by Chris Lane
Montreal on the world stage:
New York’s Drama Desk Award nominees have been announced, with Cirque du Soleil’s Totem up for two awards. The Montreal circus scene was also recognized in Pippin’s six nods, as Dominique Lemieux and Gypsy Snider each got a nomination. Snider co-founded Les 7 doigts de la main, which brought the circus to Pippin. Things were similar with the Tony Award nominations announced also.
Cirque du Soleil may be going through some money troubles, as we’re hearing reports they’re taking away family support for their artists, and seven employees of Mystère in Las Vegas have been laid off. (Source: With the Circus, You Caring via Wayne Leung of Mooney on Theatre/Twitter)
Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, “the world’s largest and longest-running queer theatre,” announced their next season. Toronto’s Obsidian Theatre announced their next season, which will feature a Canadian première and their second-ever musical. And across the pond, the English National Opera’s upcoming season will include two co-productions with the Canadian Opera Company, Die Fledermaus and Rigoletto.
We at CharPo regret to announce the passing of actor, translator, activist Kelly Ricard. She will be missed by all her friends in the theatre community.