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Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell At The Firehall Arts Centre April 29 – May 20

10 Apr

Circle Game-Joni Mitchell by Asylum Records Public DomainThe Firehall Arts Centre is bringing the music of a Canadian icon and renowned singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell, to the stage with the production of Circle Game: Reimagining The Music of Joni Mitchell.  Artistic Producer and local talent, Donna Spencer, has created an energetic musical experience. Circle Game features six quadruple-threat talents including Rowen Kahn (Superman: Man of Steel), Scott Perrie (Godspell), Adriana Ravalli (Rock of Ages), Kimmy Choi (Avenue Q), Sara Vickruck (Love Bomb), and David Z. Cohen (Heathers: The Musical). Together they play eighteen instruments, creating modern variations on themes by Joni Mitchell.  One of the most influential female recording artists of the late 20th century, Joni Mitchell often featured social and environmental issues in her music. Mitchell’s music stands the test of time and once again she is the voice of a generation. The heartbreak of a failed love affair in “River”, the fear of imminent ecological disaster in “Big Yellow Taxi”, and the promise of a generation gathering to ‘get back to the garden’ in “Woodstock” are topics that resound as heavily today as they did fifty years ago. Donna Spencer states, “As I look back on the powerful impact Joni Mitchell’s songs had on the Baby Boomer generation, I am excited the Firehall will premiere this reimagining of her music in this production conceived and created by Millennials Andrew Cohen and Anna Kuman. Issues that Mitchell sang about in the ‘60s and ‘70s are unfortunately still relevant today. Audiences will not only be reminded of this, but given the opportunity to enjoy her beautiful poetic lyrics and masterful melodies.”  Circle Game runs from April 29th to May 20th. Tickets are available online from $23 at The Firehall Centre with several Pay What You Can Performances on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm on May 3, 10, & 17. If you are interested in a post show talk, be sure to grab your tickets for the evenings of May 4, 11, or 18, 2017.

Photo Credit: Tyler Branston

“I have to admit I felt a bit of apprehension attending Circle Game.  It bills itself, essentially, as an exploration of how music written is by and for the baby boom generation but it  speaks loud and clear to millenials. As a Gen Xer, was I going to feel skipped over? Would the dreaded auto-tune make an appearance?

In fact, I had nothing to worry about and it was a terrific show. The re-framing of Joni’s music featured tunes that were still very true to the spirit of the ‘60s – perhaps even more accessible than the originals in some cases, since Joni’s jazz-influenced rhythms were often replaced with a steady classic rock beat.

There’s an attractive set, well-choreographed dance routines, and a lot of emoting to help carry the message of each song. The 6 performers who deliver this material are all amazing triple-threat talents. Quadruple threats, in fact – I think every one of them got a chance to demonstrate their skills at singing, dancing, acting, and playing one or more musical instruments. Even though there’s no spoken lines, the delivery is very emotionally effective. I was wiping away a few tears for Little Green and grinning through Raised on Robbery.

In short, whether you listen to the oldies station without a second thought or whether it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this show. If you’re a fan of musicals or enjoy watching Glee, you’ll LOVE this show, which is a lot like a musical without all that  plot getting in the way.”

Review By Tiva Quinn

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Refuge Comes To The Firehall Arts Centre March 18 – April 1, 2017

6 Mar

As many know, immigration and refugees is front of mind in the news almost daily which makes this new play by Mary Vingoe rather timely.  The Firehall Arts Centre presents a new play Refuge based on the award-winning CBC Radio documentary “Habtom’s Path”. Refuge tells the emotionally riveting story of Eritrean army deserter, Ayinom Zerisenai, who has landed in Nova Scotia, where his mother already has refugee status.  But even as Ayinom’s plight wins the support of an immigration lawyer, Saul Ackman, questions about his past actions and his current behavior begin to haunt Pamela who has taken him into her home.  Could she and her husband be harbouring a legitimate refugee or a terrorist?  Refuge as you might guess is a provocative and poignant story of the pitfalls of seeking sanctuary in today’s suspicious world.  The play is directed by the very talented Donna Spencer.  Refuge runs from March 18 to April 1st at the Firehall Arts Centre. Tickets are available from the Firehall Arts Centre from $23. If you are interested in a Post Show Talkback discussion, you can participate in those on March 23rd and March 30th. For those on a budget, check out the Pay What You Can Performances March 22nd and 29th at 1:00 pm.

Photo Credit: Emily Cooper

 

ELLE At The Firehall Arts Centre February 8-18

1 Feb

elle-severnthompsonYou are invited to check out ELLE at the Firehall Arts Centre. This play is the story of Marguerite de Roberval, a French noblewoman who sets out to sail in 1542 for Canada with her uncle, Jacques Cartier to colonize new found territory.  She finds herself abandoned on a deserted ‘Isle of Demons’ located off the coast of Newfoundland as punishment for taking a lover during the voyage.  Marguerite finds herself in the company of spirit bears real and imagined and not only does ELLE survive, but she thrives. J. Kelly Nestruck of The Globe & Mail likens the play to the Oscar nominated movie The Revenant by Alejandro Iñárritu.  We are hearing that ELLE reinvents the beginnings of this country’s national narrative.  ELLE runs February 8 – 18 with tickets from $23 and available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

