DIAMOND GIRLS: LIPSTICK, SHORT SKIRTS AND GRIT. THE GAME WAS FOR REAL!
Throughout our 50th anniversary the primary goal of the SSHF is to celebrate our inductees and showcase their back stories and accomplishments for the people of Saskatchewan. One very unique opportunity presented itself when Menagerie Productions and playwright, Maureen Ulrich, proposed a one-act, one-woman play featuring the Saskatchewan connection to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. With the support of Softball Saskatchewan, Women in Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation, and Saskatchewan Lotteries the project has become a reality. As with the majority of creative projects, changes are being encountered throughout the development process. Since the release of our February/March 2016 edition of For the Record, there have been a number of changes to the previously announced performance information. We would like to take this opportunity to officially announce our starring actress, and to provide everyone with a revised schedule in order to facilitate the planning of audience members to attend a performance in their vicinity.
We are very excited to announce that Malia Becker has been chosen as our actress. Malia has a very impressive acting resume which includes performances in numerous Globe Theatre productions, such as All Shook Up and Mary Poppins. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Diamond Girls team.
“This is an amazing opportunity,” said the 27-year-old Regina actress. “I love the movie A League of Their Own, I love this script, and I love these Saskatchewan women.”
Performance Dates (to date):
• June 20 & 21 (Estevan) – Frehlick Hall, SVT
• June 26 & 27 (Weyburn) – Tommy Douglas PAC
• June 28 (Regina) – The Artesian
• July 4-10 (Regina Fringe)
• July 11-24 (Winnipeg Fringe) – Aspen Centre, U of W
• July 28-Aug 6 (Saskatoon Fringe)
• Aug 11-21 (Edmonton Fringe)
• Aug 23 (Battleford) – Community Players Clubhouse
• Aug 25 & 26 (Toronto) – Alumnae Theatre – The Studio
• Aug 28 (Saskatoon) – Broadway Theatre
• Sept 26 (Calgary) – Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, International Sports Heritage Association Conference
• Sept 27 (Calgary) – West Village Theatre
• Sept 28 (Swift Current)
• Sept 29 (Moose Jaw) – Mae Wilson Theatre
• Oct 1 (Regina) – The Artesian
“[The schedule is] not quite as grueling as 126 games in four months, but grueling enough,” playwright Maureen Ulrich said. “We can’t wait to get started.” Tickets are priced at $20 each (plus applicable taxes) for all non-Fringe performances. Full details regarding purchasing tickets will be released in June. Our partner, Menagerie Productions, has established a website and Twitter account so fans can stay up to date with all of the Diamond Girls action:
REGINA DIAMOND GIRLS PREMIERE – JUNE 28 AT THE ARTESIAN
Tickets go on sale for the Regina premiere of Diamond Girls on June 1. Join us on June 28 at The Artesian (2627 13th Avenue) as we bring history alive and showcase the Saskatchewan connections to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The stage performance begins at 7:30 p.m. but the party starts much earlier than that. Plan on joining us for a pre-show Ball Park Reception (6:00 – 7:15 p.m.) featuring some classic stadium eats. After the performance attend our After Party Meet & Greet Reception with the original “Diamond Girl”, Arleene (Johnson) Noga, and her on-stage counterpart, Malia Becker. Individual tickets to Diamond Girls are $20 each. Seating is “rush”. Package price including one admission to each event (Diamond Girls, Ball Park Reception and After Party Meet & Greet Reception) is $30. Seating is “rush”. To purchase your tickets please call 306-780-9232, email firstname.lastname@example.org or purchase online here. The August 28 performance in Saskatoon will also feature a number of special events. Full details will be announced when tickets go on sale.