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PENNY RITCO

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

2011/2012 THEATRE SEASON

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 C. Ralph Loder Ralph B. MacMillan Sandy Mactaggart (Honourary) Jack McBain Barbara Poole Tom Redl Chris Sheard Kayla Shoctor Ralph Young Ex Officio Dr. Robert Westbury

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Aroon Sequeira President Ralph Young Past President Catrin Owen Vice President Stuart Lee Treasurer Ken Bautista Guy Bridgeman Leslie Cormack Ted Hole Mike House Richard Kirby Al Maurer Lisa Miller Dave Mowat Rob Reynolds Guarav Singhmar Larry Staples

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, Ray B. Phipps, Ted Power, Jerry Preston, Henry (Hank) Reid, 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

PENNY PLAIN

Created and performed by Ronnie Burkett September 17 - October 9/11

DEATH OF A SALESMAN By Arthur Miller September 24 - October 16/11

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW

Book, music and lyrics by Richard O’Brien October 29 - November 20/11

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Created by Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks Written and performed by Daniel MacIvor November 12 - December 4/11

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Adapted by Tom Wood Based on the story by Charles Dickens December 2 - 23/11

SEUSSICAL

Music by Stephen Flaherty Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty January 14 - 29/12

BLIND DATE

Created and performed by Rebecca Northan January 28 - February 19/12

RED

By John Logan February 11 - March 4/12

GOD OF CARNAGE

A new play by Yasmina Reza Translated by Christopher Hampton March 10 - April 1/12

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM By William Shakespeare April 7 - 29/12

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse April 21 - May 20/12


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 ($5000 +)

David & Jan Bentley Marc de La Bruyère & Stacy Schiff Allison & Glyn Edwards Ada Hole Doreen Lutsky Rob & Beth Reynolds Chris & Dale Sheard Weir Family Fund Ralph & Gay Young

DIRECTOR’S CLUB ($2500 - $4999)

Madam Justice Darlene Acton Bob Baker & Tom Wood Dr. & Mrs. Luis & Alexis Baptista Guy Bridgeman & Dianne Ross John & Judith Cosco Doug & Wendy Davey Dr. Elizabeth Dixon & Dr. Ben Macedo Grant Dunlop & Erika Norheim Jim & Sheila Edwards Leslie Frankish Cecil & Anne Hoffman Don & Lorna Kramer Leo J. Krysa Family Foundation Sandy & Cecile Mactaggart Jack & Lorraine McBain Arliss Miller Ove & Susan Minsos Norbert & Patricia Morgenstern Fran & Al Olson Esther Ondrack Playhouse Publications Ltd. Barbara Poole Jerry & Mary Preston Sir Francis Price & Justice Marguerite Trussler Tom & Corrie Redl Penny Ritco Arnold & Grace Rumbold Aroon Sequeira

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SUPPORTERS

L.A. Dushenski R. N. Eidem Karen Farkas Lois Field Jean Fukushima Harry Gaede Frank Gibson W.L. Gibson Shirley Gifford Susan Gilmour Gaie Goin Leslie & Lilian Green Paul Greenwood Neil & Carol Handelsman Leonard & Sonia Hawreliak Nancy Heule Dr. & Mrs. Hnatko Patsy Ho Bill & Jana Holden John C. Holmes Ray & Elaine Hook Dr. Robert & Laurel Hudson Elesavata Hymonyk Chris Jager & Jean Coutts Norman & Evelyn Jensen Peter Jochimsen Bernie & Dorothy Keeler Doris Kent Loretta Klarenbach Chris Klein Norman & Valerie Kneteman James & Maggie Laing Gordon E. Langford Jack & Diane Latham Ruth & George Lauf Don & Gwen Lawrence Dr. Ed & Nikki Lazar Mary Lister Boris & Patricia Litwin Myron Liviniuk John & Barbara Luckhurst Mervyn & Teresita Lynch Estelle Marshall Neil & Pamela Martin A.D. & Frances Maskell Keith & Brenda McNichol Linda Medland Davis Dr. A & Evelyn Meer Earl Minogue Al Morrow Robyn & Kevin Mott Paul Nahirney

