Rep 21 hits the boardsFriday, July 13, 2012 by: Kate AdamsCanadore College
Canadore is launching the sixth performance season of Rep 21 with three exciting and entertaining productions running throughout July.
Rep 21 is a one-of-a-kind theatre company of graduates from Canadore’s Theatre Arts program working alongside industry-trained professional actors, directors and instructors. This year, graduates will perform in three highly-acclaimed productions:
Can You See Me Yet by Timothy Findley and directed by Rod Carley, follows the efforts of a mental patient examining the cause of her insanity in a Southwestern Ontario asylum. First performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 1977, the play is set in 1938, in a world about to go mad with war. When a new inmate arrives causing confusion with her own ill-fated family, the question arises: can anyone find sanctuary?
John Murrell’s Waiting for the Parade has stood the test of time, speaking to new generations since 1979. The play is a quiet, reflective look at war from that of the women left behind. The women do their best to help with the WWII effort in Calgary– rolling bandages, making care packages, organizing air raid drills, battling food shortages, devastating loneliness and generally “keeping the home fires burning” until the men return home. Directed by Canadore acting instructor, Maureen Cassidy, Waiting for the Parade reminds us that the wounded are not always at the front.
American playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth looks at the lives of three young people who feel set adrift during the Reagan Era of the 1980’s. The play has become popular among younger theatre–goers because of its edgy issues and modern, relatable themes. Directed by well-known Canadian television actor and Canadore instructor, Booth Savage, This Is Our Youth is in turn caustic, cruel, compassionate and always real as it explores the timeless issues of adolescence and maturity.
“This season’s playbill will surely add some sizzle to the summer months,” said Rod Carley, Theatre Arts Program Coordinator and Winner of TVO’s Big Ideas Best Lecturer Competition (2009). “Rep21’s actors share stories of what it is to be human, reminding us that great theatre has a responsibility to society and its people.”
In lieu of charging admission this year, the contemporary theatre company is collecting financial donations in support of the Gathering Place of North Bay and non-perishable food items for the Canadore student food bank.
Graduates will be combining voice, movement and scene study onstage from July 10 through July 21 at the Nipissing University Theatre in North Bay and July 24 through July 28 at the Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto.
For more information about tickets and show times, visit www.canadorecollege.ca or contact 705.474.7600 ext. 5316.