It’s time to Dance Dance Party Party

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This starts tomorrow at the Mt Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway. 8:45-9:45pm

Originally posted on DDPP™ Vancouver, BC!:

What’s Dance Dance Party Party?

It’s a fun-focused, free-form, fitness party for ladies. The official rules are: No Boys, No Booze, No Judgement.

DDPP Vancouver has added a No Talking rule, because our sound system isn’t very loud.

It’s like having a slumber party with your best friends, only you just met them.

It’s a place where you are free to go wild. Or just wiggle in the corner if that’s your thing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I wear?  Whatever you want. But keep this in mind – YOU WILL SWEAT. I wear workout clothing: a supportive sports bra, shorts, tank top, and running shoes (because I like to bounce). You can wear a dress, a bodysuit, track-pants or jeans. You can even dance barefoot. You are the master of your own domain at DDPP. Just remember, come prepared to sweat.

What kind of music do you play? Every…

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I have a question for you

I’m working on another article about producing indie events. I’m going to focus on comedy shows and I’m curious to know what you think.

This pertains to shows which are not at a ‘comedy club’ venue ( Yuk Yuks etc.).

Thanks for answering!

Tonight is Say Wha?!

Here’s a preview of the very funny people who will be joining me tonight to celebrate the three year anniversary of Say Wha?! Are you as excited as I am?

Ryan Steele

Ivan Decker

Ian Boothby

Eric Fell

Lauren McGibbon

See they’re funny, right? Join us all tonight at the Cottage Bistro from 8-10 PM as we share readings from the worst books we could find.

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Sparkle Bunny Wont Stop Dancing

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Remember Sparkle Bunny?

I created the character back when I was attending Studio 58 and wrote a 20 minute solo show about her for my final project. She then lived on as a Fringe show, and in videos like this.

Well, Sparkle Bunny is still alive. At least in the eyes of judges. A year or two ago my friend Matthew Kowalchuk and I cowrote a script based on my character and we were finalists for a film competition. Now we are one of five final scripts for a competition called Hot Shots  

The purpose of the contest is to provide sponsorship and monetary support to an exceptional local short film script that might not otherwise have the opportunity to be made into a film. It was founded by Ed Brando (William F White International Inc.), Paul Armstrong (Celluloid Social Club), Aaron Houston (‘Sunflower Hour’), and Scott Campbell.

Last week the script I cowrote was read at the Cold Reading Series. I wasn’t there, but apparently it got a lot of laughs. 

This Sunday we are pitching it to the judges. I’m the only girl involved in the competition this year. Which is kind of bitter sweet. 

I know it’s a weird request, but if you could you put out some good ‘vibes’ and send Sparkle Bunny some PLUR, this Sunday afternoon I’d really appreciate it. We will be pitching our fun, playful, and comedic script that’s about growing up and accepting yourself for who you are, sparkles and all. 

There’s something about Sparkle Bunny that continues to resonate with people, and for that I am grateful. 

Head Shots

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Getting head shots is my least favorite part of being an actor. However, I just had a lovely session with Melanie Kelly, whom I’ve known for years, and I think I had my best session yet.

It’s hard to control my expressive face and dance-spazy body in photos but Melanie told me exactly what I needed to hear to get more of a ‘commercial’ look. Here’s hoping I can book that toothpaste ad so all those years of orthodontics can be paid off.

The Man in the Red Jacket

I recently made this video for a contest. Sadly, I did not win. Boo! Boo-urns.

But, I did get to spend a day with this very fun man who is one of the most memorable volunteers I’ve ever met. If you’re at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and visit the Fringe bar you’ll be sure to see him. When you do, be sure to shake his hand and tell him I sent ya.

Rose Petal Place

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Last weekend on Facebook I joined the masses by changing my profile pic to a picture of a cartoon I adored when I was little to raise awareness about violence against children. Or so that was the motivation. It wasn’t peer pressure or anything.

The obvious choice for me would be to choose Rainbow Brite, but because I never like going with the crowd even when I am, I had to pick something else.  So, I searched my memory for the obscure and remembered this doll I had, and still have somewhere in my boxes of childhood memorabilia, whose hair smelled (and still faintly does) of roses. Her name is Rose Petal. I thought I made up the story and imagined that there was a cartoon about her, but thanks to the wonders of the Internet I was able to find some proof in no time.

