2014 SATAward Nominations for Embrace Theatre

SATAwards HeaderThe nominees for the Saskatoon and Area Theatre Awards were announced today and we are pleased as punch to have been honoured with so many nominations!

Jenna-Lee Hyde has been nominated twice for Achievement in Performance, including for Stop Kiss!

Gilles Zolty has been nominated thrice for Achievement in Sound Design, including Stop Kiss!

Jenna Maren has been nominated twice for Achievement in Set design, including Stop Kiss!

Our Artistic Director Charlie Peters has been nominated for Achievement in Direction for Stop Kiss!

Curtis Peeteetuce (Stop Kiss Ensemble) has been nominated for Achievement in Sound Design!

Dakota Hebert (Saskatchewan Outdoors Ensemble) has been nominated for Achievement in Performance and Outstanding Emerging Artist!

Shelby Lyn Lowe (Saskatchewan Outdoors Ensemble) was an assistant costume designer for Leading Ladies, which has received a nomination for Achievement in Costume Design!

Angela Kemp and Jenna Maren (Stop Kiss Ensemble/Designer) have both also been nominated for Outstanding Emerging Artist!

What a gift it is to have worked with such a long list of nominees and such a terrific group of people. Congratulations! A full list of this years nominees can be found by clicking here.

Fringe Performances Continue

The audience gathers before the show.

The audience gathers before the show.

Performances continue in Saskatoon at the PotashCorp Fringe Festival – we’re hoping for no rain so our show can perform!

We’ll be in the park behind Victoria School at 2pm and 7pm if the weather permits!

Click here for full tour info – including our performances at Douglass Provincial Park and Pike Lake this weekend.

Meet the Saskatchewan Outdoors Team: Emma Thorpe

Emma Thorpe - Co-Creator/Performer

Emma Thorpe – Co-Creator/Performer

Emma Thorpe has trained as a performer at both the Randolph Academy in Toronto and the Drama Department of the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to acting, she has trained as a singer and dancer, has achieved certification as a stage combatant, and has earned Grade 8 RCM certification as a violinist – skills that will be put to use in this production. She has theatre devising experience from work with Ground Cover Theatre’s Displaced and Embrace Theatre’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bottome’s Dreame. She has also taught drama to children at the University of Saskatchewan’s summer drama camps and with Family Service Saskatoon.

Meet the Saskatchewan Outdoors Creative Team: Chris Donlevy

Chris Donlevy - Co-Creator/Performer

Chris Donlevy – Co-Creator/Performer

CHRIS DONLEVY (Co-Creator/Actor) is a Saskatoon theatre artist, opera singer, musician, and graduate of the UofS Drama Department. He was last seen in Embrace Theatre’s production of Stop Kiss through Live Five at the Refinery. Chris is so pumped to be presenting a piece that will inspire kids to enjoy Saskatchewan and all it’s outdoor glory!

1. What is your favourite childhood memory about being outdoors in Saskatchewan?
My favourite childhood memory of the outdoors is fishing at my family’s cabin up in Northern Saskatchewan. We would arrive and do our normal duties around the cabin (cleaning, organizing, unpacking, sometimes constructing!) then we would grab our tackle boxes and go fishing. Clam lake is beautiful, mostly untouched, and so far north that you could count on a long day and auroras at night. It was already beautiful and peaceful: the fishing (which is good) just added another level of serenity to the moment.
2. What has been the most challenging part about working onLost in the Woods‘Sask Outdoors?

The most challenging part for me personally has been trying to contribute what I believe to be the essence of Saskatchewan and it’s outdoors: it’s not something I think about nearly enough. It’s also something I grew up with, so I think I may just consider this amazing part of our province “business as usual” and I’ve neglected to give it the thought it deserves. Thankfully, being part of a cast that has thought about it has really helped me realize the wonder of our province!

3. Why should audiences see ‘Sask Outdoors’? 

Sask Outdoors is funny, it’s touching, it has live music and puppets and clever sets and audience participation— it’s been so fun to put together, and we’re bursting at the seams to share it with everyone else (kids and adults alike!). All this fun, and completely free of charge. So why not come join us outdoors?

 

Meet the Saskatchewan Outdoors Team: Charlie Peters

Charlie Peters 4CHARLIE PETERS (Co-Creator/Director/Dramaturge) has a BFA in Acting from the U of S but works not only as an actor but also as a director of theatre and opera, playwright, dramaturge, lighting designer, and educator. In 2013 he won the SATAward for Outstanding Emerging Artist. He is the Founding Director of Embrace Theatre (www.embracetheatre.ca), President of the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre, a board member of 25th Street Theatre, and a consultant for Crossing Bridges: The Saskatoon Theatre Blog (www.saskatoontheatreblog.wordpress.com).

1. What is your favourite childhood memory about being outdoors in Saskatchewan?
I remember so many things! As a child, I spent a lot of time at Waskesiu Lake in Prince Albert National Park in the summer. My family would camp there on weekends – or for weeks at a time. I felt so much freer there than in the city. I could wander around without fear (although really, when the elk take over, it can be a bit scary). I am the fourth generation of my family to escape there for relaxation and that makes me rather proud in an odd way.
2. What has been the most challenging part about working on

Chris, Emma, and Charlie improvising a scene.

Chris, Emma, and Charlie improvising a scene.

‘Sask Outdoors?

We are creating from scratch. It is both fun and scary to start with nothing but a vague idea of the route you will take, not knowing what it is you will come out with at the end. On the other hand, it has been very rewarding to let the stories people submit guide our work.

3. Why should audiences see ‘Sask Outdoors’? 

They wrote it! It really is a story written by many, many people. It just happened to be filtered through the experiences and talents of five artists.

On another level, it will be engaging: music, puppets, gags, and poetry combine. There’s something for everyone, for all ages.

It’s free!

 

Meet the Saskatchewan Outdoors Team: Dakota Hebert

Dakota Hebert - Co-Creator/Performer

Dakota Hebert – Co-Creator/Performer

Dakota Hebert (Co-Creator/Actor) was born and raised in Meadow Lake. Her theatre career began in Saskatchewan and has taken her across the country. Although she has seen the beauty within the other provinces, they can’t quite compare to Saskatchewan’s outdoors.

1. What is your favourite childhood memory about being outdoors in Saskatchewan?
My favourite memory would be anything on the farm. Catching frogs in the dug out with my Uncle Leonard, catching grasshoppers, fishing (I could fish forever), hopping on calves with my cousin Cole and trying to ride them for eight seconds. Bottle feeding calves. Hide-and-seek in the dark. Climbing bales.
2. What has been the most challenging part about working on ‘Sask Outdoors’?

Dakota teaches children about puppets.

Dakota teaches children about puppets.

Not getting homesick. I’m from Meadow Lake, and it is absolutely beautiful in the Spring and Summer. This is probably one of the first summers where I haven’t spent every weekend back. Don Kerr’s poems about driving and small towns make me want to cry every time I read them. They make me so homesick.

3. Why should audiences see ‘Sask Outdoors’? 

It’s a short, fun play that is completely family-appropriate. Also, all artists involved are Saskatchewan artists, and Saskatchewan based. What a great way to promote our homegrown creators and maybe inspire a few people to pursue their dream careers.