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!

 

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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.

Meet the Saskatchewan Outdoors Team: Shelby Lyn Lowe

Shelby Lyn Lowe - Co-Creator/Designer/Stage Manager

Shelby Lyn Lowe – Co-Creator/Designer/Stage Manager

Shelby Lyn Lowe (Co-Creator/Designer/Stage Manager of Saskatchewan Outdoors: A Touring Play for Families) is a Regina-based theatre artist who received her BFA in Theatre Design from the University of Regina. Select design credits include Production Design Assistant for Kaleidocycle (Globe Theatre Sandbox Series), Set and Costume Designer for The Unseen and Lookingglass (U of R), Design Assistant for Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Wizard of Oz, and Pride and Prejudice (Globe Theatre), and Costume Design Assistant for Leading Ladies (Persephone Theatre). Select stage management credits include ASM for Eurydice (U of R), ASM for Carmen (Saskatoon Opera), stage manager for Hansel and Gretel (LOOP), and ASM for The Magic Flute (Saskatoon Opera).As a lover of all things involving puppetry,

A design drawing for Saskatchewan Outdoors.

A design drawing for Saskatchewan Outdoors.

Shelby was a participant of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop Banff Puppet Intensive in January of 2014.

1. What is your favourite childhood memory about being outdoors in Saskatchewan?
Spending summers camping at Round Lake in the Qu’appelle Valley with my family but especially with my mum. I didn’t appreciate it as a kid, but now I miss those days. I would love to be able to go swimming and read on a hammock everyday.
2. What has been the most challenging part about working on ‘Sask Outdoors’? 
Designing a show that needs to tour and be outside. Most theatres don’t have wind and rain to worry about.
Forest in progress

The backdrop for Saskatchewan Outdoors as it is being painted.

3. Why should audiences see ‘Sask Outdoors’?

Because it’s a show that everyone can relate to. I remember being a kid and not liking camping and being outside. I hope this show can really get kids away from their phones and computers this summer. I also hope that it will inspire more family vacations. As a person who comes from a fairly segregated family, I love seeing families that like each other and love spending time together.

Meet Jenna Maren, Our Set Designer for Stop Kiss

“Thank you to the whole Stop Kiss team for making this show exceptionally memorable.”Jenna Maren

Biography Jenna Maren(1)

Jenna has had a wonderful time working with such a talented group of artists.

Recent credits: Set design for the 2014 SaskTel Youth Tour (Persephone Theatre), La Chambre Blanche (La Troupe du Jour), A Man A Fish (Persephone’s Deep End Series), Salt-Water Moon (Station Art’s Center), The Frenzy of Queen Maeve (Bzzt Trap Door Theatre/Live Five, Live Lobster Theatre/Summerworks Theatre Festival),  Into the Woods (Greystone Theatre), and assistant set design for A History of Breathing (Persephone’s Deep End series).

Thank you to the whole Stop Kiss team for making this show exceptionally memorable.

What about this play resonates with you?

The clumsy and sweet first steps of love between Callie and Sara which everyone can recognize. We all search for ourselves, search for love, and do so messily.
What do you do to prepare for a role (or this role specifically)?

Set Designer Jenna Maren works on the Maquette (model of the set).

Set Designer Jenna Maren works on the Maquette (model of the set).

The initial prep for a show is the best part of being a designer! This is when I read the script a bunch of times and do all kinds of (what may seem silly) exercises to dig out the design from the script. A playwright will leave breadcrumbs to follow, or sometimes whole loaves. My job is to find the best and most beautiful solution to the scripts needs for the particular production.

What does community engagement mean to you?

I was very fortunate to sit in on a discussion that our community partners had after a dress rehearsal. They had insights into the struggle and the beauty of the LGBT community that were very valuable to a deeper understanding of the play. Our community partners are hosting The Afterplay, following each performance, which I would encourage everyone to stick around for.

Read more about Embrace Theatre’s production of Stop Kiss by Diana Son

Read about the rest of the Cast and Creative Team of Stop Kiss 

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Meet Gilles Zolty, our Sound Designer

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Gilles is super excited to be working with the beautiful Stop Kiss team on his first Live Five production. Since 2007 he has composed and sound designed over 20 theatre productions. This past season Gilles worked on My ChernobylA Man A FishThe Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon (Persephone Theatre) and La Chambre Blanche (La Troupe du Jour). Gilles also has film scored several films and performs music as a solo artist.

What about this play resonates with you?
I love the fact that Stop Kiss manages to make me laugh and cry in a single breath. It’s messy, snotty and wonderful.

Having family and friends that are victims of this kind of abuse makes being part of this show intensely important and moving.
What do you do to prepare for your role (or for this production specifically)?IMG_1765
I start by drawing/scoring from the script and Director’s vision but the true possession/engagement happens with actors and the rest of the design team.
What does community engagement mean to you?
We are all a collective and being part of it is where inspiration lives.

It been wonderful sitting in a few of the after-show talks listening to people stories and perspectives in Saskatoon.

Meet Curtis Peeteetuce, our Detective Cole in Stop Kiss

“Prepping for this role was a bit of a challenge, which I love, for such challenges can only make us better artists in the long run.”

