Introducing: Amrit Mandair

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We had a successful weekend at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and are looking forward to our closing weekend, which lays ahead. Only 3 days left (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) to see the production these students have put on – “Growing Voices” was written and performed by them entirely.

To get you excited for this weekend, we’d like to introduce another camper, Amrit Mandair. Amrit has been blessed with a comedic flare and we’ve seen him push himself throughout the summer to refine this gift. It has been such a joy to work with him and we sure do appreciate all the laughs.

 

GREEN ROOM QUESTIONS

Tell us about your theatre background.
I started acting last year at my school and now I’m in Green Room Theatre Camp.

What has been your favorite part about Green Room Theatre Camp and the devised piece you’ve created?
I really liked meeting new people at Green Room and in the play I really like my Compton scene. It was fun to write and is a lot of fun to perform.

What excites you most about performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival?
I feel like a baller when I tell people I’m going to be performing anything, and now being able to say that I’m at the Fringe Festival is pretty big for me, personally.

What do you hope audiences take away from the devised piece you’re creating?
I hope it reminds people of what growing up is like and that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

PERSONAL QUESTIONS

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on? 
I listen a lot of music watch tons of movies and play videogames. I also like to chill with my boyz.

What do you hope to do after high school?
I never really gave it much thought and I really got no idea at all.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
A penguin because I’m told sometimes I walk like a penguin and I sometimes I also feel like a bird without wings.

 Who is your hero?
Robert Downey Jr. I have a lot of respect for him and the way he turned his life around. He’s also really funny and my inspiration to start acting.

What is your favorite movie?
I like a lot of movies but Kiss Kiss Bang Bang really speaks to me

If you could go on a road trip with anyone, dead or alive, who would you go with and where would you travel to?
Robert Downey Jr. and we’d go to Las Vegas.

If you had to grow up in a different era, which would you choose?
I’d probably want to go to the future since I don’t know what’s going to happen and hopefully a lot of today’s problems are solved, like racism.

What excites you, and what terrifies you, about growing up?
I’m excited to try new things that I couldn’t do as a kid. I’m scared of growing up in general though – I really like where I am in life and I don’t really want it to change.

If you had to pick an alias name, what would it be?
Armani Manswag, Punjab Playboy. Either one works.

What is something people may not know about you?
I have a fascination with Compton but I don’t really know anything about it.

Introducing: Helen Pahou

Okay world, get to know the incredibly talented (incredibly sweet), Helen Pahou. Helen blew us away in the audition process and she has not disappointed us yet. She is an amazing actress who is willing to push herself to the extreme, she is a powerful singer  (her voice will give you tingles), and she has a passionate, compassionate soul that hungers for justice and truth! Her voice has most certainly grown throughout this process and we can’t wait to share with you her specific story about two Japanese sisters during WWII.

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Read all about Helen below and don’t forget: one week until we open at the Havana Theatre in Vancouver!

GREEN ROOM QUESTIONS

Tell us about your theatre background.
My experiences with theatre started out when I was a dancer. I started training in ballet at the age of three and took part in monthly productions and dance competitions. Every time you danced on stage, you became a different character. When I turned nine, I transferred to a fine arts school. Not only did I continue in dance programs, but I started to push and immerse myself in music and drama. I also started taking actual acting workshops and vocal lessons with professionals in the industry, down in Vancouver.  This is where I started to expand my knowledge of theatre. I took part in three productions per year. And surprisingly, I landed huge roles, and I thought I would never be able to score lead roles because I thought I was only capable of dancing. But it turned out that I was actually pretty good at it. I played Juliet in “Romeo & Juliet”, Ms.Hannigan in “Annie”, and my personal favourite, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”. Those are just some of the many productions I took part in. Today, I no longer dance due to money and health reasons. But I continue to perform locally and create my own pieces in my theatre group, at school, and in the Green Room Theatre Camp.

