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Interrupting the baseball blogs to promote my new newsletter   Leave a comment

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Group and season ticket information for the 2013/14 season is ready for you!  Comedies, musicals, and a musical revue are what’s coming up next season!

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Volume 2, Issue 10

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Thanks for opening my newsletter.  If you received this in error, or don’t want to receive it anymore, simply unsubscribe.  However, if you think someone else might be interested in what’s going on at Stage West this year, please forward it along.  I sent one very, VERY similar to this one a couple of weeks ago, to all of my friends on LinkedIn.  After all, many of them help plan their company corporate party, or plan other events throughout the year, or entertain clients and customers at Stage West Calgary.However, when I sent it out, I didn’t know what the prices were going to be for the 2013/14 season.  Which tends to complicate the selling process, I know, but I really wanted to promote the five shows coming to Stage West, starting in September.  Well, I have them now, and as it turns out, they’re almost exactly the same as last year!  Isn’t that good news?  Darn right!

Season Ticket Information (New Subscribers)

  • Selection for seating is dependent on availability in our theatre.
  • We recommend that you contact our Box Office at 403-243-6642 and they will be able to explain your options.
2013/2014 Season Subscription Rates
as low as $49.87 per person, per show for a weekday evening performance
2013/2014
Season Subscriptions
1 Show
Regular
Rate
1 Show Season
Subscription
Rate
Savings!
5 Show Season
Subscription
Rate
Senior Wednesday
$99.75
$58.00
42%
$290.00
Weekdays (Sun. – Thur.)
$99.75
$64.00
36%
$320.00
Friday
$110.25
$70.00
37%
$350.00
Saturday
$110.25
$74.00
33%
$370.00
Sunday Brunch
$72.45
$54.00
25%
$270.00
2 for 1 Weekdays
$99.75
$49.87
50%
$249.35
2 for 1 Weekends
$110.25
$55.13
50%
$275.65
Wednesday Matinee 4 Show Subscription
Wednesday Matinee $72.45 $45.00 38% $180.00

All prices subject to change without notice. All of these packages are for any table in the house, except our 2/1 season packages which are for the specified tables on our seating plan. The prices are based on 5 plays and 5 buffets for the season, with no beverages or gratuities included. Seating is assigned to the same day of the week, on the same week and table for each and every presentation.

  • GST Included
  • Selected seating is indicated on our floor plan
  • Payment Plans are available. Please inquire for details.

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Ticket Prices

Prices in effect for attendance commencing September 5, 2013.
* Group rates are not available during the month of December.
All prices subject to change without notice.
Beverages and gratuities are not included with ticket.

Ticket Price
Weekday Evenings (Sun – Thur) $95.00 + GST
Weekend Evenings (Fri – Sat) $105.00 + GST
Sunday Brunch $69.00 + GST
Wednesday Matinee                                                                       $69.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Weekdays – 30-49 people $68.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Weekdays – 50+ people $65.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Friday Evening – 30-49 people $75.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Friday Evening – 50+ people $72.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Wed Matinee – 30+ people $47.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Sunday Brunch – 30+ people $55.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Wed Matinee Student Rate – 30+ people $59.00 + GST

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Here is the 2013-14 lineup of shows at Stage West Calgary, and it all kicks off on September 5th.  As always, the fine folks have programmed in three musicals and two plays, each sure to amuse, enthrall, and entertain you.  Heck, I haven’t even mentioned the buffets yet.

Without further ado…

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A modern day twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set in New York City.  A young, uptight greeting card writer’s life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer.  Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them.  Because it’s easy to say, “I love you anyway”, but hard and all the more rewarding to say, “I love you because.”
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2011′s Motown Gold brought you the music that was specifically recorded under the Motown label and its stable of artists.  This time around we bring you Love Train – a journey through the music of soul and R&B.  It celebrates the songs recorded under such influential labels as Staxx, Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound”, Atlantic Records, and even more from Motown.  Featuring the incomparable genius of stars such as Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, the Drifters, Etta James, James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner, and Percy Sledge, just to name a few.  The soul and R&B legacy of these great artists has been passed on to a new generation which include Prince, Beyonce, Boys2Men, Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars, and Whitney Houston.
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“This laugh-out-loud comedy has everything one can hope for in a modern-day farce: two likable cops operating way out of their league, a supposedly crooked mayor with impeccable timing, his innocent-acting wife, a shy accountant with a penchant for dropping her drawers, a nervous double agent who’d like to get in those drawers, a Scottish hitman whose brogue gets thicker the angrier he gets, two adjoining motel rooms, simmering sexual tension, and eight doors a’slammin’.” – Donald V. Calamia, “Between the Lines”

Two cops.  Three crooks.  Eight doors.  Go!
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In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-semitism of Czarist Russia.

Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth, and honesty.  The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy, and sadness.
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Avenue Q is a gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life.  Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned.

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh and part felt, and packed with heart.  Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q.  He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood.  Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

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While those five fantastic shows kick off the 2013-14 season, don’t forget the other great productions scheduled to play at Stage West Calgary for the rest of this season!  The Broadway smash “Chicago” is scheduled to run until June 23rd, 2013, and is getting rave reviews (here’s one!).  After that, the musical revue “Uptown Country Girls” will be playing from June 27th to September 1st.  To top it off, we have three different tribute shows locked into the Stage West schedule, featuring such different tributes acts as the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.), Whitney Houston and Donna Summer, and Johnny Cash.

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Any questions or comments?  Please call me, write me, let me know if you want to see a show!  If you serve as your company’s social club coordinator, or events planner, please let me know if you’d like a table for two.  I would be happy to let you sample the product, so to speak, before committing to a group function.  Just contact me!  Call me, e-mail, find me on Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, my blog – you can even come to the office and ask for me here.

If you think that this information would be interesting to a friend, a member of your family, someone you work with, a customer, a vendor… please, forward it along.  Every click helps.

I graduated from Laurentian University in 1995 with an Honors Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration.  A lifelong baseball fan, I worked for several professional teams, including the Calgary Cannons, the Calgary Roughnecks, the Medicine Hat Blue Jays, and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.  I worked in nearly every aspect of the industry – group sales, ticketing, marketing, and media relations were just some of the departments I worked in or coordinated.  Prior to joining Belterra on a consultant basis in 2010, I worked for a Calgary-based logistics company.  In August of 2011, I joined the Stagewest Hospitality sales team, focusing primarily on the city’s preeminent dinner theatre experience, Stage West Calgary.(W) 403-616-8916
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ANY material pertaining to Belterra Land Company is intended for illustration purposes and should not be used as the sole basis for making an investment decision.  It is not intended as a representation regarding the timing of sale or development of the properties referred to or the returns attainable by an investor upon exit.

A quick Belterra update: in 2009, 77.97 acres of land were purchased by Belterra Land Company for syndication in Red Deer.  Located in the southeast area of the city, it had been recently annexed by the city as part of its Intermunicipal Development Plan.  This land was appraised in December 2009 at a value of $2,885,000.  Two years later (December 2011), it was appraised again, and valued at $3,657,000, an increase of 26.76%.  It was appraised a third time last month, and again the value of the land increased.  This land is currently valued at $3,999,000, an increase of more than 1.1 million dollars since its initial evaluation.  During this time, Belterra has worked closely with its governmental and business partners in pre-developmental planning – but the raw land, to date, has remained exactly the same.  If you are interested in receiving more information on this investment opportunity, please let me know.

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Posted May 27, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

The bottom half of the order… is still pretty damn good   Leave a comment

Trout, Votto, Cabrera, Braun.  If you could pick four guys to put at the top of a batting order, wouldn’t they be the four you’d want?  A 40/40 threat at the top, patience and pop in the two-hole, and two of the best pure hitters that combine power and average.  Righty / lefty / righty / righty.  Nearly impossible to pitch around, and the oldest of that lot (Cabrera) just turned 30.

As for the rest of the new Dreams – well, they aren’t that shabby, either.

Batting fifth, number 24… second baseman Robinson Cano.

Extremely gifted with the glove, and perhaps even better with the bat, the 30-year-old Yankee has a career line of .308/.351/.508.  He’s hit at least .297 in seven of his eight full major league seasons.  Coming into the 2013 season, Cano had hit 25 or more home runs for four consecutive seasons,  three consecutive top-six MVP finishes, and six straight seasons of at least 159 games played.  The power, the average, the durability, and the defense – it all added up to an easy choice at second base.  Even for a Yankee hater like myself.

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Batting sixth, number 34… right fielder Bryce Harper.

