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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
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
March 2 - 11, 2017
Engineered Air Theatre,
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
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
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
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