Theatre class to perform at U of R and Fringe Festival

By Costa Maragos Posted: June 17, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Cast and crew of "New Canadian Kid" at the Shu-Box Theatre. (Back row: l - r) Stephanie Cook, Landon Walliser, Carson Walliser, Samuel Arinzechukwu, Rob Neufeld, Sara Weese, Puck Chencheng, Cailtlynn Blenkin and Ljiljanna Jovanovic. (Front row l - r) Aja Tom, Natasha Urkow and Nicole Bear.
Cast and crew of "New Canadian Kid" at the Shu-Box Theatre. (Back row: l - r) Stephanie Cook, Landon Walliser, Carson Walliser, Samuel Arinzechukwu, Rob Neufeld, Sara Weese, Puck Chencheng, Cailtlynn Blenkin and Ljiljanna Jovanovic. (Front row l - r) Aja Tom, Natasha Urkow and Nicole Bear. (Photo courtesy of Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography)

The Shu-Box Theatre will be packed with young school children this week, to watch the modern-day classic play, “New Canadian Kid.” 

The show will be performed by students from the class, Theatre for Young Audiences (315AC), June 17 – 19. Some performances are already sold out.

“New Canadian Kid” is written by Dennis Foon. It’s the story of Nick, a young boy from an imaginary country called Homeland, who moves to Canada with his family. Nick is forced to deal with a new culture and language as well as hostile classmates.

“The really clever thing about it is Dennis Foon has all of the Canadians speaking gibberish, which you come to understand. So the Homelander, who is the foreigner, is the one speaking English,” says Kathyrn Bracht, Associate Professor in the Theatre Department who is also overseeing this production. “The play cleverly addresses differences, tolerance and racism.”

Scene from New Canadian Kid

Scene from "New Canadian Kid" - (l to r) Ljiljanna Jovanovic, Carson Walliser and Natasha Urkow (Photo by Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography).

The students have worked hard in a short period of time to make this production a reality.

“This has been a very interesting and enlightening experience,” says Landon Walliser, a fourth year Theatre student who is also directing the play. Walliser also worked on the Theatre Department’s production of The King Stag earlier this year. “New Canadian Kid is very funny. It’s very comic, even when you’re dealing with a serious subject matter which this play is.”

The performance also features a pre-show, written, produced and performed by the students, which deals with themes drawn from the play. The designers did their own designs which will be shown on the sustainable stage. The props and costumes are either recycled material or re-used from the Theatre Department.

“I am thrilled the students get to do this show,” says Bracht.

The shows at the Shu-Box Theatre will serve as a warm-up to the upcoming Regina Fringe Festival. The cast has been invited to perform at the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s Shumiatcher Theatre, July 11, 10:30 a.m.

“It shows great faith in the U of R Theatre Department and our students as well, and will provide them with a paid performance opportunity to present their work outside of the university, which is wonderful,” says Bracht, who recently did her sabbatical as Artistic Associate at the highly regarded physical theatre company Axis Theatre in Vancouver.
“We have a real cross-section of wonderfully diverse students in this class, and this show celebrates that.”

  • New Canadian Kid
  • Location: Shu-Box Theatre – U of R
  • June 17  -   2    p.m.
  • June 18  –   10  a.m. – Sold out
  • June 18  –   2    p.m.
  • June 19  –   10  a.m. – Sold out
  • June 19  –   2    p.m.
  • Cost:  $2

Theatre for Young Audiences (315AC) is a class offered by the U of R’s Theatre Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts.
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