June 22nd to Sept 3rd 2017, ENJOY live theatre for the whole family IN BANFF ALBERTA!

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This summer, Carter-Ryan Productions is presenting an inaugural repertory theatre season in the heart of Banff Alberta from June 22 to September 3, 2017 at the Lux Theatre (229 Bear Street). Proud to partner with The Lux, these three shows offer something for everyone in the family, from the young to the young at heart: The Adventures of the Curious Bear In The Red Canoe at 2 PM (puppet show), Mavericks of the Mountains at 4 PM (whirlwind comedy) and Canada: The Musical at 7 PM ( a rocking good time!) Also, three nights a week we offer a comedy improv show at 9 PM.  Live theatre every day (except Mondays)!!

See you at the theatre! 

Carter-Ryan Productions

MUSICAL MADNESS!

CANADA THE MUSICAL

Running time - 75 minutes.

Do not miss this truly exhilarating journey through Canada’s music history. Five incredible performers, who play a multitude of instruments, take you back with the sounds of Canada’s first inhabitants and then effortlessly weave you through 200 years of music. This musical rollercoaster finishes with an amazing (and hilarious) mashup of the sounds of today that is sure to have you up on your feet!

7 PM Tuesday,

7 PM Wednesday,

7 PM Thursday,

7 PM Friday,

7 PM Saturdays

2 PM Sundays

Added shows Canada Day Long Weekend.

Tickets $15 Children under 12/Seniors $25 Adults

CHECK THE SCHEDULE HERE

Lux Cinema Theatre, 229 Bear Street, Banff.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

THE ADVENTURES OF THE CURIOUS BEAR

IN A RED CANOE

Running time - 60 Minutes.

This visually stunning puppet show takes you on a musical journey across Canada through the eyes of one curious bear in a red canoe. Oh, the adventures that await that curious cub!

A show that celebrates Canada 150, it’s perfect for families.

2 PM Tuesday,

2 PM Wednesday,

2 PM Thursday,

2 PM Friday,

2 PM Saturday,

Tickets $15 Children under 12/Seniors $25 Adults

CHECK THE SCHEDULE HERE

Lux Cinema Theatre, 229 Bear Street, Banff.

EXPLORE THE MOUNTAINS!

MAVERICKS OF THE MOUNTAINS

Running time - 65 Minutes.

Trails don’t make themselves! A courageous, determined group of risk-takers threw aside caution and discovered a park that we marvel at today! Paying homage to the incredible romantic mountaineers who paved new ways, whether it be in a skirt or a smart set of pantaloons, these stories will have you leaning over the edge of your seat! (60 min)

4 PM Tuesday,

4 PM Wednesday,

4 PM Thursday,

4 PM Friday,

4 PM Saturday,

Tickets $15 Children under 12/Seniors $25 Adults

CHECK THE SCHEDULE HERE

Lux Cinema Theatre, 229 Bear Street, Banff.

EXPLORE THE MOUNTAINS!

Late Night Comedy: Live Improv

Running time - 65 Minutes.

Join the cast of Canada The Musical for a hilarious late night improv extravaganza that includes music!!

Special guest improv superstars will come play with the cast over the summer, including Chris Craddock, Mark Meer, Donovan Workun, and Greg Wilson.

(65 min)

9 PM Thursday,

9 PM Friday,

9 PM Saturday,

Tickets $15

CHECK THE SCHEDULE HERE

Lux Cinema Theatre, 229 Bear Street, Banff.

THE CAST AND CREW OF THE 2017 SEASON

Sarah Irwin Mavericks Of The Mountains and Canada The Musical Sarah is so excited to be home performing with Live at the Lux Theatre! Born and raised in Banff, Sarah made the move to Toronto last year, and since then, has been featured in a national Swiss Chalet commercial, done multiple voiceover gigs, and landed a role in a feature film called Stand-up Man (Aram Collier) which will be featured in TIFF this upcoming fall. Favourite past credits include: Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Broadway Live Broadway)The Last 5 Years (Storybook Theatre/Mark Bellamy),  Little Shop of Horrors (Company C/Liza Balkan), and Spring Awakening (ACT Theatre), for which she was nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award in 2014.  Sarah has been singing for 16 years and trained at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC. She wants to thank her family and wonderful beastly boyfriend for their ongoing support; as well as Bridget Ryan for providing the opportunity to sing and act all summer in Banff.

