ON STAGE NOW

Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell

Jan 12–Feb 9
Tues @ 7pm | Wed – Fri @ 8pm | Sat @ 3pm & 8pm | Sun @ 3pm | Wed @ 1pm PWYC (Jan 16, 23, 30 Feb, 6)

Kimmy Choi, Sara Vickruck, Scott Perrie, Rowen Kahn, David Z. Cohen, Adriana Ravalli in the 2016/2016 Production at the Firehall, image by Emily Cooper.

The enduring music of Joni Mitchell is re-imagined in this energetic musical experience. Conceived and directed by Vancouver’s theatrical powerhouses (and spouses) Andrew Cohen & Anna Kuman. One of the most influential recording artists of the late 20th century, Joni Mitchell has often reflected on social and environmental ideals through her music. Circle Game reinterprets Mitchell’s iconic songs such as “Big Yellow Taxi”, “River”, “California” and “A Case of You” through the ears and eyes of a new generation, connecting them to the politics and world we know today.

“The freshness and artistry of Circle Game completely won me over”-Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Sun.

Co-directed and co-created by Andrew Cohen and Anna Kuman

 

SAMANTHA BOURQUE – CAST

Samantha is beyond excited to be a part of this magical team of artists in Circle Game. Recent credits: Guitarist/Ensemble in “If/Then” (Theatre Sheridan), Ella Hammer/Prof. Mamie in “The Cradle Will Rock” (Theatre Sheridan), Mona in the premiere of “Trap Door” (Theatre Sheridan), Vocalist/Guitarist in “The Voices Of Canada” (Charlottetown Festival Young Company), Vocalist in “Carner and Gregor’s Barely Legal Showtune Extravaganza” (le poisson rouge, NYC). When not performing, Samantha works for a charity called “Diva Day” that strives to empower young women in Kenya (and hopefully someday all over the world) through art, music and menstrual products/menstrual health education. She will be travelling to Kenya in Summer of 2019 with the Diva Day team. If you want to learn more, you can find us on Instagram @ddivaday, or our website ddivaday.com. Special thanks and lots of love to Anna, Andy, Adriana, Kimmy, David, Ben, Scott and the rest of the fabulous Circle Game team. Enjoy the show!

 

KIMMY CHOI – CAST

Kimmy is thrilled to be back again at the Firehall with Circle Game, after touring the show to the Persephone Theatre last summer. She has had the pleasure of working across the country with theatre companies such as The Arts Club, Theatre Calgary, Citadel Theatre, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Canadian Stage, Theatre Aquarius, Drayton Entertainment, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Neptune Theatre and The Charlottetown Festival Young Company. She has also worked abroad at Phoenix Theatre in Arizona, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival in Auburn, NY and Cambodia Living Arts in Phnom Penh. Film/TV credits include: Share (A24), October Faction (Netflix), Rising Suns (New Tang Dynasty), In Contempt (BET), Watch Dogs 2 (video game/Ubisoft), American Gothic (CBS), Rogue (DirecTV),  Orphan Black (Space/BBC), and the Listener (CTV). Many thanks to Anna and Andy, and the cast and crew. Love to my family, especially B and R. Hope you enjoy this beautiful show.

 

ANDREW COHEN – Co-Creator/Director, Music Director & Arrangements

Andrew is thrilled to bring Circle Game back to Vancouver and around BC.  He is a Jessie nominated and Ovation Award winning performer, music director, director, and proud East Vancouverite.  As MD/Arranger/Sound Designer: Fiddler on the Roof (Persephone Theatre), Circle Game (World Premiere – Firehall Arts Centre), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (FCP), The Foursome (Gateway), Trainspotting (Tremors/Rumble), The Dining Room (UBC).  As Performer: Fiddler on the Roof (Persephone Theatre), Les Filles du Roi (Urban Ink/Fugue/Cultch), Hair, Chicago (Mayfield Edmonton), Buddy the Elf in Elf the musical, Fiddler on the Roof (Chemainus), Godspell (Arts Club), Hunchback (Catalyst/Playhouse), Game Show, Joseph (StageWest), Urinetown (Firehall), Hamelin (Axis).  Andrew was a National Finalist on CBC’s Triple Sensation.  He has worked around the world on large global Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games, AIMAG, and Invictus Games in Brazil, Australia, and Turkmenistan.  He created the viral video UBC LipDub, and is an avid teacher at the Gotta Sing Gotta Dance summer program.  He would like to thank Donna Spencer, Ashlie Corcoran, the Firehall and Arts Club teams, his family (both related and chosen) for all their support, and his incredible wife, collaborator, and muse Anna Kuman.

