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News from NLT

February 9, 2018

What we have in
this newsletter:


  1. Your donation means so much to NLT!
  2. Thank you for your support of the
    Worst Year Ever
  3. Volunteers needed for our February Bingo!
  4. Send a Strathcona High School student to see Do This In Memory of Me
  5. Do This In Memory of Me & Mid-season subscriptions still available
  6. Exciting items in NLT's upcoming Silent Auction!
  7. NLT Community & What's happening in the
    Old Strathcona Theatre District

FUNDRAISING IN
SMALL THEATRE

As a charity, NLT is very dependent on fundraising. We are so blessed with the terrific support provided by our donors and patrons. All of the funds earned in our fundraising events go towards NLT’s artistic programming. That means it is put directly toward paying playwright royalties, actor, stage manager and designer salaries, rehearsal space and theatre rental, as well as for everything you see in our productions from the set and costumes to the lighting. Our single ticket sales only cover 30% of what it costs to put on a NLT show.  Your additional support means a lot!

We also think that we throw some pretty fantastic events in order to raise funds for NLT.  I can’t wait to tell you more about our upcoming 8th Annual Online Silent Auction set to go live on March 12th.  We have been building this auction since November, with nearly $10,000.00 in donated items, including hotel packages, dining along Whyte Avenue, beautiful hand crafted jewellery, apparel, home décor and more.  All donated items have been provided by local Edmonton businesses in support of Northern Light Theatre.

You don’t have to donate money to still support NLT’s fundraising efforts. We need a mighty force of volunteers year round, whether it is a pit stop boss in our Battle for the Limelight race, being an usher at one of our productions, helping out at our monthly Bingo fundraisers, becoming a board member or volunteering your time on a Board Committee, there are many valuable ways to donate your time to NLT.

For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website at www.northernlighttheatre.com or e-mail gina.m@northernlightheatre.com

WORST YEAR EVER

Worst Year Ever

We thank all those who braved the heavy snowfall to come out to this special fundraiser for NLT, earning $1600.00 to go towards our artistic programing.  Thank you.

Congratulations to Jim Cej the winner of the door prize draw for two tickets to the Oilers vs Coyotes game on March 5th!

Sorry you missed the show? It was such a fun evening, that we are inspired to find more opportunities to program these special intimate readings for just fifty people in the future. Stay tuned!

FEBRUARY BINGO!

Bingo!

NLT needs volunteers for our upcoming Bingo fundraisers. Our next event is:

Wednesday February 28, 2018
from 11:00AM to 3:45 PM

at Caesar’s Bingo in West Edmonton Mall
(West Entrance underneath Simon’s)

Volunteers are provided with a lunch you can order from Caesar’s concession and a ticket to see an upcoming NLT production.

Don’t know how to work a bingo?  Don’t worry! We will make sure you get the training you need. Your donation of time means so much to our company. Standing/walking and counting of cash are required skills. If you have mobility issues, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Can’t help this time? Upcoming dates include days, evening, and a SATURDAY!

Wednesday March 14 – 5:00PM – 9:30PM
Saturday April 21 – 11:00AM – 3:45PM
Friday May 11 – 11:00AM – 3:45PM

To sign up for any of these, please email General Manager at gina.m@northernlighttheatre.com or call the office at 780-471-1586.

SEND A STUDENT TO THE SHOW

SEND A STUDENT TO THE SHOW

Initiated for Giving Tuesday in November, this campaign is ongoing through to the end of February.  And we are so close to our goal of being able to send 50 students from Strathcona High Scool’s Scona Theatre Company to see our production of DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME!   For every $50.00 donated we will send one student to this World Premiere, written by local playwright, Cat Walsh.  All donations receive a tax receipt.

There are only three weeks left in this campaign!  Donations can be made directly through the Northern Light Theatre website, through Canada Helps, or by calling the office at 780-471-1586.

ABOUT SCONA THEATRE COMPANY AT STRATHCONA HIGH

The Scona Theatre program is built on a foundation of great passion for music, dance and theatre and the value of building a community of actors, dancers and singers who are the Strathcona Theatre Company. The school offers Drama 10, 20, 30; Improvisation 15, 25 and 35; Musical Theatre 15, 25, 35; Technical Theatre 15, 25, 35; and Dance 15, 25, 35.

