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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Royal MTC

Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Royal MTC

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

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Robb Paterson and John B. Lowe in ‘A Christmas Carol’ (DYLAN HEWLETT PHOTO)
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The cast of Royal MTC’s ‘ A Christmas Carol,’ on now through December 21. (DYLAN HEWLETT PHOTO)

WINNIPEG — I am a Christmas connoisseur. I’m Ralphie’s dad trying to steal a taste of the undercooked turkey, except with all aspects of Christmas. The music, the movies, the food, the company, even, occasionally, the weather. All this to say, I knew I was going to like Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s “A Christmas Carol” before I even walked in.

The pitch is simple enough: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted for the stage. You know the story of how the frozen-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge, once visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, changes his perspective once he sees what really matters in life. This production is still a period piece, and is by no means particularly groundbreaking, but what really called to me was the expertise swarming this production.

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‘Come From Away’ Being Adapted into a Film with Canadian Creators

‘Come From Away’ Being Adapted into a Film with Canadian Creators

By The Canadian Press

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he cast from Come From Away is shown in this undated handout photo. The hit homegrown musical “Come From Away” is getting the big-screen treatment. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The hit homegrown musical “Come From Away” is getting the big-screen treatment.

The Mark Gordon Company says it will produce and finance a feature film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning show.

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Royal MTC Opens 60th Season with ‘Shakespeare in Love’

Royal MTC Opens 60th Season with ‘Shakespeare in Love’

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

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Andrew MacDonald-Smith, Bahareh Yaraghi, Kevin Klassen. (DAVID COOPER PHOTO)

There’s something special about an opening night performance, and there’s something more special yet about an opening season performance, particularly when that season is your diamond anniversary. The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre opened its ground-breaking 60th season on Thursday, and while the story may not be new to some audience members, Shakespeare in Love is a crowd-pleaser through and through.

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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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