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The Fredericton Playhouse celebrates diversity in 2014-2015 Spotlight Series

by on June 18, 2014

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The Fredericton Playhouse has announced its 2014-2015 Spotlight Series which includes twenty-seven professional performances in music, theatre and dance from a wide range of different genres. The Spotlight Series invites some of the most exciting artists touring today to the Playhouse stage, offering powerful vocalists, internationally acclaimed musical ensembles, innovative dance performances, inspirational theatre pieces, family-oriented shows, hilarious comedy and much more.

“We’re delighted to have so much diversity in our Spotlight Series,” said Playhouse Executive Director Tim Yerxa. “Whether you’re looking for classical, contemporary or traditional arts, we have something to offer. With a range of large-scale productions and small, intimate concerts, there really is something for every taste.”

Hometown hero Measha Brueggergosman returns to the Playhouse with a special holiday performance, showcasing her versatility as a magnificent soprano who impresses concert goers with her extraordinary pop and jazz sensibilities. In fact, there’s no shortage of strong female singers in the season, which also includes Canadian jazz sensation Emilie-Claire Barlow and jazz/folk chanteuse Jill Barber.

Traditional music will also be featured with Irish music ensemble Cherish the Ladies and Quebec’s Bon Débarras, which brings together a fusion of traditional Quebecois folk music and step-dancing with spoken word and contemporary approaches.

Several acclaimed singer-songwriters are heading to the Playhouse, including an exciting double bill featuring the upbeat and sassy Good Lovelies and Nova Scotia’s banjo playing folk staple Old Man Luedecke. Another songwriter highlight is Canadian legend Barney Bentall, the former frontman of the Legendary Hearts, who will be joined by his son, Dustin Bentall, a rising star in Canada’s alt-country scene.

Internationally renowned Canadian baroque orchestra Tafelmusik will bring a special concert to the Playhouse, exploring the fusion of arts, science and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries. Celebrating Galileo’s introduction of the telescope, the concert is staged featuring a backdrop of high-definition images of the heavens.

This season, the series welcomes a range of dance performances. Large-scale offerings come from Ballet BC, which will perform three pieces by three renowned choreographers, and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, which will perform its raw, engaging piece, TransMigration. Bringing more intimate pieces to the Playhouse’s backstage studio space are the vivacious and captivating Nova Bhattacharya, and humanistic yet uncanny dance artist Jacques Poulin-Denis with his raw solo piece, Target of God.

Several performances in the series will be of particular interest to families. Timber!, a lumberjack-themed circus production performed by Cirque Alfonse will keep audiences on the edge of their seats with incredible feats of strength and agility. Montreal-based group [ZØGMA]‘s performance of Sokalo, an urban dance piece, will also delight audiences of all ages. A special family matinee performance by the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra will include Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and will incorporate original shadow puppetry by Peekaboo Shadows Theatre.   

The Playhouse will again offer the Kidstage series with performances selected especially for little ones and their families. This year’s edition will feature DuffleBag Theatre’s Peter Pan, Theatre del’Œil’s The Star Keeper and beloved children’s entertainer Fred Penner.

For those seeking a trip down memory lane, music legend Pat Boone will draw from his 50 years in show business for a once-in-a-lifetime show full of music and stories. Audiences will have a chance to connect with another ’50s icon thanks to the return of Billy McGuigan withRave On! The Buddy Holly Experience, a high-energy, rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza that reinvents the tribute show. The season also offers two instalments of the popular Classic Albums Live – Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell and Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

Theatre offerings this season hail from close to home and far away, including the inspiring survival story Lifeboat from UK-based Catherine Wheels Theatre Company; a captivating one-woman show by Melody A. Johnson called Miss Caledonia; and Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s With Cruel Times in Between, inspired by the poetry of Al Pittman.

Audiences will be rolling in the aisles when celebrated Canadian comic Mary Walsh takes the stage, along with special guest, comic tour-de-force cabaret performer Sharron Matthews. The show tunes continue with Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway, an epic performance featuring real Broadway stars singing the songs they’re famous for.

The Fredericton Playhouse Spotlight Series includes a special Spotlight Membership option.For only $50, Members receive early access to the best seats in the house and special pricing on all Spotlight Series and Spotlight Partner performances (Theatre New Brunswick, New Brunswick Country Showcase, Symphony New Brunswick and the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada).

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

Spotlight Memberships are on sale now and members can purchase discounted tickets to Spotlight Series performances immediately. Regular priced tickets go on sale on August 1.

For detailed information on 2014-15 Spotlight Series performances, a season guide is available at the Playhouse box office or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

 

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2 Comments
  1. Heather permalink

    When will the option to purchase the 3 pack kidstage tickets (3 shows for $39) be available?

    • Hi Heather,

      Only Spotlight Members can buy the Kidstage package (as well as tickets to the rest of our Spotlight Series) right now. All tickets, including the Kidstage package, will be on sale for the public beginning August 1.

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