March 17, 2017

By Gary Kirkham
Directed by Liz Cook
On Stage: Apr. 5-15, 2017

Based on a true story, a chance meeting between the Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, and Milli in her home of Galt, Ontario, leads to a merry war of wits and, eventually, love. In Milli, Edward sees escape from a life of obligation and duty, but Milli is not so quickly captivated by the dashing Duke. Will she succumb to his charms?

The romantic comedy Queen Milli of Galt is Walterdale’s donor-voted show for this season.

“I have the most dreadful news. I believe I just might love you! Yes I know, it’s terribly sad, and simply horrid and, and, worse yet…True.”

Tickets now available at TIX on the Square

Walterdale Theatre Associates is looking for an Interim Treasurer to sit on the board of directors. 

As Interim Treasurer you will work closely with the Administrator to monitor the financial responsibilities of the organisation.  The Administrator does the day to day bookkeeping while the Treasurer works with the Administrator to prepare reports for the monthly board meetings, grant material, yearly budget and to present the audited financial statement at the October AGM.

Board meetings are typically held on the first Sunday of each month.  For more information please contact Clare Mullen (Past President) at  
We are currently seeking the following:

1. Props Coordinator - no experience needed, just a willingness to source items for the two shows. Support will be provided. Requirements: flexible hours beginning immediately until May 20th.

2. Lighting Operator - no experience needed, will be trained. Opportunity available to work with designer to learn even more. Requirements: Sunday May 7th 10am-6pm, Monday May 8th - Saturday May 20th 6pm-11pm (Saturday May 13th Dark).

3. Stage Manager - experience preferred, but willing to train if needed. Requirements:

Wednesday March 8 - 7-10
Wednesday March 15 - 7-10
Sunday March 19 - 1-5
Wednesday March 22 - 7-10
Monday March 27 - 7-10
Wednesday March 29 - 7-10
Monday April 3 - 7-10
Wednesday April 5 - 7-10
Sunday April 9 - 1-5
Monday April 10 - 7-10
Wednesday April 12 - 7-10
Monday April 17 - 7-10
Wednesday April 19 - 7-10
Sunday April 23 - 1-5
Monday April 24 - 7-10
Wednesday April 26 - 7-10
Sunday April 30 - 1-5
Monday May 1 - 7-10
Wednesday May 3 - 7-10
Thursday May 4 - 7-10
Sunday May 7th 10-6
Monday May 8th to Saturday May 20th 6-11 (Saturday May 13th Dark).

For additional information or to be considered for a role, please contact Catherine Wenschlag, Production Manager of the festival. Please note: all positions are volunteer.
From Script to Stage: How to Costume a Stage Production for Community Theatre 
with Geri Dittrich

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9am to 5pm (includes a 1 hour lunch break)
Location: Walterdale Theatre
Open to Directors, Production Managers, Stage Managers, Actors and Costumers. . .or anyone who is interested. This is not a costume construction workshop. . .no sewing involved.
Cost: $25.00
FREE for Walterdale Members
Cash, cheque or debit accepted and memberships may be purchased day of the workshop

Refreshments will be provided for morning and afternoon breaks with an hour lunch  
(bring a lunch or go out).

Email to register by March 31 or for more information.
Geri is a graduate from the University of Alberta.  She studied Clothing and Textiles and developed a keen interest in Historic Fashion.  This interest lead to a career in theatre costuming.  For several years, she has designed, created, and coordinated costumes for many groups and individuals in the Edmonton area.
Geri now operates a costume business through which she freelances as a costumer for festivals, special events, service organizations, corporations, schools, entertainers, and community and professional theatre companies.  Her work ranges from one person shows to large musical theatre casts, from theme parties to stadium events and to custom character costumes for individual collectors.  She has created her costumes in fully equipped costume shops, in event tents, in theatre lobbies, in hallways, in a park using a lighting crate as a sewing table . . .and even in her own studio.
She is delighted to be able to work with such a diverse and interesting clientele meeting many wonderful, talented people and has made many lasting friendships throughout her career.
Save the Date!
Lighting Workshop – Saturday June 3, 2017
(this is a Theatre Alberta by Request workshop)
Location: Walterdale Theatre
More information coming soon!
Walterdale Theatre Associates
Follies - July 5-15, 2017 
Director/Choreographer: Barbara Mah 
Assistant Choreographer: Christine Maydew
Music Director: Michael Clark  

