures
Written and directed by Mac Brock
Performed by Romar Dungo and Maxwell Hanic
Production design by Even Gilchrist
Dramaturgy by Elena Eli Belyea
This is show is a part of our Fringe Theatre Season. Visit fringetheatre.ca/season to learn more about our 2022 - 2023 Season.
$25.00 inc $3.00 fee
16-May 27, 2023
Fringe Theatre Arts Barns
Parental Guidance (PG)
Warning: Sexually explicit content, depictions of physical violence, coarse language.
Anahita’s Republic is a provocative and timely thriller set in Tehran, where strong, educated, and committed women work under constant threat to advance the well-being of their country.
Anahita is a woman who refuses to wear the hijab and rules her own republic where she can live, dress, and speak as she pleases. To deal with the world outside of her compound, she controls the family business and the life of her brother Cyrus. One night, on the eve of an important secret meeting between progressive leaders, a young woman in a chador comes to Anahita’s compound, carrying explosive secrets that might destroy everything Anahita has tried to build.
Directed by Brian Dooley
Tuesday through Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Matinees May 21, May 28, and June 4 @ 1:30 p.m.
Saturday Matinees (safe, masked) May 27 and June 3 @ 1:30 p.m.
PWYC Performances May 21, 2023 at 1:30 PM, May 28, 2023 at 1:30 PM, May 31, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Trunk Theatre presents an al fresco production of Euripides’ Helen in the environs of the Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium, Coronation Park from May 24th-June 4th, 2023. The production is directed by Amy DeFelice, with an all female cast that includes Julie Golosky, Linda Grass, Sophie-May Healey, Kristin Johnson, Rebecca Merkley, Prudence Olenik, Caley Suliak, Jacquelin Walters and Alison Wells. Set seven years after the Trojan War, Helen of Sparta never went to Troy, but was spirited away to Egypt, and replaced with a false Helen by the Hera to spite the Trojan prince Paris (for selecting Aphrodite as the most beautiful goddess.) A pawn in the wars of men and gods, Helen attempts to redeem her reputation, rescue her sweet but dim husband, and escape a dishonourable suitor through her wits and wiles. The Trojan War is fought over an illusion and a key idea of the play is ever-shifting truth. This is the Canadian premiere Frank McGuinness' adaptation ironic comedy. Production Designer Rory Turner. Associate Designer Even Gilchrist. Stage Manager Charlotte Braid. Choreographer Eric Awuah.
Performances are Wed-Sat. 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm, Tues. at 12:30pm. Wednesdays are Pay-what-can. Presented with the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Edmonton Arts Council.
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Produced by Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre
Directed by Kate Ryan and featuring Gabby Bernard and Geoffrey Simon Brown.
SELF PORTRAIT BECOMES COMMODITY IN THIS SEARING MULTIMEDIA DRAMA
Rachel and Miles are struggling. They work long hours at low-paying jobs and struggle to find their place in the world. When will their lives ever really take off? With fewer options available daily, they turn to the frontier of the Internet and launch their own video channel. How far will they go for digital fame and fortune? Are the videos they create reflections of their ambition, or are there darker forces at work?
Performances are Tuesday - Saturday. at 7:30pm. Sunday matinees are at 1:30pm. Tickets are available in tiered rates online ($25 - $40) or a flat fee of $33 at the door. Students receive $15 tickets at the door with valid Student ID. Sunday matinee performances are 2-for-1 tickets at the door. Previews (May 24 & May 25) are $15 online or Pay-What-You-Can at at the door.
The show runs 90 minutes, without an intermission.
