Beginning Dec 2, A CHRISTMAS CAROL

LIke You've never seen it!

This holiday season, a new Christmas tradition begins at one of the most beautiful places on earth - the Fairmont Banff Springs!

Do not miss this heart warming tale of a man named Scrooge who is visited by three ghosts and learns what true meaning of Christmas is all about! Through the use of puppets, music and not-to-be-missed moments of magic, this show is
perfect for families of all ages! Performances begin December 2 and run pretty much daily through December 31, 2017 - and a special Christmas Day show at 2 PM has been added! 
 

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ABOUT US

Our Inaugural 2017 Summer Season Is In The Books....

Thank you to everyone who joined us for live theatre from June 22 to September 3, 2017! We had a terrific first summer run, performing over 170 shows, with a tremendously talented cast of 5 (from all over Canada!), a wickedly great stage manager, great people, and awesome audience members from around the world! We will be back next summer and perhaps even SOONER - We are planning some pretty exciting shows coming up, beginning in the next few months! So stay tuned for details and we hope to see you at the theatre! 

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By Spencer Van Dyk, Crag & Canyon Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:21:23 MDT PM After three consecutive preview nights, Banff Live Theatre is “alive and kicking,” according to writer-director-producer Bridget Ryan, and set to officially launch Thursday night. “I’m exhausted, I’m excited, I’m thrilled, I’m nervous, I’m everything,” Ryan said. The summer-long theatre production, set to run from June 22 to Sept. 3 at the Lux Theatre, is a passion project of Ryan’s, who is one half of the local Carter-Ryan brand with her partner Jason Carter. Carter is the set designer and co-producer of the shows. There are three different shows, each running six days a week, put on by five cast members from across Western Canada. The preview show gave audience members a taste of each, and allowed for a glimpse into the 10-hour-rehearsal days of the cast who met just three weeks ago. “It’s been crazy rehearsing three shows at once,” said Banff-born-and-raised cast member Sarah Irwin. “I just have so many songs in my head.” “Three weeks ago, we didn’t even know each other, and now we’re a band,” joked Calgary-based cast member Greg Wilson at Monday night’s preview, which was attended by Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen. “And then we decided to put on a show, but not one, three,” Ryan said.    The 2 p.m. show, The Adventures of the Curious Bear in a Red Canoe, is geared towards children and families. It tells the story of a bear cub who happens upon a red canoe and sets out for adventure, on the way meeting “all the fabulous animals,” who “may or may not, wink wink, all get in the canoe,” Ryan said. Ryan said it’s a big dance piece consisting of storytelling and music, that is narrative but largely non-verbal, and is all about inclusivity. “It’s kind of like a Canadian version of Peter and the Wolf,” she said. It’s also a nod to Carter’s work, and the set is designed to feel like stepping into one of his paintings. The 4 p.m. show, The Mavericks of the Mountains, tells the story of the people who made Banff what it is today. The 60-minute show features real-life characters, including some of Ryan’s favourites, Norman Luxton, Mary Schaffer Warren, and Bill Peyto, and even some guest appearances by the Brewsters and the Whytes. “It is homage to Banff,” said Ryan, who’s a self-proclaimed lover of history. “It’s a love letter to Banff.” She said she hopes it’ll send people to places like the Whyte Museum or the Luxton Museum, where they can learn more about “what this place is about.” The final show, at 7 p.m., is Canada the Musical, and its actors do double-duty as musicians covering our country’s musical history. Ryan said it’s the perfect opportunity for people to share in their “unabashed” love of Canadian music, where the cast covers everything from early folk tunes to Rush. “It’s just like ‘great, you like Canadian music, here it is’,” she said. Wilson will also host improv nights with the rest of the cast three nights a week, Thursdays, Fridaysand Saturdays at 9 p.m. Attendees of the previews were given complimentary popcorn, swag bags and beer. All of the shows will be licensed throughout the summer. “I was nervous but I feel really good now that’s done and that we did it for an audience and people liked it,” said Irwin, who’s been in Toronto but has moved back to do the show. Ryan said the Banff community has been incredibly supportive of both her and Carter’s projects. “There’s lots of energy that’s happening, and people keep saying Banff is going to be crazy this summer, and from what I’ve seen there’s a real energy in this community that is impossible not to feed off of,” she said last month. Performances are at the Lux Theatre. Tickets are $15 for children and seniors, and $25 for adults, and can be purchased at banfflivetheatre.com. SVanDyk@postmedia.com

By Spencer Van Dyk, Crag & Canyon

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:21:23 MDT PM

After three consecutive preview nights, Banff Live Theatre is “alive and kicking,” according to writer-director-producer Bridget Ryan, and set to officially launch Thursday night.

“I’m exhausted, I’m excited, I’m thrilled, I’m nervous, I’m everything,” Ryan said.

