6 Things you didn’t know about the Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre in Regina is one of the most popular arts venues in the city. With more than 60,000 patrons attending events each year, I thought it would be fun to find out some things about that Globe Theatre that you might not know.
The building used to belong to Canada Post
The building that the Globe Theatre is housed in was once the Regina City Hall, but prior to that, it was built in 1907 for Canada Post, who owned it until 1956. When they outgrew it, Canada Post sold it to the City of Regina. The Globe Theatre moved into the second and third floors in the 1980’s. In 2005 the theatre carried out a major renovation and expansion to the fourth floor to accommodate its theatre school programs and to allow for larger production shops on the third floor. In 2014, Globe Theatre purchased the building. The building was called the Old City Hall Mall at one time, but is now officially called the Prince Edward Building, thanks to the royal patronage of Prince Edward.
The Clock on the building was Regina’s answer to Big Ben
The clock that sits on the corner of 11th avenue and Scarth Street is a manual clock; it has to be wound daily in order to operate. It doesn’t run right now because nobody climbs to the bell tower to wind it. The Globe Theatre is planning a renovation and they may update the clock so that it once again runs.
They have a strong mandate to promote women.
The Globe Theatre promotes female directors. Out of the 6 mainstage shows each year, it is the Globe Theatre’s mandate that 50% must be directed by women. In the 2016/2017 season, 5 out of 6 will be directed by women.
An Emmy Winner got her start at the Globe Theatre
Tatiana Maslany, an Emmy winner for her role in Orphan Black, started at the Regina Globe Theatre when she was a teenager. She made her main stage debut at the age of eighteen in The Secret Garden. Tatiana also performed in the 2005/2006 season in George Dandin, and in 2007/2008 season in A Christmas Carol.
It is Canada’s only permanent Theatre in the Round.
Most theatres are prosceniums, which have a stage at the front. A proscenium is a different show than the one you will see in a theatre in the round setting, which tends to be more intimate. Since the actors have to play to all four sides in a theatre in the round, the action doesn’t stop and there is a lot more movement. The round stage can be the backdrop for anything. It starts out as a blank, black floor and can turn into a house, a forest, a golf course, an Elizabethan castle, even a body of water.
The Globe Theatre runs a very successful theatre school for people from 3 to adult.
Many of the classes fill up quickly because the school is so in demand. The aspiring actors learn, practice and perform throughout the Globe’s three floors, often culminating in a performance for family and friends on the main stage or at the Artesian on 13th Avenue.
Regina’s Globe Theatre is one of the best places in the province to check out the arts. There are plays on both the main stage and in the smaller Shumiatcher Sandbox Series for about 10 months of the year. You can check out what’s going on at the Globe Theatre here.