Broadway Rocks Again
June 1 7:30 pm
June 2 7:30 pm
June 3 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 pm
June 4 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 pm
Performances at the Westbury Theatre – 10330 84 Avenue
Johnny reflects on the journey to fulfill his dream of having his own live entertainment TV show, The Johnny Platter Show. The cast and crew struggle to keep the show alive as ratings plummet. Along with the help of his producer, Karen, Johnny tries out a series of ideas to enliven the show, which either go terribly wrong or are continually shot down by Harry the TV Executive. All the while there are 3 love relationships occurring amongst the TV cast and crew: Charisse and Lance, two singers on the show, Judy and Mikey, the show’s production assistants, and Karen who secretly longs to be with Johnny. In the end the TV show and the couples risk it all to save the show and find themselves in an unexpected place.
Directed and choreographed by Peter Mills, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, Peter completed his BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory in 2010 and went on to perform professionally as a member of Actor's Equity Association in musical productions across the United States.
Music Direction by Brad Heintzman, who graduated with honors from the Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto and Grant MacEwan University Music Program.
Tickets are $30.00 for Adult and $25.00 for Youth/Senior/Student. Tickets available at the Fringe Box office.
The Sound of Music
Maria is causing the Abbey far too much trouble. She just doesn't belong. So she escapes to a mountain meadow where the song she sings comes back in echoes from the surrounding hills. And as if in answer to her longing for something vital and new, she is sent off to be governess to Captain von Trapp's seven mischievous children. With youthful vitality and purity of heart, she teaches the children to sing bringing a fleeting moment of happiness in the shadow of the rise of the Third Reich. A summer musical for the whole family!
The Sound of Music runs June 2 to September 2, on Wednesdays - Saturdays!
Tickets are $95 and include a buffet meal at the Rosebud Mercantile. The buffet opens at 11:00am for matinees and 5:30pm for evenings.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays: Show starts @ 1:30pm
Fridays & Saturdays: Show starts @ 8:00pm
To Book Tickets call 1-800-267-7553!
Directed by Lana Michelle Hughes.
An AirBnB furnished all in white. A relationship stretched thin and ready to break. An unexpected visitor from the apartment upstairs will change both forever.
Clem and Gray are travelling to a wedding neither of them wants to attend. When they finally reach their AirBnB, they discover a few things their host didn’t mention— first, it’s in the middle of nowhere. Second— it’s all white: the carpets, the furniture, everything down to the food in the fridge is white. And third— something very, very disturbing is going on in the apartment above them. As Clem and Gray argue about how deeply they should get involved, their fight becomes increasingly violent, and it’s unclear whether they or their relationship will survive the evening.
A very, VERY bloody romantic comedy in reverse, the play explores the ways our relationships indelibly mark us, and how our presence in each others’ lives, however brief, can never be truly erased.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
ELOPE Musical Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary with a presentation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat from June 16-24 at the Westbury Theatre, Fringe Theatre Arts Barns, 10030 84 Avenue NW.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is the musical that launched the Rice-Lloyd Webber collaboration, becoming a multi-award-winning show performed in over 80 countries and recognized as one of the world’s most beloved family musicals. It features many songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre classics, including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me, There’s One More Angel In Heaven and Go, Go, Go Joseph.
The story of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a tale that follows the journey of a dreamer. Joseph is the son of Jacob and one of twelve brothers. He is given a coat of many colors by his father, which is symbolic of his favor and an object of his brothers’ jealousy. The brothers decide to sell Joseph into slavery after initially plotting to have him killed. Convincing their father that his favorite son has died, they reveal his tattered coat and believe that they are rid of him once and for all.
Evenings: June 16-17; 21-24 at 7:30PM
Matinée: June 18 at 2:00PM
No performances June 19 or 20
Student tickets are for those guests aged 18 and under, or post-secondary students with valid Student ID
Group Rate (10+ Tickets): $22.50-27
We Are Pussy Riot or Everything is P.R.
WE ARE PUSSY RIOT OR EVERYTHING IS P.R. is being performed in YYC for select dates ONLY! June 21- 25, 27-29, and July 1, 2023 @ St. David's United Church, 3303 Capitol Hill Crescent NW.