What has been your favorite part about Green Room Theatre Camp and the devised piece you’re creating, so far?
My favourite thing about Green Room Theatre Camp is the fact that you’re working with people who enjoy and honour theatre. They are serious about their craft and they work countless hours at it. It’s great because we’re working really well together. And most importantly, we all share the same minds. We all share this one goal, and that is to put on the greatest production that anyone has ever seen 🙂 A production where we want to leave our audience thinking as they go off to their homes and fall asleep in their beds. Another great thing about this camp is that we get to explore our creative minds and write our own material. That’s awesome, because I haven’t been too confident with my writing, so this just pushes me to improve myself and do great work for my team. I like that our devised piece is about growing up, because we’re just nine teenagers weaving our way through life, feeling as if life were trial and error for us. We express our insecurities, our dreams, our fears, our fight to find a place in this world that fits for us. Nothing fake. No sob stories, no attention seekers, no childish drama. It’s the reality that people sometimes put a foot down on teens and say, “You’re making a big deal out of this!”. No, that’s not how it is. It’s all real.

What excites you most about performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival?
What excites me most about performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival? That’s simple. Performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival!

What do you hope audiences take away from the devised piece you’re creating?
I hope that the audience can see that we are more than just kids performing on a stage. That we are kids performing on a stage but with stories to convey a message. That we also have ups and downs, not just adults. That we are also worth it, not something to dismiss.

PERSONAL QUESTIONS

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on? 
When I’m not doing theatre, I’m either studying, playing music, reading or writing or just having fun in the sun. Sometimes, rummaging through the frozen yogurt bin. Don’t tell my mom.

What do you hope to do after high school?
After highschool, I plan to go into law. Whether it’s investigating and defending a criminal case or even becoming a world leader, I just want to bring good and justice to others. I’m also aiming to become a professor in the field I master in. But, I still want to tie in my knowledge of theatre and music somehow. It’s been my first love and I want to continue in it. I now have dreams of becoming a writer and producing my own work on stage or on the big screen. The directors at Green Room Theatre Camp, especially Becky, have inspired and encouraged me to work at it. So, you might think that my dreams and career goals are a bit scattered. But you’ll see me do something big someday. You can vote for me as your future Prime Minister or watch me win an Oscar for “Best Production”.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
If I were an animal I would be a tiger. Why? I may be calm and collected, but when I have to pounce, I’m going to pounce.

 Who is your hero?
My hero is Wonder Woman. Not the actual comic book lady with a golden lasso or whatever she has. Wonder Woman, as in my mom. I could say a lot about her. But I’m going to keep it short. Imagine a small 5’3” woman who works three jobs a week, every single day from 8am-11pm, just to put food in her family’s mouths. If that’s not a Wonder Woman to you, then I don’t know what is.

What is your favorite movie?
I’m a film junkie, so I really have no favourite. It’s all pretty equal. But I really did enjoy Al Pacino in “The Godfather”. And Jodi Foster in “Silence of the Lambs”. Those were great!

If you could go on a road trip with anyone, dead or alive, who would you go with and where would you travel to?
If I could go on a road trip with anyone, it’d be with my band. We’d go to Comic Con because who doesn’t want to go to Comic Con?

If you had to grow up in a different era, which would you choose?
If I had to grow up in a different era, it either be the 1920’s where jazz music became a thing and prosperity started booming. The 1940’s World War II era, because I’m very interested in how the war affected people. Or the 1960’s because they had really cool cars, and they also had the Beatles.

What excites you, and what terrifies you, about growing up?
What excites me about growing up is that you have your own freedom to explore what fits with you and what doesn’t. What scares me is that I’ll just fail at life at live in a basement with a mediocre job,  grow a paunch that’s too big to get rid of to and prevents me from being able to fit back into a pair of size two skinny jeans.

If you had to pick an alias name, what would it be?
If I had an alias name, it’d be “Tigress”.

