Introducing: Zophia Espinosa

unnamed

Today we start our 5th week of rehearsals and we finally have a completed script. We are unbelievably excited and can’t wait to share it with Vancouver audiences. In addition to having a script, we have a name for the devised piece. Are you ready for it? …. Growing Voices. Yep! We’re pretty fond of it. But more on that later…

Right now we’d like to take the opportunity to introduce Zophia Espinosa. Zoey is such a fun, spunky girl and you’ll rarely catch her without a smile on her face. Zoey has written some really thought provoking scenes for the devised pieced, which she has extracted from her own personal experience. Kudos to this fire-cracker for being so bold and so vulnerable!

GREEN ROOM THEATRE CAMP QUESTIONS

Tell us about your theatre background.
I got interested in acting back in elementary school but never really pursued it because I had stage fright.  But in grade nine I discovered it when I moved to a new school – I realized how fun it was and I’ve been acting ever since.

What has been your favorite part about Green Room Theatre Camp and the devised piece you’re creating, so far?
Well, I have two favourites: 1) The food, because food is life; and, 2)Being able to meet a bunch of people who have the same kind of passion as I do. My favourite part about making a devised piece is that I’m helping create something that’s personal to me and m sharing my personal stories, which I feel many people can relate to.

What excites you most about performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival?
I’m excited to show adults that teenagers aren’t just taking theatre cause it’s just fun or an easy A in class, but because we truly love it, it’s something that makes us happy, and we have something to say through it.

What do you hope audiences take away from the devised piece you’re creating?
I hope that audiences walk away and think, “Oh, I completely understand what’s going on here and I’ve been through it too” or  “I know someone that has been through something like this.”

PERSONAL QUESTIONS

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on? 
Sleeping, eating, watching youtube, or watching an Asian Drama.

What do you hope to do after high school?
I hope to be traveling the world as a flight attendant or maybe even acting some more.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
I’d be a jellyfish because they don’t have a care in the world and they’re just going with the flow, but if someone tries touching their long strands then they get shocked, which is what I do to people when they touch my hair.

 Who is your hero?
My mom and my cousin, Jacky.

What is your favorite movie?
My favourite movie is the Harry Potter collection. I grew up always watching every movie with my parents so it’s a big part of my childhood.

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’d go with my whole family, when we were all still complete, and we’d drive down to Mexico…. unless, can I drive to Hawaii? 😉

If you had to grow up in a different era, which would you choose?
I would either choose the future, where everything is floating (if that ever happens), or the Victorian Era, because girls wore dresses all the time and dresses are great.

What excites you, and what terrifies you, about growing up?
Excites: getting paid to do something I love.
Terrifies: failing at life.

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

What is something people may not know about you?
If I had the choice to live here or Philippines, I’d choose the Philippines. 

Introducing: Nicole Shimmin

If you’ve been following Clockwork Theatre, BlackJacq Productions, or anyone involved with those companies, you’ve undoubtedly been hit-hard with updates on our co-production “Green Room Theatre Camp” over the past month. In case you missed the updates and are curious what Green Room Theatre Camp is, it is a program for inner-city youth in Surrey that runs over the span of 6 weeks throughout the summer. The students learn about all aspects of the theatre and devise their own show for the Vancouver Fringe Festival (September 10th – 20th, 2015). We’re into our 4th week of rehearsals and Clockwork and BlackJacq are beyond impressed with the talent, dedication, honesty, and humor coming out of these kids. You won’t want to miss their zany show.

What’s the show about? Well, I’m glad you asked.
The students have decided to focus their devised piece on “growing up” and have had a fun time exploring this topic through different eras, in addition to present day, as they believe many of the joys and heartaches they have experienced while growing up are universal and timeless. Keep your eyes peeled over the weekend because we should have a title before you know it!

As usual, we’d like to take the time to introduce those involved in our project focusing solely on the   students involved in Green Room Theatre Camp this time. To start, please meet Nicole Shimmin. 

Headshot by Kat Grabowski

As Jason VanderHoek, one of Green Room Theatre Camp’s co-founders, would say, “Nicole is the hardest working woman in show business”, and it’s not a lie. This grade 11 student is challenging herself in more ways than one as she is constantly revising her scripts, physically and emotionally exploring her characters – in and out of rehearsal – and isn’t afraid to bring much needed questions and insight to the group. To put it simple: This girl is a rock star and we loveeeee her.

