Inspired!

Thursday Evening Experiences

September 16, 2021
to
November 25, 2021

This PWYW series of programs is about trying something new!

Unwind with an evening at the Esplanade and engage with family and friends as you try something inspired.

Get out of the box with unconventional paint nights, improvisation, family fun dance parties and go behind the scenes with exclusive museum experiences!

Check out event details to find the right experience for you.

Thursdays 7-9 PM

September 23
October 7, 14 and 28
November 4 and 25

Register for some improvised hysterical research in the Archives. The Improv Jam is open for class clowns of all ages. Join in or watch them as they explore and practice, getting ready for the debut performance of Laugh Locally on October 21st and November 18th.

with RICHARD F. GRAFTON, B.F.A.,B.ED.

TEACHER, ACTOR, IMPROVISOR, DIRECTOR, DESIGNER, PLAYWRIGHT

Most folks know Mr. Grafton as the “Drama Guy” at Medicine Hat High School.  He has been helping to shape theatre at MHHS since 2012, directing dozens of shows with a special focus on Canadian Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Classical Theatre, and Broadway Musicals. He founded the new MHHS Theatre Company, the Pilot Lights Theatre Festival, Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? and Sketch Comedy Nights.  His next comedy, Plan 9 from Outer Space, is landing at Hat High in February 2022.

Richard is also the Artistic Director of The Paperback Stage, a local theatre company creating new adventures for audiences of all ages! His solo comedy, Madly Off in All Directions, is currently in development and will appear next summer, along with his TYA play A Tail or Two From Winnie The Pooh.

As an actor, Richard has appeared on stage around Alberta, including Medicine Hat Musical Theatre, Firehall Theatre, Thesbos Theatre, Foothills Alliance, The Empress Theatre, The University of Lethbridge, Red Deer College, and Desperate Jester Improv Theatre.  Richard also represents Zone 7 in the Alberta High School Drama Festival council, and has been on the Board of Directors for Theatre Alberta (2016 -2018), supporting and encouraging theatre across the province!  Richard holds a B.F.A/B.Ed (2007) in Dramatic Education from the University of Lethbridge.

When he's not making theatre, Richard is off on adventures with his wife and two sons.  You'll probably find him paddling his canoe down a river, wandering off on a camping trip, or travelling to see theatre across the country.

Thursdays 6:30-7:30 PM

October 14
November 4

Get out of the box and get inspired with unconventional and experimental art activities.

This experience is about the journey, not the destination, so get bright, get bold, get messy and have some fun!

Geared toward little ones and their adult companions (suggested for ages 6+).

Julie Downey-Hoglund is passionate about creative arts programming, with a focus on process and sensory art experiences. She enjoys many different artistic mediums, and is always finding new ways to express her creativity. Julie’s post-secondary education includes psychology, social work and fine art. She has extensive experience in early childhood programming and working with children, youth and adults ofall ages and abilities. Julie has been an art instructor at the Esplanade since June, 2018.

Thursdays 7:45-8:45 PM

October 14
November 4

Get out of the box and get inspired with unconventional and experimental art activities.

This experience is about the journey, not the destination, so get bright, get bold, get messy and have some fun!

Paint Box is sure to bring some colour and spontaneity to your next date night or fun friend’s night out!

Julie Downey-Hoglund is passionate about creative arts programming, with a focus on process and sensory art experiences. She enjoys many different artistic mediums, and is always finding new ways to express her creativity. Julie’s post-secondary education includes psychology, social work and fine art. She has extensive experience in early childhood programming and working with children, youth and adults ofall ages and abilities. Julie has been an art instructor at the Esplanade since June, 2018.

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Visual Arts

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Education

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Residency at E.D. House

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heritage

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Visual Arts

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Performing Arts

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heritage

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Residency at E.D. House

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Visual Arts

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