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During these times we know that you have questions for us, and it is important that we keep you up-to-date with what is happening at Theatre Calgary. Below you will find both a link to a number of questions we've been asked, along with the most recent updates that we can provide on where we're at and where we're going, in the days and weeks ahead.
Please check back to this page regularly for updates on our status, ticketing, future shows, and more.
What does the Alberta Government Stage 2 Relaunch announcement mean for Theatre Calgary?
On Tuesday, June 9, the Alberta Government announced that theatres would be included as part of Stage 2 of the province’s Relaunch Strategy plan.
We are excited and welcome this news from the Alberta Government, but want to let you know that this is only the first in a number of steps that need to take place before we are able to once again perform safely for you in the Max Bell Theatre.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in March, we have collaborated with and followed the advice and leadership of all governing agencies responsible for the health and safety of our public and our staff. This includes the Province of Alberta, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the City of Calgary Emergency Management Agency. The safety of our patrons, staff, and artists is our number one priority going forward. This shall remain so.
The Alberta Government has provided new guidelines towards theatre and artist safety, and we will be working with all agencies towards creating a safe space for our patrons, our artists, and our staff and volunteers. But this will take some time. These guidelines, among many things, require two meter physical distancing. That has not changed. And so our ability to currently present plays in our 750-seat theatre also has not changed. Our doors will remain closed for now.
As we learn and collaborate with our partners more in the months ahead, we will update you on what you can expect from Theatre Calgary as we navigate these challenging times.
As always, we appreciate your ongoing support and understanding, and we hope that you and your families continue to remain safe and healthy.
June 15, 2020
Announcing Romeo & Juliet - Shakespeare by the Bow goes online!
I’m writing you today with some very good news.
Over the past few months, we have been inundated with the halting of many of our daily and annual rituals around the city. This has been hard on all of us. So many of the places and events that we enjoy visiting haven’t been, and in some cases, won’t be available for some time.
For Theatre Calgary, it was imperative for us to not lose our outdoor summer tradition production of Shakespeare by the Bow. With the arrival of COVID-19, and the Alberta government applying limits to outdoor gatherings, I knew that we had to figure out a way to ensure that ‘ShakesBow’ could still have its voice and presence, and provide vital opportunities for Alberta’s young emerging artists.
So, to keep the 32-year tradition of summer Shakespeare in Calgary alive, we are bringing the renowned love story of Romeo & Juliet directly to you, via live streaming performances delivered to your home.
As theatre companies and artists around the world are exploring innovate ways to merge theatre and digital during this time of social distancing, I turned to my friend and colleague Haysam Kadri (Artistic Director of Calgary's The Shakespeare Company) to see if he wanted to take on the challenge of adapting and directing Romeo & Juliet into a 50-minute online play. As I suspected, Haysam jumped at the chance.
Haysam and I instantly agreed that this experience for our eight emerging artists needed to be creative and innovative. This new adaptation remains true to the heart of the play, while acknowledging the times we find ourselves in. Our goal is to push the envelope with regards to how creatively we can tell the story, while still maintaining a ‘theatre aspect’. And ALL shows will be performed and streamed live!
We are in unprecedented times. However art, creativity, and passion will always prevail and win.
So join us on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from June 24 - July 18 (7:00pm), as Theatre Calgary, in association with The Shakespeare Company and Hit + Myth present Romeo & Juliet. Much more information will be available soon on our website (theatrecalgary.com) including where to watch it, and how you can support the program.
Speaking of support, I would be remiss if I did not thank the RBC Foundation for their ongoing support of our emerging artists, and our Friends of the Bard, Norm and Kathy Schachar.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and come witness the love of Romeo & Juliet. Home is where the Bard is!
April 30, 2020
An update for Shakespeare by the Bow
With the appropriate restrictions on public gatherings now in place until the end of August, regrettably we are not able to perform in Prince’s Island Park this summer.
But this does not mean a cancellation!
Instead, what it provides for Theatre Calgary is an opportunity to re-imagine 'ShakesBow' for our current times.
Shakespeare by the Bow is built around giving opportunities to up-and-coming Alberta talent. This program plays a vital role in their professional development, and is extremely important to us that it continues. Therefore in the coming weeks I plan on sharing some news with you about what exciting Shakespeare play will be presented, and how!
Until then friends, please stay safe, wash your hands, and practice your sonnets.
April 23, 2020
I write to you today, on what was to be the opening week of our final show of the season, Million Dollar Quartet. So, while all of our artists, theatre practitioners, and administrative staff would have been putting the finishing touches on Million Dollar Quartet this week, we find ourselves looking not at what could have been, but rather what could be.
As an organization, Theatre Calgary has been thoughtfully considering what we CAN do for our audiences during these challenging days, when we can’t perform for you? The answer…we have gone and created our own delivery service that we are calling tcTakeout: The Arts Delivered!
The goal of tcTakeout is simple – to bring some of the amazing talent and stories of our wonderful theatre company, our local community, and friends abroad to your inbox a couple of times a week. We want to make you smile. These offerings will be delivered to you in our weekly emails, on our social media channels, and on our website. When you see the words tcTakeout…you’ll know the arts are being delivered straight to you.
Speaking of which, today I would like to take a moment to acknowledge many of the wonderful members of our wardrobe department who have contributed their time to make masks for essential workers through Mask Makers YYC, and hospital gowns for health care workers at the Calgary Drop-in Centre and Sagesse. Our artisans know no bounds…Bravo!
With summer on the horizon, I want to let you know that we are rethinking our plans for Shakespeare by the Bow this year. This is a program that we hold dear to us, as it is such a vital opportunity that we provide to emerging artists in our community. So, while our annual summer offering may be a little different this year, our commitment to developing young up and coming talent remains stronger than ever. Stay tuned for more information!
These initiatives would not be possible without the financial support of our friends and patrons. While these times are challenging to all Calgarians, we greatly appreciate any support that members of our community, and family can provide. If you would like to make an individual donation to Theatre Calgary and our Recovery Fund, it is as easy as visiting our website and clicking on the heart on our homepage. We will also be introducing a simple 'Text to donate' in the coming days, which will help fund the new initiatives I have mentioned.
In the meantime, I like to think of the words of author and activist, Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” WE will come through this, friends. I have faith.
On behalf of everyone at Theatre Calgary, we wish you and yours good health and safety in these trying times. In the coming weeks, I look forward to sharing some stories of what the people of our company are working on.
If you can, take a break and treat yourself to some tcTakeout.
As a not-for-profit arts organization, the support from individuals in our community is vital at this time.
In the wake of the cancellation of the remainder of our season, your support means more than just keeping our doors open. It means that you are able to help support us directly in numerous ways. Your contributions will assist both in the long-term with our Recovery Fund and in the short-term towards our team of young emerging artists and theatre practitioners that participate in our mentorships, Spotlight at the Eddy, and our upcoming Shakespeare by the Bow program (the latter of which we are currently working hard to innovatively create for this summer).
Every donation at this time makes a difference. And you can make that difference in the life of an artist, and a theatre company, today.
Thank you so much for your support of live theatre, and the artists in our community.DONATE TODAY