Little Dickens: The Daisy Theatre is anything but small

The Daisy Theatre’s Esme Massengill as Esme Scrooge in Little Dickens

The Cultch Historic Theatre is presenting an evening of marionette madness with Ronnie Burkett’s Little Dickens featuring the cast of The Daisy Theatre.  Starring Daisy Theatre’s past-her-prime diva Esmé Massengill in the Scrooge role, and a cavalcade of Daisy Theatre stars helping bring the Dickens story of A Christmas Carol to life…or to strings.

Toronto-based The Daisy Theatre is a one man, many marionette theatre company brilliantly performed and improvised by Ronnie Burkett.  In the introduction Burkett states that “anything can happen” and over the course of the two hour show, anything does happen.  The story loosely follows A Christmas Carol with a number of detours along the way to fit in some jazzy christmas carol sing-along numbers.  Joining Burkett and the marionettes on stage are some audience helpers;  Ava, William, Christopher and Caroline were ‘recruited’ throughout the performance to help out in various ways and roles.  Helping Burkett from the booth, Crystal helped cue the music and lights, and in a couple of spots prompting what comes next in the play.  Part of the fun of Little Dickens is not knowing what’s going to come out of the marionettes’ mouths and laughing along with Burkett when even he can’t believe that he said that.  Plenty of laugh out loud moments fill the camp over-the-top scenes, accompanied by inside jokes about the theatre scene and Vancouver itself.

The Daisy Theatre Schnitzel as Tiny Tim in Little Dickens

Even though we clearly know that Ronnie Burkett is pulling their strings the marionettes really do come to life and the audience buys into Esme’s character development, taking her from selfish, tacky, vain diva to charitable, tacky, slightly less vain diva.

Being an improvised show, anything really can happen and with the introduction of different audience members no two shows will be the same, so it’s a great treat to see over and over again during the pre-Christmas season.
Ronnie Burkett’s  Little Dickens : The Daisy Theatre runs until December 22, 2018 at The Cultch Historic Theatre.  Find showtimes, information and tickets online at thecultch.com

Bard On The Beach supports Young Shakespeareans

With just six weeks until the 2018 Bard on the Beach season opens, registration is open for the return of its annual Young Shakespeareans Summer Theatre Camps and Teen Workshops.  Camp and workshop sessions begin July 3, running through to August 31, 2018, allowing youth from ages 8 to 18 to receive coaching by professional actors from Bard on the Beach, and perform some of Shakespeare’s most beloved works under the famed white tents in Vanier Park.

Shakespeare’s words are read and analyzed in English classrooms around the world, but we often forget a simple fact: These plays were never meant to be studied.” says Mary Hartman, Director of Education. “With Young Shakespeareans we actively and imaginatively introduce growing minds to these plays, giving young people the tools to make these timeless tales their own through performance. It is endlessly inspiring to see the perspective that new generations bring to these stories, and that more than 400 years later, Shakespeare continues to shed light on our lives.”

This season Young Shakespeareans will grow and expand to include The Young Shakespeareans Summer Camps and Workshops consists of 16 distinct sessions, most of which are half-day sessions running for two weeks. This season also introduces, for the first time, full-day options that take participants beyond the world of performance and into production.  The workshops centre around one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays (among 2018 options are HamletRomeo and JulietJulius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more).  Over the course of the workshop, professional actors from Bard’s company will help participants bring Shakespeare’s words to life through coaching in voice, movement and dialogue, and with activities designed to boost confidence and foster collaborative relationships. Each session culminates with the opportunity for the young thespians to share their work on Bard on the Beach’s Vanier Park stages.

More than simply developing artistic talent and an appreciation of Shakespeare’s work, the summer camps are dedicated to inspiring and nurturing confidence, creativity, and positive social relationships amongst its youth participants. In more than two decades, the program has contributed to the development of thousands of aspiring thespians, including Bard alumni such as Christine Quintana, Rachel Cairns, and Kayla Deorksen.


For registration and full details about Bard on the Beach Young Shakespeareans Summer Theatre Camps and Teen Workshops and its other community initiatives visit:
bardonthebeach.org/education/community/young-shakespeareans.

Social Media Camp 2016 coming soon

smc-logoIn just a few weeks, hundreds will descend upon Victoria Conference Centre to learn from, be inspired by and network with Social Media pros and enthusiasts.

The 7th annual Social Media Camp takes place May 5 – 7, 2016. Since its inception, Social Media Camp (SMC) has introduced and connected 1000s of people, beginners to professionals, to the ins and outs of Social Media, learning and sharing a wealth of knowledge of social media marketing.  Entrepreneurs, bloggers, social media managers and those with any interest in learning about the realm of social, SMC packs in 3 days of workshops, panels, keynotes and networking that are always inspiring and worthwhile.

The SMC organizers have assembled a line-up of speakers to bring you “knowledge you can use”; relevant, up-to-date insights and best practices, and case studies aimed to help build and maintain your social media strategies. SMC prides itself on being not just about “marketing” but also delves into the cultural impacts of social media, its effects on politics, society and its security and safety implications.

Social Media Camp is designed to provide you with the insights & knowledge to improve your social media efforts and achieve your company’s business goals.  You can choose from relevant case studies, interactive workshops, riveting keynote talks, speaker panels, one-on-one coaching, trade show and of course, lots of inspiring networking opportunities.

The 7th Annual Social Media Camp takes place at Victoria Conference Centre May 5-7, 2016, registration is open now.

Camp Death III scares up funds

The 80s was the heydays of the horror film, the rise of slasher films with Jason, Freddie, Michael Myers ushered in a new era of over-the-top serial killers.  As the popularity rose, the formula began to stick until the storylines became cliched or too far-fetched in their attempt to one-up themselves in their sequels.

Camp Death III is a new movie that pay homage to those 80s films with its own spoof-tacular script.  With the script, cast and crew in place the moviemakers are now finalizing their funding for the 10 day shoot to be completed on location at “Camp Death”.
Recently, the cast and crew came together for a fundraiser at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver to introduce family, friends and fans to the film and the quirky cast of characters and kick off the fundraising campaign video.  Entry by donation and raffles, including the chance to win a cameo ‘death’ in the film, helped boost the coffers.
Check out the Camp Death III fundraising video to introduce yourself to the film and how you can take part.

 

 

Infographic: Social Media Camp 2014 via MediaMiser

Canada’s largest social media conference, Social Media Camp, took place at the beginning of May 2014 in Victoria, BC and featured distinguished keynote speakers, great informational sessions and hundreds of enthusiastic attendees. With various levels of experience and expertise, attendees and presenters have a huge stream of data coming at them if they’re following Social Media Camp on social media.  Who is getting the most retweets? Who has the most followers? What’s the trending topics?

The good folks at MediaMiser have assembled all of that and put it together in a nice, easy to read infographic for all of us attendees to see what was happening over the 3 days of the Camp.

 

Media Monitoring & Media AnalysisSocial Media Camp 2014 by MediaMiser