Well, I was SO hoping to start this article in celebration of spring- going out, getting some fresh air, seeing some theatre, sipping some drinks on the patio- but it’s now mid-April and the flurries are still flyin’! What gives?!
No excuses, we still have a tonne of fabulous theatre to carry us through this! A summery drink or two might help as well, you know, suspension of disbelief? So mix yourself a refreshing G&T or a fruity Sangria and lets suspend our disbelief just a little bit longer!
Celebrating Women in Theatre
This month, stages across our province are packed with female playwrights, performers and theatre makers! April is serving up some serious game when it comes to female representation on stage- and that is literal in the case of ATP’s Glory!
The cast of Glory, photo by Barbara Zimonick
Check out our review for this jazzy journey back to the early incarnation of women’s hockey and if you can, get down to the Martha Cohen Theatre for their 2pm matinee on April 14th. Proceeds from that performance are going to the Humboldt Bronco’s GoFundMe campaign so grab your favorite jersey and let’s fill that house to the rafters!
Alberta Theatre Projects production of Glory plays at the Martha Cohen Theatre in Calgary’s Arts commons now until April 21st. Tickets and info at www.atplive.com
Miss Caledonia- Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary
Jamie Konchak and Aleksandra Danicic in Miss Caledonia, photo by Benjamin Laird
Miss Caledonia at Calgary’s Lunchbox Theatre is a story not to be missed. Peggy Ann Douglas will steal your heart as she charms her way from farmer’s daughter to Miss Caledonia, Pageant Queen, in this heart-warming tale of female empowerment. We can’t say enough about this beautiful show, as evidenced by our glowing review, so get your tickets before it hits the road!
Miss Caledonia plays at the Lunchbox Theatre from now until April 21st. Tickets and info at www.lunchboxtheatre.com
Pretty Goblins- Workshop West, Edmonton
Beth Graham’s Governor General Award nominated Pretty Goblins storms onto Edmonton’s Backstage Theatre with a whirlwind tale of sisterly love. The relationship of estranged twin sisters takes a beating from addiction and loss, but when desperation brings them back together again, well, come see for yourself at this thrilling world premiere!
Pretty Goblins plays at Edomtnon’s Backstage Theatre from April 18th to 29th. Tickets and info at www.workshopwest.org
The Silver Arrow- The Citadel/Banff Program, Edmonton
The participants of this year’s Citadel/Banff program sail in on their aerial ribbons later this month with local playwright Mieko Ouchi’s reimagining of Robin Hood as a female heroine. Not only does The Silver Arrow demonstrate ingenious acrobatic story-telling, but it champions diversity in gender and ability on stage through this ever-topical “from the rich to the poor” fable. Directed by Daryl Cloran with music by Hawksley Workman, this production is sure to be a night of breathtaking sights, sounds and story-telling!
Mieko Ouchi’s The Silver Arrow plays at The Citadel’s Maclab Theatre from April 21st to May 13th. Tickets and info at www.citadeltheatre.com
The Secret Garden- Theatre Calgary
Journey into the imagination of one little orphan girl in search for love, belonging, and magic. A classic broadway hit, The Secret Garden transformed the pioneering novel into a marvel for the stage with enchanting music and bewitching theatrics. What better way to welcome spring than a journey into a magical English garden!
Theatre Calgary’s The Secret Garden plays at The Max Bell Theatre in Calgary’s Arts Commons from April 17th to May 19th. Tickets and info at www.theatrecalgary.com
Tosca- Calgary Opera
Tosca may seem like yet another story of a woman living in a man’s world, and I would love one day to see more women in the cast list of a modern production, but this opera is a pioneering love letter to the fierce women of the arts realm. Our heroine, a famously beautiful opera singer loved by two very different men, is based on the singularly astonishing Miss Sarah Bernhardt. The visceral beauty of Puccini’s masterpiece is a perfect match for the passions of these and all strong women, in the arts and everywhere.
Tosca plays at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary April 14th, 18th and 20th. Tickets and info at www.calgaryopera.com