Thursday, November 14, 2013
Al Simmons is Home for the Holidays
“A tour-de-force of ingenious, charming silliness.”
-Globe and Mail
2 SHOWS ONLY!!
SATURDAY DECEMBER 21st – 4:00 pm
SUNDAY DECEMBER 22nd – 1:00 pm
For Immediate Release: Winnipeg, November 1, 2013
Manitoba Theatre for Young People is proud to present Al Simmons in a rare pair of Winnipeg appearances. Al Simmons is Home for the Holidays -a music filled “off-the-wall-hilarious” holiday show, fun for the whole family.
Entertainer-Extraordinaire Al Simmons brings his description defying one man vaudeville act to the MTYP Mainstage. With his quick wit, lanky legs, flipper feet, and rubber face, it’s as if he was genetically engineered for comedy. His astounding gadgets and preposterous songs have turned audiences around the world into shaking masses of giggles.
Ticket Prices:• Tickets start at: $20.00
• Subscriber price: $15.00
• Buy 4 or more tickets and receive the subscriber price
• For tickets call the box office at (204) 942–8898
• Or visit our website at www.mtyp.ca
“You’ll be consumed by laughter.” -Variety Magazine
At the Shaw Performing Arts Centre @ The Forks - 2 Forks Market Road
For more information contact:
Cheyenne Schroeder at (204) 947-0394 Ext226 email@example.com
Monday, June 17, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The Moving Gallery: Beyond Survival
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Indian Residential School system was never an Indian problem, but a Canadian wound. By nature of generations of our Indigenous children’s removal from their homes, silence between our communities was effectively legislated against all of us.
No matter how well Government does with the creation of better laws or more inclusive or healing legislations, Government cannot cry the tears, hear the singular truths nor embrace the lost who stand secreted in the crowds of this vast country. People must do this. We must hold the lonely, wipe away the tears and share in much needed laughter.
There is once again great turmoil surrounding the Indian Residential School system by survivors and non-survivors alike; our inter-generational multi-media project reflects the need for those affected by the impact of this history to be heard, believed, held in good faith and most importantly, for people to come together to heal from our collective wounds of the past. Spoken word, digital media, sound, art and dance explore and express our diverse truths.
In our re-locating re-engaging and re-membering of the injurious past created by the Indian Residential School system, we reach through the darkness to find our sense of ceremony and present these truths to our country in a safe artistic framework.
It is in this spirit that The Moving Gallery was conceived, created and will come to life in production.
We, the citizens of The Moving Gallery Community are peopled with survivors, their descendants, neighbours, friends and fellow citizens. We have traversed the ceremony of personal discovery, shared recovery and community rebuilding and we invite you to join us in celebration of our spirit-victories thus far and the re-shaping of our collective future.
We, the UITC youth core and senior artists Dr. Lee Maracle, Ryan Black, Tracey Nepinak and Columpa C. Bobb with Louis Ogemah, Phillip Duncan, Theresa Thomson, Ryan Schultz, Ja Suss and James Moore of Red Rover Entertainment invite you to become a citizen of “The Moving Gallery: Beyond survival.”
Who: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Urban Indigenous Theatre Company, Red Rover Entertainment & the Menno Simons’ Youth Peace building Program
Special thanks to MTYP and Resource Assistance for Youth
When: June 26-29th, 2013
Where: ASPER CENTRE FOR THEATRE AND FILM
(400 Colony, UW Campus, Entry from Balmoral)
Ticket info: http://themovinggallery.brownpapertickets.com/
Monday, April 29, 2013
CALLING ALL EXPLORERS TO MTYP
MTYP’S 2013-2014 SEASON:
CALLING ALL EXPLORERS!
From high in the sky to the mysterious ocean depths, MTYP is calling all explorers for a season of high adventure and discovery!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Winnipeg, MB, April 29th, 2013.
Manitoba Theatre for Young People is inviting audiences to experience the height of adventure, the winds of change, and a chance to visit the mysterious depths of the world with our exciting new 2013-2014 season.
From a spirited re-telling of the classic fairy tale Jack and the Giant Beanstalk to Nightlight, a favourite amongst Manitoba educators and parents, MTYP delivers an action packed season featuring world-class guest companies from Québec, British Columbia, and Australia. Plus, two hard hitting MTYP home productions explore some very real issues for kids: nighttime, bullying, eating disorders, and parental expectations.
SEASON AT A GLANCE: 2013-2014
Jack and the Giant Beanstalk
“Jack and the Giant Beanstalk is a worthwhile hour that’s sure to instruct the youngest of theatergoers.” Now Magazine
Dying to be Thin
“This production was valid and handled effectively – no attempt was made to glamorize or shield the audience from the realities of bulimia. This play should be performed every year.” Earl Grey School
Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer
“An endearing Australian solo show...akin to a theatrical “Wall-E.” New York Times
I On The Sky
“Boldly challenges young audiences to blend their own imaginations with those of the performers to enrich their theatrical experience, instead of simply sitting back and becoming passive young theatrical consumers.” Toronto Sun
“Night Light underscores the continuing need for Night Light to illuminate a painful reality of Canadian youth.” Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press
MTYP’S 2013-2014 SEASON
Jack and the Giant Beanstalk
Ages 3 - 7
This new spin on the much-loved story finds Jack, a farmer’s son, surrounded by land that just won’t grow anything. “The dirt’s dead” says his father, who sells off everything they own, little by little, to buy food so they can eat. When Jack finally has to sell his toys for food, he trades them instead for magic beans, which takes him on an amazing journey of excitement and peril. Jack climbs the giant stalk from which the magic beans grow and reaches a green and fertile land in the sky. There, Jack discovers the source of the trouble with his farmland and learns how to make it fertile again.
Dying to Be Thin
October - November 2013
Ages 12 - 18
Amanda could be any one in your class. She is a regular teenager, and she hangs around with a good group of friends. Recently, Amanda’s grades have started to slip. She’s also started to miss school a lot. What’s going on with Amanda only happens behind a closed, locked door, so it may be hard to figure out. This extraordinary play manages to be funny as well as profoundly powerful and moving.
Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer
Ages 7 - 18
The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer is a multi award-winning one-man micro-epic puppet show that melds technology and multimedia into a touching story of enduring love and the end of the world.
The seas have risen, billions have died and those who are left live on farms atop skyscrapers, atop mountains. The scientists have tried everything. Floating islands sank, space probes found nothing, and the giant sponges, visible from the moon, are now rotting icons of failure. Now science and humanity are turning to the oceans themselves. A last ditch effort to save the human race requires journeying down through the mysterious depths of the deep blue sea to find a new place for us to live.
I On The Sky
Ages 10 - 18
A bench in the wind, where a woman blown in by a storm finds refuge. Like all exiled people who are forced to flee and leave everything behind, she hopes for a better life. As a stranger, she finds herself gazing at the sky, which becomes her only reference point. The exiled woman sits on a bench in the middle of a park, recalls her past and tries to talk to people walking by in the hope of retracing of what she has lost. Her eyes meet those of a young runaway girl. I on the sky has no spoken lines. It leads audiences into a world of movement, imagery and music, where poetry sways reality.
March - April 2014
Ages 5 - 12
An all-time favourite with Manitoba educators and parents, NIGHT LIGHT
looks at a variety of children’s fears and anxieties: nighttime, bullies, parental expectations, and school performance – all very real issues for kids, and ones they need to think about and talk about openly in order to overcome them. Goodge is a nasty one-eyed bedtime monster that lives in six-year-old Tara’s bureau. But only she (and the audience) can see him. Meanwhile, her older brother Victor is afraid of an increasingly difficult bully on the playground. Playwright John Lazarus uses ingenuity and laughter to help kids cope with their everyday fears.
Our Early Bird Campaign will begin on Monday, April 29th, 2013. To Subscribe or for more information about tickets, please call our Boxoffice at (204) 942-8898 or visit us online at www.mtyp.ca.
For more information, contact Katie German, (204) 947-0394, ext. 234 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
MTYP's Earth Day Online Auction Will Be Live Tomorrow Morning!
Earth Day Online Auction: April 18 to 25, 2013
A fundraiser in support of the Manitoba Theatre for Young People
WINNIPEG - MTYP presents its fifth annual Earth Day Auction, a fundraiser for the Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s productions and programming.
The Manitoba Theatre for Young People reaches more than 135,000 children, teens, parents, educators and grandparents through our mainstage season, provincial tours, theatre school classes and drama workshops. The Earth Day Online Auction is a fundraiser to support our efforts to bring world-class theatre to Manitoba’s children and youth.
From April 18th to April 25th, MTYP will be plugged in, powered up, and ready to accept your bids! Join the hundreds of bidders from the comfort of your own home or office by logging in through MTYP’s website, www.mtyp.ca. Once they are connected, participants can view items or actively participate by registering a user name. Once the auction closes (closing times are posted for each item), the final bidder will be contacted by MTYP. Items will be available for pickup during the following week at 2 Forks Market Road.
Funds generated through the auction will be used to subsidize show tickets for Manitoba schools that are facing financial difficulties, as well as bursaries for similarly burdened youth who wish to enroll in MTYP theatre classes.
Last year’s auction saw over 400 registered users bidding on more than 220 prizes, and raised over $19,000!
For more information contact Joanne Watts at 204-954-1708 or email Jwatts@mtyp.ca
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Better seesee Zoozoo before it's gonegone
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 03/22/2013 1:00 AM
It's bye-bye for Zoozoo.
Imago Theatre of Portland is making its Winnipeg debut this week on the show's North American farewell tour. The well-regarded mask and mime company intends to retire its signature production in June and move into a more dance-oriented direction.
Based on first impressions, that's a pity. Zoozoo is funfun.
In nine wordless vignettes at Manitoba Theatre for Young People, a menagerie of hippos, anteaters, frogs, polar bears, penguins, fireflies and uncertain species are introduced into familiar human situations. Two pajamas-wearing hippos try to get some sleep but instead act like a pair of blanket hogs. Five penguins, crowd favourites based on rousing response, take part in an hilarious game of musical chairs. An anteater in a restaurant attempts to get service from an oblivious anteater waiter.
Many of the creatures are curious and not acquainted with theatre's fourth wall -- the imaginary boundary between stage action and its audience. The kids seem to enjoy the performance on stage but go crazy when the animals wander into their midst during a school performance this week.
When five fluffy but curious polar bears bounded off the stage and began climbing over the mostly delighted youngsters, one uncertain Grade 2 or 3 boy ran for his life. Even after the bears proved they meant no harm and later made a second excursion into the audience, the youngster again shot out of his seat and took several steps in the direction of the exit.
MTYP's final offering of its tumultuous season is pure entertainment without a lesson meant to be learned, perfect for kids heading into spring break next week. Not all the five-to-eight minute pieces -- silent except for Katie Griesar's engaging score -- have a major comedic payoff but every one boasts visual pizzazz. The formally attired anteaters sport long snouts with tongues that unfurl like New Year's Eve blowout noisemakers. Again the young spectators jumped to their feet in delight when the anteaters headed towards them with their tongues extended.
The humour on display is subtle and easy for even the low end of the four-and-up target audience to understand and appreciate. Three frogs bob up and down in unison until one gets carried away with his freestyling, earning death stares from its unimpressed playmates. When one notices a passing fly, it doesn't snatch it out of the air with its tongue, but nonchalantly whacks it with a fly swatter. From the roar of approval, the children were amused.
There were several solo pieces that showcased the dexterity of performers Jonathan Godsey, Darren McCarthy, Keyon Gaskin, David King and Pratik Motwani. One featured an oversized paper bag that was being propelled all over the stage by something alive inside. Another involved larvabatics in which it was hard to determine which end of the wormlike form was up.
All these creatures are endangered species because Zoozoo is about to close forever. See them before they are made extinct.
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Opens Friday at 7 p.m., to March 31
Tickets: $15.50 at 204-942-8898
Three and a half stars
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 22, 2013 D3