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Stage notes: Freewill competition presents mix of the Bard in smaller house

“Being shut permits us to inform the story otherwise.”

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The Freewill Shakepeare Pageant busts out with two of the Bard’s favorite tales Aug. 8 to Sept. 3.

This yr’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, performs on even nights and odd matinées, with the comedy twelfth Evening hitting the stage on odd nights and even matinées. Pageant creative director David Horak directs Romeo and Juliet, and Amanda Goldberg (quickly to be the creative director of SkirtsAfire Pageant) takes on twelfth Evening.

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This yr, the dimensions of the proficient ensemble solid enjoying in repertory has been lowered from 16 to 10, partially to accommodate the smaller stage within the competition’s new venue the Cristal Palace Spiegeltent. Nevertheless it nonetheless includes a combination of seasoned Freewill gamers (Nadien Chu, Troy O’Donnell) and relative newcomers (Kristin Unruh, Fassi El Fihri).

“I believe it’s a extremely good mix…of veterans and brand-new individuals,” says Horak. “That’s one thing Freewill has at all times achieved, mentored the younger up-and-coming of us.”

Playgoers are suggested to guide tickets early as a result of at 200 seats the spiegeltent is smaller than the Hawrelak amphitheatre, which usually sees 400 to 500 patrons nightly. Hawrelak Park is closed for infrastructure renovations for 3 years.

“I believe it’s fairly an thrilling experiment,” says Freewill creative director David Horak of the spiegeltent — a classic travelling coated stage situated simply north of the Edmonton Expo Centre (7515 118 Ave.) at some point of the competition.

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Freewill leans into the venue change with further, Shakespeare-adjacent points of interest throughout its annual celebration of the grasp of iambic pentameter. After the Freewill mainstage performances, grownup audiences with a separate ticket can get pleasure from Shakespeare-flavoured burlesque care of the Home of Hush. One other particular presentation by the Nevada-based Shotspeare guarantees swords, pictures and saltines (with a facet of Macbeth). There’s a wrap get together with an Elizabethan-themed disco dance.

“We’re making the most of having this venue to attract a barely totally different viewers,” says Horak of the late-night choices.

There are nonetheless loads of pre-show occasions, usually free, together with the family-friendly Malachite Theatre, an Edmonton-based Shakespeare ensemble that presents primers on the featured performs. Paths for Individuals hosts a gaggle bike experience from Paul Kane Park (along with a reduced ticket to the present) for one efficiency, and two Shakespeare consultants will give talks concerning the performs. Don’t miss the Aug. 19 pancake breakfast with metropolis councilor Ashley Salvador.

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As a result of dinner and a present is a staple of the romantic canon, Partake restaurant is assembling date night time nibbles and Sunday brunch packing containers (with mimosas) for buy. For extra informal fare, a concession stand and a beer backyard are discovered proper exterior the spiegeltent.

“The exhibits will really feel totally different as a result of it’s such an intimate house,” says Horak. “Being shut permits us to inform the story otherwise. (twelfth Evening) doesn’t must be as huge and broad… And for Romeo and Juliet, we will consider the smaller moments that generally get misplaced within the nice huge (Hawrelak) house.”

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Teatro Stay! season launched

Teatro Stay! has launched the lineup for its forty second season, which kicks off in November with a musical occasion held over two weekends.

Far Away and Lengthy A-Gogo is a tribute to journey. Operating Nov. 23 to 26, and Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, the night time of tune includes a three-piece band and a trio of performers as but to be introduced.

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“There’s quite a lot of nice music, and musical theatre, and different extra up to date theatre that speaks to the thrill and tribulations of journey,” says co-artistic director Andrew MacDonald-Smith. “That’s what’s inspiring this piece and why we determined to do it to open our season.”

The theme of journey runs all through the 2023/24 Teatro Stay! season with the reprise of two works by resident playwright Stewart Lemoine, plus a well-liked romp by Noel Coward.

Pith! returns to the Varscona (10329 83 Ave.) from Feb. 9 to 25, 2024. The manufacturing first debuted in 1997. It travelled in 2004 to the New York Worldwide Fringe Pageant (the place it gained the award for General Excellence in Playwrighting) rounding off that triumph with a subsequent off-Broadway run.

MacDonald-Smith tackled the starring function of Jack Vail for a 2013 manufacturing. He takes on the character (and others) once more this season.

“There can be a couple of updates to deliver it into the brand new world,” says MacDonald-Smith. “I can’t wait to see what Stewart comes up with to present me some extra enjoyable individuals to inhabit.”

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Subsequent up is Lemoine’s second play, The Oculist’s Vacation. Directed by co-artistic director Belinda Cornish and that includes Beth Graham, the present runs Could 30 to June 16.

“The Oculist’s Holidays is so humorous and is so full of those extraordinary characters. There’s a showgirl who’s a Russian princess and runs a lodge – a unprecedented conflation of character traits,” says Cornish.

Max Rubin of Theatre Sure directs the ultimate outing of the season, Personal Lives (July 11 to twenty-eight). The Noel Coward staple highlights not one, however two, disastrous honeymoons and stars Cornish and MacDonald-Smith as another person’s bride and groom.

“It’s a basic comedy that’s in some way additionally utterly relatable to as we speak with an virtually actuality TV degree of vitriol that occurs between these two individuals,” says MacDonald-Smith.

Season tickets are on sale on the “anti-procrastination” fee of $145 ($130 for seniors and college students) till Sept. 1. For extra data, go to

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Return of the Six

The Broadway hit Six (seen in Edmonton in 2019, even earlier than it hit the Nice White Manner) returns to the Citadel from Aug. 12 to Sept. 14. The charming musical appears to be like on the six wives of King Henry VIII and was written by two Cambridge College college students for the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Pageant. It has since gained dozens of awards (together with a Tony for Finest Musical). Tickets, beginning at $85, can be found at The theatre is at 9828 101A Ave.

Fringe program on-line

This system for the hallowed Edmonton Worldwide Fringe Pageant is now on-line; tickets go on sale Aug. 9. The forty second annual occasion runs Aug. 17 to 27 and boasts 185 exhibits in 35 venues, with some 1,300 artists taking part.

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