So very magical!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
So very magical!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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!
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:
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
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.
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.
For anybody familiar with the Rocky Horror Show and Fighting Chance Productions, you’ll know that Fighting Chance Productions is the ideal theatre company in Vancouver to put on the Rocky Horror Show, as they always bring a tonne of energy, enthusiasm and fun to their Shows! And they are definitely not afraid to interact with the audience and ad lib a little, which is a definite must for the Rocky Horror Show.
Now for those of unfamiliar with the Rocky Horror Show, it is a somewhat bizarre musical in the form of a humorous tribute to the Science Fiction and Horror B Movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s, which attained cult fame from the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when the audience began to verbally and physically engage with the Show in the theatre. It is for this reason that I will explain a bit of what goes on in the story, so that you as the audience knows how to respond in the theatre.
The musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist alien unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror. I did mention the word bizarre earlier, did I not.
Okay, so the cast of characters to know about … the Narrator (played by Sean Allen) for whom you are encouraged to listen to intently for cues and talk back to, Brad (played by Will Hopkins) who is our super straight edged groom-to-be, Janet (played by Erika Thompson) is our rather proper straight laced bride-to-be, brother-sister duo of creepiness Riff Raff (played by Ray Boulay) the handyman and Magenta (played by Jessa Brynn) the maid, Columbia (played by Kelli Ogmundson) a groupie of Frank’s, and of course Dr. Frank N. Furter the pansexual, cross-dressing mad scientist (played by Seth Gordon Little). And now for the …
Rocky Horror Virgin Cheat Sheet:
Finally one of the most crucial ingredients to a rockin’ Rocky Horror Show is all in your date for the evening! Mine was a new Brit friend, Jai! Great gal and a lot of fun! Find out for yourself … just go and ask her about her rubber cock!
For your convenience and the cast’s safety, all props thrown in the production must be from the $5 Rocky Horror Prop Bags that Fighting Chance Productions is selling on site, before the Show. I highly recommend you purchase one.
Now I must blow a few kisses of amour to the cast who had me smiling all night. I was especially taken in by Sean Allen (the Narrator) for his witty repartee; Seth Gordon Little (Dr. Frank N. Furter) who made a mighty fine pansexual, cross-dressing mad scientist, who could really strutt his stuff; Ray Boulay (Riff Raff) and Jessa Brynn (Magenta) for being outstandingly creepy; Kelli Ogmundson (Columbia) for her sweet earnest; Erika Thompson (Janet) and Will Hopkins (Brad) for playing dorkily oblivious so well; and Hal Rogers (Rocky) for … well … all of him!!! mmm … mmm … mmm!!! Thoroughly enjoyed the band under the musical direction of Kerry O’Donnovan. Would have love to have been a fly on the wall for rehearsals for this. Ryan Mooney really outdid himself on directing this one. And the choreography! Oh the choreography! Anna Kuman ~ you did a great job with the dancers. I think this was perhaps my favourite part, and oh how I wanted to join them!
Thank you Fighting Chance Productions for another fun night!
If you too wish to partake in the bizarrely absurd, you can catch the Rocky Horror Show in Vancouver at Jericho Arts Centre now until Saturday October 26th, thanks to Fighting Chance Productions in Association with Renegade Arts Centre, with performances MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, at 8 pm Tuesday – Saturday night, and a special additional performance MIDNIGHT on Friday October 25th. Get your tickets by clicking here!
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!)
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!
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.
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!
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 …
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
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.
“Delightfully funny!” That my friends is how I’d describe The Foreigner at Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre.
It is so funny that despite the fact that I was rather perturbed with my date for showing up late (leaving me sitting alone in the theatre and embarrassed at what the theatre must think of my date showing up late), I was soon laughing out loud. Good thing too, as it kept me from growling at my date during intermission, as the play had just put me into too good a mood, although I certainly did shoot the odd dig at him, asking him (ever so innocently, of course) if the floor at the back of the theatre had been comfortable.
Given such circumstances, and what good spirits this play had put me in, I’d say The Foreigner at Pacific Theatre is most definitely a worthy pick for one of my Van Sexy Date Picks. Especially as it will help you (or me at least) double check your date for a few Must Haves (for me in my mind at least) …
I would, however, forgive my date for not laughing if some of the content hit too close to home. Fortunately in Canada, we can laugh at a story that takes the piss out of the time and the types of people that would treat women, foreigners, and those that are different from ourselves as less. Things like the Klu Klux Klan for most of us in Canada, seems like a thing of the past that is limited to bygone days deep in the Southern States, but the sad truth of it is, is that there are still people that think this way. I saw this more openly written on the washroom walls of gas stations on a road trip a year and a half ago, going on a bit of a music pilgrimage. And just now I googled Klu Klux Klan to make sure I had the spelling right … much to my disgust … no, horror … I found that that truly evil entity still existed and were proudly boasting a website, making me want to be quite sick.
Such recognition and realization, also make me want to applaud the Playwright of The Foreigner, Larry Shue, and in this case the Cast and Crew of the The Foreigner at Pacific Theatre for telling a fantastically well told and funny story that explores and celebrates relationships, character, fears, desire; while reminding us that evil can walk amoung us, cloaked in a cloth of deception. I also applaud this play for openly mocking the Klu Klux Klan. Bravo!
It does make you ponder, however, what people would say and how they would behave around you, if they thought you didn’t understand …
So by now, some of you are probably wondering what exactly The Foreigner is about. Without giving away the full story, but to at least satiate some of your questions, here is a synapses of the play:
Charlie is visiting from England, painfully shy and very much in need of rest. His friend has the perfect solution – he leaves him at a rural fishing lodge, telling his hosts that Charlie is from an exotic foreign land and speaks no English. All is well until “the foreigner” overhears more than he should.
As I mentioned above, this play was an absolute delight and hysterically funny. The entire cast was superb! I do need to give a special shout-out to John Voth and Peter Carlone, who did absolutely brilliant jobs of playing the parts of Charlie and Ellard, respectively. I especially loved the scene when Charlie playacted a made-up story from his part of the World. Kept thinking if Erica had been with me, she would have loved to have filmed that element of the play for a Case Study or Exercise for her Interactive Storytelling Course. Would also make for an awesome Scene Study or Improv for an Acting Class. Again, Bravo!
Tipping my hat (or shades, in my case) to the cast and crew of The Foreigner at the Pacific Theatre. The Cast: Peter Carlone as Ellard, Mack Gordon as David, Erla Faye Forsyth as Betty, Byron Noble as Owen, Ryan Scramstad as Froggy, John Voth as Charlie, and Kaitlin Williams as Catherine. The Crew: Director Evan Frayne, Set Designer Lauchlin Johnston, Lighting Designer Matt Frankish, Costume Designer Sydney Cavanagh, Composer / Sound Designer James Coomber, Stage Manager Laura McLean and Assistant Stage Manager Shelby Bushell. For those of you that have yet to see a play at Pacific Theatre, the audience sits opposite each other with the stage in the middle of the room. With this set-up, this theatre and the performances there, often feel much more intimate, much in part due to the exceptional blocking that the Director creates with the actors on the stage. Evan did an excellent job of this in The Foreigner. And might I add, WOW – Lauchlin! I think that was the most elaborate set I’ve ever seen on the stage at Pacific Theatre. I enjoyed taking it all in!
Catch The Foreigner at Pacific Theatre, now until Saturday October 12th, with performances at 8 pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and matinees on Saturdays at 2 pm. Find your tickets at the Box Office by Clicking Here!