Much Ado About Nothing

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When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.

– Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing by william Shakespeare

Set in a mesmerizing theatrical world, Much Ado About Nothing is a deadly serious and sublimely ridiculous story of soldiers in love and women confined by tradition. This bold and playful romp explores the extremes of desire and ambition, loyalty and redemption.

Critically acclaimed Classic Chic Productions delivered an evening of Shakespeare unlike anything experienced before, featuring their signature all female cast. The production ran from February 5 to 16, 2019 at the Vancouver Eastside Cultural Centre in Vancouver, BC.

Presented by Classic Chic Productions and the Vancouver Eastside Cultural Centre, Much Ado About Nothing was part of the Femme Series, highlighting the strength and power of female-identified voices and experiences. The Femme Series was generously supported by the Charlotte and Sonya Wall Arts Fund.

CAST

Corina Akeson, Mariam Barry, Kayla Deorksen, CK Kaur, Nancy Kerr, Catherine Lough Haggquist, Michelle Martin, Barbara Pollard, Bronwen Smith, Sara Vickruck and Christina Wells Campbell.

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed and adapted by Rebecca Patterson with sound design and original music composed by CJ McGillivray, lighting design by Jill White, set and props design by Heidi Wilkinson, costume design by Sherry Randall, choreography by Lisa Goebel and fight direction by Rachel Scott; stage managed by Ingrid Turk, assistant stage managed by Victoria Snashell and technical direction by Nicole Weissmiller.

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Travel Theatrics

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Travelling and storytelling centre on the same thing: moments of connection. To each other, ourselves and the world, uniting us like roots of a tree that when connected, flourish. But when disconnected, the tree deteriorates and the wood slowly decays. But all it takes is a spark to set that wood ablaze. The resulting fire then conspires to bring us together. The embers crackling like laughter.

– TravelTheatrics by Keara Barnes

One Woman. Eighteen characters. Seven countries. What do you get? A solo show featuring six true tales from across the globe, exploring everywhere from the mountains of Malaysia to the medinas in Morocco. TravelTheatrics is about moments of connection and how these can drastically affect our lives and outlook. It is a play about the pursuit of passion, confidence and ultimately how everyone has a story to tell. TravelTheatrics had their premiere run at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival in July 2018 followed by a successful run at the Havana Theatre in September 2018 as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

TravelTheatrics is currently available for touring at various secondary schools around the lower mainland. The one hour solo show is ideal for ages twelve and up. Solo performer Keara Barnes, alongside sound designer and touring stage manager CJ McGillivray, is excited to continue sharing her story with young people in the community. If you are an educator who is interested in bringing TravelTheatrics to your school, please email traveltheatrics@gmail.com for more details.

CREATIVE TEAM

Written and performed by Keara Barnes, directed by Melissa Oei with sound design by CJ McGillivray, lighting consultation by Jono Kim, graphic design by Christina Lehn and photography by Amy Ruttan and Jonathan Ishikawa.

REVIEWS

A splendid storytelling and theatrical adventure, cleverly bookended and the cheapest world tour you are ever gonna get.

– The Visitorium

A passionate and playful epic poem… [it] will transport you on a rollicking ride across continents without ever leaving the theatre.

– Lillian Jasper, Two Cents & Two Pence

Romeo + Juliet

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These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Blissful love, family drama, pledges and heartbreak. In July 2018, Place des Arts presented the Summer Teen Theatre Troupe in a modern and melodic rendition of Romeo and Juliet, performed outdoors at the beautiful TD Community Plaza in Coquitlam. The energetic production incorporated original songs by CJ McGillivray alongside a playlist of youthful indie pop rock tunes and dance numbers.

CAST

Samantha Kerr as Romeo and Julia MacLean as Juliet alongside Devon Chung, Kate Cousins, Javid Nouripour, Elizabeth Punshon, Parsa Samani, Margi Stoner, Cassandra Tedesco, Shayla Tedesco and Emily Trepanier

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Melissa Oei with sound design and original musical composed by CJ McGillivray; set, props and costumes designed by Marcus Valiant; production managed by Michael Fera, stage managed by Laura Reynolds and assistant stage managed by Angel Chamberlain.

SOUND DESIGN

Here is a sampling of the original music composed for Romeo and Juliet. The folk instrumentation includes piano, ukulele and acoustic guitar.

The Prologue, written and performed by CJ McGillivray with words by William Shakespeare:

O Romeo, Romeo, written and performed by CJ McGillivray with words by William Shakespeare:

Concord Floral

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I know a lot of kids who’ve endured civil wars and famines. These kids are wise. Aware. They’re searching for a little beauty in the world. Because life without beauty is unbearable.

– Concord Floral by Jordan Tannahill

The Decameron meets I Know What You Did Last Summer in a suburban thriller where ten teenagers flee a plague of their own making. The setting is an abandoned greenhouse and a refuge for neighbourhood kids. A place all to themselves in which to dream, dare, and come of age. But hidden there is a secret no one wants to confront, and when two friends stumble upon it they set off an unstoppable chain of events, from shadows in parking lots to phone calls from the grave. Concord Floral was presented by the Douglas College Theatre Department from November 3rd to 10th, 2017.

CAST

Megan Hallam, Christian van Geyn, Etella Keena, Leah Lueneberg, Sara Dunn, Amanda Topping, Maddie Severyn, Kayla Krishna, Amy Collisson and Michael Bernard.

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Kathleen Duborg, sound design by CJ McGillivray, set design by Laughlin Johnston, costume design by Christopher David Gauthier, lighting design by Michael Hewitt and stage management by Kel Freeman.

SOUND DESIGN

Here is a sampling of the contemporary sound design created for the show.

Social Media Soundscape from Concord Floral with the Douglas College Theatre Department; sound design by CJ McGillivray using sampled notifications:

Seizure Soundscape from Concord Floral with the Douglas College Theatre Department; sound design by CJ McGillivray using royalty free textures and sampled music from The Zolas and Jon Hopkins:

The Fitting Room

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Set in a department store change room, five separate characters enter a curtained space and are forced to confront the turmoil within their own lives. The mistakes of a prepubescent boy influence the trajectory of his future. Two teenage girls see their friendship shift amidst a changing sense of self. Written by emerging playwright Ellery Lamm, The Fitting Room explores the intersections of religion, sexuality and moving forward in the face of loss. The premiere production was presented by Vino Bueno Productions in May 2017 at Intrepid Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia.

CAST

Sophie Underwood, Renee Killough, Crystal Loszchuk, Alex Judd, Jack Hayes and Jessica Lane

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Anna Marie Anderson with sound design by CJ McGillivray, set design by Annie Konstantinos, lighting design by Nicholas Beamish and costume design by Rachel Levy. Stage managed by Frankie Mulder with support from Vino Bueno artistic director Kate taddei, executive director Kate Loomer, design representative Delaney Tesch and technical representative Carolyn Moon.

 

Vino Buono is grateful to create and perform on the traditional and unceded territories of the Lekwungen people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

REVIEWS

Teenage years are fleshed out in tragedy, although with enough humour to give it heart… The stories interlock almost too perfectly, but with just enough awkwardness to keep it organic.

– Felicia Santarossa, Nexus Newspaper

The creativity of the script and direction to make it work, [are] the reason theatre continuously delights me. It’s implausible… but that’s the beauty: figuring out the connections between characters is so much fun, it becomes believable.

– Holly Lam, The Martlet

Generation Post Script

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What does privilege mean? It means you get to watch the rest of humanity die.

Generation Post Script by Mily Mumford

It is two generations into the future. What is left of humanity survives in space stations in orbit around our planet. Interstellar travel is not yet possible and Earth is uninhabitable. A misfit group of college students of the post script generation, the first to be born in space, bond over their shared anxieties and a desire to reconcile what happened to the rest of their species. Generation Post Script premiered at Studio 1398 in April 2017.

 

CAST

Douglas Ennenberg, Xander Williams, Bailey Soleil Creed, Levi Schneider and Ming Hudson with holograms played by Amitai Marmostein, Nina Boosheri, Jay Clift and Luc D’lppolito.

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Mily Mumford with sound design by CJ McGillivray, lighting design and technical direction by Kougar Basi, projection design by Cameron Fraser, makeup design by Kelsey Zimmerman, makeup consultation by Cheyenne Mabberley, stage management by Samantha Pawliuk and assistant stage management by Nico Dicecco with production assistance by Hannah Rose Brearley.

Frankenstein 1945

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Set in post war Berlin, Frankenstein 1945 explores the world of Victor Frankenstein, a young doctor who has recently severed ties to the Nazi medical experiments. His lover, Elizabeth, is a young Jewish engineer returning home to Germany at last. In trying to make peace with the horrors they have witnessed, the pair try to develop a way to bring back the dead. The noir thriller explores the monsters created by us and within us… and what happens when we let them loose.

