21 Things to See in Calgary

21 Things to See in Calgary

Vicki Trask 

  • OnStage Canada Columnist

September typically brings change, hope, pumpkin spice lattes, and new theatre works. It’s always exciting to see new auditions and announcements posted online. But where do you start? There’s so many websites and databases, it’s difficult to keep track.

Every day, I’m realizing just how lucky I am to live in a city so rich with theatre. Calgary has a staggering number of theatre companies, it’s impossible to see every show but if you ever wanted to try, I can give you a step in the right direction. The following is a list of (some of the) shows around the city that are going up in the months of September and October 2016. How many will you see? 
•    Theatre Calgary’s “Da Kink In My Hair”: September 6-October 1
•    Handsom Alice Theatre’s “The Tall Building”: September 9-17
•    Confederation Theatre Society’s “Investment in Murder”: September 9-17
•    Stage West’s “Million Dollar Quartet”: September 9-November 13
•    Alberta Theatre Projects’s “Waiting for the Parade”: September 13-October 1
•    Storybook Theatre’s “A New Brain”: September 15-24
•    Vertigo Theatre’s “The Big Sleep”: September 16-October 17
•    Lunchbox Theatre’s “After Jerusalem”: September 19-October 8
•    Shakespeare Company’s “Rickard III”: September 21-October 8
•    Morpheus Theatre’s “Run For Your Wife”: September 23-October 1
•    Simply Theatre’s “Secondary Cause of Death”: September 23- October 1
•    Storybook’s Remounting of “Paperbag Princess”: September 30-October 22
 
And then in October… 
•    Scorpio Theatre’s “It Came From Mars”: October 7-15 (Come see me pace around for 2 hours!)
•    Workshop Theatre’s “Little Women”: October 7-15
•    Theatre Calgary’s “Boom”: October 11-29
•    Theatre Junction’s “Intensional Particle and Split Flow”: October 12-15
•    Cappuccino Musical Theatre’s “Songs For a New World”: October 14-16
•    Alberta Theatre Projects’s “Fortune Falls”: October 18-November 5
•    Forte Musical Theatre and Lunchbox Theatre’s “Lest We Forget”: October 24-November 12
•    One Yellow Rabbit’s “Fat Jack Falstaff's Last Hour”: October 25-November 5
•    Front Row Centre Players’s “Jekyll and Hyde”: October 28-November 12
 
On my journey to discovering all there is to see in Calgary, the thing I found I love the most is the diversity that’s presented. From contemporary movement to classic musicals, to original pieces of work, there is literally something for everyone.  
 
And these days it’s very easy to volunteer or get deals and discounts for theatre tickets so shows don’t have to break the bank. The real challenge is going to be budgeting your time as you traipse around the city every other night. Maybe I’ll see you there. 

For more information, volunteering opportunities, and tickets I invite you to visit the various websites representing the theatre companies listed above. And if I missed a show, please let me know, I’m always looking for the next production to see.

Photo: Handsome Alice Theatre

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