Friday, April 29, 2016

sideshow featured performer | jennifer pielak

Our final introduction for SIDESHOW (opening TONIGHT!) is for Jennifer Pielak.

You may already know Jennifer from FUNNY STUFF or past SIDESHOW performances. She also performs in the Rookie League with the Vancouver TheatreSports League, alongside running and performing in Off Key Improv. She'll be playing Katniss in Catching Fire: The Musical this fall and Off Key Improv will be performing a show June 15-19 at Studio 1398.

What’s on your mind?

The weird “Avant Garde” Improv show I directed last night for Super Scene directed by Mitch Boliszczuck.The pinnacle moment for me was when I had 3 performers mimic an actual cat that was in attendance (literally - there was a cat in the room, we were at the super secret Woods Studio) while at the same time having a truthful, heartfelt conversation with one of the performers about their life. Never juxtaposed two things like that before.

What is your favourite thing?


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A marine biologist-paleontologist-actor-singer-CEO-writer.

What is your life motto?

Be joyful, adventurous, creative and inspirational.

What’s the deal with improv?

Improv is a wonderful art form that I can never get enough of. The sky is the limit - you can do anything, and I think the more you dive into it the more you realize you don’t know and want to try and discover within the art form. I love longer form improv that feels more like scripted theatre with truthful, honest, character driven performances that are discovered moment to moment. I love musical improv. And I love just the silly, fun, play that classic improv games bring. I love being able to connect to the audience more and make them feel just as responsible for the success of the show as the performers do. We are in this together. Del Close said it is “theatre of the heart” and I think this is true. When the performers and audience are really connected and committed to being on the adventure together, the shows feel like magic.

freud's last session | gallery 7 theatre

Our friends at Gallery 7 are proud to present FREUD'S LAST SESSION. This is the same script as the beloved PT production you saw last season, however an entirely new cast and director. 

By Mark St. Germain

On the day England enters World War II, famous psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud and young novelist and Oxford fellow, C.S. Lewis engage in an intellectual and emotionally charged debate about some of life's biggest questions: love, God, relationships and the meaning of life. As the discussion ensues, the two discover a respect for the other, despite the significant differences of opinion that separate them. A fictional story brimming with humour and insight, this play celebrates friendship and respect as two of the greatest minds from the 20th century tackle the greatest questions of all time.

Running Time: Approximately 70 min with no intermission.

John Dawson as Sigmund Freud 
Jay Danziger as C.S. Lewis

Director Ron Jackson 
Set Design Brian Ball
Costume Design Dianna Lewis
Lighting Design Gabe Kirkley
Sound Design Eli Funk
Stage Manager Danielle Milette
May 20 & 21, 25 - 28, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Discount Matinees: May 21 & 28 @ 2:00 pm

Matsqui Centennial Auditorium
32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford

Book your tickets online by 11:59pm on May 1, 2016 using the code FREUDG7 and you'll save 15% over regular prices. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

i belong here | art exhibition at regent college

Regent College is showcasing the work of Pilar Mehlis in her exhibit "I Belong Here..." This extraordinary artists work is not to be missed.

I Belong Here…
By Pilar Mehlis

Pilar Mehlis explores the transformative effect of immigration on an individual by juxtaposing elements of natural and human migrations.  Through the Antrofish figure her work metaphorically illustrates the many aspects of the immigration experience.  Immigration is a transformative experience: it takes the original person and “dresses” them in new cultures, languages, sensations, ideas and attitudes.  This transformation creates a hybrid that often belongs to two places and cultures at once and yet not wholly to either. There is a collision between innocence and new experiences involved in such transitions.  Her work explores these frictions and the ideas of identity, sense of place, transformation and cultural hybridization with particular emphasis on her own transformative experience from being culturally Bolivian to becoming Canadian and how, through cultural narratives, those two identities are embodied within her.
Pilar was born in Manhattan, but grew up in La Paz, Bolivia until, at the age of twelve, her family moved to Whitehorse, Yukon.  She obtained her BFA double majoring in Visual Arts and History of Art from the University of Victoria, then pursued further studies at the former Art Academy of Vancouver, Langara and at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.
Regent College is an evangelical, international graduate school of theology affiliated with the University of British Columbia.

