Friday, November 21, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: MTYP presents Peter Pan, adapted by Gail Bowen from J.M. Barrie, Nov 28 - Dec 23, 2014

WINNIPEG (21 November 2014) – Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) is proud to present Peter Pan, November 28 – December 23 on the MTYP Mainstage. Playwright Gail Bowen’s adaptation retains the magic of J.M. Barrie’s original text, inviting audiences to consider what is possible in a world of boundless imagination while also examining the meaning of ‘growing up’ from their own particular perspectives. Starring legendary performer Fred Penner as Captain Hook, and Dora Award winner Colin Doyle as Peter Pan, this awfully big adventure will surely appeal to the child in everyone!

Synopsis: Come away to Neverland as Peter takes Wendy and John on the adventure of a lifetime! Together with the Lost Boys, they’ll take on the villainous Captain Hook and his pirate crew. This timeless classic features spectacular flying sequences, razor sharp sword fights, a pinch of fairy dust, and much more!

"Peter Pan has been entrancing audiences of all ages for over a century," says MTYP Artistic Director, Pablo Felices-Luna. "When you think about it, it makes perfect sense that the tale of the boy who would not grow up speaks to all of us, regardless of how old we are. First we fall in love with the youthful exuberance of Peter's adventures, and as we grow, we start extracting new meaning from these timeless stories."

Peter Pan features a number of spectacular flying sequences made possible by artist Sven Johansson’s E.S. Dance Instruments, which are substantially different than other flying machines used in many theatrical productions. They are used throughout Peter Pan to create unique and free-flowing aerial sequences that are sure to delight audiences. Stunning sets, impressive costumes, and a star-studded cast featuring some of Winnipeg’s best-known actors, as well as 5 youth actors (all past/present students of MTYP’s Theatre School), will make this a theatrical experience like no other.

With its presentation of Peter Pan this holiday season, MTYP is building on its pledge to offer as many young people as possible the opportunity to experience live theatre created specifically with them in mind. Peter Pan is directed for youth ages 5 and up, and adults of all ages.

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Media Contact:

Martin Lussier, Marketing and Communications Manager
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Office: 204-954-1702 | marketing@mtyp.ca

Cast

Peter – Colin Doyle
George/Captain Hook – Fred Penner
Jack – Omar Benson
John Darling – Tristan Carlucci
Wendy Darling – Mallory James
Tootles – Ethan Lyric
Fife/Drum – Meaghan Moloney
Nana/Jukes – Carson Nattrass
Traveller – Harry Nelken
Sylvie Darling/Smee – Jan Skene
Drum/Fife – Rebecca Viebrock
Slightly – Mackenzie Wojcik

Artistic Team

Playwright – Gail Bowen
Artistic Director – Pablo Felices-Luna
Director - Chris Sigurdson
Associate Director – Cheyenne Schroeder
Set Designer – Alan Brodie
Set Realization – Curtis Cushnie
Costume Designer – Maureen Petkau
Lighting Designer - Hugh Conacher
Aerial Choreography – Sven Johansson
Composer/Sound Design/Music Director – Danny Carroll
Stage Manager – Chris Pearce
Assistant Stage Manager – Karyn Kumhyr
Fight Choreographer – Rick & Sean Skene
Child Minder – Kelly Wilson

 

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: IKEA to partner with MTYP on Pay-What-You-Can Performances

New program offers accessbility, opportunity to experience theatre for first time 

WINNIPEG (4 November 2014) – Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) is pleased announce the support of IKEA Winnipeg for our 2014-15 season. IKEA will be sponsoring two (2) Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) performances as we build a partnership focused on increasing accessibility and encouraging new audiences to experience the wonder of live theatre.

“We are excited to offer pay-what-you-can performances as a new way to experience the wonder of theatre at MTYP,” said MTYP Artistic Director, Pablo Felices-Luna. “Through this initiative, we are heightening our focus on accessibility to our shows, but also to encourage new theatre-goers to come see what we’re all about. Ultimately, none of what we do would be possible without the tremendous support of sponsors like IKEA. We’re excited to be working with them this year and hope to grow that relationship in the future.”

At IKEA, we believe children are the most important people in the world.” Says Stephen Bobko, Store Manager, IKEA Winnipeg. “Our Sponsorship of the Pay-What-You-Can program at MYTP is a great fit for IKEA as it enables us to support all families to gain access to the creative arts and encourage their imaginations.”

PWYC Performance dates:

Pinocchio – Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Black Violin – Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 4:00 PM

How it works:

A limited number of tickets will be available for sale starting at 3:00 PM, or one hour before the 4:00 PM show time. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early as tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis and there is a limit of 4 tickets per person. The minimum suggested donation per ticket is $5, but patrons are free to pay any amount they choose. All proceeds from the show go directly to helping MTYP continue its mission to be accessible to all young people in Manitoba.

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Media Contact:

Martin Lussier,
Marketing and Communications Manager
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
marketing@mtyp.ca 

 

 

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: MTYP and Theatre Tout a Trac present Pinocchio, by Hugo Belanger, November 7-15, 2014

Manitoba Theatre for Young People presents:

Pinocchio 

Written and Directed by Hugo Bélanger
English Translation by Bobby Theodore
 


WINNIPEG (4 November 2014) – Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) is proud to present Pinocchio, November 7-15 on the MTYP Mainstage. Montréal’s Tout à Trac brings this classic tale to life in both English and French. Playwright and director Hugo Bélanger’s adaptation is a creative fusion of Carlo Collodi’s original work sprinkled with modern influences, and is sure to inspire the imaginations and capture the hearts of audiences, both young and old.

Synopsis: Once upon a time there was a small piece of wood with a life all its own… Embark on a thrilling and spectacular voyage as Pinocchio faces a thousand trials in his quest to become a real boy.

“If the story of this little puppet seems timeless, that is because it is about much more than just his nose that grows longer whenever he tells a lie,” says director and playwright Hugo Bélanger. “Pinocchio is one of the most beautiful representations of mankind, with all its faults and shortcomings but also its most touching and noble aspects. We still need Pinocchio because life, with all the hardships and hurdles it still throws at us, nonetheless remains a magnificent adventure.”

Pinocchio features Krystel Descary, Milva Ménard, Christian Perrault, and Joachim Tanguay. An official selection of the 2014 International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase, Pinocchio has been playing to audiences all across Canada and the United States since its inception in 2012.

By presenting Pinocchio in both official languages, MTYP is building on its pledge to offer as many young people as possible the opportunity to experience live theatre created specifically with them in mind. A special French performance for the public is scheduled for Saturday, November 8 at 7 PM. Further to the spirit of accessibility, MTYP has teamed up with IKEA to offer a Pay-What-You-Can performance on Saturday, November 8 at 4:00 PM. Details about all performances can be found at http://www.mtyp.ca/. Pinocchio is directed for youth ages 6 and up, and adults of all ages.

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Media Contact:

Martin Lussier, Marketing and Communications Manager
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
marketing@mtyp.ca

Cast

Krystel Descary

Pinocchio

Milva Ménard

The Cat, Candlewick, The Blue Fairy

Christian Perrault
Joachim Tanguay

The Fox, The Jolly Man
Geppetto, Talking Cricket, Mangiafuoco, Misbehaving Boy

 

Artistic Team

Hugo Bélanger

Playwright and Director

Bobby Theodore

English Translation

Josianne Dicaire

Assistant Stage Director

Patrice Charbonneau-Brunelle

Set and Costume Designer

Luc Prairie

Lighting Designer

Patrice d’Aragon

Original Music and Sound Design

Marie-Pier Fortier

Masks Designer

Marie-Pierre Simard

Puppet Design – Pinocchio and The Jolly Man

Joannie D’Amours

Properties Designer

Michel Tremblay

Production Manager and Technical Director

Jean-François Patoine

Stage Manager

Vincent Prairie

Sound Technician

 

Public Performances

Friday, November 7 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, November 8 at 4:00 PM (Pay-What-You-Can)

Saturday, November 8 at 7:00 PM (en français)

Sunday, November 9 at 1:00 PM

Sunday, November 9 at 4:00 PM

Saturday, November 15 at 4:00 PM

Saturday, November 15 at 7:00 PM

 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: MTYP Presents Jabber by Marcus Youssef, October 15-23, 2014

WINNIPEG (14 October 2014) – Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) presents Jabber, a powerful drama for teens that tells the story of Fatima and Jorah, two teens who form an unlikely relationship given their different interests and cultural backgrounds. Specifically selected to coincide with the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Jabber deals with challenging issues such as discrimination and domestic abuse, inviting audiences to re-examine their own assumptions and expectations.

Synopsis: When anti-Muslim graffiti targets hijab-wearing Fatima, her strict parents have her transferred to a new high school. Socially disconnected, she finds an unlikely friend in Jorah, a boy with a reputation for anger issues. As friendship blossoms into romance, they are forced to confront stereotypes, boundaries, and the consequences of their actions. Thought-provoking, comedic and sometimes dark, Jabber offers teens and adults of all ages significant food for thought.

“In this play, we see characters trapped by what has been said about them, whether true or not. We see how words can be powerful and hurtful,” says Ann Hodges, who is directing her first MTYP production. “Yet, what I like so much about Jabber, is that both in the play and in life, it allows us to imagine and propose other possibilities. Thank you to Marcus Youssef for writing such a compelling play and to MTYP for continuing to program thought-provoking, powerful theatre for teen audiences.”

With Jabber, MTYP continues its mission to bring real issues facing young people today to the stage, encouraging audiences to talk openly about the challenges that they face in everyday life. The production starts its run on the MTYP mainstage from October 15 to 23, 2014. It will then go on tour across the province, playing to over 20,000 students. Jabber is suitable for youth ages 12 to 18, and adults of all ages.

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Media Contact:

Martin Lussier, Marketing and Communications Manager
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Office: 204-954-1702
Mobile: 204-890-6757
mlussier@mtyp.ca

 


 

Cast

Kristian Jordan

Jorah / Girl

Adele Noronha

Fatima

Cory Wojcik

Mr. Evans / Melissa

Artistic Team

Marcus Youssef

Playwright

Ann Hodges

Director

Sean McMullen

Set, Costume, and Properties Designer

Hugh Conacher

Lighting and Video Designer

Joseph Aragon

Composer

JoAnna Black

Stage Manager

 

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

MTYP Annual General Meeting set for October 7, 2014

On behalf of the Secretary of the Board of Directors, Manitoba Theatre for Young People would like to invite its membership and members of the public to its Annual General Meeting (AGM), scheduled for October 7, 2014 to take place at 2 Forks Market Road, in Winnipeg Manitoba.

Further details on the AGM will be posted on the MTYP website as well as in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Questions/inquiries may be directed to:

Martin Lussier
Marketing and Communications Manager
204-947-0394 ext 226
marketing@mtyp.ca 

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