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Experience More!

Enrich your performing arts experiences with Experience More!, a series of innovative workshops and activities that take place in conjunction with the Fredericton Playhouse Spotlight Series.

For more information contact the Director of Programming at 506.459.6209 or valerie@theplayhouse.ca.

Monday, October 5 at 7 p.m.
In association with Sweet Dreams: A Tribute to Patsy Cline:
Film Screening: The Real Patsy Cline Story
Fredericton Playhouse
No charge/Non-ticketed

This is the complete and true story of Patsy Cline’s brilliant rise to stardom and her tragic death at the pinnacle of her career. This unique video biography features rare and classic performances of Patsy’s hit songs, such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces” and more.


Monday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m.
In association with O Vertigo:
Contemporary Dance Workshop

Hatheway Family Fitness Studio, Currie Center, UNB campus
Experience required/Ages 13-16/Registration required/$20 ($15 Spotlight Members)

Participants will be introduced to the work of O Vertigo’s Artistic Director Ginette Laurin in a workshop based on creative process, interpretation and partnering.

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Monday, November 9 at 7 p.m.
In association with The Judgment of Paris:
Lecture: Debussy vs. Ravel with Dr. Willis Noble
Rm MMH 101, McCain Hall, St. Thomas University campus
No charge/Non-ticketed

Join Dr. Willis Noble in a passionate discussion of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, two of the most important and influential French composers of the early 20th century. Dr. Noble will delve into their distinct compositional differences, while also exploring their similarities in background, style and influences.


Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
In association with Darlene Love:
Film Screening: Twenty Feet from Stardom
Fredericton Playhouse
No charge/Non-ticketed
In partnership with New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Starring Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer


Friday, Deember 4 at 6 p.m.
In association with Lúnasa:
Irish Whiskey Tasting with Frank Scott
Fredericton Playhouse
Ages 19+/Registration required/$25 ($20 Spotlight Member)
In partnership with the Fredericton Spirits Festival

Rev up your taste buds in anticipation of one of Ireland’s finest traditional bands. Join whiskey enthusiasts and connoisseurs Frank Scott and Pierre Mullin to sample a selection of Irish whiskies paired with accompanying foods.

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Wednesday, January 27 at 7 p.m.
In association with Bboyizm:
Hip Hop Dance Workshop
Fredericton Playhouse
No experience required/Ages 9-16/Registration required/$15 ($10 Spotlight Member)

An in-depth exploration into the principles of hip hop street dance and Bboyizm Artistic Director Crazy Smooth’s approach to the philosophy: dance to express not to impress. This workshop will include a warm-up, technical training, exploration of movement, choreography, cool down and a short talk with the participants.

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Thursday, January 28, post-performance
In association with Bboyizm:
A Facilitated Discussion with Lee Bolton (Imperial Theatre)
Fredericton Playhouse
No charge/Tickets required

Join fellow audience members immediately following the performance for an informal facilitated discussion. Lead by Imperial Theatre Executive Director Lee Bolton, participants will explore and share their personal responses to Bboyizm’s Music Creates Opportunity in a relaxed conversation. Participants will discover new ways of thinking about how we might react to art beyond judging it with a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.”

Friday, January 29 at 7 p.m.
In association with Bboyizm:
B-boy/B-girl Dance Workshop
Base Gym, Oromocto
No experience required/Ages 9-16/Registration required (phone: 422.2749)/$10
In partnership with Gagetown Military Family Resource Centre and Personnel Support Programs

An in-depth exploration into the principles of hip hop street dance and Bboyizm Artistic Director Crazy Smooth’s approach to the philosophy: dance to express not to impress. This workshop will include a warm-up, technical training, exploration of movement, choreography, cool down and a short talk with the participants.


Thursday, February 4 at 5:30 p.m.
In association with DakhaBrakha:
Traditional Ukrainian Dining Experience
Crowne Plaza Fredericton
Tickets required/$35 ($30 Spotlight Member)
In partnership with Crowne Plaza Fredericton

Enhance your evening at the Playhouse by starting off with a traditional Ukrainian meal! Join us at the Crowne Plaza Fredericton, where Executive Chef Matt MacKenzie will provide a special dining experience featuring authentic Ukrainian cuisine. Cash bar available. Meal tickets must be purchased separately from performance tickets.

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Friday, February 6 at 10 a.m.
In association with Dave Gunning:
Songwriting Workshop with Dave Gunning
Charlotte Street Arts Centre
Registration required/Full participant $20 ($15 Spotlight Member)/Audit only – $10

There are stories that wash over you like a tide, and then there are stories that grab you by the heart. Dave Gunning has made a point of finding the latter and wrapping them up in song since he broke into the East Coast music scene in Canada back in 1997. In this workshop, Dave will provide participants with the opportunity to share their ideas and work on song development, while also allowing participants to meet and interact with other songwriters in a creative setting.