SCONA THEATRE COMPANY AT STRATHCONA HIGH

The Strathcona students are a part of three improv teams at the school, extra-curricular musical productions, and the Cappies program and have embraced dance with a vengeance and hope to bring more high school theatre to the city of Edmonton. Senior theatre students are involved in our in house and the city high school one-act festival, which is an adjudicated festival of student work. Scona students also travel for workshops and theatre experiences, including to London, New York – and have even performed at the Edinburgh Fringe!

SCONA THEATRE COMPANY AT STRATHCONA HIGH

Strathcona is a special place for theatre as try to create varied opportunities for the theater students. Additionally, we reach for theatre that goes beyond our walls and into the community. Our students are encouraged to strive for and learn beyond their school experience. During the summer, many of our students study at Artstrek or the Foote Theatre School to build upon their school season of experience. In addition, our students involve themselves in the Nextfest Emerging Arts Festival at Theatre Network in Edmonton. Through studies in and out of the school, students act, write plays, and with great fortune work with mentor artists in everything from Directing, Dance, and Acting to Stage Management, Design and Technical Theatre.

SCONA THEATRE COMPANY AT STRATHCONA HIGH

Our students are participating in all sorts of theatre – from local community theatres production to larger houses like the Citadel. Scona students have studied in theatre programs in Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, London, and Scotland; plus they continue to find educational opportunities around the globe.

SCONA THEATRE COMPANY AT STRATHCONA HIGH

Part of the theatre experience is to connect with those artists who are working and creating in the community and professional world. Scona aims to inspire students to keep theatre as a part of their lives whether they choose to work as artists or continue as patrons while working in other worthy professions.

SCONA THEATRE COMPANY AT STRATHCONA HIGH

HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR TICKETS FOR DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME?

8th ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION

We start rehearsal for DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME next week!   It is so exciting for us, as it has taken over two years of development to get to this moment.  We are eager to start the rehearsal process and bring this new play by local playwright Cat Walsh to life for Edmonton audiences.  In co-production with L’UniThéâtre, DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME will be performed by a bilingual cast, in both French and English, on alternating performance nights, playing March 13 - March 25.

To see the English performance times and ticket prices please visit:
http://www.northernlighttheatre.com/tickets

To see the French performance times and ticket prices please visit:
http://www.lunitheatre.ca/2017-2018-season

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME is also a part of the Theatre Six-Pack Subscription Package, in partnership with Teatro la Quindicina, Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre, Shadow Theatre, The Walterdale Playhouse and Studio Theatre.   To find out more about the Theatre Six-Pack Subscription Series visit Tix On The Square at: https://www.tixonthesquare.ca

The Theatre Six-Pack partners will be announcing the 2018-19 subscription series soon.

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO BE A MID-SEASON SUBSCRIBER

BE A MID-SEASON SUBSCRIBER

This is one of the best ticket deals in town.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the two remaining shows in NLT’s season for the price of one!  Or buy a subscription and provide a night out as a gift.  You can’t go wrong. 

The mid-subscription provides you with:

  • 1 ticket to see DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME
  • 1 ticket to see SLUT
  • Reserved seating for each show
  • Unique subscriber thank you gift just for you
  • Entry into a draw for a $50 Gift Card to Doughnut Party

Subscriptions can be purchased online or by calling the office at 780-471-1586, and are only available through to March 25th.

  • Preview or Sunday Matinee – $20
  • Student or Senior – $25
  • Adult – $35
  • Opening Night – $40

NLT’S ONLINE AUCTION
IS BACK!  FOR TWO WEEKS
MARCH 12 -25

8th ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION

We are simply amazed at the outpouring of support for our auction this year, from long time supporters to businesses new to NLT.  If you have participated in NLT’s online auction before, you know how much fun it can be!   Follow the links and learn more about each individual business who made a donation.  They really might have the perfect thing for you the next time you are looking for that elusive something… 

Here is a sneak peak at some of the items:


Beautiful bunny sculpture piggy bank donated by BLING
We love Bling! With its wonderful assortment of home decor, gifts and their beautiful cappuccino bar, visiting BLING makes a relaxed afternoon of shopping in the beautiful store.  Bring a friend. 
Located at 10612-124 Street, Suite 100.
Website

NLT’S ONLINE AUCTION


Box set of Wild Prairie’s Mango beauty products
Long-time supporters Wild Prairie Soap have provide a beautiful sample of their mango products.  They smell amazing and are good for your skin too.  Located at 10746-82 Ave, they are just down the street from the NLT office, drop in and say hi.
Website

