The HIT List: Fall Theatre Highlights in Halifax

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Curious what’s happening in Halifax theatre this October and November? Look no further, we’ve got the details on tons of live experiences taking place over the next few months:

We were lucky to have a great start to the fall with a lot of theatre happening in town – from the Atlantic Fringe and Prismatic festivals, to Zuppa Theatre‘s Slowly I Turn returning to the Halifax stage, Juanita Peters‘ The Green Book over at Alderney Landing, Angels & Heroes bringing us into the lives of 18th century poets with How Do I Love Thee?, and Neptune Theatre‘s Beauty and the Beast and Speed Dating for Sperm Donors. But if you’re gnashing your teeth over having missed out on any of these theatrical offerings, never fear – there’s plenty coming up over the next few months, in a variety of forms to suit any palate!

DaPoPo Live-In Festival

First up, the whole month of October is encompassed by DaPoPo Theatre’s annual Live-In Festival, where Theatre Nova Scotia‘s Living Room space on Agricola Street (along with many satellite venues) is taken over by affordably-priced play readings, performances, workshops, parties, special events and more, including a 24-hour piece performed by local actors in collaboration with the Toronto-based elephants collective. Next week, Keep Good (Theatre) Company brings Constellations, a love story set in the multiverse, to The Waiting Room on Almon Street. Keep Good is a young company whose play Let’s Try This Standing premiered at the Neptune Studio in January.

We’re lucky enough to be able to do the time warp on both sides of the harbour this month, with Rolling Bold’s production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show rocking its way into The North Street Church from October 27-30, while Dartmouth Players hosts a separate production of the same script October 20 – Nov 5 over on the dark side. The other community theatres in town are buzzing this fall as well, with Theatre Arts Guild bringing The Attic, the Pearls, and Three Fine Girls and The Frog Prince – A Webbed Pantomime to the Pond Playhouse and Bedford Players’ production of The Cemetery Club hitting the stage November 3 – 19.

Neptune Theatre – Stones In His Pockets

If you’re a fan of the downtown core, check out Neptune Theatre, where Stones in My Pockets and then Miracle on 34th Street are hitting Fountain Hall, or catch Mulgrave Road Theatre’s production of Daniel MacIvor’s Small Things on Neptune’s Scotiabank Stage.

At the Bus Stop Theatre on Gottingen Street, musical theatre fans are in for a treat as Side by Side productions brings Spring Awakening, a rock musical set in mid-19th century Germany, to the stage October 25-30. The next month, The Villain’s Theatre‘s all-female cast sinks their teeth into The Spanish Tragedy, a revenge play that inspired Hamlet, directed and adapted by Dan Bray, running November 15-20. Nation is up next on Nov 25 and 26, a concert experience featuring electronic musician Chandelier (aka Aaron Collier) and projectionist Nick Bottomley.

The Villain’s Theatre – The Spanish Tragedy

November also brings several all-ages shows to the city, with Halifax Theatre For Young People‘s production of Hannah Moscovitch’s Where Poppies Blow, directed by Tessa Mendel at Pier 21 from November 10-13, while from November 24-26, Xara Choral Theatre‘s Tales of the Old North explores the Scandinavian fable The Three Princesses in the Blue Mountain through their unique blend of theatre and choral music at Alderney Landing.

Want to check out the work of the city’s many students? The Fountain School of Performing Arts‘ The Rimers of Eldritch takes over the David Mack. Murray Theatre at Dalhousie this weekend, and as the Kings Theatrical Society opens their fall season, you can head over to their beloved venue The Pit for a chance to see a variety of student-led productions.

Hal-Con presents Eastern Front Theatre’s The War Of The Worlds

If you’re looking for something a little different, many local theatre companies have parties or special events to help raise money for their productions, which are often unique and entertaining evenings in their own right! Zuppa Theatre will be launching Zuppa Soupa Volume 2, their second cookbook chock full of tasty soup recipes, this fall. Feel like something a little spooky? The Villain’s Theatre is teaming up with Good Robot Brewing to brew up a twist on their annual Halloween extravaganza on October 31st: Everything’s Fine. Sci-fi fans should keep their stations tuned to Eastern Front Theatre’s live reading of The War of the Worlds at this year’s Hal-Con on November 4. The Open Stage Series is planning their next evening for November 13 at the Carleton. And if you just want to get to know Halifax’s theatre-makers a little better, 2b theatre company‘s annual theatre mixer 2booze & schmooze is moving from its usual spot at Pacifico over to Gottingen Street at the Company House this November 19.

And that’s what’s on our radar for Halifax theatre this fall, though we’re sure that there will be even more that will pop up! Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments, or drop us a line at info@thehitlisthfx.com! Don’t miss out, follow the HIT list on Facebook or Twitter for all your up-to-date local theatre listings!

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