Sarah Irwin

Mavericks Of The Mountains and Canada The Musical

Sarah is so excited to be home performing with Live at the Lux Theatre! Born and raised in Banff, Sarah made the move to Toronto last year, and since then, has been featured in a national Swiss Chalet commercial, done multiple voiceover gigs, and landed a role in a feature film called Stand-up Man (Aram Collier) which will be featured in TIFF this upcoming fall. Favourite past credits include: Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Broadway Live Broadway)The Last 5 Years (Storybook Theatre/Mark Bellamy),  Little Shop of Horrors (Company C/Liza Balkan), and Spring Awakening (ACT Theatre), for which she was nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award in 2014.  Sarah has been singing for 16 years and trained at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC. She wants to thank her family and wonderful beastly boyfriend for their ongoing support; as well as Bridget Ryan for providing the opportunity to sing and act all summer in Banff.

Greg Wilson  Mavericks Of The Mountains and Canada The Musical Greg is a Calgary based actor and musician and he’s really excited to be in Banff for the summer. Some past theatre credits include Hamlet (Theatre Calgary), ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Birnton Theatricals), The Three Musketeers (Goodger-Pink), Polonius & His Children, A Spark Extinguished (Sage Theatre), and The Basement Boys (Theatre BSMT), for which he was nominated for the 2014 Calgary Theatre Critics Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play. When he’s not onstage he can be found playing in the folk band Postgrads and talking up a storm on his podcast.

Greg Wilson

 Mavericks Of The Mountains and Canada The Musical

Greg is a Calgary based actor and musician and he’s really excited to be in Banff for the summer. Some past theatre credits include Hamlet (Theatre Calgary), ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Birnton Theatricals), The Three Musketeers (Goodger-Pink), Polonius & His Children, A Spark Extinguished (Sage Theatre), and The Basement Boys (Theatre BSMT), for which he was nominated for the 2014 Calgary Theatre Critics Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play. When he’s not onstage he can be found playing in the folk band Postgrads and talking up a storm on his podcast.

Tanya Pacholok The Curious Bear In The Red Canoe and Canada The Musical Tanya has a BSc in Honors Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Theatre Arts Diploma from Macewan University. Theatre credits include Eileen Evergreen in Macewan’s production of Nice Work If You Can Get It, Mrs. Sawyer in Heathers: The Musical, Nastia in Blood of Our Soil, and touring an anti-bullying show to elementary schools across Alberta. As a member of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, Tanya has toured across Canada and internationally with dance. Passionate about sustainability and social justice, Tanya is excited about the potential of theatre to spark social change. She is thrilled to be a part of the team for this exciting inaugural theatre season!

Tanya Pacholok

The Curious Bear In The Red Canoe and Canada The Musical

Tanya has a BSc in Honors Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Theatre Arts Diploma from Macewan University. Theatre credits include Eileen Evergreen in Macewan’s production of Nice Work If You Can Get It, Mrs. Sawyer in Heathers: The Musical, Nastia in Blood of Our Soil, and touring an anti-bullying show to elementary schools across Alberta. As a member of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, Tanya has toured across Canada and internationally with dance. Passionate about sustainability and social justice, Tanya is excited about the potential of theatre to spark social change. She is thrilled to be a part of the team for this exciting inaugural theatre season!

 
Nicholas Rose Mavericks of the Mountains and Canada The Musical Nicholas is ecstatic to be performing in beautiful Banff alongside such a talented group of artists. Originally from Vancouver, BC, he is a recent graduate of MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program. Credits include: Turandot (Edmonton Opera), As You Like It & Coriolanus (Freewill Shakespeare Festival), ‘Randy’ in Rubid Theatre’s workshop production of The Opposite of Innocence (World Premier), and ‘Oliver’ in the Canadian premier of Bunked!: A Camp Musical, for which he won an Ovation Award. Lots of love to my family, and Andrew, for all their support, and a big shoutout to Bridget and Jenn for this wonderful opportunity! 

Nicholas Rose

Mavericks of the Mountains and Canada The Musical

Nicholas is ecstatic to be performing in beautiful Banff alongside such a talented group of artists. Originally from Vancouver, BC, he is a recent graduate of MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program. Credits include: Turandot (Edmonton Opera), As You Like It & Coriolanus (Freewill Shakespeare Festival), ‘Randy’ in Rubid Theatre’s workshop production of The Opposite of Innocence (World Premier), and ‘Oliver’ in the Canadian premier of Bunked!: A Camp Musical, for which he won an Ovation Award. Lots of love to my family, and Andrew, for all their support, and a big shoutout to Bridget and Jenn for this wonderful opportunity! 