One of the parameters I set doing my Dream Team was that the outfield would be made up of a “true” left center, and right fielder.  I’ve already explained moving Mike Trout from left to center, and Harper can just as easily slide back to right field, where he started 41 games in 2012.  He has a cannon for an arm, good range, and the only reason he’s not patrolling right for the Nationals anytime soon is because Jayson Werth is signed through 2018.  Harper is a five-tool stud in only his second season – give him five more years, when he’s the ripe old age of 25, and imagine how good he’ll be then.

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Batting seventh, number 2… shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Unquestionably the most difficult position to fill.  Derek Jeter and Jimmy Rollins – too old.  Starlin Castro, Elvis Andrus, and Ian Desmond – not quite at the level I want.  Andrelton Simmons and Jean Segura – a little too soon.  Jose Reyes – close, but a little injury-prone, and not as five-toolsy as I want.  I almost took Manny Machado from the Orioles, but I think he’ll stay at third base rather than move back to short… and he looks damn good at third.  So I “settled” for the Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki.  A career .294/.366/.509 hitter, the 28-year-old Tulo has as much power as anybody at short, and he has two Gold Gloves.  When he’s healthy, he’s a two-way force… knowing his propensity for injury, though, I’ll need a good backup.

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Batting eighth, number 4… catcher Yadier Molina.

He turns 31 in July, but he seems to be getting better with age, defying the usual career pattern for catchers.  From 2008 to 2012, the Cardinals’ backstop has averaged 135 games, with a slash line of .296/.354/.418.  (The first four years of his career, he only hit .248.)  Molina has also won five consecutive Gold Gloves, and is widely regarded as one of the best game-callers and pitch-handlers in the game.  In this lineup, my catcher doesn’t need to win games for the Dreams with his bat – but it’s good to know that Molina could, if called upon.

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By the way, here’s actual proof that there was a 1985 Sports Illustrated article that inspired my blog…

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Posted May 24, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

First, third, and left   Leave a comment

Batting second, number 19… first baseman Joey Votto.

He might not hit 30 home runs a year, but the 29-year-old Canadian can hit like few others.  As of this writing, Votto is a career .319 hitter, and since 2009, he’s posted an on-base percentage of at least .414 every single season.  He’s never slugged lower than .506 in a season, either.  Before injuring his knee last year, Cincinnati’s Votto could even be counted on to steal a few bags, too.  Factor in his very good glove, and he’s the ideal first baseman for this squad.

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Batting third, number 24… third baseman Miguel Cabrera.

As good as Votto is, and Trout, and everyone else featured in this starting lineup… the best hitter on the planet, right now, is the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera.  Keep in mind he just turned 30 as I lay down some statistical awesomeness:  332 career home runs, 1,170 runs batted in, a career slash line of .320/.396/.564, six top-five MVP finishes, and a Triple Crown in his back pocket.  Cabrera isn’t very fast, and he’s not very agile at the hot corner, but he has to be the Dreams’ third baseman.

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Batting fourth, number 8… left fielder Ryan Braun.

He isn’t as popular as he was a couple of years ago, not with PED allegations (still) swirling around him.  However, the 29-year-old Brewers slugger warrants inclusion on the Dreams.  A career .314 hitter with speed, the converted third baseman averages (per 162 games, as per Baseball-Reference.com) 200 hits, 112 runs, 37 home runs, 118 RBI, and 22 stolen bases.  Braun’s also made himself a good outfielder – perhaps he’s not a Gold Glover, but Trout is out there to help him out, too.

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Posted May 21, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

Leading off, number 27…   Leave a comment

In case you missed my previous post, I’m putting together a new MLB Dream Team.  Age, ability, handedness, and versatility make up the criteria for this very special team – just as it did for Sports Illustrated’s Steve Wulf when he wrote the story that inspired mine.  He put together a 25-man club that was much like a real team; a starting lineup, a bench made up of role players, a starting rotation, and a bullpen (as well as an entire coaching staff, front office, and so on).  Back in 1985, the Dreams’ bullpen was a five-man unit, unfathomable by today’s standards.

