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The Fredericton Playhouse announces 2011-2012 Spotlight Series

by on June 21, 2011

The Fredericton Playhouse proudly announced its 2011-2012 Spotlight Series season today during its annual public launch. The series features professional performances in music, theatre, and dance in a variety of genres. Consisting of 35 world-class performances in 11 themed series, this season promises a stellar line-up of entertainment that will offer everything from an expanded comedy series, to stunning dance performances, to several family friendly shows, as well as returning  audience favourites.

Topping the list of well-known, established artists is award-winning and seasoned Broadway veteran Louise Pitre, best known for her Tony nominated performance in Mamma Mia! Also worth noting is a return by folk-icon Bruce Cockburn, who was rescheduled from last season, as well as three powerful and emotionally moving works by internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie.

Also hitting the Playhouse stage is an exciting new Bang On! series which will take audiences on a musical percussion adventure with Drums United and that will unveil a highly choreographed and inventive performance by ScrapArtsMusic. Returning to the program this year is our special Onstage series, which sees a smaller audience seated on stage with the artist and treated to a highly intimate and personal concert experience. Many fan favourites also remain in the program, such as our popular Kidstage series for young audiences, and the very successful Classic Albums Live series, which will feature one of the greatest albums of all time: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles.

The celebrated Comedy series also returns and, for the first time in 11 years, The Playhouse will present the same company in back-to-back seasons with another offering from the hit Late Nite Catechism franchise. Also making an appearance this season is Fredericton favourite Walt Wingfield with Wingfield’s Inferno.

Of particular note is a special appearance by Juno award-winning, Canadian, jazz pianist Joe Sealy, who will perform selections from his album Africville Suite in collaboration with literary giant George Elliott Clarke, whose words will punctuate Sealy’s music as he delivers selections from his Africville-influenced work.

“We’re extremely proud of our extraordinary season this year,” said Executive Director Tim Yerxa. “It includes everything from large-scale special presentations, to intimate onstage musical performances; from knee-slapping comedy to sultry jazz, to Celtic traditions; and from resonating global sounds to Canadian classics. There’s truly something for everyone. If you can’t find something you’ll love in the Spotlight Series, then you likely can’t find it anywhere.”

The award-winning venue simultaneously launched the third year of its Spotlight Membership program, which is designed to give patrons easier access to the shows they want to see at a discounted price. Member benefits include early access to the best seats in the house, special pricing on all Spotlight Series and all Spotlight Partner performances (Theatre New Brunswick, Symphony New Brunswick, New Brunswick Country Showcase and Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada), as well as other select performances including the national touring production of Fiddler On The Roof. Membership advantages also include $10 access to all enrichment activities within the Experience More! program.

“We’re thrilled that our Spotlight membership program has received such a high level of participation since its inception,” said Yerxa. “With the purchase of one membership, patrons can buy up to six discounted tickets per performance, which puts money back in their pockets after only a couple of shows.”

Spotlight Memberships are on sale now and only members can purchase tickets to Spotlight Series performances until August 22, when regular priced tickets go on sale. “Spotlight Members have the huge advantage of getting their tickets early and picking the best seats,” said Yerxa.

Incorporated from patron feedback, The Playhouse also announced a new 7:30pm start time on all of its evening performances, and the introduction of a new Under 19 half-price ticket. Continues Yerxa, “It’s an effort to help keep our performances more accessible to families, and to encourage our young people to experience the magic of live performance.”

35 upcoming performances were announced in all. Each performance is detailed in the Spotlight Series season guide, available at the Playhouse box office or at

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