Last night we opened “Growing Voices” at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. We had a bumpy tech day and hardly made it through our cue-to-cue, but these kids worked hard and pulled off a fantastic show – it went off without a hitch! We are so proud of the hard-work and dedication of the high school students over the summer – writing, devising, and performing. Come check out their work and revel in the beauty of young talent and young passion.
Below we’d like to take the time to introduce Ian Kuiken. Ian… there are no words to describe him. He is a man of few words, but when he does speak up everyone listens. He is wise and discerning, thoughtful and mature, respectful and honest, and one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet. We’re just sad we had to cut the scene where he was a pig…
GREEN ROOM QUESTIONS
Tell us about your theatre background.
I started acting in grade 9 and I competed in the One Act Festival. But we lost so I don’t talk about it much. Now I am in the Green Room Theater Camp.
What has been your favorite part about Green Room Theatre Camp and the devised piece you’re creating, so far?
My favorite part is writing our scenes. It has been fun to do ’cause I never really did anything like it before. It is also cool to meet new people with the same interests as me.
What excites you most about performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival?
It is going to be the first time i’m not performing in a school theatre, so that’s pretty cool.
What do you hope audiences take away from the devised piece you’re creating?
I hope we make them laugh a lot and maybe cry a little. I also want people to see a teens outlook on life compared to the other age groups
When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on?
I play video games, sometimes I draw, I cook for fun every once in a while, and I play with my cat.
What do you hope to do after high school?
Act or be a salesman.
If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
I would be a jellyfish cause they just float around all day and zap things if they come too close.
Who is your hero?
Tom Hanks, cause Forest Gump is the greatest movie of all time.
What is your favorite movie?
Forest Gump. Because it is outstanding.
If you could go on a road trip with anyone, dead or alive, who would you go with and where would you travel to?
My dad and we would go to all the baseball parks of MLB teams.
If you had to grow up in a different era, which would you choose?
The 1800’s cause things seemed to be a lot more simple back then: I could just work on a farm all day and wear no shoes and a ripped shirt and no one would judge me.
What excites you, and what terrifies you, about growing up?
Living on my own and being independent looks exciting to me but paying my own bills is going to suck.
If you had to pick an alias name, what would it be?
What is something people may not know about you?
Nothing, I am a pretty boring guy, but I like to play baseball.