Cast of Run For Your Wife Announced

Morpheus Theatre is pleased to announce the cast of our 22nd season opener – Run For Your Wife.

John Smith – Stephen Gomori
Mary Smith – Sarah Gibbs
Barbara Smith – Charlotte Nixon
Stanley Gardner – Michael Armstrong
Bobby Franklin – Jonathan Martin
Detective Sergeant Porterhouse – Murray Melnychuk
Detective Sergeant Troughton – Randolph West
Newspaper Reporter – Mackenzie MacDonald

Thank you to everyone who came out for the auditions.

Two of our Sister Companies are partnering up for Musical Theatre & Choral Summer Camps!

Naomi Williams, who has just moved AvidDiva Vocal Studio to Morpheus Rehearsal Centre, and Angela Woodard, who has been running Star Street Studios out of our space are teaming up to offer SUMMER CAMPS at our home in Parkdale! 

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Accomplished Instructors + Affordable Prices = Awesome Fun!


Ages 6-8 // July 25-29 // 9am-12pm // $179 – 8 spots available



Ages 9 & 10 // July 25-29 // 1pm-4pm // $179 // 10 spots available



Ages 10-14 // August 29 – September 2 // 9am – 4pm // $399 // 14 spots available


These camps are geared to beginning or just-beginning students who want to try out singing or musical theatre. All camps are located at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre in the Parkdale neighbourhood of Calgary (3512 5th Ave NW), and are run by working professionals in the performing arts. You can check out their websites at (Naomi) and (Angela Woodard).

For more detailed information about the activities planned for each camp, email Naomi at or call/text 403-604-0575

Jumpin’ June Bugs! Summer is a Swarm of Activity!

There’s an inside joke at Morpheus that we’ll get all our extra things done in the summer “when it’s not busy”.  Or people ask me aren’t I glad that I can relax now that we are in the theatre “off-season”?  To which I, the Operations Manager, usually fly off the handle and reply with a litany of things going on in the Summer months when it’s “not busy”.

Check out what’s going on first in our “off-season”

June 4 – Directing Workshop: From good to Great with Simon Mallett

June 13, 14, 15 – AUDITIONS for Run for your Wife (more information coming soon!)

June 18 – Technique for Stage Speech Workshop with Jane MacFarlane

June 19 – Morpheus G&S Singers Free Concert

June 26 – Annual Appreciation BBQ


Season tickets are on sale, and our early bird pricing lasts until June 30th! Information on our shows & packages HERE

Catch up on the Sullivan & Gilbert Character Posts! (Log in to Facebook required)

welcoming_g_scharMorpheus Theatre presents Sullivan & Gilbert, April 29 – May 14, 2016 at the Pumphouse Theatre!

Click on the Character name to lead you to the original Facebook post with pictures!

William S. Gilbert, played by Mike Johnson

Sir Arthur Sullivan, played by Stuart Lloyd

Richard D’Oyly Carte, played by Robert (Bob) Corrigan

Kitty Gilbert, played by Elaine Torrie

Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, played by James Noonan

Violet Russell, played by Jennifer Michaud

Francois Cellier, played by Ian Robertson

George Grossmith, played by Steve Hansen Smythe

Rutland Barrington, played by Gary Silberg

Durward Lely, played by Kyle Gould

Courtice Pounds, played by Carey Unger

Rosina Brandram, played by Tracy Smith

Jessie Bond, played by Jennifer Wolsey

Sybil Grey, played by Winnifred Hume

also featuring

Gad Ittay Gijon & Cameron Ross as Savoy Stagehands

Suzanne Berg & Michelle Yoder as Savoy Costume Mistresses

Stage Movement Workshop: Physical Techniques for Telling the Story with Alice Nelson, April 24!

Workshop: Stage Movement: Physical Techniques for Telling the Story
with Alice Nelson

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words… What’s your picture saying?

For Actors & Directors! Maximize the story that your body can tell by maximizing your control, connection and understanding of “physical stories”. Stage Movement classes give actors the ability to make holistic character choices, give the director options, and gain control over physical habits that detract from your performance. Directors can get a better understanding of how to balance the stage, use space for status, and use blocking correctly.