Theo Grandjambe The Curious Bear In A Red Canoe and Canada The Musical Theovaughn Grandjambe is a graduate student of the Theatre Performance and Creation program at Red Deer College. His past productions include Animal Farm, Mad Forest, Robin Hood, and Legally Blonde. Originally from Yellowknife NT, Theo is extremely delighted to be joining Carter-Ryan Productions in Banff this season. He hopes you enjoy yourself as we all gather to celebrate the 150th anniversary of confederation for the beautiful country we all call home.

Theo Grandjambe

The Curious Bear In A Red Canoe and Canada The Musical

Theovaughn Grandjambe is a graduate student of the Theatre Performance and Creation program at Red Deer College. His past productions include Animal Farm, Mad Forest, Robin Hood, and Legally Blonde. Originally from Yellowknife NT, Theo is extremely delighted to be joining Carter-Ryan Productions in Banff this season. He hopes you enjoy yourself as we all gather to celebrate the 150th anniversary of confederation for the beautiful country we all call home.

Tonisha Kroeger Stage Manager Tonisha (Stage Manager) has her diploma in technical theatre from Red Deer College. Most recently she was Stage Manager for That's Entertainment, and Legally Blonde the Musical.   Other credits include Robin Hood (Dresser, Costume Assistant), Athletic Awards 2017 (Follow Spot Operator), and Shrek the Musical (Assistant Stage Manager).

Tonisha Kroeger

Stage Manager

Tonisha (Stage Manager) has her diploma in technical theatre from Red Deer College. Most recently she was Stage Manager for That's Entertainment, and Legally Blonde the Musical.   Other credits include Robin Hood (Dresser, Costume Assistant), Athletic Awards 2017 (Follow Spot Operator), and Shrek the Musical (Assistant Stage Manager).

 
Bridget Ryan Writer/Director/ Co-Producer Bridget Ryan is an award-winning actor, singer, playwright, director , television host and keynote speaker in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from MacEwan Theatre Arts program (and in 2008 was awarded Distinguished Alumni) and then went on to graduate from University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Upon completion, she moved to New York City, performing at The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama’s and several Off-Broadway theatres such as at The Cherry Lane Theatre and The Present Company. She has performed in several national tours before getting off the stage to work alongside producers Richard Frankel, Marc Routh, Darryl Roth and Scott Rudin. Bridget has performed at theatres all over Canada and the US and written four full length musicals including The Winters Tale Project and Wedlocked: The Musical (both with Chris Wynters) and  the plays Myles, The HypoAllergenic Superhero and His Superhero Friends, Counting Americans  and has been published by the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Bridget Ryan

Writer/Director/ Co-Producer

Bridget Ryan is an award-winning actor, singer, playwright, director , television host and keynote speaker in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from MacEwan Theatre Arts program (and in 2008 was awarded Distinguished Alumni) and then went on to graduate from University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Upon completion, she moved to New York City, performing at The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama’s and several Off-Broadway theatres such as at The Cherry Lane Theatre and The Present Company. She has performed in several national tours before getting off the stage to work alongside producers Richard Frankel, Marc Routh, Darryl Roth and Scott Rudin.

Bridget has performed at theatres all over Canada and the US and written four full length musicals including The Winters Tale Project and Wedlocked: The Musical (both with Chris Wynters) and  the plays Myles, The HypoAllergenic Superhero and His Superhero Friends, Counting Americans  and has been published by the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Nicole Praus Organizational Support Nicole joined the Carter- Ryan Team earlier this year as the Gallery Manager for the Carter-Ryan Gallery in Banff and is the organizational support for this theatre season.  Born and raised in Germany, Nicole decided at a young age that she wanted to explore the world and set on a career in hospitality. After using her skills to travel and work in several countries Nicole decided to call Banff home in 2012.  She has since been enjoying the hiking, biking, snowboarding and exploring all that Banff has to offer. She loves sunny days, inappropriate jokes and setting herself impossible goals like running a marathon one day.

Nicole Praus

Organizational Support

Nicole joined the Carter- Ryan Team earlier this year as the Gallery Manager for the Carter-Ryan Gallery in Banff and is the organizational support for this theatre season. 

