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 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: 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.

Upcoming Shakespeare Workshop!

SHAKESPEAREEmbrace Theatre is happy to present a workshop by respected actor, director, and teacher, as well as Bard on the Beach founding member Christopher Weddell.

What better way to spend your May long weekend than exploring Shakespeare in this “workout for the actor’s body, voice and imagination.” Both auditing and full-participation slots are available. Click here for more information on this exciting workshop.

 

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

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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 Laura Andreas, our Stage Manager for Stop Kiss

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Laura is excited to be working with Embrace Theatre on her first Live Five show. This spring, she will receive her BA in Drama from the University of Saskatchewan. Her previous credits include stage manager for Don’t Panic (Dibley Theatre) as well as assistant stage manager for Angel in the House (International Virginia Woolf Conference) and Love of the Nightingale (Greystone Theatre). Next up for Laura is stage managing Short Cuts Ten-Minute Play Festival (Hardly Art Theatre).

What about this play resonates with you?
Stop Kiss is a love story, not all that different from any other. A friendship that develops into something more: awkward moments, hesitant subtext-filled conversations and a first kiss. Difference is it’s not just any other love story. Stop Kiss is beautiful and tragic in equal measure.
What do you do to prepare for a role (or this role specifically)? 20140316_135134
I prepare by getting organized and making lists, so many lists. Also sticky notes, sticky notes are my friend.
What does community engagement mean to you? 

Theatre is a social experience. It isn’t meant to be forgotten as soon as the curtain call finishes and the audience gets up from their seats. Community engagement means continuing the conversation after the final curtain is drawn. It is this formal (or informal) connection to the community that brings wider attention to the issues of a play.

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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