Kicking off Walterdale's 60th Anniversary Season!

In less than a week, Walterdale Theatre's 60th Anniversary Season officially begins with the opening of The Triangle Factory Fire Project. It's a hot start to a sizzling season! The production features a cast of 20 (both new and returning to Walterdale's stage) and underscores the need for safe working conditions for all.

In the Triangle Waist Factory off downtown Manhattan's Washington Square—where 500 immigrant workers from Poland, Russia, and Italy toil fourteen-hour days making lady's dresses—a cigarette is tossed into a bin of fabric scraps. Despite desperate efforts, flames sweep through the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors. Panic-stricken workers run in all directions. Dozens leap from the windows to their deaths, shocking the crowd of onlookers gathered below. And some through bravery or sheer luck make it out alive. In the space of twenty-eight minutes, the fire is under control, but 146 people, mainly young immigrant girls, have died. The Triangle Factory Fire Project uses eyewitness accounts, court transcripts and other archival material to paint a heartbreaking picture of a disastrous day in American history and explores the human toll such a tragedy takes on us all.

The Triangle Factory Fire Project runs from October 10-20. Click here for tickets.

There are a few other great things happening soon at Walterdale Theatre:

Dance for Non-Dancers Workshop!

Walterdale Theatre is thrilled to present a dance and choreography workshop focusing on the Charleston! It's the perfect way to get ready for music and dance infused The Great Gatsby!  Free for members, $25 for non-members.

DATE: Saturday November 3rd
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with a 1 1/2 hour lunch)
LOCATION: Walterdale Theatre, 10322 83 Ave. in the Glenfield Rehearsal Hall
Arrive 15 to 30 minutes early for registration and bring dancing shoes if you have them!

Presented with sponsorship from Theatre Alberta.

Contact and register early, limited spaces available.

Auditions for Leave of Absence by Lucia Frangione
Show dates: February 6- 16, 2019
Director: Alix Reynolds

Audition Location: Walterdale Theatre
Audition Dates: October 14 & 15, 2018, 6 – 10 pm
Callbacks:  October 20, 2018, 1 – 4 pm

A teenage girl suspected of being gay is bullied by her classmates. This play explores and challenges the fall out of the response to the same sex marriage rulings in Canada and how it affects youth and the programs and supports available to them. It also asks the greater community about the ethics of being absent and our role in the LGBTQ+ community. Are we turning a blind eye? What does love and acceptance look like?

Casting Requirements:

All genders and ethnicities welcome.

Ryan: Late fifties, a Roman Catholic priest, cerebral.
Greta: Late thirties, single mom, counselor at a women’s shelter, sloppy beautiful.
Leap (Filipp):  Forty, a former Russian boxer, does construction, physically immaculate.  (Russian accent is an asset)
Martha (Miss Woods): Early fifties, school principal and church worship leader, a velvet hammer. (preference given to Person of Colour; this character sings live on stage)
Blake: Fourteen, Greta’s daughter, awkward. (preference given to young performers)

Click here for more information and deatils on booking your audition today!

From Cradle to Stage 2018-19 Submissions Request

Edmonton’s foremost community theatre company is now accepting submissions for its annual new work event, From Cradle to Stage. For over a decade, Walterdale Theatre has been producing original plays by local playwrights as a part of its main stage season. In celebration of our 60th Anniversary Season we are doing something a little different.

This Day, which was submitted for last year’s competition was selected in advance for development this year. It’s a musical by Matt Graham and Sue Goberdhan and will receive dramaturgy from Anne Marie Szucs over the fall and winter to be ready for audition by the end of January 2019.

Collaboration Project: For the second piece to be developed, in honour of the 60th Season, we are looking for monologues and scenes about your Walterdale (and other community theatre) experiences. Selected playwrights will work with Facilitator Kristen M. Finlay (yes, that's right - me!) to construct a collective piece celebrating Walterdale.

Click here for more details about submissions for the Collaboration Project. Deadline to submit is October 30th, 2018.


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