Monthly Archives: May 2018

A convergence of paths en route to healing: Where do we Begin? at Nextfest

The mainstage theatre lineup at Nextfest 2018 includes four productions of strikingly diverse and unusual inspirations and theatrical styles. 12thnight.ca talked to the playwrights. Meet Lady Vanessa Cardona, Joanna Simon, and Roya Yazdanmehr, creators (and stars) of Where do we Begin?, a … Continue reading

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A jazzy new musical with a bank robber folk hero: Pretty Boy The Musical at Nextfest

The mainstage theatre lineup at Nextfest 2018 includes four productions of strikingly diverse inspirations and theatrical styles. 12thnight.ca talked to the playwrights. Meet Mark Vetsch, creator and director of Pretty Boy: The Musical, a jazzy new musical with a Depression Era … Continue reading

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Moonshine at Nextfest: a journey for identity in stories and music

The mainstage theatre lineup at Nextfest 2018 includes four productions of strikingly diverse inspirations and theatrical styles.  12thnight.ca talked to the playwrights. First, meet Larissa Pohoreski, creator and star of Moonshine.  By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s a celebration of my … Continue reading

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What’s next? Find out at Nextfest, the festival that celebrates the next generation of artists

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Prepare to be surprised. Starting today in Old Strathcona, two groups of five emerging artists from the whole spectrum of disciplines — playwrights, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, actors, musicians — will gather. Together they’ll spend the … Continue reading

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The Finest of Strangers aren’t strangers at all: Teatro’s season-opening premiere

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There was a moment last fall when Stewart Lemoine found himself standing on a Winnipeg street, peering through the front window of a house he once knew, rooted to the spot. “I knew I shouldn’t be … Continue reading

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What have we got that other Kids’ Fests don’t? St. Albert’s unique Children’s Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For more than 20 years, the hottest ticket at the St. Albert International Children’s Festival, the festivities that officially herald the arrival of summer, has not been a children’s entertainer with sing-along proclivities and a TV … Continue reading

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In a big world, the enchantment of small: the Kids’ Fest is back

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.” — Tom Stoppard On being a kid. Do you remember that mysterious childhood tingle that goes through your bones when wood comes to life and … Continue reading

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The art of Indigenous storytelling comes to life: meet Josh Languedoc

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I’ve always been a storyteller,” says the Saugeen First Nation playwright/ actor/ improviser/ director Josh Languedoc. “It’s just been there … in my bones.” He can thank his Indigenous heritage, and its great oral tradition for … Continue reading

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Fringe ‘O’ Saurus Rex, bigger than ever and ready to roar this summer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca He’s the monster who started small, rampaged through Old Strathcona like his own pleasure garden, and grew and grew. And he seems to have a history that goes back to the pre- of everything. As announced Wednesday, … Continue reading

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Planting seeds for kids theatre: the 17th annual Sprouts Festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For 17 springs now, Concrete Theatre has planted new plays at their annual Sprouts Festival — and watered them for future seasons. The idea from the start was to stimulate growth in the Canadian theatre repertoire … Continue reading

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