The summer-long theatre production, set to run from June 22 to Sept. 3 at the Lux Theatre, is a passion project of Ryan’s, who is one half of the local Carter-Ryan brand with her partner Jason Carter.

Carter is the set designer and co-producer of the shows.

There are three different shows, each running six days a week, put on by five cast members from across Western Canada.

The preview show gave audience members a taste of each, and allowed for a glimpse into the 10-hour-rehearsal days of the cast who met just three weeks ago.

“It’s been crazy rehearsing three shows at once,” said Banff-born-and-raised cast member Sarah Irwin. “I just have so many songs in my head.”

“Three weeks ago, we didn’t even know each other, and now we’re a band,” joked Calgary-based cast member Greg Wilson at Monday night’s preview, which was attended by Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen.

“And then we decided to put on a show, but not one, three,” Ryan said.   

The 2 p.m. show, The Adventures of the Curious Bear in a Red Canoe, is geared towards children and families.

It tells the story of a bear cub who happens upon a red canoe and sets out for adventure, on the way meeting “all the fabulous animals,” who “may or may not, wink wink, all get in the canoe,” Ryan said.

Ryan said it’s a big dance piece consisting of storytelling and music, that is narrative but largely non-verbal, and is all about inclusivity.

“It’s kind of like a Canadian version of Peter and the Wolf,” she said.

It’s also a nod to Carter’s work, and the set is designed to feel like stepping into one of his paintings.

The 4 p.m. show, The Mavericks of the Mountains, tells the story of the people who made Banff what it is today.

The 60-minute show features real-life characters, including some of Ryan’s favourites, Norman Luxton, Mary Schaffer Warren, and Bill Peyto, and even some guest appearances by the Brewsters and the Whytes.

“It is homage to Banff,” said Ryan, who’s a self-proclaimed lover of history. “It’s a love letter to Banff.”

She said she hopes it’ll send people to places like the Whyte Museum or the Luxton Museum, where they can learn more about “what this place is about.”

The final show, at 7 p.m., is Canada the Musical, and its actors do double-duty as musicians covering our country’s musical history.

Ryan said it’s the perfect opportunity for people to share in their “unabashed” love of Canadian music, where the cast covers everything from early folk tunes to Rush.

“It’s just like ‘great, you like Canadian music, here it is’,” she said.

Wilson will also host improv nights with the rest of the cast three nights a week, Thursdays, Fridaysand Saturdays at 9 p.m.

Attendees of the previews were given complimentary popcorn, swag bags and beer. All of the shows will be licensed throughout the summer.

“I was nervous but I feel really good now that’s done and that we did it for an audience and people liked it,” said Irwin, who’s been in Toronto but has moved back to do the show.

Ryan said the Banff community has been incredibly supportive of both her and Carter’s projects.

“There’s lots of energy that’s happening, and people keep saying Banff is going to be crazy this summer, and from what I’ve seen there’s a real energy in this community that is impossible not to feed off of,” she said last month.

Performances are at the Lux Theatre. Tickets are $15 for children and seniors, and $25 for adults, and can be purchased at banfflivetheatre.com.

SVanDyk@postmedia.com

Live theatre to take Lux Cinema stage Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 12:13 pm By: Dave Whitfield While Banff’s Lux Cinema has been providing entertainment for locals and visitors alike for many years, its Theatre 4 will offer something different over the summer months. Theatre 4 at the Lux has been a hive of activity in recent weeks, as Carter-Ryan Productions readies for its inaugural season of repertory musical theatre, June 22 to Sept. 3. A creation of Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan of the Bow Valley’s Carter-Ryan Galleries in Banff and Canmore, the live theatre offering embraces Canada’s 150th and will feature three different shows and a late night improv performance. The shows range from The Adventures Of The Curious Bear In The Red Canoe to The Mavericks Of The Mountains and Canada The Musical and improv. Thursday through Saturday, the shows run (in the order above) at 2, 4, 7 and 9 p.m. On Sundays, Canada The Musical only runs at 2 p.m., while Tuesdays have no improv event. While Ryan has put together the ensemble cast and created the theatre productions, Carter has provided stage backdrops and props that can’t be mistaken for anything other than Carter-esque works similar to what’s available in the galleries. The assembled cast includes Theo Grandjambe, Banff native Sarah Joylynn Irwin, Tanya Pacholok, Nicholas Rose and Greg Wilson. The stage manager is Tonisha Kroeger. “The challenge has been to get ready for three shows a day and transforming Theatre 4 each time,” said Ryan, who also co-anchors Dinner Television for Edmonton’s City TV. “But everyone has been working hard and all the cast plays some kind of instrument. “Greg Wilson will be running the improv, with both the cast and some rock stars like Mark Meer and Chris Craddock taking part. “Really, we’re going to have something for everybody.” In cooperation with the Lux, sets and props have to be moved aside for regular showings of movies, so Theatre 4 will be a hectic location all summer. The Adventures Of The Curious Bear In The Red Canoe is a non-verbal puppet show where, a la Peter and the Wolf, each animal involved has its own soundtrack. Moose, elk, bison, etc. all meet the bear in the canoe and share adventures. The Mavericks Of The Mountains, said Ryan, “is an homage to Banff, the Bow Valley and the national park and people like Norman Luxton, Bill Peyto and Mary Schäffer Warren and other mountaineers. “Canada The Musical is a cabaret-style show celebrating the music of Canada. It starts with a Chief Membertou choral piece and goes through songs like “I’s the B’y” and other quirky folk and settler songs. It moves through radio songs from the nineteen hundreds to jazz, Hank Snow and folk classics like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. “There is also rock like The Band, Rush, The Guess Who, Stompin’ Tom’s “Hockey Song,” Corey Hart and Spirit of the West. “It also runs through the ‘90s with songs by Shania Twain, Celine Dion, the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlin, among others.” The sets will feature 12x24-foot Jason Carter paintings, along with cutout props derived from the paintings, “to make it like you’re stepping into a story book,” he said. The cast and crew have been rehearsing for two weeks and the live theatre production, in association with The Lux, “is kind of an ‘if you build it they will come’ thing,” said Ryan. “We’re very excited to offer this and we’re hoping visitors and locals will come out and see what we’re offering.” Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children (12 and under) and available at the Lux box office, online at www.luxbanff.com or www.banfflivetheatre.com or at the Banff Carter-Ryan Gallery. All shows are licensed for beverages.

