Monday, March 10, 2014

Green Thumb Theatre 2014/15 Season

Green Thumb is pleased to announce our 2014/15 season! A season full of creative, entertaining and thought provoking shows for children, youth and young adults. 

Elementary Season

Photo by Moonrider Productions
This fall we'll be remounting one of Green Thumb's most beloved plays, Showdown (by Jamie Norris). Showdown is a play about acceptance, friendship and the pressure kids can face from parental expectations.

In the spring of 2015 we tour BC and Ontario with our elementary show Celestial Being (by Dave Deveau)the story of a girl with a whole world of imagination inside her head but has a hard time connecting to people outside of it. 

Secondary Season

Fall 2014 we premiere Still/Falling, the work of up and coming Vancouver playwright, Rachel Aberle. With humour and compassion, Still/Falling tells the story of Nina, a bright, witty teenager who struggles with anxiety and depression. 

Lindsay Winch.Photo by Moonrider Productions
Our smash hit tagged (by Dave Deveau), with it's powerful themes of online responsibility and the consequences of cyber bullying, hits the road again in Spring 2015. tagged will tour BC, and will also be appearing at a number of amazing venues across Canada, which we will announce in the coming weeks.

Moss Park

Graeme McComb, Haley McGee. Photo by Michael Cooper

Moss Park (by George F. Walker) will be coming back to the stage in 2015, stay tuned for the announcement about where you can catch a performance of this great new Canadian play.

The Edge Academy

Photo by Moonrider Productions

This year Green Thumb is taking The Edge Project in a bold new direction. We're creating an ensemble of 12 teen theatre artists and leading them through a fall session of theatre training modules including voice, movement, scene study, and improv. Meanwhile, we'll engage one of Vancouver's promising young playwrights to write an original script, tailor-made for the ensemble. The group of young actors will be a part of the play's development from the first idea to the finished product. This brand new play will be performed by the Edge Ensemble in Spring 2015.
Visit our website for more information and to learn how your students can become a part of The Edge Academy. 

The Green Thumb Theatre School. Coming September 2015.

In the fall of 2015, Green Thumb will be opening a theatre school for kids, teens and young adults. Our new home, on the grounds of Sir Guy Carleton Elementary, will provide the perfect setting for the opening of our long awaited theatre school. The Green Thumb Theatre School will provide affordable, professional and fun training for the youth of Metro Vancouver who are interested in acting, playwriting, design, music and stage management.

If you would like to book a show, apply for The Edge Academy,

 or if you have any questions 

CALL US: 604.254.4055 or EMAIL US:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hawaii TYA

TYA in Paradise.

Last week, I had the great fortune to be in Hawai'i, on the island of O'ahu. While there, I did many things that visitors to Hawai'i do.
I walked the busy streets of Waikiki and suppressed the urge to buy brightly coloured sundresses, printed with hibiscus flowers. I went to the Farmers Market at Kapiolani Community College, where I tried Fried Green Tomatoes and ate exotic fruits. I went snorkeling at the incredibly beautiful Hanauma Bay. I swam at Kailua Beach and watched surfers conquer the waves of the North Shore.

I also had the opportunity to speak with Mark Branner's TYA Class at the University of Hawai'i about Green Thumb and TYA.

It was truly a pleasure to be invited into Mark's class and to speak with the undergraduate students that were from both theatre and education.

As I was allowed to observe the start of class, I got to see this mixture of students do physical and vocal warm ups before a few oral assignments were presented.

Following the class's normal start, it was my turn!

I talked about Green Thumb's history, mandate and methodology in play creation.  As case studies, I showed excerpts from two of our secondary school shows; CRANKED and tagged. What followed was an engaging conversation about the commissioning and development of new scripts, the philosophies behind TYA as a genre, the difficulties we face in marketing issue driven work and the nuts and bolts of producing and touring our work.

U of H also offers a Master program with a TYA focus and several of the Masters candidates attended the class and then stayed and chatted with me after the class was over. It was a lively and interesting discussion that I hope was as informative for the students as it was for me.

One of the Masters students was Yasu Ishida, whom I met at the IPAY Conference in January of this year, in Pittsburgh, PA.  I would like to extend my thanks to Yasu for helping me facilitate the visit to U of H.

While I can only hope I get back to Hawai'i as vacationing visitor again,  I feel confident that my time at the U of H was the beginning of a Pacific Rim conversation about TYA that will continue.

To Mark, Yasu, Rachel and all the other students who gave me their time-Mahalo!

- Nadine Carew
  General Manager,  Green Thumb Theatre