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News from NLT

March 29, 2019

What we have in
this newsletter:


  1. 19 WEEKS OPENS FRIDAY! 
  2. 19 WEEKS SALON EVENTS
  3. NLT’s NINTH ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION IS NOW LIVE!
  4. EARLY BIRD SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 2019-2020 ONSALE UNTIL APRIL 15
  5. VOLUNTEER FOR NLT – BATTLE FOR THE LIMELIGHT IS COMING!
  6. WHAT’S ON IN THE THEATRE DISTRICT

OPENING FRIDAY!
19 WEEKS by EMILY STEEL

MARCH 28- APRIL13, 2019
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH
AZIMUTH THEATRE

19 Weeks

Canadian Premiere

March 28 – April 13, 2019 (Preview March 28)
The Studio Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330-84 Ave
Featuring Vanessa Sabourin

LIMITED SEATING!

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

The words are rattling because the story is real. Everyone knows someone who has had an abortion or lost a pregnancy - even if they don’t talk about it. In 2016, playwright Emily Steel had a termination after her baby was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. This is her story, told honestly and publicly, because there are so many more stories out there. We want 19 weeks to be part of a bigger conversation.

19 Weeks

photo by Ian Jackson, Epic Photography

19 WEEKS is in Performance at the Studio Theatre inside Fringe Theatre Adventures. Performances are 7:30pm Nightly except for Mondays.  There is a 2pm Sunday Matinee on March 31st and April 7. 

The box office at Fringe Theatre Adventures opens at 6:30pm

Tickets can be booked over the phone by calling 780-471-1586 or online

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

On Global Edmonton, Trevor Schmidt & Vanessa Sabourin appeared to discuss 19 weeks with Mike Sobel. It was a great conversation about the play. Both Trevor and Vanessa spoke about how the story was relevant to what both Northern Light Theatre & Azimuth Theatre stand for.

Watch it here: https://bit.ly/2JG7pVg

19 WEEKS SALON EVENTS

Join Northern Light and Azimuth Theatre as we examine the themes and topics presented in Emily Steel’s 19 WEEKS.    Each of our salon style events provide intimate chats with educators, creators and special guests to spark further conversations about the theatre we create. Our Salon events are free, and a great way to further connect with the stories we tell, in addition to broadening the impact of your theatrical experience.

19 Weeks

photo by Ian Jackson, Epic Photography

Sunday March 31 at 1:15pm
Director’s Circle with NLT’s Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt

Join Director Trevor Schmidt as he takes you through the choices he made for the production of 19 WEEKS, including choosing the script, working with Azimuth Theatre, design choices and other backstage secrets and tidbits from rehearsal. 
Sweets and treats from Under the Highwheel.

19 Weeks

Wednesday April 3
Guest Speaker Salon

Featuring Facilitator Ruth Dyck Fehderau with guests Lebogang Disele, and Liesel Hack
19 WEEKS unpacks difficult, painful subject matter than is not often talked about.  Join us as we begin to open the conversation with guest speakers Ruth Dyke Fehderau, Lebigang Disele, and Liesel Hack contributing their knowledge and expertise.
-Pizza from Famoso Pizzeria on Whyte Avenue.

19 Weeks

Thursday April 4
Actor’s Talk Back featuring actress Vanessa Sabourin

Join 19 Week’s solo performer Vanessa Sabourin after the performance to answer questions about her experience with the play.  Ready your questions!

19 Weeks

Wednesday April 10th
Special Added Salon Event hosted by Azimuth Theatre, Post Show
The Joys and Challenges of Raising Children with Disabilities

Azimuth Theatre is a producer and presenter of original performance, an avid supporter of local independent creators and an engaged community member. Azimuth believes in social change and the vital role that professional theatre has in contributing to that change.

The ONLINE SILENT AUCTION HAS GONE LIVE!

2019 NLT Silent Auction

Northern Light Theatre's 9th Annual Online Silent Auction runs March 25th - April 15th, 6pm.  
With approximately 100 items valuing over $12,000.00 this is NLT’s biggest auction yet.

Don’t miss out on this great selection of items and gift certificates donated by the very best of Edmonton’s local business community all in the spirit of raising funds for NLT’s artistic programing.

HERE’S SOME OF OUR FANTASTIC PACKAGES

Napoleon Legend 3- Burner Propane Barbeque from Canadian Tire Fort Road

2019 NLT Silent Auction

The Napoleon Legend LD3, 3 burner propane grill, exclusive to Canadian Tire, is built to last. This barbeque is easy to light with its JETFIRE™ ignition system and ergonomic knobs.

