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Maria Rasputin Presents

At the end of her life, Maria Rasputin puts on one last performance in an attempt to rehabilitate her father's infamous legacy. But will the persistent voice of his assassin ruin her plans?

"There'll be puppets and pathos, Terror and tap dance,

Drama and drag queens, And ruinous romance,

When Maria Rasputin Presents...!"

 "Maria Rasputin Presents" was nominated for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production of a Musical at the 2013 Betty Mitchell Awards and Joe Slabe won the 2013 Betty for Outstanding Musical Direction.

Written by Joe Slabe

Directed and choreographed by Mark Bellamy

Puppets designed and constructed by

Clunk Puppet Lab

Maria Rasputin Presents

Jeremy de Bergerac

Jeremy de Bergerac

Directed by Valerie Anne Pearson

Musical direction by Joe Slabe

​​Nominated for five Betty Mitchell Awards and three Calgary Critics’ Awards, “Jeremy de Bergerac” by Joe Slabe, played January 31st to February 11th, 2012 at the Joyce Doolittle Theatre (Pumphouse).

 When the boys from St. Mark’s and the girls from St. Anne’s come together to present “Cyrano de Bergerac”, romance blossoms, secrets are revealed and everyone learns that sometimes being yourself is the most heroic act of all.

 Tory Doctor was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Musical for his role as “Sir” and the show received nominations for Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Sound Design or Composition, Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Musical Direction from the Betty Mitchell Awards nominating committee!

Roberta Mauer Phillips and Tory were both nominated for their performances and the production was nominated for Best Production of a Musical by the Calgary Critics’ Awards!

Crime Does Not Pay

Crime Does Not Pay

March 2 - 11, 2017

Engineered Air Theatre,

Art Commons



Recognized internationally for work that is incisive, heart wrenching, and darkly funny, Calgarians David Rhymer and Kris Demeanor have spun a true story into a brand new musical. Bob arrives in the big city in the late 1940s with a sketchbook full of comics about how the little guy always gets pushed into the dirt by corporations and politicians. But when Bob falls for the wrong girl inspiration strikes! BAM!

Recommended for audiences 16+

Created by  David Rhymer & Kris  Demeanor

Directed by Simon Mallett

A co-production with Downstage with the generous support of Hit and Myth Productions 

October 24 - November 12, 2016

Lunchbox Theatre


Forte partners with Lunchbox Theatre to bring you Lest We Forget, which carries on the Lunchbox tradition of remembering the veterans and military personnel who fought so valiantly for the freedoms we enjoy. Conceived and created by JP Thibodeau and Joe Slabe, this show will journey from WWI to the present day, using music and song to look at the lives of soldiers, their families, and how war affects each of us. Featuring original songs from a multitude of Canadian composers, Lest We Forget will be a musical ride through time that honours all that makes us proud to be Canadian.

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

Created by Joe Slabe & JP Thibodeau

Directed by Calgary Critics’ Award winner JP Thibodeau

Musical direction by three-time Betty Mitchell Award winner Joe Slabe

Crossing Swords

Crossing Swords

Written by Joe Slabe*

Directed by Igor Goldin*

Musical Direction by Micah Young*

April 20- May 1, 2016

Hamilton Stage Theatre,


Forte’s first stab at producing internationally saw “Crossing Swords" play the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival where it won the Awards for Excellence in Writing (Book), Direction, Musical Direction, Individual Performance and the Theatre for the American Musical Prize!

Cast: Linda Balgord as Miss Daignault, Steve Hauck* as Sir, Lyle Colby Mackston as Jeremy, Ali Gordon as Nicky, Marrick Smith as David

* NYMF Award Winners

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