Ruth Nakai Craig Neuman Edna & Cal Nichols Ian & Lou Nicol Jennifer Oakes Kathy Packford Fred & Mary Paranchych Aleda Patterson Leslie & Rick Penny Sheila Petersen Fay Plomp Jean & Edward Posyniak Diana Purdy Andrew & Carol Raczynski William & Heather Ritchie Roger & Janet Russell Allan & Marianne Scott Glen & Margaret Sharples Richard Sherbaninuk Doug & Devika Short Ellie Shuster & Bryan Gutteridge Barbara Sinn Sheila Sirdar Allen & Myrna Snart Dale & Jane Somerville Elaine Solez Keith & Beverley Spencer Julie Sribney Elout Starreveld Delores Stefaniszyn Campbell & Rosalind Sydie Tony Thai & Alvin Schrader Allison Theman Maggie Thompson Kathleen Tomyn John & Alana Tucker Marion & Darcy Turner Mary-Ann Trachimowich John & Liz Tweddle Chris Vilcsak Doug Warren Walder G.H. White John Wodak Susan Wright Sarah Wylie Dr. Randall & Nancy Yatscoff


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.

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. As a registered charity, we rely on the generosity of our donors & sponsors.

Thank you to all of our supporters. Charitable BN 11922 7387 RR0001

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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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• Effective staff incentives and rewards. • An opportunity to publicly show your support and commitment to the ongoing enrichment of our community.

• Promotional recognition to increase branding and awareness. • First class priority service with Citadel Theatre customer service representatives.

For more information on this exciting program, please contact Gynger Callahan at gcallahan@citadeltheatre.com

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An hilarious new comedy from the playwright of ‘ART’

GOD CARNAGE of

YASMINA REZA TRANSLATED BY CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON

DIRECTED BY JAMES MACDONALD STARRING

FIONA REID • RIC REID • IRENE POOLE • ARI COHEN

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The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith

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REBECCA NORTHAN Presented by special arrangement with Kevin McCollum and LAMS Productions Blind Date is performed without an intermission.

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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a midSummer night’s dReam One of the Bard’s most beloved comedies

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE DIRECTED BY TOM WOOD STARRING JULIEN ARNOLD

April 7- 29 “ Celebrates love in all its glory and generates wonder… Shakespeare’s great romantic fantasy.” LIZ NICHOLLS, EDMONTON JOURNAL

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GOD of CARNAGE

Yasmina Reza is not amused. People keep laughing at her plays. Reza is Paris-based, with a Hungarian and Persian background, and defines herself as Jewish. And she keeps turning out plays that make people laugh. Oh, they have cultural significance and make valid, biting comment on human relationships but often, to the playwright’s consternation, they have English speaking audiences holding their sides, convulsed with laughter.

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“...My approach is not to say if this is a comedy or a tragedy but to make an effort to get at the heart of these people and let that take the play where it wants to go.” Reza is currently one of the most highly regarded and hugely successful of international playwrights but comes from a French theatrical tradition where, apparently, amusement is regarded almost as badly as commercial success. Her first major international success, “Art”, won major awards in both the West End and on Broadway and was performed in thirty-five languages. It made $22 million at the box office. And to make it worse, as her plays are translated into English, they apparently become funnier. Her translator/adaptor is famed British playwright Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses/the film: Atonement). Reza maintains she writes tragedies and there is a tale told that on the opening night of “Art” in London’s West End in 1996, she turned to Hampton, half-amused and half-serious, and demanded, “What have you done?” With the great international success of her latest work, God of Carnage, she even turned her back on the theatre that has given her fame and fortune (first as an actress then as playwright) and took a year off to follow French President Nicolas Sarkozy during his presidential campaign and then wrote a (best-selling) biography. James MacDonald, who will direct the Citadel production of God of Carnage when it opens upstairs on the mainstage on March 10th, has a thought on why Reza’s works translate so differently. First of all, Hampton is a fine playwright, with his own quick wit, which finds its way onto the stage. “Also, I think there are different sensibilities in different countries. A French audience may see different things in the plays than

