Teatro Treats and Around Ye Olde Varscona…

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, is Going to Mitzi’s.

It’s been awhile since the smash success of Teatro la Quindicina’s the Oculist’s Holiday; but fear not, debutantes and esquires, la Varscona Theatre is dishing up a brand new play and it’s sure to be the not-to-be-missed event of the season!

Here is what I know:

Teatro Goes Out Swingin’ with an All New Musical Comedy Season Closer!

Teatro La Quindicina may be approaching the conclusion of its 2nd spring/summer/fall season, but let it not be said that things are winding down gently. It’s just the opposite, in fact, as we prepare to launch the premiere production of Everybody Goes to Mitzi’s, a sparkling new musical comedy, created by a quartet of Teatro’s brightest young stars, and featuring one of the company’s best loved leading ladies. Leona Brausen headlines this uproarious tribute to the Edmonton supper club scene of the 1960’s, with book by Jocelyn Ahlf and Andrew MacDonald-Smith, lyrics by Farren Timoteo, and musical score by Ryan Sigurdson. It’s the golden age of dining and dancing in Alberta’s capital, and while The Embers, The Sahara, and The Beachcomber are all big… EVERYBODY goes to Mitzi’s.

In addition to Leona Brausen as the wiseacre chanteuse and restaurant proprietor Mitzi Dupar, the cast also includes co-writers Andrew MacDonald-Smith and Jocelyn Ahlf as oil and water bartender and waitress Mitch and ‘Numbers’, and Ryan Parker as Jack Hayden, Mitzi’s bandleader and sometime paramour, who has his head turned both by dreams of success on the Vegas strip and by winsome new vocalist Tippi Lala, played by Robyn Wallis in her first Teatro appearance, and as befits a play created by an exciting new creative team, this production marks a number of other significant company debuts as well. After numerous onstage appearances in recent seasons, Farren Timoteo takes his first turn as a Teatro director, and set/lighting designer Daniela Masellis and costume designer Brian Bast are also welcome newcomers, creating Mitzi’s glittering lair and outfitting all in the best looks of the Eaton’s catalogue circa 1966. Composer Ryan Sigurdson, whose last Teatro credit was composing original music for Eros and the Itchy Ant, returns as musical director and leader of the live three piece combo. Veteran Teatro stage manager Rachel Rudd returns to count in the band and make sure the pineapple steak orders are up on time in the kitchen. Teatro playwright emeritus Stewart Lemoine serves as Elucidator for the creative team, and Jeff Haslam and Davina Stewart are The Producers!

Everybody Goes to Mitzi’s runs at the Varscona Theatre from October 8 to 24. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, with additional matinee performances on Saturdays at 2pm.Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors on Wednesday through Saturday evenings. All seats on Saturday afternoons are $15, and Tuesday evenings are Pay-What-You-Can. Friday October 9th at 7:30pm is our special 2 tickets for the price of 1 night! You must bring a companion to take advantage of this deal. For reservations, call 780 433-3399, Voice box #1. Tickets also available through Tix on-the-Square at 780 420-1757 or http://www.tixonthesquare.ca/

I, for one, cannot handle this excitement! A new Canadian musical set in Edmonton in the 1960s! Rapturous! I have also learned the following news regarding Die-Nasty, our country’s longest running Improvised Soap Opera:

Die-Nasty season passes will be available for sale on Monday, October 5th from 7:30 – 8:30 pm at the Varscona. Cash or cheque, made out to Die-Nasty, only. Season details to follow (as we make them up) but we can confirm that this season the show will begin at 7:30 pm instead of 8:00.

If you’re in Edmonton, you know you want a Season Pass. What is the Season without Die-Nasty?

Mark Meer, who is delightful and charming and I had the absolute pleasure of meeting at the Opening of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Canstage the other night, told me that Oh Susanna! (Edmonton’s favourite Euro-style Improvised Variety Show) will kick-start its season on Halloween Night this year! It’s sure to be spooktacular! More details to come!

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