Fredericton Playhouse Announces Spotlight Performances

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The Fredericton Playhouse has announced 28 performances planned for its 2022-2023 Spotlight Series spanning theatre, circus, music, dance, and comedy from across Canada and around the world.

Atlantic Ballet of Canada presents the world premiere: Pisuwin. May 12, 2023 at the Fredericton Playhouse. From award-winning director and choreographer Igor Dobrovolskiy, and multi-disciplinary artist Nipahtuwet Naka Wespahtuwet (Possesom) Paul (Wolastoqiyik, Sitansisk First Nation), Pisuwin is an epic first ever Wolastoq story-ballet set to the soaring music of Polaris Prize and Juno award-winning composer Jeremy Dutcher (Wolastoqiyik, Neqotkuk First Nation).

The Fredericton Playhouse has announced 28 performances planned for its 2022-2023 Spotlight Series spanning theatre, circus, music, dance, and comedy from across Canada and around the world.

“We are thrilled to be announcing this diverse line-up for our Spotlight Series this year,” said Tim Yerxa, Executive Director. “And we couldn’t be more excited to be welcoming these artists to Fredericton for what promises to be an exceptional season of live performance.” 

The announcement follows more than two years of postponements and cancelations due to COVID-19.

The season starts with Fredericton locals Maureen Batt and Greg Harrison (Grej) with a performance of their 2022 ECMA winning, classical-electronic album, Lighthouse, and 2021 ECMA winners, Silver Wolf Band, the Indigenous folk-rock band from Labrador.  

Throughout the season, Atlantic Canadians will be featured prominently, including one of Canada’s most well-known rappers, Classified, with his all-new acoustic show. Fellow Nova Scotian Ben Caplan will return to the stage with his klezmer-folk musical theatre show Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. Fans of Caplan’s music, and musical theatre alike, will not want to miss this show! 

Comedy and improv fans this season will be happy to see the return of Mike Delamont with God is a Scottish Drag Queen: Christmas Special, as well as a whole new style of comedy brought to the stage next year as Canada’s fan-favourite improv artist, Colin Mochrie, teams up with hypnotist Asad Mecci for Hyprov: improv under hypnotism. Fans in the audience will be invited to be hypnotized by Mecci, then participate in an improv skit with Mochrie – would you do it? 

Rounding out the Spotlight Series is a diverse collection of international touring artists. The Debussy Quartet will perform French Requiems for string quartet, Lúnasa brings their high-energy Irish traditional music, The Original Wailers features Bob Marley reggae favourites, and dance fans will love the Social Tango Project from Argentina. 

Last but certainly not least, Atlantic Ballet will present the world premiere of Pisuwin. This epic first-ever Wolastoq story-ballet comes from award award-winning director and choreographer Igor Dobrovolskiy and multi-disciplinary artist Nipahtuwet Naka Wespahtuwet (Possesom) Paul, set to the music (and performed by) of Polaris Prize and June award-winning Jeremy Dutcher. 

“We’ve lined up a number of remarkable performances this year and can’t wait to present them to our community,” says Yerxa. “I urge everyone to take out a membership and book some tickets now. There’s something for everyone in this series, no matter your taste or budget.” 

Tickets are on sale now for Spotlight members. The Spotlight membership is $60, and members receive early access to tickets, along with special discounted pricing on Spotlight series, special presentations, and partner performances. Those interested in booking tickets to multiple shows throughout the Spotlight Series are encouraged to call the Box Office today to purchase a membership and book their tickets now. 

Tickets are available now to new and returning Spotlight Members; full priced tickets go on sale July 28. 

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