In Pursuit of HAPPiNESS

Sun June 9 - Sun June 9, 2019
In Pursuit of HAPPiNESS

The Adult Recreational Choirs (ARC) has brought Calgarians to their feet for the past 17 years with inventive, spectacular and entertaining stage productions featuring 150+ voices, dazzling lighting, colorful costumes and eclectic repertoire. “In Pursuit of HAPPiNESS” honors and celebrates the diversity and commonality of the human experience in our relentless pursuit of what it truly means to be happy.

In arriving at the theme for the 2019 production, Artistic Director Brian Bowman recounts “the constant barrage of ‘fake news’, scandals, political and economic uncertainty at home and around the world called for a counterweight.” Bowman and his team scoured the choral repertoire to extract a selection of songs evoking the sentiments of happiness, joy, triumph and contentment while recognizing that loss, disappointment and struggle are unavoidable in pursuit of happiness. “We take the audience on a journey that is ultimately empowering and uplifting – and, most importantly – smiling!” says Bowman.

Established in 2003, the Adult Recreational Choirs are committed to awakening, nurturing and sharing the magic of voices in harmony. Their season finales are popular with all ages and have included “British Invasion”, “Love is in the Air” and most recently “e:volution”. The community organization, led by Artistic Director and founder Brian Bowman, has flourished by exposing adults to the joy of singing, while delivering an entertaining and unique performance experience to audiences.

Ideal for: Performances and recitals
Capacity: 386-412 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible seats
Included: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options

Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP) has been the resident tenant in the courtyard-shaped, Georgian-style Martha Cohen Theatre since 1985. Tiered levels of seats form a three-quarter circle around the performing area eliminating the separation between the audience and performers. The farthest seat from the stage is a mere 39 feet away.

Situated in the heart of Arts Commons beside Jack Singer Concert Hall, Martha Cohen Theatre received state-of-the-art sound upgrade in 2014, as well as all new seats and a new lighting console in 2016, ensuring that it remains at the top of theatre industry standard. The Martha Cohen Theatre was named after the late Dr. Martha Cohen ($1M donated by her husband in honour of her birthday).

This venue has limited rental dates

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To inquire about renting this venue, please contact Production Manager Eugenio Sáenz Flores at or 403.294.7476