Audition Location: Walterdale
Audition Dates: Mar 10 & 12, 2017
Callbacks March 19 (Location TBA)
Rehearsals Begin April 4, 2017

Set in a crumbling theatre on the eve of its date with the wrecking ball, the “follies girls” that used to dance at this theatre come for a final reunion with husbands, and baggage, in tow. With such memorable Sondheim songs as “Broadway Baby,” “Losing My Mind,” and “I’m Still Here,” Follies is a poignant look at what is, what was, and the choices that led from there to here.

Audition Requirements:
Please prepare a Sondheim piece NOT from the show. Choose a piece that would complement the character you wish to audition for. 

Please bring sheet music (in the key you are singing), or an mp3 accompaniment track (phone or ipod). We may not have cd capability. No self accompaniment, no a capella, please.

There is a mandatory dance/movement audition for all roles. Please book a dance time adjacent to your singing time.  If you tap, bring your tap shoes. Please come dressed to dance/move. We are not expecting professional dancers, but need to ascertain how well you move (unless specified in the roles)

Callback requirements
Scenes will be provided for on-book auditions. For those auditioning for specific “follies girls”, you will be asked to sing “her” song in the key of the show. Sheet music will be provided and may be requested ahead of time.

Rehearsals begin in April and run Tuesday/Thursday nights (7-10 pm), Sunday afternoons (1-5 pm)

Tech week beings June 26, prepare to be in the theatre every night.

Please bring any conflicts with rehearsal dates to the audition including vacations, concerts, jobs to the audition.

Sign up for auditions here:
Look for our Facebook Event 



Character Breakdown: Ages are relative -- will adjust as necessary. The Walterdale is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, the director will consider all submissions,

Please note that the Walterdale is an amateur theatre and we cannot consider applications from members of Canadian Actors Equity.

Sally Durant Plummer (Female, 45-55 yrs. old | Range: F3 - G5 
Phyllis Rogers Stone (Female, 45-55 yrs. old | Range: F3 - E5) 
Buddy Plummer (Male, 50-60 yrs. old | Range: C3 - F4) 
Benjamin Stone (Male, 50-60 yrs. old | Range: A3 - F5) 

Young Sally (Female, 18-25 yrs. old | Range: C4 - Gb5) 
Young Phyllis (Female, 20-25 yrs. old | Range: C4 - F#5) 
Young Buddy (Male, 20-30 yrs. old | Range: C3 - Gb5) 
Young Ben (Male, 20-30 yrs. old | Range: C3 - Fb4) 

Carlotta Campion (Female, 45-55 yrs. old | Range: Eb3 - C5) 
Stella Deems (Female, 55-65 yrs. old | Range: E3 - F#5) 
Max Deems (Male, 55-65 yrs. old | Speaking Role) 
Hattie Walker (Female, 65-75 yrs. old | Range: G3 - B5) 
Emily Whitman (Female, 65-80 yrs. old | Range: A4 - D5)  dance background useful
Theodore Whitman (Male, 65-80 yrs. old | Range: A3 - D4) dance background useful
Solange La Fitte (Female, 65-75 yrs. old | Range: A4 - G5) 
Heidi Schiller (Female, 65-75 yrs. old | Range: D4 – A6).
Young Heidi (Female, 18-25 yrs. old | Range: E4 - Ab5) dance background useful
Dimitri Weissman (Male, 70-80 yrs. old | Speaking Role) 
Roscoe (Male, 55-65 yrs. old | Range: D3 - A5) 
Vaudeville Margie - Dancer (Female - 35)
Vaudeville Sally  -  Dancer (Female - 30-45)

Dancers/.Ghosts/Dance Chorus (Females 18-25 yrs) 
Young Hattie
Young Emily
Young Solange
Young Carlotta
Young Stella

Ensemble/Waiters/Party Staff (all ages, all genders)
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!
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