Thank you to all of you, our audiences, for making the Varscona Theatre Ensemble's inaugural season a lid-lifting success. We're happy to share with you all the fabulous details about our shows for this season and offer you the chance to buy your subscriptions now!
VTE (Varscona Theatre Ensemble) is 3 theatre companies led by 3 popular and acclaimed actors in Edmonton: Julien Arnold, Belinda Cornish, Kate Ryan. Under the guidance of producers Jeff Haslam & Mat Busby, the VTE will present great theatre for audiences hungry for great stories and great acting.
Plain Jane Theatre
Special Event Wednesday April 17th
Post show discussion with Alexa Degagne
Jocelyn AhlF Kate Ryan
Directed by Dave Horak
Fun Home, the musical, based on the best-selling graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to unlock the mysteries of the man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life as she grows to understand her own sexuality. This ground breaking musical was the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and has received worldwide critical acclaim for its stunning score and moving storytelling. Starring Jocelyn Ahlf, Jeff Haslam, and Kate Ryan. Directed by Dave Horak.
*** Fun Home tackles intense adult themes and contains strong language***
Earlier this Season!
Directed by Marianne Copithorne
Noel Coward's Fallen Angels is a frothy and fun confection about Roaring Twenties Desperate Housewives, and features a cast of Edmonton’s most hilarious provocateurs led with giddy aplomb by Belinda Cornish and Vanessa Sabourin.
Atlas Theatre Collective presents
Richard Lee Hsi
Directed by Patricia Darbasie
Calgary’s Doug Curtis takes us on a hilarious and moving road trip from Alberta to Arizona! Paul has agreed to accompany his wife’s aging Grandpa Bud on his annual autumnal pilgrimage, and what commences on a daunting note becomes riotous and life-changing.
Our man in havana
Adapted from the novel by Clive Francis
November 23 - December 2, 2017
The Rip-Roaring stage adaptation of Graham Greene’s gripping, hilarious novel!
A humble English vacuum cleaner salesman pretends to be a spy in a desperate bid to raise enough money to buy his daughter a pony... Four Actors portray 32 characters in a Riotous thrill-ride through 1950s Cuba Intrigue! Passion! Murder! e Queen of England!
Starring Belinda Cornish, Mathew Hulshof, Ian Leung and Mark Meer
Directed by Kate Ryan
women on the verge of a nervous breakdown
music and lyrics by David Yazbek book by Jeffrey Lane
February 15 - 24, 2018
Mayhem and madness have never been so fun!
The Janes heat up this February with this smart and hilarious musical comedy based on Pedro Almodovar’s beloved lm. It’s 1980’s Madrid- a time when the city was pulsing with art, industry and liberated women. Our taxi driver takes you on the ride of a lifetime as we follow Pepa who’s world is unravelling around her. It’s a tumultuous 48 hours of love, confusion, deception and passion with David Yazbek’s sizzling music and a laugh-out-loud book by Jeffrey Lane ( The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).
Starring Jocelyn Ahlf, Jason Hardwick, Madelaine Knight, Gianna Read, Andrea House, Vance Avery, Michelle Diaz and Gabriel Gagnon
Directed by Kate Ryan Choreographed by Cindy Kerr
Stage Managed by Steven Sobolewski
Lighting Design by Matt Alan Currie
Music direction by Erik Mortimer
Going to St.ives
April 5 - 14, 2018
by Lee Blessing
A vivid and crackling confrontation!
In the pleasant living room of a beautiful country home in the quiet village of St. Ives, England, two brilliant women exchange pleasantries over cups of tea and scones. However, we soon realize that this is no ordinary meeting. The action of this exquisite play takes us to the heart of modern Africa, and vividly explores themes of motherhood, personal sacrifice for the greater good, and the West’s responsibility to their former colonies in the developing world. A sold out hit at the 2012 Edmonton Fringe, the dialogue crackles with intensity and wit, and features two of Edmonton’s best actors.
Starring Patricia Darbasie and Belinda Cornish
Directed by Julien Arnold