What people are saying about ELLE:

“Thompson holds the audience’s attention in a vice grip with her precision, depth, and hilarity. Her script is beautifully poetic, and is a master of delivery.”
Mooney on Theatre  

“…a performance that weaves feminism, survival instincts, colonialism
and magic realism together.”
The Toronto Star

“Elle is occasionally tense, but frequently funny.”
Globe and Mail

Photo Credit: Severn Thompson

And Bella Sang With Us January 4-14, 2017 At The Firehall Arts Centre

27 Dec

andbellasangwithusemilycooperThe Firehall Arts Centre has recently added the works of two female playwrights to their 2016-2017 season. One of which is And Bella Sang With Us opening in the New Year. This show was “Pick Of The Fringe” at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival and is written by written by Vancouver’s Sally Stubbs. The story is set in 1912 in the Downtown Eastside and features Constable Lurancy Harris and Minnie Miller, Vancouver’s first female police officers. In this play, they will show you how they dealt with the ‘female morality issue’.  This subject matter, of course, leads them into a host of other issues including societal and family pressures as well as political corruption not to mention trying to deal with ‘The Lord of the Bawdy Houses’. The cast features a great line up of local talent including Leanna Brodie, Sarah Louise Turner, Simon Webb, Beatrice Zeilinger, Agnes Tong, and Patrick Courtin.  Opening night is January 4, 2017 and the show runs to January 14th with several matinees featured. Tickets are $24 and available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

Photo Credit: Emily Cooper

Miss Shakespeare Will Be At The Firehall Arts Centre November 5-26

1 Nov

missshakespeareThe Firehall Arts Centre along with Musical TheatreWorks bring you Miss Shakespeare starting November 5th. Miss Shakespeare is a story inspired by the Bard’s daughter, whose own creative aspirations come alive as she leads a group of women in something secret, subversive and illegal. As it turns out, it’s staging of a play, but it’s the 1600’s and women are banned from the stage.  Behind the dingy walls of The Cage Tavern, six women explore the seductive power of the theatre. With a musical score that is influenced by underground European Cabaret. The women embrace their creativity, their voice and their freedom. Unfortunately, the law is not on their side, and if these artists are to truly have a voice, they must find the courage to get beyond the walls and in front of an audience. The book and lyrics are written by local talent, Tracey Power, with music co-written by Steve Charles. Miss Shakespeare runs from November 5-26 at the Firehall Arts Centre. Tickets are available online from $23.

What people are saying about Miss Shakespeare:

“With humour and heart, Miss Shakespeare imagines an underground
world of women who broke the rules,
first quietly and then brazenly, changing the landscape forever” 
Vancouver Sun

“This is smart, funny stuff!” 
Jo Ledingham

Things are looking up for Canada’s contribution to the musical theatre genre
Vancouver Presents!

Cathy Jones Brings ‘Stranger To Hard Work’ To The Firehall Arts Centre September 28 – October 8

5 Sep

CathyJonesIf you are looking for a laugh and a fun night out, we suggest you grab your tickets to Stranger to Hard Work. The Firehall Arts Centre is kicking off its 34th season with the comedic talent of Cathy Jones. Cathy is the winner of the Gemini Award and co-creator of This Hour Has 22 Minutes and is the toast of Newfoundland. Stranger To Hard Work is a one-woman show in which Cathy shares her life experiences and unique perspective on a variety of topics including money, food, sex, aging, annoying people in your life and our favourite competitive Facebook posts. The show mixes stand up comedy with sketch comedy and will then turn around and delve into the often hilarious struggle called life! Stranger To Hard Work premieres on Wednesday, September 28th and runs till October 8th at the Firehall Arts Centre. Tickets are available online from $25. For those wishing to see the show during the day, there are a number of matinees lined up.  For what people are saying about this show, we invite you to check out the write up in the Georgia Straight for starters. It will give you a great run down and having attended opening night, the show is hilarious! You will laugh your ass off and honestly, we can’t wait for the book she refers to in her show.  Highly recommend this show.

Dead Metaphor At The Firehall Arts Centre April 2 – 23, 2016

9 Mar

DeadMetaphorThe Firehall Arts Centre is presenting a new show by George F. Walker called Dead Metaphor. George F. Walker is one of Canada’s most prolific playwrights. In his newest play, he brings us Dean, a young ex-sniper, who returns to Canada after being stationed in Afghanistan. He is struggling with a number of issues on his return including finding work, aging parents and a pregnant ex-wife.  Dean ends up finding work with a contemptuous politician seeking election.  This interesting new show directed by Chelsea Haberlin kicks off its run on April 2nd at the Firehall Arts Centre and runs till April 23rd.  Tickets are available online from $28, seniors and students are $23 and for those under 30 that wish to see the show, $23 any day.  Wednesday matinee shows at 1:00 pm are Pay What You Can.  For more information or tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

What people are saying about Dead Metaphor:

“Dead Metaphor is dead serious, but it’s still seriously funny”
The San Francisco Examiner

“There’s no denying that Dead Metaphor hits a bull’s-eye when it
comes to the funny bone.”

Mercury News

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