Kill Shakespeare @ Fringe

Kill Shakespeare @ The Edmonton Fringe
August 17 – 27, 2017
Venue 5: King Edward Elementary School (8530 101 St)

Shakespeare’s greatest heroes and fiercest villains must do battle to be the first to find the reclusive wizard: William Shakespeare. They must decide his fate: to save or to kill him! Kill Shakespeare offers a comic book re-envisioning of the greatest characters of all time featuring comedy, romance, and epic battles.

Originally produced by the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, ON
Family friendly production with cartoonish violence and suggestive intimacy.

Written by Connor McCreery and Anthony Del Col
Directed by Andrew Ritchie
Music Composer: Erik Mortimer
Cast: Alyson Dicey, Oscar Derkx, Gianna Vacirca, Bill Yong
Stage Manager: Tori Morrison
Designer: Marlee Yule

But Hark, A Voice!

June 26 – July 10, 2017
Heritage Amphitheatre, Hawrelak Park

An Adaptation of A Misummer Night’s Dream by Thou Art Here Theatre
Adapted by Ben Stevens

A roving rehearsal of repertory rejects! In this performance, focused on Shakespeare’s rude mechanicals, Thou Art Here will take you on a fantastic journey through Hawrelak Park. The Mechanicals are ignited by the magic of the fairies to perform the show of their life time. But Hark, A Voice! invites audiences into the play in an enchanting and interactive way that is fun for the whole family!

ENSEMBLE
Griffin Cork – Snug
Alyson Dicey – Puck
Alayna Hunchak – Peaseblossom
Neil Kuefler – Bottom
Andrew Ritchie – Peter Quince
Ben Stevens – Francis Flute

Puppet Shows

2015-2017

2017 – The Merchant of Venice & The Merry Wives of Windsor
CAST
Griffin Cork
Alyson Dicey
Alayna Hunchak
Neil Kuefler
Andrew Ritchie
Ben Stevens

2016 – Puppet Love’s Labour Lost & Romeo and Juliet
CAST
Alyson Dicey
Neil Kuefler
Erin Pettifor
Andrew Ritchie
Mark Vetsch

2015 – Puppet As You Like It
CAST
Katie Hudson
Neil Kuefler
Mark Vetsch

Much Ado About Nothing (Lougheed)

2016
The Lougheed House National and Provincial Historic Site and Museum.
*Nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble

Beatrice and Benedick have sworn never to love each other while Claudio and Hero fall desperately in love. In Shakespeare’s iconic household comedy, eavesdropping takes centre stage as the audience follows the characters upstairs, downstairs and throughout the gardens of Calgary’s historic Lougheed House. With revenge driven villains, bumbling constables and witty fast paced banter, Much Ado will leave you out of breath with laughing and running. Shakespeare’s comedy is now more intimate and interactive than ever before.

CAST
Elena Belyea – DOGBERRY
Oscar Derkx – VERGES
Alyson Dicey – DON JOAN
Evan Hall – CLAUDIO
Paula Humby – BORACHIO
Neil Kuefler – DON PEDRO
Doug Mertz – LEONATO
Lara Schmitz – HERO
Ben Stevens – BENEDICK
Gianna Vacirca – BEATRICE

CREATIVE
Director – Andrew Ritchie
Stage Manager – Kiidra Duhault
Costume Designer – Neil Kuefler
Poster Designer – Tynan Boyd

*This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy

The Mechanicals

The Kaleido Family Arts Festival

Based of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, follow Peter Quince and his merry band of actors as they excitably and ineffectively prepare a play for the newly wed Duke and Duchess. An outdoors roving show!

2016 CAST
Erin Orris
Marc Ludwig
Michael Vetsch

2015 CAST
Braydon Dowler-Coltman
Erin Orris
Ben Stevens

Adapted by Neil Kuefler
Directed by Mark Vetsch

Kill Shakespeare (Metro)

2014-2015
Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo & The Metro Cinema.

Shakespeare’s greatest heroes: Hamlet, Juliet, Othello and the fiercest villains: Richard III, Lady Macbeth and Iago must do battle to be the first to find the reclusive wizard: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. When they do, they must decide his fate: to save or to KILL Shakespeare! Kill Shakespeare offers a remixed re-envisioning of the greatest characters of all time featuring romance, comedy, and bloody violence.
Originally produced by the Young Centre for the Performing Arts Toronto.

CAST
Alyson Dicey
Janine Waddell Hodder
Neil Kuefler
William Mitchell
Evan Smith
Ben Stevens
Gianna Vacirca
Andrew Ritchie

CREATIVE TEAM
Written by – Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col
Director – Mark Vetsch
Music Director/Composer – Erik Mortimer
Stage Manager – Dan Moser
Media Designer – Tynan Boyd
Audience Engagement – Marlee Yule

The Falstaff Project

2015
Performed at The Artery
* Nominated for 2015 Sterling Haynes Outstanding Multi-Media Design

DEATH. HONOUR. BEER.
Everything is on the line as Falstaff struggles to achieve greatness in the face of an impending war, a failing friendship and a crippling addiction. The Falstaff Project is Shakespeare’s Henry IV re-mastered as a roving theatre performance throughout The Artery. True to Artery style, following every performance a new local musical act hits the stage each night of the week.

