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In the 1940s, Dr. Betty Mitchell, a drama teacher at Calgary's Western Canada High School, inspired such loyalty and devotion in her students that they continued to study with her after graduating. Together they named themselves "Workshop 14" and became one of the country's finest amateur theatre companies. Two decades later, a second amateur group called the "Musicians' and Actors' Club" (MAC), composed of local business people, were staging short plays and excerpts from musicals in the old Isis movie house. MAC and Workshop 14 merged to become MAC 14 under the direction of Kenneth Dyba and mounted productions in a converted tractor house, later to be named The QR Centre. MAC 14 became Theatre Calgary, a fully professional theatre company, on July 1st, 1968.

Christopher Newton, formerly the Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival, was appointed the first Artistic Director for Theatre Calgary. A keen interest was expressed at this time to produce plays by Canadian playwrights; James Reaney's The Three Desks was produced during the first season, as were two others of Newton's works: You Two Stay Here, The Rest Come With Me and Trip. In 1971, Clark Rogers succeeded as Artistic Director, the very year a disastrous fire destroyed most of the company's archives. Harold G. Baldbridge assumed the direction of the company in 1972, and for the next seven years presented a blend of national, international, contemporary, and classic works.

In 1977 Rick McNair joined Theatre Calgary as the director of Caravan, a touring theatre troupe that brought drama to the schools throughout Alberta. Caravan was renamed Stage Coach Players in 1979 and still exists in Calgary today as Quest Theatre, under the direction of Duval Lang. Mr. McNair was appointed artistic Director for Theatre Calgary in 1979 and presented premiers by John Murrell, W.O.Mitchell, and Sharon Pollock. In 1984, Sharon Pollock became the fifth Artistic Director of the company and again a commitment to producing...

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AS YOU LIKE IT

Date : From June 20 to August 27
AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare @ Prince's Island Park | This summer, fol...

BLOW WIND HIGH WATER

Date : From September 5 to September 30
BLOW WIND HIGH WATER @ Theatre Calgary | A World Premiere| A raging flood th...

TOUCH ME: SONGS FOR A (DIS)CONNECTED AGE

Date : From September 26 to October 7
TOUCH ME: SONGS FOR A (DIS)CONNECTED AGE @ Theatre Calgary | Equal parts hilari...


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Student Matinees

Date : September 20th, September 28th, more dates
Student Matinees @ Theatre Calgary| To order...

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220 - 9th Ave. S.E., Calgary, T2G 5C4

403-294-7440 | 403-294-7493 | Email

1 Location(s)

220 - 9th Ave. S.E., Calgary, T2G 5C4

403-294-7440 | 403-294-7493 | Email


AS YOU LIKE IT

AS YOU LIKE IT

Event Date From June 20 to August 27 Event Time 7pm Type Performing Arts

AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare @ Prince's Island Park | This summer, follow our brave h...

BLOW WIND HIGH WATER

BLOW WIND HIGH WATER

Event Date From September 5 to September 30 Event Time n/a Type Performing Arts

BLOW WIND HIGH WATER @ Theatre Calgary | A World Premiere| A raging flood threatens three g...

Listed by Theatre Calgary
TOUCH ME: SONGS FOR A (DIS)CONNECTED AGE

TOUCH ME: SONGS FOR A (DIS)CONNECTED AGE

Event Date From September 26 to October 7 Event Time n/a Type Performing Arts

TOUCH ME: SONGS FOR A (DIS)CONNECTED AGE @ Theatre Calgary | Equal parts hilarious and heart w...

Listed by Theatre Calgary
SISTERS: THE BELLES SOEURS MUSICAL

SISTERS: THE BELLES SOEURS MUSICAL

Event Date From October 10 to November 4 Event Time n/a Type Performing Arts

SISTERS: THE BELLES SOEURS MUSICAL @ Theatre Calgary | A New Canadian Musical | In 1960s Mo...

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Student Matinees

Student Matinees

Event Date September 20th, September 28th, more dates Event Time 11:30 am Type Educational...

Student Matinees @ Theatre Calgary| To order or for more information, email or call Jennifer K...

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