[Phoenix-eNews] PHOENIX THEATRE: BackstagePASS eNews - Summer - 2009

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      eNews: Phoenix BackstagePASS

Sunshine and summer is here... but now is the perfect time to plan for 
your season of theatre in the fall! See our 2009/10 Season line up below 
and learn about the new theatre company in town that's keeping many of 
our students and alumni busy!

      Behind the Scenes:
      2009-10 Phoenx Season explores "family ties"

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy's magisterial novel, begins with the line, 
/"All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is 
unhappy in its own way."/

The 2009-10 Phoenix Theatre season offers four contrasting perspectives 
on family, from Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's enduring tale of feuding 
families, to George F. Walker's contemporary portrait of a thoroughly 
dysfunctional couple.

The 2009-10 season begins with the Phoenix's *Spotlight on Alumni* 
presentation of /*The Josephine Knot 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/season/> from *October 15 to 24, 2009*. 
/The Josephine Knot/ follows the experiences of twenty-five-year-old 
Samantha as she rediscovers the meaning of family when she and her 
father return home for her grandmother's wake. Written by theatre alumna 
Meg Braem <http://www.sagetheatre.com/node/138> (BFA '04) and produced 
by Theatre BOMBUS, this play brings together a team of graduates 
including Jen Braem (BFA '04), Amiel Gladstone (BFA '94), Laura Harris 
(photo left) (BFA '06), Megan Newton (BFA '05) and Erin Macklem (BFA 
'98). It was nominated in 2007 for "Best New Play" by the Critics' 
Spotlight Award.

 From *November 5 to 21, 2009*, the Phoenix will present */Romeo and 
Juliet <http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/season/>/*, Shakespeare's 
classic tragedy about two "star-crossed lovers" set within the broader 
universal context of the story of their feuding families. UVic theatre 
professor Brian Richmond (/Dark of the Moon/, 2008 and /Wind in the 
Willows/, 2007), who is also the Founding Artistic Director of the new 
Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre <http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca/>, will 
direct /Romeo and Juliet/ this fall.

In the new year, the Phoenix Theatre welcomes Michael Shamata, Artist 
Director of the Belfry Theatre <http://www.belfry.bc.ca/> (photo right), 
to guest direct*/ Problem Child 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/season/>/*. Written by one of Canada's 
most prolific playwrights, George F. Walker, Problem Child is a black 
comedy that chronicles a desperate and dysfunctional couple's attempts 
to regain custody of their child. This play, running *February 18-27, 
2009*, marks Shamata's first time directing for the Phoenix Theatre.

The 2009-10 season concludes with /*Wreckage 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/season/>*/, a story about a young 
woman's search for her long lost mother and her discovery of the 
complicated truth about her family's past, including a 1920s drug cartel 
headed up by a woman named "Momma" and the horrific train wreck that 
changed all of their lives. Written by Sally Stubbs, /Wreckage/ was 
first produced in 2005 by New West Theatre and partially adapted into 
the short film /Mother Cutter/. Sally Stubbs 
<http://www.playwrightstheatre.com/search.php?action=memresults&l=15> is 
now a Masters of Fine Art candidate in the Writing Department. UVic 
sessional instructor Fran Gebhard (Crackpot and The School for Scandal) 
returns to direct this final play of our season *March 18-27, 2010*.

The Phoenix Theatre's forty-third season continues a tradition of 
showcasing the youth, energy and talent of students in the Department of 
Theatre./ "Our students involvement in the theatre process is an 
essential part of the academic curriculum at UVic,"/ says Department 
Chair, Warwick Dobson. /"As well as acting on stage, students assist in 
the design, stage management, set and costume construction, sound and 
lighting operation and front of house management." /

**The Department of Theatre will also continue to offer its *Festival of 
Innovative and New Drama (FIND) Studio Series* in collaboration with the 
Department of Writing, *March 4-6, 2010*.

Subscriptions for the 2009-10 season are now available for as little as 
$33 for 3 mainstage shows. Subscription sales are higher than every this 
spring! Some performance nights are already sold out.

Click here for details about the season and subscription information 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/box-office> or order through the 
Phoenix Box Office or by calling *250-721-8000*. See below for Box 
Office summer hours.


      Upcoming Events: June, July, August

*Phoenix Theatre Box Office Hours 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/box-office/> Order your subscriptions 
by calling *250-721-8000*.

Order before June 19, 2009 to beat the fall rush. Please note that the 
Box Office will be closed from June 22 - August 31 however subscriptions 
recieved during the summer months will be processed in the order they 
arrive and mailed to you in September.

Single tickets for individual performances become available one week 
before each production's opening night begining October 7, 2009 for 
*/The Josephine Knot/*.



