Godspell will be directed and presented very much in a style of ensemble theatre, meaning that the entire cast of 10-15 performers will be intricately and more or less equally involved in telling the story, moving and singing often together, and on stage for most of the show. Each member of the ensemble will have the opportunity to be featured dramatically, through choreography, and / or with a vocal solo at some point in the story, whether a full or partial song. Performing artists of any age, background, or identity are encouraged to apply for an audition.
Please read the attachment for details about auditions: Godspell – AUDITION NOTICE
READ A FEATURED ARTICLE by Andre Gagne in Ottawa Life Magazine.
“What is good about 9th Hour Theatre Company is their unflinching courage to tackle bold and often sensitive subjects. What is great about them is their consistently challenging and artistic story telling that manages to hold up a mirror to its audience, no matter the topic… George Dutch’s dramaturgy combined with the direction of Jonathan Harris produce nothing short of magic… The whole project is clearly the product of dedicated team work. The connection between actors is so real that it seems more like a glimpse into a private world than scenes at the stage.” ~Capital Critics Circle
READ THE FULL REVIEW by Rajka Stefanovska of the Capital Critics Circle.
“Prodigal Son tackles a topic that is new to 9th Hour and one that is rarely, to my knowledge, addressed on stage… Harris’s direction is rock-solid, but there is one point in the play that had me holding my breath. He manages to portray Young Peter’s ecstatic spiritual experience as totally believable. I’ve never seen this done successfully on stage… it does make you think, no matter where you stand on theology. And my atheist husband enjoys their plays as much as I, a Catholic, do. Looking for thoughtful and polished theatre? Then see Prodigal Son! I’m looking forward to 9th Hour’s next production.” ~Apartment 613
READ THE FULL REVIEW by Barbara Popel of Apartment 613.
“9th Hour Theatre Company did an amazing job with Prodigal Son – I saw it on Sat night and I was blown away. Such a powerful story, and the actors were unreal. Hopefully I’ll get to see more from 9th Hour.”
“Wow! Prodigal Son was a very powerful and moving production. Bravo to all involved.”
We are pleased to announce that IAN FARTHING has been appointed as 9th Hour Theatre Company’s Artistic Advisor.
Ian is a freelance director, actor and writer. He served for 9 years as Artistic Director of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario. In 2014, he was honored with the Capital Critics Circle Audrey Ashley Award for “the excellence of his continuing contribution to theatre”. He is also an Associate Artist at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver.
In 2013, Ian starred in Jesus, My Boy by John Dowie in a St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival production presented by 9th Hour Theatre Company in Ottawa and Chesterville, Ontario. Ian also performed in 9th Hour’s Hear My Song fundraiser for street engaged youth in 2014.
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Director JONATHAN HARRIS and Ensemble Cast member and Dramaturge GEORGE DUTCH discuss the play with RABBI BULKA on “Sunday Night Live With Rabbi Bulka”, July 12, 2015 on 580 CFRA radio. LISTEN TO THE FULL DISCUSSION
Message from the Director JONATHAN HARRIS on the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s website about staging the play. READ THE BLOG
Review of the play by Rajka Stefanovska for the Capital Critics Circle. READ THE REVIEW
Ottawa Magazine’s article by Amy Allen and Matt Harrison about the play, featured in the Weekender of “6 things to do on the weekend”. READ THE ARTICLE
Ottawa Life Magazine’s article by Kate Tenenhouse about the play “9th Hour Brings Comedy and Conflict to the Stage” READ THE ARTICLE
Review of the play by Jennifer Hartley for Ottawa Life Magazine. READ THE REVIEW
Review of the play by Jennifer Cavanagh for Apartment 613. READ THE REVIEW
Review by Daniel Bezalel Richardsen for Herd Magazine. READ THE REVIEW
May 20, 2015 interview segment with Producing Artistic Director JONATHAN HARRIS on 580 CFRA “Late Night Counsell” with John Counsell. LISTEN TO SEGMENT (May 20, 2015 intro of podcast and at time index 20:30)
May 28, 2015 interview segment with actor playing ‘Adolf’ DAVID PLOUFFE and guest discussion panelist RABBI BULKA on CBC radio’s “All In a Day” with host Alan Neal. LISTEN TO SEGMENT
June 4, 2015 review by Allyson Domanski for Newswest On-line. READ REVIEW
Summer 2015 magazine “Power and Influence” by The Hill Times READ ARTICLE
9th Hour is seeking strong actors and performing artists for the 2015 season. General auditions will be conducted on Saturday May 9 (by appointment only) to determine casting suitability and ensemble chemistry for the productions and various roles within the 2015 season. Please read the audition notice below for more information.
2015 SEASON – GENERAL AUDITIONS
This spring, 9th Hour is embarking on the first series of workshops of a new endeavour that we call “Collective Creation Workshops” in which we gather theatre or performing artists together for the sheer joy of telling stories theatrically and creating performance based art from text, short stories, ideas, quotes, news headlines, photos, documentaries, etc. The purpose is to play and create without budgetary limitations or performance deadline pressures. The first series of 4 workshops run on Mondays from April 27 to May 18, playing with the short story The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne (authour of The Scarlet Letter).
To participate in future workshops, contact admin at 9th-hour.ca with a short paragraph about why you would like to be involved.
May 28 (Irving Greenberg Theatre) [Facebook event] – PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE
May 29 (St. Alban’s Church) [Facebook event] – PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE
June 17 (Irene’s Pub) [Facebook event] – PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE
June 18 (Pressed) [Facebook event] – PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE
For more information about Ivan and Adolf: The Last Man in Hell, including tickets, character biographies, venues, and show times, click on the poster above, or visit the show page under ‘The 2015 Season’.
June 18, 2015 marks the 5th anniversary of 9th Hour Theatre Company. 5 years ago was the premiere performance of Telling The Story, a musical and theatrical collective created and performed by 9th Hour involving close to 60 artists to an audience of almost 500.
4 seasons and 15 productions later brings us to our 2015 season, starting with artistic staged readings of the play Ivan and Adolf: The Last Man in Hell, including a presentation on June 18 of this year.
We are pleased to have our production of The Screwtape Letters be nominated by Ottawa’s Capital Critics Circle for Best Professional Production in the 2013-14 season.
Read the Capital Critics Circle FULL LIST OF NOMINEES for the 2013-14 season.