CAST

Madelyn Osborne, Gregory Radzimowski, Natalie Davidson, Munish Sharma, Jessica Quartel, Pedro Chamale, Anais West, Zach Wolfman, Brennan Campbell and Ryan Scramstad

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Mily Mumford with sound design and projections by CJ McGillivray, set design by Jared Raschke, interior set design and props by Meaghan Cate, lighting design by Daniel Tessy, costume design by Shelby Wyminga, stage management and production management by Diana Bartosh.

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Marrow

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Marrow follows Morgan, a grad student researching witchcraft trials who is obsessed with gender politics, persecution and power paradigms. When reunited with her estranged sister Maura, who is recovering from bulimia, their conflicted past comes to light and exposes the fault-lines in Morgan’s beliefs. Marrow subverts common stigmas associated with eating disorders with playfulness, power and compassion. After a premiere production at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival, Marrow toured to the Gabriola Theatre Festival in 2017 and to the Port Theatre in the spring of 2018.

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CAST

Agnes Tong and Amanda Sum performed in the 2017 and 2018 productions. Alexandra Lainfiesta and Baraka Rahmani performed in the 2016 production.

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Marisa Emma Smith with sound design by CJ McGillivray and lighting design by Keagan Elrick; stage management, props and set design by Diana Bartosh. Produced by Resounding Scream Theatre in association with Alley Theatre.

REVIEWS

A play that does more than entertain, it challenges the audience to think.

– SAD Magazine

There are no easy answers here, no easy definitions of feminism, and no easy ideas as to what it means to be a victim, what it means to be a survivor.

– Room Magazine

Umizoko

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Set in a future Japan where sea levels have risen and drowned the coastal cities, Umizoko explores survival, culture and the tension of displacement and belonging in the face of disaster. The installation is an interactive puzzle of sights, sounds, and smells from a dystopian though entirely realistic world. Each technological artifact reveals a story of the struggle to love in a society desperate to survive. Part installation art and part live theatre, Umizoko was presented at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival as part of the Generation Hot Series produced by The Only Animal.

Within the world of Umizoko, the audience was welcomed into an open warehouse space with various stations included a projected film, a live performance, a prerecorded dialogue, a texting exchange and an online video conversation between the audience and a performer in Japan. As the audio and visual designer, CJ McGillivray recorded the voice over dialogue, shot and edited the installation video and designed the general sound design for the space. She facilitated the technical execution of each element with the production manager and also ran sound and projections for the performance.

CAST

Carolyn Nakagawa, Naoko Shiratori, Mariko Zamani and Ken Endo with voice actors Anais West and Mahara Sinclaire

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Julia Siedlanowska; written, produced and stage managed by Kanon Hewitt with videography, projections and sound design by CJ McGillivray; and costume coordination by Joanna Kopplinger

AUDIO AND VISUAL DESIGN

The following trailer is an excerpt of Umizoko featuring cinematography, sound design and editing by CJ McGillivray with performance footage shot by Sophia Dagher:

Title of Show

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Are we writing for art? Is art a springboard for fame? Will fame get us a pay check but will a pay check mean that we’re sellouts?

Two Nobodies in New York from [title of show] written by Hunter Bell and Jeff Brown

Frequently hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and thoroughly inspiring, [title of show] is a love story celebrating individuality and creativity, written by Hunter Bell with music and lyrics by Jeff Brown. Two nobody musical theatre nerds make a pact to write an original musical in three weeks. They follow the old adage to write what you know and set off on the unique musical adventure of writing a musical about writing a musical. Deadlines loom, insecurities creep into the creative process and jealousies flare. This intelligent, playful musical offers an inside look at the tough work of being an artist.

In August 2016, Play on Words Productions presented [title of show] at Studio 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia. CJ McGillivray was honoured to come on board as the production designer for the show, facilitating the look and feel of the performance from start to finish. Her role encompassed sound design and creating extensive projections in addition to sourcing props, costumes and even a minimalist set.

CAST

Theo Budd, Ryan Nuñez, Sabrielle McCurdy-Foreman and Stefania Wheelhouse

CREATIVE TEAM

Collaborative direction by Jenny Anderson, musical direction by Kate MacColl, movement direction by Erika Babins, production design by CJ McGillivray and lighting design by Brad Trenaman; stage management by Chloe Rowat with media and communications coordination by Cassady Ranford