Alice Nelson is a Calgary-based Actor, Playwright, Director, Theatre Educator, Producer, Puppeteer, Improvisor, Mask Maker and Clown. She holds an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte Physical Theatre School in California. Alice has taught at Mount Royal University, Red Deer College, Rosebud School of the Arts, Artstrek Theatre Program and Arts Commons. She has worked with various Alberta theatres. She has written and toured solo shows and co-created productions regarding social and political issues. Her company, Underdog Theatre, is currently in development on a satirical modernization of Orwell’s Animal Farm. As well, she is a volunteer clown and advocate with the international humanitarian organization, Clowns Without Borders. Her passion is supporting and raising awareness of CWB’s amazing work!

DATE: Sunday April 24, 2016, 11:30am – 6:00pm
COST: $40 (registration online or by phone)

Register a group of 5 or more, and attend for less! Or, register for 3 workshops and get the 3rd one for 50% off (Call Morpheus Theatre to redeem).

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

Refreshments served from 11:00 to 11:30pm.

This valuable workshop is presented at this low price in the spirit of community theatre.

Sage Theatre has a special discount for Friends of Morpheus Theatre!

The discount code is MORPHEUS, and it give you 20% ticket purchases for the run of King Kirby! It can be used at

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by Crystal Skillman and Fred Van Lente

April 15 – 23, 2016
Pumphouse Theatres
tickets available at or by calling 403-264-7243

Directed by Jason Mehmel

Robert Klein as Jack ‘King’ Kirby.
David LeReaney as ‘Smilin’ Stan Lee
Cheryl Hutton as Roz Kirby
Justin Michael Carriere as Joe Simon
Cam Ascroft, playing Victor Fox, Gen. Patton, Fredric Wertham and more!

Stage Manager: Kelley Cheetham

Set Design: Anton de Groot
Lighting Design: Lauren Acheson
Costume Design: Kathryn Smith

Meet the man who created the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, Captain America, and more… and find out why no one knows his name.

Jack Kirby pours his quintessentially Twentieth Century life into his comics, only to make the fateful mistake that sends him into obscurity while his creations become known to every person on Earth. Get inside the history of the man behind so many of your favourite characters, and discover that Jack was just as colourful, and as complicated, as any of his superheroes.

Robert Klein stars as artist Jack Kirby, having done amazing work at Theatre Calgary in King Lear and A Christmas Carol and in the title role of the Shakespeare Company’s production of Titus Andronicus. David LeReany stars as Stan Lee, the Marvel spokesman. David has worked throughout Calgary and Alberta, notably on the locally-filmed acclaimed show Fargo. They join Cheryl Hutton herself acclaimed for her recent work in Lunchbox Theatre’s Book Club, Cam Ascroft (from Vertigo Theatre’s The Mousetrap) and Justin Michael Carriere, who recently performed in the acclaimed Fight or Flight with Verb Theatre.

King Kirby asks the question: What happens when an artist doesn’t own his own legacy? Can he ever get it back?

~Jason Mehmel
Artistic Director
Sage Theatre

Gilbert & Sullivan … & Snow?

How to Handle Heightened Text with Iam Coulter, Mar 19!

How to Handle Heightened Text with Iam Coulter

Saturday, March 19, 12:30pm – 5:30pm

Do you feel lost with Shakespeare? Is your classical monologue causing you grief?  Are Gilbert’s words feeling forced?


Iam will lead this class through how to find your comfort-zone with “Heightened Text” (anything from Shakespeare and other classical pieces, to modern, stylized works). Our emphasis will be on how to make formal or unusual text your own, and finding connection with it personally.