      Phoenix Phacts:
      News on Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students

Many of our UVic Theatre students and alumni will be busy this summer 
thanks to the arrival of Victoria's newest professional theatre company 
*Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre* <http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca>. Blue 
Bridge Repertory Theatre's inaugural summer season supports their 
mandate to mentor emerging theatre artists by working alongside some of 
Canada's top theatre artists.

Their first play, /*As You Like It 
<http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca/plays/you-it>*/ by William Shakespeare 
(June 9-21, 2009) is directed by acclaimed Canadian director, Jeanette 
Lambermont-Morey. It will feature Phoenix graduates *Rielle Braid *(BFA 
'09) (photo top), *Brian Culp *(BFA '09) and *Victor Dolhai* (BFA '07) 
and showcase current Phoenix talent *Matthew Coulson, Alex Plouffe, 
Brian Wrigley and Sean Sager* who will be acting alongside Sessional 
Instructor *Fran Gebhard.*

The lighting will be designed by *Giles Hogya*, former Dean of Fine Arts 
at UVic, and the sound design will be by *Yan Li*, graduate of the UVic 
Music Department. Also on the creative team are alumni *Treena* *Stubel* 
(BFA'95) (movement and choreography) and *Partick Du Wors *(BFA '02) 
(costume design). Phoenix audiences will remember Patrick's inspired set 
and costume design of last fall's /Dark of the Moon. /He will also be 
designing the set for Blue Bridge's other two summer shows /Death of a 
Salesman/ and /The Fantasticks/.

/*Death of a Salesman 
<http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca/plays/death-salesman>*/ (July 7-19, 
2009) by Arthur Miller will be directed by professor Brian Richmond, 
former chair of the UVic Theatre Department, and will feature 
award-winning Toronto actor and Phoenix alumnus *David Ferry* (MFA '04) 
(photo left) as the well-known character of Willy Loman. Other alumni 
also featured are* Victor Dolhai *(BFA '07), *Jay Hindle *(BFA '03)* and 
Carey Wass* (BFA '08) as well as past theatre student *Jacob Richmond 
*and current student *Samantha Richard. *Reknowned actor and retired 
UVic professor *John Krich *will play the part of Ben Loman. UVic 
sessional instructor *Kerem Cetinel* is the lighting designer for the 
production while previous theatre student and fashion designer* Kristin 
Bond* is the costume designer.

/**/Blue Bridge's final show this summer will be the delightful 
musical/*The Fantasticks 
<http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca/plays/fantasticks>,*/ (August 4-16, 
2009) directed by Phoenix alumna and Co-Creator of Atomic Vaudeville, 
*Britt Small* (MFA Directing '04). /The Fantasticks/ will feature 
*Victor Dolhai* (BFA '07) (photo right), *Sarah Pelzer* (BFA '09), Jacob 
Richmond, *Treena Stubel* (BFA '95) and *Chris Wilson* (BFA '08). 
Current theatre student *Michael Franzman *will return from a stint at 
the Stratford Festival to design the lighting the show and alumna 
*Ingrid* *Hansen* (BFA '09) will design the costumes.

To support our Phoenix alumni and this new theatre company, see the Blue 
Bridge Repertory Theatre website <http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca> for 
more information or call (250) 472-5695. Single tickets can be purchased 
from the McPherson Box Office (250- 386-6121) or see all 3 shows for the 
price of 2 by purchasing a "Blue Pass" before June 21!

Check out past Phoenix Phacts <http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/alumni/> 
on our website.


      Email Perks & Interesting Links:

Summer's a great time to head to the beach. Stop by the merchants in 
*Cadboro Bay Village* <http://www.cadborobayvillage.com> pick up what 
you need for your picnic and support the wonderful businesses in this 
neighbourhood who support local theatre!


      Sponsor Kudos:

The Phoenix Theatre would like to thank our individual donors 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/donations/> and community sponsors for 
their support of our programs and talented students! Thank you!

* Season Community Partner: Cadboro Bay Village 
<http://www.cadborobayvillage.com/> *
Cadboro Bay Village Merchants <http://www.cadborobayvillage.com>
Blaney's Travel, Bliss Boutique Spa, Cadboro Bay Book Company, 
Cadboro Bay Village Service, Edward Jones 
For Good Measure <http://www.forgoodmeasure.ca>, People's Pharmacy, 
Pepper's Foods, <http://www.peppers-foods.com>Smugglers Cove 

*Season Ticket Sponsor:*
Grand & Toy: Performance Enhancing Offices 

Contact Adrienne Holierhoek <mailto:aholierh at finearts.uvic.ca> for 
information about how your company can support emerging theatre artists 
at UVic.


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