Monsters coming to Scotiabank Dance Centre

Something wicked this way comes as Miscellaneous Productions presents Monsters at the Scotiabank Dance Centre October 6th and 7th.

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

“Monsters” Free Open Rehearsal April 28th.

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. 

photo: miscelleneous productions

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)