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January 13, 2017
COMING SOON

OTHELLO

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Anne Marie Szucs
February 8-18, 2017

A classic tragedy infused with jealousy, ambition, love, deception, and betrayal, Shakespeare’s Othello will be transported to a post-apocalyptic, muscular,  survivalist, gender-bending future. Iago sets a vengeful trap for Othello that eventually destroys everyone in their paths. Equal parts classical excellence, Mad Max, and David Bowie – definitely not your parents’ Shakespeare!

“I had rather be a toad,
And live upon the vapour of a dungeon,
Than keep a corner in the thing I love
For others’ uses.”

February 8-18, 2017 at 8 pm evenings with a 2 pm Sunday Matinee. Call 780.420.1757 or go to www.tixonthesquare.ca for tickets!
WALTERDALE'S NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR!
Walterdale Theatre Associates is pleased to announce the Incoming Artistic Director for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 Seasons is Bethany Hughes.
 
Bethany comes to Walterdale with a BA in both Drama and Psychology from the University of Alberta. She co-founded Straight Edge Theatre and has had the pleasure of directing numerous projects in and around the Edmonton area. Bethany has been involved in the Walterdale community for several years in various roles, most recently as director of RED, the theatre’s 58th season opener.
 
“Working at Walterdale is like coming home. I am very excited to work with this wonderful group of artists and this strong artistic community.”
 
MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Our outgoing Artistic Director, Anne-Marie Szucs, has built a wonderful program whereby members and volunteers going that extra mile can be acknowledged and praised for their additional contributions to our community. While the Member Of The Month has been a delightful addition to Walterdale's culture, the details of the nomination and selection process are not necessarily common knowledge. For anyone wondering about the award (and how they might bring attention to potential candidates), here is some information:
 
-One member is awarded each month.
-The winning member and their contributions are profiled on our website, on Facebook and Twittr, and here in the Belltower.
-The winners are given two complementary tickets to the next production's opening night, where they will be publicly recognized by the Artistic Director during their welcoming speech.
 
Each month has a designated group from which nominees may be drawn, with the final decision being made by an appropriate adjudicator. Here is the breakdown for each month of the year, with August being skipped due to Fringe:
 
MONTH                         GROUP                              SELECTOR                         PRESENTATION
September              Tech Department                     Tech Director                   1st Production opening
October                1st Prod. Cast/Crew                 1st Prod. Director              2nd Production opening
November                     Publicity                         Publicity Co-Directors         2nd Production opening
December             2nd Prod. Cast/Crew               2nd Prod. Director             3rd Production opening
January                    Front of House                      FOH Co-Directors             3rd Production opening
February               3rd Prod. Cast/Crew                3rd Prod. Director              4th Production opening
March                         Membership                   Membership Co-Directors      4th Production opening
April                      4th Prod. Cast/Crew                4th Prod. Director              Cradle to Stage opening
May                        CtoS Casts/Crews                 CtoS Co-ordinator              6th Production opening
June                       Board of Directors                       President                      6th Production opening
July                      6th Prod. Cast/Crew                 6th Prod. Director             1st opening (next season)


Hopefully this information helps clear up some of the mystery, and provides some overdue credit to the unsung heroes in our midst!
WTA MEMBERS DISCOUNT - CITADEL THEATRE
UPDATE: COSTUME RENTAL POLICY
Walterdale Theatre Associates (WTA) has updated their properties and costume lending policies. Companies and individuals wishing to borrow from WTA must have a current membership prior to submitting a request to borrow. For more information on the procedures, current fees, and contact information, please go to http://members.walterdaletheatre.com/policies/.
SEASON 59 – CALL FOR SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS
 
Do you have an idea for a great show for Walterdale Theatre Associates to produce that you have always wanted to direct? Now is the time to submit for the 2017-2018 season. 

Please submit the following materials: 
o    A copy of the script (If you submit the original script, it will be returned to you – photocopies will not be). 
o    A copy of your theatre résumé highlighting your directorial experience both with Walterdale & in other theatrical settings. 
o    A Directorial Proposal (your concept) – including the following: 
o    Why you think this would be a good show for Walterdale to produce. 
o    Casting requirements (Note: this must not include casting considerations. All casts for Walterdale productions must be selected from auditions). 
o    What Production Team (if any) you would bring with you into the project. Production team members are not required for a submission and can be recruited at a later date with the assistance of Walterdale. 
o    ANY information that might affect budget (e.g. Chorus size for a musical or size of ensemble in a straight play, desire for period dress, rental of special equipment). 
o    Recent Production history within the Edmonton area. Please provide information including most recent production(s) in the Edmonton area noting year of production & the company that produced the piece. 

What kinds of shows are we looking for? 
Walterdale must meet the needs of a variety of people. The season must collectively entertain, encourage & challenge our diverse audience. 

Possible options to consider (but not limited to): 
-    A full-length Canadian script. 
-    A musical. 
-    Plays with good roles for both men & women (with a variety of ages )
-    Dramas, Comedies, Thrillers, Classics, etc… 
-    A variety of topics and issues that many different people can relate to or learn from. 

Applying directors are permitted to submit a maximum of 2 pieces for consideration for the season. Preference may be given to directors who did not direct a production in the most recent season. If new to directing, please contact Anne Marie Szucs at szucswalterdalead@gmail.com to find out how to become an Assistant Director. 

Submissions should be sent to :
 
Anne Marie Szucs, Artistic Director 
c/o Walterdale Theatre Associates 
10322 – 83rd Avenue NW Edmonton, Alberta 
T6E 5C3 

(Please note:  There will be a new Artistic Director in place for Season 59.  Anne Marie will pass on all submitted scripts once he/she has been selected.)

Submissions must be received by January 15, 2017. Late Submissions will not be considered.
 
STAGE STRUCK 2017!
Edmonton Region One Act Play Festival 
CALL FOR ENTRANTS

    
Stage Struck! 2017
Edmonton’s Winter Drama festival

What: Edmonton adult one-act play festival
When: April 21 – 22, 2017
Where: La Cité, 8627 - 91 St 

Is there a one-act play you always wanted to produce?  Need an outlet for your own new play?  Would you like a first run of your Fringe show?  We’ll provide the venue, the audience and the professional adjudication; you provide the talent!  Winning play goes to the Provincial Festival May 26 & 27, 2017.

Entrants must be based in the City of Edmonton 
•    Any scripted play, previously published or new, between 10 to 60 minutes in length, is eligible for production.  
•    Entry fee $50 
•    Entries being accepted now.  Only 9 spaces available!

For more information or to request a registration package, call 780-493-0261 or email syrellw@telus.net.  Submission deadline is January 30, 2017.
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