The number one thing I hear from my non-theatre friends is “I didn't know that was happening.” My solution is simple: I'm writing this for everyone who says they want to support their local theatre but just don't know where to look. These are my recommendations for community theatre productions that are happening in Calgary, Alberta from March to April. By no means are these the only shows going on in the next two months so if you keep exploring, so will I. Ready?
First up is She Kills Monsters by Simply Theatre, running from February 26th to March 5th. Presented at Pumphouse Theatre, this dramedy tells the story of Agnes Evans on a quest to learn more about her recently deceased sister through a Dungeons and Dragons notebook. With a cast of truly talented actors and a kickass director, She Kills Monsters will undoubtedly be an edge-of-your-seat performance, provided no one loses their sword.
And just next door is Proof, presented by Workshop Theatre from March 4th to 12th. This family drama follows Catherine in the wake of her father’s death as she goes through his things and discovers the thin line between genius and madness. You can catch David Auburn’s drama across the hall from She Kills Monsters at the Pumphouse Theatre.
Although this isn't a full blown production, the Front Row Centre Announcement Gala: “It's Good to Be Bad” always promises to be an evening of entertainment. This year, the Front Row Centre Players are announcing their upcoming season on March 12th at the Mamdani Opera Centre. With performances by award-winning actors - and a pretty awesome performance featuring yours truly - if you want to get a jump start on the 2016/2017 season, this is the place to be.
Following the gala, FRC will be presenting Catch Me If You Can at the Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre from March 25th to April 9th. Based on the hit film of the same name, and featuring some stellar talent on both sides of the table, this show is a must-see in the coming months.
If you've got kids, nieces, nephews, or cousins you need to entertain, then Goodnight Moon is definitely a show to check out. Presented by Storybook Theatre from April 22nd to May 7th, this tale draws inspiration from the classic children's book to delight kids of all ages at the Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre. Don't Miss Out. Storybook has a reputation for selling out fast.
Last but certainly not least, Sullivan and Gilbert hits the Pumphouse Theatre from April 29th to May 14th. Morpheus Theatre loves the G&S musicals so it comes as no surprise that they would choose the jukebox musical that looks at the famous composers in a fictional 1890s England. If you're a fan of Gilbert and Sullivan or just want a taste of their music, this is your show.
All of these companies have their own websites where tickets are available but don't wait too long to pick your date. These shows are not to be missed.