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Chatter: Vigilante at Westbury and more

Catalyst artistic director Jonathan Christenson, formerly of St. Albert, brings back the gripping and shocking story of Johannah Donnelly and her six dangerous, yet devoted, sons. 
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Catalyst Theatre remounts Vigilante - In Concert at Westbury Theatre on Jan. 27 and 28. DBPHOTOGRAPHICS

Back in 2015, Vigilante was Citadel Theatre’s major rock musical. Built from scratch by the avant-garde Catalyst Theatre collective, it turned into a major hit travelling across North America and winning awards. 

Catalyst artistic director Jonathan Christenson, formerly of St. Albert, brings back the gripping and shocking story of Johannah Donnelly and her six dangerous, yet devoted, sons. 

Playing at Westbury Theatre, Vigilante - In Concert captures the original production's raw rock power in a stripped-down version that allows music and vocals to stand front and centre.  

Christenson directs the refreshed production with the original cast: Benjamin Forrester, Kris Joseph, David Leyshon, Lucas Meeuse, Eric Morin and Jan Alexandra Smith as Johannah.  

Vigilante - In Concert is live and in-person on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28 with an additional streaming performance on Saturday. Start times are 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through tickets.fringetheatre.ca. 

Northern Light Theatre 

If you’ve had enough of the saccharine sweetness of the holidays, check out Northern Light Theatre’s Edmonton premiere of Enough, a surefire antidote to cleanse the palate. 

Written by Stef Smith, the play focuses on two immaculate and accommodating flight attendants. They serve and make airline passengers comfortable. But 30,000 feet (about 9.14 kilometres) below them on planet Earth, their lives are unravelling. 

They fly in the sky and over the seas. At the end of a flight, they bed down in cheap hotel rooms and repeat their travels the following day. But something inside is about to detonate. Unpredictable and explosive, it’s an intense journey into female friendships and the free fall when a woman can no longer be who others expect. 

Directed by Trevor Schmidt, Enough features NLT stalwarts Kristin Johnston as Toni and Linda Grass as Jane. 

Enough runs Friday, Jan. 20 to Saturday, Feb. 4 at Studio Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barn. Tickets are available at https://northernlighttheatre.com/box-office/tickets/

Edmonton Recital Society 

The Edmonton Recital Society kick-starts 2023 presenting Sonya Shin, a violinist currently studying in New York City. She will be accompanied by pianist Sarah Ho, ERS’s artistic director and harpist Christina Kant. 

The repertoire spans the 18th century to the 20th century. It ranges from Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert and Clara Schumann to Andre Prevost, Charles Oberthür and Astor Piazzolla. 

The concert runs Saturday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 – 84 Ave. Admission by donation.  


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