Tickets going fast for The Sleeping Beauty, Dec 4 – 13


For more information, or to purchase tickets, click HERE

December 4 – 13, 2015
By Ben Crocker

Directed by Jay Newman
Musical Direction by Stefanie Holick
Choreography by Karen Iwanski

You know the story: the beautiful princess is cursed by an evil fairy to prick her finger on a spindle on her 18th birthday and die. Nothing says “welcome to the world” like the well wishes of a wicked spell caster who wasn’t invited to the party. You know the characters: the Princess Aurora and her royal parents, the good fairies, the evil fairy and her cat Spindleshanks and of course, the dashing Prince who saves them all from their perpetual slumber. But this isn’t your ordinary slumber party, this is Pantomime! Oh yes it is! And you know what that means – flip flop boys with girls and girls with boys – and is that a Queen or a Dame? It’s both! It’s all topsy turvy fun and games but some things ring true always and it’s true love’s kiss that will save the day this December. We hope you’ll take a break from the hustle and bustle and join us and the zombies for this family friendly holiday tradition.


Direct a Show Worth Seeing! Or… just suggest one!

Morpheus Theatre is seeking experienced and passionate directors for our 2016/2017 season!

We present 4 quality shows each year (a farce or comedy, a Christmas family production, a contemporary drama, and a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta) at the Pumphouse Theatre, in both the Victor Mitchell & Joyce Doolittle Theatres.

Applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest and a resume with related theatre experience/background to  Applicants do not need to submit for a specific show.

* Name of director
* Directing and theatre related experience
* Types of shows applicant is interested in directing
* Rehearsal Time Availability
* If submitting for a specific show- Director’s Vision for the show (including overall thoughts about how it would be staged & any special effects, set ideas, costume ideas, technical considerations) 


We also invite the community to make proposals for shows to be produced during our 2016/2017 season.

We are looking for WELL-KNOWN SHOWS with HIGH AUDIENCE POTENTIAL that fall within our four show categories.  Ideally, the shows will appeal to a wide family audience (primarily 12 and up, although under 18 is not the target audience).

* Title & Playwright of show
* Cast size of show, with male/female breakdown
* Why you think Morpheus should produce it
* Which theatre it would work best in
* Potential challenges


Morpheus Theatre thanks everyone for their submissions, however, only candidates being considered for this season will be contacted.  If you suggest a play that we accept, you will receive two free tickets to see that production.

Please email letters of interest by January 7, 2016 to:
Sean Anderson, Artistic Director, Morpheus Theatre

Special Offer from our Friends at SAGE Theatre!

Morpheus has been very good to Sage Theatre, and we want to say thank you by providing a special offer to all Morpheus members and their friends!

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SHAKESPEARE’S WILL, by Vern Thiessen

November 6 – 14, 2015
at the Joyce Doolittle Theatre
in the Pumphouse Theatres


For tickets call 403-264-7243 or visit
You can use the code MORPHEUS when purchasing online for 20% off the purchase!


On the eve of William Shakespeare’s funeral, his widow, Anne Hathaway, recalls her life with – and without – the enigmatic poet. As she prepares to read her husband’s will, she reveals the enthralling story of a wife and mother who has made tremendous sacrifices for love. By the end of the play, you will understand why the poet left her his ‘second best bed.’


Starring Elinor Holt
Directed by Kelly Reay
Set and Costumes by Hanne Loosen
Lighting Design by Ajay Badoni
Composition by Allison Lynch
Props by Keri Halfacre
Stage Management by Jessica Andrews
Technical Director: Owen Day


“Catnip for Shakespeare fans, Shakespeare’s Will is a remarkable creative imagining, and Anne has much to say.”
-James Wenley, Theatre Scenes, Auckland


~Jason Mehmel
Artistic Director
Sage Theatre

Voice Lessons at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre!

Voice Lessons at Parkdale Community Centre
Voice lessons in a convenient location for the Morpheus Theatre and Parkdale community!

Introducing Julie Pearson, MMSt, Vocal Coach
Julie has been teaching voice lessons for 15 years and has been performing for over 25 years. Her passion is to teach functional technique for contemporary singers (pop, rock, folk, musical theatre, gospel), assisting singers in reaching their vocal potential.  With the rise of reality singing TV show and the increasing media coverage of singers with vocal health issues, Julie seeks to promote healthy vocal techniques that free the voice and allow the singer to sing what they love with confidence and awareness.

Julie holds a Master of Music Studies in Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy (2011) from the Queensland Conservatory, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.  She studied with Dr. Irene Bartlett and graduated with High Distinction, receiving the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence.  She is also certified with Somatic Voicework (sm) The LoVetri Method, with the CCM Institute at Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia (completed July 2015).  SVW is a body-based method of vocal training for contemporary singers.

Julie has training in both classical and contemporary styles and has worked with singers of all ages (9-75!) and a variety of singing goals including general vocal improvement, preparation for auditions, studio recordings and weddings, musical theatre, band singers, singer/songwriters, and church worship singers.

