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The Flying Monkey Newsletter

(Talent vs. Body Image: Stage vs. Film)

By Maryanne Renzetti


It all started as a little girl’s dream. For as long as I can remember, my grandmother would take my little cousins and I to a Christmas pantomime. The kind where girls play both the hero and the heroine, and there’s a campy dame being played by a man.  One particular pantomime (perhaps Jack and the Beanstalk?), while the heroine was singing a woeful song, I remember looking around at the audience and noticing that they were all enthralled by her- totally taken with the performance. I thought to myself, “That. I want to do that. I want to make people feel the way she’s making them feel.”

Ruby Slippers Theatre is part of an exiciting new Joint Marketing Venture ! We are pleased to introduce you to The Catalogue of Independant Arts.

Life After Print

The second part in our series on the future of theatre during the death of print media:

  1. What is your prediction about the future of any print coverage of theatre?

Tom Cone: Dire.  Papers across the states are closing every day.    The LA Times let go of their arts editor to save money to keep the critics going for a short time.

Life After Print

The writing is on the wall – newspapers are failing.  Around the world, in this age of economic crisis and internet dominance, more and more newspapers are going belly-up.  Or, in an effort to avoid bankruptcy, are cutting back, and arts sections are often the first to go.

Colleen Wheeler, Kevin McNulty, Patti Allan, Maria Oldeen

“Loved the Stage. Loved the Aunt (in Mom’s the Word as well). Father, mother, sisters, everyone was really really good.
When it comes to live theatre, I always hope and hope that the actors will be convincing, and then second that the story is well-done (I just can’t concentrate on the play, if I don’t buy the performances). But they were all fantastic – nice work everyone!”
–Stephen Bailey

Diane Brown* directing Scene 1 of "Life Savers"

It has finally arrived!  World Theatre Day is Upon us and Ruby Slippers is joining in with fellow artists and audiences worldwide.  Today, we opened the doors of Life Savers to the public to witness how a play makes it from the page to the stage.

There are very few two-word phrases that instantly bring to mind a flood of memories, both good and bad, warm and terrifying, as “family dinner.”

About a year after moving to Vancouver an educated but discouraged young theatre practitioner, I ended up at a performance of Ruby Slippers’ The Cat Who Ate Her Husband. I remember clearly thinking, “Shit. Theatre is fun. Who knew?! And sexy. And clever. And these artists are good.” I haven’t missed a Ruby Slippers Theatre production since then and, as a result, that same phrase has popped into my head over and over again. So while I haven’t been around to witness all twenty of Ruby Slippers Theatre’s years of surpassing expectations, I am lapping up the experience of witnessing where those twenty years have brought them.

Today was the first day of rehearsals for Ruby Slippers upcoming production of Life Savers and it was off like a shot from word “go.”  Life Savers is an English translation of a work by Quebecois playwright Serge Boucher (Les Bonbons Qui Sauvent la Vie) set in 2000/2001 – the era of Karla Homolka’s prison party and the 9/11 tragedy.  And in our case, this story of a disfunctional family working out its kinks after a murder sentence is handed out is being brought to vivid, touching, hilarious life by some of Vancouver’s best actors.

PACT: Professional Association of Canadian Theatres

During last fall’s Making a Scene conference, a session was held on Women in Theatre. The discussion exploded and there wasn’t time enough for everyone’s voice to be heard, so here’s another chance to weigh-in. As columnist Kate Taylor noted, “Canadian theatre…simply cannot afford to ignore half of the available talent.”


Mission Statement

Multi-award winning Ruby Slippers Theatre produces provocative text-based theatre from the vanguard of the English and French Canadian canon. We are the only company in Vancouver mandated to producing the contemporary Quebecois canon in English, and have been doing so since 1990. Our work illuminates diverse perspectives and social issues, inspiring independent critical thought, communion, and diversity.


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