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Bob Baker Artistic Director penny ritco executive Director Board of Governors

Marshall Shoctor, Q.C. Chair Arliss Miller Past Chair J. G. Greenough, F.C.A. Treasurer Solomon Rolingher, Q.C. Secretary David D. Bentley, F.C.A. Frederick K. Campbell Jacqueline Charlesworth Marc de La Bruyère Anne Foote (Honourary) Ada Hole Ralph B. MacMillan Sandy Mactaggart (Honourary) Jack McBain Tom Redl Aroon Sequeira Ex Officio Chris Sheard Kayla Shoctor Ralph Young Dr. Robert Westbury

Board of Directors Aroon Sequeira President Ralph Young Past President Catrin Owen Vice President Stuart Lee Treasurer Ken Bautista Guy Bridgeman Lesley Cormack Jane Halford Ted Hole Mike House Richard Kirby Al Maurer Lisa Miller Dave Mowat Margot Ross-Graham Gaurav Singhmar Larry Staples Sheila Witwicky

HonoUrary Directors

Jack N. Agrios, Jan Bentley, Joanne Berger, Christine Bishop, Dan Block, Frank Calder, Gary G. Campbell, Betty Carlson, Donald A. Carlson, Marilyn Cohen, Reg Copithorne, Len Dolgoy, Allison Edwards, Dennis Erker, Grant Fairley, John C. Forster, Frank Gibson, James Gillespie, Jean Hamilton, Brian Hetherington, Gary Killips, Beverlee Loat, Maureen McCaw, Eva McGregor, Susan Minsos, Terry Nistor, Bob Normand, Ted Power, Jerry Preston, Henry (Hank) Reid, Rob Reynolds, Charlotte Robb, Barbara Shumsky, Esther Starkman, Marianne Takach, Merle Taylor, Mr. Justice Dennis R. Thomas, Brian Tod, John Tweddle, Brian Vaasjo, Chief Justice A.H. Wachowich, Bob Walker, Dr. Marvin Weisler, Bart West, Eve Willox, David Wilson, Doris Wilson, John Yerxa

2012/13 Season ...................... A FEW GOOD MEN By Aaron Sorkin September 15 - October 7, 2012

NEXT TO NORMAL Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey Music by Tom Kitt October 20 - November 11, 2012

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Adapted by Tom Wood Based on the story by Charles Dickens November 30 - December 23, 2012 Presented by

PRIVATE LIVES By Noël Coward February 2 - 24, 2013

BLIND DATE Created and performed by Rebecca Northan February 13 - 24, 2013

RIDE THE CYCLONE Written by Jacob Richmond Music by Brooke Maxwell & Jacob Richmond February 22 - March 10, 2013

THE KITE RUNNER Adapted by Matthew Spangler Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini March 9 - 31, 2013

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PREMIER | SUPPORTERS We gratefully acknowledge the significant support of our donors who make it possible for the Citadel to present world-class theatre that is accessible, intelligent, passionate and relevant.

ANNUAL SUPPORT Artistic Director’s Circle

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PREMIER | SUPPORTERS Norman & Valerie Kneteman Ken & Jennifer Kouri Christine Kyriakides Dr. Ed & Nikki Lazar James MacDonald Teresa Mardon – Royal Lepage Suzette Marxheimer Ian & Linda McConnan Douglas & Claire McConnell Norma & Gordon McIntosh Gordon & Agneta McKenzie Maureen & Jim Moran Bill & Joyce Mustard Ruth Nakai Lewis & Lindsay Nakatsui Fred & Helen Otto Tom & Judy Peacocke Fay Plomp Poster Tech Curtis & Sandra Prosko Richard Remund Henry & Helen Resta Antoni & Lucyna Rojek Alan Rose Marianne & Kent Stewart Neil & Merle D. Taylor Lorne Warneke Harry & Heather Zirk

