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January 22, 2019

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The Cardiac Shadow : Human spirit soars above Nazi atrocity in harrowing

The Cardiac Shadow

Alida Kendall — photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

The Good Women Dance Collective – Ainsley Hillyard, Alison Kause, Alida Kendell and Kate Stashko – is a quartet of physically powerful, electric talents. They arrive dressed in simple flesh coloured shifts and movingly act out the dreams that sustain them during their ordeal.

There is a fine line between dancing a story and merely miming its actions. The latter tends to use words as narration and the dancers as props. These dancers advance the story line, maintaining its own truthfulness and use their innate capacity for body language to offer an honest level of emotion not found in speech.

In The Cardiac Shadow Trevor Schmidt has created a true immersive multimedia experience. The intimate space in the Studio Theatre draws you right into the action. For the sound design Schmidt has turned to the busiest of local musical wizards, Dave Clarke. Clarke has devised an aural universe that includes voices weaving in and out of the music, sometimes echoing back earlier phrases and thoughts. Katrina Beatty of Loud Whisper Production provides the evocative film and projections.

In this production, action does not speak louder than words. The two co-exist in this mixed company (17 of them) of committed artists producing, from a deeply personal place, an overarching story of the human spirit soaring above inconceivable torment. The ending comes as something of an unexpected metaphysical miracle. The final moments will stay with you for some time.

Colin MacLean – Gig City
Read the full review here

The heart of humanity beats on in Northern Light Theatre production of Cardiac Shadow : Co-production with Good Women Dance Collective brings beauty to darkness

The Cardiac Shadow

photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

Co-productions are increasingly a fact of theatre life. Bringing two companies together to produce a show can save money and potentially increase the audience by appealing to fans of both. Of course, that’s the practical perspective. From an artistic perspective, a co-production can fuse two worlds in a way that gives each of them a new lens through which to see the work. So it is with the latest Northern Light Theatre production, Cardiac Shadow.

It is the final moments of the show that have the greatest impact. I won’t spoil it with a description, because it must be seen to be appreciated. Somehow, through the darkness, light persists.

Liane Faulter – The Edmonton Journal
Read the full review here

Horrifying history in the cardiac shadow

The Cardiac Shadow

Alison Kause — photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

Though the subject matter is dark and heavy, the shows production elements bring a poetic beauty to the telling of the story. The movement work has a dream-like quality to it, which matches the pace of the voice acting and really does make one feel as though we are watching the inner goings on of the women’s minds. Dave Clarke’s sound design is a constant score to the 60-minute piece and adds an emotional layer to the show that is not conveyed by the mostly stoic expressions on the dancers’ faces as they are meant to be imagining themselves removed from their physical bodies. Katrina Beatty’s video and projections set the place and walk the fine line of humanizing not the doctor, but the victims of the Holocaust, by bringing to life the rings, menorah, clothes, hair and other belongings stripped of those who entered the concentration camps. Trevor Schmidt’s set design firmly places the audience in the role of the observer – the outsider looking in on the experiment. This set up doesn’t just show us the events of the Holocaust, it places us into the shoes of the ordinary people who stood by until it was too late.

Which brings me back to the idea of why? Why now? Why this play? It shows humanity at our most horrible without any need for gruesome images or descriptions because it takes advantage of the most intricate theatre of all – the theatre of the mind. So, why see it? And the simple answer is that the resonance this play has today...Specifically, the lessons that will help us recognize what the consequences can be when steps, which seem little or innocuous or even necessary at the time, quickly go out of hand. It ensures that every time we step out into that bracing -30 January weather, we remember the story of the four nameless women and countless anonymous men who were the victims of these experiments during the Holocaust.

Jenna Marynowski – After The House Lights
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The Cardiac Shadow: where the soul goes under extreme duress. A review.

The Cardiac Shadow

photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

The Cardiac Shadow, which began as a series of monologues by the American writer Clay McLeod Chapman, isn’t a re-enactment of torture, or an invitation to be appalled, or even a cautionary tale. Not exactly. In the conception of Northern Light director Trevor Schmidt, it’s an elegantly artful little chamber piece. And the chamber in question is the mind, or more precisely the memory vault where the human mind can travel and warm itself when the present is too terrible to bear.