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audiences in London or New York. My approach is not to say if this is a comedy or a tragedy but to make an effort to get at the heart of these people and let that take the play where it wants to go.” James MacDonald is a distinguished local actor/director and is a director of the Citadel/ Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program. As an actor, he has won two Sterling Awards (Einstein’s Gift/Of Mice and Men) and among his directorial triumphs he lists Billy Bishop Goes to War, Julius Caesar, Equus and Stones in His Pockets. The sly and fierce God of Carnage finds a precarious balance between credible satire and outlandish farce by exploring the tension that develops between our civilized surface and the savage instinct that prowls just beneath. Those who remember Bob Baker’s outstanding 2001 production of Reza’s “Art” (featuring Tom Wood, Ric Reid and Larry Yachimec), in which three intense, civilized friends tear away at each other over the artistic merits of a large white-on-white painting, will be familiar with the comic fizz and serious deeper themes at play when the self-described sophisticated among us are forced to tap into their inner beast. God Of Carnage has two couples meeting in an up-scale home in Brooklyn. Their 11 year old sons have had a school-yard altercation and one had two teeth knocked out. Alan is a high-pressure corporate lawyer married as much to his cell phone as to his wife (Annette), who is a “Wealth Manager (his wealth mostly).” Michael is a successful businessman (he’s in frying pans) and his wife, Veronica is, vaguely, a writer, working on a book on “the Darfur tragedy.” They have gathered, amicably, to discuss what should

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foreshadowing with Colin MacLean “The play certainly takes you to outrageous places. But what ultimately

makes it work is when the audience recognizes elements of their own life...”

be done about the kids. Proclaims Veronica loftily, “Fortunately, there is still such a thing as the art of co-existence isn’t there?” Well, Veronica, not in a Yasmina Reza play. The God of Carnage runs rampant. Fissure cracks begin to show almost immediately. What follows is what the New York Times loftily described as “a shifting ballet of emotions and loyalties among the fractious quartet.” Tempers flare and an increasingly ugly battle of words ensues as the toxic subject matter ranges far beyond the playground altercation. Or, to put it another way, the runaway emotions of both the kids and their parents are somewhat the same – only the playground had changed. The play begins with the characters regarding their spouses as confederates and it progresses until it affirms Reza’s premise that we are all ultimately alone – the men gang up on the women, the women gang up on the men and husbands and wives find themselves on opposite sides. Reza is too good a playwright to abandon her characters completely to Sartre-style existentialism. In all the carnage, she allows for occasional acts of kindness – even affection. Marvels MacDonald, “The play certainly takes you to outrageous places. But what ultimately makes it work is when the audience recognizes elements of their own life –

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when people say, ‘My god, that’s what I think but I’d never be able to put it into words.’“ As Jeff Daniels (The Purple Rose of Cairo), who played Alan on Broadway, observed to an interviewer on opening night in February 29, 2009, “It becomes a free-for-all of emotion and brutal honesty. There are some great moments when the audience goes, ‘I can’t believe what I just saw.’ And most of them are very funny.” Director Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby/Repulsion) has just released a film based on the play but, despite an occasional award nomination (and a dynamite cast), it hasn’t impressed critics or audiences. I think the reason is there are certain plays that need the raw immediacy and danger of the stage and just don’t translate to cinema. Think of A Chorus Line, or even Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which was a good movie but can’t compare with the ferocious and unpredictable relationship of the protagonists George and Martha on stage. “It’s the fundamental difference between the movies and the stage,” suggests MacDonald. “I think movies are there to be observed and plays are to be shared. Not only are theatregoers experiencing all the emotions but the actors are very aware of the audience’s reactions and the feeling is that they are sharing that experience together. One of the great experiences in theatre is saying in the first few minutes, ‘Oh, I know where this is going ...’ and it becomes completely turned on its head. In God of Carnage, the characters are honest but unpredictable and if we are doing our job, we will take the audience on a journey with us. There are certainly elements of comedy, even of satire in God of Carnage but ultimately what makes any play work is what people recognize as themselves in the actors. They need to identify. Occasionally the response will be that they laugh. Occasionally they will be moved by it. At its heart,

“It becomes a free-for-all of emotion and brutal honesty. ...”

