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!

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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.

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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:

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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!”

Introducing: Eleanor Felton

Watch out Vancouver! Emerging director, Eleanor Felton, is taking Vancouver Theatre by storm. In fact, right now you can see her adaptation of William Shakespeare’s, “The Taming of the Shrew” at Pacific Theatre. There are only two shows left, tonight and tomorrow, so make sure you book your tickets. If it doesn’t work out, don’t you worry, because this crazy 20-something has already signed her first professional directing contract with Pacific Theatre and will be directing a staged reading for the company next season. Clockwork Theatre is so, so proud!

Eleanor is Assistant Directing and Stage Managing The Stonewater Rapture. Read more about this beautiful soul, below:

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The Stonewater Rapture Questions

Tell us about your theatre background:
I graduated from TWU with a BA in Theatre last April. Since then I have been apprenticing at Pacific Theatre. I am a director, actor, dancer, and choreographer. Recently, I have directed The Taming of the Shrew with Stone’s Throw Productions. In the fall, I will be directing Eurydice with Plan Z Theatre in the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

What do you love most about Doug Wright’s The Stonewater Rapture?
This is a beautifully crafted script about the confusing collision of spiritually and sexuality. I am pleased to be involved in telling this brave story. I love the questions it raises, and that I cannot answer them in a sentence.

What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?
I hope our audience is surprised by the way that they can relate to these characters, and that they can ask questions about their own experiences, and begin to share with friends.

GEt to know Eleanor Better With these 20 Questions

What is your favorite word?
Chocolate

What is your least favorite word?
Don’t

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on?
Theatre… Dancing!

What turns you on creatively, emotionally, and spiritually?
Collaboration. Otherworldly things, like myths.

What turns you off in these ways?
Bad music. Grey skies.

What is your favourite play?
Yikes, I don’t know. The Clean House, by Sarah Ruhl. Or Shakespeare’s Othello.

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 go with my siblings across South America. I don’t know if they’d want to come, but if it was up to me…

What sound or noise do you love?
The sound of rain. Any time.

What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of fighting.

What is your favorite curse word?
Balls.

If you were stranded on a desert island for 10 years, what three things would you want with you?
10 YEARS??? Do friends count as “things”? Because I couldn’t be by myself for 10 years. I’d also need an endless supply of chocolate. Dark chocolate. And probably some way of collecting fresh water. Because that’s all you need in life: Water, chocolate, and friends.

Do you believe in aliens?
Sometimes.

What is your favourite book?
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale.

What is your favourite movie?
Ice Age? Or Moulin Rouge.

What profession did you wish for as a child?
Figure Skater.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I’d like to do brain biology research.

What profession would you not like to do?
Personal assistant. I would be the WORST.

What is something people may not know about you?
I play the violin! And I want to do my MFA in Directing.

What is one of your pet peeves?
Dirty dishes is the sink. On the counter is fine. In the sink is just plain annoying.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
“I’ve been looking forward to this.”

Introducing: Sharra Ganzeveld

Today is the day we introduce emerging theatre artist, Sharra Ganzeveldwho is doing props design and set dress for The Stonewater Rapture. Read all about her below!

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I’m a recent graduate of Trinity Western University.  I received my BFA in Acting (with a minor in Psychology, thrown in for good measure).  I’ve been in love with theatre since I was little.  Though my main passion is acting, I also have experience in stage management, front of house management, and now design! Favourite acting credits include Danielle in As Little Children, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (both TWU) and Betty in The Foreigner (ACSS).  My favourite stage management credit is Fiddler on the Roof (TWU).  My goal is to be a professional actor and I hope to transition into film and TV in addition to doing live theatre.

What do you love most about Doug Wright’s The Stonewater Rapture?

I love plays that don’t shy away from the darker sides of our lives and our faiths.  This play deals so much with negotiating one’s beliefs and identity amidst social pressure, sexual awakenings, parental expectations and indoctrination – you feel for these two characters as they struggle to make sense of their pain and find their place in the world.

What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?

Thoughts.  Lots of thoughts and discussion on the intersection of sexuality and faith specifically; I think it’s something that we need to talk about more.

Personal Questionnaire

What is your favourite word?

Oh that’s so hard, there are a lot of great words out there.  How about sassy?  Sassy is fun.

What is your least favourite word?

At the moment?  Bae.  The Danish word for “poop” should not be a term of endearment.  (it also just sounds like you got lazy pronouncing the last ‘b’ in ‘babe’, which is silly because the word is only 4 letters long).

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on?

Crafting and painting, mostly.  I’m dabbling in playwriting at the moment as well.  Most things creative, really – interior design, wedding planning… the list kind of goes on.  Some days I just sit around and come up with random ideas for projects or plays.

What turns you on creatively, emotionally, and spiritually?

This might sound strange, but psychology.  I love understanding the way that people work, what makes them tick, what makes them feel, what affects their interactions with other people, how they make sense of their world.  Putting myself in another’s shoes is the fastest way for me to get creative ideas.  Really, humans are the biggest resource of creativity there is; stories are woven into our very nature!

What turns you off in these ways?

Closed-mindedness.  Art is all about asking questions, and I don’t have problems with finding answers but I have problems when people try and club you over the head with them.  It shuts down the dialogue, which shuts down creativity.

What is your favourite play?

There are too many good plays out there to adequately answer this question.  I’m always on board for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing or Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, but I’m also in love with Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms and Chaim Potok’s My Name is Asher Lev.  To name a very small few.

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 probably take my mom on a world-tour, with special attention to Europe and the Mediterranean (and the Caribbean, for good measure of course)

What sound or noise do you love?

A good jazz signer makes my heart melt.

What sound or noise do you hate?

Squeaking Styrofoam.  It gets a gross overreaction from me every time.

What is your favourite curse word?

You have to get creative sometimes!  A curse word coined by my favourite TV show is assbutt, so I’m going to go with that one for now.  It’s that wonderful blend of immaturity and “wait, what?!”

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

I would go with an axe, a large pot, and painting supplies. Something practical, something creative.  (I suppose electronics are out since it’s not like there will be places to plug them in, but 10 years without music sounds awful).  Though really I’d probably rather have a person than one of those, but I guess people don’t count as “things.”

Do you believe in aliens?

Sometimes I wish I did.

What is your favourite book?

Right now I’m adoring Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle.

What is your favourite movie?

Favourites lists are so hard because that means narrowing it down! It’s so random, but I love Take the Lead.  I can watch that movie over and over again.  It’s not particularly high brow, but I’m a total sucker for a good dance movie.

What profession did you wish for as a child?

I wanted to be a movie star!  Or a librarian.  You know, they’re pretty close and all.

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

A chef.  I love the creativity of food; sometimes I randomly decide to cook and I make up new dishes on the fly with whatever I can find in the kitchen at the time.  It’s great!

What profession would you not like to do?

…Garbage man?  Chimney sweep?  Airplane pilot?

What is something people may not know about you?

I once attempted to become fluent in French and Spanish at the same time.  I merely succeeded at creating a semi-fluency in a strange hybrid I like to call Franish.

What is one of your pet peeves?

People who obliviously walk slowly in the middle of the sidewalk. Long legs need room and fast people are going places!

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Welcome home.