Curtis Peeteetuce

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Curtis is Cree from the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation.  Since 2001, he has had the honour of working with many talented artists in theatre, radio drama, music and film. Selected highlights include Persephone Theatre (A History of Breathing, Bannock Republic), SNTC (Where The Blood MixesThunderstick), CBC (Out in the Cold, Red Moon) and Rabbit Fall, season 2.  Curtis is the recipient of the 2012 Saskatoon & Area Theatre Award for Outstanding Male Performance.  He dedicates all his efforts and accomplishments to his beautiful son Mahihkan.  Special thanks to family and friends for years of support!

What about this play resonates with you?Giving Direction

I am quite fond of the storytelling style. Any piece of work which dares to tell the story in an unorthodox fashion – particularly beginning, middle, end – is of particular interest to me. I’m very happy to be working on this piece with this team of artists. 

What do you do to prepare for a role (or this role specifically)?

As an Aboriginal actor, I am usually cast in roles which reflect my ethnicity or look. These roles I am quite adept at preparing for, as I have a strong sense of identity, culture and language. In Stop Kiss I play a New York detective, which I know nothing about. Prepping for this role was a bit of a challenge, which I love, for such challenges can only make us better artists in the long run.

What does community engagement mean to you?

Community engagement is about opportunity and acknowledgment. Opportunity for storytelling, sharing, dialogue and collaboration. As a theatre artist I am not classically or ‘Westernly’ trained. In one sense this is a detriment, for I have little knowledge about classical theatre and its pedagogy or its great artists. On the other hand, I feel I contribute a valid and important perspective to the arts in our community. That inevitably opens the door for acknowledgment about the diverse forms of artistic expression within our discipline.

Read more about Embrace Theatre’s production of Stop Kiss by Diana Son

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Meet Jenna-Lee Hyde, our Callie in Stop Kiss

“The first Jenna-Lee Hyde(1)time I read this play it broke my heart and mended it in the same read.”

Jenna-Lee Hyde

Biography

Jenna-Lee is a born and raised Saskatchewan theatre artist based in Saskatoon. She is a graduate of the Globe Theatre Actor Conservatory, and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan. Jenna-Lee also co-hosts Mom, I’m a Thespian on CFCR, a radio show dedicated to local theatre.

Recent theatre credits: The Cherry Orchard (Live Five/Theatre Naught), Bah, Humbug (Dancing Sky Theatre), Comedy of Errors, Macbeth (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), Look Back in Anger (Brick and Mortar Theatre), Pride and Prejudice (Globe Theatre), King Lear (Theatre Naught), A Christmas Story (Persephone Theatre).

Upcoming: Short Cuts Ten-Minute Play Festival.

What about this play resonates with you?

Kitchen Jams - The Stop Kiss Theme Song

Kitchen Jams – The Stop Kiss Theme Song

“The first time I read this play it broke my heart and mended it in the same read. It left me feeling exposed, but filled with hope. Reading about someone who, in a way, wakes up for the first time like Callie does; who witnesses the surprising, confusing, suspect way love sneaks up on you; who is shaken repeatedly by life, and circumstance, and their own fear, but keeps walking the tightrope anyway…well, it woke me up too. So, in a nutshell, what about this play resonates with me? The whole damn thing.”

What do you do to prepare for a role (or this role specifically)?
Jenna-Lee recieves an award... well, a prop one!

Jenna-Lee recieves an award… well, a prop one!

“Every role is so different that I find my preparation often changes. It’s like trying to find your way out of a maze. Left, left, right, left, right may have worked last time, but this is a different maze! You’ve got to figure it out brand new every time. This means lots of mistakes and getting lost (and maybe some flailing and crying) but eventually you find your way. Or else a helicopter comes and gets you. In this case, the helicopter is the director.

However, one thing that always sticks is finding the honest connection between myself and my character. What are our similarities? What experiences have we both had? What do they believe in? Do I believe that too? How do they treat people? When have I treated someone like that? In a way, preparing for a role is kind of like getting to know someone. You connect based on similarities, shared experiences, and spending time together. When the similarities begin to run out, that’s when the building starts. In real life you would hang out, and create new memories with each other. On stage, you’ve got to create these memories on your own. By doing so you’re creating a world so specific that even though it’s not based in truth, it feels as though it is.”
What does community engagement mean to you?
Jenna-Lee and Angela before a company meeting.

Jenna-Lee and Angela before a company meeting.

“I think a little community is formed each time 80+ people pack themselves into a theatre and witness a story together. Those strangers, whether they know it or not, are now connected through this very simple activity. The trick then becomes to keep that little community alive and engaged once the show has ended and it’s time to go home. I think this is what Charlie and Embrace Theatre have attempted to do by creating partnerships and relationships with different people and organizations throughout the city, adding post-show discussions, all which lessen the gap between “theatre” and “real life”. More doors are open for people to continue to be engaged by the story that they’ve witnessed, and they have more outlets to talk about the themes and messages that they’ve taken in. In this way that community can continue to be engaged once they’ve left the theatre.”

Read more about Embrace Theatre’s production of Stop Kiss by Diana Son

Read about the rest of the Cast and Creative Team of Stop Kiss 

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