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October 17, 2019

What we have in
this newsletter:


  1. WE ARE OPENING TOMORROW!  Join us for our first show:  BARONESS BIANKA’S BLOODSONGS
  2. A CONVERSATION WITH THE PLAYWRIGHT
  3. BARONESS BIANKA’S SALON EVENTS
  4. JOIN US FOR OUR HALLOWEEN FUNDRAISER!
  5. VOLUNTEER FOR NLT

WE OPEN TOMORROW NIGHT! JOIN US FOR
BARONESS BIANKA’S BLOODSONGS

BARONESS BIANKA'S BLOODSONGS

BARONESS BIANKA'S BLOODSONGS

BY JOANNA WEINBERG

North American Premiere
October 18 - November 2, 2019
Preview October 17, 2019
Studio Theatre ATB Financial Arts Barns

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

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.

BARONESS BIANKA'S BLOODSONGS

Meet Baroness Bianka in person in this tantalizing, provocative and hilarious one-woman musical about the impact of addiction.  The perfect addition to your Halloween season, Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs plays at the Studio Theatre in the ATB Financial Art’s Barns October 18 - November 2, 2019 (Preview October 17).

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BARONESS BIANKA'S BLOODSONGS

An Interview with the Playwright Director Trevor Schmidt chats with Joanna Weinberg

Joanna Weinberg

TS:  What was your inspiration for this work? Did the concept come first- and then the character- or the character before concept?
JW:  I read a book called ‘Wild Women” all about women who didn’t behave like women were supposed to - – women who were pirates , women who cross dressed in the eighteenth century, women who poisoned- it was completely fascinating. One woman caught my attention in a grisly way- the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who of course is in the text. She was obviously very disturbed and I didn’t want to glorify her in any way but at the same time I couldn’t stop thinking about her. I wanted to find a way to use her story creatively, which I hope is what I did with Baroness Bianka. The other inspiration was very very personal, my daughter who was a teenager at the time and was going through a difficult patch, began cutting herself. I saw blood running down her leg one day and was absolutely horrified. We had to hide all the knives in the house which was the inspiration for ‘Box of Knives’ song. I felt that I needed to understand rather than just yell at her to stop. Part of the writing of Bianka’s addiction was to help me understand and cope with how blood letting can be a relief to a person. My daughter is completely well and healthy now, this phase was mercifully short lived.

TS: Can you speak a little bit about the cultural influences of the songs. I love the Klezmer flavor you have infused into them. Infused? Transfused?
JW: Ha ha , I love ‘Transfused. ‘ I am a non-religious Jew but I’m always being invited to play at Jewish functions. I have learned so many Yiddish accordion tunes to play at these get togethers and I’m sure those sounds are in the Baroness’s songs. Although I grew up in a family of classical musicians, I have always been incredibly drawn to Klezmer, in fact the first time I heard it was in a Canadian movie – about a Barmitzvah I think, not sure, but all these musicians play Klezmer in the lounge and I thought – That’s my music ! I have loved it ever since.

TS: Got any stories about blood to share? Any childhood injuries? i once got dragged behind the wheels of a giant tricycle down a concrete sidewalk. i remember being horribly traumatized because i was dressed up to go out for a family dinner at Ponderosa Steak House and i was drenched in blood (it was summer and i was wearing shorts and a crisp summer dress shirt).
JW: I grew up in Johannesburg. Blood was pretty much a daily occurrence. I got quite used to it, to helping, to mopping up. It was and still is a very violent society, but it did inspire my song called ‘All the Same’ about how blood of any person is the same no matter what their race or religion.

TS: What has audience response been in your past productions?
JW:  I’m proud to say that every time I performed Baroness Bianka, somebody fainted in the audience. Some slowly, some quietly, some dramatically. I think that’s pretty good for a show that has no blood in it at all. Outside of that, people adore this show but often sit open mouthed throughout – the best response was from a German little person who really loved the bit about the dwarf – not sure if that’s still in the script.

TS: I think this is the first time someone besides yourself has performed the role of Bianka. Any words of advice?
JW:  I’m so thrilled that it’s being performed. I played Bianka with a completely made up accent, but I did go through the script and made sure that the accent was consistent with itself if you know what I mean. Outside of that, just total belief in the truth of her predicament, rather than play for laughs.