Lessons begin at $35.  For more information, please visit or contact Julie at 403-813-7523

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Auditions for Sullivan & Gilbert, Nov 8, 10 & 12


By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Sean Anderson
Music Direction by Winnifred Hume
Choreography by Amy Tollefson

Performances at the Pumphouse Theatre – April 29th to May 14th, 2016

From the playwright who brought us Lend Me A Tenor comes a playful twist on our mandate to bring the best of Gilbert and Sullivan to Calgary audiences. In this delightful behind-the-scenes romp we get the best of the duo musically and in the flesh, when we meet the famous partners themselves! The story opens on a time when things were not all roses, in 1890 when they had been feuding for years. They are forced to work together one more time to bring their greatest works to life for Queen Victoria and so, we are treated to treasured pieces fromThe Mikado, Ruddigore, Iolanthe and The Pirates of Penzance, among others. Fans of Gilbert and Sullivan will be thrilled by Sullivan and Gilbert, for we have a song to sing, O! – several of them, in fact and we do hope you’ll join us for the joy! (And the rapture!)

Audition Dates:
Sunday November 8th (1:00 to 4:00pm)
Tuesday November 10th (7:00 to 9:30pm)
Thursday November 12th (7:00 to 9:30pm)

at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre 3512 – 5th Avenue NW (lower level of the Parkdale Community Centre)

Audition Requirements:
– A prepared song to highlight your vocal abilities – ideally from G&S or similar style (no more than 2 minutes long)
– A prepared comedic monologue (no more than 2 minutes long)
– A cold read may be requested
– Bring your music on an MP3 player; There will be no accompanist
– You may be asked for a range check
– Please bring your resume and headshot to the audition

Callbacks will take place on Tuesday November 17th from 7:00 to 10:00pm. Callbacks will require all candidates to work for the entire three hours.

Rehearsals will take place from late January through April 28th. Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Morpheus Theatre requires that auditioners come prepared to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule.

For more information, or to book an audition time, Click HERE or
Visit, call 403-246-2999 or e-mail

Cast of The Dinner Party announced

Morpheus Theatre is pleased to announce the cast of Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party.

Andre – Graeme Frank Edward Black
Gabrielle – Michelle Brandenburg
Claude – Luke Foster
Albert – Dorin McIntosh
Mariette – Leanne Melathopolous
Yvonne – Ginette Simonot

Thank you to everyone who came out for the auditions.

Read more about the show here:

Auditions for The Dinner Party, Sept 26, 28, 30!


By Neil Simon
Directed by Lonni Olson

Performances at the Pumphouse Theatre – January 22 – February 6, 2016

Neil Simon’s 31st play, is a comedic farce with a hint of drama. Six Strangers invited to dine together at an exclusive Parisian restaurant. Not knowing why they have been invited until one guest at a time, we learn the guests are three divorced couples. As it turns out, the dinner is about their damaged relationships and whether or not they can reconcile.

Audition Dates:
Saturday September 26th (1:00 to 4:00pm)
Monday September 28th (7:00 to 9:30pm)
Wednesday September 30th (7:00 to 9:30pm)

at the Morpheus Rehearsal Centre 3512 – 5th Avenue NW (lower level of the Parkdale Community Centre)

Audition Requirements:
– A prepared comedic monologue (approximately 2 minutes long)
– A cold read may be requested
– Please bring your resume and headshot to the audition
– Breathe and have fun!

Callbacks will take place on Saturday October 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00pm, if required. Callbacks will require all candidates to work for the entire three hours in a round robin match up.

Rehearsals will take place from October 14th through January 21st . Rehearsals will be Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Morpheus Theatre requires that auditioners come prepared to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule.

For more information, or to book an audition time, Click HERE or
Visit, call 403-246-2999 or e-mail

Morpheus Theatre Booksale Fundraiser, Sept 11 – 13

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Morpheus Theatre will be holding our annual book sale from Friday September 11th through Sunday September 13th at Alberta Computer Cables (1816 25 Avenue NE)

We welcome donations of books until Sept 10 at our home at Morpheus Theatre (3512 5 Avenue NW).

We encourage you to check out the large selection of books at very affordable prices! Proceeds from the book sale support Morpheus Theatre’s productions this season.

We thank you for your support!

Cast of The Sleeping Beauty Announced

Morpheus Theatre is pleased to announce the cast of our December pantomime – The Sleeping Beauty.

BILLY – Riley Galarneau
KING NORBERT – Dale Hirlehey
PRINCESS AURORA – Chantal Brosseau
PRINCE ORLANDO – Erika Rogstad
CARABOSSE – Thalia Altura
KITTY – Heather Berg
FAIRY GRACEFUL – Michelle LeBlanc

Chorus of Palace Servants, Courtiers, Zombies, Villagers…and more.
Lisette Allan
Thea Allan
Josh Bailey
Leah Hohman
Jillian O’Connell
Ryan Patterson
Gary Silberg
Grayson Smith
Josie Smith
George Thomson

Thank you to everyone who came out for the auditions.

Congratulations to Calgary CAT Award Recipients and Nominees!

This year’s CAT award recipients were announced on Aug 22, at the Annual Awards Gala.  Morpheus had a total of 19 nominations in nearly every category!

Congratulations to all nominees and recipients and a big thank you to everyone who voted for us on the Calgary-ACTS website.  Don’t forget to vote again this year at!

Congratulations goes to David Young & Haley Day, recipients of Morpheus Theatre’s 2015 Volunteer Awards,  Frank Macleod with Paige Fossheim (Hair and Makeup), Marilyn Buehning and Christie Johnson (Assistants) for Outstanding Costume Design for Ruddigore,  Ian Robertson for Outstanding Musical Direction for Ruddigore &  Fadi Saghir for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical as Sir Despard Murgatroyd in Ruddigore.

And if you missed it, or would like another look…