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September 23, 2016

What we have in
this newsletter:


  1. NLT hosts third annual Battle for the Limelight
  2. We are Pleased to Announce our 2016-2017 Season!
  3. Why Subscribe to Northern Light Theatre?
  4. Northern Light Theatre's Annual General Meeting
  5. Marantha Waits Again!
  6. Get Involved! Volunteer with NLT

What A Battle It Was!
Northern Light Theatre hosts our third annual Battle for the Limelight Fundraiser

BATTLE FOR THE LIMELIGHT

About Battle for the Limelight

To launch each new theatre season Northern Light Theatre hosts the Battle for the Limelight- a city-wide fundraiser in which arts groups collect pledges and compete in a scavenger hunt to win gold (and bragging rights for the rest of the year).  By staging a battle, Northern Light Theatre hopes to win the war on arts fundraising by giving every theatre group the chance to raise pledges without having to mount their own campaign.  No matter who walks away with the trophies- every theatre company wins.

This Year’s Race

The third annual Battle for the Limelight was held on Saturday, September 10, 2016.  This year’s race had representatives from twenty-one different Edmonton based arts organizations racing around Old Strathcona.  Contestants battled through challenges at over twenty-five local businesses including a tricycle race, hot chili pepper eating, underwear searching, hotel bed making, and much more!

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HAND JOB GATE

The primary aim of Battle for the Limelight (aside from the obvious fun, fundraising and community spirit) is winning the coveted Golden Handjob -a spray painted gold trophy fashioned out of a mannequin hand.

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This year, during set up for the Battle for the Limelight, our Production Manager Adam and our AD Trevor spruced up the trophies with new spray paint and left them to dry outside.  When they returned ten minutes later, someone had STOLEN our Gold Hand Job!  (They must have been covered in gold spray paint when they did it!)

Our original Gold Hand Job was never returned, but our incredible TD/PM Adam was able to “Frankenstein” together a new trophy for this year’s Battle.  Complete with fingers sculpted out of screws!

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MEET THE TEAMS

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THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

We couldn’t have made Battle for the Limelight a possibility without the generous support of these incredible local businesses.  Thanks so much to our sponsors!

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Yeah, but WHO won?!

We had a tie for the Gold Handjob

Team CONGAAAAA (Teatro La Quindicia) and Team Sweet Az (Azimuth Theatre)!

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We also had a tie for the Silver Handjob

Team Nextfest (Nextfest Arts Company) and Team Promise (Promise Productions)

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And the winner of the Bronze Handjob was Free Will Players!

A full scale event with many moving parts, people and locations, NLT needs a lot of sponsors, donors, funders, volunteers and supplies to make Battle for the Limelight happen every year.  We’re still taking donations...

DONATE HERE

2016-2017 Season

Northern Light Theatre unveils its 41st anniversary season of producing challenging, exciting, dynamic and controversial works of live performance.  Riddled with untimely death, apprehension, anxiety and family secrets, the season will feature three plays – including two world premieres- 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.


Sister, Sister

SISTER, SISTER

by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
October 28 - November 6, 2016 (Preview October 27)  
PCL Studio in the ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue)

I’ll be honest. I’m doing well. Really well. But I’m not gonna pay one cent for her God damn funeral. Call the city. They’ll come, take the body, dump it in the ground before lunch. No charge.”

For Dirdra and Janice, Mom’s dead and it’s a great day. There’s going to be a celebration, and hopefully nothing will go flying out the window – including one of them. A viciously comic and tense fifteen-year reunion between two sisters on the day of their mother’s unforgettable death. Featuring Louise Lambert and Arielle Rombough.   World premiere.