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BARONESS BIANKA'S SPECIAL EVENTS

At Northern Light Theatre we feel that we fill a unique role as an outspoken, purposefully-controversial and boundary-pushing company.  The content of our productions are brave and emotionally-driven.  It is our desire not only to entertain, but to spark meaningful discourse on the themes raised in our productions, and to engage our audience to take part in that discussion.    To that purpose, we are pleased to bring back our Salon-Styled events for a fourth season, facilitating productive and intelligent conversation and debate.

BARONESS BIANKA'S SPECIAL EVENTS

TONIGHT!  Pay What You Can & Free Student Preview
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Box Office opens at 6:30 pm | 7:30 pm performance

Want to check out Northern Light Theatre’s shows, but low on funds?  Never fear!  Our preview performance is Pay-What-You Can at the door for adults & seniors and FREE for anyone with a valid student ID!

Low on funds but can’t make our preview performance?  We also have lots of ways to see the show for cheap or free!  Both on Tuesday performances (October 22 & 29) are Two-For-One tickets at the door, and we also have ushering and volunteer opportunities listed below in this newsletter!

BARONESS BIANKA'S SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday Afternoon Director’s Circle with Trevor Schmidt

Sunday, October 20, 2019
1:00 pm Treats & Coffee | 1:15 pm Director’s Circle Salon | 2:00 pm Performance

BARONESS BIANKA'S SPECIAL EVENTSThe Director's Circle provides an exclusive insider's view beyond the curtain. Join Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt as he takes you through the ins and outs of each play, from discovering the script to the fully realized production. With treats from Under the High Wheel.

Under the High Wheel

BARONESS BIANKA'S SPECIAL EVENTS

Two for One Tuesday
Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
Box Office opens at 6:30 pm | 7:30 pm performance

Grab a friend and join us for our Tuesday night performance.  All tickets sold at the door are Two-For-One and twice as nice.  Box office opens at 6:30 pm- get there early before we sell out!

Please note:  Tickets are not 50% off, they are Two-For-One.  All Two-For-One tickets must be purchased at the door.

BARONESS BIANKA'S SPECIAL EVENTS

Conversation Salon with Kristy Harcourt
Wednesday, October 23
7:30 pm performance | Salon in Theatre Immediately after Performance

BARONESS BIANKA'S SPECIAL EVENTSKristy Harcourt leads a panel of expert guest speakers for our Salon Event.  This event offers a thought provoking post-show discussion and exploration of the themes raised in the play.  With pizza catering by Famoso Whyte Avenue.

Famoso

BARONESS BIANKA'S SPECIAL EVENTS

Talk Back Thursday with Kristen Johnston
Thursday, October 24
7:30 pm performance | Salon in Theatre Immediately after Performance

BARONESS BIANKA'S SPECIAL EVENTSMeet Kristin Johnston and other members of the creative team in this post show Q & A.

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING ALL HALLOWS EVE?

The Frank n' Stein Fundraiser Returns!

Northern Light Theatre’s famous, freaky fundraiser returns just in time for Halloween night!  Don your most wicked ensemble or haunting Halloween costume and come join Northern Light Theatre for a frank (delicious hot dogs from Fat Franks) a stein (a beer in a commemorative NLT beer stein) and a show (a performance of Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs). Plus door prizes, a costume contest, and multiple playings of the Monster Mash. Who knows what ghastly ghouls might be our guests at this night of horror and hilarity?

Tickets are $50.00 and include a hot dog, a beer stein, a beer, and the performance of “Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs).

7:00 pm - Doors Open for Franks and Steins
8:00 pm - Special Performance of "Baroness Bianka's Bloodsongs"

Halloween Night:  Thursday, October 31, 2019
Studio Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns

Tickets are now on sale!

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This is a licensed event, must be over 18 years of age to attend.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We are still looking for volunteers for our upcoming Bingo dates, our Casino and ushers for Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs.

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. Please email your completed form to gina.m@northernlighttheatre.com

Bingo

Upcoming Bingo Dates at Caesar's Palace WEM
November 24, 11:00 am - 3:30 pm  
December 19, 4:45 - 9:30 pm
January 14, 4:45 - 9:30 pm
February 8, 4:45 - 9:30 pm

All volunteers will 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

Casino

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.

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