NLT’S ONLINE AUCTION


3 beautiful ceramic canisters donated by
SHOP CHOP
New to NLT’s auction is Shop Chop, a new and unique gift store in downtown Edmonton.  Located at #102, 10265-107 Street, it really could become your new favourite store. 
Website

NLT’S ONLINE AUCTION


Signed Canvas Donated by Alberta artist
Jason Carter
NLT is so lucky to have the support of award winning artist Jason Carter.  His beautiful work showcased at the Carter-Ryan gallery in Canmore and locally at the Bearclaw gallery in Edmonton. 
Website

NLT’S ONLINE AUCTION

ARTISTS STATEMENT: “Being an artist who divides their time equally painting and carving, I have been gifted the opportunity to express myself through two mediums, stone and canvas, and both I approach with humor and optimism. In the world we live in, there is much to be cynical about, but I have found an outlet that I, myself, gather much joy and light, and am so fortunate to be able to pass that joy on. As a Aboriginal man from the Little Red River Cree Nation, I gather much inspiration from the stories passed on by elders within my community, stories that have evolved and changed, some documented, some not, but the essence of these characters are passed on through the years. As an artist, I am inspired by the essence of some of these characters and then, in keeping with the tradition of my indigenous roots, create new stories filled with wonder and morals, and bring them to life through my chosen medium, canvas and stone with written word.
As a contemporary Aboriginal artist in pursuit of becoming my true authentic self (in this ever evolving culture), I am aware that much of my craft comes from an innate ability that I have been born with, and believe this to be a blessing and a responsibility, both of which I take very seriously. I am continuously using my gift to create new stories inspired from traditional characters with my stone and canvas. I seek inspiration from the past as I create a bold and colorful future.”

NLT NEWS

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres

NLT is currently the Region 2 representative for the next two years for Alberta North in the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.   As the Region 2 representative Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt will be participating in the many initiatives to be undertaken within our community such as ALL IN and NOT IN OUR SPACE.   This has been a wonderful experience for NLT to be able to liaise and report to our national associations and to you.

In September 2016 the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres launched a major, highly collaborative program focused on increasing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) throughout Canada’s theatre sector: All In: A National Equity, Diversity & Inclusive Initiative.

A capacity development program unique to Canada’s professional arts environment, ALL IN promotes a Social Justice framework that gives equal importance to the barriers and inequities experienced by all equity-seeking communities and offers multi-versal world views from which we can all learn about and from each other’s different cultures, customs and norms. The ultimate objective of ALL IN is to develop a national cohort of arts equity facilitators and advocates who will collaborate on:

  • Increasing the reciprocal participation of equity-seeking artists and companies
  • The potential for equitable cross-cultural collaboration
  • The promotion of a truly diverse theatrical landscape

ALL IN is a two-three year initiative beginning with an introduction to anti-oppressive practice and foundational knowledge workshops supported by embodied exploration/discovery, addressing issues of institutional bias, the development of individualized organizational action plans, with a program of coaching and shared learning networks. ALL IN will also develop a national cohort of arts equity facilitators and advocates, who collaborate on increasing the reciprocal participation of equity-seeking artists and companies the potential for equitable cross-cultural collaboration and the promotion of a truly diverse theatrical landscape.

Theatre Alberta is hosting a two-day ALL IN professional workshop at the Citadel Theatre on April 17-18th, for their membership, that NLT staff will be attending.

Not in OUR Space!

Not in OUR Space! is a national anti-harassment and respectful workplace collaboration campaign between the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and Professional Association of Canadian Theatre seeking to ensure healthy and productive working conditions for all professionals working in live performance across the country.

NLT is an enthusiastic participant in this program, along with all professional theatres in Edmonton.

In combination with the Not in Our Space program, NLT has developed an internal organizational human resources program for all employees of the company.  NLT have consistently strived for diversity and strong female representation on our stage and feel that by creating our own documents, in combination with the directives we are bound to by our professional associations, we are continuously working towards new and better practices.   We welcome all of these initiatives by Canadian Actors’ Equity and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and look forward to participating at the national level as the PACT Region 2 representative for Alberta North.

