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Pay What You Will pricing idea expands for 2017-2018 season

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Following the success of our Pay What You Will pricing idea over the last two seasons, the Playhouse has expanded the initiative for 2017-2018. This year, we will offer Pay What You Will pricing on two Spotlight Series performances: The Jerry Cans on November 25, and Inside/Out on March 15; and on all three Kidstage performances: DuffleBag Theatre’s Cinderella with two showings on December 29, Manxmouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear on April 15, and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia‘s performance of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny on May 12.

So, how does Pay What You Will work? You still need a ticket for these shows – you can book your seats in advance by calling our box office at 458-8344, through our online ticketing system, or by visiting us at 686 Queen Street. If you don’t book in advance, you’ll also have the option of visiting the box office in person on the day of the show to reserve your seats.

When you attend the performance, we’ll provide you with an envelope, and will ask you to pay whatever amount you wish (based on your own individual experience) following the show, using cash, credit card or cheque. Ultimately, YOU decide the price of your tickets!

We decided to introduce Pay What You Will for two reasons: to increase access to Playhouse programs by reducing potential barriers, and to encourage our patrons to take a chance on new and exciting performances.

For more information about Pay What You Will, please contact our box office at 458-8344.

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Classic Albums Live brings Rush’s epic album 2112 to life on stage

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On Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m., perennial Fredericton Playhouse favourite Classic Albums Live returns to the stage to perform Rush: 2112.

Classic Albums Live presents skilled musicians who recreate the greatest albums of the ’60s and ’70s live on stage – note for note, cut for cut. Don’t look for costumes and look-alike theatrics at these rock recitals, just pure musicianship and songs that shaped a generation.

Released in 1976, 2112 is the fourth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush. It features a seven-part suite that constitutes a full side of the record, telling a dystopian story set in the year 2112. This album marked Rush’s first real commercial success, eventually reaching platinum status. Today, 2112 is widely considered to be one of the greatest progressive rock albums of all time.

This performance marks the first Classic Albums Live show featuring a Canadian artist to be performed on the Playhouse stage, and it promises to be an unforgettable night for rock fans.

Tickets for Classic Albums Live’s performance of Rush: 2112 are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

“Friends” of the Playhouse help to provide greater access to the performing arts

At the Fredericton Playhouse, we have a mission of making the performing arts accessible to everyone in our community. But as a non-profit organization, we depend on the support of our donors to share the magic of live performance through our performances and programs.

Each year around this time, we put out a call for support, and we continue to be encouraged by the overwhelming response we receive from our donors, the “Friends of the Fredericton Playhouse.” Their generous donations allow us to maintain and grow our presentation series and outreach programs.

We’re always exploring new ways to expand our existing programs and last season, as part of our existing Arts are for Everyone program, some of our donations were used to pilot a new initiative called the Intergenerational Project. We paired residents from the Shannex Parkland Fredericton retirement home with students from Theatre New Brunswick’s Theatre School, and invited them to attend a show together.

We introduced our senior and youth participants at the Playhouse during a pre-show reception, giving them the chance to chat and get to know one another. Then, they attended BOOM, a play about the music, culture and politics of the Baby Boom generation.

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Students and Seniors share an experience at a recent performance.

We were thrilled by the results, as students and seniors had many lively discussions during the intermission and following the show. Several participants exchanged contact information, and they’ve been able to form friendships as a result, making it an enriching experience for retirement home residents and theatre school students alike.

Thanks to the success of this pilot, the Inter-generational Project will continue this season. Next month, we’ll invite a group of seniors and young people to get to know each other before watching A Passage to Bollywood on the Playhouse stage. We’re able to present this program at no cost to participants, all thanks to our Friends.

Of course, this is just one example of what we’re able to achieve thanks to the generosity of our donors. Last season, we presented 37 world-class professional live performances in dance, theatre and music as part of our Spotlight and Kidstage Series. This included two special Pay-What-You-Will performances, an initiative introduced to help increase accessibility, and to encourage patrons to take a chance on new and exciting shows.

We presented five school matinee performances in 2016-17, making it possible for more than 2,600 students from the Greater Fredericton area to attend a show. Our School Field Trips program offers an assistance grant, waiving the admission fees for a number of students from schools with a pronounced barrier to participating.

The Playhouse delivered 17 Experience More! learning opportunities last year, and 500 individuals participated in these free or low-cost activities, which included workshops, talks, food and drink events, and more.

I’m also very pleased that we were able to provide 600 complimentary tickets through the Arts are for Everyone access program last season. This program aims to reduce barriers to participating in the performing arts by working in partnership with local agencies, such as the Fredericton Food Centre and the Multicultural Association of New Brunswick.

We continue to work to make the Fredericton Playhouse a place where everyone can feel welcome, which is why we offer programs like our School Field Trips series, Experience More! enrichment activities and the Arts are for Everyone access program, which includes initiatives like the Intergenerational Project. Thanks to the support of the Friends of the Fredericton Playhouse, we look forward to providing meaningful performing arts experiences to members of our community for many years to come.

Tim Yerxa is the Executive Director of the Fredericton Playhouse.