What is something people may not know about you?
Something that people don’t know about me is that I like to drive motorcycles. Back home in Indonesia, I just hop onto one of my cousin’s motorcycles and just drive throughout the whole day. It’s refreshing. Especially when you’re in a tropical country and riding throughout the rural farmlands and the hilly roads. The farmlands aren’t farmlands, but tropical rainforest’s. It’s breathtaking.

Introducing: Kailyn Arthur

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This is going to sound cheesy, but conquering a storm reminds us of Kai. Kai is a rock – she isn’t afraid to march to her own beat and she stands firm in what she believes. No matter what life throws at Kai, she is willing to fight and overcome.  As she would say, “I’m Kai, and hella fly!” It’s true, this girl is incredible.

Kai is wickedly talented and has a beautiful ear for poetry, which she so graciously included into the scene she wrote for “Growing Voices”. We can’t wait to share HER at the Fringe Festival come September 10th!

Green Room Questions

Tell us about your theatre background.
When I was a lot younger I did a few years of musical theatre but I really didn’t like acting then as I had some stage fright issues. So I didn’t really see the point in trying to get back into it until my grade 10 year when my school’s theatre teacher asked for some extras in the production my school was putting on. It was then that I really got back into it and fell in love. Since then I have been in 2 of my schools productions, and played the comedic lead in the most recent one.

What has been your favorite part about Green Room Theatre Camp and the devised piece you’re creating, so far?
When I first heard about this camp, it was the second to last performance of my school’s production of “Village of Idiots”, and Vander-Hoek had kinda just told us that he was working with some other people to plan this and that he wanted a bunch of us to audition. And then there was a information slip sent out and reading through it I had two thoughts: 1) there are gonna be a lot of kids auditioning for this, do I even have a chance?; and 2) if I do make it what’re the chances that I’m actually going to get along with these people? And now I’m like wow… Looks like I got lucky, the odds really are in my favour.

So, my favourite part of Green Room, so far, has been the people and how well we all fit together and get along.  And my favourite part about the devised piece is the similarities between our experiences and the differences that helped us gain insight. It’s great being able to put that out there for the world to see.

What excites you most about performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival?
I think the thing that excites me most are all the possibilities. We have the chance to possibly change our lives, and other people’s lives. Also, how many other teens can tell you they got the chance to perform at the VANCOUVER FRINGE FESTIVAL?!

What do you hope audiences take away from the devised piece you’re creating?
That it’s hard to find your place in the world and that it isn’t easy growing up… And also that your assumptions about people aren’t who they actually are.

PERSONAL QUESTIONS

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on? 
A lot of tumblr, Netflix, reading… Singing in the shower, dancing in the mirror, typical teenager crap.

What do you hope to do after high school?
I don’t know exactly what I’ll end up doing. I mean the dream is to pursue acting. But my end game is to just be happy in whatever I do.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
Wolf. I’m happy alone but I’m also great with a group. Plus they’re like wild puppies and who doesn’t love that?

 Who is your hero?
My dad. I didn’t have a lot of friends growing up so I spent a large amount of time talking to him and he taught me a lot of important things.

What is your favorite movie?
Ahh I can’t answer this, it’s like asking a mother to pick her favourite child.

If you could go on a road trip with anyone, dead or alive, who would you go with and where would you travel to?
Hmm. I’d probably say a road trip with a funny stranger and I’d go anywhere because it’d be cool to explore a new place and make a new friend.

If you had to grow up in a different era, which would you choose?
Sometime in the future where racism, homophobia, and transphobia were eradicated, and I could fly a bad-ass space ship.

What excites you, and what terrifies you, about growing up?
It’s exciting to think that I’ll be able to dictate my own future but at the same time it’s also what terrifies me the most… I mean what if I completely screw it up?

If you had to pick an alias name, what would it be?
Viola Reynolds

What is something people may not know about you?
I’m half Korean and speak it fairly fluently.

 

Introducing: Wyatt Hubert

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Today we’d like to take the time to introduce Wyatt Hubert. Wyatt is one of the most interesting campers and we sure do like him. He has high energy – all the time – and is often seen doing parkour moves during his breaks. If there’s one thing Wyatt isn’t afraid of, it is to move. Comec check out this ball of energy at the Vancouver Fringe, it is one of his very first times acting on stage!

