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