Bert Church Live Theatre debuts new season schedule for 2014/15
By: Andrew Szekeres
| Posted: Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 06:00 am
The 2014-15 Bert Church Theatre (BCT) season will return on Oct. 4 for its 30th year. There will be 12 professional series shows and five family series shows throughout the six-month-long season.
“It’s going to be a great year with a lot of different types of shows,” BCT Technician Jason Hunt said.
The 2013/14 season was a big year for BCT after the $3.6-million expansion project was completed and unveiled it to the public on Nov. 28, 2013, and a record season with the most sellouts in one year for the theatre.
“We had at least five, if not six sellouts,” Hunt said. “It was definitely one of our most successful years.”
Hunt explained the professional series shows are geared towards the general public, while family series shows are more family-oriented shows.
The season will begin on Oct. 4 with a tribute band celebrating the career of Canadian musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Neil Young. The band, All Neil All Night is based out of Calgary.
“I’d definitely recommend the Neil Young tribute show,” Hunt said. “Kit Johnson is their lead singer and he does a great job with the band.”
Other professional series shows includes the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; Canada rock musician and founding member of Triumph, Rik Emmett; French Canadian Folk band De Temps Antan and Canadian comedian Mary Walsh.
The tickets for all the professional series performances are valued at $494 for the season but season passes will be sold for $324 per person and will include all 12 shows and two free “bring a friend” tickets for one other person. There will also be the five family series shows at BCT.
Splash n’ Boots, a children’s music duo from Ontario and a 2014 Juno nominee for best children’s album will be performing on Nov. 1.
Other acts include Canadian children’s television icon, Fred Penner, the Calgary Opera performing Isis and the Seven Scorpions, the Prairie Mountain Fiddlers and Dufflebag Theatre presents Snow White.
The tickets for all the family series performances are valued at over $410 for the entire season but the season passes will be sold for families of four at $272 and includes admission to four of the five shows.
The family series season pass also includes two family drop-in passes for Genesis Place Recreation Centre.
“If anyone would like to upgrade to five shows, it would just be an extra $25,” Hunt said.
Both the professional and family series are down in price this year, but according to Hunt, the price fluxuation has to do with the total expense of the shows.
“Some of the shows were just less expensive for us,” Hunt said.
The theatre also offers tickets for each show.
Also for children will be the Performing Arts Classes for Kids (PACK), teaching children the art of stage acting.
“Theatre gives kids life skills,” PACK Director Kim Cheel said.
Cheel is also the director of the Nose Creek Players – a community theatre group.
“It works on helping memorization, voice projection, public speaking and improvisation.”
There will be three sessions offered between September and April. Each session will be split into two classes. The first class will be juniors ages seven to 10 and seniors ages 11 to 16. The sessions will run from Sept. 8 to Nov. 12, Nov. 17 to Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 to April 20. There will be a public performance at the conclusion of each session.
“We try to make the students think more confidently,” Cheel said.
“It’s something that is catching on, because we were over capacity for our summer session and had one class with totally new students.”
Registration is at $205 per student per session. For more information on PACK, including registration, visit thebertchurchtheatre.com
Tickets and season’s passes can be purchased at ticketpro.ca or by calling 1-888-655-9090.
The professional series season tickets will be available until Oct. 4, while the family series will be available until Nov. 1.
For more information and scheduling visit thebertchurchtheatre.com