Our Programs

 
 

Central Alberta Theatre main objective is to promote and recognize artistic, literary and cultural talent in the performing arts and to develop community interest; to maintain an active organization dedicated to the production of first-rate performing arts on a community level. We do this with the extraordinary leadership, guidance and help from our hundreds of hours of volunteers and they allow Central Alberta Theatre to put on a plethora of shows, classes and workshops throughout each season.

Dinner theatres

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CAT dinner theatre showcases stories of comedy, mystery and romance, providing a great entertainment experience for our audiences! CAT strives to encourage creativity and participation in the performing arts, and our dinner theatre allows volunteers to serve in one of many vital backstage roles, or to take the stage as a performer, whether for the first time or as a passionate veteran. Every dinner theatre production includes designers, decorators, builders, painters, backstage assistants, light and sound operators, not to mention a stage manager and a director!

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We are thrilled to offer our volunteers the chance to learn these roles, and the rewarding experiences of creativity and teamwork necessary that come with it! We are proud to carry CAT’s legacy forward in our upcoming 49th Season!

Availability

Thursday $70.25
Friday/Saturday $71.35
Sunday $70.25

Location

Black Knight Inn Main Stage
Red Deer, Alberta

 

Workshops and Intensives

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During the past year, Central Alberta Theatre organized multiple theatre workshops and intensives to encourage and strengthen involvement and excellence in theatre. We offered:

  • Acting intensives covering acting technique in dramatic and comedic scenes.

  • How to prepare and deliver dynamic auditions and the do’s and don’ts of getting a part.

  • Solo acting intensive laying out the process for writing a script and creating and Performing a scene as three unique characters.

  • A directing intensive exploring the craft of directing from A-Z: from script selection, research, casting, design, script prep, and the early, middle and final phases of the rehearsal process, to the final phases of light and sound addition. The directors involved in this intensive ultimately created six of the One-Act plays staged at our CATnips Festival in June, 2019.

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Over fifty people participated in these workshops and intensives. Central Alberta Theatre continues to create experiences and training opportunities like these for our community!

Availability

All season Long
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

Cat Studios
Red Deer, Alberta

 

One Acts

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CAT’s One Act Festival gives our members and the community an opportunity to step into theatre with great creative freedom and potential. The Festival welcomes variety in style, content and themes, while encouraging a simplicity of production (sets, props and costumes) to make it all possible. First-time writers, actors, directors and designers can stage and perform work, or make their return to the stage with ideas for a new show! The One Act Festival is open to submissions (original or published work!) from high school students, college students, and the community at large. We encourage anyone with an inspiration for theatre to check it out!

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

Cat Studios
Red Deer, Alberta

 

Memorial Centre PERFORMANCES

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Operated by Central Alberta Theatre, the Memorial Centre was built in 1951, in memory of those who lost their lives in World War I and World War II. The theatre is the largest soft seat performing arts facility in the City of Red Deer. Originally part of the A-20 Training Camp during WWII the drill hall was converted into an auditorium and gymnasium in 1951. The renovations included a memorial wall in the lobby as a tribute to those who lost their lives in World Wars I and II. Playing host to a wide variety of artists and events, both local and international, the Red Deer Memorial Centre plays an integral role in the arts scene in central Alberta.

Highlights include:

– House Capacity: 704 seats including 12 permanent wheelchair

– Proscenium Width: typically 38'

– Proscenium Height: fixed at 11'8", defined by main border

– Theatrical lighting and sound equipment

– Three dressing rooms, greenroom area and restrooms

– On-site laundry and shower facilities

– Experienced and professional staff

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

Red Deer Memorial Centre
Red Deer, Alberta

 

Nickle Studio Performances

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Our Nickle Studio productions highlight innovative and unorthodox theatre. Directors can venture into fresh territory and try something new with scripts that are dramatic, experimental or challenging. These productions stand apart from what is seen at dinner theatre in content, tone and staging. As a “black box,” the Nickle Studio is ideally suited this style of theatre, giving producers a highly adaptable place to create their vision. Nickle Studio productions are produced by and cast from CAT Membership.

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

Cat Studios
Red Deer, Alberta