Ballet Jörgen Canada’s Swan Lake Sunday, April 21, 2013 – 7:30pm
Ballet Jörgen Canada celebrates its 25th anniversary season with one of the world’s most renowned classical ballets, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Composed between 1875-76, Swan Lake tells the tragic love story of Odette and Siegfried. Their story animates this powerful ballet tour de force, which was featured prominently in the Oscar winning film, Black Swan. Artistic director, Bengt Jörgen is famous for attention to choreographic detail and history while offering visionary new settings for seminal ballet pieces. With a cast of 24 dancers, including some of the best in North America, this presentation of Swan Lake offers an exquisitely graceful and poetic interpretation of one of the most significant ballets of all time.
For the BROADWAY lover:
Rock of Ages Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30pm & Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30pm
The worldwide party musical ROCK OF AGES features a mix of 28 rockin’ 80s tunes including “Don’t Stop Believin'”, “We Built This City”, “The Final Countdown”, “Wanted dead or alive”, “Here I Go Again”, “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “I Want To Know What Love Is”. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80’s. It’s five time 2009 Tony® nominee ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!
HAIR Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30pm & Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30pm
The new Tony-winning production of HAIR is an electric celebration on stage! This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. HAIR features an extraordinary cast and unforgettable songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine” and “Easy To Be Hard.” Its relevance is UNDENIABLE. Its energy is UNBRIDLED. Its truth is UNWAVERING. It’s HAIR, and IT’S TIME
For the WORLD MUSIC fan:
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Monday, February 4 at 7:30pm
For over forty years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural, and ethnic landscape. A radio broadcast in 1970 opened the door to their first record contract – the beginning of an ambitious discography that currently includes more than fifty recordings. Their landmark recording with Paul Simon on his Graceland album is one of numerous collaborations with artists from around the world, including Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Dolly Parton, Ben Harper and more. Their musical efforts over the past four decades have garnered fifteen Grammy Award nominations and three Grammy Award wins, solidifying their place as a musical and cultural force to be reckoned with.
For the COMEDY lover:
Lynn Trefzger Thursday, March 14 at 7:30pm
Have you ever had a childhood hobby that got out of hand? For over 30 years, ventriloquist and comedienne Lynn Trefzger has given life to a trunk full of comical characters. She has performed for audiences worldwide in corporations, colleges, theatres, and cruise ships alike with artists such as Jeff Foxworthy, Ray Romano, Smothers Brothers, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill. Lynn’s off-the-wall audience interplay is riotously funny, and no two shows are alike! Audiences are treated to Lynn’s vocal illusion talents, when they may meet a drunken and lovable camel, a grumpy old man, a feisty little girl, and may even see some other audience members who are brought up for the action! Warning: Be extra nice to her old man Judd… he can get quite cranky and forthright. He’s a cantankerous old man and he holds little back!
For the STAR WARS fan:
One Man Star Wars Trilogy Friday, February 8 at 7:30pm
Three movies, one man and a galaxy far, far away. In One Man Star Wars Trilogy, writer-performer Charles Ross takes the audience on a riotous, live action interpretation of the original Star Wars films. Ross plays all the characters, recreates the effects, sings from John Williams’s famous score, flies the ships and fights both sides of the light saber battles, complete with captivating facts and editorial asides. It’s a hilarious, one-of-a-kind tribute to the sci-fi classic. Hailed as “nerdier and funnier than you can imagine” (Spin), Ross has performed One Man Star Wars more than 1,200 times in more than 180 cities across four continents. Die-hard fans are encouraged to come in costume, so dig out your Storm Trooper armour and Jedi robes!
“One Man Star Wars Trilogy performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. All ‘Star Wars’ elements property of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.”
For the KIDS:
A Brown Bear, a Moon and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories of Eric Carle
Sunday, April 7 at 2pm
Mermaid’s much-anticipated new production, A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar takes to the stage with evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry. This production will bring together three of Eric Carle’s most beloved tales: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and Papa Please Get The Moon For Me.
“A quiet delight… brought to memorable life”- Los Angeles Time
Recommended for ages 3 – 7.
Direct from China, the New Shanghai Circus is a spectacular extravaganza of elegant eastern dance, dazzling acrobatics, mysterious magic, mystical music, and more. Over 40 amazing performers will bring the Orient to The Playhouse with beautiful backdrops, state-of-the-art lighting, and a fast-paced, exciting production combining spectacle with the grace of ballet and the precision of Olympic athleticism. You will not want to miss these astonishing athletes as they defy gravity, execute breathtaking feats, and stretch the limits of human ability in this spellbinding show!
“Show stopping rarities of daunting difficulty” – Los Angeles Times