Get to know Nicole a bit better, below:

Green Room Theatre Camp QUESTIONS

Tell us about your theatre background.
I have been involved in theater/performing arts since Grade 5 and have continued doing theater all through high school.

What has been your favorite part about Green Room Theatre Camp and the devised piece you’re creating, so far?
I’ve loved getting a chance to actually write my own characters and scenes. It’s a really interesting experience to go from actor to writer then back again.

What excites you most about performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival?
Performing in front of people who I probably wouldn’t have gotten the chance to perform in front of other-wise.

What do you hope audiences take away from the devised piece you’re creating?
That the stereotypes and the presumed way that teenagers are thought to act and think aren’t necessarily true.

Personal Questions

1) When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on? 
I love to bake and cook, I have a huge sweet tooth!

2) What do you hope to do after high school?
No clue! Hopefully something!

3) If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
I would be an otter, because everyone loves otters and they are so cute.

4) Who is your hero?
My hero is my mom, she works so hard and is so supportive of me in whatever I want to do.

5) What is your favorite movie?
Anything Disney! I am a HUGE Disney nerd!

6) 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 go on a road trip across Canada with my sister, because we get along really well and we have always talked about doing one.

7) If you had to grow up in a different era, which would you choose?
The 80’s I think, because music was huge and there were so many bands that I would’ve loved to see.

8) What excites you, and what terrifies you, about growing up?
I’m excited about living on my own, but I’m terrified of making adult choices, like taxes and bills.

9) If you had to pick an alias name, what would it be?
Lauren Murphey

10) What is something people may not know about you?
I am able to say the entire alphabet backwards, very fast.

 

Introducing: Kayla Heselwood

Today is the day! Today we open The Stonewater Rapture by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright and we are SO excited. The production wouldn’t be possible without the lovely Kayla Heselwood, who selected the play for her final apprenticeship project at Pacific Theatre.

We asked Kayla why she chose The Stonewater Rapture for her final apprenticeship project: “The first time I read The Stonewater Rapture, I felt like someone had punched me in the stomach and ripped out my heart. I immediately read it again and experienced the same gut wrenching feeling. I chose Doug Wright’s play as my finale project because I believe this story needs to be told. I want to shed light on teenage life, and propose that whether you are raised a believer or not, no one is exempt from the realities of the evil in our world. By breathing life into this story, it gives silenced teens a voice. I believe that it is a step towards the greater good and change'”.

Come check out her hard work!

unnamed

The Stonewater Rapture Questions

Tell us about your theatre background:
Kayla was born in Winnipeg, MB. After graduating from the University of Winnipeg with a BA in English and Theatre, she moved to Vancouver to pursue acting. She is a graduate of Vancouver Film School’s full time Acting for Film and Television program. Kayla was last seen on the PT stage in Cultivation by Krista Marushy.

What do you love most about Doug Wright’s The Stonewater Rapture?
I love Wright’s use of imagery in the text. His words paint a picture of raw, human struggle and the lengths at which we will go to get what we want from others and to ultimately survive in this world. The words float off the page and the characters engage in real conversations that spark a flame in the mind, body and soul.

Do you relate to your character? If so, in what way?
Yes, I relate to Carlyle quite a bit. It’s easy to get swallowed up in the mundane, everyday ways of this world, especially in a small town. There are a lot of pressures and expectations put on young people that can be excruciatingly crippling at times. I relate to Carlyle’s struggle to keep up her appearances around school and her family. Also, the pressure to try and be perfect and to please others.

What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?
First and foremost, that God is a good God. Second, I want people to be able to openly and honestly discuss youth and the pressures they may have faced while growing up or the pressures they place on their children/teens now. Even though this play can be quite heavy at times, I want people to find love for the unloveable.

Personal Questionnaire

What is your favorite word? Whimsy

What is your least favorite word? Hate

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on? Day dreaming outside.

What turns you on creatively, emotionally, and spiritually?
Creatively- watching Gene Kelly tap dance videos.
Emotionally- seeing an elderly couple holding hands and in love.
Spiritually- when people experience love the way God intended it to be.

