Sunday, March 27, 2011

World Theatre Day: 2011

I am an Artist.

It took me a long time to say those words (and believe them).

When someone asks me what I do. I say “I work in theatre”. Or “I’m a costume designer”. Or any other industrious label you want to put on it so that it sounds like I’m actually doing instead of just being.

But I’m actually none of those of things really. I am an Artist.

Theatre just happens to be my medium. It is the instrument through which I tell the world the things I want to say.

I found this amazing TED talk today with poet Sarah Kay. Her medium in this segment happens to be Spoken Word Poetry but the message remains the same.

This Is My Theatre...



Happy World Theatre Day!!

~Sabrina Evertt,
Artistic Producer

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Choreographer & Dancers

JOEL STURROCK - CHOREOGRAPHER
Joel trained at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, with a Choreography Mentorship under Artistic Director Jacques Lemay. Selected choreographic credits: MTV’s "Dancing with the Hosts", Mental the Musical, Monument Pictures and "Gunless" as assistant choreographer and on set dance coach. Joel is currently the co-creator and choreographer for the upcoming series "The True Heroines" and it's companion live show 'Show On The Run - A Comic Strip Cabaret'.

CALIDA KUZEK - DANCER
Calida has been a dancer and performer for sixteen years. She has travelled North America and had the privilege of working with some of the best in Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. Since moving to Vancouver in 2009 Calida has performed with The Source Dance Company, The Underground Circus, and was cast in the Vancouver Musical Original Sweet Mystery. Calida is currently training with the Industry Dance Training Program in Vancouver, and is a performer with Kill The Lights and Cassie Jackson. I hope you enjoy the show!

BRETT OWEN - DANCER
Since moving to Vancouver from Manitoba three years ago, Brett Owen has made a name for himself as a contemporary dance artist. Specializing in improvisation, he has performed with choreographers including Josh Beamish, Amber Funk Barton and Daelik. His own work has been showcased at BC Buds, 12 Minutes Max, The Pride In Art Festival and Dancing On The Edge. He has also appeared in music videos for Hey Ocean!, These Kids Wear Crowns, and The Brandon Paris Band.


PAIGE MCCULLOCH - DANCER
Originally from Calgary, AB, Paige McCulloch grew up training at Drewitz Dance Productions since the age of 4. There she trained in a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, tap, and musical theatre. She has been living in Vancouver for the past 2 years continuing her dance training with The Source Dance Company as well as performing at various shows and events around the city. Paige is very excited to be performing with Twenty-Something Theatre for the first time!


I've had the privilege to attend quite a few choreography rehearsals over the past couple of weeks and I can honestly say that these guys are incredible. One of the singers watching the dancers rehearse earlier this week got goosebumps when she witnessed the choreography for the final number. No joke.

Only a week away now!! This is going to be an incredible show but there are only 3 nights and then it is gone forever. Literally never to be repeated again.

Tickets can be reserved at boxoffice[at]twentysomethingtheatre[dot]com.

~Sabrina Evertt,
Artistic Producer

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Musical Director & Singers

STEVEN GREENFIELD - MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Steven is thrilled to be making his debut with Twenty-Something Theatre! Recent musical direction credits: Seussical (Carousel Theatre); Mimi (or a Poisoner's Comedy) (Touchstone Theatre); and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Broadway West Productions/Relephant Theatre). He is a Jessie Award-winning and OVATION! Award-nominated musical director for Seussical (Carousel Theatre) and Edges (Streamlight Productions). A graduate of the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan College, upcoming projects include Fiddler on the Roof for the Chemainus Theatre Festival.

LEXY CAMPBELL - SINGER

This is Lexy’s first time working with Twenty-Something Theatre, and she is thrilled to be performing with such a wonderful group of people. Lexy has worked with local theatre companies including: Metro Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Uncle Randy Productions, and Fighting Chance Productions. In addition to performing, Lexy also enjoys teaching and has worked in various school and theatre settings. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University in Montreal and is looking forward to attending the Bachelor of Education Program at UBC in the fall.

BRANDYN EDDY - SINGER

Brandyn is a Vancouver based actor/singer/dancer. He will be performing in Twenty-Something's upcoming production of Prodigals along side 4 of his old castmates and 1 newcomer. Some of Brandyn's favourite credits include: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Jon in tick, Tick...BOOM!, Napoleon in The Man of Destiny, Man 1 in Jacques Brel, Derek in Chainmail Bikini, Guido in Nine, The Barker in Woyzeck, and Cain in Children of Eden. Brandyn will also be producing and starring in the Vancouver premiere of Glory Days this fall!

DUSTIN FREELAND - SINGER

Dustin is thrilled and honoured to be working with the talented Twenty-Something Theatre company. As a recent graduate from Langara College’s Studio 58 program, his favourite credits include Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie, Mr Spettigue in Where’s Charley and Gabriel Fines in Studio 58’s original productions of The Park. This summer will also mark his Bard on the Beach debut as he will be performing in Richard III and Henry VI War of the Roses. Have a good time and drink lots!


TIMOTHY JOHNSTON - SINGER

Timothy is thrilled to be back with Twenty-Something Theatre, having played Warren in their debut production This Is Our Youth, and will be playing Wesley in their upcoming world premiere of Prodigals. Recent Credits include The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (Somnambulist), Radius (Open Source), The Gas Heart (Gas Heart) and Ride The Cyclone (Atomic Vaudeville). Thank you for supporting local, independent theatre.