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foreshadowing with Colin MacLean “ultimately what makes any play work is what people recognize as themselves in the actors. They need to identify.” the play shows a great understanding of the way contemporary people relate to each other – in marriage, with their children – or how they are driven by their careers.” The Citadel has assembled a knockout cast of Canadian actors. They include the remarkable Fiona Reid (Citadel: August Osage County), Ric Reid (Citadel: “Art”), Ari Cohen (Citadel: Courageous) and Irene Poole (Stratford: The Little Years). With a cast like that, under the capable direction of James MacDonald, even the formidable Ms. Reza might manage a chuckle or two. God of Carnage opens on the Shoctor stage of the Citadel on March 10 and runs through April 1.

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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 an Emmy), 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 @Rebecca Northan on Twitter.”

Julie Orton (Mimi Understudy) is a Calgary-based

performer who has appeared onstage in every major theatre in the city. She has been recognized with three Betty Mitchell Award nominations and one win for her work in Shakespeare’s Dog. Julie has recently made her Toronto debut alongside Rebecca Northan in David Mamet’s Boston Marriage. She has never been on a real blind date.

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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 endeavors have included roles in Blind Date, Truth or Dare, A Cabernet Cabaret, Micetro Impro, Super Scene, and Gorilla Theatre.

Bruce Horak is a performer/creator who trained at

Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre and with Canadian Clown duo Mump and Smoot. He has taught workshops across Canada in Improvisation and Clown, and continues to tour extensively with his show, this is CANCER (co-created with Rebecca Northan). www.brucehorak.com

Sean Bowie (Sound Improviser/Stage Manager) 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 and stand by for the most terrificest… the birth of his son Phoenix. Life is, as they say, grand. Enjoy!

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BIOS 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.

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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STAFF FOR BLIND DATE GENERAL MANAGEMENT John Corker Jeff Klein Kaitlin Fine

GENERAL PRESS REPRESENTATIVE Allied Live Laura Matalon Marya Peters

LEGAL COUNSEL Levine Plotkin Menin, LLP

TOUR MANAGER Jeff Klein

STAGE MANAGER Sean Bowie For Booking Inquiries contact: booking@blinddateonstage.com

“Mimi’s” wardrobe provided by Stop Staring www.stopstaringclothing.com

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.” BlindDateOnStage 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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PLAYWRIGHT’S FORUM

EXHILARATING,EXHAUSTING, EXHAUSTING, EXCITING! EXHILARATING, EXCITING!

December was a very busy time for Play Development at the Citadel Theatre. The Playwrights’ Forum 2011-2012 just wrapped up and three words that immediately leap to mind are: exhilarating, exhausting, and exciting.

The first of a two-phase initiative for play development was once again lead by Governor General award-winning playwright, Colleen Murphy. Participants included the following playwrights: Bill Marchant (Vancouver), Trevor Schmidt (Edmonton), Nicole Moeller (Edmonton), Amy Lee Lavoie (Toronto), Elyne Quan (Toronto), and Jason Chinn (Edmonton). These playwrights embarked on a two-week intensive that demanded courage, sensitivity and generosity – and they brought all those qualities and much more. I remarked on the last day that the experience left me giddy and blessed to have been able to share in the beginning of their journey on writing a sparkling new play. We were also treated to two separate workshops from phase two participants, Jon Lachlan Stewart (BOOP) and Beth Graham (The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble). They shared their ongoing script development in a casual and collegial setting in the Shoctor rehearsal hall allowing invited guests to peek in on a valuable and delicate part of development. In closing, I’m pleased to share Vancouver playwright Bill Marchant’s endorsement: “The Citadel Theatre’s Playwrights’ Forum is a revelation. Simply, it is a crucible where better, braver ideas are reduced to their best essence. Stewards Colleen Murphy and Brian Dooley have fashioned a writer’s room that champions the fearless author, where we are encouraged to trust all our impulses, both light and dark, and trumpet the truth relentlessly.” – Brian Dooley, Director, Play Development


