Season 4 Episode 33

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It may be summer, but YEG stages are never empty. Paul and Fawnda escape the storms to take in Teatro la Quindicina‘s The Importance of Being Earnest, and Tiny Bear Jaws‘ Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable. We also notice that VUE Weekly has pulled the free event listings section from its print edition, and we have some thoughts—possibly even feelings—on that.

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Season 4 Episode 32

It’s a #SummerStock Opera Special! Fawnda takes Colleen Feehan and Laura Raboud to see the Dora Award-winning burlesque spectacle of Canadian Opera Company’s Orphée+ at the Banff Centre, and we talk with mezzo-soprano Anna Gomá about her eponymous role in Carmen as Mercury Opera preps for its upcoming show in the Badlands Amphitheatre.
On the way, we found a hidden road trip gem at the tasting room of Grey Owl Meadery. Visit them off HWY 22 near Alder Flats for a taste of mead made from all-Albertan honey. Delish!

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Season 4 Episode 31

Our Summer Stock series continues: We sit down with Sam Jeffery of #YEGTheatreStats to chat about the gender balance of creative teams in Edmonton theatres, and how a display of hard numbers might make a difference for representation for future seasons. Plus, news about upcoming road trips and more—stay dry out there!

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Season 4 Episode 30

It’s summer stock time! Fawnda is joined by Laura Raboud to chat about this year’s Freewill Shakespeare Festival, which is alternating Hamlet and Comedy of Errors amid the squirrels in Hawrelak Park until July 15. Plus, we re-cap what went down at the Sterling Awards, and highlight a fascinating public spreadsheet that weighs gender-based stats of YEG’s theatre companies.

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Season 4 Episode 29

It’s a peanut butter and jam-slammed episode of #yegarts news, Sterlings chatter, classical Kathak in KHOJ, and a very special drop-in by Trent Wilkie from The Undad to talk about Concrete Theatre‘s Sprouts Festival and theatre for kidlets. Also Fawnda attempts to describe seeing Angels in America in one measly minute. Listen to her fail!

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Season 4 Episode 28

 

The sound booth gets a little snug this week as we’re joined by Karen Unland and Elizabeth Spencer (from That’s a Thing?! podcast) to chat about the Citadel Young Company‘s Bat Boy: The Musical. Then Paul gives us his take on David Byrne‘s visit to the Jubilee Auditorium. Happy listening!

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Season 4 Episode 27

Terry and the Dog by Collin Doyle. From left to right: Maralyn Ryan, Robert Benz and Cole Humeny. Photo by: Ryan Parker

It’s a full-time week for guest Laura Raboud as we take in Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story at the Citadel Theatre, then hunker in for the befuddling, heart-churning experience of Collin Doyle’s new play, Terry and the Dog. What a time to be alive in #yegarts.

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Season 4 Episode 26

Left to right: Paul Blinov, Jean Grand-Maître and Fawnda Mithrush after hosting the pre-show audience chat on opening night of Alberta Ballet’s All of Us.

This week we catch Alberta Ballet’s All Of Us (ie: The Tragically Hip portrait ballet) in all its post-apocalyptic, dread-headed glory. Does it do Downie justice? Do we win the war? Is it even ballet? We try to answer these questions in the post-show parkade. Do we succeed? You tell us!

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Season 4 Episode 25

Guests galore on a big show week: Ainsley Hillyard drops in to chat about Shumka’s collaboration with Indigenous artists in Ancestors & Elders, while Laura Raboud enlightens us on the musical trappings of the Citadel Theatre/Banff Centre production of The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin HoodNo spoilers, promise!

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Season 4 Episode 24

Miranda Allen (left) and Nadien Chu (right) in Workshop West’s production of Beth Graham’s Pretty Goblins.  Photo by: Marc J. Chalifoux

A week of wonder and juxtaposition: We ramble on physics and music (Theatre Network‘s Infinity); clapping and gravitas (Jairo Barrull Flamenco Company); and the gut-wrenching, mind-stilling Pretty Goblins at Workshop West. We have a bet that one will win a Governor General Award. Can you guess which one?

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