By Sara Elizabeth Taylor
CALGARY — It’s been said time and time again: Calgary has some of the best theatre not just in the country, but also in North America and beyond. We are so truly lucky to live in this city and have access to the incredible creativity and energy of its theatre scene. This month, Calgary’s theatre companies are living up to this reputation by bringing three different world premiere productions to our city’s stages!
The Little Prince – The Musical
Theatre Calgary in association with Lamplighter Drama
Max Bell Theatre
January 19 – February 28
Stranded in the middle of the Sahara Desert, far from civilization, a pilot meets a young prince who has fallen to earth from a tiny asteroid. So begins Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, one of the best-selling and most universally beloved books ever published. Theatre Calgary in association with Lamplighter Drama (London, U.K.) brings this story to life in a new musical seven years in the making that celebrates its world — and galaxy — premiere in Calgary.
Vertigo Theatre’s BD&P Mystery Theatre Series
The Playhouse at Vertigo Theatre
January 23 – February 21
It’s 1940, and Wrightsville, New England, the Great Depression now in its rearview mirror, is booming once again. The charming town is full of hope and optimism — much to Ellery Queen’s dismay. The mystery author has come to Wrightsville looking for material for his new novel, and he’s convinced that corruption, poisonings and murder hide behind the town’s white picket fences.
The pressures of motherhood can get to anyone — even a seemingly perfect wife and mother like Jenny. When she doesn’t show up for book club one day, her friends turn detective and follow her trail to solve the mystery. Adventure, true friendship and lots of laughs are all guaranteed in this madcap romp.AB, Alberta, Book Club, Calamity Town, live theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, The Little Prince, Theatre Calgary, Vertigo Theatre