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

KING KIRBYking kerby
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.

Happy Holidays & Office Closures

Everyone at Morpheus Theatre would like to wish all of our loyal volunteers, patrons and supporters a happy and healthy 2016.

Thank you to everyone who joined in on the fun with The Sleeping Beauty, and we look forward to seeing everyone at The Dinner Party in the New Year!  (Tickets are available for purchase here:

Just a reminder that the Morpheus Office will be closed for most of Dec 23 – Jan 3.  The office will be open on Dec 30 ONLY. Tickets will still be available for purchase online.  For rental questions, ticket exchanges and flex pass bookings, please leave a message at 403-246-2999 or email

happy holidays

Recruiting new volunteer FOH managers to join our FOH team!

We are recruiting new FOH managers to join our FOH team for our shows throughout 2016.  Typical commitment is 2 to 3 performances per production (with the option to opt out if necessary of course!)  We will be providing training on Jan 9 or 10 depending on availability, along with refreshers before each show!

Our new volunteers will get their feet wet with our upcoming production, The Dinner Party,  Jan  22 – Feb 7, 2016, in the Joyce Doolittle Theatre at the Pumphouse Theatre.

The Front of House Manager takes the lead in the box office selling tickets and works with the Stage Manager to make sure the evening runs smoothly.  The Front of House manager needs to remain in the lobby for the duration of the show.  Of course, you also receive 2 complimentary tickets for volunteering.

We are also looking for Lead Ushers to help organize and train ushers on the performance days.

Please contact me at the Morpheus office (403) 246-2999 or  if you are interested in helping.

Ginette Simonot
Operations Manager
Morpheus Theatre
Ph: (403) 246-2999

Cast of Sullivan & Gilbert announced

Morpheus Theatre is pleased to announce the cast of Ken Ludwig’s Sullivan & Gilbert.

William S Gilbert – Mike Johnson
Sir Arthur Sullivan – Stuart Lloyd
Richard D’Oyle Carte – Bob Corrigan
Kitty Gilbert – Elaine Torrie
Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh – James Noonan
Violet Russell – Jennifer Michaud
Francois Cellier / Accompanist – Ian Robertson
George Grossmith – Steve Hansen Smythe
Rutland Barrington – Gary Silberg
Durward Lely – Kyle Gould
Courtice Pounds – Carey Unger
Rosina Brandram – Tracy Smith
Jessie Bond – Jennifer Wolsey
Sybil Grey – Winnifred Hume
Men’s Chorus – Gad Ittay Gijon
Men’s Chorus – Cameron Ross
Ladies Chorus – Kathleen Copland
Ladies Chorus – Brianne Nielsen

Thank you to everyone who came out for the auditions.

Shake The Crowd Sword Fighting Workshop at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre

We are pleased to help our friends at Shake the Crowd spread the word about their upcoming Sword Fighting for Stage workshop in January.  They are always helpful to us when we are looking to borrow or rent swords, need a fight director for a show, or when we put on stage combat workshops of our own.  Details on their upcoming workshop are below:


Sword Fighting for Stage with Award winning Fight co-ordinator, John Knight.

Learn Safe Sword Techniques!

20 hours of instruction

Classes held Tue & Thurs 7:30 – 9:30pm

Jan 19 – Feb 18, 2016

At Morpheus Rehearsal Centre 3512 5 Avenue NW

Tuition $220  *discounts available for students, educators, equity & ACTRA

For more information, or to register, contact john@shakethecrowd.comShakethecrowd



Job Posting: Morpheus Theatre seeking Bookkeeper

Morpheus Theatre is currently looking for a bookkeeper to handle general accounting activities in our office.  The general tasks and hours are listed below.


General Tasks:
Enter accounts payable invoices
Enter GL entries and deposits
Prepare cheques
Prepare deposits
Prepare Payroll & Payroll remittance cheque
Filing of paperwork
Bank reconciliations
Credit card reconciliations
Facility expense invoice reconciliation
Help prepare AGLC reports (as required)
Enter external accountant year-end journal entries (if any)
Time Requirements:
Sept to May: weekly approximately 2-4hrs per week
Summer: biweekly, approximately 4hrs per week, plus Year-end activities as required

The position will start in December.


If this is an opportunity that interests you, please send an email indicating your interest, your resume or relevant accounting experience and an hourly wage expectation to:


Sean Anderson, Artistic Director

Morpheus Theatre
We thank everyone for their interest, however, only those invited for an interview will be contacted.



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