Geordie Theatre Fest: March 21-26
Every year, Geordie Productions commissions two new plays from seasoned and/or emerging playwrights, invites some of Montreal’s finest directors to the studio, casts three up-and-coming actors and produces two plays, simultaneously, one for kids and one for teens, that are packed up in a 320-cubic foot van and hit the road for the Geordie 2Play Tour.
Every year, three actors perform both plays in schools, community centres and libraries across cities and remote regions of Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes to some 40, 000 kids over a period of 7 months. The 2Play Tour has been the starting point for many of Montreal’s theatre alumni.
This month, for the first time in the company’s 36-year history, after having traveled thousands of kilometres, three of Geordie’s 2Plays will get unpacked and receive the professional mainstage treatment for general audiences at Montreal’s historic Monument-National from March 21 to 26, 2017.
Geordie’s former Artistic Director, Dean Patrick Fleming, is back to direct Governor-general award-wining playwright Erin Shields’ timely teen piece on the impacts of social media, Instant. Following the success of last fall’s The Halloween Tree, Amanda Kellock returns with her visionary direction of Marcus Youssef’s META-award-winning (Outstanding New Text) 2013 hit Jabber. Rounding up this directorial tryptic, Geordie’s new Artistic Director, Mike Payette, offers up his Geordie directorial debut of Jesse Stong’s inspired Water Weight.
This season’s 2Play cast is made up of Concordia alumni Leah Fong and Michelle Rambharose, both seen last season in the department’s production of Alice, as well as Bishop alumni Dakota Jamal Wellman who took part in last year’s Black Theatre Workshop mentorship ensemble. David Sklar (Betty Mitchell Award nominee, Bad Jews), Mariana Tayler (Teesri Duniya’s The Refugee Hotel) and Aris Tyros (Tableau D’Hôte Theatre`s Elizabeth Rex), who’ve been touring Jabber on-and-off since its 2013 debut, bring the play back to Montreal.
Geordie Productions is Montreal’s leading English-language professional Theatre for Young Audiences, entertaining and engaging the imaginations of children and their families since 1980! Geordie Productions celebrates the art of theatre and its impact by working with emerging and established artists from various disciplines and cultural backgrounds to create theatre that is provocative, relevant and enchanting; inspiring dialogue between communities, children and parents as well as teachers and students of all ages.
PERFORMANCES: March 21 – 26, 2017 | Opening Night: March 21 at 7pm
ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE AND TALK-BACK – hosted by CTV’s Christine Long: March 25 at 7pm
VENUE: Monument-National’s Studio Hydro-Québec | 1182 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
TICKETS: $13.50 children; $15.00 teens; $17.50 students/seniors; $19.50 adults; prices subject to taxes | Group rate (10 or more): 20% Off . AGE RECOMMENDATION: Children age 7 and up & adults of all ages | 75 minutes
BOX OFFICE and INFORMATION: (514) 845-9810 or www.geordie.ca
A night-call tribute to Fluxy
This year, music lovers said goodbye to their beloved deejay, radio and community personality Fluxy whose sudden passing shocked us all.
On Saturday, March 18, the community will come together in another celebration of his life at an event dubbed The Official Memories Part 11.
Coming specially for the evening is Singing Melody one of reggae most endearing performers out of Jamaica.
Also the evening will be filled with music from Nighthawk, Johnny Black, DJ Tuff and Little Thunder, all friends of Fluxy.
The event, which takes place @Royal Alexandra ballroom 875 Notre Dame, Lachine (corner of 9th ave)will be hosted By Queen Nadine, Mr. Boom, Stretch and Pat Dillon.
Tickets Available @ Mango Bay, Jahno Cuts, Front line, Jah B Restaurant, Eve Coiffure, Ann and C salon, Princessa, Natural Beauty Salon, King Kutz, Swag City,
www.tripleaaaent.com Info: 514-575 7082. It’s a presentation of Singing P & Friends, Moreponmore & New Concept.
Macomere Fifi back with Mtl’s best
Every time Macomere Fifi comes to Montreal, party-goers know that they are in for a musical treat. Her amazing personality takes over the stage and she comes with a long repertoire of hits that have endeared her to fans in Toronto, the US and Trinidad and Tobago.
Over the past decade or so, she has won the Calypso Monarch title in T.O on multiple occasions and continues to make her mark wherever she performs.
On Saturday March 25, She is Back in Montreal at 6767 Cote de Neiges From 7pm
for a massive Show and Dance.
Joining her on stage will be several of Montreal’s top performers including two former monarchs, Skippy and Dennis James together with James Andrews, Delta Antoine, Skippy, ACD Drummers and young singing sensation Ezra.
Music by Dj 610 & Dj ABNA Adv. Ticket $20.00 At Door $25.00 . Info: 438 937-1924