Anticipation!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

In preparation for the last show of our 2013 season, I spent some time looking at The Steel Wheels website–getting text for our program. Before last summer, I hadn’t heard of The Steel Wheels. Doug, Marilyn and I got together to find an act to round off our season. We checked out the schedules at some of the Edmonton-based theatres and presenting organizations and saw The Steel Wheels were part of the Full Moon Folk Club’s season. We were happy to book them for one of the nights they had open. I have enjoyed getting to know their music and look forward to hearing it live. I also look forward to meeting them as they seem like solid, community-minded people. Their band t-shirts are made in their hometown, they do an annual bicycle music tour, their local coffee roaster named a dark roast in their honour, and their local brewmaster created Steel Wheels Stout. How cool is that? The Steel Wheels show on Monday, April 8th is sold out. If you don’t have a ticket and are very sad about it, take a chance and come to The Red Brick just before 7 pm. If a season ticket holder is unable to attend, there just might be a seat for you. It’s worth a...

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A Standing Ovation for Jake’s Gift

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Longtime Chautauqua supporters have identified Jake’s Gift as one of the best performances they have ever seen at The Red Brick. Writer/actor Julia Mackey takes the audience on a journey along the beaches of Normandy as Jake, a Canadian WWII Veteran, reluctantly returns to the site of D-Day for the first time–on the 60th Anniversary of the invasion. Although it is a one-woman show, the performance has a conversational feel as Julia portrays three different characters: Jake, the Veteran; Petite Isabelle, a French girl who tends the graves of Canadian soldiers; and Grande Isabelle, the grand-mère of Petite Isabelle. With changes to her voice, posture, and mannerisms, Julia Mackey brings these diverse characters to life. The story that unfolds amplifies the power of sacrifice and the promise of remembrance. The experience of Jake’s Gift is difficult to express in words. Hopefully you know someone who saw the January 17th performance and has encouraged you to attend the second community performance at The Red Brick on Saturday night–January 19th. If not, take my word for it. The story is both poignant and humourous. You will feel you have done something important–just by being in the...

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10 More To Go!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Chautauqua 2013 Season Tickets are selling well. People recognize the value of our package: 5 high-quality shows (with reserved seating) for $125. Selling season ticket packages means that Chautauqua volunteers don’t have to scramble or shift into high-pressure-sales mode when performance dates approach. Our goal is to sell out every show. This ensures the artists have a good audience, which inspires their performance, and helps Chautauqua stay solvent, which means we can continue to bring quality entertainment to our community. Will you help? We would like to sell 10 more sets of season tickets. If you’ve already bought your own tickets, invite a friend, neighbour, or colleague to do the same. If you haven’t made your purchase, race down to Thymes Two or buy online. Remember that season tickets are transferable: if you can’t make a show, give or sell them to someone else. Oh, and did I mention Chautauqua Season Tickets make great gifts? This Christmas, don’t buy a thing: buy an...

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What are your summer music plans?

What are your summer music plans?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

There are a lot of great summer music festivals in Alberta–and across Canada. Maybe you took in The Northcountry Fair at the end of June. Maybe you’re planning to go to Pembina River Nights at Rangeton Park this weekend or Wild Mountain Music Festival at Entrance Ranch next weekend or the Edmonton Folk Festival at the beginning of August. Take a minute or two and share your summer music plans. Is there a festival you attend every year? Why is it your favourite? Tell us what’s on your calendar or reflect back on the highlights of a festival you’ve already seen. Pembina River Nights http://www.asmallshieldmusic.ca/home.html Wild Mountain Music Festival http://wildmountainmusicfest.ca/ Edmonton Folk Festival...

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A Trip To The Tempest

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Last Thursday afternoon, Doug, Helen, Jane, Tracy, and I saw The Tempest at Hawrelak Park. On our way into Edmonton, we stopped at Urban Forest Design Studio just west of Wildwood. They were having a summer exhibition and sale, and their shelves were full of beautiful pieces. (The sale ended July 8, but they are open year round.) http://www.urbanforestdesign.com/ After a picnic in the park, we made our way to the Heritage Amphitheatre. Tickets for the evening’s performance were $25; for $40 you could purchase a season pass which allowed you to see the perfomance that night and come back to see Julius Caesar. Doug and Helen opted to sit at a picnic table on the grassy knoll while Jane, Tracy and I found centre section seats about ten rows back from the stage. It was a beautiful evening for open air theatre. Although the temperature dropped as the night went on, we did not encounter the millions of mosquitoes we had expected. The play ran just over two hours, including an intermission. The set was simple: a sea/sky blue rampart with a revolving (partial) ship in the centre. Jane thought the first scene, the storm, was fantastic. She was impressed by the maneuvers of the actors who moved in slow motion and created the impression of a listing ship as they tried to avoid being thrown overboard. Tracy was inspired to go home and sew costumes. She especially liked the altered suit jackets worn by Stephano and Trinculo. Personally, I just love watching Shakespeare in an open air theatre. In this production, I especially liked how actors often entered the stage by moving down the aisles. It broke down the fourth wall and drew in the audience. Doug enjoyed the evening so much that he’s going to see Julius Caesar next...

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