GREEN ROOM THEATRE  QUESTIONS

Tell us about your theatre background.
To be honest, I don’t have much Theatre experience. I just seemed to mix with acting very well.

What has been your favorite part about Green Room Theatre Camp and the devised piece you’re creating, so far?
The opportunity it provides. People are going to actually see my work, and that’s very exciting for me.

What excites you most about performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival?
What doesn’t excite me about it? I feel privileged to be a part of the Green Room and performing in Vancouver.

What do you hope audiences take away from the devised piece you’re creating?
The varied, but common, message all of the pieces tell. The scenes I wrote focus on a common theme many young people can relate to and I hope people do.

PERSONAL QUESTIONS

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on? 
I have an array of hobbies, like parkour and boxing, but deep down I am a gamer.

What do you hope to do after high school?
Become an actor that does his own stunts.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
Hmm. I’m not sure. Can I be a sponge instead? That seems like a pretty calm lifestyle.

 Who is your hero?
Markiplier. Guy’s great.

What is your favorite movie?
IBirdemic. That’s real comedy.

If you could go on a road trip with anyone, dead or alive, who would you go with and where would you travel to?
I would travel with Mozart to a Skrillex concert.

If you had to grow up in a different era, which would you choose?
I think the distant future because I have no idea what it would be like.

What excites you, and what terrifies you, about growing up?
I guess it’s the unknown, for both. It’s thrilling to know I will be on my own in the world, but a little chilling too.

If you had to pick an alias name, what would it be?
Shadrok.

What is something people may not know about you?
I am nowhere near as intimidating as I look. The first thing I do everyday when I get home is cuddle a puppy. I am too friendly for my own good.

 

Introducing: Kyriel Hedge

Today we wrap up our 5th week of rehearsals. We can’t believe how fast it has gone by and how quickly The Fringe Festival will be upon us. To say we are all over the moon is an understatement.

Below you will be introduced to Kyriel Hedge. Not only does Kyriel have one of the coolest names, but he is one of the coolest people. He’s always thinking outside the box and bringing wild ideas to our project, whether writing or acting. Keep an eye out for Kyriel’s name in the future, the director is convinced he could write a world-renown novel one day.

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GREEN ROOM THEATRE CAMP QUESTIONS

Tell us about your theatre background.
I have been acting since Grade 9, and my first role was Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

What has been your favorite part about Green Room Theatre Camp and the devised piece you’re creating, so far?
I love how involved everyone is, and how much effort all of us are putting in to make something of our own.

What excites you most about performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival?
Performing. I love being on stage.

What do you hope audiences take away from the devised piece you’re creating?
I want people to realize that teens can do more than just complain. I want our play to show people the golden side of our generation.

PERSONAL QUESTIONS

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on? 
I play a lot of video games, but I also write occasionally.

What do you hope to do after high school?
I want to go to post secondary. I want to keep pursuing theatre.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
I would be a fox. I love foxes.

 Who is your hero?
That’s a broad question. I give a lot of praise to actors like Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion, among many other people.

What is your favorite movie?
I really like both of the How to Train Your Dragon‘s..

If you could go on a road trip with anyone, dead or alive, who would you go with and where would you travel to?
Someone I like and somewhere cool. I have a few places in Europe I’d like to see; The Netherlands, Ireland, and Denmark to name a few.

If you had to grow up in a different era, which would you choose?
Quite a while ago, like, stone houses in the ground. I would have learned many things that can’t be easily accessed today.

What excites you, and what terrifies you, about growing up?
I’m eager to be more of my own person, but very little has taught me about other very important things, like taxes or keeping a job.

If you had to pick an alias name, what would it be?
Bxxtyu45. It’s pronounced “Thomas”.

What is something people may not know about you?
I have around thirteen goats in my backyard.