Inside Details on the Northern Light Theatre Production:
Trevor Schmidt casts two of NLT’s favourite leading ladies in this hilariously weird play.  Louise Lambert (who won the Sterling for her heart-breaking, beautiful portrayal of Trisha in “The Pink Unicorn” in our 2014-2015 season) and Arielle Rombough (who was nominated for a Sterling for her wacky, quirky portrayal of Maranatha in “The Good Bride” in our 2015-2016 season) united on stage to play estranged sisters, Dirdra and Janice.


Anxiety

ANXIETY

created and produced by THEATRE YES in collaboration with Theatre Skam, Outside the March, LoHiFi Productions, Curtain Razors, Théâtre à corps perdus and Northern Light Theatre
November 24 - December 4, 2016
Location: Production starts at #126 La Cite Francophone

Our personal, secret catalogues of small terrors can move us from the rational to the irrational in mere moments. The way we choose to deal with our fear shapes our lives and the lives of those around us. Our choices to act or not act based on our irrational need to protect ourselves can take us to the heights of joy and plunge us into the depths of despair. Theatre Yes’s ANXIETY will challenge audiences to examine these phenomena through the prismatic lens of seven newly created Canadian plays.

This ground breaking production by Theatre Yes invites six guest companies to contribute a ten-minute immersive, performance / installation styled theatre piece that examines anxiety, its mechanisms and how it shapes our lives. It is a madcap national collaboration that will explore the boundaries of new theatre practice and the possibilities of large-scale, small-scale collaborative enterprises.

Insider details about Anxiety:
This spooky project is a co-production with theatre companies from all over Canada created and facilitated by Edmonton’s Theatre Yes (the company produced the ground-breaking “The National Elevator Project” in 2013).  This theatrical experience has audience members enter different rooms where each theatre company will present a ten minute piece.  A script by Edmonton playwright Cat Walsh sews each piece together for an overall eerie experience.

Trevor will be writing for Northern Light Theatre’s piece.  One of Trevor’s first scripts “Blood Oranges” was produced by NLT before he took on the role of Artistic Director, and we are so excited to have Trevor return to the thrilling, chilling medium – he is such a master of the genre.

To inspire each piece, Theatre Yes sent each theatre company a strange letter written in purple ink and a weird item or items.  Other theatre companies received blue prints, surveillance footage, medical instruments and vintage photographs.  Northern Light theatre received an antique candy dish filled with human and animal teeth.  Talk about creepy!

“Between the land of the dead and the living is a door. And the door can swing in both directions. Knock- and Mr. Splitfoot will open the door...”

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Hannah Myers - Miss Black

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Nasra Adem - Miss White

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NLT doesn’t sell single tickets to this show, so the only way to guarantee that you can get a ticket is to subscribe!


Bonnie & Clyde

BONNIE & CLYDE 

The Two Person, Six-Gun Musical

book by Will Pomerantz, Andrew Herron & Doug Ritchie
music and lyrics by Andrew Herron & Doug Ritchie
May 5- May 21, 2017 (Preview May 4)   
PCL Studio in the ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue)

Coulda lived some sixty years and straighter than an arrow, Toilin’ hard fer joy I’d never know
But in sixty years, the books’ll read that Clyde and Bonnie Barrow, They drew their lot- and that’s the way we’ll go!”

The infamous, depression-era bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde were considered ruthless murderers. But Bonnie and Clyde- the Two Person, Six Gun Musical examines the highly sensationalized pair from the angle of their love affair. Taking advantage of the many myths blended with historical facts, the pure fun two-person rip-roarin’ musical takes you on a fun and wild ride of romance, suspense and old-fashioned shoot-outs that tells the story of the infamous duo that led a nationwide crime spree from 1932 until 1934. Featuring Amanda Neufeld and Matthew Lindholm. Canadian Premiere.

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Inside Details on the Northern Light Theatre Production:
The most famous - and possibly the most romanticized criminals in American history, Bonnie and Clyde have been the subjects of many movies, plays, musicals and novels. In some versions, Bonnie was a nice girl who was led astray by a career criminal, Clyde Barrow. In others, Clyde was a low-level thief pushed to grander crimes by the greedy, fame-seeking siren, Bonnie Parker.