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David Cornish Robert & Marlene Crosbie Marilyn Darwish Karen Farkas Gail Faulkner Jean Fukushima Betty & Mike Gibbins Frank Gibson W.L. Gibson Shirley Gifford Gaie Goin Gwen Gordon Joan Green Lilian Green Sheila Gynane Neil & Carol Handelsman Leonard & Sonia Hawreliak Patsy Ho Ray & Elaine Hook Mike & Kathy House Dr. Robert & Laurel Hudson Mary Hurlburt & Norm Stacey Elesavata Hymonyk Norman & Evelyn Jensen Dr. Jerry & Miriam Katz Doris Kent Liz Kohle Jack & Diane Latham Mary Lister Nancy Lord Mervyn & Teresita Lynch Neil & Pamela Martin Ian McLernon Linda Medland Davis Dr. A & Evelyn Meer Al Morrow Craig Neuman Roy Nickerson Ian & Lou Nicol Vital & Colleen Ouellette Kathy Packford Fred & Mary Paranchych Leslie & Rick Penny Sheila Petersen Gordon & Margaret Peterson Jean & Edward Posyniak

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To learn more about our Supporter Program and levels of support and benefits, please visit www.citadeltheatre.com or call Sydney Stuart at (780) 428-2142 or sstuart@citadeltheatre.com. As a registered charity, we rely on the generosity of our donors & sponsors.

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PREMIER | SUPPORTERS We are proud to recognize our Premier Supporters, our partners in the creation of theatre at The Citadel Theatre/Robbins Academy. The Hole Family • The John and Barbara Poole Family Fund the Eldon & Anne Foote Fund • The Robbins Foundation Canada The Joseph H. Shoctor fund

Government & Foundation Supporters

Dr. Joseph H. Shoctor, 1922 – 2001

executive producer and founder, the citadel theatre

Joe’s vision brought professional theatre to Edmonton Joe’s dream built The Citadel Theatre Joe’s spirit continues to inspire the theatre we create today Joe’s legacy lives on through a generous gift to The Citadel from his estate

HENRY HOLE, 1884 - 1954 On the Citadel’s 30th Anniversary, a gift was made by the Company of Harry Hole, James F. Hole, Ralph K. Hole and Robert W. Hole on behalf of the Hole family — in honour of their late father, Henry Hole. The Citadel Theatre is proud to honour Henry Hole’s integrity, compassion and leadership in the dedication of this complex to his memory.

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THE CITADEL WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE ON

C O U R T E S I E S

Dr. Ghalib Ahmed and the friendly staff at Coast Edmonton House.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES No doubt we have all been distracted by a cell phone, pager or watch alarm ringing or lighting up when attending the theatre. For every performance which is unmarred by one of these distractions, we will donate $5 to the Actors’ Fund of Canada. ALLERGY ALERT For the safety of those with allergies, please refrain from the use of perfumes or scented products before coming to the theatre. H E A R I N G A D VA N C E M E N T H E A D S E T S We offer headsets to patrons with hearing difficulties. Ask the usher at the door of the theatre. These are provided free of charge. You will be asked to leave your driver’s license as a deposit until the headset is returned at the end of the performance.

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L AT E S E AT I N G We endeavor to minimize the distraction for our patrons and the actors when seating latecomers. If you arrive late for a performance, you will be seated at the first appropriate moment in the play in designated latecomer seating. You are welcome to move to your assigned seat at intermission. If you must leave the theatre during a performance you will not be allowed to return to your seat until intermission.

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You May Be Romanced... The event taking place in this area may involve a ROMANTIC LIAISON between “MIMI THE CLOWN” aka Rebecca Northan, known henceforward as “MIMI,” and a spontaneously selected member of THE AUDIENCE. By entering this area, you hereby grant to “MIMI” the right to possibly select you to participate in the performance. Should you be selected to participate, you further grant “MIMI” the right to explore a romantic relationship with you for the duration of the performance. By entering this area, you also acknowledge that you understand the POTENTIAL RISKS involved in participating in this performance which may include, but are not limited to, the jealousy and ire of your current life partner, should you have one, which, though rare, may result in the dissolution of your current relationship. You will not receive any payment for your participation and waive any right to bring any action in law or equity against “MIMI,” “MIMI THE CLOWN,” Rebecca Northan, Blind Date LLC, its parent and related companies, subsidiaries (whether or not wholly-owned), affiliates, divisions, and their past, present and future officers, agents, representatives, employees, successors and assigns for such use. If you do not agree to the above terms and do not wish to be romanced as a part of the performance, please stay out of the area where the performance is taking place. Enjoy the show! The Citadel engages, under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, professional artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Production personnel for the Citadel Theatre are members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) Sponsors

