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Eye Spy: Young Lady in White lights up @artscourt @tacticseries @evotheatre

A sold out opening night and rave reviews don’t stop the esteemed Counterpoint Players TACTICS’ Series from offering accessible theatre.

Today’s 2PM performance of “Young Lady in White” from local company Evolution Theatre is a Pay-What-You-Can affair at Arts Court.

The inventive play spans 76 years, from 1930-2009, from the vantage point of a young girl in an undeveloped photograph who witnesses history from her window in Germany as she awaits the return of the photographer. While war and progress unfold before her the historical context is tied to the personal struggle of her own hopes and dreams waiting to “develop”.

TACTICS’ gives local independent artists a chance to showcase their work in an affordable venue bringing quality theatre to the Ottawa stage. The TACTICS  series will run from November 2014 to April 2015 at Arts Court Theatre.

Please give generously to support the artists and to ensure PWYC theatre continues for those that cannot afford the arts.

Young Lady In White
Nov 7-15, 8PM – with 2PM matinees
20-25$
Arts Court Theatre
2 Daly Ave

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Prix Rideau Awards: Theatre Stars Shine Bright in Sandy Hill

Prix Rideau Awards Bate HallArticle also published on Apt613.ca
On Sunday evening a cavalcade of theatre luminaries gathered in Bates Hall, Sandy Hill to honour the brightest amongst their ranks.

warming up at the barThe Prix Rideau Awards founded in 2006 celebrates locally produced professional theatre and artists in both French and English. It is inspiring to see categories, including best male and female performers, best director, emerging artists, etc single out standout achievements in both official languages at one event.  This year’s nominations included 40 English theatre productions and 14 French language plays making for a packed hall of nominees, supporters, advocates and fans of local theatre and arts.

Annie Lefebvre keeps her head pre-show

Annie Lefebvre keeps her head pre-show

This year’s awards hosted by Tania Levy & Hugues Beaudoin-Dumouchel saw former host Annie Lefebvre literally beheaded in the show opener. Her corpse-less-head then overseeing proceedings from a table top.

The night was beautifully animated and the delivery, especially for a performing arts award show – these folks love the stage – was succinct and moved at a enjoyable pace with an engaged and bellicose audience.

Alain Chauvin & Elise Gauthier

Alain Chauvin & Elise Gauthier

Tina Goralski who won the 2013 “Derriere le Rideau/Behind the Curtain” French-language award for “A tu et A moi” delivered a particularly moving speech on the power of bilingual theatre – this from an Albertan Anglophone no less.  Brad Long taking “Outstanding Performance, Male” for “We Glow” had the crowd tittering with “the actor’s cliché” of no prepared speech.

Gabrielle Lalonde and Guest

Gabrielle Lalonde and Guest

The host’ were at one point stage-rushed for an impromptu “selfie” by a couple in the crowd. A bouquet toss was held for the “best dress” in the audience and Emily Pearlman made us well-up when, accepting “Best Director” for “Hroses”, she dedicated her win for a “play about love to the person that I’m so in love with”.

Exec Dir Matt Miwa

Exec Dir Matt Miwa

Executive Director Matt Miwa deserves a big hand for producing such a polished evening alongside the entire Prix Rideau Awards organising team and arts community for standing up for this much deserved recognition.

And the Winners Are…. PRix Rideau Award Winners 2013

Emerging Artist Award Eng: Melanie Karin
Prix d’Artiste en Emergence: Lissa Leger

Derriere le Rideau Award: David Whiteley ‘Billy Bishop’, ‘Absurd Person Singular’ & ‘ Private Lives’
Derriere le Rideau Award: Tina Goralski ‘A tu et A Moi’ Compagnie L’Atelier

Outstanding Performance, Female:  Katie Swift ‘Hroses’ Evolution Theatre
Interpretation Feminine de L’Annee: Magali Lemele ‘Je n’y suis plus’ en co-production avec Le Theatre Francaise du CNA

Outstanding Design : Al Connors (Sound) ‘Hroses’ & Brian Smith (Set) ‘God of Carnage’ Third Wall Theatre
Conception de L’Annee: Gabriel Tsampalieros (Scenographie) ‘Je N’y Suis Plus’ Magali Lemele en co-production ave Le Theatre Francaise du CNA& Melanie McNeil (Scenographie) ‘le fa le do’ Theatre Catapulte

Interpretation Masculine de L’Annee : Yves Turbide ‘Fool for Love’ Theatre des Cybeles

Outstanding Performance Male : Brad Long ‘We Glow’ Theatre 4.669

Outstanding New Creation: Emily Pearlman & Brad Long ‘We Glow’ Theatre 4.669
Nouvelle Creation de L’Annee: ‘Ik Onkar’ Theatre la Catapulte

Outstanding Direction: Emily Pearlman ‘ Hroses’ Evolution Theatre
Mise en Scene de L’Annee: Caroline Yergeau ‘Porc-Epic’ Theatre Belvedere

Production de L’Annee: ‘Ik Onkar’ Theatre la Catapulte
Production of the Year : ‘The Vibrator Play’ Same Day Theatre