Some unfortunate news
Hi there – how’s your turkey hangover doing? All the soup gone? Casseroles in the freezer? I made little individual turkey dinners for my freezer. You put the stuffing on the bottom, then layer some cut up turkey, veggies, gravy, and then mashed potatoes on the top. Freeze it, and when you’re ready to reheat them it’s a full dinner in its own dish. Yummy! I will look forward to that on a snowy night when I need some comfort food!
We have some unfortunate news to share this week. In a published statement, “The Horizon Players Association announces that we cancel our November 2018 production run of "An Evening of One Acts" due to unexpected production adversity. The decision was not made easily, and all factors were considered before coming to this final outcome. The board of directors would like to thank our members who have put time towards rehearsals already.”
We have worked with the Horizon Players for years, and we know them to be a hardworking group of volunteers, dedicated to community theatre, and we are all disappointed that the production has to be cancelled.
For those who have tickets to any of the November 22-24 dates, please contact the City Hall Ticket Centre at 780-962-8995 to discuss your options. We’d love to find you another show in our Horizon Stage season to exchange your tickets to, but if we cannot, we will provide a refund. We will be attempting to contact all ticket buyers, but if for some reason you don’t hear from us, please call. If we haven’t managed to speak with you by Friday, November 2, refunds will be automatically processed.
Quick update on a couple of upcoming shows in the season. Next week on October 26, The Comic Strippers will hit the stage with their hilarious twist on improv comedy. It’s important to understand the context: they are Comedians who want to be Strippers, not the other way around. Every show is different, because that’s how improv works. Your suggestions guide where the show goes, so come prepared to participate. I’m really looking forward to being a fly on the wall that night. It is an 18+ show, so leave the kids at home and enjoy some grown-up time. There aren’t many seats left, so call us quick if you’d like to join the fun. The following week, November 2 brings Johnny Summers Little Big Band. For those who like Big Band music, this is a delightful treat. A fun-sized group (kind of like the Halloween candy you’re going to steal from your kids when they aren’t looking), they’re bringing jazzy versions of all kinds of music to entertain you. Movie themes, pop music, American Songbook standards, and everything in between. Be transported to the Sinatra days – when the trumpet was in every band. Tickets are still available by calling 780-962-8995, online, or by visiting us at the City Hall Ticket Centre.
Having said “visit us” I do have to warn you – we’re closed in the afternoon of October 18 and all day on the 19th, because all the office staff are attending Alberta Showcase. If you’ve ever wondered how we choose the artists we present, this is one of the best places to find great talent all in one location. There are several of this type of industry conferences that pair up juried artists with presenters, in the hopes that we can find a way to work with each other. This weekend, we will see over 40 acts, each of whom are doing their best to impress those who book shows. They get a short amount of time to capture our attention, and then the negotiating begins. When are they available? Do we have space in the theatre at the same time? Can they fit in our venue? Do we have others like them or do we have to pass because there’s not enough variety? Can we afford them? Is there a way to get a few presenters together to build a tour so we can each share some costs? It’s like chess, or maybe Jenga. It’s a complicated process and I LOVE IT! I get so energized seeing all the potential on stage and piecing it together to share with you. The results of conferences like this will be seen on our stage for a couple of seasons, because sometimes it takes that long to make it all fit. For example, this season you will see 11 artists that I have seen at conferences just like this in the last couple of years. When anyone asks me how important these Showcase events are, I cannot overstate their value. So, hats off to organizations that host them, and the artists who apply to perform. We appreciate their hard work – which creates such difficult choices for us.
With all that being said, I hope you have a wonderful weekend of whatever makes you happy. I’m in my happy place and can’t wait to see what gems we can program for next season. See you at the Stage!
-Brandi Watson, Theatre Manager