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Think about how you found out about the Citadel Theatre… The play you are seeing today… The ticket you bought…

Whether you’re a long-term season ticket holder, or this is your first time here, chances are it’s because of the hard work of the people in the Citadel Theatre’s marketing department (or maybe you just know someone in the cast – fair enough). Well, what does the marketing team do? We do a lot. We create the ads you see on buses, billboards and TV, hear on the radio, read in the newspaper. We maintain our website, social media and eNews. We foster and build relationships with various sponsors, foundations and individual donors. We write the brochures and playbills, study guides and web content. We host donor events and opening nights. We plan for upcoming productions and seasons; we analyze demographics, schedule promotions; we inform the media and public about everything that happens here, from student talkbacks to new play development to blockbuster musicals. We raise money. We sell tickets. We listen. We got you here and we keep you coming back. In short, we do a lot.

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JOYCE LABRIOLA – Director – has worked at the Citadel for 1 year JANN SMITH – Administrator – has worked at the Citadel for 19 years MEGAN HALL – Marketing Associate – has worked at the Citadel for 4 months JASON MAGEE – Manager, Media Relations – has worked at the Citadel for 4 ½ years JODY-LEE PARASIERS – Associate, Robbins Academy Marketing – has worked at the Citadel for 14 months DEB PROC – Manager, Corporate Relations – has worked at the Citadel for 5 ½ years

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STAFF

BOB BAKER

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ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES Meghan Koshman James MacDonald

Director, Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program

Brian Dooley

Director, Play Development

Geoffrey Brumlik

Director, Artistic & Educational Outreach

Doug Mertz

Director, FTS & Young Companies

Don Horsburgh

Resident Music Director

Wayne Paquette

Academy Associate

Hannah Whittaker

Academy Coordinator

Diana Stevenson

Manager, Foote Theatre School

CITADEL VOLUNTEERS

Young Company Instructors Bob Baker Shannon Boyle Robert Clinton Chris Craddock Stephen Delano Don Horsburgh Heather Inglis James MacDonald Doug Mertz Phil Nero Mieko Ouchi Jackie Pooke Linda Rubin Kate Ryan Dawn Sadoway FTS Instructors Christine Bandelow April Banigan Shannon Boyle Tara Brodin Ashley Butler Jessica Carmichael Ellen Chorley Julie Golosky Crystal Hanson Melissa Havin Brad Heintzman Sally Hunt Binaifer Kapadia

Amy Kucharuk Annette Loiselle Barbara Mah Daniela Masellis Josh Mellott Doug Mertz Anna Paquin Roman Pfob Kate Ryan Matt Schuurman Liana Shannon Amy Shostak Linette Smith Jennifer Spencer Eileen Sproule FTS Teaching Assistants Rebecca Bissonnette Nicola Elbro Sophie Gareau-Brennan Cynthia Hicks Paula Humby Spenser Payne Megz Prus Michelle Tymchuk Jo Wetmore

ADMINISTRATION

Marianne Bouthillier Associate Executive Director

Peni Christopher

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Laurie McInnes

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Louis Barron Director

Maintenance Doug de Vries Manager

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Keith Strong, CA Director

Kaitlyn Kastelic

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Paul Thorburn

Systems Administrator

Rosita Vasileva

Payroll Accountant

Gladys Wong

Accounting Assistant

GUEST SERVICES Jenna Pryor

Venue Rentals Manager

Kimberlee Stadelmann Box Office Manager

Neil Le Grandeur

House Manager/ Volunteer Coordinator

Josh Wickard

Assistant Box Office Manager

Kristen Hiemstra

Assistant Box Office Manager

Shar Powell

School Booking Coordinator

Debbie Theuss

Executive Director

Jacob Liska Abbie Murison Carly Neis Jane Nychiro Natasha Prasad Joyanne Rudiak Valerie Smart Debbie Theuss Shirley Tran Al Webb

