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Renaming the Lobby Art Gallery to The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery

The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery

This past March, we at the Pumphouse Theatre were deeply saddened by the loss of musician, teacher, and friend Quenten Doolittle. Quenten was the beloved husband of sixty-seven years to our theatre founder, Joyce Doolittle, and passed away on March 9, 2018, at the age of 92 years.

Quenten was born in Elmira, New York on May 21, 1925, and was the fifth of seven children. He served in Europe in the U.S. Army in the Second World War. He studied music at Ithaca College, earned a master’s degree from Indiana University, and earned his Doctorate in Music with a major in violin from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. In 1960, Quenten became the second appointment in the new University of Alberta at Calgary’s Department of Music. Quenten played with the Calgary Philharmonic for many years and was principal violist for seven of those years. While still at the University of Calgary, Quenten, along with the artist John Snow, founded New Works Calgary, an organization with the mandate to perform contemporary classical music, especially the work of local and western Canadian composers. Quenten composed over fifty works, including orchestral, chamber, vocal and solo works, and four chamber operas including Boiler Room Suite, performed in Banff, Toronto, Cardiff, Wales and London, England, and Charlie the Chicken performed in Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal. He composed and chose the music for the scores of plays Joyce directed for the university department of drama, and many other theatrical collaborations ranging from musical theatre to music and sound scores for plays and film. Even into his 90s, Quenten loved athletic pursuits and artistic ones. He was a strong swimmer and throughout the winter skied weekly in the mountains. He also developed a passion for art; most recently showcasing an exhibition at the Pumphouse Theatre in partnership with United Living.

We were so blessed to have had Quenten as part of our lives. His contribution to Canadian arts and culture was incredible and will be forever remembered. In honour of him and his legacy, we are happy to announce the renaming of our Lobby Art Gallery to be the Quenten Doolittle Memorial Art Gallery beginning with our first exhibit of 2018 to be a reflection of his great passion – music. We hope that this will be a fitting tribute to a man who inspired us, and will continue to inspire the artist to come.


2018 One-Act Play Festival

One-Act Play Festival 2018

The Pumphouse Theatre has presented the Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival with the Alberta Drama Festival Association for over 30 years and we are excited to do so again! The Festival will be held March 22nd – 24th, 2018 in the Victor Mitchell Theatre. Each night will be a collection of 2-3 one-act plays, varying in genre and style.

One play will be chosen by a professional adjudicator to represent Calgary at the Provincial One-Act Festival, which this year will be held in Fort McMurray. Each of those chosen plays receives travelling expenses or a grant to assist in funding their participation in the Provincial Festival by the Alberta Drama Festival Association. This year our adjudicator is Shari Wattling!

$12 Senior / Students
$15 Adults
Festival Passes $35

For more information:

visit www.pumphousetheatre.ca
call 403.263.0079 ext 100
email kelly@pumphousetheatre.ca


THURSDAY MARCH 22

Breathe

by Sienna Holden
presented by Theatre SHHH!
“Does one moment determine the course of a life?”

GROUP BIO:Theatre SHHH! was created to produce Sienna Holdens final project, “Songs for a New World” during her final year of acting school at Rosebud School of the Arts.

CAST & CREW:

Caitlyn O’Connor Molly
Bill Daugherty Sean
Sienna Holden Sarah / Playwright
Conrad Belau Director / Set Designer
Naomi Esau Stage Manager
Bradley Graham Technician
Tyler Peacock Accompanist

ADVISORY: Strong Language

 

Room Eight Zero Seven*

by Geoff Bamber
presented by A.W.A Productions
“When Joanna checks into a hotel after an awful day traveling, she just wants to rest, so she is not at all pleased when Lennox walks in. However, that is nothing to her reaction at the appearance of his guest…”

GROUP BIO:
A.W.A Productions have come together to perform for this festival. Featuring the acting talents of Lisette Allan and Kurt Archer, directed by Randolph West, and lit by Trevor Somers. All participants have been involved with the Calgary theatre community for several years.

CAST & CREW:

Lisette Allan Joanna
Kurt Archer Lennox
Randolph West Director
Trevor Somers Light and Sound Board Operator

ADVISORY: Mild Language and Sexuality

*Room Eight Zero Seven is presented by special arrangement by Lazy Bee Scripts


FRIDAY MARCH 23

Yugen

by The Reckless Daughter Creative Collective
presented by Reckless Daughter Creative

“Yugen (Japanese) — An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and powerful for words.”

GROUP BIO:
Reckless Daughter Creative is a Calgary based collaborative group, originally created by Madeleine Taylor-Gregg and Ashley Humphries, to represent the emerging female artists and their stories.

CAST & CREW:

Ashley Humphries Actor
Cassandra Watson Actor
Danielle Martens Actor
Madeleine Taylor-Gregg Director
Kate Pallesen Sound Designer
Tristan Levacque Lighter Designer

ADVISORY: Strong Language and Nudity

 

Night Call*

by Archie Wilson
presented by Gang of Three
“A menacing Russian-led invasion into the home of a mild-mannered man with a taste for single malt whiskey.”

