As evenings grow dark and Halloween season creeps upon us, monsters and villains start to lurk and there will be monsters indeed at the premiere performance of “Monsters”, a new transdisciplinary musical theatre work by Miscellaneous Productions, a Vancouver-based non-profit society which uses art as a path for social change and personal transformation in culturally and socially at-risk youth – empowering them to be fully participating citizens.
The monsters in question are those, real and imagined, encountered by a cast of Vancouver youth as they explore the concept of ‘monsters as found in culturally diverse, historical, pre-modern, Indigenous and traditional storytelling, as well as futuristic monsters in popular culture. “Monsters” integrates these stories with the performers’ personal experiences of bullying or being bullied — the monsters they have encountered, and the monsters they find within themselves.
Loosely based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but incredibly topical for today’s news headlines, “Monsters” is a strongly anti-bullying, anti-violence, anti-racism play designed for young audiences aged 12 an older, and performed by youth, exploring how and why a community creates and supports a ‘monster’, how collusion functions and how people are often attracted to individuals with loud, brash, forceful or aggressive personalities but are unaware of how incredibly damaging they can be.
Monsters plays at the Scotiabank Dance Centre’s Faris Family Studio Theatre for two performances only on October 6 and 7, 2017, at 8pm. Tickets available from brownpapertickets.com
Miscellaneous Productions invites the public to a free open rehearsal of their new musical theatre work, MONSTERS. The free open rehearsal and community forum takes place on Friday, April 28 at the Dance Centre’s Faris Family Studio.
Based loosely on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the show is designed for children and played by young actors to help reach the audience on the same level. The title ‘monsters’ are both real and imagined as encountered by the cast of 14 youth players. When the show debuts in October, the audience will find strong anti-bullying, anti-violence, anti-racism themes. The play explores how and why a community creates and supports a ‘monster’, how collusion functions and how many are unaware of how incredibly damaging bullies can be.
A one-of-a-kind youth oriented arts-based company, Miscellaneous Productions is a 17 year old collaborative, non-profit creating culturally and socially diverse, multi-barriered and mainstream performances, films and music for the public.
MONSTERS’ free open rehearsal and community forum takes place Friday April 28, 2017, 7pm at The Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street (at Granville St)
Superman is one of the most well known comic book characters and pop-cultural icons of all-time. After nearly 8 decades, there are very few people who do not know the story of the orphan from the Planet Krypton but many have no idea of the story behind the creation of the fabled comic book.
Nothing But Sky, a new production by The Only Animal theatre company gives the audience a glimpse into the lives of the creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel as they developed Superman and grew the comic into the legend that we know today. The production, written and directed by Kendra Fanconi, with video design by Keith Murray, stars Amitai Marmorstein and Robert Salvador. Dawn Petten, plays Joanne the inspiration for Lois Lane and the object of both men’s affections. The show artfully portrays the creator’s partnerships from inception to the 1990s. This living comic book is a treat for comic geeks while telling a touching human interest story to appeal to everyone.
Nothing But Skyruns at the Scotiabank Dance Centre until March 2nd. Purchase tickets in advance for $25 ($15 Student tickets are available for February 26th only)