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Thursday, February 11 at 6 p.m.
In association with Woody Holler and his Orchestra:
Learn to Foxtrot, Jive and Waltz with Headpond Dance Studio
Hatheway Family Fitness Studio, Currie Center, UNB
Registration required/$15 ($10 Spotlight Member)
In partnership with Headpond Dance Studio

Join James and Cynthia Boulter, owners of Headpond Dance Studio for this two hour class where you will learn the basic techniques of Foxtrot, Jive and Waltz. James and Cindy have been teaching dance lessons for more than 35 years and teach over 20 styles of dance at their studio.

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Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m.
In association with SEEDS:
Film Screening: Seeds of Change
Fredericton Playhouse
Non-ticketed/By donation
In partnership with Cinema Politica

This documentary film is a balanced yet hard-hitting exposé of the controversy surrounding genetically modified crops and how they have changed the face of agriculture in western Canada. A publicly funded project, and part of a larger, comprehensive research program examining the risks associated with biotechnology in agriculture, Seeds of Change contributes a new voice and perspective to the debate – that of farmers.

Following the film screening, Cinema Politica and the Fredericton Playhouse will host a facilitated discussion with Kelly Bronson, Acting Director for Science and Technology Studies at Saint Thomas University, and Amanda Wildman, Executive Director of the National Farmers Union New Brunswick. Cinema Politica’s own Tracy Glynn and Sophie Lavoie will facilitate the discussion.

Saturday, March 19, post-performance
In association with SEEDS:
A Conversation with the Cast
Fredericton Playhouse
Non-ticketed/No charge

Moderated by Dr. Robin Whittaker, Assistant Professor in Drama at Saint Thomas University, this post-performance artist talk is a conversation that will add depth and richness to patrons’ live performance experience. This event is designed to give opportunities to learn more about the artists’ background and who they are, while also highlighting their interpretation and development of the artistic process and exploring their motivation to create.


Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m.
In association with The Velveteen Rabbit:
Pyjama and Stuffie Party: Reading of The Velveteen Rabbit
Fredericton Public Library
Ages 3-9/Registration required (phone: 460.2806)
In partnership with the Fredericton Public Library

Bring your favourite stuffed animal to the library for a reading of Margery Williams’ beloved children’s classic, The Velveteen Rabbit. All stuffed animals are invited to a library sleepover where they will come alive overnight. Children will receive photographs documenting their stuffy’s adventures.


Wednesday, April 6 at 2 p.m.
In association with Sci-Fi Double Feature:
Workshop: Science Fiction Shadow Puppetry (8-11 yrs)
Fredericton Public Library
Ages 8-11/Registration required (phone: 460.2806)/No charge
In partnership with the Fredericton Public Library

Join Ramshackle Theatre puppet masters Brian Fidler and Edward Westerhuis for an imaginative workshop in developing your own science fiction shadow puppet show. Build your own dinosaur with flesh tearing jaws! Construct a princess with moving eyes! Or design a monster with retractable claws! This workshop takes students through the steps of building their own shadow puppets, writing a simple story and performing it for classmates.

Thursday, April 7 at 5 p.m.
In association with Sci-Fi Double Feature:
Workshop: Science Fiction Shadow Puppetry (12-16 yrs)
Fredericton Makerspace, La Ville, 241 Canada St. (the old Alexander Gibson Memorial School)
Ages 12-16/Registration required/$15 ($10 Spotlight Member)
In partnership with Fredericton Makerspace

Join Ramshackle Theatre puppet masters Brian Fidler and Edward Westerhuis for an imaginative workshop in developing your own science fiction shadow puppet show. Build your own dinosaur with flesh tearing jaws! Construct a princess with moving eyes! Or design a monster with retractable claws! This workshop takes students through the steps of building their own shadow puppets, writing a simple story and performing it for classmates.

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Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
In association with Sleeping Beauty:
Ballet Repertory Class
Fredericton Playhouse
Experience Required/Ages 13-16/Registration required/$20 ($15 Spotlight Member)

Using choreography from their touring production, company dancers will explore the art of telling a story through movement. Students will explore the stages of learning choreography, applying musicality, personality and precision to their role.

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Wednesday, April 27, post-performance
In association with 6 Guitars:
A Conversation with Chase Padgett
Fredericton Playhouse
No charge/Non-ticketed

Moderated by Christine MacLean, this post-performance artist talk is a conversation that will add depth and richness to patrons’ live performance experience. This event is designed to give opportunities to learn more about the artist’s background and who he is, while also highlighting his interpretation and development of the artistic process, and explore his motivation to create.


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