GROUP BIO:
The Gang of Three is an ad hoc performance troupe based in Calgary. Two of the actors are teachers, the third actor is from Belarus, and the director is insane.

CAST & CREW:

Jon Martin Matthew
Jury Rodionov Sokolov
Charlotte Nixon Lisa
Randolph West Director
Trevor Somers Light and Sound Board Operator

ADVISORY: Mild Language and Sexuality

*Night Call is presented by special arrangement by Lazy Bee Scripts

 


SATURDAY MARCH 24  

Transformance: A Transgender Love Story with Songs

by T J Jablonski
presented by play between your thighs Productions
“Like gender, love is not always what it seems; a story of transformation.”
GROUP BIO:
An adventurous coupling of bold new LGBTQ+ groups and the newest theatrical production company

CAST & CREW:

Matthew Oliver van Diepen Mack
Ryan Dickinson Angelica
Amelia Newbert Director
TJ Jablonski Playwright / Musician
James Demers Producer
Jason Kowalchuk Costume / Sound / Light / Stage Manager

ADVISORY: Strong Language

 

Stumped

by Michael Dean Dargie and Jennifer Maclean
presented by Dropbear & Panda
“How do you connect with someone you’re meant to be with if you are destined to never be together?”

GROUP BIO:
Dropbear (Michael) & Panda (Jennifer) tend to “do what they want” because they believe life should be full of art and adventure. Over the past two years, Dropbear & Panda have been producing and creating short films, music videos, corporate videos and CDs. Buoyed by occasionally misplaced confidence and an insatiable urge to create, they thought, “how hard could writing, directing, and performing our own original play be?” Jennifer is a serious actor in community theatre around Calgary and Michael is a regular on stage at Loose Moose Theatre doing decidedly un-serious improv. Together they form Dropbear & Panda.

CAST & CREW:

Jennifer Maclean Laura / Playwright / Director
Michael Dean Dargie Greg / Playwright / Director
Chad Blain Sound / Light / Stage Manager

ADVISORY: Strong Language


Awards Ceremony

Saturday, March 24
in the Victor Mitchell Theatre following the final

Awards

Outstanding Performance, Male Actor

Sponsored by Alberta Theatre Projects, Lunchbox Theatre and University of Calgary School of Creative and Performing Arts

Outstanding Performance, Female Actor

Sponsored by Alberta Theatre Projects, Lunchbox Theatre and University of Calgary School of Creative and Performing Arts

Outstanding Technical Merit

Sponsored by Arch Technical Inc.

Outstanding Director

Sponsored by Lunchbox Theatre and Theatre Calgary

Outstanding Original Script

Sponsored by Alberta Playwrights’ Network

Outstanding Production

Sponsored by The Pumphouse Theatre


A huge thanks to our Sponsors!

 

 


Job Opportunity for Summer Instructors and Counselors

We are pleased to announce the competition for the summer camp positions!

Job Descriptions:

Instructors      Counselors 

The deadline is May 4th.

Due to the structure of the Canada Summer Jobs funding program received by the Pumphouse Theatre, applicants currently enrolled as post-secondary students and continuing their education in the fall of 2018 will have an advantage.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director at kelly@pumphousetheatre.ca or by phone at 403-263-0079 x 100.


2018 Summer Drama Day Camp

THE 2018 CAMP THEME IS “DEEP SEA EXPLORATION”

Registration Form

The Pumphouse Theatre Drama Day Camp is a great introduction to drama basics. Participants learn through dramatic arts to gain confidence, make friends and have fun!

Session #

Schedule

Regular Fee

Multi-Child
Discounted Rate

Session 1 July 9 – 20 $500 $450
Session 2 July 23 – 27 $300 $250
Session 3 July 30 – August 10
*No class August 6
$475 $425
Session 4 August 13 – 17 $300 $250
Session 5 August 20 – 31 $500 $450

Pre-Care: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Post-Care: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Pre & Post Care are included in the cost of registration. Each day of the camp is divided into classes, covering a variety of acting techniques, speech, physical theatre play creation, and much more! Emphasis is placed on group work that helps to develop social and life skills. Under the guidance of our professional instructors, participants will work together within their age group to create a play. At the end of each session, participants will showcase their new talents to family and friends by performing this brand-new creation.

A $50 Discount applies to multiple registrations per family or to registrations received before June 9th. Participants are 7 to 15 years old.  Final performances are on the second Thursday of the two-week sessions, and on the Friday of the one-week sessions. Participants receive an official camp t-shirt as well as a DVD of their final performance.

Cancellation is permitted (less a $25 administration fee) provided notice is given a minimum of 10 business days prior to the first day of camp. No refund will be given with less than 10 business days notice, without a doctor’s note.

If you have any questions, please email Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director at kelly@pumphousetheatre.ca