Cast of Shakespeare in Love announced

Morpheus Theatre is pleased to announce the cast of our production of Shakespeare in Love.

Will Shakespeare – Caleb Gordon
Viola De Lesseps – Michaila Skye
Kit Marlowe – Trevor Matheson
Queen Elizabeth – Deborah L. Ferguson
Henslowe – John Warkentin
Fennyman – Jennifer MacLean
Lord Wessex – Janos Zeller
Tilney – Sandra Lucas
John Webster – Nick Wensrich
Ned Alleyn – Megan Baldrey
Richard Burbage – Kyle Gould
Nurse – Elizabeth Greenwood
Sir Robert De Lesseps – John Moerschbacher
Sam – Emily Snell
Wabash – Ian Bamford
Molly/Musician – Arlene Irwin
Ralph/Ensemble – Dorin McIntosh
Peter/Ensemble – Nicole Dickinson
Boatman/Ensemble – George Thomson
Kate/Ensemble – Shaylea Pangle

Thank you to everyone who came out for the auditions.

Contract Opportunity Director / Theatre Instructor – G&S JR Theatre School

Contract Opportunity
Director / Theatre Instructor – G&S Junior Theatre School

Morpheus Theatre is seeking a Director/ Theatre instructor for its G&S Junior Theatre School program. This is a contract position beginning mid-October 2018 until mid-May 2019 (approximately 50 to 60 hours of classroom time). The remuneration for this contract is set at $2000. The ideal candidate will have a desire to remain with the program for a few years.

The G&S Junior Theatre School works with youth age 9 to 17 to produce a Gilbert and Sullivan production each May at the Pumphouse Theatre, on the set of the Morpheus Theatre mainstage production.

The program began seven years ago and since its inception has quadrupled in size–building a strong community of young artists while fostering a love for the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Working within the spirit of community theatre, the program is inclusive and works to develop the skills of young artists in a safe, fun and inspiring environment.

The program has two classes running concurrently Saturday mornings from 10am to 11:30am (October to January) and 10am to 12pm (February to May). Two dress rehearsal and two performances will take place during the first two weeks of May.

The successful candidate will have:
• a strong love of theatrical education
• a passion for inspiring young artists to work towards their performance potential
• an appreciation of Gilbert and Sullivan
• experience working with and supervising youth
• ability to recreate a Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta for young audiences
• a current (or ability to acquire) police information check/vulnerable sector search for employment

Roles and Responsibilities
• Work closely with the Theatre School Coordinator/Director and Musical Director to develop the course plan for the season
• Facilitate weekly classes based on the plan
• Work with the Theatre School Coordinator/Director and Musical Director to deliver upon the vision for the show, rewrite the script for the Junior members of the ensemble
• Instruct theatre/performance fundamentals
• Ensure a safe, professional environment while fostering a love of TYA performance and a lasting love of the arts
• Assist the students in reaching their potential

For more information on the program, please visit http://www.morpheustheatre.ca/?page_id=17

If you have any questions or are interested in applying please email the Theatre School Coordinator at the address below. Applications should include your resume and a cover letter outlining your experience and your artistic practice. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Contact:
Michelle Brandenburg
Theatre School Director
Email: elle.brandenburg@gmail.com

Deadline for Applications: September 28, 2018

New Season, New Shows, New Auditions!

As we approach the end of the dog days of summer, and look forward to a brand new theatre season, we would like to thank all of you – patrons, volunteers, and supporters – for engaging with us in our shared passion of creating Shows Worth Seeing.  We know your time is valuable, and we thank you for sharing it with us.

We would like to congratulate all recipients & nominees of this year’s Cat Awards! The community came out to celebrate in Big Top style the dedication and passion of all community theatre volunteers on August 25 at the Rozsa Centre. Morpheus was pleased to present a Volunteer Award to Margaret Harper for her exceptional contributions to our company for this past year. Also, special Congratulations goes to Sandy Lucas who received the award in her category! See the complete list of recipients HERE.


UPCOMING EVENTS!

Sept 16, 18, 20 – AUDITIONS for ONE BAD APPLE – Calling all performing artists!  Are you looking for a fun filled, magically musical project to get you through the dark days of fall?  Well look no further!  Morpheus Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for our family friendly holiday season panto!

