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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Die Hard: The Musical

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You have me at a loss. You know my name but who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he’s John Wayne? Rambo? Marshal Dillon?

– Hans Gruber from Die Hard

The year is 1988. On the night before Christmas, John McClane is on a mission to save his wife from German terrorists led by the debonair Hans Gruber. On the 30 year anniversary of this cult classic, District 13 presented a hysterical rendition of the classic film mixed with hit songs from the eighties, from Bob Jovi to George Michael.

Photos by Rick Calhoun featuring the cast of Die Hard: The Musical, on stage from September 5th to 16th, 2018 at Studio 1398 as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

CAST

Amy Dauer, Frano Marsic, CJ McGillivray, Richard Meen, Ryan Scramstad, Matthew Simmons and Victor Ustare.

CREATIVE TEAM

Written and Directed by Mark Vandenberg with music direction by Rick Colhoun, choreography by Paige Vassos and stage management by Emily Wilson.

REVIEWS

A silly and hilarious action-comedy full of meta-commentary on the eighties, and a fitting tribute to one of the most perfect, crowd pleasing action movies ever made… Vic Ustare, Amy Dauer and CJ McGillivray showed great versatility in their multiple roles.

– Adam Abrams, Vancouver Musicals

A fun, traditionally comedic jukebox musical with some clever twists.

– Jessica Kim, UBC Players Club Review

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:

We Three

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The unforgettable journey of We Three follows a trio of new friends through a world of colours, textures, song, and interactive play as they learn who they are, the importance of friendship, and what it means to find your place in the world. The charming script by local playwright Meghan Gardiner introduces little theatre patrons to storytelling and music.Young audience members can sing and dance along and explore the five senses in an intimate drama experience that allows them and their caregivers to enjoy theatre on their own terms.

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Photo by Jenny McDonald featuring the cast of We Three, on stage from June 5 to 17 at Carousel Theatre for Young People.

CAST

CJ McGillivray, Melissa Oei and Allan Zinyk

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Carole Higgins with set design by Sarah Mabberley, costume design by Kiara Lawson and stage management by Ashley Noyes

Mr. Burns

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When love first falls upon his knee, his mother heals him with a kiss. And this is how love comes to learn, hurt is succeeded by a bliss. But hate knows that every single wound leaves a scary that lasts forever. And hate knows that every story ends on a dark and raging river. 

– Lisa Simpson from Mr. Burns, a post-electric play by Anne Washburn

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of an old Simpson episode entirely from memory. Seven years later, their recollection and other snippets of pop culture have become the live entertainment of an apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto the past. Seventy-five years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

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Photo by Duy Nguyen featuring the cast of Mr. Burns, on stage from April 3rd to 21st, 2018 at Studio 1398 in Vancouver, BC.

CAST

Keara Barnes, Graham Coffeng, Douglas Ennenberg, Stephanie Izsak, Liz Kirkland, CJ McGillivray and Matt Montgomery

CREATIVE TEAM

Direction and choreography by Madelyn Osborne with original music composition and musical direction by Katerina Gimon; production management by Matt Clarke, production coordination by Mark Ferns, production design by Johnny Hamilton, set design by Heipo Leung, set construction by Andrew Duffy, lighting design by Jono Kim, costume design by Johnny Hamilton and Madelyn Osborne, mask design by Sarah Elizabeth, sound design by Matt Clarke, props by Caitlin Main, stage management by Diana Bartosh with assistant stager Olivia Etey; assistant musical direction by Gizelle Rocha and publicity by Julia Siedlanowska with directorial assistance from Dayna Hoffmann and Madelaine Walker. Produced by Little Mountain Lion Productions.

 

 

 

REVIEWS

The play is given extraordinary life by director and choreographer Madelyn Osborne, musical director Katerina Gimon and a ridiculously talented cast in one of the best productions of the year… What a pleasure to watch this cast in action. The ensemble work is uniformly strong… Multi-instrumentalist McGillivray has a lovely voice, as do they all. Their singing, rapping and dancing, physical and vocal percussion and background harmonies give the Simpsons story new vibrancy.

– Jerry Wasserman, The Vancouver Sun

I feel like I was kidnapped and taken to surprising places, places that I hadn’t known I wanted to go… Musical director Katerina Gimon has created a complex original score for this mounting and this seven member cast sings it very well… Gimon exploits the talents of individual actors, so CJ McGillivray gets a touching ukulele solo as Lisa and Matt Montgomery turns into a tap-dancing feline rhythm king as Scratchy.

– Colin Thomas

The ultimate payoff is incredible and will set minds reeling for days to come. It is the type of work that merits multiple viewings to better appreciate the layers of nuance and foreshadowing that are inevitably missed the first time.

– Brian Paterson, Vancouver Presents

 

 

 

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:

Good Day and Good Night

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Good Day and Good Night is a delightful, interactive play written by Kayla Dunbar and Dustin Freeland with original music composed by CJ McGillivray. Ideal for young children, from newborns to toddlers, the story was presented by Carousel Theatre for Young People in June 2017.

SYNOPSIS

When they first meet, the Sun and Moon seem too different to even be friends. The Sun is confident and popular whereas the Moon is shy and easily overlooked. But through playful songs, an incredible adventure and a little help from their animal friends, the pair learn to accept their differences and become lifelong friends.

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Photo by Faye Campbell

CAST

CJ McGillivray, Steven Greenfield and Alexandra Lainfiesta

CREW

Directed by Carole Higgins with original composition and musical direction by CJ McGillivray, costume design by Kiara Lawson, set design and props by Sarah Mabberley and dramaturgy by Jessica Gutteridge; stage managed by Ashley Noyes.

ORIGINAL MUSIC

The original music for Good Day and Good Night was written for piano, ukulele, melodica and flute. The playful score made use of bouncing rhythms and pleasant, quirky melodies, ideal for children to move around to and for caregivers to hum along with. Here are some samples of the musical score composed by CJ McGillivray.

Creatures of Earth from Good Day and Good Night:

Firefly Chase from Good Day and Good Night:

REVIEWS

What a treat for the littlest theatregoers among us. Good Day and Good Night is a thoroughly charming show for babies and toddlers that is engaging without being condescending… Live musical accompaniment by CJ McGillivray on a variety of instruments adds to the fun… Sweetness, simplicity, and virtuosity are the magic ingredients in this piece, which enchants the very young.

– Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

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.