Sensational Season at the Citadel Theatre

Yikes! I am working through a backlog of posts and have started to nix some of the more outdated ones, but while the 2011-12 season at the Citadel Theatre is over, I feel a post about one of my favorite Edmonton institutions is still relevant, especially since they are selling subscriptions to the 2012-13 season.

I have been going to the Citadel ever since high school when students were able to get super cheap tickets to attend shows as part of the student club. I didn’t get to see every production they did back then but Shakespeare was always a must and while I enjoyed the shows, I never considered myself a fan of live theatre until I saw “Into the Woods” at the Citadel. That was when I experienced this beautiful moment of ‘live theatre is not just Shakespeare and “old” plays ala Tennessee Williams and company’ – to this day, “Into the Woods” remains one of my favorite productions of all time. There was a small space in time where university took over both my time and wallet, but after graduating, one of the first things I did was get myself a theatre buddy and Club Friday season tickets (they don’t have these anymore but they were cheap tickets for 18-29 year olds on the first Friday performance of each show). After my theatre buddy stopped going, I also stopped going – apparently I ran into a period where I had no theatre loving friends (how can this be?). But thankfully I met mickyfine and we’ve had season tickets since 2010…

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Gaga for GaYa

Obviously I must be feeling better as I am starting to venture back out into the real world and my usual habit of dining out. I had plans with JP to catch the preview show of Whisper (minor jaunt off track here) which is a collaboration between Catalyst Theatre and the University of Alberta Drama program’s Studio Theatre – if you’re in the Edmonton area, go see this production. It is not in the usual Catalyst Theatre style which always seems larger than life, hugely theatrical and bold – this is a quietly powerful production. JP learned that everything in Whisper is based on the experiences of the actors and it is incredibly compelling to hear their stories as they reflect on memories and experiences, while expressing their hopes, fears and thoughts of the future. I found that I could completely relate to a lot of their experiences like what are your plans after graduation (still grappling with that question myself), what does your future look like, memories of people you’ve lost and moments of pure joy and wonder from childhood. It was nothing like I expected and yet it was everything I would have expected from Catalyst and Studio Theatre – the unexpected is a beautiful thing. So I really recommend going to see it – the play runs until April 7. Ticket prices range from $10 – $20.

Anyways, since JP and I were both on campus, we decided to meet up for a very early dinner (4:45pm – early bird special anyone?) before heading back to our respective offices to do a little more work before the show. One of our favorite campus area haunts is GaYa Korean Restaurant.

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