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Check out our hella hot poster, created by Jacqui Janzen of Black Jacq Productions. We are in complete awe of it, as should you.

The kids decided to base their devised piece on “Growing Up” They thought, “Hey, we’re most likely going to be the youngest performers at the Fringe, so how can we stick out and bring our age and experience to light?” After many positive and thought-provoking conversations, the students decided it was important to discuss their current issues as youth, their own experiences, and explore their own fears and anticipation as they are about to enter the next phase of their life.

Growing Voices, the name they bestowed upon their devised piece, explores growing up through different genres and eras as they believe the joys and heartaches of growing up are universal and timeless. The play is hilarious and heartbreaking and we can’t wait to share it with Vancouver audiences.

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Introducing: Zophia Espinosa

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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. 

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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.

 

WE DID IT!

Wooee! Yesterday Green Room Theatre Camp’s IndieGoGo campaign ended and we made our target! Thanks so much to everyone who supported this project, these kids, their talent! Can’t wait to see you at The Vancouver Fringe Festival September 10th – 20th.

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Green Room Theatre Camp: Interview with Parent, Brianna

Check out the awe-inspiring interview with one of the camper’s mom. Meeting with the parents at our Meet and Greet Barbeque was phenomenal, and showed us leaders that not only are we putting on a play for the Vancouver Fringe, but we’re breathing into these kids lives and they are changing ours.