CHECK IT OUT


Tiny Season Pass- FRINGE THEATRE

2019 NLT Silent Auction

Are you a fan of local theatre?  Then make sure to bid on this Edmonton Fringe Theatre​ Tiny Season Pass to see "13 Encounters and Fish at the Bottom of the Sea" and "Man Draws a Bird." 

Bidding for this special item ends THIS WEEK- March 30th, so don't miss out on this awesome deal!

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Tickets to “Count Ory”- EDMONTON OPERA

2019 NLT Silent Auction

Are you an opera fan? Don't miss this opportunity to bid on tickets to Edmonton Opera's upcoming "Count Ory". This auction item closes quickly on APRIL 2, so get bidding to secure your seat at the performance on April 9!

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Tickets to “The Empress and the Prime Minister”- THEATRE NETWORK

2019 NLT Silent Auction

Get your tickets to our pals at Theatre Network​ for the world premiere of "The Empress and The Prime Minister" by Darrin Hagen through Northern Light Theatre's online auction.  This item closes early on APRIL 6, so click your bid now before you miss out!

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A pair of 2 day ski/snowboard rental packages – SUNDANCE SKI & BOARD SHOP

2019 NLT Silent Auction

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2019 NLT Silent Auction

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How to Place a Bid
1.) Click on the prize icons on the auction page find out more about each silent auction item. When you are ready to bid… 
2.) Click on the “Place A Bid Now” button at the bottom of each auction page
3.) Enter your information: your name, contact phone number, and email 
4.) Type in your bid amount
5.) WATCH YOUR INBOX!  You will receive an email with a link that you will need to click to CONFIRM your bid.  NLT will also send you an automatic update if you are ever out-bid - so you do not have to keep checking in on the website to see how your bid is doing, but you can if you want to.  (If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam or junk folders!) 

NLT ANNOUNCES
OUR 2019-2020 SEASON
CONFESSIONS & OBSESSIONS!

EARLY BIRD SUBSCRIPTIONS
ON SALE NOW UNTIL APRIL 15

Confessions & Obsessions

Early Bird Subscriptions for our upcoming season are on sale now through NLT’s website and over the phone by calling 780-471-1586.

There are so many perks to being an NLT subscriber including specially reserved seating, the opportunity to bring one guest to the play of your choice each season, as well as being included in special ticket and prize draws and discounted tickets with NLT’s community and artistic partners.

Early Bird Subscription Prices:
Opening: $75.00
Adult: $70.00
Student/Senior: $50.00
Thursday Preview Performance/Sunday Matinee: $40.00

Baroness Bianka's Bloodsongs

North American Premiere
October 18 - November 2, 2019
Studio Theatre ATB Financial Arts Barns

Preview October 17, 2019

Featuring: Kristin Johnston as Baroness Bianka
Director Set & Costumes: Trevor Schmidt
Music Direction and Sound Design: Darrin Hagen

“There it vas – my birthmark, the mark of the beetroot upon my thigh.
That is a sure sign of curse of the madwoman’s descendant. Ven a voman witt the curse of the beetroot turns 50 and cease to menstruate, she vill begin the blood madness. She vill begin the quest for eternal youth. She vill vont to ingest the blood and she vill even kill for it. “

BARONESS BIANKA’S BLOODSONGS tackles the issue of addiction head-on through the revelations of a quirky Bulgarian Baroness who has unquenchable, unspeakable yearnings. A black comedy with a blood-red heart, the show explores life with an unusual addiction and the battle to overcome it. A wicked one-woman cabaret about a spooky character with a fetish for blood.

Battling her bizarre addiction while accompanying herself on the instrument from her mythical homeland, Baroness Bianka yearns to live a normal life free from the passions that plague her. Is the Gypsy right? Does she really carry the Mark of the Beetroot and if so, what does it mean for the Baroness and the people she encounters?  Despite the specific references to hemophilia and darkly comic elements, underneath it all lies common struggles with any addiction. Songs of blood are the way towards healing and self-acceptance in this North American premiere of the tenth one-woman show from award winning songwriter Joanna Weinberg.


Everybody Loves Robbie

World Premiere of a New Work by an Edmonton Playwright
January 10, 2020 – January 25, 2020
Studio Theatre ATB Financial Arts Barns

Preview January 9, 2020

Featuring: Jayce Mackenzie, Richard Hsi Lee
Director: Trevor Schmidt

“By the time the Farewell Dance rolls around, there is a whispered frenzy surrounding Robbie.  Every girl and a good portion of the guys are convinced that they will be the one to make out with him in a corner. “

Chloe loves Robbie. Everybody does. But Robbie loves Chloe back. They are the star triple-threat couple of their high school drama club and have dreams of their future success together in Musical Theatre (or straight plays, if Musical Theatre doesn’t work out). But — speaking of straight — suddenly Robbie wonders if he’s gay. And Chloe begins to wonder, too. And what does that mean for their future together?

