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Review: WSO & Rainbow Stage’s ‘South Pacific’

Review: WSO & Rainbow Stage’s ‘South Pacific’

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

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Stephanie Sy, Rochelle Kives and Aaron Hutton in ‘South Pacific.’ (DIANA CHABAI / FOR CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — There is nothing like a full orchestra. Especially if that orchestra is playing a classic, nearly-70-year-old Rodgers & Hammerstein score.

For the first time in their history, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Rainbow Stage have teamed up to produce a musical. They chose a classic, something Rainbow Stage has been leaning away from in recent years, to begin this partnership. “South Pacific” has been performed since 1949 for a reason — and it still stood tried and true on the Centennial Concert Hall stage Friday night.

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Royal MTC’s ‘Hand to God’ Promises the ‘Outrageous’, ‘Horrific’

Royal MTC’s ‘Hand to God’ Promises the ‘Outrageous’, ‘Horrific’

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

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Tom Keenan in ‘Hand to God,’ playing January 26 to February 11 at Royal MTC. (DYLAN HEWLETT PHOTO)

WINNIPEG — Jason Stevens sits on the swings in a striped shirt and red backpack. He tries to impress the girl he likes, Jessica, by performing a classic Abbott and Costello routine with his sock puppet, Tyrone. It all goes well, until Tyrone tells Jessica that she’s stupid and that Jason spends late nights touching himself and thinking about her.

So, no, “Hand to God” probably isn’t a play for your grandma.

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Review: Royal MTC’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

Review: Royal MTC’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

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Ryan Voth, Kris Ulrich, Matt Cage and Laura Olafson in Royal MTC’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet.’ (ROBERT TINKER PHOTO)

Dead celebrities have been on my mind a lot lately. 2016 took some especially good ones from us. I watched “Star Wars” the night Carrie Fisher died. I was particularly upset about her death (and even cried), but watching “A New Hope” made me realize that I have only known her through movies, and I will always have those movies. It’s the place where I go to spend time with her.

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins are also all dead. And because all of their music still lives on, we get to spend time with them whenever we want to.

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Review: Royal MTC’s ‘The Audience’

Review: Royal MTC’s ‘The Audience’

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

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Fiona Reid in Royal MTC’s ‘The Audience.’ (DYLAN HEWLETT PHOTO)
WINNIPEG — It’s sort of rare that someone of my generation cares about the British Monarchy. The Queen is on all of our money and we see Prince George and Princess Charlotte looking cute on Instagram, but the royals don’t affect our lives very much, so it’s understandable why some people don’t care. I am not one of those people. My name is Diana, let’s get real.

I’m that person that got up at 4 a.m. to watch the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding and who spent hours watching the newsfeed of the hospital door that the future king emerged out of as a tiny baby three years ago. I grew up immersed in royal culture. But I get that a lot of people think the monarchy is outdated and unnecessary. Queen Elizabeth II is not immune to these thoughts either, at least not in the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s production of “The Audience.”

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‘Myth of the Ostrich’ Closes Out Royal MTC Warehouse Season

‘Myth of the Ostrich’ Closes Out Royal MTC Warehouse Season

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre - MTCThe Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre will round out its Tom Hendry Warehouse season with a smash Toronto Fringe Hit.

“Myth of the Ostrich” runs March 10-26, offering a hilarious look at two mothers with polar-opposite parenting styles, values and beliefs.

The production stars Tricia Cooper as Cheryl Todd, Krista Jackson as Holly Mills and Jennifer Lyon as Pam Steele.

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‘Billy Elliott’ Musical Debuting on MTC Mainstage

‘Billy Elliott’ Musical Debuting on MTC Mainstage

Billy Elliott The MusicalWINNIPEG — The cast of the upcoming “Billy Elliott The Musical” will hit the mainstage at the Manitoba Theatre Centre next week.

The musical opened in London 10 years ago and has been seen by millions across the world, portraying the story of a young boy who triumphs over adversity.

The production stars Ethan Ribeiro and Eamon Stocks as Billy — sharing the demanding role as lead actor. The two moved to Winnipeg last September to receive dance training in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s professional division program before beginning rehearsals at Royal MTC in December.

MTC artistic director Steven Schipper is leading the musical.

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MTC Reveals Cast of Upcoming ‘Billy Elliott’ Musical

MTC Reveals Cast of Upcoming ‘Billy Elliott’ Musical

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre - MTCTwo Canadian actors have been cast as the role of Billy Elliott in the new upcoming Royal Manitoba Theatre Production.

“Billy Elliott The Musical” will star Ethan Ribeiro and Eamon Stocks, who will both share the demanding role as the lead actor.

Elliot, a young boy in a depressed working-class mining town, looks to escape his circumstances after discovering a passion for dance.

Ribeiro and Stocks will move to Winnipeg in September and receive dance training in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s professional division program before beginning rehearsals at Royal MTC in December.

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Manitoba Theatre Centre Stays in the Black, But Attendance Down

Manitoba Theatre Centre Stays in the Black, But Attendance Down

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre - MTCWINNIPEG — The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre reported a surplus at its annual general meeting Wednesday evening, but attendance to the theatre is down.

About 1,500 fewer tickets were told during the 2014-15 season compared to last year. On the plus side of things, Royal MTC had a surplus of $182,000 to its budget of $9 million.

“This past year reminded us that it takes a remarkable amount of teamwork to bring each season to life and I want to recognize each of our partners, donors, volunteers, artists, designers and staff members for their continued dedication and support for our theatre,” said Jim McLandress, chair of the board of trustees.

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Royal MTC Unwraps 2015-16 Theatre Season

Royal MTC Unwraps 2015-16 Theatre Season

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre - MTCThe Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre has set the stage for its 2015-16 season, revealing the stories theatre-goers can expect to see over the next year.

“It’s fate that lures a miner’s son into a ballet class, where he discovers, against all odds, that he’s a gifted dancer,” artistic director Steven Schipper said of “Billy Elliott The Musical,” which debuts next January and features the music of Elton John.

“But the best plays always remind us that we are free, that we can rise above our circumstances if we are brave and steadfast and true.”

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‘Private Lives’ Going on Display at Royal MTC

‘Private Lives’ Going on Display at Royal MTC

Private Lives
Private Lives runs January 28 to February 14 at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

A new comedic play thrusting the lives of lovers’ quarrels into the spotlight will hit the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Noe?l Coward’s “Private Lives” will run January 28 to February 14 at the Tom Hendry Warehouse, showing beautiful people behaving badly.

Synopsis: Elyot Chase is happily divorced, but his newfound marital bliss is thrown for a loop when he and his new bride inadvertently find themselves spending their honeymoon in the suite adjoining his ex-wife Amanda and her new husband. As the old flame is rekindled, so is the venom that extinguished it in the first place. As only he can, Noe?l Coward creates characters whose sophistication, style and wit mask a delicious wickedness.

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