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News from NLT

June 16, 2017

What we have in
this newsletter:

  1. Thank You!
  2. Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards
  3. Farewell to Ellen Chorley
  4. Subscriptions on Sale Now
  5. Battle for the Limelight
  6. NLT's Online Silent Auction



Thank You!

The 2016-2017 season saw NLT produce two plays, Sister, Sister and Bonnie and Clyde: The Two Person, Six Gun Musical as well as participate in Theatre Yes`s multi-theatre company production of Anxiety. Over 1500 patrons attended our shows this season and we are very proud of the contributions made by our artistic company in creating engaging and dynamic theatre. We specifically thank our audiences, donors and sponsors who made the season such a success.


NLT is pleased to have received nominations in four categories for its work this season:

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Louise Lambert, Sister Sister

Outstanding Musical Director
Nicolas Samoil, Bonnie and Clyde: The Two Person, Six Gun Musical

Outstanding New Play (award to playwright)
Sister Sister by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich

Outstanding Set Design
Trevor Schmidt, Sister Sister

The Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards will be presented on Monday June 26, 2017 at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling their box office at
(780) 483-4051.

Congratulations to all the nominees!


Moving on from NLT to pursue a multitude of new adventures!

Farewell Ellen Chorley!

Ellen has been with NLT for over seven years and during that time she has contributed enormously to the successful operations of NLT and in furthering the achievement of the company`s mandate and vision. She brought a high level of energy and enthusiasm to every event and project – not to mention a tireless devotion to acquiring volunteers for NLTs Bingo fundraisers! Ellen has been a diligent ambassador for the theatre and we will all miss having her skills, energy and dedication in the office and at all NLT events.

In addition to her multiple NLT duties, Ellen has worked as a producer, playwright, performer, theatre instructor and – most recently – Festival Director for the NextFest Arts Company. Ellen is the Founder/Artistic Director of Promise Productions, a company for which she has written and produced over eighteen plays for young audiences and young adults including Never Never, Birdie on the Wrong Bus, The Fairy Catcher’s Companion, Princess Confidential (and its sequels) and the two-time Sterling Award winning Murielle. Ellen is also the Co-Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Send in the Girls Burlesque where she wrote, produced and acted in Tudor Queens: A Burlesque, A Bronte Burlesque, The Hollywoodland Burlesque, and the recently Sterling Nominated Shakespeare`s Sirens. Last summer, Ellen took the lead in the Fringe play, Trail and Error by Linda Wood Edwards, for which she has received a Sterling Nomination for Outstanding Fringe Performance by an Actress.

Although we are very sad to lose Ellen as a staff member, we are excited for all the ways she will continue to contribute to theatre in Edmonton, and will always consider her a member of the NLT family.

Thank you, Ellen and Best Wishes!


Northern Light Theatre has unveiled its forty-second anniversary season of producing challenging, exciting, dynamic and controversial works of live performance that showcase what NLT does best: creating theatre with language rich texts that are dark, poetic, funny and which reflect a complex world and lead us to question our hierarchy of values.

NLT 2017-2018 season

Season 2017-2018: The Virgin, The Whore and Something In Between

The Madonna-whore complex, first identified by Sigmund Freud, is said to develop in men who see women as either saintly Madonnas or debased prostitutes.  In sexual politics the view of women as either Madonnas or whores limits women's sexual expression, offering two mutually exclusive ways to construct a sexual identity. While our season title is tongue-in-cheek, it does offer a clever umbrella under which to gather three plays that explore women’s identities in regards to sexuality, religion and the Christian/ Catholic morality of the societies in which they have been raised.

THE TESTAMENT OF MARY by Colm Tóibín (Canadian Premiere)
October 26 - November 4, 2017 |  PCL Studio, ATB Financial Arts Barns

Featuring Holly Turner | Directed by Trevor Schmidt

The mother of Jesus tells her story of her son’s crucifixion and questions his death and divinity. The Testament of Mary is a portrait of a very human woman – a mother – who is trying to make sense of and come to terms with the tragic death of her son.