And now, I give you my childhood nostalgia:

The Story of Rose Petal Place

If you have a half hour to kill, watch this episode where little people who are also flowers recite Shakespeare.

Yeah, it all makes sense now how I became what I am. It’s all thanks to wonderful 80s cartoons like this.

Chillin’ and Illin’

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It’s been over a day since the GVPTA Making a Scene – Devoted and Disgruntled conference ended and I’m still feeling inspired. I started the conference not sure if I was still interested in theatre but leaving it I know I’m very interested in the theatre community and creating something with them.

Day two was filled with lots of talk about food, creating community, and having fun. At least that’s what was being discussed at the sessions I went to.

The first topic that drew me in was about fundraisers. These were the points I jotted down.

  • People will dish out more money if there is food involved. Vancouver is a very foodie city.
  • Asking for donations before/ after a show. Before- Fringe Festival’s fund-raising this year. After – Pi Theatre’s John and Beatrice at PAL was a success.
  • Have special events/ nights for sponsors.
  • People need to create relationships with their sponsors. Having 500 small donors means more bums in seats than having one philanthropist.
  • Ideas for interesting events: cocktails in unique buildings, dinner in people’s homes, poker night.
  • “If you ask someone for money they will give you advice. If you ask someone for advice they will give you money.”

Putting the Play back in … was the topic of the second session I attended. People came from various backgrounds for this one. Some people were arts administrators and wanted to know how to make their jobs of writing grants and dealing with office life more fun. Some people were artists and felt that rehearsals/ shows were sometimes treated like a captial J Job by their peers. Others wanted to know how to make going to the theatre a more joyous experience.

These were some of the suggested ideas/ thoughts/ tangents.

  • The burlesque community makes their shows start at the door. Their box office staff are dressed up, the music is pumping and there is a party atmosphere from the moment you enter the building. Can theatres decorate their lobbies more? Have interesting displays in the lobby? Performers can interact with the audience pre show?
  • Have dance breaks during boring office hours to get the blood flowing, add silly back in to life and avoid using food as a pick-you-up.
  • How can auditions be more fun? Add more games, play and have other actors in the room supporting each other.
  • About grants: someone suggested that they discuss what they wanted to say for weeks before they got around to actually writing their grant. That way the application was in their own words and not in ‘grant speak’. Jane Heyman said that from her experience on juries she prefers applications that use a unique voice. (Also make sure your grants have artistic costs at the main focus of your budget.)
  • Re: Budgets. The budget is the statement of the philosophy of your company.
  • Sit on a jury – you will change the way you write your grants.

During my lunch break I butterflied around chatting with many people and got a wonderful massage from Jacques Lalonde.

After the break I couldn’t decide where I should go next. I was having a lovely casual talk with Jeremy from Nanaimo and Jen Hill. Part of me felt that I should be attending a session but after floating from group to group I felt like the right place for me was with Jen and Jeremy. We spent the better part of the next hour getting to know each other, our theatre histories, our connections and our goals for the future. Kellee from Rumble joined us and I dubbed our session “Chillin’ and Illin’.” It was the highlight of the conference for me.  What came out of it was the desire to create a social club and I will be contacting a few venues in town to see if we can take this to the next level.

The strongest message I saw coming out of Devoted and Disgruntled was that the Vancouver Theatre scene desperately desires more community events, more opportunities for us to get together to talk, to laugh, to play and to create. It’s not just about getting bums in seats or subscribers on your list, it’s about finding a community that cares about what we do and visa versa. We want to break bread, raise our glasses and get back to the origins of theatre; sharing stories and coming together.

I’m very happy that I attended this conference and I look forward to seeing what comes out of it.

My only critiques of this weekend would be:

  • Why weren’t more Artistic Directors/ Directors/ Actors/ Audience members in attendance? I was surprised to see so few graduates of my alma matter, Studio 58, there. Come on people, represent and get involved in your community!
  • The bathrooms in W2 need to be attended to more often. I mean, 10 a.m. and there are no paper towels? Really?

Thank you to the Greater Vancouver Theatre Alliance for sponsoring me as a blogger so that I could attend this event.