Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hauntings at the Auditorium Theatre

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By Dulcie C. Gilmore 

Anyone who has sat, alone, in the ghost light of the Auditorium Theatre knows it has a strong persona.  Once the crowds have left and the actors have retired for the evening, the theatre itself invites those from the past to come from the shadows.  But what lurks there from the ancient past, from the ground itself?

Many sightings of Native Americans occurred in 1987.  One was particularly strong.  A large group took an architectural tour of the theatre on a chilly day in October.  At the end of the tour, we paused for questions.  One lady asked what production was in rehearsal.  I thought it an odd question, as the stage was bare.  I replied that we were dark at the time.  She, along with several other guests, asked why the person in Native American costume was on stage.  Many of them saw him cross from stage left to stage right.  The chief was wearing a war bonnet headdress . . . the feathers were huge.  

I had seen him, too, on another occasion.

We decided to have the theatre “cleansed”.  My assistant (who was keenly interested in these matters) found a woman to perform the task.  She spoke to the spirits in a strange tongue that I did not understand.  We learned that the Auditorium was built on the site of a battle at which a young Indian chief and his princess were killed.  The cleanser came back with sage, cedar and sweet grass.  During the smudging, she spoke to the Indian spirits and encouraged them to leave.  Negative energy rose with the smoke and left the theatre clarified and pure. 


Dulcie C. Gilmore was executive director of the Auditorium Theatre from 1987 to 1997.  During her tenure, the theatre hosted Les Miserables (the first long run in the theatre’s history), and the openings of the first national companies of The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Show Boat.  

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trés Chic! Three Reasons, I Loved Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet

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By Nicole Wetzell, Sales Manager

This spring, I experienced Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet. This story ballet was thrilling, and I’m excited that you’ll have the opportunity to experience it this weekend. But, there were three things I especially enjoyed:
  • The Music: I am a classical music maven, so you can imagine how happy I was when the ballet opened to La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf, the main characters Nathalie and Mathiew danced to Claire de Lune by Claude DeBussy and finally when the ensemble danced to the rousing Can Can by Jacques Offenbach plus many more of my favorites including pieces by Maurice Ravel, Dmitri Shostakovich and Richard Strauss. 
  • The Sets: The first thing I thought as the curtain opened was that the sets will look awesome on our stage. It’s no wonder, a few months later I learned that the Moulin Rouge cabaret and the Auditorium Theatre were built in the same year, 1889.
  • The Story: Who doesn’t love a…well…love story? Plus, there’s a fun scene that includes the Green Fairy.
I hope to see you in the theatre in this weekend, and can’t wait to hear about your trés chic Auditorium experience.

A city girl with small town flare, Nicole Wetzell serves at the Auditorium as the Sales Manager where she delights in connecting with patrons and assisting them to create unique Auditorium experiences. Contact Nicole at

Monday, October 29, 2012

Got Friday Night Plans? We Do! [50% off Moulin Rouge - The Ballet]

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Got Friday Night Plans?  We Do!

Friday, Nov. 2

The Hottest Deal in Town is Only $50!
Savings: 50% off - Original Value: $100. Deal includes the following:

DINE OUT - 5:30 pm
Awaken you French taste buds at one of River North's dining hotspots, Paris Club. Guests will each receive 2 drink tickets and a selection of Croque Monsieur Fingers, Pretzel Croissants, Chicken Drummettes, and Pommes Frites.

Paris Club is located at 59 W. Hubbard

RIDE IN STYLE - 7:00pm
Trolleys from London Limos, Ltd. will arrive to transport guests from Paris Club to the Auditorium Theatre.

See Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet perform Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet in premium seats, located in the Auditorium Theatre's Dress Circle.

Auditorium Theatre is located at 50 E. Congress Pkwy.
In the spirit of the Moulin Rouge of Paris, Moulin Rouge® is a registered trademark of Moulin Rouge S.A.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Making of Moulin Rouge - The Ballet [Videos]

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Learn about the creation of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet's "Moulin Rouge - The Ballet" in this 10-video series.

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet
Venue: Auditorium Theatre
Dates: Friday, November 2 - Sunday, November 4, 2012
Times: Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm
Price: $74-$30
Get transported to the turn of the century Paris…a city of exquisite contradiction…when Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet.Featuring a French music score, high-kicking choreography and a passionate story of love, aspiration and heartbreak, the ballet tells the story of Matthew and Nathalie as they tempt fate while seeking love at the infamous cabaret – The Moulin Rouge.
Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787) | Box Office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy. | Groups of 10+ 312.431.2357

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Preparing for Ballet Folklórico (in the kitchen!)

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By: Judie Moore Green, Chief Development Officer

The Auditorium Theatre is buzzing with excitement as we prepare for the arrival of Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández for their performances this weekend.  Our box office is preparing seats for our audiences while our technical crew prepares the stage and lighting for the dancers.  While I won't bore you with the details of my day to day office preparation, I wanted to fill you in on a secret way that I prepare for a weekend of performances - in the kitchen!

Planning for Ballet Folklórico de México has put me (and my stomach) in the Mexican spirit!  I am planning on cooking one of my favorite recipes tonight and wanted to share it with you as well; comment and let me know what you think and share your favorite recipes as well!

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández

Venue: Auditorium Theatre
Dates: Saturday, October 6 - Sunday, October 7, 2012
Times: Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3:00 pm
Price: $74-$30
Journey through the past with Ballet Folklórico de México, performing the dancing traditions of Mexico for 60 years. Credited as the Cultural Representative of Mexico to the world, Ballet Folklórico offers a lively performance that is full of movement, rhythm and technical perfection.
Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787) | Box Office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy. | Groups of 10+ 312.431.2357

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