Here’s the breakdown of Wulf’s roster:

  • 11 National Leaguers, 14 American Leaguers
  • 4 NL batters in the starting lineup, 4 NL pitchers, 3 NL bench players
  • 4 AL batters in the starting lineup, 6 AL pitchers, 4 AL bench players
  • 16 teams represented:  3 from 1 team, 2 from 7 teams, 1 from 8 teams

I don’t want to deviate too much from those numbers.  For example, I want four hitters from each league in my starting lineup, and it’s making setting said lineup exceedingly difficult.  While I try to figure out who my last two hitters, I can, at least, tell you who leads off.

Leading off, number 27… center fielder Mike Trout.

He’s playing left in 2013, but really, he is a true center fielder.  He is lightning quick, big, strong, a Gold Glove-caliber fielder… and he doesn’t turn 22 until August.  A five-tool stud that should be in MVP conversations for at least the next ten years, the Anaheim Angels’ Trout is the ideal man to bat first for the new Dreams, and build the team around.

One down, 24 to go.  To be presented in a much quicker fashion, I promise.

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Posted May 18, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

Dream Teaming, 28 years later   Leave a comment

I read the following article in Sports Illustrated back in 1985…

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1119352/index.htm

…and I think it’s the story that made me the baseball fan I am today.  I’m sure it made me the fan of the history of baseball that I am, and most likely contributed to my fantasy baseball obsession.

(Actually, there was one other news article I remember reading in my local newspaper sometime back then as well.  The writer wanted to create a 25-man team with that year’s free agents, and the only ones I can remember are Pete Rose and Bryan Little.  Sorry, but I can’t find that article.)

The SI article stuck in my head.  A few years ago, I found that issue, featuring a young Dwight Gooden on the cover, at a flea market.  It was still pretty cool, and I hoped that it would be revisited by the magazine at some later point.  To date, it hasn’t been.  I bet Tom Verducci or Jay Jaffe could do a great job with it.

Until they do, I’m going to give it a try over the coming days.  If you still didn’t click the link yet, the author put together the best 25-man team that he could, with age and overall skill being the key determinants.  No more than three “real-life” teammates were on the club, and it was as close to a real team as you can imagine; for example, the bench players were really reserve types.  Cal Ripken wasn’t the backup shortstop, Bob Bailor was.

In addition, there was a manager, coaches, trainers, executives, announcers… even a mascot.  The whole franchise was there in print, my impressionable mind and eyes taking it all in.  It was, for lack of a better word, really, really neat.

So just for my own amusement, I’m going to do the same project.  Click the SI link, it’s a cool time capsule if nothing else.

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Posted May 13, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

Presenting the 2013-14 Stage West Calgary show schedule!   Leave a comment

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A modern day twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set in New York City.  A young, uptight greeting card writer’s life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer.  Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them.  Because it’s easy to say, “I love you anyway”, but hard and all the more rewarding to say, “I love you because.”

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2011’s Motown Gold brought you the music that was specifically recorded under the Motown label and its stable of artists.  This time around we bring you Love Train – a journey through the music of soul and R&B.  It celebrates the songs recorded under such influential labels as Staxx, Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound”, Atlantic Records, and even more from Motown.  Featuring the incomparable genius of stars such as Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, the Drifters, Etta James, James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner, and Percy Sledge, just to name a few.  The soul and R&B legacy of these great artists has been passed on to a new generation which include Prince, Beyonce, Boys2Men, Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars, and Whitney Houston.

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“This laugh-out-loud comedy has everything one can hope for in a modern-day farce: two likable cops operating way out of their league, a supposedly crooked mayor with impeccable timing, his innocent-acting wife, a shy accountant with a penchant for dropping her drawers, a nervous double agent who’d like to get in those drawers, a Scottish hitman whose brogue gets thicker the angrier he gets, two adjoining motel rooms, simmering sexual tension, and eight doors a’slammin’.” – Donald V. Calamia, “Between the Lines”

Two cops.  Three crooks.  Eight doors.  Go!

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In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-semitism of Czarist Russia.

Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth, and honesty.  The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy, and sadness.

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Avenue Q is a gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life.  Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned.

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh and part felt, and packed with heart.  Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q.  He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood.  Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Posted May 9, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

Chicago – the musical, in pictures   Leave a comment

Yes, you COULD go to the Stage West Calgary Facebook page (by clicking here, for example) if you want to see some pictures of the amazing cast in action…

Or, you can just keep scrolling down.  Whatever’s easier for you, of course.

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Posted May 1, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized