NEPTUNE THEATRE SEEKS NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Halifax, NS – Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – Rebecca Hiltz LeBlanc, president of the Neptune Theatre Foundation, today announced that Atlantic Canada’s oldest and most established regional theatre is commencing a national search for its next artistic director.
Neptune’s current artistic director, George Pothitos, ends his term in May after eight years at the helm. Pothitos will remain with Neptune through the transition period to a new artistic director.
“I am delighted to conclude my tenure with Neptune following one of the most expansive seasons in the theatre’s 54 year history,” said Pothitos. “I am proud to have been involved with this theatre and to contribute to Neptune’s legacy and I am confident that upcoming renovations and a progressive approach to programming will serve Neptune well going forward.”
Hiltz LeBlanc thanked Pothitos for his contributions and highlighted some of his accomplishments including: programming a wide range of productions; presenting a strong slate of regional stories; featuring the work of local theatre companies and focusing on innovation, advancing the production and technical capabilities of the theatre. Pothitos also introduced Teacher’s Night, which enhances Neptune’s School Tour program and supports educators in bringing live theatre to 70,000 students across the province. He has played a major role in shaping the technical and artistic specifications of Neptune’s current renovation project and delighted audiences by securing the rights to present productions such as Elf and the upcoming ONCE ahead of leading theatres in Canada and elsewhere.
“Neptune is at an exciting juncture,” said Hiltz LeBlanc. “We’re in the midst of our biggest and boldest season, and this summer the theatre will undergo the final phase of a two-year renovation project with an extensive upgrade to our main theatre, Fountain Hall, as well as the lobby and box office.”
Now in its 54th Season, Neptune Theatre inspires audiences with great stories. Located at 1593 Argyle Street, Neptune boasts two stages: Fountain Hall and the Scotiabank Stage, plus a year-round Theatre School and a province-wide Young Neptune Company Tour.
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REDspace Encourages New Holiday Tradition
Halifax, NS – December 19, 2016 – The team at REDspace took their own advice and turned their mobile phones off to watch Neptune Theatre’s production of Miracle of 34th Street on Saturday night. For an organization that has built its business, and international reputation, on developing engaging, interactive content, they understand there is a time and a place where you need to disconnect, especially during the holidays. The Halifax-based company is encouraging everyone to “Put Your Phone Down for the Holidays” with a new app that helps you do just that. “Everyone knows - you turn your phone off when you come to Neptune, so you can truly experience what’s on stage,” says REDspace Communications Manager Daphne North. "We were lucky enough to enjoy an incredible performance as a team and we promise our phones were the last things on our minds."
Each year, the team at REDspace makes a donation to a local not-for-profit organization. Known for pushing the boundaries of digital engagement, REDspace is encouraging Neptune to do the same by making a contribution to the theatre’s endowment fund this year. “It is important for Neptune to develop more engaging and interactive content to connect with our patrons - before, during and after a performance,” says General Manager Lisa Bugden. “By making a contribution to Neptune’s endowment fund, REDspace is supporting our long-term sustainability and helping the theatre become more innovative now – and in the future.”
Neptune Theatre Awards 2016 Blackmore Bursary to Patricia Vinluan
Halifax, NS – December 5, 2016 – In 1962 brothers John and William Blackmore were hired as carpenters to construct a new theatre. Artistic Director Leon Major retained the Blackmore brothers to help to build sets for his burgeoning company - Neptune Theatre. Their agreement to build one set for the theatre’s first play, Major Barbara, turned into a life-long career and a wonderful legacy.
In memory of the Blackmore Brothers, Neptune’s Foundation created the Blackmore Brothers Bursary Fund in 1991 to aid students in the technical department of Dalhousie’s theatre program, now the Fountain School of Performing Arts. This year, the bursary was awarded to 3rd year technical theatre student Patricia Vinluan. The stage manager for school's recent production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Patricia embodies the qualities the Blackmore Brothers stood for: ingenuity, passion and practical common-sense. From everyone at Neptune Theatre, congratulations Patricia!
THEATRE CONSTRUCTION HAPPENING ON ARGYLE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Halifax, NS – July 20, 2016 – More construction is happening on Argyle St. as Neptune Theatre renovates its Scotiabank Stage.
Nova Scotia-based Castone Construction is the design builder and lead contractor for the first phase of renovations, which began May 23 and is scheduled to be complete August 17 in time for the start of Neptune’s upcoming new season.
“We are pleased that Neptune chose us as its preferred builder for this project,” said Dean Shea, General Manager of Castone Construction. “Neptune Theatre has a longstanding history as the cultural hub of downtown Halifax and it is an honour to contribute to that legacy. The modifications being made will bring increased comfort to Neptune’s loyal patrons, who can now enjoy the show in brand new larger and more comfortable seating.”
This construction, the first of two phases with phase two taking place next summer, is primarily taking place in the Scotiabank Stage theatre. In addition to the new seats, there will also be updated light and sound equipment, added safety features including LED walkway lights inside the theatre, display screens and a brand new lobby and lounge. The second phase will take place in Fountain Hall during the summer of 2017.
“These renovations will help make attending live theatre at Neptune a more comfortable and enjoyable experience," said George Pothitos, Neptune's Artistic Director. "We always strive to meet and exceed our patrons’ expectations and we hope this endeavour will do just that. This rejuvenation project is instrumental in extending Neptune's role as a downtown entertainment destination while insuring our facility remains fresh and young for future generations of theatre goers.”
After the construction wraps up, Neptune will begin its Revitalization Campaign this fall where members of the public will be invited to donate to the theatre and in return have their names permanently imbedded on a plaque in one of the new theatre chairs. Last April, Neptune kicked off the project by welcoming naming sponsors Scotiabank and Grant Thornton.
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In photo: Dean Shea, George Pothitos and Kyle Stratton.
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