Born and raised in Germany, Nicole decided at a young age that she wanted to explore the world and set on a career in hospitality. After using her skills to travel and work in several countries Nicole decided to call Banff home in 2012.  She has since been enjoying the hiking, biking, snowboarding and exploring all that Banff has to offer. She loves sunny days, inappropriate jokes and setting herself impossible goals like running a marathon one day.

Jen McMillan Musical Director She is a graduate of the Music Composition and Piano Performance programs at Grant MacEwan University and has since developed into a sought-after accompanist, vocalist, composer and arranger.As an accompanist, she has played for the Kokopelli Choir Association, Grant MacEwan University, BrailTones, Victoria School of the Arts, Lindsay Thurber High School, Strathcona High School, the Citadel, Queen Elizabeth High School, Alberta Opera, Mascato Coastal Youth Choir from Namibia, the Edmonton International Fringe Festival (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Bigger Than Vegas – Cabaret, Puppet Pilots and Bridget Ryan’s Standards), and the Mayfield Dinner Theatre (WEDlocked, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Wedding Singer, Chicago, Four Lads Who Shook The World – The Beatles Story Part 2, 9 to 5, Hairspray, Cabaret, The Simon and Garfunkel Story and Only In Vegas). Jennifer’s choral arrangements and compositions have been heard across North America and have even reached audiences in Europe, Australia, Namibia and South Africa. She has recently moved permanently back to Edmonton after living part time in Los Angeles.

Jen McMillan

Musical Director

She is a graduate of the Music Composition and Piano Performance programs at Grant MacEwan University and has since developed into a sought-after accompanist, vocalist, composer and arranger.As an accompanist, she has played for the Kokopelli Choir Association, Grant MacEwan University, BrailTones, Victoria School of the Arts, Lindsay Thurber High School, Strathcona High School, the Citadel, Queen Elizabeth High School, Alberta Opera, Mascato Coastal Youth Choir from Namibia, the Edmonton International Fringe Festival (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Bigger Than Vegas – Cabaret, Puppet Pilots and Bridget Ryan’s Standards), and the Mayfield Dinner Theatre (WEDlocked, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Wedding Singer, Chicago, Four Lads Who Shook The World – The Beatles Story Part 2, 9 to 5, Hairspray, Cabaret, The Simon and Garfunkel Story and Only In Vegas).

Jennifer’s choral arrangements and compositions have been heard across North America and have even reached audiences in Europe, Australia, Namibia and South Africa. She has recently moved permanently back to Edmonton after living part time in Los Angeles.

Travis McKinnon Theatre Tech/Lights/Sound Travis totally saved the day! He is currently in Banff completing a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and is an amazing human being. He is a graduate of Technical Theatre from Red Deer College. 

Travis McKinnon

Theatre Tech/Lights/Sound

Travis totally saved the day! He is currently in Banff completing a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and is an amazing human being. He is a graduate of Technical Theatre from Red Deer College. 

Jason Carter Set Design/Co-Producer Jason is a Canadian Aboriginal visual artist specializing in contemporary sculpture, paintings, illustrations and public art. Jason has been commissioned by the Government of Canada, Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada Council for the Arts, The Alberta Foundation of the Arts, The Edmonton Arts Council, The Works International Visual Arts Society, Syncrude Canada, Indian And Northern Affairs, Travel Alberta, and has permanent installations at The Edmonton International Airport and the new Calgary International Airport. He is excited and honoured to be working with Bridget Ryan in co-producing live theatre in Banff! 

Jason Carter

Set Design/Co-Producer

Jason is a Canadian Aboriginal visual artist specializing in contemporary sculpture, paintings, illustrations and public art. Jason has been commissioned by the Government of Canada, Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada Council for the Arts, The Alberta Foundation of the Arts, The Edmonton Arts Council, The Works International Visual Arts Society, Syncrude Canada, Indian And Northern Affairs, Travel Alberta, and has permanent installations at The Edmonton International Airport and the new Calgary International Airport.

He is excited and honoured to be working with Bridget Ryan in co-producing live theatre in Banff! 

