A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline

This is a remount of a show the Globe Theatre has presented before about the life and career of country music legend Patsy Cline. The musical was written by Dean Regan, and this version is directed by Geoffrey Whynot with Devra Straker in the title role.

The performance is being held at Casino Regina from June 9-18, and more information can be found on the Globe Theatre website.  In addition, the play will be performed as part of the Globe Theatre’s 50th anniversary gala on Wednesday June 22.

The gala will features a number of special guests including Prince Edward and his wife the Countess of Essex, the Globe Theatre’s founder Ken Kramer, and former artistic director Susan Ferley. The gala is at Conexus Arts Centre, and you can find more information here.

To close, here’s video from 1958 of Patsy Cline performing one of her biggest hits “Walkin’ After Midnight”

Harvey

For people of a certain vintage, anyway, the definitive version of this heart-warming story about a good-hearted man who is befriended by an Irish spirit called a pooka which, in his instance, resembles a six-foot tall rabbit, is the 1950 movie starring James Stewart.

The movie itself, though, is based on a 1944 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by American playwright Mary Chase.

Starting Wednesday, Regina Little Theatre will be presenting a production of Harvey at the Performing Arts Centre at 1077 Angus St. June 8-10, curtain for the play will be at 7:30 p.m., with two performances on Saturday June 11 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. For more information visit the RLT website.

Here’s a bit of a trailer for the 1950 movie

The Naked Magic Show

Years ago I did a preview article for a performance by two dudes from Australia who were part of a touring company that went under the title Puppetry of the Penis. I’m not sure how I got roped into doing it, but at the press conference I attended the performers demonstrated a couple of the tricks they did during their act — which involved stretching, folding and otherwise manipulating their penises and scrotums to form various objects in the style of genital origami.

I don’t think any origami is involved in this touring act, which hits Conexus Arts Centre on Monday June 6. But The Naked Magic Show does come with a R-rating, and apparently involves two male magicians who perform a variety of magic tricks while sans clothing.

“Nothing up my sleeve” is a standard magician’s disclaimer, and in this instance that’s definitely true. The curtain for The Naked Magic Show is at 7 p.m., and you can get ticket information on the CAC website. Here’s a little G-rated sample of what to expect:

Glories Of Gloria Revue

Charles Atlas Sheppard did a preview of this clown-based show in our mammoth May 26 Best of Food & Drink issue. As Charles noted, the lead performer, Mooky Cornish, has worked in the past with Cirque du Soleil, and studied the concept of clown as it exists in a number of different cultures.

Glories of Gloria Revue co-stars Cal McCrystal, who has has an extensive background in clown and other types of physical comedy. The performance involves a twist on an old trope, where instead of a person running away from a humdrum life to join the circus, a circus artist abandons the big top to try to make it big in a smallish Saskatchewan city.

Glories of Gloria Revue will be held at the Artesian tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, with children 12 and under admitted for $7.

Thicker Than Water

ThickerThanWaterWritten by Heather Morrison, this play is presented Sum Theatre as part of the Globe Theatre’s Shumiatcher Sandbox Series. The play opens Wednesday, and runs until June 11, with performances Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The central character in Thicker Than Water is a 29-year-old woman named Laura (played by Judy Wensel). As the play opens, she’s waiting in her apartment for a phone call. From there, additional characters appear representing three generations women, which puts Laura in a position of having to confront her mother’s past and her own future through a broader exploration of issues related to mental health, motherhood and the age-old question of nature vs. nurture.

Again, Thicker Than Water runs at the Globe Theatre Wednesday through Saturday from June 2-11 at 7:30 p.m. You can get ticket information here.

Prairie Puppetslam Cabaret

PuppetSLAM Cabaret 2016 photo 03Over the last few years there’s been a bit of a puppet culture emerging in Regina. There’s been a couple of puppet film and live performance festivals, plus the odd stand-alone event involving a similar mix of film and performance.

On Tuesday May 31 the Prairie Puppetslam Cabaret is being held at the Artesian on 13th. Doors are at 7:30 p.m., with the performance beginning at 8 p.m. I haven’t heard details yet on what will be on the bill, but the performances are described as being “adult-themed”. As well, there will be a special guest appearance by clown artist Mooky Cornish who has a background in performance with Cirque Du Soleil.

Again, the Prairie Puppetslam Cabaret goes on Tuesday at the Artesian and tickets are $15.

The Ladies Foursome

LadiesFoursomeThis is last main stage play of the Globe Theatre’s 2015-16 season. It’s by Canadian playwright Norm Foster, who has drawn comparisons to American playwright Neil Simon in terms of his popularity and the frequency with which his work is produced by Canadian theatres.

The Ladies Foursome concerns a group of three golfing buddies who hit the course following the death of a woman who used to round out their foursome. While on the course they are joined by a woman they’ve never met before, and the play unfolds from there.