This brand new comedy was first seen as a ten-page rehearsed reading at Loud & Queer 2014, produced by Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre and Guys In Disguise. We are delighted to have Ellen Chorley expanding her original piece into a full-length play for NLT’s 2019-2020 season.


Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver

World Premiere
March 27, 2020 - 10, April 11, 2020
Studio Theatre ATB Financial Arts Barns

Preview March 26, 2020
Featuring: Brian Dooley and Davina Stewart
Director: Trevor Schmidt

“That was not the deal. That was not the plan. You dying first is not the plan. You can’t leave me with him, I’d rather be an orphan. I can’t hold his hand and bring him juice and clean up his shit and tell him he’s going to be all right. He’s not! He’s not all right! He’ll tease me and call me fat and make fun of the way I walk and talk and you can’t leave me with him. I’d rather be an orphan. I won’t do it.”

Mae, a struggling young actress, loses both of her parents to cancer. Peggy - her kind, peacemaker mother - dies of cancer in 1995. Six years later, when Mae moves back home to care for her terminally ill father. She imagines moments of reconciliation, but unlike Peggy, Al does not handle his cancer treatment with grace and Mae struggles in her role as his caregiver. As her father's health declines, his obsession with the Sci-Fi Network and creating a machine to deliver him to another dimension intensifies. Mae summons memories of her mother for guidance, and with humor and compassion strives to reach her final goal...to give her father a good death.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We are still looking for volunteers for our upcoming Bingo dates, and ushers for 19 WEEKS.  And we will be looking for 60 volunteers for the Battle for the Limelight May 25, 2019!

If you would like to volunteer for NLT, please call our office at 780-471-1586, or email
General Manager Gina Moe at gina.m@northernlighttheatre.com

A downloadable copy of our volunteer form is also available on our website at www.northernlighttheatre.com

Get your rain boots and sunscreen ready! Northern Light Theatre needs over 60 volunteers for our Battle for the Limelight race! Want to get in on the fun?

NLT needs pit stop bosses, volunteers for our communications team, and help with hosting our post race party.

Battle for the Limelight
May 25th
Volunteer shifts 11am - 7pm

Volunteer Orientation will be at 11am, followed by a light lunch.

Race will commence at 1:30pm – 4:30pm followed by after party for all racers and volunteers.

Bingo

Upcoming Bingo Dates at Caesar's Palace WEM
Friday June 14, 2019, 4:45pm-11:30m
(12 volunteers needed)

All volunteers receive a complimentary ticket to see an upcoming NLT production.

To volunteer for one of our upcoming Bingos or Usher during our performance runs please email Gina Moe at gina.m@northernlighttheatre.com

Upcoming Casino Dec 26, 27, 2019
NLT’s upcoming Casino is schedule for this coming December.  We will be seeking over 30 volunteers for our Casino.

WHAT'S ON IN OLD STRATHCONA’S THEATRE DISTRICT

As an active partner in Old Strathcona’s Theatre District, Northern Light Theatre is working hard to find new creative ways that we can collectively work together, boost each other’s success and create a stronger voice for the arts in Edmonton.  We are dedicated to not only telling you about NLT, but all of the companies, professional and indie that work and perform in Old Strathcona as well as the companies who are collaborating with Northern Light Theatre.


Theatre Network - Roxy Performance Series

Shadow Theatre
LUNGS
by Duncan Macmillian
March 20 – 31, 2019

Lungs

The world is getting hotter, there’s unrest overseas – the seas themselves aren’t very calm- and one couple is thinking about having a child.  LUNGS is a smart and funny drama that follows a couple through the surprising lifecycle of their relationship as they grapple with questions of family and change, hope, betrayal, happenstance, and the terrible pain that you can only cause the people you love

Varscona Theatre
10329 – 83rd Ave.
Tickets: 780-434-5564 or here


GRINDSTONE THEATRE
Grindstone Theatre’s performance venue offers an intimate 75 seat theatre with licenced restaurant, producing 14 shows a week open 6pm to late, Tuesday to Sunday.

Well known for their improvised musical the 11 O’clock Number! Grindstone Theatre produces main-stage plays, musicals, and sketch comedy. They offer public access classes, provide school workshops, corporate entertainment and offer monthly events such as The Open Improve Jam.

CHINOOK SERIES

Grindstone Comedy Theatre
10019 -81 Ave
(780) 244-9076

Learn more about their nightly programing at: https://www.grindstonetheatre.ca

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