Month: September 2019

No Change in the Weather – A Newfoundland Musical

No Change in the Weather – A Newfoundland Musical

Like a Canadian social studies lesson come to life, No Change in the Weather gives a hefty dose of East Coast history and politics alongside a suite of 18 sea shanties and jaunty jigs. Even the program is more like a miniature textbook than a…

Clowning Around with Christine Lesiak

Clowning Around with Christine Lesiak

What even is a clown? This week Mel talks to Christine Lesiak, director of Edmonton’s Play the Fool clown festival, to find out the answer. Funny clowns, sad clowns, scary clowns, naked clowns – we talk about all types of clowns in this fascinating conversation. …

Media passes and the Edmonton Fringe

Media passes and the Edmonton Fringe

Should a written review be attached to every media comp at the Edmonton Fringe? The Globe and Mail just ran a very interesting story about a controversy that started at Edmonton’s Fringe Festival and continued into the Vancouver Fringe. It concerns media passes, specifically whether…

Talking The Color Purple with Jesse Lipscombe

Talking The Color Purple with Jesse Lipscombe

The Color Purple is opening soon at the Citadel Theatre and I spoke to Jesse Lipscombe to get the inside story about the production. Lipscombe is an Edmonton actor, singer, producer and activist who founded the #MakeItAwkward anti-racism campaign in 2016. I also spoke about…

Azimuth and the Importance of Arts in Edmonton

Azimuth and the Importance of Arts in Edmonton

This week, Mel interviews Azimuth Theatre co-artistic producers, Vanessa Sabourin and Kristi Hansen, about Azimuth’s upcoming 2019-20 theatre season. We discuss their upcoming panel discussion and the season to come. Along the way, we talk about the role that art plays in society, whether consuming…

Welcome to Ghost Light!

Welcome to Ghost Light!

Welcome to the very first episode of Ghost Light! I talk briefly about why I started the show, what a ghost light actually is, and the upcoming shows this September in Edmonton: Kaleido Family Arts Festival, Play the Fool Festival, Azimuth’s season launch panel discussion,…

Ghost Light Podcast: voices of #yegtheatre

Ghost Light Podcast: voices of #yegtheatre

I’m excited to announce the launch of my new podcast about Edmonton theatre, Ghost Light! This will be a weekly podcast featuring guest interviews with the performers and creative teams behind upcoming local theatre productions. The show will also offer my reviews of recent productions…

Coming soon to a blog near you: Edmonton theatre coverage!

Coming soon to a blog near you: Edmonton theatre coverage!

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to start covering local theatre again! After this year’s Fringe, I realized that I really missed writing about Edmonton’s excellent theatre scene. I left Vue in 2016 and kept up my annual Fringe reviewing, but aside from a…