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
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.
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!
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
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!
6. First Summer Season in 2
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
7. Theatre School World
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.
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
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
announcing the current season, Artistic Director George Pothitos
revealed it would be his last with Neptune and his tenure ends
With that, the search began and in August, we were excited to
announce that Neptune's 12th Artistic Director would be Jeremy Webb.
Jeremy 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!
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
2 for $99 Holiday Play Pack
Good for any other show in our 2017/18 Season! (except Mamma
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
February 16 - 17, Fountain
Echoes of Time: Sagas, Tales
& Myths starring Janice Isabel Jackson
April 20 - 21, Scotiabank
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
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)
We also encourage you to stay
tuned because news of our NEXT season may be arriving sooner than you
From all of us here at Neptune
yourselves a WONDERFUL