Sept 17, 7:00 pm –Annual General Meeting  for Morpheus Theatre (at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre)

Sept 9, 7:00 pm – G&S Singers Resumes – Join our non-audition chorus for laughter, patter and music!

Sept 22 Talk like a Brit!  with Jane MacFarlane – This workshop will teach you how to do a British Stage Standard Dialect or Received Pronunciation {RP} that is integrated in character and the oral geography of the sound, and not just mimicry. We will look at the RP as well as how dialects move around the various regions on southern England. Knowing how you move from your own sound into the dialect of the character will also help you to adopt other dialects and accents for other regions. you will learn how and why we sound differently, depending on where you are from!

SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 6 – UNNECESSARY FARCE Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! Don’t miss our Fall Farce! Buy tickets HERE

Sept 30, Oct 1, 3 – AUDITIONS for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE – sign up coming soon!

Oct 13 – G&S JR Theatre School Begins! Registration has closed.  Thank you for your support!


SEASON TICKETS are still on sale. Information on our shows & packages HERE

WORKSHOPS – A full season of awesome workshops is in the works! Information HERE

SPACE RENTAL – Morpheus is proud to offer a variety of arts spaces at reasonable rates.  More information HERE!

Morpheus AGM September 17, 7:00pm!

Morpheus Theatre is thrilled to announce the annual hosting of our completely obligatory, government mandated (via the Societies Act and our Bylaws) Annual General Meeting!

The AGM (for short) will be held Monday September 17, 7:00pm at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre

3512 – 5th Avenue NW

Lower Level of the Parkdale Community Centre

We invite all interested parties, volunteers, artists, patrons, and curious onlookers to join us for this enthralling meeting where we summarize the activities of the past year (in 500 words or less), present the accounting of the financials, and elect the board of directors to another one year sentence.

Admission to all this comes at the unbelievably low price of only one Loonie. (That is not a comment on anyone in particular.)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Morpheus Theatre’s Board of Directors

G&S JR REGISTRATION DEADLINE SEPT 1st!

PROFESSIONAL THEATRE TRAINING FOR YOUTH AGED 9 TO 17!

Morpheus Theatre is pleased to announce that for our 6th season, our G&S JR Theatre School program will be studying the operetta about that takes place in an all female university, PRINCESS IDA

In October 2018 we will be continuing to offer both a Junior class for students 9 – 12 and a Senior class for students 13- 17. The program gives youth an opportunity to expand their acting skills and challenge themselves with the lyrics and patter of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. The Senior class will also include more advanced acting skills and choreography.

Classes will include professional instruction in Acting and Voice, and the program will culminate in two youth performances on the set of our mainstage production for their family and friends. They will work on a full set with lights, sounds, and costumes.

Students enrolled in the program gain confidence & aptitude in their singing through learning the basics in choral singing:  tuning, breath management, vowel formation, good diction, posture and facial expression using vocal warm-ups, exercises, and homework.  The basics of musical sight reading will be taught, listening skills will be honed, and singing in harmony will be introduced.  The fun, humour and drama of Gilbert and Sullivan is a great way for youth to be introduced to classical music.  Group vocal lessons encourage teamwork and friendship, in a low stress environment!  All students will also have the opportunity to try their hand at solo singing, if they so wish, and the learning environment created will be positive and constructive.

DATE: Saturday, October 13 to Saturday May 18 10:00 – 11:30am
***No classes over winter break or holiday long weekends.

COST: Juniors – $375, Seniors – $425  (SENIORS ARE SOLD OUT)
***Payment plans & family discounts available – please call 403-246-2999

WHERE: Morpheus Rehearsal Centre, Lower Level, 3512 5 Avenue NW

Registration deadline: Sept 1, 2018! Click here to register online  or call our office at (403) 246-2999.

 

 

It’s not too late to take advantage of Season Ticket Discounts!

It’s not too late advantage of the discounts of Season Tickets! Our first production is in late September, so there is still time to get you and all your buddies organized for season tickets!

We have a wonderful new season coming and we don’t want you to miss out!  Our 2018/2019 season features: Unneccessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith (Sept 28 – Oct 6), our Christmas Pantomime, One Bad Apple by Charlotte Nixon (Dec 7 – 15), Shakespeare in Love Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall (Feb 1 – 9), and we wrap things up with our Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, Princess Ida (Apr 26 – May 11).  More details on our season can be found here: http://www.morpheustheatre.ca/?page_id=2616


You can order your Subscription either by mailing in a cheque with the order form available here:
http://www.morpheustheatre.ca/morph_wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-Subscription-form-r1.pdf or you can call us directly at (403) 246-2999, on Monday to Friday between 12 and 4. Or, email us at tickets@morpheustheatre.ca, and we’ll give you a call back right away!

Thank you for joining us for Shows Worth Seeing!

Cast of Unnecessary Farce announced

Morpheus Theatre is pleased to announce the cast of our 24th season opener – Unnecessary Farce.

Eric Sheridan – Cameron Lugg
Billie Dwyer – Brieanna McCutcheon
Karen Brown – Michele Wienecke
Mayor Meekly – Kevin Chinook
Agent Frank – Michael Armstrong
Todd – Mark Huolt
Mary Meekly – Denise Vaile

Thank you to everyone who came out for the auditions.

Summer Lovin’… Havin’ a BLAST! June News is here!

Summer is nearly here, but we still have a workshop, auditions and a BBQ to go!

If you saw great work at our recent presentation of HMS PINAFORE (or any of our shows this year), we encourage you to nominate a performer, director or designer in recognition. Click HERE to honour our volunteers.


ANNOUNCING OUR 24th SEASON OF SHOWS WORTH SEEING

Unnecessary Farce – September 28 to October 6, 2018, By Paul Slade Smith, Directed by Chelsea Friesen with Marie-Claire Gould
One Bad Apple: The Queen, Snow White and the Evil Red Delicious – December 7 to 15, 2018, By Charlotte Nixon, Directed by Sean Anderson
Shakespeare in Love – February 1 to 9, 2019, Adapted for Stage by Lee Hall, Based on the Screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Directed by Iam Coulter
Princess Ida – April 26 to May 11, 2019, By W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, Directed by Kaleigh Richards with Ginette Simonot


UPCOMING EVENTS!

June 10, 7:00 – G&S SINGERS OPEN HOUSE – Love to sing? Come check out the G&S Singers THIS Sunday, no audition required!

June 16  The Fascination of the Masks  with Steve Jarand – What are the differences between good Impro and great Impro? Good acting and great acting? It lies somewhere beyond wit, charm and precision. In this workshop, gain some insight into the origins of improvised theatre and the heart of the performer through the use of masks and mask ideas.

June 19, 20, 23 – Auditions for UNNECESSARY FARCE – click the link for information & to book an audition slot

June 24, 2:00 – 4:00 – Annual Appreciation BBQ – Please “purchase” a FREE ticket online to RSVP HERE! 

June 30 – Early Bird Deadline for Season Tickets – download the order form HERE

July 1 – G&S JR Open Registration Begins – Student from the 2017-2018 year can re-register by calling the office at 403-246-2999

July 2 – 6 – Morpheus Office Closed

July 31 – Early Bird Deadline for G&S JR Registration 

September 28 – October 6 – UNNECESSARY FARCE


CAT NOMINATIONS –  Nominations are always open! Visit the webpage HERE!

SPACE RENTAL – Morpheus is proud to offer a variety of arts spaces at reasonable rates.  More information HERE!

Annual Morpheus Year End Appreciation BBQ!

ANNUAL MORPHEUS YEAR END APPRECIATION BBQ!

We’d like to celebrate all our supporters by inviting our volunteers, patrons and friends to our annual Year-End Appreciation BBQ!

Join us for an afternoon of BBQing, door prizes, socializing, and show reminiscing!  Show mementos will be available for pick up (cast photos, etc).  There will also be information on our new season, and how to get involved.

 

Who:  Morpheus Patrons & Volunteers & Friends!

When:   Sunday June 24, 2 to 4pm

Where: Parkdale Community Centre/Morpheus Rehearsal Centre (3512 5 Avenue NW)

What:  Free BBQ, Carousing

 

Please “purchase” a FREE ticket online to RSVP at http://tickets.morpheustheatre.ca/

By email to tickets@morpheustheatre.ca

Or by phone to (403) 246-2999

Announcing Morpheus Theatre’s 2018/2019 Season

Announcing Morpheus Theatre’s 2018/2019 Season

Join us for our TWENTY-FOURTH SEASON of Shows Worth Seeing. Click the link to Download the Season Ticket Form.

Show times are Wednesday to Saturday at 7:30pm.  Weekend matinees are at 2:00pm.
All performances are at the Pumphouse Theatre, 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW

View our Facebook LIVE announcement HERE:

Unnecessary Farce
By Paul Slade Smith, Directed by Chelsea Friesen with Marie-Claire Gould
September 28th to October 6th, 2018

This is Eric and Billie’s chance. They have this one opportunity to prove they have what it takes to become full-fledged members of the police force. The hotel rooms are booked, the recording equipment is set up and functional. The informant has been prepped and the suspect is on his way. It’s all quite simple and straightforward. So naturally, it all goes catastrophically, ridiculously wrong. This side-splittingly funny season opener will have you giggling and rooting for our two wannabe cops from the moment we meet them. They are surrounded by a colorful cast of characters including Karen, who can’t seem to keep her clothes on, Frank, a cowardly security officer, and sweet, kind Mayor Meekly, who just can’t seem to get his meeting started no matter what he does, or what door he tries. This show is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud as we witness bumble after bumble, and bagpipes…did we already mention the bagpipes? Join us for this hilarious first show of our 2018-2019 season!

One Bad Apple: The Queen, Snow White and the Evil Red Delicious
By Charlotte Nixon, Directed by Sean Anderson
December 7th to 15th, 2018

Her Majesty, the gorgeous – but oh so evil! – Queen, has tasked us with telling you that you really shouldn’t miss this show. In fact, she demands that you, all of your family and all of your friends, attend the show – at least once – and that you enjoy your opportunity to bask in her brilliance. We at Morpheus Theatre would like to tell you that there will be all sorts of other delightful characters for you to meet as well, like the darling Snow White, some cosmically charged mushrooms, a dedicated Squirrel brigade and yes, the loveable Seven Dwarves. It’s time, once again, for some holiday, pantomime fun! Oh yes it is! It’s the story you know, brilliantly adapted for merriment, mirth and a Dame, by local playwright, Charlotte Nixon. We do hope we’ll see you at the show. The Queen has decreed it after all, so you probably shouldn’t risk the wrath. So very evil.

An Exciting Surprise
Details TBD
February 1st to 9th, 2019

We all love a good surprise. Or maybe procrastination got the better of us. Morpheus Theatre is waiting for confirmation that we can produce a wonderfully spectactular show this coming February. Once we get word, we will gladly share the details. In fact, we will shout it from the rooftops. (figuratively speaking, that is… we don’t want to risk falling off the roof, and then there is the fear of heights, and all the work to find a ladder).

Princess Ida
By Gilbert and Sullivan, Directed by Kaleigh Richards with Ginette Simonot
April 26th to May 11th, 2019

Princess Ida is having nothing to do with men, never mind love, or marriage. She is so firm in her belief that she has locked herself away in a University, attended only by women, and that is exactly where she plans to stay. She was betrothed to young Prince Hilarion from a very early age, and her failure to arrive to meet him with her father, King Gama, could be interpreted as an act of war, but still, she is having none of it. In fact, she’s willing to fight the men who show up on her doorstep if need be. Her fellow chaste and heretofore uninterested female friends, on the other hand, find themselves face to face with Cupid and less keen to do battle. A lesser known work of the dynamic duo, Princess Ida is nonetheless brimming with those qualities we love in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan: humour, sweeping and intelligent lyrics, witty commentary, danger and commotion! In the end, love wins the day, and for more than just our royal couple. It’s an exciting conclusion to our 24th season, so jump for joy and gaily bound down to the theatre to join us for Princess Ida!

G&S Junior Theatre School Program

Returning for its 8th Season. Classes start mid-October
Junior Class: ages 9 to 12 years Senior Class: ages 13 to 17 years