Covert Ottawa Update: Theatre Edition

Hi guys! I’m back for another edition! It has been a couple of weeks since I’ve sent out an update, so I wanted to give you some news! First of all, remember that today is voting day!! Even though it’s an election that we don’t need and that nobody wants, it’s still our right to get out and vote, so make sure your voice is heard. If you don’t vote, you’re not allowed to bitch.

 

 

Events are still rocking (literally) around town despite the increase in pandemic numbers, but from what I’ve seen, the safety precautions are amazing and are being taken very seriously by event organizers. So, if there is a full-on 4th wave, it’s looking to me as though it won’t be driven by events.

Music Festivals

We’re in the dark days of the Ottawa Fall Festivals line up between Ottawa Cityfolk and Ottawa Bluesfest. Cityfolk was held last week from Thursday to Saturday nights, and was a success despite their reduced capacity. It was well attended, and there were some great shows. Bluesfest is all set to run this week, also Thursday through Saturday nights, with some great bands including Half Moon Run, Tokyo Police Club, Jann Arden, Barenaked Ladies, Tom Cochran and April Wine. Get your tickets now at OttawaBluesfest.ca. Full details can be found on my events calendar or the festival website.

Theatre

The focus of this week’s newsletter is the re-emergence of theatre here in the Nation’s Capital. Some theatre companies are starting to come back to life with programming planned for the near future!

The Greely Players

The Greely Players, despite their small size, are known for their high-quality (and very entertaining) productions. They have recently announced this year’s show: Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. They are looking for performers, particularly 20 to 30-year-old men, but they are also seeking all ages and genders. Auditions will be held in mid-November, and firm details will be announced on their website, likely within the next week or two. If you’re an experienced, or aspiring performer and have always been interested in community theatre, this is an amazing company to work with. I attended their last show, which was “Shrek: The Musical” two years ago, and it was incredible. You can read the review by clicking here to get a feel for the quality of show that you can expect.

 

 

If you’re not interested in performing, I highly recommend seeing the show, which will take place this spring. I am very excited about this as I have no doubt it will be an amazing experience.

Orpheus Musical Theatre

On September 2nd, Orpheus Musical Theater announced their season’s shows. “Anything Goes” will be running from March 4 – 23rd, and “Something Rotten” will be running from June 3rd – 12th. Both shows will be running at Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe, and tickets will go on sale later in the fall.

 

 

Sock N Buskin

Sock N Buskin theatre has posted their 2021/2022 season on their website. “Advance Man” is planned for mid-November, “The Importance of Being Earnest” for early February, and “Anne of Green Gables” is slated for mid-March. Tickets are not yet available for these shows, but you can stay tuned for information on tickets and auditions by following them on social media or signing up for their mailing list.

The Gladstone Theatre

The Gladstone is showing a tentative performance on their website. Three Sisters Theatre Company have teamed up with Burn Ban Productions and they’ve created a performance of songs with the theme of the end of the world. This was inspired by all of the cancelled concerts at the start of the pandemic. The dates are tentatively set for October 29th – November 13th. You can read all about the show and get ticket information by visiting the Gladstone’s website.

One World Bazaar

I have great news: The One World Bazaar has announced that it will be opening in 2 weeks!! This amazing marketplace is the perfect place to find the most unique and amazing gifts! I absolutely love this place and have been looking forward to its opening all year. The Bazaar is only open for 7 weekends, so make a plan to go early before all of the treasures are gone!

Go check out their website and plan your trip, you won’t be disappointed.

Beyond Van Gogh – Beyond Monet

The Beyond Van Gogh experience has wrapped up at the Aberdeen Pavilion. This event was a major success with excellent attendance. The organizers behind this event have announced a follow up: “Beyond Monet,” which will setting up in the spring of 2022, and will run through the spring and summer (dates to be confirmed). So mark it in your calendar and watch for updates while the cold season passes us by. Here’s the description of Beyond Monet from the official release:

 

“On the heels of the highly successful Beyond Van Gogh exhibit presented by RBC, Paquin Entertainment Group and the Team Behind Bluesfest are proud to present yet another opportunity to enjoy an incredible immersive art experience—Beyond Monet. The exhibition will be launched at Lansdowne Park’s Aberdeen Pavilion during the spring of 2022 and run for a limited time throughout the summer. The experience is brought to life by Mathieu St-Arnaud and Félix Fradet-Faguy, and their creative team at Normal Studio—the same team that created Beyond Van Gogh.

“Beyond Monet spans thousands of square feet, making it one of the largest immersive experiences in Canada,” says Justin Paquin, Co-Producer and Director of Live, Paquin Entertainment Group. “You truly feel like you are a part of the bright and colourful world of Claude Monet rather than a spectator.”

Beyond Monet allows guests a glimpse into the emotions and perspectives of the leading figure of Impressionism, Claude Monet, while they enter the Garden Gallery. The Prism then transports visitors into the biggest feature area of the exhibit. Taking inspiration from Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, the designated home of Monet’s masterpieces, guests can freely roam the Infinity Room, an oval-shaped space, to fully absorb the artist’s bright and colourful paintings.

Monet’s stunning imagery encompasses every surface of the room, from floor to ceiling, transporting guests inside the paintings themselves. It is a haven for awakening the senses as the ebb and flow of the artwork is accompanied by the rhythm of an original score.

The immersive experience grants access to over 400 paintings of some of the most iconic works of impressionism, including the Water Lilies series, Impression: Sunrise and Poppies. Beyond Monet is full of infinite potential for wonder and sheds new light on what the world thought they knew about Monet.

Register now at www.beyondmonet.com  to be among the first to be notified when tickets go on sale. For more information about Beyond Monet, visit www.beyondmonet.com” – Press Release

That’s it for me this week. It has been a busy week with Cityfolk running for three days. It’s really nice to see the city come alive again, but we have to keep on top of this pandemic so that we can continue to enjoy all of the great events that Ottawa has to offer, and avoid any further lock-downs.

Have a great week, stay healthy and be kind to one another!

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