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    Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Nakai Theatre

    Curtains Up!

    On April 4th Nakai Theatre invites theatre lovers, supportive friends or simply the merely curious to attend their 24 Hour Playmaking Cabaret, held at The Deck at the High Country Inn. The event, which has been held for nearly 25 years, revolves... more

    Mar 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: courtesy of Andra Hunter

    Telling Stories Through Dance

    “What would I say my style is? It depends on what project I'm working on… I liked to say 'contemporary aboriginal dancer' for a long time, but that's pretty broad – there are so many kinds of aboriginal dance and it's all different… If you were... more

    Mar 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Cosenti Graf-Smith

    Splattering Comedy

    Whitehorse, it seems, has such an insatiable appetite for high-camp horror that the Guild Theatre has added another week to its run of Evil Dead: The Musical. The spring break-themed romp comes with a caution: if you intend to sit in the first few... more

    Mar 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz Photography

    She's Been Bitten

    It was the promise of bannock that first lured Melaina Sheldon into the orbit of Gwaandak Theatre in 2010. The Teslin-born actor, writer and arts administrator had just returned to the Yukon after studying and working in British Columbia. That's... more

    Feb 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: David Hou

    Triple Threat

    The Pivot Theatre Festival - Nakai Theatre's annual performance showcase - begins a seven-night run this weekend in multiple Whitehorse venues. In addition to smaller-scale offerings such as a theatrical pub walk, an evening of spoken word... more

    Jan 18, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: by courtesy of Sébastien Heins

    Burning Questions

    It started when Sébastien Heins was a student at the National Theatre School in Montréal, tasked with creating a 15-minute piece that addressed a burning personal question. But when Nancy Palk, of Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre, put her hands on his... more

    Dec 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

    Indian Dance + Celtic Beats

    It all started in a kitchen, like many good things do. Some people were chatting around the chips and salsa, while a few introverts stood against the wall, and friends were introduced to friends of friends. It was a low-key potluck and the... more

    Dec 14, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-16, PHOTO: Meredith Elliott

    Hang on, George

    Christmas Eve, 1946. Several actors huddle around their microphones, live-broadcasting a radio station's seasonal drama, complete with commercial intervals and a touch of Yuletide music. The story they are dramatizing concerns a well-meaning chap... more

    Nov 16, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: Mitch Brost

    Shakin’ It Sober Style

    For a lot of people, dancing and drinking go hand in hand. With a buzz, you can actually dance without worrying about what other people think. If you do something foolish you can always blame it on the booze, right? more

    Nov 9, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: Tao Wong

    Tantalizing Varietease Returns

    Varietease VI: A Burlesque Carnival is the Yukon’s very own burlesque variety show. Varietease runs every second year. This is an on-year, Oct. 25 to 29 at the Yukon Arts Centre. This year’s theme is a repeat of the 2009 carnival and promises to... more

    Oct 19, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-19

    Old Time Horror

    Geneviève Doyon and Jessica Hickman have, once again, combed through silent films, searching for excerpts to play on a screen to an audience. This is the third year they’ve done it. Doyon and Hickman are the co-artistic directors of Open Pit... more

    Oct 19, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: Darrol Hofmeister

    Exploring Identity

    Falen Johnson doesn't know where the expression "salt baby" came from, but it's a moniker the First Nations actor-turned-playwright acquired at birth. "I don't remember being called that when I was a kid, but I remember hearing stories that I was... more

    Sep 22, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Jessica Rose

    Roller Coaster

    From Beirut to Buffalo, then Whitehorse. That's how Clare Preuss sums up the summer of 2016 from her standpoint as an itinerant stage director. The Toronto-based actor, choreographer and director is currently in the Yukon to steer the Guild... more

    Sep 15, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: by Bruce Barrett

    Who’s Line is it Anyway?

    Expect the unexpected. This is good advice for both performers and audience at a typical improv event. Mind you, “typical” is a misnomer for a genre defined by having a unique performance every time. If you’ve ever had a yen to create... more

    Sep 8, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Charles Ketchabauw

    Capturing a Country's Memories

    When Charles Ketchabauw and Lisa Marie DiLiberto rolled into Whitehorse late last month, they weren't your typical rubber-tire tourists. Sure, they had two small kids and a teardrop trailer in tow, which made their eight-day journey from Toronto... more

    Sep 8, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: by Christian Kuntz

    The Legacy of the Follies

    The Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue is the longest running independent theatre company in North America. Or, at least, that's Grant Simpson's speculation. He's also got an application in to the Guiness World Book of Records to affirm that the... more

    Aug 25, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-07-07, PHOTO: Timber Schroff

    CypherFest

    For the sixth year in a row, Breakdancing Yukon Society (BYS) is inviting professional and aspiring dancers from across Canada for a weekend of performances, dance battles and workshops. This year they are bringing up two renowned dance groups to... more

    Jul 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Erin Brubacher

    I Know What You Did

    In Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th century collection of novellas called The Decameron, seven young women and three young men entertain each other with stories for 10 days inside a secluded villa near Florence as they tried to escape the Black Death... more

    Jun 9, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Chris Healey

    Follow Our Trails

    Audience members with program “maps” in hand will be guided through the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre for a unique performance adventure from Gwaandak Theatre, showcasing the spectacular riverfront and Yukon stories about who we are and where we... more

    Jun 9, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-02, PHOTO: Mel Hattie

    It's Not All Greek

    When you think of the Greek philosopher, Plato – if you think of him at all – the expression "party animal" might not come to mind. But Zuppa Theatre Co. would like to change that. The Halifax-based troupe has taken one of Plato's best-known works... more

    Jun 2, 2016

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