Lunchbox Theatre

January 14 — 26, 2013

The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame

A Theatrical Song Cycle

Directed by Rachel Avery

Sponsored By

High Performance RodeoPresented as part of the 27th Annual High Performance Rodeo

SHOWTIMES : Monday to Saturday at 12:10 pm, "Happy Hour" Friday at 6:10 pm and "Date Night" Saturday at 7:30 pm

Play Details

Gilbertson, on piano, joined by violin, clarinet, cello and guitar, gives a dynamic performance intermingling beautiful original songs with audio from her grandmother, Blanche, recollecting her life and loves. A collision of history, music and theatre. Ranked in the top 20 shows of 2011 by the Huffington Post after its New York run!

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Check out the songs of Blanche!

If you can't get the below files to play, try opening the flash player (opens in a new window / tab).

  1. 01-Interlude-Memory Escaping
  2. 02-Nocturne
  3. 03-Interlude-Ronnie Days
  4. 04-Sheikie Goes to Hollywood
  5. 05-Interlude-I Just Can't Remember
  6. 06-Isn't It Scandalous
  7. 07-Interlude-Out of This World
  8. 08-The Ballad of Bill
  9. 09-Interlude-The First Major Thing
  10. 10-Interlude-Woody's Theme
  11. 11-Great Uncle Lloyd
  12. 12-Dear Blanche
  13. 13-Another Night Fall
  14. 14-Interlude- To Lost Letters
  15. 15-After the War
  16. 16-Interlude-The Runination of Men
  17. 17-Scorched Earth
  18. 18-Interlude-The Oilfields
  19. 19-Weekend Parties
  20. 20-Interlude-Class Clown
  21. 21-Getting Old Doesn't Pay
  22. 22-Interlude-Where My Children Are
  23. 23-Blondie
  24. 24-The Last Football Game
  25. 25-Seed of Memory


Note: High Performance Rodeo pricing - Adults $28, Students and Seniors $25. Group discounts are available. PlayPasses not valid for Blanche, but ask about special pricing for PlayPass holders.


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160 - 115 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Cast List

Sheikie: Author / Composer / Vocals / Piano -  Onalea Gilbertson 
Woody: Guitar / Back-up Vocals / Guitar Arrangements - Jeff Gladstone 
Ronnie:  Violin / Clarinet / Co-composer - Jonathan Lewis 
Bill: Cello - Brian Sanders

Production Team

Co-Composer - Morag Northey 
Director - Rachel Avery 
Sound Technician - Leif Gilbertson
Lighting Designer - Joey Walls 
Stage Manager - Michael Howard 

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