7:30 pm start time - no intermission. General seating. Please arrive 30 minutes before the show. Run time is approx. an hour and 15 min. Parking is FREE (2 parking lots and plenty of street parking).
Don't miss this ground-breaking and unique theatrical experience! Toggling between storylines, you'll be taken on a satirical and playful journey through the trial of Nadya, Masha and Katya -three members of the feminist and LGBTQ+ positive protest group (and punk band!) Pussy Riot, following their protest in a Russian Orthodox Church. The true story of their struggle to change the political climate in Russia is as vital today as it was when it happened in 2012!
June 21 is a Pay What You Can Preview with a minimum ticket price of $5. If you wish to contribute more, please bring exact cash with you to the venue for a donation to the Holy Fools Theatre company - received with our deep appreciation!
AND please join us on Tuesday, June 27th for a post-show talkback with the cast and crew!
"FUN CAN BE A REVOLUTIONARY ACT!" - Nadya Tolokonnikova
The Grindstone Comedy Festival
Grindstone Theatre Society presents the 4th annual Grindstone Comedy Festival from Wednesday, July 5th - Sunday, July 9th, an independent stand-up, improv and sketch comedy festival, hosted at Edmonton’s Grindstone Theatre which brings both national performers and rising local talent together under the Edmonton spotlight. The festival also includes the Stand-Up Stand-Off Competition, Open Mic, late night parties, workshops from some of the featured guests, and more! Featuring performances from major Canadian comedy headliners such as Scott Thompson as Buddy Cole (Kids In The Hall), Nikki Payne (Much Music’s “Video on Trial”, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”), Neema Naz (@neemanaz on TikTok), Ken Hall (Umbrella Academy, Canadian Comedy Award Winner), and Jarrett Campbell (JFL, Juno Nominee, Roast Battle Canada ), each will have local comedians opening and hosting their shows.
The Syringa Tree
A middle-aged woman longs to rest her back against the syringa tree in her childhood home. She recollects an exhilarating story of the abiding love between two families – one black, one white – and the two children that were born into their shared household in early 1960's South Africa. With humour and heart, the story follows their destines through four generations from early apartheid to the present-day free South Africa. An inspiring story of two families separated by racism but connected by love.
The Syringa Tree plays on Rosebud’s intimate blackbox Studio Stage located north of Rosebud Church. Check-in for all Studio Stage performances at the West-side of town behind the Church. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show-time and no admission will be allowed once the performance starts.
The Syringa Tree runs from July 7 to September 2, 2023 on Wednesdays - Saturdays @ 4:30pm!
A buffet option is available on Fridays & Saturdays.
To Book Tickets call 1-800-267-7553!
Written by Joe Slabe, Matt Board, Kate Galvin, Jane Caplow, Luisa Hinchliff
Directed by Barbara Mah
Music Director: Ruth Wong-Miller
Stage Managed by Phil Krisel
Cast: Joyanne Rudiak, Brian Ault, Leslie Caffaro, Nicole English, Erin Harvey, Connor Foy, Aaron Schaan
Musicians: Joseph Caruk, Doug Hafso, Ivy Poon
This backstage musical follows the birth of the play Austentatious, as rehearsed and performed by the Central Rivercity Amateur Players (C.R.A.P), a colourful community theatre ensemble. Jane Austen goes comically wrong in this adaptation by Emily, a dancer/playwright/power hungry schemer, and Dominic, a pretentious, wannabe director who has little knowledge of the theatre and even less of Pride and Prejudice.
Start Time: 8pm for our evening performances; 2pm for Sunday Matinee;
No Performances on Monday, July 17th or Tuesday, July 18th.
Doors Open: 30 minutes before the Start Time
Special Events Tickets (at the door only)
2 for 1 - Thursday, July 13th
PWYC - Wednesday, July 19th
General Admission: $25
Senior (+55): $23
Member's Ticket Price (at the door only) $20
Masks are recommended and encouraged, but not mandated.
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