KIRSTEN KILBURN - SINGER

Originally from Edmonton, Kirsten has been working in Vancouver for the past ten years. Last seen in the Winnipeg Fringe and at Havana theatre in Comfort by Gordon Portman, and looking forward to performing in the world premiere of Prodigals, a new play by Sean Minogue coming up in May, Kirsten is thrilled to be performing with some wonderful fellow musical theatre lovers! Enjoy your time...under the influence.

TAMARA VISHNIAKOFF - SINGER

Tamara has been doing theatre since she was 8 years old and is so thrilled to be singing one more time before venturing off to Montreal to go back to school to enter the world of fashion. She most was recently the “Star-to-Be” in Gateway Theatre’s production of Annie. Favourite credits include Estelle in The Full Monty (Persephone/Patrick Street), Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (TUTS), and Gabriella in High School Musical (Viva Musica). Enjoy the show!

Check them all out starting March 31st. 3 nights only. So, start reserving your tickets (boxoffice[at]twentysometheatre[dot]com) now if you want to get a seat because seating is limited.

~Sabrina Evertt,
Artistic Producer

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March Madness II

Last week we announced our first of two awesome events: A wine tasting event with over 50+ products being poured at Vancouver’s newest and largest liquor store, Legacy Liquor, in the Olympic Village. Now we are uber excited to announce…

Event 2: A contemporary Cabaret with songs by Jonathan Larson award-winning duo Kerrigan and Lowdermilk. Directed by Sabrina Evertt. Musical Direction by Steven Greenfield. Choreography by Joel Sturrock.

Featuring performances by Lexy Campbell, Brandyn Eddy, Dustin Freeland, Timothy Johnston, Kirsten Kilburn, Calida Kuzek, Brett Owen, Paige McCulloch & Tamara Vishniakoff.

("Birdland NYC", image credit: jacksonpe)

Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk are among the most celebrated young writers in musical theatre. Their adaptation of Henry & Mudge had an Off-Broadway run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and is currently touring the country with TheatreworksUSA. Their latest original musical The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown was most recently developed at a workshop at Manhattan Theatre Club directed by Christopher Ashley. They have collaborated on two other musicals: The Woman Upstairs and Wrong Number, both of which were featured in the New York Musical Theatre Festival. They are recipients of a 2006 Jonathan Larson Award and a 2004-2005 Jonathan Larson Fellowship at the Dramatists Guild, and they are members of the BMI Musical Theatre Advanced workshop, ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.

Their songs are about youth, coming of age, and learning lessons. It’s about laughing at yourself, and figuring things out on your own. It’s about realizing that with the freedom to do anything comes the responsibility to do something.

Kerrigan and Lowdermilk have compiled all their musical theatre and pop songs into one database called PARTY WORTH CRASHING where producers can choose their own set list and create their own individual shows. This Cabaret event is Twenty-Something Theatre’s compilation of those songs and with songs entitled Anonymous Sex, Last Week’s Alcohol and Pretty Girl Blues, it is guaranteed to be a night to remember.

The performance will take place with cabaret-style seating and will have a cash bar with only $4 drinks!! However, we don’t want anyone driving under the influence so be sure to leave your vehicles at home but don’t forget your wallet!

Date: Thursday March 31st, Friday April 1st and Saturday April 2nd, 2011
Tickets: $15

The Cabaret will take place at the new CBC Studio 700 on Hamilton Street. Doors will open at 7:30. Performances to begin at approx 8pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by emailing your reservation requests to: boxoffice[at]twentysomethingtheatre[dot]com.

Please note: If you and your group want to secure a table please make sure to arrive early as there are a limited number of tables.

And, now, to give you a little sneak peek into some of the songs you can expect to see performed check out this little video:




See you all at the Cabaret!!!


~Sabrina Evertt,
Artistic Producer

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March Madness

Nocturne has closed and Prodigals is well on its way towards Opening Night on May 5th but in between then and now Twenty-Something Theatre isn’t closing its (metaphorical) doors. We’ve got not 1 but 2 awesome events lined up!!

Event 1: Legacy Liqour Store presents: An Evening with Twenty-Something Theatre...

“Legacy is pleased to announce the first of four Charity Tastings we will host this year. Net proceeds from the tickets sales are donated to Twenty-Something Theatre, a Vancouver not-for-profit independent theatre company dedicated to producing contemporary theatre that is provocative, edgy and relevant to a young generation. With your ticket purchase, we invite you to come sample the many different products being poured at this festival tasting. Food pairing will be served courtesy of Doolin’s Irish Pub. Join us for what is sure to be a memorable evening!”

There will be approximately 15 tables pouring an array of wines, beer and spirits and some of the Sponsors for this event include:

-Central City Brewing
-Howling Bluff Winery
-Icon Fine Wines and Spirits
-Renaissance Wine Merchants
-Terrarosa Imports
-Quaff Wine and Spirits
-Vincor
-Bar Global
-Enoteca Bacco
-Joie Wines
-Peacock & Martin
- & more to come!...


Date: Thursday March 24th, 2011 from 6-9pm
Tickets: $28 (HST included)

This festival style tasting will take place at the beautiful new Legacy Liqour Store located at 1633 Manitoba Street, Southeast False Creek (Olympic Village) and tickets can be purchased online at the Legacy Events page or at the door.

We’ll also be doing a short reading of a scene from the new script so if you want a sneak peek into Prodigals 2.0 come down and have a glass (or two...or three...) with us. And, don’t worry there will be pre-arranged Yellow Cabs standing by just outside the door when you decide you’ve had enough and want to stumble home.

See you all there!!

~Sabrina Evertt,
Artistic Producer


PS...details for Event 2 will be posted soon so stay tuned!!