What is known is that they met in 1930, falling in love almost immediately, and began a low-level crime spree. Bonnie and Clyde drove and robbed across five states: Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana, and New Mexico They usually stayed close to the border to aid their getaway, using the fact that police at that time could not cross state borders to follow a criminal.

Although the police did not succeed in capturing Bonnie and Clyde, they often found a treasure trove of information left in their wake. Most notably, they found rolls of undeveloped film, which, once developed, revealed the now-famous images of Bonnie and Clyde in various poses, holding guns, and Bonnie's first poem, “The Ballad of Suicide Sal”. The pictures, the poem, and their getaways, all made Bonnie and Clyde more famous. They now had to be extra careful, for they realized that local citizens might recognize them and turn them in. They became desperate, and once they began to leave dead bodies behind (including law officials), their fame was to be their ultimate undoing.

Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed on May 23, 1934. The police shot over 130 bullets at the couple, killing both Clyde and Bonnie quickly. Their bodies were taken back to Dallas where they were put on public view. Large crowds gathered to get a glimpse of the famous pair. Although Bonnie had requested that she be buried with Clyde, they were buried separately in two different cemeteries according to their families' wishes.

Trevor Schmidt directs this two person musical starring Amanda Neufeld and Matthew Lindholm.  If you enjoyed Theatre Network’s “Klondykes” last season (co-written and directed by Trevor), you are in for a treat!

WHY SUBSCRIBE?

  1. NLT reserves the best seats in the house for subscribers with a personalized name card on the seat.
  2. NLT treats their subscribers to the nines with tons of special treats and gifts.
  3. This year NLT subscribers are the only ticket holders who are guaranteed tickets to our co-pro with Theatre Yes, ANXIETY– with very limited seating, this subscription is a very hot ticket!
  4. NLT subscribers can bring a friend to one of our shows this season FOR FREE.
  5. NLT subscribers get 10% ticket at our friend’s L’Unitheatre.
  6. Best of all, it’s an incredible deal!

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE

Northern Light Theatre has a have a great online system, where you can purchase subscriptions or single tickets and make donations. SUBSCRIBE ONLINE

Or download our subscriber form HERE

Northern Light Theatre’s Annual General Meeting

Northern Light Theatre is pleased to announce our Annual General Meeting. All members of Northern Light Theatre are invited to join us for this meeting. Please RSVP your attendance to the AGM by October 21, 2016 by e-mailing Ellen Chorley, Artistic Associate at artisticassociate@northernlighttheatre.com with the subject line NLT AGM RSVP.

When: Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 2:30pm – 5:30pm.
Where: Studio A, ATB Financial Arts Barns at 10330 84 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB.

RSVP by: October 21, 2016.

Maranatha Waits Again!

Maranatha Waits Again!

Our expert team behind last year’s Sterling Award winning hit “The Good Bride” will be unveiling the play for Calgary audiences starting tonight!  Arielle Rombough reprises her role of Marantha and Trevor Schmidt directs a new production of “The Good Bride” for Calgary’s feminist theatre company Handsome Alice Theatre.

Send your southern friends to meet Marantha or visit “The Good Bride” yourself in Calgary!  Tickets at www.handsomealice.com

GET INVOLVED!
Volunteer with Northern Light Theatre!

Volunteer

Northern Light Theatre is always looking for volunteers for our bingos.  Our next bingo are
Wednesday, October 12 from 11:00 am- 3:45 pm 
Tuesday, November 22 from 11:00am- 3:45 pm
Friday, December 30 from 11:00 am- 3:45 pm (WE ESPECIALLY NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS BINGO!)

Volunteers are treated to a free ticket to any show in our season, a free meal while volunteering and tons of other treats and goodies! 

To volunteer please contact Northern Light Theatre at artisticassociate@northernlighttheatre.com

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