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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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A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Date : From November 23 to December 24
A CHRISTMAS CAROL @ Theatre Calgary| Theatre Calgary’s annual production of Dic...

ONEGIN

Date : From January 5 to January 13
ONEGIN @ Theatre Calgary| This passionate retelling of a Russian classic will b...

SISTERS: THE BELLES SOEURS MUSICAL

Date : From October 10 to November 4
SISTERS: THE BELLES SOEURS MUSICAL @ Theatre Calgary | A New Canadian Musical |...


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Student Matinees

Date : October 26th, November 2nd
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


A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Event Date From November 23 to December 24 Event Time 7:30 pm Type Live Music

A CHRISTMAS CAROL @ Theatre Calgary| Theatre Calgary’s annual production of Dickens’ classic t...

ONEGIN

ONEGIN

Event Date From January 5 to January 13 Event Time 7:30 pm Type Live Music

ONEGIN @ Theatre Calgary| This passionate retelling of a Russian classic will blow your mind. ...

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 October 26th, November 2nd 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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