Fortune Falls
Don't miss darkly whimsical, electro-pop musical odyssey, Fortune Falls, at ATP | Photo: Kenneth Locke

Fortune Falls

ATP hosts world premiere of this haunting chocolate factory musical

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Martha Cohen Theatre, Arts Commons  215 8th Ave. SE
  • Price $25 - $72
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Hitting the stage at Alberta Theatre Projects comes the world premiere production about a mysterious chocolate factory. No. Not that one. This one is much more darkly delicious.

Produced in association with Edmonton-based Catalyst Theatre, Fortune Falls is a darkly whimsical story about a young man who realizes his dream of working at the local chocolate factory. But when the company moves its operations overseas and he is left as its last employee, it’s up to him to figure out the secrets behind the change of location.

A cheeky, uplifting musical parable about tough economic times in a one-industry town, the show brings to Calgary renowned Canadian theatre director Jonathan Christenson back to the Calgary stage.

Written by Christenson and co-writer Beth Graham, Fortune Falls was inspired by the closing of a chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, Ontario, and the subsequent fallout for a town that was the Chocolate Capital of Ontario.

Fortune Falls is incredibly relevant to what’s happening in Alberta right now,” comments Christenson in a statement. “But like all of the work we produce at Catalyst it’s also joyful and exuberant. Ultimately it’s about hope.”

And the show certainly bears the trademarks of Catalyst Theatre’s signature aesthetic. It’s been called eye-popping and Tim Burton-esque. Add in intensely physical performances from Shannon Blanchet, Braydon Dowler-Coltman, Daniel Fong, Graham Mothersill and Jamie Tognazzini, and a driving musical score, this is one you won’t want to miss.

Fortune Falls | Video: Alberta Theatre Projects

Fortune Falls runs October 18 to November 5, 2016 at the Martha Cohen Theatre, Arts Commons (215 8th Ave. SE). Tickets are available at or 403.294.7402.