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

Read about the rest of the Cast and Creative Team of Stop Kiss FINAL-stopkisshandbill-front

Stop Kiss is selling out! Get your tickets before they’re gone!

Stop Kiss by Diana Son sold out its opening night on March 28th! Unfortunately, some people had to be turned away at the door. Make sure to buy your tickets here before the rest of the run sells out.

Here are some responses from our preview and opening night audiences: 1238067_374127746060345_1391218881_n

“Wow, you guys really touched the audience last night. Way to make a difference!”

it completely blew me away. An absolutely incredible story, with talented actors and a phenomenal director.

“Thank you for an amazing experience last night. Looking forward to seeing it again!”

“Fantastic show.”

Opening Night of Stop Kiss!

Stop Kiss by Diana Son opens at The Refinery at 8pm tonight! Get your tickets here. Join us after the show for an opening night party sponsored by NORAC.

Here are some responses from our preview audience last night: 1238067_374127746060345_1391218881_n

“Wow, you guys really touched the audience last night. Way to make a difference!”

-Louise Seidel

it completely blew me away. An absolutely incredible story, with talented actors and a phenomenal director.

-Alexandria Werenka

Meet Carol Wylie, our Mrs. Winsley/Nurse in Stop Kiss

“May we all be free, to love.”

Carol Wylie

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Carol is delighted to be doing her first show with Embrace Theatre and with such a wonderful cast and crew. Selected previous shows include Firelight (Dancing Sky Theatre), Waiting for the Parade (Lily Marlene), Urinetown, Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Evita, Strike! The Musical (Persephone Theatre), Volstead Blues (Souris Valley Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors, Nunsense (Off Broadway Dinner Theatre) and Das Barbecue (Plain Jane Theatre). The themes Stop Kiss addresses are important and relevant. May we all be free, to love.

What about this play resonates with you?

The strength and endurance of love made evident by the two lead characters, and  illustration of the necessity that we all work daily on tolerance and acceptance so that these kinds of incidents become unheard of.

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

I imagine the character’s past and present situations, look into motivations and dominant characteristics, and think about what in the character relates to my own life and memories.

What does community engagement mean to you?

Community engagement is hugely important. Community is just an all encompassing word for relationships, and what is life, if not relationships? A safe community nurtures and supports us all. Connecting to community spreads the word about the necessity of  mutual respect and support.

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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Scene Slam is Catching On!

Thanks everyone for your ongoing support of Scene Slam: A Dramatic Night at Louis’!

The Sheaf featured us in an article recently – check it out here!

Are you ready for a mean, potentially green Scene Slam on Monday? 1234836_10152204445050339_2096847833_nCome celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us, and bring your best Irish accent along with you!

Where: Louis Pub
When: Monday, March 17 from 7pm-10pm
How Much: FREE

Love Stories Costume Party Fundraiser

This event will be a tonne of fun! We’re raising money for our production of Stop Kiss and we’re going to have a blast doing it!

Dress as your favourite love story (real or fictional), and come dance all night long! We’ll have a costume contest with prizes for the best individual and couples’ costume, mad lib love poetry, a photobooth, dancing, and more!

Wednesday, October 9th, 8pm, Louis’ Pub (U of S Campus)

For the Facebook event click here!

Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award Nomination

Embrace Theatre received exciting news on Sunday: the ensemble of Bottome’s Dreame was nominated for a Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Achievement in Sound Design. Apparently the original soundscapes created live by our ensemble impressed the jurors!

Embrace Theatre’s founding director, Charlie Peters, was also nominated for a SATAward for Outstanding Emerging Artist.

The Gala will take place on Monday, September 30th at 8pm at The Refinery (the same theatre where Embrace will produce Stop Kiss by Diana Son in March, 2014).