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By Spencer Van Dyk, Crag & Canyon Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:21:23 MDT PM After three consecutive preview nights, Banff Live Theatre is “alive and kicking,” according to writer-director-producer Bridget Ryan, and set to officially launch Thursday night. “I’m exhausted, I’m excited, I’m thrilled, I’m nervous, I’m everything,” Ryan said. The summer-long theatre production, set to run from June 22 to Sept. 3 at the Lux Theatre, is a passion project of Ryan’s, who is one half of the local Carter-Ryan brand with her partner Jason Carter. Carter is the set designer and co-producer of the shows. There are three different shows, each running six days a week, put on by five cast members from across Western Canada. The preview show gave audience members a taste of each, and allowed for a glimpse into the 10-hour-rehearsal days of the cast who met just three weeks ago. “It’s been crazy rehearsing three shows at once,” said Banff-born-and-raised cast member Sarah Irwin. “I just have so many songs in my head.” “Three weeks ago, we didn’t even know each other, and now we’re a band,” joked Calgary-based cast member Greg Wilson at Monday night’s preview, which was attended by Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen. “And then we decided to put on a show, but not one, three,” Ryan said.    The 2 p.m. show, The Adventures of the Curious Bear in a Red Canoe, is geared towards children and families. It tells the story of a bear cub who happens upon a red canoe and sets out for adventure, on the way meeting “all the fabulous animals,” who “may or may not, wink wink, all get in the canoe,” Ryan said. Ryan said it’s a big dance piece consisting of storytelling and music, that is narrative but largely non-verbal, and is all about inclusivity. “It’s kind of like a Canadian version of Peter and the Wolf,” she said. It’s also a nod to Carter’s work, and the set is designed to feel like stepping into one of his paintings. The 4 p.m. show, The Mavericks of the Mountains, tells the story of the people who made Banff what it is today. The 60-minute show features real-life characters, including some of Ryan’s favourites, Norman Luxton, Mary Schaffer Warren, and Bill Peyto, and even some guest appearances by the Brewsters and the Whytes. “It is homage to Banff,” said Ryan, who’s a self-proclaimed lover of history. “It’s a love letter to Banff.” She said she hopes it’ll send people to places like the Whyte Museum or the Luxton Museum, where they can learn more about “what this place is about.” The final show, at 7 p.m., is Canada the Musical, and its actors do double-duty as musicians covering our country’s musical history. Ryan said it’s the perfect opportunity for people to share in their “unabashed” love of Canadian music, where the cast covers everything from early folk tunes to Rush. “It’s just like ‘great, you like Canadian music, here it is’,” she said. Wilson will also host improv nights with the rest of the cast three nights a week, Thursdays, Fridaysand Saturdays at 9 p.m. Attendees of the previews were given complimentary popcorn, swag bags and beer. All of the shows will be licensed throughout the summer. “I was nervous but I feel really good now that’s done and that we did it for an audience and people liked it,” said Irwin, who’s been in Toronto but has moved back to do the show. Ryan said the Banff community has been incredibly supportive of both her and Carter’s projects. “There’s lots of energy that’s happening, and people keep saying Banff is going to be crazy this summer, and from what I’ve seen there’s a real energy in this community that is impossible not to feed off of,” she said last month. Performances are at the Lux Theatre. Tickets are $15 for children and seniors, and $25 for adults, and can be purchased at banfflivetheatre.com. SVanDyk@postmedia.com

By Spencer Van Dyk, Crag & Canyon

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:21:23 MDT PM

After three consecutive preview nights, Banff Live Theatre is “alive and kicking,” according to writer-director-producer Bridget Ryan, and set to officially launch Thursday night.

“I’m exhausted, I’m excited, I’m thrilled, I’m nervous, I’m everything,” Ryan said.

The summer-long theatre production, set to run from June 22 to Sept. 3 at the Lux Theatre, is a passion project of Ryan’s, who is one half of the local Carter-Ryan brand with her partner Jason Carter.

Carter is the set designer and co-producer of the shows.

There are three different shows, each running six days a week, put on by five cast members from across Western Canada.

The preview show gave audience members a taste of each, and allowed for a glimpse into the 10-hour-rehearsal days of the cast who met just three weeks ago.

“It’s been crazy rehearsing three shows at once,” said Banff-born-and-raised cast member Sarah Irwin. “I just have so many songs in my head.”

“Three weeks ago, we didn’t even know each other, and now we’re a band,” joked Calgary-based cast member Greg Wilson at Monday night’s preview, which was attended by Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen.

“And then we decided to put on a show, but not one, three,” Ryan said.   

The 2 p.m. show, The Adventures of the Curious Bear in a Red Canoe, is geared towards children and families.