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME / FAITES CECI EN MÉMOIRE DE MOI By Cat Walsh with French Translation by Manon Beaudoin (World Premiere of a New Work)
Co-production with L’UniThéâtre
March 13 - 25, 2018 | L’UniThéâtre in La Cité Francophone

Featuring Brian Dooley and Nicole St. Martin | Directed by Trevor Schmidt           

Montreal, 1963- and the world is on the precipice of major change in the fields of science, civil rights and women’s liberation.  Twelve-year-old Genevieve- the only girl in her large religious family- wants nothing more than to be an altar server at her church. But Father Paul tells her that girls are strictly not allowed and Genevieve prays to God to change his mind about having girls serve.  So when star altar boy Martin disappears on his way home from school, Genevieve wonders if her prayer has been answered- in the most terrible way. 

SLUT by Brenda McFarlane (Alberta Premiere)
April 5 – 14, 2018 | PCL Studio, ATB Financial Arts Barns

Featuring Michelle Todd | Directed by Trevor Schmidt

Matilda is a woman who gives of herself freely.  So freely in fact, that the senior citizens from the complex next door have her arrested for running a brothel.  During an endless night of booking at the police station, Matilda runs a gamut of emotions: joy, regret, remorse, anger, despair and love.  Brenda McFarlane’s witty and fast paced play pries apart social stereotypes and stigmas in an insightful, light-hearted and comic examination of love and sex.

Online Auction coming!

Season Subscriptions are vitally important to small companies like Northern Light Theatre. Instead of purchasing single tickets, why not consider purchasing a season subscription and see three NLT productions for the price of two! An incredible deal, NLT subscribers are also entitled to perks that are available only to them, such as reserved seating and the opportunity to access one complimentary ticket per season to bring a guest to the production of your choice.

Subscribe over the phone at (780) 471-1586 or on online here.


Battle for the Limelight 2017


At 1:00 PM, on September 9th, teams comprised of theatre lovers and artists alike will convene in Old Strathcona to receive their first challenge in the Battle for the Limelight Race. Each challenge successfully completed will result in clues to subsequent challenges. Some challenges will require the entire teams' participation, while others may require the specialized skill of one individual.
The race will conclude by 4:00 PM with a bar-b-que and party hosted by Northern Light Theatre, and the awards ceremony – including (of course) the winner of the coveted 2017 Golden Hand-job Award!

  • Make a Pledge to Team Northern Light Theatre – Northern Light Theatre is a registered charity and all donations are tax deductible. Northern Light Theatre will also acknowledge your donation on the donor page of our 2017-2018 Season Program and on NLT's website throughout 2017-2018
  • Enter a Team to Run the Race – Join in the fun and register a team. Raise funds in the form of pledges for Northern Light Theatre or the charity of your choice.
    • Early Registrations will open May 1st to July 31st: $125.00
    • Late Registrations August 1st – August 31st: $200.00
    • No Registrations accepted after August 31, 2017

Visit our website for more information and all the forms.


NLT’s online silent auction closed on May 21, 2017 having raised over $4500.00 for Northern Light Theatre. The auction`s amazing packages would not have been possible with out the tremendous support of local businesses and individuals who give so selflessly to the arts community We are very grateful to the following for their ongoing support of NLT.

Acquired Taste Tea Company
Alberta Yarn Project
Alley Kat Brewery
Ampersand 27
Bamboo Ballroom
Ben Henderson
Black and Bold
Blue Plate Diner
BRU Coffee + Beer House
Carbon Environmental Boutique
Chianti Café and Restaurant
Citadel Theatre
Derrick Skating Club
Die Nasty, Edmonton’s Live Improvised Soap Opera
DSM Enterprises – Artisan
Edmonton Opera
Edmonton Symphony
Fox & Tux Pet Boutique
Free Will Shakespeare Festival
Fringe Theatre Adventures
Happy Harbour Comics
Janice MacDonald
Jason Carter
Joan Marie Galat
Junque Cellar
Kelly Wollf + C’est Sera + Revolution Sole
Laurie Blakeman
Malt & Mortar
Metro Cinema
Northern Light Theatre
Oil City Roller Derby
Prettiest Present
Rapid Fire Theatre
Side Quests Adventure Inc.
Situation Brewing Company
Starbucks Omega Building
Sugar & Spiced
Teatro la Quindicina
The Almanac on Whyte
The Briefing Room
The Cutting Room
The Next Act
The Paint Spot
The Silk Road
The Varscona Hotel
The Wish List
Travelling Tickle Trunk
Upper Crust Café
Wild Prairie Soap Company
Workshop West Theatre

Thank you to all the participants of the Silent Auction – donors and purchasers alike. The auction will return next year during the run of Do This is Memory of Me / Faites Ceci En Mémoire de Moi.

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