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Walterdale News for January 6, 2015
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WALTERDALE THEATRE WELCOMES OUR NEW A.D.!

The board is delighted to introduce our next Artistic Director - Anne Marie Szucs.
Anne Marie has been actively involved in the community and independent theatre scene since moving to the Edmonton area in 2006. Her range of theatre activities is varied and include being; a director, actor, playwright, and board member. She is a keen supporter of local theatre and is the co-founder of the Finally Sauces production company.

Anne Marie's Walterdale credits include directing The Weir and Much Ado about Nothing; acting in Nine and Pieces, and her one-act Crack was a part of the 2012 Cradle to Stage readings. We look forward to the exciting seasons that Anne Marie will bring to Walterdale as well as her passion and experience that will undoubtedly help Walterdale's community continue to grow.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Anne Marie!


- Sarah Van Tassel - 
NEXT UP: JEFFREY FEB 4-14
Directed by: Kyle Thulien

Jeffrey – Sean MacKinnon

Steve – Logan Boon

Sterling – Gerald Mason

Darius – Simon Müller

Female Ensemble – Catherine Wenschlag

Male Ensemble – Mark Kelly, Brett McGuire, Morgan D. D. Refshauge, Trevor Talbott

If you would like to work backstage or in some other technical capacity, please contact walterdalead53@gmail.com
Deciding to be a gay celibate in New York City is an impossible challenge, but what else is a guy to do when the alternative is certain death? As fate would have it, just when he makes his choice to repress it than wrap it, his friends introduce him to the man of his dreams. Jeffrey needs to navigate into a possible lifelong relationship, under the cloud of HIV, to discover the difference between the pursuit of love and physical gratification.

Don't miss JEFFREY February 4-14, 2015
Tickets available at TIX on the Square 780-420-1757
PRODUCTION MANAGER NEEDED!

Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved with the Walterdale's upcoming production of the Tony Award winning classic, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Or have you ever had the desire to get into Production Management and were just waiting for the perfect opportunity?

Either way we can help! We are in the market for a Production Manager, and potentially also a Production Manager's Assistant for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which will run from April 8 to 18, 2015. Production Management is a great way to be involved in a production - you get to coordinate all of the production activities! Working hand-in-hand with the Director, Stage Manager and Designers you oversee the production from concept to finished product, keep track of the financials and keep track of the crew! 
 
Sound scary? It isn't and we'll be with you all the way to provide support and guidance. So if you've ever had an interest in taking on the position, or even just want to know a bit more about what's required to see if Production Management is for you, please contact Walterdale's Director of Production Laura Young at ljyoung9@gmail.com.
AUDITIONS

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
The Tony Award winning play by: Edward Albee
Directed by Adam Kuss
On Stage: April 8-18, 2015
 

Audition Information:
Audition Dates: January 10th & 11th, 2015; Times: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Walterdale Theatre (10322 83 Avenue)


To book an audition, please contact Glenna Schowalter by email at g.schowalter@hotmail.com (Drop-ins will be accommodated as time allows)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf examines the breakdown of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha & George. Late one evening after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick & Honey, as guests, & draw them into their bitter & frustrated relationship. Characters: Martha – Early 50’s, smart, defiant George – Mid – Late 40’s, a professor, Martha’s husband Nick – late 20s, early 30s, a young professor Honey – mid – late 20’s, Nick’s wife Please note: ages are relative & relational & never specifically mentioned in the script.

Auditions will comprise of the following:
Monologue – Maximum 3 min monologue from a play of the modern era

CALL-BACKS (if required):
Wednesday, January 14, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Walterdale Theatre

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, January 25. Rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons, Tuesday & Thursday evenings, & will increase closer to performance dates.

All actors must be fully available from March 29 through April 18 for tech week & all performances.
Please bring any conflict dates you have to the audition.

Headshots & resumes are recommended but not required.

Copies of the script are available on loan from Walterdale. Contact the Theatre Administrator at walterph@telus.net to sign one out

Walterdale is a volunteer/member organization. We cannot engage Equity performers.
COSTUME WORKSHOPS FOR FEBRUARY!
 
Geri Dittrich will be hosting a series of costume workshops for anyone curious about the wonderful world of wardrobe!

Hat Making Workshop: Flat Wired Buckram 
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 9 am to 5 pm Glenfield Rehearsal Hall, Walterdale Theatre

Costume Making Work Bee #1
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10 am to 10 pm Glenfield Rehearsal Hall, Walterdale Theatre

Costume Making Work Bee #2
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 10 am to 10 pm Glenfield Rehearsal Hall, Walterdale Theatre

For more information or to RSVP, contact Geri at gmlwd@shaw.ca
SUBMISSIONS FOR 2015-2016 - DEADLINE EXTENDED

Do you have an idea for a great show for Walterdale Theatre Associates to produce and that you have always wanted to direct?  Now is the time to submit for the 2015-2016 season.  Please submit the following materials:

  • A copy of the script (if you submit the original script, it will be returned to you – photocopies will not be).
  • A copy of your theatre résumé, highlighting your directorial experience both with Walterdale and in other theatrical settings.
  • A Directorial Proposal (your concept) – including the following:
    • Why you think this would be a good show for Walterdale to produce.
    • Casting requirements (note: this must not include casting considerations.  All casts for Walterdale productions must be selected from auditions).
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • Recent Production history within the Edmonton area. Please provide information including most recent production(s) in the Edmonton area noting year of production and 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 and 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 and women, and 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 you are new to directing please contact Adam Kuss at Walterdaleadadam@gmail.com to find out how to become an Assistant Director.

Submissions should be sent to the following:

Adam Kuss, Artistic Director

c/o Walterdale Theatre Associates
10322 – 83rd Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T6E 5C3

NOTE: the submission deadline has been extended until JANUARY 15
Late Submissions will not be considered.

WELCOME!

The board is delighted to Welcome Derek Clayton, our new administrator, to Walterdale. Derek has a varied background with his most recent role as the Festival Director of DEDfest. His experiences ranges from bookkeeping to grant writing to event planning and marketing on web/social media. He'll make a wonderful addition and will be able to help us grow the Administrator’s role. It's possible you've already met Derek as he started training in December under Sylvia, but if not, be sure to stop by and welcome him. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Derek!

- Sarah Van Tassel -
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