What turns you off in these ways?
Creatively- entitlement
Emotionally- rude people
Spiritually- religion

What is your favourite play? Espresso by Lucia Frangione

If you could go on a road trip with anyone (dead or alive) who would you go with, and where would you go? I would travel around North America with my mom- she is probably the only person who could put up with me for that amount of time.

What sound or noise do you love? The sound of a sprinkler in the evening.

What sound or noise do you hate? Construction.

What is your favorite curse word? Shit?

If you were stranded on a desert island for 10 years, what three things would you want with you? Chocolate cake, a hammock and a good book.

Do you believe in aliens? Depends on the day. Today, yes.

What is your favourite book? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What is your favourite movie? Never Let Me Go by Alex Garland (screenplay)

What profession did you wish for as a child? Too many. One that I can distinctly remember is dentil hygienist. I have no idea why. I dislike the sound and smell of everything that goes on in a dental office.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? A personal motivator or encourager.

What profession would you not like to do? Coroner

What is something people may not know about you? I don’t like when people talk to me while I’m eating ice cream. I actually tune them out so I can enjoy every second.

What is one of your pet peeves? Impatient drivers

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Let’s celebrate!

Introducing: Kenton Klassen

Get to know actor, Kenton Klassen, of The Stonewater Rapture. Kenton was an apprentice at Pacific Theatre for their 2013/2014 season and has partnered with 2014/2015 season apprentice, Kayla Heselwood, to mount Doug Wright’s play about bullying, sexuality, and religion – a play he is quite passionate about.

During Kenton’s time as an apprentice at Pacific Theatre he had the opportunity to perform in Gruesome Playground Injuries with actor Pippa Johnstone and was directed by Jessie award winner, Chelsea Haberlin of ITSAZOO Productions. You can see Kenton on the Pacific Theatre stage again in 2016 as the three will remount the production for Pacific Theatre’s 2015/2016 season.

unnamed

The Stonewater Rapture Questions

Tell us about your theatre background:
I have always had a fascination with story telling. Growing up I attended schools with great performing arts programs and had some very influential teachers. I performed at Keyano Theatre and studied acting at Keyano College for a short while after high school. In 2010 I moved to Vancouver for the B.F.A. Acting program at the University of British Columbia where I studied and performed for three years. After that I did an Apprenticeship with Pacific Theatre which has introduced me to a whole network of friends, artists, and opportunities. Some favourite credits include Trainspotting (Rumble Theatre), The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson, Rhinoceros (UBC), The Rainmaker, Old Time Gospel Radio Hour, The Seafarer (Pacific Theatre), and Gruesome playground Injuries which is being remounted next year.

What do you love most about Doug Wright’s The Stonewater Rapture?
The writing is superb. I love the honesty between Whitney and Carlyle. I love the trust they have in each other to share their deepest and darkest secrets. I love how the play asks very hard questions about growing up, religion and sexuality. I love the terrible/beautiful feeling in my guts each time I finish reading through it.

Do you relate to your character? If so, in what way?
I grew up as a pastors kid just like he did, which comes with a whole mixed bag of things. Lots of the growing up high school stuff, so much of the text sounds exactly like things I’ve heard or said in high school. Those teenage out of control hormones and crazy first kiss moments. The Christian values and rules around sex and the frustration that comes with that. The candid quality of conversation between Whitney and Carlyle is very familiar to me.

What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?
A good belly laugh, some wide eyes, a couple shakes of the head, and some pensive eyebrows.

Personal Questionnaire

What is your favorite word? Lush

What is your least favorite word? Starts with a c and ends in a t.

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on? Reading and watching movies.

What turns you on creatively, emotionally, and spiritually? When people get real, 3 am conversations, Nature.

What turns you off in these ways? Fear of the future, apathy, rules.

What is your favourite play? Hmm..  I can’t do one. Here’s three: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea – John Patrick Shanley; Curse of the Starving Class – Sam Shepard; Gruesome Playground Injuries – Rajiv Joseph

If you could go on a road trip with anyone (dead or alive) who would you go with, and where would you go? Anna Kendrick, Eurotrip.

What sound or noise do you love? Camp Fire.

What sound or noise do you hate? Whatever is on the play list at Earls.

What is your favorite curse word? Fuck.

If you were stranded on a desert island for 10 years, what three things would you want with you? Guitar, Surfboard.. Netflix.

Do you believe in aliens? I don’t not believe in aliens.

