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News from NLT

March 22, 2019

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  1. 19 WEEKS OPENS MARCH 29th 

THE 2018-2019 SEASON,

19 Weeks

19 WEEKS by Emily Steel
(Canadian Premiere)

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



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.

I made the decision that I was going to tell people the truth about what happened because keeping quiet about such a traumatic experience would have felt like even more of a burden. My fear was that people would think I was a horrible, heartless person, and I had to process those feelings myself, but how people are going to perceive you cannot alter your decisions about the course of your life.

For the most part, my fears did not come true. The response of so many women was to tell me stories of their own abortions or miscarriages, and that was a huge part of the inspiration for the play. There is a lot of controversy about late abortions, but it’s not until you go through that process that you realize how much time it can take to do what you think is the most responsible thing.” 
- Emily Steel

19 Weeks

19 WEEKS has now won the following awards: 
Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award - Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2018
Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award - Adelaide Fringe 2018
Best Show - Adelaide Theatre Guide 'Curtain Call' Awards 2018
Best Theatre Award - Adelaide Fringe 2017
19 weeks is currently a finalist in the BBC Audio Drama Awards for Best Original Single Drama

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



19 Weeks

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.

Sunday March 31 Preshow, Studio A – 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

Wednesday April 3 Post Show, Studio Theatre – 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.

Thursday April 4 Post Show, Studio Tehatre – 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!

Wednesday April 10th - Special Added Salon Event hosted by Azimuth Theatre, Post Show, Studio Theatre:  The Joys and Challenges of Raising Children with Special Needs
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.

OUR 2019-2020 SEASON


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.

Last seen as Victoria in NLT’S THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES, Kristin Johnston will be taking on the titular role in our season opener, BARONESS BIANKA’S BLOODSONGS.  Self-accompanied on the accordion, we look forward to Ms. Johnston’s comedic timing and considerable musical skill in bringing this quirky romantic character to life.   This dark comedy is perfectly timed to coincide with Halloween in 2019, and NLT’s second annual Frank n’ Stein fundraiser.

Cabaret Seating

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

“ROBBIE:  Are you a lesbian? 
CHLOE:  Are you gay? 
ROBBIE & CHLOE:  I don’t know. 
CHLOE:  We say at the same time.  Then Robbie settles on a maroon V-neck and I buy a violet sports bra.  And together we make a plan to figure it out before Limelight North.”

“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 give her father a good death.

This moving play chronicles the writer’s experience as caregiver to her mother and father before their deaths due to cancer. CONFESSIONS OF A RELUCTANT CAREGIVERhas now become part of the medical school curriculum in Ohio and is performed for students every year when they study geriatrics. CONFESSIONS OF A RELUCTANT CAREGIVER demonstrates on a personal level how families transition when faced with an incurable illness and illustrates with humor and compassion the importance of having discussions that focus on palliative care, hospice, and end of life issues. This script was the winner of the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award and a finalist in the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta) and the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting. It has been adapted into a feature length film. The Passageway.

Get ready to bid…..  NLT’s Online Auction starts March 25 at 6pm

2019 NLT Silent Auction

Northern Light Theatre's 9th Annual Online Silent Auction will go live at 6pm on March 25th - running to April 15th, 6pm.  With approximately 100 items valuing over $10,000.00 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.

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!) 

We hope that as you are looking through the site you will take time to go down the rabbit hole and find out more about each of our amazing donors.  Just click on the business logos on each page to be taken directly to each company’s website.  And if you ever are in one of our sponsoring stores or restaurants, be sure to let them know that you saw them here.  

NLT is deeply grateful to the over 80 businesses and business owners who have made such generous donations to our fundraising event:

Acquired Taste Tea
Alberta Yarn Project
Alley Kat Brewery
Alta Moda Hair Design
The Almanac
Amanda Schutz Curio Studio
Ampersand 27
Arturo Denium
Todd Babiak
Ballet Edmonton
Bamboo Ballroom
Baubles by Bellavie
Blower & Grafton
The Blue Plate Diner
Bottega Whyte Ave
Buddha Belly Yoga
Canadian Tire Manning Town Centre
C'est Sera / Kelly Wollf
Marty Chan
Chianti Restaurant
Chocorrant Patisserie + Cafe
Citadel Theatre
City fit Shop
Cloud Nine Pyjamas 
Concrete Theatre Sprouts Festival
The Comic Strip
The Cutting Room Salon & Spa
Dawn's Bra-tique
Edmonton Opera
Eternal Ink
The Float House
Free Will Shakespeare Festival
Fringe Theatre Adventures
Gamer's Lodge
Grindstone Theatre
Gorilla Property Management
The Helm Clothing
Hey Ladies
Holes Green House
Kent of Inglewood
Jason Carter
Lux Beauty Boutique
Malt & Mortar
Metro Cinema
Metterra Hotel
MGC Boutique
Northern Chicken
Northern Light Theatre
Opera Nuova
The Plaid Giraffe
Prairie Noodle shop
The Prints and The Paper
Rapid Fire Theatre
Rig Hand Distillery
Sattva School of Yoga
Shadow Theatre
The Silk Road
Shop Chop
Sugared and Spiced
Sundance Ski & Snowboard Shop
Snow Valley Ski Club
Teatro la Quindicina
Theatre Network
Varscona Hotel
Wild Prairie Soap Company
Under The Highwheel 

And more to be announce March 25th…


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
A downloadable copy of our volunteer form is also available on our website at

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.


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

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.


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

Wild Side Productions presents the Canadian Premiere of
Small Mouth Sounds

by Bess Wohl
March 14 -24, 2019

Small Mouth Sounds

Six strangers go on a silent retreat.  Paired incompatibly, led by guru going through his own existential crisis, mostly miserable and alone, each is searching for a release from their private pain.   Fumbling to connect, how can speak their minds without saying a word?  Small Mouth Sounds is a dive into the deep end of humour and poignancy.
Featuring: Amber Borotsik, Belinda Cornish, Nathan Cuckow, Kristi Hansen, Dave Horak, Richard Lee Hsi, Garrett Ross
Directing & Design: Jim Guedo
Stage Manager: Steven Sobolewski

This production contains brief nudity and adult themes

Theatre Network Live at the Roxy - The Roxy on Gateway
8529 Gateway Blvd

Shadow Theatre

by Duncan Macmillian
March 20 – 31, 2019


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’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.


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

Learn more about their nightly programing at:

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