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But it’s the face. Pasty white with a red slash of a mouth. The eyes – huge, staring, black as onyx – somehow ill-fitting in the blank face that barely holds them. The stuff of nightmares. The poster is for the Citadel’s next production, Ride The Cyclone, A Musical, opening in February. The young lady staring at you in unblinking horror is indeed of the undead. Her name is Jane Doe because we don’t know what she was really called before “the accident.” And because her head was lost – so was her identity. No, the Citadel is not bringing us an all-singing all-dancing episode of The Walking Dead. Ride the Cyclone is the brainchild of Victoria’s astonishingly creative “Atomic Vaudeville,” a lively company specializing in post-modern vaudeville – variety, sketch comedy, burlesque. The troupe was founded by director Britt Small and playwright Jacob Richmond in 2004. The two, and their creative team, have produced a monthly cabaret that charmed and amused audiences in their home town and then exported their unique brand of humour to most of the province (and the Northwestern United States). Richmond, a restless talent who, besides his continuing input into the monthly vaudeville, has written other successful shows (Legoland), came to composer

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“...In the course of the show they get to express themselves in what they perceive is the most awesome song in the universe.” Brooke Maxwell with the idea of writing a musical – something neither had much experience with before. Tapping into the enthusiasm of those-who-know-notwhat-they-do, and with the template of (of all things) Grease, to work from, they set about their task. It took years of, remembers Richmond, “fumbling around in the dark until we discovered something that worked. Brooke and I, during one of many gruelling nights reworking a number, joked that we will probably die ourselves, reworking a musical where everyone dies.” The story the playwright/lyricist brought to the composer was that of six teenagers who die in a travelling roller coaster (“the Cyclone”) accident in Uranium, the small Saskatchewan town where they live. They were all part of a small chamber choir. “The kids themselves have nothing in common,” says Richmond. “Only in the manner of their passing and that they are all ashamed of the randomness of their passing, ashamed of the crummy town they lived in and of how they acted in the town. In the course of the show they get to express themselves in what they perceive is the most awesome song in the universe.”

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“There is really nothing else like it. It’s dark and it’s funny. It’s about heart and the fact that no life is a wasted life.” Richmond and Maxwell used their macabre story-line to probe deeply into more than just kids singing about their lives (and deaths). The playwright is quoted as saying, “Aristotle said in the “Poetics” there was nothing dramatic about an accident, or a natural disaster ... that structurally there is nothing interesting about such events for they have no real rhyme or reason, and the best they could achieve is a form of spectacle.” So he set about to remedy that “unfair sentiment.” “It is my opinion that no one considers themselves an extra in their own lives. Even the most sheepish, self-effacing person is forced to see the world from their own two eyes and has hopes and dreams that might be totally delusional – yet they are theirs. No one lives their lives thinking they are going to end up volcano or hurricane fodder.” And why turn it into a musical? “If I was able to answer the question, ‘What does everything mean?’ I know now, for certain, that singing and dancing is a good start.” Sarah Jane Pelzer, who plays the etherial creature in the poster, is very definite about it. Ride the Cyclone is not Forever Plaid meets Glee. “There is really nothing else like it. It’s dark and it’s funny. It’s about heart and the fact that no life is a wasted life.”

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The original show started off as a kind of song-cycle with dramatic interludes with the actors telling about themselves between the songs. They are summoned back by The Amazing Karnac, a talking automaton who feels badly that they never got the chance to perform the concert they never gave.

“(It is) probably the most uproarious and outrageous piece of musical theatre Canada has ever produced.” The resultant production was immediately embraced by the home audience but, much like that Toronto phenomenon, The Drowsy Chaperone, refused to die. (And like tonight’s Blind Date which is also – hopefully – Broadway bound.) In fact, it began to change and grow. It conquered Vancouver. They loved it in Whitehorse. It slayed them in Toronto (the Globe and Mail noted, “Critics and crowds don’t always concur, but when they do, you’ve potentially got a powerful show on your hands). Words like “awesome,” “astonishing” and “entertaining” crept into the reviews of usually staid publications. Burbled another, “(It is) probably the most uproarious and outrageous piece of musical theatre Canada has ever produced.”