It tells the story of a bear cub who happens upon a red canoe and sets out for adventure, on the way meeting “all the fabulous animals,” who “may or may not, wink wink, all get in the canoe,” Ryan said.

Ryan said it’s a big dance piece consisting of storytelling and music, that is narrative but largely non-verbal, and is all about inclusivity.

“It’s kind of like a Canadian version of Peter and the Wolf,” she said.

It’s also a nod to Carter’s work, and the set is designed to feel like stepping into one of his paintings.

The 4 p.m. show, The Mavericks of the Mountains, tells the story of the people who made Banff what it is today.

The 60-minute show features real-life characters, including some of Ryan’s favourites, Norman Luxton, Mary Schaffer Warren, and Bill Peyto, and even some guest appearances by the Brewsters and the Whytes.

“It is homage to Banff,” said Ryan, who’s a self-proclaimed lover of history. “It’s a love letter to Banff.”

She said she hopes it’ll send people to places like the Whyte Museum or the Luxton Museum, where they can learn more about “what this place is about.”

The final show, at 7 p.m., is Canada the Musical, and its actors do double-duty as musicians covering our country’s musical history.

Ryan said it’s the perfect opportunity for people to share in their “unabashed” love of Canadian music, where the cast covers everything from early folk tunes to Rush.

“It’s just like ‘great, you like Canadian music, here it is’,” she said.

Wilson will also host improv nights with the rest of the cast three nights a week, Thursdays, Fridaysand Saturdays at 9 p.m.

Attendees of the previews were given complimentary popcorn, swag bags and beer. All of the shows will be licensed throughout the summer.

“I was nervous but I feel really good now that’s done and that we did it for an audience and people liked it,” said Irwin, who’s been in Toronto but has moved back to do the show.

Ryan said the Banff community has been incredibly supportive of both her and Carter’s projects.

“There’s lots of energy that’s happening, and people keep saying Banff is going to be crazy this summer, and from what I’ve seen there’s a real energy in this community that is impossible not to feed off of,” she said last month.

Performances are at the Lux Theatre. Tickets are $15 for children and seniors, and $25 for adults, and can be purchased at banfflivetheatre.com.

SVanDyk@postmedia.com

Live theatre to take Lux Cinema stage Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 12:13 pm By: Dave Whitfield While Banff’s Lux Cinema has been providing entertainment for locals and visitors alike for many years, its Theatre 4 will offer something different over the summer months. Theatre 4 at the Lux has been a hive of activity in recent weeks, as Carter-Ryan Productions readies for its inaugural season of repertory musical theatre, June 22 to Sept. 3. A creation of Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan of the Bow Valley’s Carter-Ryan Galleries in Banff and Canmore, the live theatre offering embraces Canada’s 150th and will feature three different shows and a late night improv performance. The shows range from The Adventures Of The Curious Bear In The Red Canoe to The Mavericks Of The Mountains and Canada The Musical and improv. Thursday through Saturday, the shows run (in the order above) at 2, 4, 7 and 9 p.m. On Sundays, Canada The Musical only runs at 2 p.m., while Tuesdays have no improv event. While Ryan has put together the ensemble cast and created the theatre productions, Carter has provided stage backdrops and props that can’t be mistaken for anything other than Carter-esque works similar to what’s available in the galleries. The assembled cast includes Theo Grandjambe, Banff native Sarah Joylynn Irwin, Tanya Pacholok, Nicholas Rose and Greg Wilson. The stage manager is Tonisha Kroeger. “The challenge has been to get ready for three shows a day and transforming Theatre 4 each time,” said Ryan, who also co-anchors Dinner Television for Edmonton’s City TV. “But everyone has been working hard and all the cast plays some kind of instrument. “Greg Wilson will be running the improv, with both the cast and some rock stars like Mark Meer and Chris Craddock taking part. “Really, we’re going to have something for everybody.” In cooperation with the Lux, sets and props have to be moved aside for regular showings of movies, so Theatre 4 will be a hectic location all summer. The Adventures Of The Curious Bear In The Red Canoe is a non-verbal puppet show where, a la Peter and the Wolf, each animal involved has its own soundtrack. Moose, elk, bison, etc. all meet the bear in the canoe and share adventures. The Mavericks Of The Mountains, said Ryan, “is an homage to Banff, the Bow Valley and the national park and people like Norman Luxton, Bill Peyto and Mary Schäffer Warren and other mountaineers. “Canada The Musical is a cabaret-style show celebrating the music of Canada. It starts with a Chief Membertou choral piece and goes through songs like “I’s the B’y” and other quirky folk and settler songs. It moves through radio songs from the nineteen hundreds to jazz, Hank Snow and folk classics like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. “There is also rock like The Band, Rush, The Guess Who, Stompin’ Tom’s “Hockey Song,” Corey Hart and Spirit of the West. “It also runs through the ‘90s with songs by Shania Twain, Celine Dion, the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlin, among others.” The sets will feature 12x24-foot Jason Carter paintings, along with cutout props derived from the paintings, “to make it like you’re stepping into a story book,” he said. The cast and crew have been rehearsing for two weeks and the live theatre production, in association with The Lux, “is kind of an ‘if you build it they will come’ thing,” said Ryan. “We’re very excited to offer this and we’re hoping visitors and locals will come out and see what we’re offering.” Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children (12 and under) and available at the Lux box office, online at www.luxbanff.com or www.banfflivetheatre.com or at the Banff Carter-Ryan Gallery. All shows are licensed for beverages.

