The Painted Fish Performing Arts Society formally incorporated in 2013 though the organization existed as a sole proprietorship (The Painted Fish Theatre Company - Marian Hamilton) from 2008 -2013. In 2013, it became clear that the company was being run as a non-profit organization by a group of dedicated volunteers under Marian's direction and the decision was made to formalize into a Society.
The mandate of the Society is to produce plays and musicals that express good family values and offer positive messages of encouragement and hope. A secondary mandate is to offer the opportunity to explore music and theatre from the stage to persons of any age who exhibit talent but have no previous experience. Painted Fish has attracted an average of 30 member casts from age 5 - 75 years of different religions and races that have become communities of encouragement and friendship. We also encourage families to participate, one of the few theatrical organizations that have criteria for choosing programing that must have roles for both adults and children. (Where roles do not exist, i.e. Jesus Christ Superstar, the children become part of the chorus). Painted Fish also encourages composers to submit new works for consideration of production.
2009: Jesus Christ Superstar: 6 performances at Easterbrook Theatre, Calgary
2009: Lightshine: (A Christmas choral show) 1 performance Forest Lawn United Church, Calgary
2010: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat: 10 performances Easterbrook Theatre, Calgary
2010: A Medieval Christmas Show: 1 performance Forest Lawn United Church, Calgary
2011 Precious Jewels of Christmas: (Written by M. Hamilton): 1 performance Forest Lawn United Church, Calgary
2012: The Gift: (Written by M. Hamilton) 1 performance Forest Lawn United Church, Calgary
2013: The Santa Box: (written by M. Hamilton) 1 performance Forest Lawn United Church, Calgary
2014: The Sound of Music: 12 shows Cardell Theatre, Calgary
2014: Production and release of Christmas CD: Once upon a Christmas, Stories and Songs from the Painted Fish
2015: Oliver: 14 shows Cite des Rocheuses Theatre, Calgary
2016: The Happy Prince: (a new musical written by Daphne and Tony Matthews) 3 shows Various churches
2017: The Medieval Feast: 2 dinner shows Marda Loop Community Centre, Calgary
2017: The Son: (a new musical written by M. Hamilton and Tony Matthews) 3 shows Various churches
2018: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat: 10 shows Cite des Rocheuses Theatre, Calgary
The Painted Fish Performing Arts Society is run exclusively by volunteers. Their dedication and enthusiasm for the arts have made the Society a success. If you would like to join our excellent team, contact Marian Hamilton at president @paintedfish.ca.
Watch our website or the Calgary Acts website for audition postings. We encourage you to share your talents, whether you are a seasoned veteran or just want to try acting, singing and dancing. Ages 5 - 105 are invited to participate.