 

DAVID Z. COHEN – CAST

David is thrilled to be back doing Circle Game after the successful World Premiere in 2017 (Firehall – Jessie Award nomination for Ensemble Performance) and bonus run at the Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. Select credits include: Fiddler On The Roof (Persephone), Mamma Mia (Arts Club), Andrej in Once (Chemainus), Dimitri in Posh (FCP – Vancouver CTC award nomination for Lead Performance by an Actor), JD in Heathers (FCP), Crazy For You (Gateway), Legally Blonde (TUTS). David is an Ovation Award winner, and an Aida Broadbent Award recipient. He has also performed as a musician, singer, and instrumentalist at various venues around Vancouver. Special shoutout to friends and family for their support, and the Untitled crew for their love/faith/trust/patience.

 

GEOFF HOLLINGSHEAD – SOUND DESIGNER

Geoff is thrilled to be back with the Circle Game cast and crew. With an extensive background in sound design and mixing, Geoff has been involved in musical theatre for over 15 years. Select theatre credits include Les Miserables, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Beauty and the Beast, and Mary Poppins with the Arts Club Theatre. After years of mixing shows, Geoff recently changed career paths and is now a Commercial Pilot flying all over North America, but of course will still take the opportunity to come back to design or mix a show. Many thanks to Anna and Andy for their vision and support!

 

ANNA KUMAN – CO-CREATOR/DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER

Anna is a multi-disciplinary theatre practitioner who was born and raised in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. A graduate of Capilano University, Anna won an Ovation Award for “Outstanding Newcomer” right after graduation and has gone on to work across Canada and internationally. As a performer, Anna has worked with The Arts Club on 12 productions including White Christmas, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, The Producers, and Red Rock Diner (which toured to these same locations in 2015). She is thrilled that The Arts Club has brought Circle Game to audiences across British Columbia. Circle Game has been nominated for 3 Jessie Richardson awards, and 5 Ovation Awards of which it won for Outstanding Production, and Music Direction.   Her favourite credits as Choreographer include: Mom’s the Word: Nest 1/2 Empty, American Idiot, The Who’s TOMMY, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Raymur Mothers (Ovation Award: Outstanding New Work), Spring Awakening (Ovation Award: Outstanding Production Small Theatre), and The Rocky Horror Show (CTC Award: Outstanding Choreography). Anna has also worked as Assistant Mass Movement Choreographer for events such as the Rio 2016 Paralympic Opening Ceremonies in Brazil and the AIMAG Opening Ceremonies in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. These ceremonies included casts of 8,000 performers, aerialists, horses, camels, and dogs. Many thanks to Donna Spencer, Ashlie Corcoran, the CG cast, and team of designers who contributed to bringing this piece to fruition. Our gratitude towards Joni Mitchell runs incredibly deep. Her music and message has brought together this tribe of beautiful artists, and sent us on an incredible journey. Most importantly, Anna thanks her collaborator and husband Andrew for his steadfast encouragement, and support. www.annakuman.com

 

BENJAMIN MILLMAN – CAST

Benjamin is so excited to be in the touring cast of Circle Game! He grew up in Vancouver BC surrounded by a musical family. Because of this, he became extremely involved in the Vancouver music community. Some of his past experiences include being a busker at Granville Island – both individually and with his cousin Maya Rae as a part of Just Cuz Music,  performing with Perry Ehrlich’s Showstoppers at such venues as the PNE forum stage and Rogers Arena, and singing as a part of the Gentleman Quartet. In 2015, Benjamin started his own DJ company, Spin Off Entertainment  and he is currently studying Jazz piano at Capilano University. Benjamin is so grateful for the opportunity to perform for you tonight, and hopes that you all enjoy the show!

