Apr
9

Rap and Shakespeare collide in BOMB-ITTY

The Bomb-itty of Errors—the fast-paced, musical “ad-rap-tation” of Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identities—starts tomorrow at the Revue Stage! The actors sing, rap, and rhyme catchy and laugh-out-loud songs that retain much of the Bard’s original text—all while a DJ spins original music onstage.

Part play, part rap concert, The Bomb-itty of Errors is a witty and savvy hilarious musical that combines the best of Shakespeare and rap. Here’s a preview of what’s in store for you. Watch the Bomb-itty Vlog on Youtube, a 30-second summary of The Comedy of Errors, and the short history of rap by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. These videos will pump you up for an evening of rhythmic flow and inspired silliness!

Tickets to this hip-hopping musical start at just $25! Buy online or call the box office at 604.687.1644.

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Apr
8

Attention young musical theatre actors!

The Arts Club’s Musical Theatre Intensive (MTI) is entering its 13th year of bringing high-quality, professional training to young people with an interest in singing, dancing, and acting. Aimed at youth (ages 12–19) who are considering pursuing a theatre career, MTI exposes students to the kind of training that begins their journey toward becoming a true “triple threat” (actor/singer/dancer).

“Each year I am approached by parents and students in the Vancouver area who want to participate but aren’t quite ready for the advanced program,” said Peter Jorgensen, program director.  ”I am thrilled that we are now offering a two week beginners’ intensive on Granville Island. It is a huge opportunity for young artists to get a first rate foundation. The junior program lays bare the basics of acting/singing/dancing and is a great place for kids who want a strong, challenging and FUN introduction into the exciting world of musical theatre!”

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED PROGRAM
Ages 14–19
Monday–Friday, August 5–22, 2014
10 AM–5 PM
Cost: $825, plus GST

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE PROGRAM
Ages 12–16
Monday–Friday, July 21–August 1, 2014
10 AM–4 PM
Cost: $495, plus GST

Full program details are available here. “Like” the MTI Facebook page for regular updates and news. Don’t wait, sign up today!

 

 

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Apr
4

Guest blog post: Sheena Campbell, Archival Intern

For most people, the idea of “preserving the historical record” may not at first sound like a goal that serves a theatre company’s immediate needs. However, the materials generated and collected in the course of creating, producing, and publicizing theatrical productions are of immediate value in furthering the Arts Club’s place in Canadian theatre history. After a show has closed, all those materials serve as evidence of the important work that went into each production and its impact on artists, company staff, and local audiences.

Archival intern Sheena Campbell and archival volunteer Ariana Galeano showcase historical materials at the Arts Club’s 50th birthday party on February 4, 2014. Photo by Rafaella Petrolacci

Archival intern Sheena Campbell and archival volunteer Ariana Galeano showcase historical materials at the Arts Club’s 50th birthday party on February 4, 2014. Photo by Rafaella Petrolacci

Maintaining the Arts Club’s records in a consistent and organized way will help to preserve and enable staff, as well as researchers and community users, to access the materials documenting the company’s rich history. This is the exciting role of the Arts Club Theatre Company archives! Bill Millerd’s artistic vision, the dedicated work of our staff, crew, and volunteers, in addition to the amazing talent that has found a platform on our stages, all serve as part of an amazing legacy that should be preserved in order to inspire the future of Canadian theatre here in British Columbia.

As our 50th season draws closer to its climactic ending, we want to ensure that the preservation of the Arts Club’s institutional memory continues. Our future goals include reaching out to our community of patrons and audience members for historic materials, continuing our digitization projects to post content online, and the launching of an oral history project to document the company’s audacious beginnings.

An original 1960 Arts Club calendar, among other gems from the archives. Photo by Rafaella Petrolacci

An original 1960 Arts Club calendar, among other gems from the archives. Photo by Rafaella Petrolacci

Do you have programmes, posters, or tickets from the Arts Club history you’d like to donate? Would you love to share your Arts Club memories? Do you have photos you think should be scanned and saved? The Arts Club’s story is a shared history we would love for you to take part in documenting. And, check out the materials we’ve already begun to catalogue in our new online show archive.

Please contact Sheena, Arts Club Archival Intern, at scampbell@artsclub.com

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