Class play to take the stage at local arts festival

By Costa Maragos Posted: May 22, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Front row (l to r) Natasha Urkow and Nicole Bear: Back row (l to r) Kathleen Irwin, Nicole Poncsak, John Loeppky and Traci Foster. Missing cast member: Kelsey Culbert
Front row (l to r) Natasha Urkow and Nicole Bear: Back row (l to r) Kathleen Irwin, Nicole Poncsak, John Loeppky and Traci Foster. Missing cast member: Kelsey Culbert (Photo Courtesy of Brenda MacLauchlan)

The U of R’s Devising Inclusive Theatre class is taking its play from the campus to the community.

The students are performing at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival in Regina, May 23.

“I’m over the moon about it. This play is a work of art and now the public gets to see it,” says Traci Foster, director of Neither Heroes Nor Ordinary People.

The play is the inspiration of the students who also cast themselves in the production. The class was offered by the Theatre Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts. The class is focussed on people living with disabilities and others who are interested in learning about inclusive practice. It offers students the opportunity to explore the idea of theatre practices in public performance.

Mission accomplished.

The play was presented at the Shu Box at the U of R April 2 before a packed house. In the audience was Carla Harris, Manager of Student Employment Services at the U of R and planning committee member of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.

“I come from a theatre background so I wanted to see what the play was all about. When I saw it, I loved it so much, I felt we had to find a way for more people in the city to see this incredible production,” says Harris.

Traci Foster was brought to the class by the Associate Dean of Fine Arts Kathleen Irwin, to provide voice instruction. Foster, a former U of R Theatre student, has had numerous collaborations with the University.

“This has been collaboration at its best. I have an abundance of gratitude for the U of R and for Kathleen imagining this class into reality and inviting me in,” says Foster.

The students in the class have received attention and have been featured in the media locally and nationally. Now the general public has the opportunity to see this inspirational production this weekend.

The cast will also take part in a special event at the Village Arts Festival in memory of Alumna Michele Sereda.  

‘The Moveable Feast’ (May 23, 11:30 a.m. – 13 ave. and Angus Street) will feature a colourful and playful parade of artists, led by Alumnus Joey Tremblay, a friend of Sereda. Tremblay was recently appointed Artistic Director of Regina’s Curtain Razors Theatre, founded by Sereda.
 
Event:        Neither Heroes Nor Ordinary People
Date:          May 23
Time:          4 p.m.
Venue:        The Artesian
Location:     2627 13th Ave, Regina
Admission:  Free