 

 

 

A Passage to Bollywood celebrates Diwali with an engaging blend of music, dance and theatre

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The Fredericton Playhouse Spotlight Series will celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with A Passage to Bollywood on Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Presented in partnership with the Association of Indo-Canadians, this vibrant performance by Navdhara India Dance Theatre is full of foot-tapping music, colourful costumes and a gripping plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Featuring classical Indian songs as well as the latest Bollywood hits, audience members will experience drama, action and romance in this engaging blend of music, dance and theatre.

Based out of Mumbai, and founded by Indian-Australian choreographer Ashley Lobo, Navdhara India Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company that combines the physical methodologies of western dance with the spiritual philosophies of Indian dance. The company is known for its universal movement style, which transcends culture and moves beyond boundaries, achieving “navdhara” or “new flow.”

In addition to this performance, the Playhouse is pleased to present a sold-out Experience More! Indian Dining Experience on November 16 at 5:30 p.m. Participants will dine at the Crowne Plaza Fredericton, where Executive Chef Matt Mackenzie will provide a meal featuring authentic Indian cuisine.

Tickets for A Passage to Bollywood are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

Breabach and Old Man Luedecke join forces for special double bill concert

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On Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m., the Canada 150 Performance Series presents a special double bill concert by Breabach and Old Man Luedecke at the Fredericton Playhouse.

Five-piece Scottish band Breabach delivers a thrilling brand of contemporary folk music that has earned them international recognition on the world and roots music scene. Since their 2005 debut, they have performed at iconic venues and festivals all around the world. Their exhilarating and energetic performance embodies the Scottish sound that greatly influences music from the East Coast of Canada.

Based in Chester, N.S., Old Man Luedecke has a cunning lyrical flair, tenderly pushing the boundaries of storytelling with a unique mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks. This Juno-winning performer creates narrative-driven folk songs that are playful, coy and soul-warming. He’ll have you hanging on his every word.

This performance is part of the Fredericton Playhouse’s Canada 150 Performance Series, which celebrates the milestone of our country’s 150th anniversary of confederation with multidisciplinary performances that reflect Canada’s vibrant performing arts landscape.

In addition to this performance, the Playhouse is pleased to present a pre-show Experience More! Scotch Whisky Tasting with Frank Scott starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Playhouse. Whisky enthusiast and connoisseur Frank Scott will lead participants as they sample a selection of Scottish whiskies paired with accompanying foods. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Playhouse box office.

Tickets for Breabach and Old Man Luedecke are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

Paris – The Show exports the charm and flavour of the City of Lights to Fredericton

5. Paris

Coming up at the Fredericton Playhouse on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m., Paris – The Show is a vibrant tribute to the greatest French songs of the post-war years.

All the charm and flavour of the City of Lights will be exported directly to Fredericton in Paris – The Show. Full of beautiful costumes and spectacular sets, audience members will be transported to the stages of the greatest Parisian cabarets of all time. The show features a repertoire of iconic French musicians, including Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Lucienne Boyer and many more.

The performance tells the story of Françoise, a young girl who arrives in Montmartre with dreams of becoming a famous artist. On her journey, she crosses paths with Ediath Piaf and becomes her friend and confidante. She also meets Jules, a young singer living in Pigalle. A romance blossoms in the city where love conquers all.

In addition to this performance, the Playhouse is pleased to present an Experience More! pre-show Wines of France Tasting on November 8 at 6 p.m. at Corked Wine Bar. Participants are invited to immerse themselves in Parisian culture by starting the night with a series of French wines. Interested participants must pre-register for this event by contacting the Playhouse box office.

Tickets for Paris – The Show are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

Fredericton Symphony Orchestra commemorates Canada’s 150th anniversary with a special performance

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The Fredericton Symphony Orchestra will perform as part of a special show called First World War in Film and Music: Battle of the Somme at the Fredericton Playhouse on Monday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The orchestra will commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary with a performance of a musical score by Laura Rossi, presented in conjunction with the 1916 documentary film The Battle of the Somme. Composed in 2006 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the groundbreaking film, Rossi’s score as performed by the orchestra will give greater meaning and depth to the wartime footage featured in the documentary.

The Battle of the Somme is a compelling record of one of the key battles of the First World War, during which more than 24,000 of our soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing. The fallen from the Battle of the Somme were among the more than 66,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who lost their lives in the First World War. This film is the first feature-length documentary record of combat. It remains one of the most successful documentaries ever made, and has influenced the past 100 years of documentary filmmaking.

This performance is part of the Fredericton Playhouse’s Canada 150 Performance Series, which celebrates the milestone of our country’s 150th anniversary of confederation with multidisciplinary performances that reflect Canada’s vibrant performing arts landscape.

In addition to this performance, the Playhouse is pleased to present a free Experience More! Pre-Show Talk with Brent Wilson, starting at 6:15 p.m. Wilson teaches military history at the University of New Brunswick, including courses on the First World War and war through film. This presentation will provide historical context for the film The Battle of the Somme by briefly describing the battle, how and why the film was made and used, and the impact it has had on its audiences.

Tickets for Fredericton Symphony Orchestra are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.