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Head of Audio

Alison Hardy

Assistant Head of Audio

Perry Harris Audio

Peter Locock

Head of Scenic Carpentry

Chris Hayes

Assistant Head of Carpentry

Sheila Cleasby

Head of Electrics

Joyce LaBriola

Scott George Lafluer

Jann Smith

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Megan Hall

Andrea Steinwand

Jason Magee

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Manager, Media Relations Assistant Head of Jody-lee Parasiers Scenic Paint Associate, Robbins Jim Meers Academy Marketing Head of Props Marketing Coordinator Manager, Corporate Relations

Manager, Assistant Rentals Manager Fund Development

Guest Services Supervisors Michelle Bonot Crystal Casanova Kayla Fuller Amanda Gregoire Caitlin Jackson Tara-Lee LaRose Jennifer Liu Alyssa McGowan Terry Schmolcke Mark Stubbings Derek Warwick Guest Services Representatives Mike Anhorn Carol Dreger Jessica Glover Marg Gronnestad Christina Harbak Mark Harding Theresa Hovdestad

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Assistant Head of Props Head Stage Carpenter

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Patsy Thomas

Head of Wardrobe

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Assistant Head of Wardrobe

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Head of Wardrobe Running

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Technical Director

Michelle Chan

Resident Stage Manager

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Assistant Technical Director

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The Citadel is grateful for the kind generosity of its volunteers listed below. If you want to volunteer with the Citadel, please call Neil Le Grandeur at 780-428-2137 or e-mail foh@citadeltheatre.com. Johanna Andreoff, Tracy Arnell, Nelda Arnst, Judith Babcock, Trinity Barrow, Donna Bell, Shelley Benson, Erika Beyer, Ursula Blumentrath, Jeanine Bonot, Florence Borch, Ken Borch, Shirley Boven, Loveth Bradley, Jon Brenda, Shirl Brown, Eileen Budlong, Nancy Byway, Collin Campbell, Dee Cartledge, Jessica Chai, Jenny Chai, Joyce Dahl, Carol Dreger, Shirley Dunn, Trina Elash, Trevor Elliot, Janet Fayjean, Linda Ferro, Lil Filewych, Brett Flesher, Jeanette Flesher, Brenda Fraser, Wendy Fraser, Gilberte Gagne, Irene Gagne, Doreen Gagnon, Jeanne Garland, Jackie Genest, Glenda Goodwin, Gerry Gordon, Mervan Gorrie, Myrna Gosnell, Christine Hall, Tomoko Hayashi, Lucie Heins, Tim Heins, Bradley Heller, Marilyn Hemsing, Linelle Henderson, Daniel High, Amelia Hihn, Maria Hollinshead, Ron Homenchuk, Laura Hughes, Judy Hume, Regan Kosior, Darlene Kowalchuk, Kim Lang, Clemence Lavoie, Nicole LeBlanc-Lamarre, Lowella Lee, Louise Leibel, Maureen Letchford, Coral Levang, Ron Levang, Fran Linklater, Jennifer Liu, Mike Liu, Kyle Lobb, Katrina Lucyk, Marlene Lukevich, Tabatha Lyon, Bozena Macek, Dawn Madill, Danielle Maraj, Nicholas Mather, Thomas McLean, Karen Miller, Monica Molina-Ayala, Donna Molloy, Joan Murchie, Sulochana Muthia, Florence Nieberding, Dennis Nolan, Gina Nolet, Wendy Poirier, Joan Poletz, Anna Popowich, Gail Poston, Natasha Prasad, Petra Prendergast, Kevin Przyswitt, Renee Przyswitt, Doreen Pysar, Thor Quaranta, Tracy Renz Augustin, Audrey Ross, Ian Ross, Helen Rusich, Angela Seery, Phyllis Solsberg, Evelyn Stark, Antonia Stiuca, Cheryl Sulatycky, Anna Tandingan, Shahna Tariq, Liz Tweddle, Rose Unguran, Mona Vandersluys, Lynne Vickers, Jane Voloboeva, Maureen Wagner, Allan Webb, Kay Willekes, Denise Woollard, Paul Yates, Lil Yewchuk BLIND DATE 45


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Playbill for the Citadel's production of Blind Date