Liz Nicholls -
Read the full review here


The Cardiac Shadow

A Co-Production with the Good Women Dance Collective

January 18 – February 2, 2019
Studio Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns
10330-84 Ave

Featuring: The Good Women Dance Collective
Alida Kendell as Mary
Alison Kause as Sarah
Kate Stashko as Anna
Ainsley Hillyard as Judith

Featuring the voice-over acting by:
Nadien Chu as Mary
Elisa Benzer as Sarah
Rachel Bowron as Anna,
Megan Dart as Judith
Vance Avery as SS Second Lieutenant Dr. Sigmund Rascher

Direction Set & Costume Design: Trevor Schmidt
Multimedia Film & Projection Design: Katrina Beatty of Loud Whisper Production
Original Composition & Sound Design: Dave Clarke
Lighting Design: Beth Dart
Stage Management: Jenn Best
Production Management: Tyler Herman

About The Cardiac Shadow

Based on a true story – The Cardiac Shadow is an historically driven drama about the experiments conducted in the Dachau concentration camp by Dr. Sigmund Rascher and overseen by Heinrich Himmler, the Third Reich Commissioner for the Strengthening of German Nationhood. 

This full-fledged multi-media production under the direction of Northern Light Theatre’s Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt will incorporate dance, choreographed by The Good Women Dance Collective, an intricate multi-media design created by Katrina Beatty of Loud Whisper productions, along with an immersive sound scape of the spoken text and original music composed by Sound Designer Dave Clarke.

The Cardiac Shadow

photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

Performance dates and show times:

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:30pm Preview
    Pay What You Can
  • Friday, January 18, 2019, 7:30pm Opening
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2:00pm Matinee
    1:15 pm Preshow Director's Circle Event with Trevor Schmidt, and snacks from    Under the Highwheel
  • Sunday, January 20, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Monday, January 21 – no performance
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:30pm
    NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door 

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:30pm
    Post Show NLT Guest Speaker Salon and Pizza from Famoso on Whyte
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:30pm
    Post Show Talk Back with members of the cast and company
  • Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2:00pm Matinee 
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Monday, January 28 – no performance
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 7:30pm
    NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door 
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, January 31, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019, 7:30pm Closing

To book your tickets you can call NLT's office 9am-4pm daily, visit our website at or...


Our onsite box-office at Fringe Theatre Adventures will be open one hour before curtain.


The Cardiac Shadow

photo credit Ian Jackson Epic Photography

Join the conversation and take in one of our Salon Events during this production.

Two for One Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 29

Bring a friend and get two tickets for the price of one.  This deal is only available at the door so show up to the box office early!  (Show at 7:30 pm, box office opens at 6:00 pm)

Director’s Circle Talk
Sunday, January 20 at 1:15 pm

The Cardiac Shadow

Join Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt and Multimedia Designer Katrina Beatty as they discuss the creative and collaborative work behind bringing THE CARDIAC SHADOW to the stage. Featuring free coffee and treats from Under the High Wheel

Under the High Wheel

Wednesday Salon Series
Wednesday, January 23

The Cardiac Shadow

Join us for a discussion surrounding the themes of the play with Salon Facilitator Lebogang Disele and Guests, U of A History and Classics Professor Robert Smith, and Alida Kendell, Kate Stashko of the Good Women Dance Collective - plus FREE PIZZA sponsored by FAMOSO on WHYTE.

Famoso Pizza

Lebogang Disele a PhD student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She is graduate of the University of Cape Town (BA Film and Media Production [Radio], BA Honours [Drama]), as well as the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (MA Dramatic Arts) – both in South Africa.

Lebogang Disele

Her focus in theatre and performance includes dance, acting, directing and more recently, dramaturgy. She hails from Botswana where she is focused on growing her company, The LC Performance Lab, through which she has produced three performances to date. Recent performance credits include What (Black) Life Requires, at the Mile Zero Sesquicentennial Party curated by Bridget Jessome, the Mile Zero Dirt Buffet curated by Mpoe Mogale and at the 2017 Expanse Festival, In the Shadow of Blessings at Alchemy II curated by Brandon Wint and Unwoven at the 2018 SkirtsAfire Festival, curated by Nasra Adem. Lebo was also a co-dramaturge for David Kennedy’s adaptation of The Lower Depths.

As an academic, Lebo is interested in work that explores issues of marginalisation, discrimination, prejudice, and oppression, especially in relation to gender. Her other major research interest is documenting Botswana theatre and performance. Her publications include “In Conversation: Interrogating and Shifting Societal Perceptions of Women in Botswana through Theatre” in African Theatre 14: Contemporary Women; as well as “Searching for a Place: Identity and Displacement at the Maitisong Festival” in a special edition of Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies and “Towards Sustainability in the Theatre: A look at The Company@Maitisong” in Botswana Notes and Records.

Lebo's research title is "Decoloniality, Feminism(s) & Performance in Southern Africa: in search of a new women’s movement(s)". She is interested in how performance can be used to foster women's leadership by inserting women's experiences into the public archive.

Robert Smith

Robert Smith is a Professor of History in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. In 1993/4, he was a fellow of the National Humanities Centre, and in 2007 he was the Lindbergh Chair of Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Faculty of Arts's Prize for Research Excellent by Full Professors. Among the courses he teaches at the University of Alberta is one on the history of World War II.