Iam Coulter is a passionate teaching artist and Shakespeare enthusiast. She currently serves as the director of education, development and outreach for Quest Theatre, and was formerly the artistic producer of The Shakespeare Company in Calgary, Alberta. She is an actor, director, dance machine and clown. She teaches acting, voice and text and Shakespeare performance to a variety of students. Iam holds a BFA (Drama) from the University of Calgary and completed the conservatory program at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts where she returns as often as possible to continue her training. Iam has worked with Citadel Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Theatre Calgary, Vertigo Mystery Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Junction and The Shakespeare Company. Also see


Workshop participants should come prepared with a piece of heightened text that they would like to work with. It doesn’t need to be long. 6-15 lines. It can be Shakespeare, poetry, anything classical. Even lyrics from a favourite song! Learn it by heart (memorize) prior to the workshop. The speech should not be from a non-human character but age & gender DO NOT need to match your own. What’s important is that you feel a personal connection to the piece, even if you can’t quite articulate what that connection is.

BRING two hard copies (not handwritten) of your speech to the workshop

 Where: Lower Level, Parkdale Community Centre (3512 5 Avenue NW)

Cost: $40

(discounts available for groups of 5 or more, Or, register for 3 workshops and get the 3rd one for 50% off! contact Morpheus Theatre for details)

Refreshments served from 12:00 – 12:30pm

For more information, or to register, please visit our website at  or call (403) 246-2999.

MORE WORKSHOPS COMING! Watch our website for details

  This valuable workshop is presented at this low price in the spirit of Community Theatre.


Singing Basics for Actors Workshop with Kim Mattice-Wanat, Sat Feb 27!

Singing Basics for Actors Workshop
With Kim Mattice-Wanat
Saturday, February 27, 12:30pm – 7:00pm

Prefer monologues over songs?  Would you like to try auditioning for musicals as well?


Under the guidance of Kim Mattice-Wanat, we will be exploring projection, speech song, singing as a learnable skill, singing anxiety, choosing and preparing appropriate songs for auditions and more!  Learn how to transfer your acting skills to singing!


Kim Mattice Wanat holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta with a major in drama and an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She is a performer, teacher and director. Her professional credits include lead roles in The Fantasticks, Oliver, South Pacific, and Passion. For 10 years she performed as a freelance artist in touring productions across Canada; Backstage Broadway, a touring production of “Broadway Musicals Through the Decades” and WIND, WOMEN & SONG, a female quartet – 2 sop, 1 piano and french horn, which performed classical music. In 2000, this quartet released a CD entitled La Dolce Vita.

Ms. Mattice Wanat is well known as a voice teacher, adjudicator and pedagogue clinician conducting workshops for teachers and choral directors across Western Canada. In 2005 she published a book for teachers entitled “Unleashing the Expressive Resonant Voice.”  For the past 26 years she has taught voice to the professional acting students in the Drama Dept. at U of Alberta, and has acted as voice coach and musical director for several of the Bachelor of Fine Arts productions.

In 1999, Ms. Mattice Wanat founded Opera NUOVA. She has directed several of the NUOVA mainstage productions including: Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aaron Copland’s The Tenderland, Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Offenbach’s La Perichole, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. Throughout the year she acts as artistic director for the school touring performances which have included; Menotti’s Amahl and The Night Visitors and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Dean Burry’s The Brother’s Grimm and Isis and The Seven Scorpions, a commissioned work by NUOVA Alumnus Isaiah Bell entitled The Lives of Lesser Things, and Ramona Luengen’s Naomi’s Road, based on Joy Kogawa’s novel of the same name. Ms. Mattice Wanat most recently co-directed with Brian Dooley and L’Uni Theatre La Voix Humaine  (February 2016) and looks forward to directing NUOVA’s production of Parade (June 2016) as part of the 2016 NUOVA Opera and Music Theatre Festival.


WHERE: Lower Level, Parkdale Community Centre (3512 5 Avenue NW)

COST: $40

(discounts available for groups of 5 or more, Or, register for 3 workshops and get the 3rd one for 50% off! contact Morpheus Theatre for details)

Refreshments served from 12:00 – 12:30pm


For more information, or to register, please visit our website at  or call (403) 246-2999.

MORE WORKSHOPS COMING! Watch our website for details

*These workshops are sponsored by Theatre Alberta with funding from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

This valuable workshop is presented at this low price in the spirit of Community Theatre.