 

SCOTT PERRIE – CAST

Scott is delighted to once again bring Joni’s music to life with this talented cast.  A Vancouver based musician and actor, he got his start in showbiz at 9 years old performing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with Donny Osmond . Some of his favourite shows include Million Dollar Quartet and The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe Theatre), Bat Boy: The Musical (Patrick Street),  A Little Night Music and La Cage Aux Folles (Vancouver Playhouse), Once, Spam-a-lot, and One Man Two Guvnors (The Arts Club). Film and TV credits include The Flash, Blue Book, iZombie, Psych, and Hallmark.  When he’s not on stage he writes and performs alongside his talented partner Leora Joy, as the pop-folk duo Winsome Kind.  His most important role to date is “proud dad” to his two beautiful boys, Avery and Jasper.  www.scottperrie.com

 

ADRIANA RAVALLI – CAST

Adriana is so excited to bring Circle Game back to the Firehall! Originally from Toronto, she currently calls Vancouver home. Adriana spent the better part of  last year singing and travelling South America with NCL on the Norwegian Sun. Some theatre credits include Circle Game (Firehall Arts Center, Persephone Theatre), Rock of Ages (Arts Club), Broken Sex Doll (The Virtual Stage), Spring Awakening (FCP/Ovation Award: Best Production Small Theatre) and Ray Frank: Girl Rabbi of the Golden West. She also showcased her years of teaching and dance experience as Choreographer for Parade with FCP. Adriana would like to thank her family and friends for always loving and supporting her. Many thanks to her beautiful cast and crew, and Andy and Anna for bringing this show to life.

 

CAROLYN RAPANOS – SET DESIGNER

Carolyn Rapanos is a set designer based in Vancouver, BC. She is thrilled to have collaborated on Circle Game! Recent designs include Little Women (Chemainus Theatre), Kim’s Convenience (Pacific Theatre), Ruined (Dark Glass Theatre), and Driving Miss Daisy (Rosebud Theatre). Carolyn has received multiple Jessie and Ovation award nominations and a design ensemble Jessie award. You can see her work at www.carolynrapanos.ca.

 

TED ROBERTS – TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AND TOUR LIGHTING DESIGNER

Past designs at Persephone include Lighting for Treasure Island, My Chernobyl and Hedda Gabler. As Resident Designer for Vancouver Arts Club Theatre recent designs include the scenic designs and/or lighting for Once, Thanks For Giving, Bitter Girl, Million Dollar Quartet and Billy Elliot. For the Firehall Arts Centre the lighting for Chelsea Hotel, and set for Urinetown. Ted is a member of Associated Designers of Canada.

 

IAN SCHIMPF – LIGHTING DESIGNER

Ian is a graduate of the BFA Theatre Design program at UBC. In his time there he won “Best in show creative innovation” in the international Walt Disney Imagineering Imagi-Nations design competition, for his ride idea “Mickey’s Stunt Pilot Academy”. He is thrilled that this show, which started off in a small studio theatre in North Vancouver, is now touring around Western Canada. Congrats to Andy and Anna and the rest of the cast and crew of Circle Game.

 

JESSIE VAN RIJN – COSTUME DESIGNER

Jessie recently became Producer for the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, AB after spending 12 years in Vancouver (Managing Producer at Electric Company Theatre, General Manager at Carousel Theatre for Young People). Past theatre designs include Trainspotting (Production Design, Rumble Theatre), Ordinary Days (Costume Design, Jessie Award nominee, Relephant Theatre), The Exquisite Hour (Production Design, Relephant Theatre), Dr. Horrible’s Sing- Along Blog (Costume Design, Relephant Theatre) and An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer (Assistant Set Design). Huge thanks to Stacie Steadman and Kimberley Brower for their assistance on this project. Love to her boys and this wild group of artists.