Edmonton downstage | 10.31.2016

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying Halloween treats and (light-hearted) tricks.

It’s not exactly a sugary treat, but I can’t believe the volume of press releases that came into my inbox in the last week! November is going to be an awesome month for theatre in this city, so clear your schedules, check out Theatre Alberta’s Playbill, and brush up on your Tix on the Square login information because things are about to get busy!

Opening & closing this week

  • Opening:
    • The Scona Alumni Theatre Co. presents Spring Awakening at the Scona Stage (10450 – 72 avenue) October 31 – November 6.
    • Bridget Ryan’s Under the Influence plays at The Backstage Theatre November 3 – 12.
    • For those with little ones in their lives, Kompany Family Theatre is running Fiddle Cat November 4 – 10 at the ATB Financial Arts Barns.
    • If you’re going to be in or near Vermilion on November 5, Linda Wood Edwards is running her show Never Let the Crew See You Cry – based on her mother who worked as a Flight Line Mechanic during World War II.
      • If you’re staying close to Edmonton – no worries – there will be performances on November 12 and 13 at the auditorium at Campus St. Jean. Tickets are at Tix on the Square.
    • Script Salon is back November 6, this time with a double bill of Wellspring by Leslea Kroll and Naked Tourists, Sacred Mountain by Rod Macpherson. Script Salon is at Holy Trinity Anglican Church and admission is by donation.
  • Closing
    • Your last chance to catch Dead Centre of Town is today – October 31 – at Fort Edmonton Park.
    • L’Unithéâtre’s season opener, Perceptioncloses November 5.
    • Northern Light Theatre’s Sister, Sister – also runs until November 5


  • PGC and Workshop West Playwrights Theatre are inviting submissions for their new Alberta mentorship program, six months with a playwright of your choice, by today -October 31.
  • Playwrights who have either a produced or new, unproduced play can submit to SkirtsAfire’s Peep Show – submission deadline is November 1!
  • Stage Struck! is looking for playwrights and directors for their upcoming festival in April.


  • Congratulations to Catalyst Theatre’s Managing Producer, Eva Cairns, who won the 2016 Rozsa Foundation Award for Excellence in Arts Management.
  • Colleen Murphy’s Pig Girl has won a Governor General’s Literary Award. Pig Girl premièred at Theatre Network in 2013. See the full list of Governor General’s Literary Award winners here.
  • Tickets for Stomp – presented by Broadway Across Canada – go on sale today. I saw Stomp with Ana back in 2011 and had a really great time – the show is an interesting fusion of body language, rhythm, and technical elements to tell a story.
  • Punctuate! Theatre has some exciting news about the upcoming première of Bone Wars as well as a call for volunteers for their first casino, January 19 and 20.

Not theatre, but still artsy

  • The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra has announced Alexander Prior will be at the helm of the organization as Conductor, starting in the company’s 2017/2018 season, marking the 2016/2017 season as Bill Eddins’ last. Check out this interview with Alexander in the Journal.

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