Max Reimer is the director, and the women are played by Deborah Drakeford, Melanie Janzen, Elana Post and Jamie Lee Shebelski.

The Ladies Foursome runs from May 25-June 12, and you can find ticket information on the Globe website.

The Addams Family

The Addams Family started out as a one-panel cartoon series by Charles Addams that was meant to satirize the ideal American family. Addams began the cartoon in 1938, and the New Yorker magazine was one of the popular publishing venues.

From there, the Addams Family morphed into a TV sitcom which ran from 1964-66 on ABC. Then in the 1990s there were three feature length films released featuring the eccentric family, and finally in 2010 a full-fledged musical hit Broadway.

Three guesses as to which incarnation of the Addams Family narrative Regina Lyric Musical Theatre will be tackling? If you guessed the Broadway musical, you’d be right. The production is being directed by Robert Ursan, and will run at the University of Regina Theatre from May 25-27 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday May 28.

You can find out more information on the RLMT website. To give you a sense of what to expect, here’s the Broadway cast performing “When You’re Addams” on Late Night With Letterman in 2010

Epic-Tom

You can get a bit more information on this event, which goes Saturday May 21 at 8 p.m. at Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum, by visiting the gallery’s website.

Julie Andreyev and Simon Overstall are the two principles, and they’ll be collaborating with Regina Symphony Orchestra members Simon MacDonald (violin), Simon Fryer (cello) and Marie-Noelle (flute) to create a sound art performance. Apparently there’s also some canine involvement, with various new media techniques such as motion capture and live animation used to riff on the interspecies relationship between people and dogs.

Again, Epic-Tom goes Saturday at 8 p.m., and once it’s over video documentation of the work will be on display at Neutral Ground (203-1856 Scarth) until July 7. Admission to the concert is $10.

Cathedral Village Arts Festival

2016poster (2)Prairie Dog has partnered with the Cathedral Village Arts Festival since 2000 to produce the festival’s official program guide. The guide for the 2016 festival went out in our May 12 issue. The CVAF is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and our issue also had look back with author Ken Mitchell and CVAF staffer Deb Jones on how the festival got going way back in 1992.

The 2016 CVAF kicks off with the traditional parade and picnic on the holiday Monday May 23, and features a variety of arts and culture events that run each day until Saturday May 28, when the always popular street fair is held on 13th Ave.

One anniversary highlight is a 5X5 gala that is being held on Friday night that will showcase five different arts disciplines: visual art, music, dance, theatre and literary arts. CVAF artist-in-residence Evie Ruddy has also created a walking tour of the Cathedral neighbourhood that can be accessed by downloading an app. You can read more about it in this CBC report.

You can get more information on all the Cathedral Village Arts Festival activities here.

G-Ram

G-RamEarlier this season, the Globe Theatre presented a main stage play called The Secret Mask about a man long estranged from his father who must make the difficult decision to care for him in his old age after he’s suffered a stroke.

This play by Saskatchewan playwright Greg Ochitwa, which is being presented as part of the Globe’s Shumiatcher Sandbox Series, has a similar dynamic. In the first instance, though, the dad had abandoned the man’s family when the latter was just a boy, while here the elderly person in need of assistance is a grandmother who served as the sole caregiver for a girl named JP after she lost her parents at a very young age.

In addition to writing G-Ram, Ochitwa is also directing the production. Marianne Woods stars as the grandmother, with Jenna-Lee Hyde as the girl JP, while Mark Claxton plays the role of a nurse.

G-Ram runs at the Globe Theatre from May 19-28, with curtain at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information can be found on the Globe website.

Hitchhikers Improv Festival

Twice a month from fall through spring the local troupe Hitchhikers Improv presents shows at the Artesian in the Cathedral District. This year, the troupe is winding up its season with a three-day festival that will run at the Artesian from May 17-19.

Details were still being firmed up last time I checked, but I know guest improv artists from Winnipeg and Edmonton are on the festival bill, and $10 gets you into both the 8 and the 10 p.m. shows. You can find out more information on the Hitchhikers Improv website.

Cirque De La Symphonie

This is the last Shumiatcher Pops concert of the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season, and the RSO is winding things up in style with a guest appearance by an internationally touring group of circus artists who will perform a variety of acts in “concert” with a program of classical and contemporary compositions played by the RSO.

Cirque de la Symphonie will be held on Saturday May 14 at 8 p.m., and ticket information can be found on the RSO website.

To give you a sense of what to expect, here’s a brief promotional trailer:

Saskatchewan Festival Of New Plays

Every year, the Saskatchewan Playwright’s Centre presents a festival of new plays that alternates between Regina and Saskatoon. The plays aren’t actually being mounted in a theatrical sense, but there is a dramaturge (in 2016 it’s Nina Lee Aquino) and four directors who work with the playwrights to polish their plays, which are then give staged readings.

