by Tony Matthews & Marian Hamilton
December 2 and 3 2017
Forest Lawn Church, 2236 35 St SE, Calgary (Google Map) & St. Luke's Anglican Church, 2951 26 Ave SE, Calgary (Google Map)
Story-Line: Jesse, a lonely boy from Jerusalem is sent to his uncle’s farm to become a shepherd. There he learns many lessons of life which give him both strength and humility. He falls in love with a shepherd’s daughter and dreams of their life together until one fateful night takes him on a journey he could have never imagined. Enjoy this all-ages show with your whole family.
Tickets go on Sale October 1
Season's encore presentation
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
By Andrew Lloyd Webber
April 26 to May 6 2018
Cite Des Rocheuses Theater, 4800 Richard Rd SW, Calgary (Google map)
Don’t miss this encore performance by the cast and crew of The Painted Fish as they tell the light-hearted story of Joseph and his brothers in Egypt. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular musical features an all ages cast to tell the tale of love and forgiveness. A show for the whole family!
Tickets go on Sale October 1
The Painted Fish Theatre story
In 2008, founders Ivan Baharally and Marian Jordan Hamilton created the Painted Fish Theatre Company with a view to providing family theatre for all ages. The mandate of the company was to produce plays and musicals that expressed good family values and offered positive messages of encouragement and hope. They chose to stage Andrew Lloyd Webber's opera Jesus Christ Superstar (2009) as their inaugural production, and an all ages cast of 30 sold out six performances at the
Easterbrook Theatre in Calgary.
The success of this venture led to their next production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2010), with several families participating in an all ages cast. The show ran for 10 performances, again at the Easterbrook Theatre, and was nominated for 6 CAT awards including Best Production of a Musical, Best Chorus, Best Set Design (Lyndsay Hynds, Celia Jordan, M. Hamilton), Best Musical Director (Danielle Wahl), Best Actor (Jeremy Ballantine), and Best Costume (Frank McLeod).
In addition to these musicals, The Painted Fish presents a Christmas revue each year. In 2009, they presented Let It Shine, a gospel concert of traditional and new Christmas favorites. Christmas Stories, written by M. Hamilton (2011) is a series of monologues told by the peripheral characters of the Christmas story - the innkeeper, the town councilor’s wife, and Kaspar, one of the three Wisemen, and arrangements of Christmas music to tell the story of the Nativity. Most recently, the Painted Fish presented The Gift (2012), written and directed by Marian Hamilton, which focused on the plight of the homeless at Christmas time. It featured two plays with award-winning actor Bruce Mitchell in the role of a Sidewalk Santa, and as a middle-aged executive narrating his experience at a homeless shelter on Christmas Eve (The Gift).
The company operates under the auspices of the Painted Fish Performing Arts Society, (Marian Hamilton, Artistic Director)