2023/2024 Mainstage Series
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
September 23 – October 15, 2023
- By Oscar Wilde
- Directed by Jackie Maxwell
The classic comedy by Oscar Wilde comes alive on the Citadel stage. Two society bachelors, Jack and Algernon, both secretly pretend to be a man called Ernest. After meeting two beautiful women who know them only as their alter egos, a weekend in the country sparks mayhem and hilarity in this farce about mistaken identities as they attempt to conceal the truth and keep up the charade.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
October 21 – November 19, 2023
- Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
- Music by Alan Menken
- Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith
- Originally produced by the WPA Theatre (Kyle Renick, Producing Director)
- Originally produced at the Orpheum Theatre, New York City by the WPA Theatre, David Geffen, Cameron Mackintosh and the Shubert Organization
- Directed by Ashlie Corcoran
A sci-fi comedy musical about the meek and bumbling assistant of a struggling floral shop who happens upon a strange new plant that causes business to boom. But when the plant starts to speak, promising fame and fortune, he finds the plant also develops an unquenchable thirst for human blood. One of the longest running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop of Horrors has an electrifying, 60s inspired, pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.
Produced in Association with the Arts Club Theatre Company in Vancouver.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
February 10 – March 3, 2024
- By Andrea Menard
- Music by Andrea Menard & Robert Walsh
- Directed by Alanis King
Derived from the Michif word for “leftovers stew” or “big pot,” Rubaboo will take audiences on an intimate, moving, and joyous journey—guided by powerhouse Métis performer Andrea Menard. An acclaimed singer-songwriter and actor, Menard’s lyrical voice and masterful storytelling will envelop you in the beauty of Métis culture. Featuring the sounds of drums and guitar, this grand musical feast includes songs of reconciliation, unity, love, frustration, and resilience.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
March 2 – 31, 2024
- Music by Richard Rodgers
- Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
- Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
- Suggested by "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp
- Directed by Rachel Peake
Set in late 1930’s Austria, the free-spirited Maria, set to take religious orders at an abbey, becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children. In her new position, she brings a new love of life and music into the hearts of each of the children and the surly Captain Von Trapp. A Tony Award winning musical with music and lyrics by Rogers and Hammerstein.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. www.concordtheatricals.com
March 30 – April 21, 2024
- By Katori Hall
- Directed by Patricia Darbasie
A gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3, 1968, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS
April 20 – May 12, 2024
- Adapted by Catherine Bush
- From the novel by Alexandre Dumas
- Directed by Daryl Cloran
Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, this comedy follows the swashbuckling adventures of Athos, Porthos, Aramis and the young, brave D’Artagnan. Newly arrived to Paris, with the skill of a swordsman and the heart of a warrior, D’Artagnan wishes to join the renowned Musketeers, but first he must prove himself worthy. To win the heart of Constance and save king and country he sets off with The Musketeers to thwart a plot by the evil Cardinal Richelieu. Together, they’ll fight All For One, and One For All!
Back by Popular Demand
August 12 – September 14, 2023
- By Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
- Directed by Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage
From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a Euphoric Celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over!
SIX won 23 awards in the 2021/2022 Broadway season, including the Tony Award® for Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
November 25 – December 23, 2023
- By David van Belle
- Based on the novella by Charles Dickens
- Directed by Daryl Cloran
Can three ghosts really change Scrooge’s heart before it’s too late? A Christmas Carol by David van Belle is back at The Citadel. Based the Charles Dickens classic, Edmonton’s favorite Christmas tradition is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Your favorite Christmas tunes adorn this version with a 1950s feel that will remind you of all the nostalgia of the season.
MADE IN ITALY
January 6 – 28, 2024
- By Farren Timoteo
- Directed by Daryl Cloran
An Italian teenager growing up in Jasper in the 1970s, caught between two worlds and determined to make his mark. This tour-de-force solo show is packed with disco, fantastic singing and a host of hilarious characters. Winner of both the Sterling Award (Edmonton) and Jessie Award (Vancouver) for Outstanding Comedic Performance, this is a fun, heartfelt coming of age story about a kid with the heart of Rocky Balboa and the moves (and hair!) of John Travolta.