CAST
Troy O’Donnell – FALSTAFF
Neil Kuefler – PRINCE HAL
James MacDonald – KING HENRY IV
Alyson Dicey – POINS
Jesse Gervais – BARDOLPH
Katie Hudson – THE MESSENGER
Nancy McAlear – HOSTESS QUICKLY
Ben Stevens – HOTSPUR/FRANCIS/LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

CREATIVE
Director – Andrew Ritchie
Stage Manager – Al Gadowsky
Video grapher/Media Designer – Julia Grochowski
Poster Designer – Tynan Boyd
Photographer – Nico Humby

MUSICIANS
Skunk Coat, Bass Desires, Erin Kay & Ken Stead Music, Oh, Dear, Revenge of the Trees, Eva Foote, Braden Gates, Success 5000, Luke Thomson and the Junkyard Angels, Tall Tales & the Tinkerbox, Lindsey Walker, BIG BEN and Koschmyoozik, Joel Crichton; Jack Accident

* This is Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.

Much Ado About Nothing (Rutherford)

2014-2015
The Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

“A rollicking good time” – Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal
“That’s how Shakespeare should be performed” – Jenna Marynowski, After the House Lights
“Thou Art Here…puts the humour back into Shakespeare’s comedy” – Kate Black, Vue Weekly

Beatrice and Benedick have sworn they will never love one another – but when their best friends Hero and Claudio fall head over heels for each other, Beatrice and Benedick’s oaths are quickly tested. Perhaps all will turn out well, if only the Prince’s evil sister Don Joan weren’t lurking in the shadows…

CAST
David Barnet – VERGES
Hunter Cardinal – CLAUDIO
Alyson Dicey – DON JOAN
Neil Kuefler(2015) – DON PEDRO
Perry Gratton(2014) – DON PEDRO
Kris Joseph – LEONATO
Amy Shostak – DOGBERRY
Ben Stevens – BENEDICK
Gianna Vacirca – BEATRICE
Mark Vetsch – BORACHIO
Marlee Yule – HERO

CREATIVE
Director – Andrew Ritchie
Stage Manager – Kiidra Duhault
Poster Designer – Tynan Boyd
Costume Designer – Neil Kuefler
Voice and Text Coach(2014) – Bobbi Goddard

This is a Canadian Actors Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.

Guerilla Street Theatre

2014-2016

2016 – Elizabethan Music
Collection of songs re-worked to include Shakespeare!
CAST
Neil Kuefler
Sarah Feutl
Mark Vetsch

2015 – As You Like It Half-Life
Play performed in 8 minutes, 4 minutes, 2 minutes and 30 seconds!
CAST
Lianna Makuch
Andrew Ritchie

2014 – Taming Of The Shrew Fight Show
Collection of scorned women scenes from the canon.
CAST
Neil Kuefler
Rose Napoli
Director – Andrew Ritchie

Shake The Fringe

2013
The Edmonton International Fringe Festival

A bumbling troupe of actors put on the BEST Shakespearean Fight Scene you have ever seen. Summing up Romeo and Juliet in 5 minutes. Acrobatics, Contortion, Comedy, Iambic Verse, and of course SWORD FIGHTING combine in this Clown Epic.

CAST
Alyson Dicey
Neil Kuefler
Andrew Ritchie
Ben Stevens
Mark Vetsch

Shake The Foundation

1. Shake the Bar

Shakespeare’s greatest drinking scenes performed for you and your friends at your own table. Using our ‘scene menu’ choose your favourite shakespeare characters who will be speaking real verse and drinking real beer in real time. Venue: Bars & pubs throughout Edmonton

2. Shaky Love

Shakespeare’s greatest love scenes performed intimately for you and a loved one at your own table.                     Venue: Expressionz Cafe

3. The Shake Down

Shakespeare’s greatest revenge scenes performed all together in a high-octane, no context environment.           Venue: Remedy Cafe(109th & Parking Lot)

CAST
Alyson Dicey
Andrew Ritchie
Ben Stevens
Mark Vetsch

Director – Neil Kuefler (The Shake Down)

 

Spookspeare

2013
Performed in enclosed spaces of a residential house and garage
Performance tour of the scariest Shakespeare you have ever seen.

CAST
Liam Coady
Brett Dahl
Alyson Dicey
Antony Hall
Paula Humby
Sarah Jackson
Patrick Lundeen
Lianna Makuch
Evan Smith
Ben Stevens
Gianna Vacirca
Mark Vetsch
Marlee Yule

CREATIVE
Director – Andrew Ritchie
Gore and Make-up – Cody Carver

A Midsummer's Lucid Dream

2012
The University LRT Station, HUB Mall, and Fine Arts Building (Spring)
The Old Strathcona Community League and playground (Summer)

CAST
Perry Gratton – OBERON/THESEUS (Summer)
Katie Hudson – HERMIA
Georgia Irwin – TITANIA/HIPPOLYTA (Summer)
Sarah Jackson – THE FAIRY/EGEUS
Neil Kuefler – DEMETRIUS
William Mitchell – PUCK
Laura Nichol – TITANIA/HIPPOLYTA (Spring)
Ben Stevens – OBERON/THESEUS (Spring)
Brendan Thompson – LYSANDER
Marlee Yule – HELENA

CREATIVE
Director – Andrew Ritchie
Stage Manager – Lindsay Phillips

Twelfth Night

2011
The Fine Arts Building at the University of Alberta.
Inaugural production of the company.

CAST
Patrick Errington – ORSINO
Katie Hudson – VIOLA
Sarah Jackson – MARIA
Neil Kuefler – CURIO
William Mitchell – SIR TOBY BELCH
Andrew Ritchie – MALVOLIO/SEA CAPTAIN
Jessica Peverett – OLIVIA
Nikolai Witschl – SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK