Tuesday, February 03, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE: Manitoba Theatre for Young People presents New Canadian Kid, Feb 6-8, 2015

WINNIPEG (3 February 2015) – Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) presents New Canadian Kid, February 6-8 on the MTYP Mainstage. Genuine and witty in its approach, New Canadian Kid offers insight into the challenges faced by many new Canadians in transitioning to a new home and society. Addressing important topics such as racism, bullying, tolerance, relocation, and more, playwright Dennis Foon’s script remains as relevant today as it was at its inception.

Synopsis: What is it like when your whole world is turned upside down and everything is strange? Exuberant and touching, New Canadian Kid uses a clever language twist that allows us to truly share Nick’s experiences as an immigrant/newcomer as he makes friends, learns a new language, deals with discrimination, and adapts to change. 

“Many of our attitudes have changed since New Canadian Kid premiered back in 1981. The very composition of Canada and our understanding of what being Canadian means have evolved as well,” says MTYP Artistic Director, Pablo Felices-Luna. “However, the confusion and alienation Nick experiences when he first arrives in Canada are still felt by the many, many immigrant children and families who come to this incredible country of ours. New Canadian Kid invites us to continue to the conversation, to help shape Manitoba and Canada into more inclusive, welcoming, and vibrant communities.”

With its presentation of New Canadian Kid, MTYP continues its mission to bring real issues affecting young people today to the stage, inviting audiences to challenge assumptions and speak openly about the difficulties faced by many in our communities. This presentation of New Canadian Kid is suitable for youth ages 6-12, 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

Nick – John Echano

Mench – Tom Keenan

Mother – Tracey Nepinak

Mug – RobYn Slade

 

Artistic Team

Playwright – Dennis Foon

Director – Heidi Malazdrewich

Set/Costume/Properties Designer – Jamie Plummer

Lighting Designer – Larry Isacoff

Composer/Sound Designer – Danny Carroll

Stage Manager – Katherine Johnston

 

Public Performances

Friday, Feb 6 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, Feb 7 at 4:00 PM

Saturday, Jan 17 at 7:30 PM

 

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE: MTYP presents Black Violin, January 7-17, 2015

WINNIPEG (6 January 2015) – Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) is proud to present Black Violin, January 7-17 on the MTYP Mainstage. Created by violist Wil Baptiste and violinist Kev Marcus, Florida-based Black Violin will transform the MTYP mainstage into a symphonic explosion of sound that breaks free of traditional musical genres.

Synopsis: Hot on the heels of signing a record deal with Universal Music, Black Violin returns to MTYP with their trademark sound, combining classical music with pop, hip-hop, blues and more into a melodious performance that is sure to impress. From collaborations with artists like Kanye West and Tom Petty, to playing at the Super Bowl and President Obama’s Inaugural Ball, Black Violin has been making their mark on the music industry for over a decade. Above all else, Black Violin aims to inspire young people of all ages to think creatively and follow their dreams.

"Black Violin gives young people from all over Winnipeg an opportunity to experience a live performance event that is somewhat different from our usual range of offerings," says MTYP Artistic Director, Pablo Felices-Luna. "We are inviting audiences to come celebrate youth culture through the kind of creativity that Black Violin embodies, which is at the heart of all performing arts."

Black Violin is particularly committed to turning young fans on to their own potential by performing for school audiences, where they constantly stress the importance of arts education.

“We’re passionate about it because we realize how fortunate we were to grow up having access to that,” explains Wil B. “It’s something in which we take a great deal of pride. We encourage kids to think creatively, to take what they love doing and try to come up with something no one has ever done before. And that doesn’t just apply to playing violin or even music, but whatever it is you decide to do. Expand your mind. Once we get their attention with the music, that’s the message we want to deliver.”

With its presentation of Black Violin, MTYP is building on its pledge to enhance young people’s lives through the performing arts. This presentation of Black Violin is suitable for youth ages 7 and up, and adults of all ages.

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Performance Notes

IKEA Pay-What-You-Can Performance
There will be a special Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) performance, sponsored by IKEA, on Saturday, January 10 at 4:00 PM. A limited number of tickets will be available for sale starting at 3:00 PM at the MTYP Box Office. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis and are limited to 4 tickets per person.

Meet the Artists

Following the evening performances on Saturday, January 10 and 17 at 7:30 PM, Black Violin will be available for a special meet and greet/CD signing session open to all in attendance.


Media Contact:

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

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: MTYP's Peter Pan held over until December 28 due to popular demand

Peter Pan - MTYP (2014)

WINNIPEG (9 December 2014) – Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) is proud to announce that Peter Pan has been held over until December 28 on the MTYP Mainstage. Playwright Gail Bowen’s adaptation of this classic tale has kids, educators, and families from around the province raving Peter Pan is “beautiful, magical and full of wonder.” Starring legendary performer Fred Penner as Captain Hook, and Dora Award winner Colin Doyle as Peter Pan, this fun-filled adventure will surely appeal to the child in everyone!

A total of four new performances have been added, two on Saturday, December 27, and two on Sunday, December 28, with curtain times of 1:00 and 4:00 PM. Audiences will be asked to remove their outdoor footwear before entering the theatre, and so are encouraged to plan accordingly. 

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 five and up, and adults of all ages.

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Ticketing information:
Tickets are $20.50 and are available online at https://tickets.mtyp.ca/, in person at the MTYP Box Office at 2 Forks Market Road, or by calling 204-942-8898.

Media Contact:

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

 

 

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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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