Vancouver Theatre Lover Trick or Treat: Win Tickets to Moon Over Buffalo at Metro Theatre

Who says adults can’t Trick or Treat!!! <she says stomping her feet, hands on hips, and pouting>  Well, I say you can!  Here at least. I have 5 pairs of theatre tickets to giveaway to 5 lucky adult Trick or Treaters to Moon Over Buffalo at Metro Theatre Vancouver!

 

Moon Over Buffalo at Metro Theatre Vancouver

Moon Over Buffalo at Metro Theatre Vancouver, November 2 to 30, 2013.

 

If you have happen to have caught Lend Me A Tenor at Metro Theatre Vancouver last season (easily my favourite play of the Season), you’ll know that you are in for a treat, as this in another Ken Ludwig play.  Translation: This is bound to be an evening filled with the laughter of romance meets a comedy of errors! Here’s a little as to the storyline, care of Metro Theatre:

Moon Over Buffalo centres on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950′s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with only five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s alleged indiscretion with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinée, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong as confusion surrounds everyone who enters the theatre: the Hays’ stage manager, their lawyer, their visiting daughter and her clueless fiancé, and Charlotte’s aging, deaf mother who hates every bone in George’s body. The show must go on, of course, but at curtain time one question remains: exactly which play are they performing?

Now for the Trick or Treat!

If you are inclined to perform this sort of Trick for me …

 

 

… I am sure I can find you a treat!

As for entering the contest to win one of the five pairs of tickets, for my own amusement and a bit of seasonal surprise this is a reader’s choice commenting entry.  You simply must:

  • Comment below with a TRICK!  You decide how to define that.
  • For a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th entry: Share this contest on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ (one extra entry for each platform shared on), just be sure to include a link to this post, the hashtag #MoonOverBuffalo & my handle (so I am sure to see it). So, as an example:

For Twitter: Show @EmmeRogers a trick #Vancouver, to enter to win a treat … tickets to #MoonOverBuffalo at @MetroTheatre! http://ht.ly/qnMjh 

For Facebook & Google+: Show Emme Rogers a trick #Vancouver, to enter to win a treat … tickets to #MoonOverBuffalo at Metro Theatre!  http://emmerogers.com/win-tickets-to-moon-over-buffalo-at-metro-theatre-vancouver

  • I will then throw the names of all commenters and Twitter, Facebook and Google+ sharers into a hat, and randomly draw the name of the winner of the tickets, at the times mentioned below.

For the winners of this laughter filled Treat, I will be giving away 5 pairs of tickets to Moon Over Buffalo at the Metro Theatre, starting with the first pair of tickets at 10 am Sunday November 3rd to one lucky winner.  The next pair of tickets will be given away Monday November 4th at 10 am, and then again Tuesday November 5th at 10 am, Wednesday November 6th at 10 am, and the final pair on Thursday November 7th at 10 am. The tickets will be for one of the performances on the first full weekend of the Show with the winners choice of Thursday November 7th, Friday November 8th, or Saturday November 9th at 8 pm.

 

Cast of Moon Over Buffalo at the Metro Theatre Vancouver.

A sneak peek at what’s to come from Moon Over Buffalo, care of the Metro Theatre.

 

For those of you that don’t win, you should still be in for treat by purchasing tickets to Moon Over Buffalo from the Metro Theatre Vancouver Box Office. They have a special deal on their Thursday night Show. The Show runs now until November 30th, 2013, with performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm on November 17th and 24th.

Kisses,

Emme  xoxo

A Van Sexy Date Pick: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Studio 58 (Win Tickets)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the play that turned me onto Shakespeare, when I first saw it on the stage at the Stratford Festival in Ontario during my high school days. As a result, when Studio 58 invited me to Opening Night of their production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, my response (in my head at least) was a resounding Fuck Yeah! (while out loud it may have been a Yes, Please!)

 

A Midsummer Nights Dream at Studio 58

 

Being invited to a play of youthful memory and delight does pose certain problems, however. Firstly, who to invite?  You can’t invite just anyone.  It has to be someone who has a similar appreciation for the story and for theatre, so as to share in your delight and fully appreciate the experience!  That for me was most definitely my old friend, the Cherry Blossom! I believe she even studied A Midsummer Night’s Dream with her students in her teaching days.