Live theatre to take Lux Cinema stage

Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 12:13 pm

By: Dave Whitfield

While Banff’s Lux Cinema has been providing entertainment for locals and visitors alike for many years, its Theatre 4 will offer something different over the summer months.

Theatre 4 at the Lux has been a hive of activity in recent weeks, as Carter-Ryan Productions readies for its inaugural season of repertory musical theatre, June 22 to Sept. 3.

A creation of Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan of the Bow Valley’s Carter-Ryan Galleries in Banff and Canmore, the live theatre offering embraces Canada’s 150th and will feature three different shows and a late night improv performance.

The shows range from The Adventures Of The Curious Bear In The Red Canoe to The Mavericks Of The Mountains and Canada The Musical and improv. Thursday through Saturday, the shows run (in the order above) at 2, 4, 7 and 9 p.m. On Sundays, Canada The Musical only runs at 2 p.m., while Tuesdays have no improv event.

While Ryan has put together the ensemble cast and created the theatre productions, Carter has provided stage backdrops and props that can’t be mistaken for anything other than Carter-esque works similar to what’s available in the galleries.

The assembled cast includes Theo Grandjambe, Banff native Sarah Joylynn Irwin, Tanya Pacholok, Nicholas Rose and Greg Wilson. The stage manager is Tonisha Kroeger.

“The challenge has been to get ready for three shows a day and transforming Theatre 4 each time,” said Ryan, who also co-anchors Dinner Television for Edmonton’s City TV. “But everyone has been working hard and all the cast plays some kind of instrument.

“Greg Wilson will be running the improv, with both the cast and some rock stars like Mark Meer and Chris Craddock taking part.

“Really, we’re going to have something for everybody.”

In cooperation with the Lux, sets and props have to be moved aside for regular showings of movies, so Theatre 4 will be a hectic location all summer.

The Adventures Of The Curious Bear In The Red Canoe is a non-verbal puppet show where, a la Peter and the Wolf, each animal involved has its own soundtrack. Moose, elk, bison, etc. all meet the bear in the canoe and share adventures.

The Mavericks Of The Mountains, said Ryan, “is an homage to Banff, the Bow Valley and the national park and people like Norman Luxton, Bill Peyto and Mary Schäffer Warren and other mountaineers.

“Canada The Musical is a cabaret-style show celebrating the music of Canada. It starts with a Chief Membertou choral piece and goes through songs like “I’s the B’y” and other quirky folk and settler songs. It moves through radio songs from the nineteen hundreds to jazz, Hank Snow and folk classics like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell.

“There is also rock like The Band, Rush, The Guess Who, Stompin’ Tom’s “Hockey Song,” Corey Hart and Spirit of the West.

“It also runs through the ‘90s with songs by Shania Twain, Celine Dion, the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlin, among others.”

The sets will feature 12x24-foot Jason Carter paintings, along with cutout props derived from the paintings, “to make it like you’re stepping into a story book,” he said.

The cast and crew have been rehearsing for two weeks and the live theatre production, in association with The Lux, “is kind of an ‘if you build it they will come’ thing,” said Ryan. “We’re very excited to offer this and we’re hoping visitors and locals will come out and see what we’re offering.”

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children (12 and under) and available at the Lux box office, online at www.luxbanff.com or www.banfflivetheatre.com or at the Banff Carter-Ryan Gallery. All shows are licensed for beverages.