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“...it’s been a very collaborative process – we’ve all had our hands in there somewhere – adjusting lines or filling out our characters. They have become a different part of us.” Sarah Jane Pelzer studied classical music but told me over the phone, “I had a drive to perform but unless you’re an instrumentalist or in musical theatre, there was not much available.” So she started performing in shows. One a year since she was in Grade 6. She didn’t enjoy it much but it grew on her. In University, she became part of “Atomic Vaudeville” and participated in the writing and (being blessed with what one critic called a “silver voice”) performing process. “We liked to joke that we grew up in the ‘school of vaudeville.’ We learned comic timing and how to hold an audience. Unlike Ride the Cyclone which came to us a meticulously formed project, the vaudeville was the product of frenzied genius. We started writing three weeks before the show.” The original Cyclone had no role for her but she went down to audition anyway. She must have impressed Small and Richmond because a role tailored to her talents began to emerge out of the creative soup. “I’m not sure what happened but this far fetched idea of an anonymous, headless character came out. It was tough because there wasn’t a lot to go on. I spent a lot of time sitting in a room trying to play around with the space between the lines.” The singer/actress has been working on the ever-developing show for five years now. “It’s definitely the product of Jacob’s mind but it’s been a very collaborative process – we’ve all had our hands in there somewhere – adjusting lines or filling out our characters. They have become a different part of us.” After its Toronto triumph, top New York producer, Kevin McCollum, who was responsible for the Broadway productions of Rent, Avenue Q and The Drowsy Chaperone nibbled. He wasn’t very happy with the format of monologue followed by song. “They made compelling arguments,” says Richmond. Specifically they asked that the dialogue be improved. A live band was to be added. Karnac, once only a recorded voice, was given a real character and turns out to be something of a villain. The relationship between the kids was developed. There is a game they play where they fight for the chance to be the one who comes back to life.

“...Expect to see something deep and wonderful and not really like anything you’ve ever seen before.” “It’s actually a whole new show you’ll be seeing in Edmonton,” says Pelzer. “For one thing there are few companies that get to work together for years and years. We are lucky to have a writer who is an expert at seeing people and writing for their personalities. And we have worked together for so long that we are almost a family and that adds a layer of richness you don’t often find in theatre.” As for 26 BLIND DATE


getting bored with presenting the show night after night, Sarah offers, “It’s such a tight show that all our energy goes into performing. It becomes almost like a dream because it is so specific and precise you have to focus on every moment. Expect to see something deep and wonderful and not really like anything you’ve ever seen before.” The Atomic Vaudeville production of Ride the Cyclone, the Musical opens in the Maclab Theatre of the Citadel on February 22.

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BIOS Rebecca Northan (Mimi) is a Canadian, and

the creator of Blind Date. She has been a lead in two Canadian television series (CTV’s Alice, I Think, and Showcase’s The Foundation). Rebecca did her improv training at the Loose Moose Theatre Company, is a Second City alumna, and has appeared in countless theatre productions. She is a recipient of a Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Award, and won a Betty Mitchell Award for “Best Female in a Musical or Comedy” for Blind Date in 2009. Rebecca has also been nominated for a Gemini (Canada’s equivalent of The Emmy’s), and for several other theatrical awards including two Dora Award nominations for Blind Date (Toronto), several Betty Mitchell awards (Calgary), including one for Evil Dead the Musical, and five Canadian Comedy Awards for “Best Female Improviser.” Aside from Blind Date, Rebecca continues to develop her new play, Kung Fu Panties, which brings the all-girl action movie genre to the stage and played to sold-out audiences and rave reviews in the spring of 2011. Follow @RebeccaNorthan on Twitter.

Renée Amber (Mimi at certain performances) was last seen in Edmonton representing Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre in Rapid Fire’s Prairie Bowl 2012 (Theatre Sports Tournament). She is the co-founder of The Wind-Up Dames, whose original work includes Le Gros Spectacle (Enbridge PlayRite’s Festival @ ATP, and Montreal’s TSC), PARANOiA (Ground Zero Theatre), and PeeL (Fringe). Credits include Western Confidential (film), Hay Fever (Theatre Calgary), The Philadelphia Story (TC, Manitoba Theatre Centre), Macbeth (TC), The Shape of Things (Alberta Theatre Projects), Arcadia (Theatre Junction), Ivanov (TJ). Renée performs regularly at The Loose Moose Theatre, Mix Tape Improv, and is a cast member of the upcoming Let’s Talk English on the Omni network.