THE THEATRE DISTRICT

Since last winter NLT has been meeting with the other companies that work in Old Strathcona and the Theatre District to find new creative ways that we can work together, boost each other’s work and create a stronger collective voice for the arts in Edmonton. We are dedicated to not only telling you about the work that NLT is producing, but all of the companies, professional and indie that work and perform in Old Strathcona.


CONSENT

Concrete Theatre Presents
CONSENT
Feb. 14, 2018 – Feb. 16, 2018

As we know from so many stories and headlines in the news, sex isn’t just about anatomy, but about individual rights, gender equality, personal conduct, and respect. After a confusing sexual encounter, a young couple must grapple with the emotional aftermath. Was there consent? The passionate discussion that follows opens up an exploration of sexual consent and what it means for both parties involved.

http://www.concretetheatre.ca


THE UNREPENTANT NECROPHILE

The Cold Harts Present
THE UNREPENTANT NECROPHILE
Feb. 14, 2018 – Feb. 16, 2018
Backstage Theatre Fringe Theatre Adventures as a part of the Chinook Series

A mortician falls in love with a man as she prepares his corpse for Burial.  She has three days …but three days just isn’t enough.

A punk rock musical inspired by true events, the UNREPENTANT NECROPHILE is unapologetic about the difficulty of its subject matter.

“Hartman’s volcanic performance makes this uncomfortable material compelling…Explodes with all the anarchistic passion you could ask for…” Orlando Weekly

Recipient of the “Patron’s Pick” and “Fringe of the Fringe” awards at the 2017 Orlando International Fringe Festival.

https://tickets.fringetheatre.ca


THE CHINOOK SERIES

Azimuth Theatre/Fringe Theatre/Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre Present
THE CHINOOK SERIES         
Feb. 8 – Feb.18, 2018

The Chinook Series is Edmonton’s only international high performance arts festival showcasing some of the most acclaimed contemporary art taking place across Alberta, the nation and worldwide.  The Chinook Series offers two of the hottest weeks of cutting edge live theatrical performance and dance.
Including:

BAM! Black Arts Matter: a multidisciplinary festival dedicated to celebrating and serving Edmonton’s Black artists, Black Arts Matter is a reminder of what growth is possible when we choose truth, community, and art.

SOUND OFF: which brings deaf artists from around the country together to showcase their talents, stories and the beauty of American Sign Language

CANOE 2018: an electric theatrical lineup from the hilarious to the horrific

EXPANSE: A celebration of art in motion, Expanse invites you to be moved by the power of high-velocity body made art.

To see a full festival line up and to book tickets, visit:
http://chinookseries.ca/fringe-theatre


METIS MUTT

THEATRE NETWORK PRESENTS:
A One Little Indian Production of
METIS MUTT
written and Performed by Sheldon Elter
Feb 15. – Mar 4, 2018
The Roxy on Gateway
8529 Gateway Blvd.

In Sheldon Elter’s hilarious and heartbreaking one-person show, we follow a young Métis man on his journey out of a destructive cycle. In dynamic shifts between storytelling, stand-up comedy, and multi-character vignettes; this personal tale unfolds to expose the impact of family dysfunction, internalized racism, and the significance of embracing life’s choices.

https://theatrenetwork.ca


METIS MUTT

The Varscona Theatre Presents: 
The Janes production of
WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Feb. 15 – Feb 24, 2018

The Janes heat up this February with this smart and hilarious musical comedy based on Pedro Almodovar’s beloved musical. It’s 1980’s Madrid- a time when the city was pulsing with art, industry and liberated women. Our taxi driver takes you on the ride of a lifetime as we follow Pepa, who’s world is unravelling around her. It’s a tumultuous forty-eight hours of love, confusion, deception and passion with David Yazbek’s sizzling music and a laugh-out-loud book by Jeffrey Lane (The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).   Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek, Book by Jeffrey Lane.

http://www.varsconatheatre.com


METIS MUTT

The Walterdale Theater Presents
THE WOMEN
by Clare Booth Luce
Feb. 7, - Feb 17, 2018

In an era when a woman’s happiness was considered to be her husband and children, Clare Boothe Luce delivers a comedy/drama that proves that women aren’t always the sum of their parts. Mary Haines, a happy and wealthy socialite is content to live in her bubble of affluence and privilege. That bubble threatens to be popped when Sylvia Fowler, Mary’s best friend, discovers scandalous news about Mary’s husband. Who will emerge unscathed? 

https://www.tixonthesquare.ca


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