The 2016 Saskatchewan Festival of New Plays is being held May 9-14 at Neutral Ground Art Centre (1856 Scarth St.). You can find out more on the SPC website,  but one highlight promises to be an opening night reception at the gallery on May 9 at 8 p.m. which will feature five collaborations between five dancers/choreographers and five playwrights/theatre artists.

A Duck In New York City

duck in NYCOn Sunday May 1 at 3 p.m., the Regina Symphony Orchestra is presenting this family concert at Knox Met Church. The program title is derived from a story/song created by singer-songwriter Connie Kaldor about duck born on the prairies who dreams of dancing on Broadway, and follows his adventures as he makes his way to the Big Apple.

Kaldor will perform with the RSO during the concert, which will be preceded by one hour of family-friendly activities starting at 2 p.m. Alan Denike is the guest conductor for this concert, and ticket information can be found on the RSO website.

Tribute To Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge, of course, is a famous cabaret that has been part of Paris’ bohemian night-life since it opened in 1889. On the outside, it’s distinguished by a red windmill atop the building, while inside it’s regarded as the birthplace of the famous French dance the can-can.

The Moulin Rouge has been immortalized in a variety of European/Hollywood films, books and even music videos. In 2010, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet did a full-scale ballet set in turn of the 19th century Paris that celebrated the club’s bohemian spirit.

This tribute to the Moulin Rouge is being presented by three local dance troupes: Bottoms Up Burlesque Club, Zarifah Dance Troupe and Jala Idzahar Belly Dance Troupe. It goes at the Artesian on Saturday April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information can be found on the Artesian website, and to whet your appetite here’s the trailer for the RWB production.

Jason Collett played The Exchange with Kalle Mattson (pics/setlist)

© Chris Graham Photo 2016

© Chris Graham Photo 2016

Jason Collett kicked off his Canadian tour tonight (20/04/2016) in Regina at The Exchange. Collett recruited fellow Arts & Crafts rockers Zeus as his backing band for this tour in support of his new album, Song And Dance Man.  Ottawa singer-songwriter Kalle Mattson opened the show. More photos & Collett’s setlist after the jump.

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Romeo & Juliet

RomeoJulietThe Globe Theatre describes this production of English playwright William Shakespeare’s famous romantic tragedy as an “interpretation”.

I don’t have any details yet on what form that interpretation will take, although there’s certainly been no shortage of adaptations that have been done over the years that have been set in different time periods and involved different set-ups for the rival Montague and Capulet clans

This Globe version of Romeo and Juliet is being directed by Anita Rochon, and as it happens, the play’s run coincides with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death which occurred on April 23, 1616.

Romeo & Juliet opens tonight at the Globe Theatre, and continues until May 1. For ticket information you can visit the Globe Theatre website.

Solitudes Solo & End Of Winter

Daniel Léveillé Nouvelle Danse_Emmanuel Proulx_Photo Credit_DenisFarley (1)New Dance Horizons is wrapping up its three-month residency at the MacKenzie Art Gallery with a pair of performances.

The first performance is called Solitudes Solo (publicity shot above) and it is being held at the MacKenzie Thursday April 7 and Friday April 8 at 8 p.m. The work is being presented by the Montreal contemporary dance company Daniel Léveillé Nouvelle Danse, and consists of a series of demanding solos set to violin sonatas composed by Bach. Tickets are Adult $30, Student/Senior $20, 13 and under $10, and you can find more information on the NDH website.

I don’t have a ton of information on the second performance, but do know that the title is End of Winter. It’s a collaborative work between NDH artistic director Robin Poitras and visual artist Edward Poitras that features dancer Ben Kamino. It is being held at the MacKenzie Gallery on Sunday April 10 at 2 p.m., and admission is free,

Lean: The Musical

lean-the-musical-poster-finalThe Lean program that the Saskatchewan Party government introduced a few years with much fanfare and considerable expense to try to improve efficiency in the health care system has been a hot topic of debate in the run up to the April 4 election.

Some regard it as the greatest thing since sliced bread, while others pillory it as a huge waste of money and time.

On March 20-21, Saskatchewan Public Interest Theatre takes a satirical poke at the whole idea of Lean and the wisdom of trying to apply market-driven audit principles from the factory floor to so-called caring professions such as health, or in SPIT’s case, education, that defy easy analysis in economic terms.

“Over the past several years the Saskatchewan government implemented Lean initiatives in health care services and started implementing them in education,” said playwright Trish Elliott in a SPIT press release.  “This play is a fun tongue-in-cheek take on the Lean program. When it comes to Lean, there’s no shortage of absurdities to poke fun at!”

The above poster has all the performance details, and you can find out more by visiting the Saskatchewan Public Interest Theatre website.