Now the second problem, how could this, a Langara College student production, possibly live up to my memories, especially as those memories were from the Stratford Festival.  They didn’t. They exceeded them!  This was bar none, the best production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that I’d ever seen. And that was not just my opinion, but that of the Cherry Blossom too.  Was seriously impressed by both the Cast and Crew of Studio 58′s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Wow!  Some serious talent at Langara College, and whatever their professors are doing to inspire and mentor them ~ Bravo!

Now for those of you who are new to the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, here is a synopsis from Studio 58:

Shakespeare’s wild and wonderful comedy about the fickleness and joy of teenagers in love, fairies who vie for power and labourers who long to be actors …. with a new twist. Set in a rural farming village in the Carpathian mountains, circa 1900, these woods are filled with ‘vampire’ fairies who taunt and terrorize all who wander there. Beware!

 

Puck and Oberon in Studio 58's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Dominic Duchesne as Oberon and Lili Beaudoin as Puck, as photographed by David Cooper.

 

For those of you familiar with the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you will remember the fairies in the woods as tricksters, but not vampires.  And to be honest, I find the obsessions with vampires and zombies in our storytelling of the past few years to be overkill.  That said, it actually worked here in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, depicting the fairies as their own imaginative brand of vampires, and Oberon’s henchmen as zombies.  As it was done in a somewhat more subtle and clever manner, that did not overshadow the story, it added a clever new bent to the story that had me watching with a new curiosity, as I soaked in this somewhat disturbing image of a fairy.  Plus I loved watching Puck and Oberon (played by Dominic Duchesne) dance on the aerial silks!

Now, for me, my favourite character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream has always been Puck, and this production was no different.  Initially, I was quite startled to see Puck cast as a girl – Lili Beaudoin, even though she was playing a boy.  Fitting really for a 21st Century rendition of Shakespeare to have women play men, as opposed to men play women.  After my initial surprise, I quickly warmed up to this new Puck, and dare I say, she is by far my favourite Puck yet.

 

Lili Beaudoin as Puck at Studio 58.

Lili Beaudoin as Puck. Photographed by David Cooper.

 

As for the rest of Studio 58th production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?  I enjoyed the singing, dancing and acting by what was an outstanding Cast. When I entered the theatre I was struck by the creativity of the set design (created under the Supervision of Set Designer Pam Johnson), and as the production unfolded before me, I thought how cleverly they had designed it to switch with ease from Village to Wood, and how seamlessly elements, like the aerial silks were woven into the set design. I am quite curious to know if the actual performance space is always set up in the same way, as much like Pacific Theatre, the stage was situated in the middle of the room, with the audience on either side, facing across to each other.  Also like Pacific Theatre, I was most impressed by the blocking, under the Director Scott Bellis, created to play to the audience from all sides.  It was quite wonderful!  I’d actually like to see the production from the other side to get the other perspective on the performance. Tipping my hat (or shades, as the case may be) to the Crew that put some outstanding thought into action in Studio 58′s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

 

Studio 58 Cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Studio 58 Cast and Crew of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as photographed by David Cooper.

 

Now to conjure up a bit of fairy magic of my own with a pair of tickets to giveaway to Studio 58′s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the winner’s choice of Wednesday evening, October 9th or Thursday evening, October 10th.

To Enter to Win those tickets …

  • Comment below with either your favourite character from A Midsummer Night’s Dream or your favourite Shakespeare Play.
  • For a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th entry: Share this contest on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ (one extra entry for each platform shared on), just be sure to include a link to this post, the hashtag #MidsummerNightsDream & my handle (so I am sure to see it). So, as an example:

For Twitter: With a bit of Fairy Magic, you could win #Vancouver tix to @Studio58Theatre’s #MidsummerNightsDream from @EmmeRogers: http://ht.ly/pyhYZ

For Facebook & Google+: With a bit of Fairy Magic, you could win ticket to #MidsummerNightsDream at #Vancouver’s Studio 58 from Emme Rogers! http://emmerogers.com/2013/10/a-van-sexy-date-pick-a-midsummer-nights-dream-at-studio-58

  • I will then throw the names of all commenters and Twitter, Facebook and Google+ sharers into a hat, and randomly draw the name of the winner of the pair of tickets, on Tuesday morning at 10 am.

