Stage Community for Airdrie Life Magazine. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski

Setting the Stage

Role Call

We gathered some of Airdrie’s most prolific stage performers and directors for a photo shoot to celebrate the city’s growing live theatre scene. Both Torchlight Theatre and Nose Creek Players have a healthy roster of shows for the 2017-18 season.

TORCHLIGHT THEATRE
Sept. 30
SH-EH-KSPEARE: A CANADIAN FOLLY
Nose Creek Park
Written by local playwright Kim Cheel, this is the story of an eager director looking to hoser up the bard in honour of Canada’s 150 birthday. The one-act play is being performed as part of Alberta Art & Culture Days.

Nov. 9-11
NOT ON THIS NIGHT
Airdrie Victory Church
It’s Christmas Eve 1944 when three very different worlds collide. Can determination and goodwill prevent a tragic end?

Dec. 7- 9
ONE WINTER’S NIGHT
Airdrie Victory Church
An evening of Christmas tales to remind us of the reason for the season. Featuring two one-act plays sure to have you smiling.

March 15-17
THE MOUSETRAP
Airdrie Victory Church
One of theatre’s longest-running plays, The Mousetrap is the story of a group of strangers trapped in a blizzard at a newly opened boarding house and one of them is a murderer. With the help of a clever young detective, will they figure out the murderer’s identity in time?

May 3-5
THE SECRET GARDEN
Airdrie Victory Church
A young orphan girl, Mary, arrives at the home of her uncle, left bitter by the loss of his wife.  Left to her own devices, Mary soon discovers there are many secrets to this new home of hers.

July 18-21
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Nose Creek Amphitheatre
Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.  This is the first in a new series Torchlight is offering called “Shakespeare on the Nose,” and will be performed in Nose Creek Park.

NOSE CREEK PLAYERS
(all shows at Bert Church Live Theatre) 

Oct. 26-27
CALENDAR GIRLS
The news of a charitable venture of women in a small English village posing nude for an “alternative calendar” spreads like wildfire and everyone has to deal with the newfound fame.

Feb. 10
AIRDRIE ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL
Established in 2013, the Airdrie Original One-Act Play Festival is the community theatre festival for playwrights and actors where people perform both one-act plays that are original as well as previously published plays. All plays will be reviewed by a panel of adjudicators.

May 24-26
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
The story of Roald Dahl’s classic tale is faithfully told by James himself and the insect characters – Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird and Earthworm. The play begins at the end of the story, when James and his friends are living in the giant peach stone in Central Park, NY.

Photo (left to right): Chelsea Restall, Torchlight Theatre, Artistic Director (Producer, Actor, Writer); Amanda Frost, Nose Creek Players, Secretary, Set Designer, Actor; Warren Jones, Nose Creek Players & Torchlight Theatre. For NCP: Member at Large, Actor, Stage Manager, Carpenter. For TLT: Actor, Stage Manager, Carpenter, Backstage; Mandi Fusaro-Smith, Nose Creek Players & Torchlight Theatre. For NCP:  Vice President, Director, Actor. For TLT: Actress, Head of Props, Backstage; Robin McKittrick, Nose Creek Players, President, Director, Actor; Kim Cheel, Kim Cheel Creations & Torchlight Theatre. For KCC: Writer, Producer, Actor. For TLT: Director for TLT’s SPARK Youth Program, Stage Manager, Actor, Writer; Ava Ferguson, Torchlight Theatre’s SPARK Youth Program, Actress & Student; Miranda Peters, Nose Creek Players, Treasurer, Actress; Wyatt Petkau, Torchlight Theatre’s SPARK Youth Program, Actor & Student; Logan Krahn, Torchlight Theatre’s SPARK Youth Program, Actor & Student; Colten Petkau, Torchlight Theatre’s SPARK Youth Program, Actor & Student; Chelsea Morrell, Torchlight Theatre’s SPARK Youth Program, Actor & Student. Costumes from prior-season shows: Robin Hood with the SPARK program (Torchlight Theatre), Reign of Power with Kim Cheel Creations/Torchlight and Haphazardly Ever After with Nose Creek Players.

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