Live theatre to take Lux Cinema stage

Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 12:13 pm

By: Dave Whitfield

While Banff’s Lux Cinema has been providing entertainment for locals and visitors alike for many years, its Theatre 4 will offer something different over the summer months.

Theatre 4 at the Lux has been a hive of activity in recent weeks, as Carter-Ryan Productions readies for its inaugural season of repertory musical theatre, June 22 to Sept. 3.

A creation of Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan of the Bow Valley’s Carter-Ryan Galleries in Banff and Canmore, the live theatre offering embraces Canada’s 150th and will feature three different shows and a late night improv performance.

The shows range from The Adventures Of The Curious Bear In The Red Canoe to The Mavericks Of The Mountains and Canada The Musical and improv. Thursday through Saturday, the shows run (in the order above) at 2, 4, 7 and 9 p.m. On Sundays, Canada The Musical only runs at 2 p.m., while Tuesdays have no improv event.

While Ryan has put together the ensemble cast and created the theatre productions, Carter has provided stage backdrops and props that can’t be mistaken for anything other than Carter-esque works similar to what’s available in the galleries.

The assembled cast includes Theo Grandjambe, Banff native Sarah Joylynn Irwin, Tanya Pacholok, Nicholas Rose and Greg Wilson. The stage manager is Tonisha Kroeger.

“The challenge has been to get ready for three shows a day and transforming Theatre 4 each time,” said Ryan, who also co-anchors Dinner Television for Edmonton’s City TV. “But everyone has been working hard and all the cast plays some kind of instrument.

“Greg Wilson will be running the improv, with both the cast and some rock stars like Mark Meer and Chris Craddock taking part.

“Really, we’re going to have something for everybody.”

In cooperation with the Lux, sets and props have to be moved aside for regular showings of movies, so Theatre 4 will be a hectic location all summer.

The Adventures Of The Curious Bear In The Red Canoe is a non-verbal puppet show where, a la Peter and the Wolf, each animal involved has its own soundtrack. Moose, elk, bison, etc. all meet the bear in the canoe and share adventures.

The Mavericks Of The Mountains, said Ryan, “is an homage to Banff, the Bow Valley and the national park and people like Norman Luxton, Bill Peyto and Mary Schäffer Warren and other mountaineers.

“Canada The Musical is a cabaret-style show celebrating the music of Canada. It starts with a Chief Membertou choral piece and goes through songs like “I’s the B’y” and other quirky folk and settler songs. It moves through radio songs from the nineteen hundreds to jazz, Hank Snow and folk classics like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell.

“There is also rock like The Band, Rush, The Guess Who, Stompin’ Tom’s “Hockey Song,” Corey Hart and Spirit of the West.

“It also runs through the ‘90s with songs by Shania Twain, Celine Dion, the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlin, among others.”

The sets will feature 12x24-foot Jason Carter paintings, along with cutout props derived from the paintings, “to make it like you’re stepping into a story book,” he said.

The cast and crew have been rehearsing for two weeks and the live theatre production, in association with The Lux, “is kind of an ‘if you build it they will come’ thing,” said Ryan. “We’re very excited to offer this and we’re hoping visitors and locals will come out and see what we’re offering.”

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children (12 and under) and available at the Lux box office, online at www.luxbanff.com or www.banfflivetheatre.com or at the Banff Carter-Ryan Gallery. All shows are licensed for beverages.