 

Bottom and the Fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Claire Johnstone, Anthea Morritt, Erik Gow and Jessica Ross-Howkins in Studio 58′s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as photographed by David Cooper.

 

For those of you that don’t win, you can still adventure into the Fairy Wood at Studio 58 by purchasing your tickets to A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Box Office. The Show runs now until October 20th, 2013, with performances Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, and matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm.

Enjoy!

Emme  xoxo

Vancouver Theatre Tickets to Win to Agatha Christie’s The Hollow at Metro Theatre

One of the many things I love about the Autumn is the new Season of Theatre beginning for another year!  And that my friends is what I have been reviling in the past few weeks in Vancouver, beginning with Bell, Book and Candle at Metro Theatre to The Foreigner at Pacific Theatre (stay tuned for our write-up on tomorrow), A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Studio 58 (stay tuned for our write-up on Tuesday) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Fighting Chance Productions. Based on the Shows I have seen thus far, the Theatres are all setting a high bar with this Season’s Opening Performances. Thoroughly been loving all the theatre I have been seeing.

Now while I do love using this space to gloat about my soirees in the theatre, I am in a generous kind of mood these days, and Metro Theatre is helping to allow me to be a more gracious theatre connoisseur, by giving me 5 pairs of tickets to giveaway to their second performance of the season, Agatha Christie’s The Hollow.

 

The Hollow at Metro Theatre

 

The Hollow opened last night at Vancouver’s Metro Theatre, but I am afraid I cannot tell you very much about it yet, as I won’t be attending the performance myself until this coming week. What I can tell you is that performing The Hollow is a bit of a blast from the past for the Metro Theatre, having been it’s very first performance, back in 1963! 464 shows later and it is back again!

As for The Hollow itself:

The Hollow is a classic ‘whodunit,’ with a twist. The lady of the house, Lucy Angkatell, has invited her family and friends to her home, The Hollow, for a weekend in the countryside. Events soon turn from sunny reminiscing to stormy turmoil as something else unexpectedly arrives at The Hollow – murder! The 12-person cast will keep you guessing until the very end, and the love triangles, suspicion and intrigue will keep you on the edge of your seat. Like your favorite movie, this production is the perfect thing to curl up with on a blustery fall evening. ~ Tracy Chernaske, Metro Theatre Publicity

For this ‘WhoWonIt’ of my own, I will be giving away 5 pairs of tickets to celebrate last night’s Opening of The Hollow, starting with the first pair of tickets at midnight TONIGHT (Sunday September 29th) to one lucky winner.  The next pair of tickets will be given away Monday September 30th at 10 am, and then again Tuesday October 1st at 10 am, Wednesday October 2nd at 10 am, and the final pair Thursday October 3rd at 10 am. The tickets will be for one of the performances on the first full weekend of the Show with the winners choice of October 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th.

WhoDunIt at The Hollow at Metro Theatre Vancouver

Image care of The Metro Theatre

To Enter to Win those tickets …

  • Comment below with either something you remember from 1963 or a favourite Agatha Christie play or other ‘WhoDunIt’ that you would love to see on stage at the Metro Theatre.
  • For a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th entry: Share this contest on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ (one extra entry for each platform shared on), just be sure to include a link to this post, the hashtag #TheHollow & my handle (so I am sure to see it). So, as an example:

For Twitter: #WhoDunIt at #TheHollow? To find out, win tix to this #AgathaChristie at #Vancouver’s @MetroTheatre from @EmmeRogers: http://ht.ly/pk491

For Facebook & Google+: #WhoDunIt at #TheHollow? Find out by winning tickets to this #AgathaChristie at #Vancouver’s Metro Theatre from Emme Rogers ~ http://emmerogers.com/2013/09/vancouver-theatre-tickets-to-win-to-agatha-christies-the-hollow-at-metro-theatre

  • I will then throw the names of all commenters and Twitter, Facebook and Google+ sharers into a hat, and randomly draw the name of the winner of the tickets, at the aforementioned times.