Actor's Talk Back- Thursday, January 24

The Cardiac Shadow

Featuring Director Trevor Schmidt, Assistant Director and Lighting Designer Beth Dart and Kate Stashko, Alison Kause and Rebecca Sadowski from the Good Women Dance Collective

The run of the Cardiac Shadow will also coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2019.

From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

January 27 is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Since 2005, the UN and its member states have held commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism.

For more information about the International Holocaust Remembrance Day please visit : 
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Montreal Holocaust Museum

Congratulations Brent Christopherson! Brent won our Next Act Pub gift basket draw.  Want to be entered into our final draw of the season?  Pick up a Midseason Subscription today!

Mid-Season Subscriptions Are
Available Only Until February 2,
starting at $20.00 – $35.00

NLT offers some of the best ticket prices in Edmonton.  Mid-Subscriptions are on-sale now.See the remaining two shows in the season for the price of one!


This year's collection of plays centres on women's bodies- their right to autonomy, how that autonomy can be subjected to the will of others, and the indomitable spirit that resides within.

Origin of the Species


Subscribers get first dibs on the best seats in the house!
We will set your seat aside with your own personalized reservation sign. No waiting in line to get the best seats in the house.

Meet our Friends
NLT subscribers will receive a 50% discount off their single ticket purchase to any show in
L’UniThéàtre’s 2018-2019 season. AND only NLT subscribers will receive the special promotional code to be able to purchase a discounted ticket to see Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival in February, 2019.



The Art of Cake Fundraiser

Northern Light Theatre presents
THE ART OF CAKE (and Theatre)
Our 2019-2020 Season Launch and Fundraiser

Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm
The Art of Cake Cafe
11811 105 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 0L9

We hope you will join us for an evening of indulgence and wonderful surprises.

Be the first to get a sneak peek of Northern Light Theatre's upcoming 2019-2020 season: CONFESSIONS AND OBSESSIONS, along with a cake tasting by The Art of Cake.

Featuring performances from our 2019-2020 shows, huge announcements about our season and readings by Trevor Schmidt, Ellen Chorley, Jake Tkaczyk, Kristin Johnston Snelgrove and many more!

Tickets: $30.00

To purchase tickets, visit or call (780) 471-1586


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


Upcoming Bingo Dates at Caesar's Palace WEM
Friday February 8, 2019, 11am-3:45pm
(5 more volunteers needed)

Wednesday March 20, 2019 5pm-9:45pm

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


2019 NLT Silent Auction


Special Ticket Offer for Northern Light Theatre’s Audiences

Give your heart an extra work out this midwinter with two cardiac shows.  When you purchase a ticket to see THE CARIAC SHADOW at Northern Light Theatre, get your ticket for KALDRSAGA: A QUEER TAVERN DRAMA FOR A MIDWINTER’S NIGHT presented by Cardiac Theatre for only $15.00.

The Art of Cake Fundraiser

Beers and queers. Thor and tequila. Giants and gin.

All this and more awaits you at Cardiac Theatre's KaldrSaga: A Queer Tavern Drama for a Midwinter’s Night by Harley Morison. Playing January 11-26 at The Almanac.

Tickets on sale at

Theatre Network - Roxy on Gateway
Ghost Writer Theatre presents
The World Premiere of
Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs
By Ron Pearson

Minerva - Queen of Handcuffs

No binds can hold her! No box can contain her! She can escape from anything… anything but the clutches of the master himself! Minerva – Queen of the Handcuffs is the true story of the world’s most famous female escape artist and her rivalry with Harry Houdini. This world premiere production features Edmonton’s own master escape artist, Miranda Allen.

Featuring: Miranda Allen & Richard Lee Hsi
Director: Bradley Moss

Roxy on Gateway
8529 103 Street
Tickets: 780-453-2440

Varscona Theatre

Shadow Theatre presents
From the author of Sexy Laundry
January 23rd — February 10th, 2019

Miss Teen

When her awkward daughter inexplicitly wins the local Miss Teen Pageant, a struggling single mother seizes the opportunity to improve her family’s difficult circumstances. Determined to help her daughter succeed, she resorts to increasingly desperate measures, even as the glare from the spotlight threatens to expose her eccentric methods and tear the family apart.

Varscona Theatre
10329 – 83rd Ave.

Tickets: 780-434-5564

ATB Financial Arts Barns

Backstage Theatre Series presents
Lake of the Strangers
January 22 - February 2, 2019

Lake of the Strangers

Lake of the Strangers in a powerful new play by Hunter Cardinal. Inspired by ancient Nehiyaw mythology, this story follows two brothers in their last summer adventure. Through forests, rivers, and not knowing, Lake of Strangers is a journey of two brothers finding each other and themselves.


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