May 11- June 23, 2016
Opening reception: Wednesday, May 11, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sat 12 pm - 4 pm

Lookout Gallery, Regent College
5800 University Blvd., Vancouver, BC


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

sideshow featured performer | alison chisholm

Up next in our series of featured performers for SIDESHOW is our own Co-General Manager, Alison Chisholm!

Alison works days as Co-General Manager of PT, but you've seen her on stage before in past SIDESHOW performances.  She is also a member of Off Key Improv and used to perform regularly with Second Storey Theatre.  Coming up soon, Off Key will be performing from June 15-19 at Studio 1398.

What’s on your mind?


What is your favourite thing?

Toddlers giggling and running in snow suits. There is truly nothing better!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Marine biologist. At least that’s what people told me when I went whale watching and wanted to spend my life hanging out with whales. When I actually studied biology that dream quickly faded!''

What is your life motto?

Generally I like to live by Henry Ford’s word “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re probably right!” … but most recently my motto has been “You do you!” I think they both work together really well.

What’s the deal with improv?

What - is memorizing lines really that difficult? Sounds like improvisers are really just lazy actors! And that’s saying something, amiright??? (I’m not! I’m really not!)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

sideshow featured performer | matthew simmons

Here's another SIDESHOW performer for you to get to know: Matthew Simmons.

You may remember Matthew from his roles in A CHRISTMAS CAROL: ON THE AIR and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE RADIO SHOW. He is also a regular performer with Off Key Improv, performing a show this summer at Studio 1398, and he'll be starting rehearsals for CATCHING FIRE: THE MUSICAL, the sequel to last year's Fringe show HUNGER GAMES: THE MUSICAL.

What's on your mind?

Not only is it astoundingly easier to access information than ever before, but it may also be more important than ever before.

What is your favourite thing?

Really warm blankets when you're watching TV.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Maybe a Jedi, or one of the X-Men.

What is your life motto?

Do or do not, there is no try.

What's the deal with improv?

It's like trying to hold sand in your fist; the harder you force it the less effective it is.

Monday, April 25, 2016

sideshow featured performer | barbara beall

We've got another featured performer in SIDESHOW for you!  Meet Barbara Beall.


Barbara has joined us on stage once before in OLD TIME GOSPEL RADIO HOUR.  She performs improv all over town, including The Critical Hit Show (the last Wednesday of every month at the Rio Theatre), The Fictionals (at Cafe Deux Soleils and the Rio), Improv Guild (in Calgary).

What’s on your mind?

Usually facts of some kind. I like learning facts about pretty much everything.

What is your favourite thing?

Full fat dairy. I eat whipping cream daily.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An actor.

What is your life motto?

It'll all work out in the end.

What’s the deal with improv?

There's never a dull moment! It's always a bit terrifying, you never know where the stories will take you, and it is SO MUCH FUN!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

sideshow featured performer | peter abando

Today's featured SIDESHOW performer is music aficionado Peter Abando!

Peter is a musician, composer, and musical director. He accompanies Off Key Improv, recently worked with Molly's Comedy Cabaret and Align Entertainment, and is currently composing for the new musical HOW TO ADULT, collaborating with Chris Lam and SHIFT Theatre to create a Rufus Wainwright revue presentation, and remixing some old pieces for a one man show with David C. Jones. This man is busy, and we are thrilled to have him providing accompaniment to our improv show.

What is your favourite thing?

Probably those darn peanut butter M&Ms. It's a serious addiction.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A tie between train engineer and fighter pilot. I like stuff that moves. I stay in one spot enough as a piano player.

What is your life motto?

Right now it's this: "Just because I don't attack doesn't mean I won't defend."

What's the deal with improv?

Everyone improvises. Some of us just realize we can use it to our advantage!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

sideshow featured performer | brad rossington

Meet our next SIDESHOW performer, Brad Rossington!

You've seen Brad perform here at PT in past SIDESHOWs. He also performs regularly with Vancouver TheatreSports League, as well as at the Rio Theatre and Cafe Deux Soleils.

What’s on your mind?

Generally I think of Spain

What is your favourite thing?


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Stand-up comedian (weird), and the Prime Minister....of Turkey

What is your life motto?

"Smile! Or frown, I don't care"

What’s the deal with improv?

The 'deal'? For 72 easy payments of $9.99 I'll tell you.