Last week we had the photoshoot for our annual Christmas Card. The wonderful Chris Kattner took the photos. Here’s a sneak peak.Some of you lucky folks may be receiving one of these cards this holiday season. Keep your eyes glued to your mail box…
Our winter project is compiling a portfolio of past work. This will include media clippings, interesting bits of archives, reviews and photos. Tonight Seb and I sat down to go through the photos and pick the top 5 for each show. It has caused some major flashbacks!
The photos from Alice in Wonderland were the funniest. This show was a remarkable undertaking. We produced it in the summer of 2005 and it was our second outdoor show. To give you an idea of how ambitious we were here’s a photo of the cast and crew
Can you believe how many people were involved in this show! I have so many amazing memories from this production. It took place in the Finnerty Gardens at UVic and we only kind of had permission to be there. I don’t remember the details, only that I was 20 and didn’t entirely understand exactly that you couldn’t just put on a play anywhere. Ah, the naivety of youth. The whole process was a big, hilarious gong show fueled by passion. We made lots of mistakes – realizing that starting an outdoor show at 8pm was going to result in no sunlight for 90% of the show and having to light the whole thing with open flame torches (beautiful actually), finding out at midnight that the paper mache masks were left in a bush and having to go up to the park in the pitch black, hunt through the garden and fish them out, agreeing to build all of the costumes myself and very quickly regretting it deeply resulting in massive all night sewing parties involving the entire cast and crew. So much learning. It was the poster boy production for learning on your feet. And here’s the craziest thing – this show garnered fantastic reviews and played to sold out audiences every night. Out of this production ITSAZOO developed relationships that have been vital to today. The groundwork was laid and blue prints were drawn up for what we do today. I am so glad that we have never been afraid to take risks and make mistakes because the results are so often amazing. If you’re curious, here’s a bit of a look back at that production:
ITSAZOO has an intern! It’s awesome and she’s awesome. We’re a super small company and she had to make a good case to her program at Capilano University for wanting to work with us. She was able to convince them and we’re so happy it has worked out. She’s been with us now since October and I’d like to introduce her to you.
Why did you choose ITSAZOO for your internship?
I went to the ITSAZOO website, read about the company and I was hooked! I loved the fact that they are young emerging artists making it in this urban jungle that is Vancouver. I thought that the concept of “site specific” theatre was very interesting and I also liked that they create their own work and support other emerging artists as well. Theatre is about collaboration, and this company does it very well!
Can you tell me a bit about your history in theatre?
This is a cliche answer. I’ve loved theatre since I can remember and I always knew that I would be part of it. My grandfather and I would put plays together when I was very young, he started that spark inside of me. I wasn’t able to do much theatre in my country (Ecuador) but once I was in Canada I was able to enter the theatre program at VIU in Vancouver Island and now I’m talking a Theatre Management Course at Capilano University. Theatre was, is and will always be part of my life and who I am.
What do you love the most about theatre?
I think theatre is a voice, a tool to communicate a thought or an idea to an audience. I love that you can reach people and allow them to think or feel a certain way. To me, theatre is about creating awareness as much as it is about creating a piece of art. What a great way to learn and to feel creative!
What do you want to do when you’re done your program?
I would love to find a job in a small to mid-sized theatre company. I’m mostly interested in either Marketing and Communications, or Development. I also want to find the time to grow as an artist myself. Finish my plays, find some acting jobs, be creative on the side. And of course, to continue to help ITSAZOO with whatever it is they need!
What are you looking forward to the most about your internship?
Everything! This experience has being great thus far, I’m learning and meeting great, talented people in the theatre community. I can’t ask for anything more!
What do you do when you have free time?
I try to read as much as I can (I’m currently trying to find a good book/play to read). I write, right now I’m working on a play of my own. I love to play video games, I’m a total geek in that aspect (and I’m VERY good as well :p). I want to start auditioning for plays and do that on the side whenever possible. Other than that, I like to be with my friends, watch movies, go dancing, go on adventures… whatever, just have a good time!
Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?
I hate monkeys. I was bitten by one in the jungle when I was 9. Sure they look cute and furry… but they’re evil, vicious creatures! Chris Griffin knows what I’m talking about!