Tom McBeath, Christopher Allen, and Susinn McFarlen in the 2019 Arts Club Theatre Company production of The Birds & the Bees. The Mark Crawford comedy is one of three touring productions as part of the Arts Club's 2020-2021 season. Photo by Moonrider Productions.
Tom McBeath, Christopher Allen, and Susinn McFarlen in the 2019 Arts Club Theatre Company production of The Birds & the Bees. The Mark Crawford comedy is one of three touring productions as part of the Arts Club's 2020-2021 season. Photo by Moonrider Productions.

In her third year as the Arts Club Theatre Company’s artistic director, Ashlie Corcoran has announced the company’s 2020-2021 season she calls “a vibrant combination of beloved classics and bold new productions, packed with incredible music and storytelling.”

“Above all, the Arts Club aspires to enrich the lives of our community members with meaningful storytelling,” says Corcoran in a media release. “This season, I aim to stay true to this goal by programming beautiful, richly textured stories that reflect our diversity and shed light on the human experience.”

The new season opens at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage in September, with a stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel Sense and Sensibility. Four other shows are slated for the Stanley including the holiday comedy Elf: The Musical in November and the Tony Award-winning media satire Network which debuts on the Stanley stage in January.

The Stanley season will wrap with two Elvis-inspired productions with the story of an Elvis-impersonator-turned-drag-queen in The Legend of Georgia McBride, and the world premiere of Elvis The Musical, a new biographical musical about the King of Rock and Roll, .

On the Granville Island Stage comes the world premiere of Michele Riml and Michael St. John Smith’s The Cull. This latest Arts Club Silver Commission is a tense drama in which relationships unravel over the course of a dinner party. In November, Dean Paul Gibson is at the helm Scrooge in Rouge, a retelling of the classic Dickens tale in the style of a British music hall.

In February, Daryl Cloran directs Farren Timoteo’s comedy Made in Italy about an Italian teenager in 1970s rural Alberta reinvents himself in the stylings of John Travolta and Rocky Balboa. Corcoran will then direct Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band in April. It will be followed by the return of Dean Regan’s A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline.

On the newly minted Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre are Dance Nation, the story about a team of pre-teen dancers, the one-woman show The Twelve Days of Christmas, and Teenage Dick, a reimaging of Shakespeare’s Richard III set in high school.

The Arts Club will also tour three shows during the season including Mark Crawford’s The Birds & The Bees which appeared in the company’s most recent season in October.

The Arts Club is once again partnering with Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre and Winnipeg’s Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre for Network and with Citadel alone for Elvis The Musical. The production of Teenage DIck will be a co-production with a yet-to-be-named Eastern Canadian company.

“By deepening relationships with organizations across Canada, the Arts Club not only expands its creative capacity but also contributes to a nation-wide conversation about the importance of theatre,” says Corcoran. “These partnerships allow us to pool our resources to create productions that strive for the highest levels of artistic excellence.”

Members of the in the 2020–2021 Emerging Playwrights’ Unit were also announced with Erik Gow, Pippa Mackie, Justin Neal, and Lili Robinson receiving workshop and dramaturgical input on their new works.

Below is a complete listing of productions scheduled for the Arts Club’s 2020-2021 season. Visit artsclub.com for more information.

STANLEY INDUSTRIAL ALLIANCE STAGE

Sense and Sensibility (September 10–October 11, 2020)
Elf: The Musical (November 5, 2020–January 3, 2021)
Network (January 21–February 21, 2021)
The Legend of Georgia McBride (March 18–April 18, 2021)
Elvis The Musical (May 13–July 4, 2021)

GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE

The Cull (September 24–October 25, 2020)
Scrooge In Rouge (November 26, 2020–January 3, 2021)
Made in Italy (February 4–March 7, 2021)
Cambodian Rock Band (April 22–May 23, 2021)
A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline (June 17–August 1, 2021)

NEWMONT STAGE AT THE BMO THEATRE CENTRE

Dance Nation (October 8–October 25, 2020)
The Twelve Days of Christmas (December 3, 2020–January 3, 2021)
Teenage Dick (February 18–March 14, 2021)

ON TOUR

Every Brilliant Thing (September 30–November 8, 2020)
The Cull (January 6–February 7, 2021)
The Birds & The Bees (February 17–April 4, 2021)