CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS!
Created by Michael Lake with Workshirt Opera
Co-directed by Michael Lake & Megan Stewart
April 4, 2020 at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre, Tatamagouche, NS
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WHAT IS IT?
SEASONS is a theatrical storytelling experiment set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as reinterpreted by contemporary composer Max Richter. Through music, movement, and projected images & text, SEASONS explores the cycles of human experience through the personal stories of the performers themselves.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Anybody aged 12 to 100! We are looking for you! SEASONS is designed to be performed by anyone, regardless of experience or ability. All that is required is the ability to be natural in front of an audience, and a willingness to play! No previous performance experience is required.
WHAT WILL I HAVE TO DO?
We will create this performance together! In our first workshop, we’ll lead participants through a simple writing exercise based on memories from each of the four seasons. For the performance, there are no parts to play, no lines to memorize – there is simply a group of people, being themselves (guided by a few prompts) on stage. Over two rehearsals, participants will learn and practice very simple choreography. For example, one scene may have performers writing love notes and putting them inside balloons, or having a water gun fight, or sending paper airplanes into the audience.
WHEN DOES IT HAPPEN?
The performance will take place on April 4th 2020 at The Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre in Tatamagouche. We will have an initial meeting & workshop on March 7th, and we will rehearse April 3-4. The performance of SEASONS is about 45 minutes long and will be paired with Counting to 100, a solo performance by Michael Lake.
Saturday, March 7, 1-5pm – First meeting & workshop
Friday, April 3, 6-9pm – First Rehearsal
Saturday, April 4, 11am-3pm – Second Rehearsal; Performance at 7pm!
Ready to sign up? Register here: https://forms.gle/9unj3cWMyzrmTJJU9
Seasons was first performed in Halifax at the Bus Stop Theatre in April of 2017, directed by Michael Lake. Here are some audience comments from the first performance:
– Katie Dorian
“It’s a little bit of magic, or many bits of magic woven together. I giggled the whole time. Just. Go.”
“Last night I went to Seasons. I am going again tonight. It’s a breath of fresh air.”– Richie Wilcox
WHO IS MICHAEL LAKE?
Michael Lake (he/him) is an artist based in Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia. Working primarily in live art performance and writing, Michael’s work explores instances of intimacy and queerness, and often seeks to blur lines between the audience and the artist/performer. Viewers can be invited to participate in various ways, leaving room for spontaneity and chance, and continuing the creation process through interaction. Michael also runs Workshirt Opera, a live art performance company that creates original work and fosters storytelling and theatre with a queer focus. His newest work Counting to 100 is a solo storytelling experiment in one hundred parts. Michael is also the theatre critic for The Coast, Halifax’s weekly paper.
WHO IS MEGAN STEWART?
Megan Stewart is a theatre artist from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She directs, produces and occasionally performs in solo and collaborative theatre projects, with a focus on community-engaged creation. She has established several outdoor theatre festivals and performance events on PEI, including the inaugural March of the Crows for Art in the Open (2011), with Jamie Shannon and Harmony Wagner. She is the co-founder and former festival coordinator of the Island Fringe Festival in PEI. Since 2016, she has produced and co-directed The River Clyde Pageant, an outdoor, community theatre production in New Glasgow, PEI that playfully and imaginatively explores human relationships to the environment and to each other. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s MFA program in Interdisciplinary Arts.