Our playwright Geneviève will be at the Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse on April 10-13 to hold the last rounds of interviews for Busted Up: A Yukon Story. She is looking to chat to people about their relationship to land in the Yukon. If you've got a little bit of time and something to say, get in touch with her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hear from you!
Open Pit Theatre is now accepting actor submissions for the premiere production of Busted Up: A Yukon Story. The production is a part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations and will take place in Whitehorse, YT in September 2017.
Busted Up: A Yukon Story is a verbatim play set in Canada's far north, and features over twenty real life Yukon characters whose opinions and stories are as varied as their age and ethnic backgrounds. Throughout the play, the juxtaposed voices of these people gather and evolve around the relationships between aboriginal people and settlers, natural resource extractions, the growing immigrant population and the fast paced changes Canada's north is experiencing. The result is a powerful play full of humor, violence, absurdity, and tenderness.
- Contract dates: August 15th - September 24th, 2017
- Possible one-week extension: September 25th - October 1, 2017
We will be holding auditions in Vancouver, Victoria, and Calgary to find six actors to perform over twenty characters. We encourage actors of Indigenous backgrounds, and those who self-identify as members of underrepresented communities to apply. Our characters represent a large span in ages, therefore we also encourage actors of all ages to apply.
Open Pit Theatre’s aesthetic is very physical, and therefore all actors must be comfortable experimenting and using movement as a means of storytelling. This does not mean that you need to be a trained dancer. We are seeking actors who are open to physical contact with other performers, and those who can handle a physically demanding rehearsal process. All performers will play up to six different characters.
- Deadline to submit = Monday, April 10 - 5:00pm
- Audition Day = Saturday April 15
- Callbacks = Sunday, April 16
- Audition Location = Carousel Theatre
- Deadline to submit = Monday, April 17 - 5:00pm
- Audition & Callback Day = Sunday, April 23
- Audition & Callback Location = Metro Theatre
- Deadline to submit = Monday, April 24 - 5:00pm
- Audition Day = Saturday April 29
- Callbacks = Sunday, April 30
- Audition Location = Lunchbox Theatre
The auditions will be held by co-director Jessica Hickman and will be comprised of a 15-minute individual audition, followed by a 45-minute group movement audition.
- Please submit a resume and a recent photograph via email to Selene Vakharia (project producer) at email@example.com. Please indicate your audition city and name in the subject line of your email. For example: VANCOUVER SUBMISSION - Jane Doe.
- Equity and non-Equity artists are encouraged to submit. We will be engaging all Equity artists under the D.O.T policy agreement.
Thank you to all who submit, however only those selected will be invited to audition at this time.
Important Note: We are not accepting video submissions at this time.
July 20-22, 2017
Mackenzie King Estate
Traditionally set deep in the northern forest, Theatre in the Bush is an annual Whitehorse summer sell-out that takes the ritual and mad magic of a bush party and distils it into an interactive theatre event. Audience members are led through the woods at dusk to a remote location where innovative Yukon artists present playful, daring creations with a healthy dose of folksy northern charm. Some artists come with an idea, and others let the environment influence what they create. It’s a celebration, a meeting place, and a taste of Yukon theatre, music, and food all rolled into one.
This year, Ramshackle is taking Theatre in the Bush to Ottawa and Open Pit Theatre is coming along for the ride. Geneviève Doyon and Alistair Maitland will be reworking and performing a piece currently called Untitled.
Hosted by The National Arts Centre, it is sure to be a magical and playful event featuring:
Tara Kolla Hale
After three years of gathering interviews, transcribing, and editing, Whitehorse’s Open Pit Theatre is ready to share Busted Up: A Yukon Story as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations, and the Yukon Art Centre's 2017/18 season.
Set right here in the Yukon, a plethora of real-life characters whose opinions and stories are as varied as their age and ethnic backgrounds reveal themselves: how they ended up in the territory, why they stayed, their beliefs, their roots and their fears.
Throughout the play, the juxtaposed voices of these people gather and evolve around the relationships between aboriginal people and settlers, natural resource extractions, the growing immigrant population and the fast paced changes Canada's north is experiencing.
The result is a powerful play full of humor, violence, absurdity, and tenderness.
Après avoir passé trois ans à récolter, transcrire et amalgamer des entrevues, la compagnie de Whitehorse Open Pit Theatre est prête à partager Busted Up: A Yukon Story.
Une variété de personnages avec des opinions et histoires aussi divergentes que leurs âges et leurs racines se dévoilent: comment se sont-ils retrouvés au Yukon, pourquoi sont-ils restés, leurs croyances et leurs peurs.
Au cours de la pièce, les voix juxtaposées de ses personnages se développent autour des thèmes criants d’actualité tels que les relations entre autochtones et non autochtones, extractions de ressources naturelles, la croissance de populations immigrantes et les changements qui percutent le nord canadien.
Le résultat est une pièce de théâtre pleine d’humour, de violence, d’absurde et de tendresse.
“…it simultaneously brought me to laughter and broke my heart.”
“ L’intersection des histoires des différents personnages tissent un portrait qui représente le Yukon que j’aime et j’habite, avec toutes ses complexités et ses contradictions.”
“Funny, poignant, silly, sombre. Phenomenal.”
Cette pièce fait partie du “Yukon Verbatim Project” au cours duquel plus de 60 entrevues ont été récoltées dans huit différentes communautés du Yukon, y compris Whitehorse. Nos 6 acteurs jouent plus de 20 personnages et n’utilisent que leurs mots exacts, tels que transcrits des entrevues. Aucun mot n’a été modifié ou ajouté au script.
Merci d’encourager le théâtre local et Open Pit Theatre dans leur première mise en scène.
The play was created as part of The Yukon Verbatim Project, which consisted of gathering over 60 interviews from eight communities including Whitehorse. Our six actors will be playing over 20 real life Yukon characters and will use only their exact words as transcribed during the interviews. No words have been altered or added to the script!
Thank you for supporting local theatre, and Open Pit Theatre’s first big theatrical premiere.