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BIOS Jamie Northan

has been performing, directing and instructing the art of narrative improvisation, with Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre Company since 1991. Much of his development as an improvisor can be credited to his work with Dennis Cahill and Keith Johnstone. Jamie’s most recent professional endeavours have included roles in Blind Date, Truth or Dare, A Cabernet Cabaret, Micetro Impro, Super Scene, and Gorilla Theatre.

Kristian Reimer

a Toronto-based Comic-Actor and improviser, is thrilled to be involved in a side kick to Mullet. Kristian Reimer grew up in Western Canada in Calgary, Alberta – the Texas of the North and the Home of Grain fed Alberta Beef – (mmm-beef!). Reimer started off performing in the back of classrooms, and later refined his talent as an improvisor at the Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary. A seasoned performer recently in Montreal, Toronto and Melbourne Australia, and Denver. Kristian also appeared at the 2012 Winnipeg Fringe.

Sean Bowie (Stage Manager, Sound

Improvisor) has been an actor/writer and director for 15 years. Recently, he has experienced three of the greatest things ever: doing this terrific show with Northan and the boys, doing his own one man show, Drunken Fucker, stand by for the most terrificest… the birth of his son Phoenix. Life is, as they say, grand. Enjoy!

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Kevin McCollum (Producer) received Best Musical Tony Awards

for In the Heights (2008), Avenue Q (2004) and Rent (1996), which was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other Broadway credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (five 2006 Tony Awards); Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème (two 2002 Tony Awards); High Fidelity (2006); [title of show] (2008); West Side Story (2009); Ragtime (2010); and the debut stage production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Off-Broadway, he produced Lippa’s The Wild Party, the international hit De La Guarda, and the 2011 revival of Rent.

LAMS Productions

(Associate Producer) is a NY-based production company founded by Tony nominated producers Bradley Reynolds and David Siesko. West Side Story marks their second Broadway endeavor beginning with [title of show] and followed by the revival of Ragtime. They are investors in Avenue Q and are currently involved with the upcoming Minsky’s and Give Me Up.

John Corker

(General Manager) has had the privilege to be the General Manager of three Tony-Award winning best musicals, In The Heights, Avenue Q and Rent (currently running Off-Broadway). He was the General Manager for the Broadway productions of the revival of Ragtime, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, High Fidelity and Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème. He was also the general manager for the holiday perennial Irving Berlin’s White Christmas which has had productions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, St. Paul and Detroit.

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SHOW NOTES Blind Date began as a 10-minute clown turn in the Spiegelshow as part of the World Stage Festival at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The full-length version was developed at the Loose Moose Theatre Company in Calgary, Alberta, in consultation with Artistic Director Dennis Cahill. Clown genius John Turner, one half of “Mump and Smoot,” had some valuable things to say too. There is no such thing as a one-person show.

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SPECIAL THANKS to Traffic Control Group, Flora Stamatiades and Karen Master of Actors’ Equity Association, and Miriam Newhouse of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. There are many people along the way that must be acknowledged as well – Marge Northan, Marilynn Hardcastle, Carl Horak, Mary Rose, Christopher Oldfield, Bob Martin, Tina Rassmussen and The Harbourfront Centre, Dennis Cahill and the Loose Moose Theatre, Keith Johnstone, John Turner, Kristian Reimer, AJ Demers, Julie Orton, Steve MacKidd, Kurt Firla, Mark Bellamy, Mike Kennard, Mump and Smoot – without all of you, there would be no Blind Date. And, of course, a very special thanks to all the “Dates.” The actors and stage manager employed in this production are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, and are performing with permission from Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.


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ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES FTS Teaching James MacDonald

Director, Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program

Brian Dooley

Director, Play Development

Doug Mertz

Director, FTS & Young Companies

Don Horsburgh

Resident Music Director

Geoffrey Brumlik

Academy Associate

Wayne Paquette

Academy Associate

Diana Stevenson

Manager, Foote Theatre School

Assistants Sophie Gareau-Brennan Josh Languedoc Andrew Ritchie

ADMINISTRATION Marianne Bouthillier

Associate Executive Director

Peni Christopher

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Laurie McInnes

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Accounts Payable/ Receivable

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Neil Le Grandeur

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