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April, 2015

Christina ~ Philippe

May 1-9, 2015 (Preview April 30)

7:30 pm nightly, no show Mondays
Westbury Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barns
(10330-84 Avenue, Edmonton)

Queen Christina of Sweden, who dressed and lived as a man, and Philippe, the Duc D’Orleans and brother to King Louis XIV, who dressed as a woman, are locked in a battle of wits and wills.  Christina/ Philippe by Per Brask is a sensory event made up of a mixture of music, live singing, and verbatim interviews culminating to answer the ultimate question- “Do you dare to be who you really are?”

It's coming…

Online Auction

NLT wants to be your online hook up
to the best local Edmonton merchants
have to offer, with silent auction packages
you won't find anywhere else

April 30 - May 10, 2015

online only at www.northernlighttheatre.com

 

What’s Up For Auction? 

A pair of hand-made mittens and a pair of hand-made socks from

THE ALBERTA YARN PROJECT

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This funky new Edmonton business is the brain child of one of NLT’s regular stage managers, the incredible Anna Davidson (who stage managed both SPACE//SPACE and THE PINK UNICORN this year).  Anna gave us the scoop on her new project.

ELLEN:  Describe your business in three words.

ANNA:  The Alberta Yarn Project "Promotes Local Yarn" (3 words)

ELLEN:  The Alberta Yarn Project is relatively new business in Edmonton.  What made you start this project?

ANNA: During a chance meeting at a tea shop, we (Anna and Kalea) discovered a shared obsession with knitting, and a shared frustration with the lack of locally produced yarn available in our city of Edmonton. Having only known each other for less than an hour, we decided to start a business.
We host Pop-Up events we call “Craft & Draught Nights.” At these events we have comfy chairs for folks to sit in and gather together, and locally sourced yarn for sale. We have sourced beer from local breweries, some local wine, and supplies to make grilled cheese sandwiches.

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The Alberta Yarn Project:  Anna is on the left and Kalea is on the right

ELLEN: How did you get started knitting?

ANNA:  Turns out Kalea and I both learned to knit from our moms!
For me it took a refresher class using lopi (a soft spun one ply yarn) as a grown up for me to really get into it. 
My passion for knitting socks began one fall when my sister said she only wanted socks for Christmas so I asked my mom to teach me sock so I could make my sister a gift. Now I'm all about it.

ELLEN:  What characteristics make for a great customer or client?

ANNA:  Firstly, our customers are wonderful. We are gathering a following of community minded, friendly knitters, crocheters and spinners. I have witnessed new friendships form and old friendships strengthen at our events. 
Our customer is someone who enjoys working with their hands, being creative, supporting a small upcoming local business and someone who cares that the yarn they are using is locally sourced and supports local artists. Our customers know that supporting local means paying for quality crafts. 

ELLEN:  What’s your favourite thing to knit?

ANNA: My favourite item to knit is socks. Kalea is a mitten and sock guru as well. Although right now we have both embarked on new sweater projects. I think I'm up for the challenge!

This item will be available to bid starting April 30, 2015.  To bid go to www.northernlighttheatre.com and click on the “AUCTION” tab. 

For more information about The Alberta Yarn Project, visit their website at http://www.albertayarnproject.com/

 

A library of mystery novels from

JANICE MACDONALD

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If you haven’t heard of Edmonton writer Janice MacDonald, you are missing out.  A prolific author living and working in Edmonton, Janice has penned literary and mystery novels, textbooks, non-fiction titles, and stories for both children and adults. She is best known for writing five novels featuring amateur sleuth Miranda "Randy" Craig. The Randy Craig Mysteries were the first detective series to be set in Edmonton, Alberta.

Online AuctionJanice is also a Northern Light Theatre subscriber, so I got the inside details on what makes her tick as a writer.

ELLEN:  Describe your writing in three words.

JANICE:  Edmonton-based mysteries

ELLEN: If people are new to your writing, what book do you suggest they start with?

JANICE:  The series begins with Sticks and Stones, but it’s not absolutely essential to read them in order.

ELLEN: What are some of your favourite books and writers?

JANICE:  I love psychological and sociological mysteries, such as those written by Val McDermid, Sara Paretsky, Reginald Hill, Laurie R. King and Christopher Brookmyre. I also love Canadian novels, especially those by Douglas Coupland, Margaret Atwood, Thomas King, Jane Urquhart, Paul Quarrington, Lawrence Hill and Margaret Laurence. And then there is the wider net: Tim Winton, Nick Hornby, Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, Bill Bryson,…it’s no wonder I have to wear glasses now, eh?

ELLEN:  What is your favourite part about living in Edmonton?

JANICE:  I love how many things there are to do and attend. We really are the city of festivals, and of theatre and of music….and we are such a walkable city. I also love the Arctic hares that are so happy to live alongside us, and the birds – from the chickadees to the magpies and the downtown Canada geese.

ELLEN:   If someone has read all of your books, what should they read while they wait out your newest novel? 

JANICE:  My new book should be out in late September, so you have enough time to either read all of the Jasper Fforde Thursday Next novels or Middlemarch. You pick.

This item will be available to bid starting April 30, 2015.  To bid go to www.northernlighttheatre.com and click on the “AUCTION” tab. 

For more information about Janice MacDonald, visit her website at http://www.janicemacdonald.net/

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