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



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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:


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


Krystel Descary


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




Kristian Jordan

Jorah / Girl

Adele Noronha


Cory Wojcik

Mr. Evans / Melissa

Artistic Team

Marcus Youssef


Ann Hodges


Sean McMullen

Set, Costume, and Properties Designer

Hugh Conacher

Lighting and Video Designer

Joseph Aragon


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

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: Pablo Felices-Luna Appointed as MTYP's Artistic Director

MTYP in good hands as seasoned artistic director takes the reigns 

WINNIPEG (July 31, 2014) - Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s Board of Directors announces the appointment of Pablo Felices-Luna as its Artistic Director, effective 15 November 2014.

Felices-Luna brings to MTYP a wealth of experience in theatre for young audiences, both as an artistic director and in the development of new works. He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Victoria and an M.F.A. in directing from York University. He served as Artistic Director of Castlemoon Theatre from 2001-2006, and at St. Catharines’ Carousel Players from 2007 until recently accepting his new role with MTYP. Felices-Luna has a great passion for high-quality work for young audiences and his background in street performance imbues his work with great energy and dynamism.

Selected artistic highlights with Carousel Players include Spelling 2-5-5, by Jennifer Overton, which brings audiences into the world of Simon who struggles with all the attention his autistic brother needs, and The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh, by Chris Craddock, which tells the story of a young girl who thinks her ADHD is the power of super speed. Felices-Luna is familiar to MTYP, having served as an Assistant Director of three MTYP shows in 2002: The Odyssey; The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Mirror Game.  

Felices-Luna is thrilled at the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of young Manitobans.  "I have three children of my own under the age of six.  My wife and I are thrilled to bring them up in a community that offers so many empowering experiences in the arts.  MTYP has transformed the lives of millions of children and their families, and I am beyond grateful to the Board of Directors for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great creative enterprise.  I cannot wait to continue learning about imagination and creative play from children, parents, educators and artists in Manitoba.”

“We are delighted to welcome Pablo to the team.  Pablo is the unanimous choice of the Board of Directors and we are convinced he will build on our recent successes," says Gloria Koop, president of MTYP’s Board of Directors.  "He is perfectly placed to lead the ambitious plans that MTYP has for the coming years, and sustain and expand the extraordinary work that we do here.  Pablo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly as it relates to theatre for young audiences."

The Board of Directors would like to thank all who applied and took part in facilitating the selection process. Max Reimer, who currently serves as MTYP’s interim Artistic Director, will remain on staff as the leadership transition occurs over the coming weeks.

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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


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