What is your favourite book? The Lord of the Rings

What is your favourite movie? Magnolia

What profession did you wish for as a child? Author

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Fireman

What profession would you not like to do? Accountant

What is something people may not know about you? All of my socks get holes in the heels.. and I can’t make them stop.

What is one of your pet peeves? John Voth keeps leaving this damn pine cone in my bed.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? I’ve got someone who wants to meet you.

Introducing: Phil Miguel

Today we’d like to take the time to introduce Clockwork Theatre Co-Artistic Producer and Director of “The Stonewater Rapture”, Phil MiguelIf you don’t know Phil, you need to get to know him. He’s the great and the best! The man is always (and I mean always) in a theatre, either doing lights, props, set design, production management, or directing. Phil’s got mad-skillz, yo!

Get to know Phil a bit better, below:

philmiguel

Tell us about your theatre background:
I didn’t really mess around with theatre until quite late in my meandering university experience. I found myself in a cross-listed English/Theatre class and discovered a medium that I, apparently, have a ravenous hunger for.

After graduating from TWU I took up the apprenticeship at Pacific Theatre and ever since then have hurled myself into any and every aspect of theatre I could conceive of from acting (You Can’t Take It With You – Pacific Theatre, The Great Divorce – Pacific Theatre), directing (The Casino -Stone’s Throw, Here Lies Henry – Stone’s Throw), lights (Lord of the Flies – Gallery 7, Mr. Marmalade – Latchkey Co-Op, Gruesome Playground Injuries – Stone’s Throw), and props (The Foreigner – Pacific Theatre, The Seafarer – Pacific Theatre, Blasted – PI Theatre), to set, sound, costume, stage management, writing, and production. That restless hunger grew into a job as Technical Director at Pacific Theatre and Co-Artistic Producer of Clockwork Theatre.

What do you love most about Doug Wright’s The Stonewater Rapture?
I love how these two characters try to wind their way through the very awkward quagmire of high school with the pressure of everyone’s eyes being on them. Nobody talks publicly about these things because they’re too embarrassed or ashamed so it’s intriguing to look into the personal turmoil that happens all the time in schools.

Do you relate to any of the characters? If so, in what way?
I’ve always been a bit of a loner so I understand that fear of not being understood properly by the “normies”.

What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?
I’d like people to see how desperately lonely people can be and how important it is to actually listen to each other and see one another as the imperfectly perfect beings we are.

GET TO KNOW PHIL ON A MORE PERSONAL LEVEL:

What is your favorite word?
I tend to settle on favourite words on a day to day basis but “Peculiar” tends to trickle in on a more regular basis.

What is your least favorite word?
Ever since they gave it a new, informal definition I have a hard time with “Literally”. It makes my brain hurt.

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on?
HA! Sleeping, maybe?

What turns you on creatively, emotionally, and spiritually?
Curiousity. I like pulling things apart and seeing what makes them tick (I promise that wasn’t intended to be a Clockwork reference) and people that continue to ask questions.

What turns you off in these ways?
Laziness. There’s a whole, beautiful, amazing world out there, people! What are you saving your energy for?

What is your favourite play?
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

If you could go on a road trip with anyone (dead or alive) who would you go with, and where would you go?
I’d like to a circuit of all 13 provinces and territories with my old dog Bailey and eat a cheeseburger in each one while visiting every single person I know across the country.

What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sound of an approaching wave of rain in the woods just as it gets to you.

What sound or noise do you hate?
Mosquitoes doing fly-bys across your ear.

What is your favorite curse word?
Rat-Bastard has entertained me for some time now.

If you were stranded on a desert island for 10 years, what three things would you want with you?
My family, probably food and shelter too.

Do you believe in aliens?
I think there’s an awful lot of places in the universe for aliens to hide.

What is your favourite book?
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

What is your favourite movie?
Three Seasons directed by Tony Bui

What profession did you wish for as a child?
I always wanted to be an astronaut (is that even a profession?).

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Something in the sciences. Chemical engineer, maybe?

What profession would you not like to do?
I don’t think I’d enjoy being a pilot. I’ve done enough commuting in my life.

What is something people may not know about you?
Most people think I’m a lot younger than I am. That may not be a compliment.

What is one of your pet peeves?
Extraneous apostrophe’s and “quotations”.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
“Perfect. Just in time for the party!”