I’m most excited just to bring our students in. The proscenium theatre is an amazing space for what we do, which is predominantly musical theatre. It’s a venue that will allow Theatre Arts students to stretch themselves. It’s a larger space, so they’re going to have to project farther. And the Theatre Production students are going to have so many more options, especially when it comes to using the fly gallery.
The fly gallery is a system that allows you to “fly in” scenery and backdrops from a grid in seconds, allowing for immediate scene changes. It allows for speed, fluidity and amazing opportunities for staging. Our first show of the season is Sister Act, so we’ve already been talking about incorporating the fly gallery with the trucks (wagons on the floor that can be rolled in and out). It’s a sandbox of fun—Christmas came early!
Our main challenge now that we have a fabulous large theatre is to make sure that it’s used and filled. So we’re doing several things to encourage ticket sales, like reworking our season subscription packages and offering more previews. We’ll be able to invite even more high school students to preview shows and there will be opportunities for MacEwan students to come to a preview for just $5. That’s less than a coffee!
—Jim Guedo, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Theatre Arts
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