IGNITE! 2018 – Theatre Series

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Theatre Series

Funny Man (Staged Reading)     (The Pumphouse)
An up and comer in the standup comedy world, Billy Evans goes from viral YouTube shorts to landing his own Netflix special. He worked his way to the top, but at what cost? This piece explores the complex lives of standup comedians and takes a look into what goes on behind the scenes, once the laughter has faded. Content note: themes of mental illness and suicide ideation.
Kodie Rollan (Playwright), Rebecca Fauser (Director)
Jonathan Molinski (Billy), Sepidar Yeganeh Farid (Laura), Sam Malone (Jack), Kendra Hutchinson (Stage Directions)
Breathe (Musical)     (The Pumphouse)
Looking at the effects that trauma and addiction have on the dynamics of a relationship, Breathe asks, does one moment define a life? Come on the journey with Sarah, a recovering addict, as she navigates trying to reconnect with her estranged fourteen year old daughter, Molly. With songs that will stay in your ears and a story that tugs at your heart, Breathe is not a show to miss!
Sienna Holden (Playwright & Sarah), Conrad Belau (Director), Alix Cowman (Musical Director), Naomi Esau (Stage Manager), Jordan Wieben (Costume Designer), Lauren Acheson (Set & Lighting Designer), Tyler Peacock (Pianist)
Kristin Unruh (Molly), Toni Lynne Cousineau (Donna), Murray Melnychuk (Sean), John McIver (Todd)
Red Hints     (The Pumphouse)
Hello pals and chums, are you ready for another day of fun and learning? Well your old pals John and Red sure are, follow them as they look for the Red hints, learn from their friends, like Edger Egg, Charles Chair, Grumpy Gus, and Ballon Belle, and prepare for a very special day, just pray you are not a guest…
Damon Lawson (Playwright & Director), Col Cseke (Mentor), Chelsea Niekamp (Scenic Designer), Jennifer Yeung (Stage Manager)
Cassandra Watson (Belle Ballon), Danelle White (Edger), Lauren Marshall (Charles), Devin Kotani (John), Rylan Strachan (Red, Gumpy Gus), Dallas Soonias (Mr. Mailman)
Helen     (The Pumphouse)
Helen retells the myth of Helen of Troy. It chronicles her struggle to come to terms with the abuse inflicted on her by various men in her life, and with her role as the catalyst of the Trojan War. As she attempts to find agency in the fate imposed on her by the gods, she finds unexpected comfort and solidarity in the support of the prophetess Cassandra and a chorus of five female slaves. Content note: sexual references and violence
Megan Couch (Playwright), Madeleine Taylor-Gregg (Director), Jamie Dunsdon (Mentor), Alix Cowman (Sound Designer), Lyall Miller (Set & Lighting Designer) Adrienne Kern (Stage Manager)
Shea Heatherington (Adoni), Sarah Haggeman (Phaidra), Emily Schoen (Helen), Keanna Sollid (Cassandra), Laura Couch (Io), Madonna Gonzalez (Ourania), Sarah Ord (Korinna), Conrad Belau (Menelaus)

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Treaty 7 Land
The IGNITE! Festival acknowledge this event takes place on the land of the Treaty 7 People, The Blackfoot from Kainai, Blood, Siksika, and Peigan, The Sarcee from Tsu’tina and Eden Valley, and the Stoney Nakoda people from Morley. We are all treaty people, visitors to this land and we give thanks to the people who came before and keep this land for us and all our future generations.

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