Lyric Theatre unveils additional exciting plans
The Lyric Theatre unveiled a series of new initiatives for the 2018-2019 performance year.
Their renovation efforts are taking a step forward in the coming weeks, with the construction of a stairwell to connect all three levels of the building. Frontier Construction was granted a tender to install stairs at a cost of $150,000.
“It’s nothing pretty. It’s not the outside of the building yet, but there’s just so many steps we need to take before we get to that,” Lyric Theatre Board President Denise Wall said during a press conference on Monday.
At present, their stairs are not up to fire code, which limits the use of the facility.
“So we really have been working closely with the City and the Fire Department on making sure that we meet all of the codes for the building.”
The project will also include the removal of the office space and Green Room which are located behind the stage, a decision which will allow for the stage to be relocated in order to increase seating capacity.
Once the stairs are completed, the theatre’s office will relocate to a second floor space, and additional improvement can begin on the upper level.
“That will help us move forward with plans to use those floors. We’re not sure exactly what that will look like yet,” she admitted.
Wall noted that the renovations are moving forward in part to winning the regional prize of $30,000 during the 2017 This Place Matters (The National Trust for Canada) for the Spirit of the Lyric campaign. She also formally announced the Lyric Theatre received a $250,000 donation through the Durward Seafoot Estate, which has kickstarted this next phase of building renovations.
“This is an amazing surprise,” she said. “Since then we’ve been able to think about some of these future plans.”
A plastic sheet will be installed as a barrier during renovations, so work will not have an impact on use of the theatre.
The Lyric announced they are less than a month away from launching the first of a three play series entitled Sparks In The Dark: Plays to Ignite the Imagination. This theatrical series comes in response to their desire to put more theatre into their mix of offerings.
The Lyric’s newly appointed Artistic Director Gordon Mccall will be directing the two performer play Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte. The play, featuring Amy Couzens from Regina and Swift Current’s Zac Oliver, will be performed seven times at the end of September, with shows on Sept. 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, and 30. Advance tickets for the performance are available at Pharmasave.
Mccall explained they are presenting this Canadian performance in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and in recognition of Canada’s incredible contribution to that conflict.
“It’s actually a love story, on the Prairies. It’s about a young English woman who migrates to Canada with her family, to the Prairies, and one day encounters a young farmer, and sparks fly, and they fall in love,” Mccall said.
“And the war, as you can imagine, intervenes. And like so many young men of that time, they thought they were going to a party in many ways. They were young, strong, feeling immortal, very proud of their country.”
“We leave the rest until you come and see it,” he said. “It’s a beautiful, poignant love story.”
Mccall will also be directing Merry Munsch, an adaption of the books of Robert Munsch, this December.
He is also excitedly directing in March 2019 the production Motherhood Out Loud.
“It’ll tickle your funny bone on the way to your heart,” he said. “You’re going to have a hard time not laughing.”
Monday’s press conference also featured an unveiling of their new branding, The Lyric Presents.
“This is about freshening up our appeal to the community, and trying to capture something from the past and move it into the present,” Mccall said.
“Everywhere in our community we hear ‘The Lyric’, ‘The Lyric’, ‘We’re going to The Lyric’,” he said. “We just thought well that’s what people are saying all the time, lets make it The Lyric. We know it’s a theatre. So that’s where the idea came from.”
Aina Adashynski, General Manager of The Lyric Theatre, noted that the colour scheme of the new branding lettering incorporates some of the stained glass history of the building. Each of the letter colours is one of the colours in the stained glass.
Adashynski also announced a busy schedule of events planned for this fall. Their line-up over the coming weeks includes the debut Write Out Loud presentation, an evening of comedy by Swift Current Improvisational Theatre, Open Stage, the return of Blenders, the first Youth Talent Night of the fall, plus a performance by the Queer Song Orchestra on October 4 as part of their national tour.
Aina Adashynski, General Manager of The Lyric Theatre and Artistic Director Gordon Mccall joined with Lyric Theatre Board President Denise Wall in unveiling the new branding The Lyric Presents during a press conference on Monday.