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Last Updated: 29-Nov-15 08:02

In May of 2001 Dry Cold Productions burst on to the Winnipeg scene with its first offering, the Manitoba Premiere of A Little Night Music.  It was directed by Robb Paterson and presented in a staged concert format new to Winnipeg audiences.  In celebration of our 16th year and continuation of our journey as a company we are revisiting this Sondheim classic.  Dry Cold is delighted to welcome back Robb Paterson who will once again be directing this glorious piece.  Robb has been the Associate Artistic Director at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre for the past 12 years and has been an extremely active actor and director since moving to Winnipeg over 35 years ago.  He will be retiring from his position at the RMTC in early March and A Little Night Music will be his first post-RMTC directing challenge.  Dry Cold is proud of the fact that all of our artists associated with the production — on stage and behind the scenes — will be Manitoba artists.  

Performances will be at the RMTC Tom Hendry Warehouse May 18th-20th @ 8:00 p.m. and May 21st @ 2:00 p.m. with tickets available in November from the RMTC box office just in time for holiday giving!  



In A Little Night Music, Stephen Sondheim created a stunning tour de force when he took Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, "Smiles of a Summer Night", and turned it into a musical of masterful execution and elegance.  Starring Winnipeg’s own Len Cariou, A Little Night Music premiered in 1973, was winner of four TONY Awards and featured the iconic ballad Send in the Clowns.

Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of the love affairs of actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love and have loved her.  When Desirée travels to perform in lawyer Fredrik Egerman's hometown the passion of the estranged lovers is rekindled.  This strikes a spark of jealousy and suspicion which engulfs Fredrick's very young, virgin wife Anne, Desirée's lover Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm and the Count's wife Charlotte into a romantic firestorm.  Both men, accompanied by their wives, agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée's mother's estate.  With everyone in one place, the infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.


“Shall I tell you why I really invited you here? When we met again and we made love, I thought, ‘Maybe here it is at last. A chance to turn back, to find some sort of coherent existence after so many years of muddle.’ Of course, there is your wife... but I thought perhaps - just perhaps, you might be in need of rescue, too?” 

Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music



Dear Friend of Dry Cold,

Help us to build the Dry Cold Snowbank!

We want to thank you sincerely for being a patron and supporter of Dry Cold Productions.  In celebration of our 16th season we are thrilled to be presenting Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award Winning A Little Night Music and invite you to partner with us to bring this classic piece to Winnipeg audiences in May 2016. Your gift is integral to Dry Cold’s continued presentation of wonderful contemporary musical theatre.  We cannot do this without you and encourage you to donate before December 31!

Your gift has a very real impact. Annual donations to Dry Cold Productions:

  • Promote hiring of 100% local Manitoba artists both on stage and behind the scenes;
  • Support premieres of powerful productions on our stage;
  • Ensure accessible ticket prices for our patrons of all ages;
  • Provide remarkable apprenticeship opportunities for exciting emerging actors, music directors, stage managers, directors and choreographers.



We have many levels for your consideration:

The Dry Cold Snowbank


Wind Chill             

$15 – $49


$100 – $149

Snow Angel

$200 – $299

Snow Flake

$400 – $499


$50 – $99

Sun Dog

$150 – $199


$300 – $399

Northern Lights

$500 and beyond


Giving is easy. Send your donation to: 

Dry Cold Productions c/o 39 Exbury Place   Winnipeg MB   R3Y 1C3

If you prefer donating by credit card visit our website - www.drycoldproductions.ca   and make a donation through CanadaHelps.org.  Dry Cold is a registered charity and tax receipts will be issued for all donations.

Thank you sincerely in advance for your investment in the Independent Theatre you love. We would be honoured to have your support.

Yours always,

Donna Fletcher and Reid Harrison
Co-Founders of Dry Cold Productions