For those of you that don’t win, you can still play detective at Vancouver’s Metro Theatre by purchasing your tickets for the Show at the Box Office. The Show runs now until October 26th, 2013, with performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm on October 6th and 20th.

Kisses,

Emme  xoxo

Witchin’ It Up with Bell, Book and Candle at Vancouver’s Metro Theatre – Win Tickets

Rather shocked that I only just discovered John Van Druten‘s play ‘Bell, Book and Candle‘, thanks to Vancouver’s Metro Theatre.

 

Bell, Book and Candle at Vancouver's Metro Theatre

Catch Bell, Book and Candle at Vancouver’s Metro Theatre now until September 21, 2013. Photo by Dominique Labrosse.

 

Shocked as this is not a new play, and I am rather fortunate in that I am regular patron of the theatre. Yet this was a new story to me, making it that much more of a treat in discovery.

As I sat down in the theatre with a handsome escort for each arm (New Yorker Peter Parker and loveable tech geek Steve Dotto), the curtain rose to a witchin’ good scene ~ an absolutely stunning set (that I invite set designer, Dwayne Campbell, and set decorator, Tracy-Lynn Chemaske, to re-create at my place after the run of the Show) and a woman cuddled up to her cat, chatting away to him. Yep, this was my kind of play!

Bell, Book and Candle at Vancouver's Metro Theatre

Jennifer McLaren as Gillian Holroyd and Jim Bjorkes as Shepherd Henderson in Bell, Book and Candle at Vancouver’s Metro Theatre. Photo by Dominique Labrosse.

And that it was! A magical tale of whimsy unfolded before my eyes with the delight of a wonderfully eclectic cast of characters, all of whom I discovered were rather splendid character actors ~ Jennifer McLaren as Gillian Holroyd, Jim Bjorkes as Shepherd Henderson, Alison Main-Tourneur as Queenie Holroyd, Trevor Roberts as Nicky Holroyd, and Kevin Sloan as Sidney Redlitch. The first act had my eyes sparkling with delight and a wicked grin spread across my face, after a fast paced tale of wicked desire and ridiculous circumstance played out before us. Was completely hooked with the martini scene between Gillian, her brother Nicky, and Aunt Queenie, that very much reminded me, with a smile, of a similar scene I once acted out from the Witches of Eastwick.

The Director Tracy Labrosse had made excellent choices of blocking that the set design helped make possible, the cast was delightfully costumed to suit their character (and oh, how I loved Gillian’s green dress in Act 1) by Costume Designer Heike Maulhardt, and the set decor was fascinating to explore, telling a story of all of it’s own.  There was just one niggling thing bothering me about the character of Gillian … maybe this was all part of her character … torn between her witchiness and the desire to fit in with humans, and more specifically a certain human man.

I pondered over that with a beer at intermission, and as I sat down in the wings after intermission, as Steve didn’t want to ask people to get up to let us by.  It hit me even stronger as Act 2 began.  What was it that was bothering me?  Whatever it was, was hitting me even worse, as in this Act Gillian was not dressed in particularly flattering outfits, looking rather out of place in her own skin.  Was this a decision in tone? Her acting was certainly good. It was just the way she looked that didn’t fit.  Finally it hit me … she had a wig on … that did not suit her at all!  Amazing how such finite details in a play can be so jarring.  Hoping as the run continues, that they will switch up Gillian’s wig – she has such beautiful hair of her own after all, and really is it so very important to mimic the look of the women from Mad Men? As an audience member, I think not. I’d rather enjoy the story and the performance without the irritation of a wig (or a costume) that does not flatter. I also discovered in Act 2, that you want to be sure to get centre seats for this Show, as you lose some of the wonderful set in the wings.

Bell, Book and Candle at Vancouver's Metro Theatre

Jennifer McLaren as Gillian Holroyd in Bell, Book and Candle at Vancouver’s Metro Theatre. Photo by Dominique Labrosse.

All in all, this was a play that very much appealed to my sense of whimsy and wicked imagination. I have after all been accused of being a witch myself in my alluring ways, leaving the odd fellow feeling as though I’d cast a spell of my own.  Seems I’m not the only member of my family drawn to this particular production either, as as it would turn out, my grandfather played the part of Sidney, years before I was born.

My applause to the cast and crew!  Those that I have not yet mentioned: Production Manager Heather Stewart, Stage Manager Anthony Stonechild, Assistant Stage Manager Lydia Williams, Lighting Designer Les Erskine, and Graphic Designer Barbara La Bounta.

Now to cast a spell of my own!  I’ve conjured up 5 pairs of tickets to the play – the first 2 of which I will give away tomorrow (Friday August 30th) morning at 10 am to one lucky winner, the next two Saturday August 31st at 10 am, then again Monday September 2nd at 10 am, Tuesday September 3rd at 10 am, and the final pair Wednesday September 4th at 10 am.

To Enter to Win:

  • Comment below with any sort of magical incantation of your choosing.
  • For a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th entry: Share this contest on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ (one extra entry for each platform shared on), just be sure to include a link to this post, the hashtag #BellBookCandle & my handle (so I am sure to see it). So, as an example:

For Twitter: “ For a witchin’ good time, win tickets to #BellBookCandle at #Vancouver’s @MetroTheatre from @EmmeRogers ~ http://ht.ly/onWDH “

For Facebook & Google+: “ For a witchin’ good time, win tickets to #BellBookCandle at #Vancouver’s Metro Theatre from Emme Rogers ~ http://emmerogers.com/2013/08/witchin-it-up-with-bell-book-and-candle-at-vancouvers-metro-theatre

  • I will then throw the names of all commenters and Twitter, Facebook and Google+ sharers into a hat, and randomly draw the name of the winner of the tickets, at the aforementioned times.

For those of you that don’t win, you can still cast a spell for a night of whimsy and amusement at Vancouver’s Metro Theatre by purchasing your tickets for the Show at the Box Office. The Show runs now until September 21, 2013, with performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm on September 8th and 15th.

Kisses,

Emme  xoxo

Free Recipe for One Fun Birthday Party

After my accidental thievery last week, I thought I should share a good mom story I am really proud of!  I just hosted an amazing birthday party for young Master Mason!

The reason I am most impressed with myself is because my party planning faced two great challenges.  First, in today’s age of over the top birthday parties it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet the expectations of the invited guests.  Secondly, with the current economic times, my budget would require me to do some real creative thinking.

I decided to do a throw-back to the old-school days and have a house party, complete with games.  I’m calling it a kind of fusion party because it blends the simplicity of the past with the faster pace, more demanding present day.  Here’s what I did: I took Master Mason shopping at the dollar store to find items he would think ‘cool enough’ for his friends.  Then we went to the candy store and loaded up on specialty treats. We came home and set prices for everything, wrote up little signs and set it all aside.  You see, his friends would be playing games and doing fun tasks, earning Monopoly money along the way, which they would get to use at the end of the night to shop!

 

Wouldn’t This Motivate You To Win?!

 

For the games and activities, we simply looked around the house and creatively made use of what we had.  I wrote up a menu type of sign so the boys knew what was going on all over the house.  You really could do anything, but the options to earn money at our party were:

  • Write your own song for the birthday boy and sing it to him,
  • Beat a challenger in building with a deck of cards,
  • Win a round of a Wii game,
  • Draw a picture and write something on a group collaborative poster for the birthday boy,
  • Drive a remote control car around the obstacles set up and get a faster time than your challenger,
  • Win an air hockey game, and throughout the night,
  • Get the highest score on our Bob It game.

This ended up being one of our best parties! The boys were busy with excitement and friendly rivalry.  Our variety of choices ensured money for everyone! Of course, I just kept pumping out the food all evening, but with how busy they were, I was able to keep it pretty simple as they really could care less about what they were eating. As I felt things starting to wind down I announced a final 10 minute blitz.  That was hilarious! Later, I kept the shopping time organized by giving each boy a basket (also purchased at the dollar store), and having two of them buy at time with a limit of three items.  We just kept cycling through this way until everyone had a few turns and all the goods were gone!  The best part was, they took their full baskets home, doubling as the ‘goodie bag’ so I didn’t need to spend anything further on that! I heard the boys telling their parents on the way out, “Mom! That was the coolest party! It was so much fun! We should have done that for my birthday!”