YEAR IN REVIEW

 

2017 is almost over and for Neptune Theatre, it has been a year of many changes, from our extensive renovations to the Fountain Hall stage to our search for a new Artistic Director and the conclusion of current AD George Pothitos' tenure here with us. To celebrate what has been a memorable year here at Neptune, we've compiled a list of the 10 biggest events to happen here over the last year!

 

 

1. Kim's Convenience Meet and Greet

 

 

On January 14, Neptune partnered with CBC to host a meet and greet with the star of Kim's Convenience Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and playwright Ins Choi. The event was attended by hundreds of fans of the play-turned-CBC-series as many got a chance to get selfies with Paul and Ins, ask questions about the show and get free swag compliments of CBC, Neptune and Kim's Convenience.

 

 

2. Neptune scores ONCE

 

Neptune was the first regional theatre in Canada granted the rights to produce ONCE. For a show of its calibre, this was a win not only for Neptune but for Halifax! During its original run, the musical won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, plus a Grammy Award for Best Musical Score. And "Falling Slowly," a song from the show, won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
The show was a truly original experience as patrons were invited to the ONSTAGE bar for a drink! 

 

 

3. He said Yes!

 

A marriage proposal happened on that very bar, on the set of ONCE during one of the last performances and.... he said YES!

Congratulations to the happy couple!


 

 

4. Everyone joins together in song

 

On April 10, Neptune hosted The Big Sing, a bi-weekly singing event hosted by Jack Bennet & George Woodhouse, who conduct large audiences to sing and harmonize on popular songs. During their visit to Neptune, they taught a very special arrangement of "Falling Slowly" from ONCE. See how everyone did:

 

 

 

5. Neptune gets a facelift

 

At the end of May, Castone Construction began renovations on Fountain Hall in a project that saw a complete overhaul to the box office, lobbies, bars, and theatre - which received brand new seating, stage, and sound and lighting technology.
The renovation was complete in time for the opening of our holiday production It's A Wonderful Life

 

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6. First Summer Season in 2 decades

 

This past summer, Neptune presented its first summer season in nearly two decades with Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart. This music revue covered the music of one of Canada's most beloved songwriters, Stan Rogers, with a cast of actors and musicians who brought his music to Neptune's Scotiabank Stage.


 

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7. Theatre School World Premiere

 

Neptune Theatre School's Youth Performance Company premiered My Side of the Country in November, a new Canadian musical about what it means to be Canadian. Under the direction of Interim Director of Education Laura Caswell, these 19 students showed the challenges that Canada's diverse population face as they discuss ways to come together to make this country even better for tomorrow. 

 

 

8. It happened on Argyle

 

While Fountain Hall was under renovation, so too was Argyle Street in downtown Halifax's theatre district. The beautification of Argyle Street took nearly four months but the end result is a stunning new public space we are all excited to see come to life! 

 

 

9. Award sweep

 

For The Coast's annual Best of Halifax survey, two of Neptune's shows were shortlisted for Best Theatre Production.

When the votes were tallied, they both won!
ONCE received the Gold award and Kim's Convenience won Silver!

Additionally, Neptune won the Metro Halifax Community Choice award for Best Live Theatre! Thanks for your vote!

 

 

10. The search for new Artistic Director commences

 

After announcing the current season, Artistic Director George Pothitos revealed it would be his last with Neptune and his tenure ends December 31.

With that, the search began and in August, we were excited to announce that Neptune's 12th Artistic Director would be Jeremy Webb.

Je
remy has been active on Halifax's theatre scene for nearly 20 years, including having roles in Neptune productions such his most recent performance as Cogsworth in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Once his production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Eastern Front Theatre (and Neptune co-production) wraps up, Jeremy will be moving into Neptune!

 

ABBA HAPPY HOLIDAY!

 

LAST CHANCE!!

Neptune Holiday Ticket Packs are now available for every stocking on the fireplace (including yours!) but only until Christmas Eve.

2 for $120 Holiday Musical Pack
Two tickets for Neptune's season-ending musical Mamma Mia!

2 for $99 Holiday Play Pack
Good for any other show in our 2017/18 Season! (except Mamma Mia!)

3 for $150 Holiday Pack
Good for ANY show in our 2017/18 Season!

Be everyone's favourite gift-giver this holiday season with Neptune Holiday Ticket Packs: https://sales.neptunetheatre.com/Online/article/GiftIdeas
Or call 902-429-7070 (toll-free 1-800-565-7345)

(Please note: All prices are +HST and Service Charges. All vouchers expire June 3, 2018.)

 

 

 

What can we expect in 2018? Our season is in full swing with Jonas & Barry In The Home taking the Fountain Hall stage January 16 followed by The Mountaintop (February 27) and of course our highly-anticipated season-ending musical MAMMA MIA! beginning April 10.

Over on the Scotiabank Stage, our Studio Series begins January 30 with Salt-Water Moon, followed by the world premiere of Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary on March 13 and finally In A World Created by a Drunken God begins May 1.

Tickets for all of these plus our series of Bonus Features can be bought online now: https://sales.neptunetheatre.com/Online/default.asp 

 

Makayla Lynn brings Nashville to Nova Scotia

January 18 - 21, Scotiabank Stage

Port Cities

February 16 - 17, Fountain Hall

Echoes of Time: Sagas, Tales & Myths starring Janice Isabel Jackson

April 20 - 21, Scotiabank Stage

 

 

 

2018 also offers plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in theatre with Neptune Theatre School. Registration is now open for WINTER CLASSES and MARCH BREAK WORKSHOPS for little ones aged 4-18. Visit neptunetheatre.com/havefun to learn more about classes.

And we have Learning for Adults with our series of ADULT INTENSIVES beginning in the New Year:

For prospective stage actors, Laura Caswell and Chuck Homewood are holding AUDITION PREP and REP January 14 and 21 as they help perfect the audition (and Jeremy Webb will also be dropping by for a Q&A session!)

 

For those looking to try something new, IMPROMPTU INTRO to IMPROV is back by popular demand as Adrianne Gagnon teaches new skills with improv games and sketch activities. (Thursdays, January 11 - March 1)

 

And for the dancer in all of us, DROP-IN DANCE with David Light is also back! David will teach styles like Musical Theatre, Jazz, Hip-Hop and introduce tap to his lesson. In the New Year, learn New Moves! (Mondays, January 8 - February 12) 

 

Learn more and register at neptunetheatre.com/intensives 

 

 

We also encourage you to stay tuned because news of our NEXT season may be arriving sooner than you think...!

 

 

 

From all of us here at Neptune Theatre

Have yourselves a WONDERFUL holiday season!  

 

 

 

Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J2B2 Canada

 

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