A history of canadian theatre

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The Halifax garrison had plays as early as with Sheridan's School for Scandal; the cast included officers and boys in the women's roles. The first category was maintained more in the expanding francophone religious school system, especially among the Jesuits who were always slightly more liberal than other Catholic orders.

Entertainment arrived as it still does from the United States in the form of travelling troupes performing melodramas and circuses like American John B.

Billy Bishop Goes to War enjoyed a national tour and several revivals with the original cast and creators, John Gray and Eric Peterson ; Maggie and Pierreconceived and acted by Linda Griffiths brought the story of Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau and his wayward wife to the attention of the world.

Saskatchewan[ edit ] Regina features Saskatchewan's only permanent arena theatre, the Globe Theatre. The Encyclopedia collects and disseminates information on plays, playwrights and theatre practitioners. Improvisational theatre is rarely captured in written form, although an outline may be created to permit other improv artists to attempt another version of a successful episode.

Ground Zero Productions has worked with organized labour and community organizations to effect social change. In musicals, production values such as costumes and special effects are often very important. Their historiographies try to place drama and performance within its historical and social context.

Some theatre companies in Canada are formed around a group of actors and other professionals who may perform in one theatre or move from space to space; others are formed around an administration which operates a theatre building and engages a cast.

Kaleidoscope is the resident Professional TYA company. Although children may have seen drama and performance on television long before they first see a clown, it is the confrontation with a costumed zany which places before them a manifestation of fantasy and of their own projected selves.

Reflections on Canadian Arts and Culture, eds. InNightwood Theatre introduced a strong feminist portfolio of plays; and Buddies in Bad Times a queer agenda. Professional residential stock companies were also established in cities like Edmonton and Winnipeg.

Such companies may mount controversial plays, plays which speak to the concerns of marginalized groups or simply plays which reflect the particular tastes of the group, but they face enormous financial struggles and often disband.

The circus is a wonderful amalgam of theatrical spectacle, music and athleticism. Eugene Benson and L. Social action popular theatres have also played an important role in Canada's theatre history, underscoring a strong socio-political preoccupation in Canadian plays. Grand Opera House, Dawson City source: Commercial theatres in larger centres mount elaborate productions and must, therefore, appeal to large, mixed audiences.

What is also clear is that Canadian theatre was born of amateurs. This is ironic as the schools, controlled by the church, had performed plays as part of the curriculum and as a way to maintain ties to the motherland and language. Introduction [] Goals []. The main purpose of the present textbook is to increase knowledge of Canadian theatre history in English and French.

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Year of plays []. The dating of the plays is referenced according to the year first published or presented on stage, whichever came first, more rarely the year it was written, in cases when neither the one nor the other occurred until much later.

[End Page 46] To their devotees among scholars and archivists, theatre archives are thrilling repositories of raw stage history. Costume designs and union contracts, reviews and set renderings, grant applications and gas mileage records for leaky touring vehicles can all give vital clues about a vanished theatrical production, company, or artist.

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Moderated by. Introduction [] Goals []. The main purpose of the present textbook is to increase knowledge of Canadian theatre history in English and French. Year of plays []. The dating of the plays is referenced according to the year first published or presented on stage, whichever came first, more rarely the year it was written, in cases when neither .

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