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CATALYST PRESENTS!

on Thursday, 12 October 2017. Posted in Latest News

For Immediate Release

 

We are thrilled to be announcing a new programming initiative, “Catalyst Presents”, launching with the hit indie-rock musical Onegin!

Onegin (ON • YEG IN) is the indie-rock musical that’s taking the country by storm. Catalyst Theatre presents this multi-award-winning Vancouver Arts Club production on the Maclab Stage from January 17th to 28th, 2018.

“SPECTACULAR”
The Globe and Mail

Onegin wowed Vancouver audiences in 2016, winning an unprecedented 10 Jessie Awards. This thrilling new adaptation of Pushkin’s timeless poem and Tchaikovsky’s renowned opera, brings a thoroughly modern sensibility to a romantic Russian classic. Its high-energy musical score tells a sweeping tale of infatuation, unrequited love, and intrigue. Catalyst Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jonathan Christenson saw Onegin at its phenomenally successful Arts Club premiere in May 2016.

“I remember watching the show for the first time. In one of the songs Onegin sang: ‘Amuse me, surprise me, shake me … try and wake me’ and at the performance I saw the entire was doing just that for the audience! This show is raucous, irreverent and highly theatrical – a hysterical yet touching re-imagining of a literary classic that will blow your mind!”

Onegin tells the story of Eugene Onegin, a wealthy Russian playboy who, bored with seducing women in Moscow, sees a chance for a change when he inherits a country estate. He soon becomes fast friends with Vladimir, his new neighbour, who introduces Onegin to the love his life, Olga. Olga’s sister, Tatyana, falls madly in love with Onegin, but Onegin sets his sites instead on Olga, rejecting Tatyana. In a jealous rage, Vladimir challenges Onegin to a duel, and what ensues changes everyone’s lives forever.

“I was immediately struck by the similarities between what Amiel and Veda were doing and what we’re doing at Catalyst, namely re-imagining what a musical can be,” Christenson says. “It ignited my interest in bringing work like this to Edmonton. It’s the perfect show to launch our new initiative “Catalyst Presents” which in the coming years will see Catalyst bring exceptional new productions by some of Canada’s most exciting and ground-breaking companies to Edmonton audiences.”

“Breathtaking!”
The Vancouver Sun

THE BEST NEWS OF ALL?  REVOLUTIONARY PRICING FOR CULTURAL REBELS
To launch “Catalyst Presents” we’re offering Radical Ticket Pricing!
$17 TICKETS
ANY SEAT ANY TIME
Call the Citadel Box Office (780.425.1820) or click here for tickets now!

 

CONTACT:
Lana at lana@catalysttheatre.ca or Brenda at (780) 431-1750 for more information.

Vigilante Takes Home Three SATAwards!

on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. Posted in Latest News

September 19, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Vigilante won three SATAwards. These awards recognize and celebrate professional theatre artists and organizations in Saskatoon and surrounding area.

Vigilante was nominated for 9 awards and took home the prize for:
-Outstanding Production
-Outstanding Leading Performance – Jan Alexandra Smith
-Outstanding Set Design – Jonathan Christenson.

Big thanks to everyone involved in the SATAwards, and to our presenters at Persephone Theatre.

More info about the wards here.

Catalyst Welcomes Acting Managing Producer, Brenda O’Donnell

on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Posted in Latest News

For Immediate Release - July 11, 2017

Catalyst Theatre’s board of directors announces that Brenda O’Donnell will assume the position of Acting Managing Producer, effective July 11th, 2017.  Ms. O’Donnell was previously the Executive Director of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta and is a senior arts administrator with extensive experience working for many of Edmonton’s theatre companies. Ms. O’Donnell will work closely with Mr. Christenson, the board, and the staff of Catalyst Theatre, to assist during the search for a new Managing Producer.

Farewell to Managing Producer, Eva Cairns

on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Posted in Latest News

For Immediate Release - June 11, 2017

It is with mixed emotion that Catalyst Theatre’s board of directors announces that Eva Cairns will be stepping down as Managing Producer effective July 15, 2017 to assume a position as a Program Officer with the Canada Council in Ottawa.

                                                                       B&W Eva

“Eva has worked tirelessly to support Catalyst’s creation and touring mandate over the past decade. We’re deeply grateful for her commitment to our core artists and her enduring support of the company’s work. She’ll be greatly missed by all of us at Catalyst and by Edmonton’s theatre community. We wish her all the very best as she transitions into her new role in Ottawa and look forward to an exciting new chapter in the life of Catalyst Theatre.”
Janine Andrews, Chair

Eva has been with Catalyst since 2006. During her tenure as Managing Producer, she supported the company’s Artistic Director Jonathan Christenson, Resident Designer Bretta Gerecke, and all the members of Catalyst’s talented artistic teams in the creation of such acclaimed original productions as Frankenstein , Nevermore – The Imaginary Life & Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, Hunchback, The Soul Collector, Vigilante & Fortune Falls, and helped us share our work with audiences around the world, including engagements in London’s West End, New York’s Broadway district, and at theatres and festivals in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Edmonton and other cities across Canada.

“It’s been an honour to partner with Eva in leading Catalyst through ten years of unprecedented growth – an extraordinary journey full of thrilling highs and some challenging lows, and I can’t imagine having done it with anyone else. I’ll miss her keen intelligence, her uncompromisingly high standards, and her infectious laugh. I’m so excited for her as she embarks on this next great adventure in Ottawa and I wish her all the happiness she so deserves!”

                  Jonathan Christenson, Artistic Director

Catalyst Theatre’s board of directors will launch a national search for a new Managing Producer in the coming weeks.

For further information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Janine Andrews at janine.andrews@ualberta.ca | 780.953.5325

Jonathan Christenson at catalystad@gmail.com | 780.431.1750.

 

April News!

on Tuesday, 18 April 2017. Posted in Latest News

“It started wit’ just one little spark….”

It’s hard to believe that our epic Vigilante tour is almost finished. A little known piece of dark Canadian history was the fuel that ignited this fiery show. It began at Keyano Theatre in Fort McMurray in 2013, and now, almost four years later, it will close at the National Arts Centre after a three week run. During this tour we’ve shared the production with approximately 22,000 audience members over 43 performances, and we’ve loved every minute of it!

“… a riveting production that is one of those rare theatrical gems — by any measure an artistic achievement — fuelled by a great story, passion and talent audiences seldom get to experience.”
-London Free Press

As the tour wraps up, we’ve been reflecting on how we need you, our supporters and champions to help us with our most important fundraiser of the year, Over the Edge With 4 Play. We hope, if you’ve seen the show abroad or in Edmonton, that you’ll keep the work in mind and help us to continue to create new bold productions.

We hope to see you at 4 Play, and wish you a happy sunny spring!
Sincerely,
The Catalyst Family

Events

January 17-28, 2018
Maclab Theatre
A Vancouver Arts Club Production

 

“You’re lucky to be alive right now.. because you get to see Onegin!” 
-Georgia Straight

 

Catalyst is thrilled to present the indie rock musical that is taking the country by storm! Onegin has been wow’ing audiences all over Canada. And we’re thrilled to be bringing it to Edmonton.

 

Tickets now only $17
(plus fees and GST)

GET TICKETS HERE

APRIL 6, 2018

Join us for our wacky, crazy, over the top fundraising event – Over the Edge With 4 Play. Some of Edmonton’s most incredible theatre artist gather to participate in the craziest fundraiser in town!

 

4 brand new Canadian plays made in just 12 hours.
Join 4 playwrights, 4 directors, 4 actors and 4 designers as they set the stage on fire during our infamous fundraising extravaganza!