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Summer Theatre - THE BAD SEED and THE WINTER’S TALE
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We wrapped up The Light in the Piazza this weekend and that opened up for me a bit of time to check out some of the theatre going on in the city this summer. Many companies are quiet or busy getting ready for Fringe, but July is great for shows from Teatro la Qundicina and the Freewill Shakespear...
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July Begins with Theatre in Italy! THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at Walterdale Theatre!
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July Begins with Theatre in Italy! THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at Walterdale Theatre!
Sometimes you get busy with your life and you have to cut back on things. That happened to me this year. The return to teaching was AWESOME but also very time consuming because I wanted to do it right. It was primarily a junior high drama position and it was splendid - great kids, great projects ...
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Theatre to start off 2019...
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Theatre to start off 2019...
It doesn't really ever quiet down in the #yegtheatre scene. It's a great thing for those of us who loved to see a lot of varied shows!  Here's what is onstage in Edmonton in January of 2019 aka "Time to fill in the brand new Calendar"!Malachite Theatre presents Macbeth - January 4-19 at the ...
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Starting the New Year with a Little Magic! The Illusionists with Broadway Across Canada!
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Starting the New Year with a Little Magic! The Illusionists with Broadway Across Canada!
How to kick off 2019 in a big way? Attend the Broadway Across Canada production of The Illusionists on New Year's Day like I did! Well, it's here until January 6th, so you can still start the year off in a really magical way!I took Gibson as he has always been intrigued by magic (we often watch P...
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Terrific Laughs at Grant MacEwan's 9 to 5 and Bright Young Things' Fallen Angels!
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Terrific Laughs at Grant MacEwan's 9 to 5 and Bright Young Things' Fallen Angels!
Last week I got to take in the Preview performance of Grant MacEwan's production of 9 to 5. It's the musical adaptation of the 1980 film of the same name. I loved the movie and I loved the musical. Outside the title song, I was unfamiliar with the music, but it was fun and smart and well-sung by ...
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Who Speaks For Those Who Can't? MATARA at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre
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Who Speaks For Those Who Can't? MATARA at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre
This weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing Matara, a new work by Conni Massing, at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre. A zoo elephant Matara, or Nellie, is at the centre of the story. Cared for by Karen (Elinor Holt), Matara is not in the best of health and a group of protesters camp outside the g...
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A Return to Jane Austen for a Holiday Celebration! Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Citadel
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A Return to Jane Austen for a Holiday Celebration! Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Citadel
Although Christmas is still a month away, this week I felt it creeping closer and closer. Part of that was the switch-over to Christmas music on the radio station my son prefers, and part of it was taking in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Citadel Theatre. For me, it was part...
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BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical (Broadway Across Canada) at the Jubilee Auditorium: It will move you with it's heart and iconic music!
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BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical (Broadway Across Canada) at the Jubilee Auditorium: It will move you with it's heart and iconic music!
I'm always a little nervous about Jukebox shows, but Beautiful, currently playing until November 11th with Broadway Across Canada, manages to weave the iconic music of Carole King wonderfully with the first part of her life and career. Sarah Bockel, as King, is terrific. She embodies the sound an...
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Spooky and Scary #yegtheatre Options for Halloween 2018!
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Spooky and Scary #yegtheatre Options for Halloween 2018!
If you like to embrace all things scary and spooky this time of year, there are a few options in the #yegtheatre scene that you can check out...The Bone House by Marty Chan is being presented at the Varscona Hotel. Here's the description: For the past 19 years, a shadowy figure has been drifting ...
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More October #yegtheatre adventures - Lenin's Embalmers (Studio Theatre) and Origin of the Species (Northern Light Theatre)
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More October #yegtheatre adventures - Lenin's Embalmers (Studio Theatre) and Origin of the Species (Northern Light Theatre)
When I was in university, one of my part-time jobs was working front of house and bar-tending at the University of Alberta Studio Theatre shows. As a result, I think I saw pretty much every show there from my second year on. I have always loved the atmosphere and aesthetic of the Studio Theatre s...
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