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WYRD, A Musical UnFairytale
April 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tickets on sale at KIAC.eventbrite.ca
Fri, March 31 & Sat, April 1 | 8pm
Door and concessions open at 7:15pm
$30 general admission / $25 KIAC members / $15 youth & SOVA students
Please contact KIAC at firstname.lastname@example.org is price is a barrier, and we will work something out.
*Content warning and minimum age suggestion: This show contains adult themes, coarse language, and references to relationship abuse/gender-based violence. Ensure that supports are in place for anyone who is triggered by these themes. Please use parental discretion when booking tickets for youth under the age of 15.
Rock concert. Musical. Cabaret. Fairytale (well, kinda) – WYRD has it all, without even a hint of a handsome prince. Think Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz – just add eviscerating social satire and a lot more mud.
Once upon a (pick a time in history), a woman escapes her abusive lover and finds herself in a dingy motel in the middle of nowhere. Mysteriously drawn into the woods, she wanders off the beaten path and discovers an ancient bog. There she encounters three mythical hags at their annual reunion (they’re not scary, they’re just misunderstood). Among the flatulating mushrooms, horny herons, a gas-lighting game show, punk rocking crones, an egocentric King from a Shakespearean tragedy, and a visiting hag from ‘down south’, the woman navigates the bewildering darkness, trying to find the path home.
WYRD hilariously deconstructs everyday patriarchal norms and holds a mirror up for us to yank out our internalized misogyny and take a hearty gander at it.
Original Concept by Angela Drainville and Katherine McCallum
Written by (In alphabetical order) Meg Braem, Angela Drainville, Jane Gaudet, Jenny Hamilton, Selina Heyligers-Hare, Becky Johnson, Katherine McCallum, Jacqueline McLaughlin, Melaina Sheldon, Ashley Robyn, and Britt Small
Musical Composition by Shirley Gnome, Ashley Robyn and Selina Heyligers-Hare
Dramaturgy and Script Editing by Meg Braem
Featuring (in alphabetical order): Yasmin D’Oshun, Selina Heyligers-Hare, Isabelle James Walker, Jordan Kaltenbruner, Hannah Mazurek,
Victoria Parker, Erin Pettifor, Ashley Robyn, and Jamie Tognazzini
Artistic Executive Producer Katherine McCallum
Directed by Britt Small
Musical direction by Ashley Robyn
Stage Manager Jenny Hamilton
Production Manager/ASM McKenzie Amundson
Tour Coordinator Simone Kitchen
Costume Design Sheena Mair
Lighting Design Kasey-Rae Anderson
Set/Props Design Lea-Ann McNally, Selene Vakharia and Helen O’Connor
Technical Direction Norah Paton and Ila Zbarsky
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Founded in 2001, in a partnership with Parks Canada, the KIAC Artist in Residence Program has welcomed over 300 talented artists, musicians and filmmakers to Dawson City from all regions of Canada and around the world. Our alumni include Sobey Art Award nominees, Western Canada Music Award winners, and prize-winning filmmakers from film festivals across the globe.
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