First off, I must say that I do NOT recommend walking on railway tracks. That’s just a public service announcement I want to put out there for the safety of you and your family. You are welcome for that. However, after seeing this really neat little trailer, which is as much a cool music video as anything else, I am quite interested in what ‘Shangri-La’, the play, will be like when it opens at the Globe Theater in Regina, Saskatchewan on Thursday, September 26th . For all the information, keep reading below!
“Written & Performed by Judy Wensel
Directed by Michelle Kennedy
Dramaturgy by Denise Clarke and Michelle Kennedy
Trailer shot and edited by Mitch Doll
A story of sisterly love and loyalty, small town assumption and apprehension and just how happy we are while dancing.
Set in the fictional small prairie town of Millard in late August of 1963, Shangri-La features Jeanne McCate, an astutely aware teen attempting to understand a never ending series of complications. Her sister is in trouble, her dad has been drinking, her mom has been swearing and Jeanne is hanging on for dear life in her own hilarious and heart-wrenching way.
About the Artists:
JUDY WENSEL | Writer/Performer
Judy is a Regina-based actor, director, improviser, director, teacher and creator. Since receiving her BFA in Acting from the University of Regina she has been active at Globe Theatre as an actor, director and theatre school instructor. Her theatre and improv work has brought her across North America working with such companies as Instant Theatre Company (Victoria, Vancouver), One Yellow Rabbit (Calgary), 2b Theatre (Halifax), Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton) and Philly Improv Theatre (Philadelphia). She also founded Regina’s Combat Improv in 2007 and was the show’s Co-Artistic Producer for five years. Judy’s work was nationally recognized in 2011, when she received the Stage West/Equity National Emerging Theatre Artist Award. Coming up, Judy will be performing in Sleeping Beauty and will be directing Salt-Water Moon, both for the Globe Theatre mainstage.
MICHELLE KENNEDY | Director
Michelle is director, writer, and producer from Edmonton. Recent writing credits include Apocalypse: A Period Piece (with Chris Craddock); The Tornado!: A Musical Prairie Tragicomedy (Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Mischief and Mayhem Theatre); Post (Strangebird Theatre, Calgary/Toronto); You Are What You Eat (Freakshow, Swallow-A-Bicycle, High Performance Rodeo); The Flood: A Disaster Story (Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Mischief and Mayhem Theatre). Recent directing credits include: Apocalypse: A Period Piece (Edmonton Fringe); PornStar.USA (Sterling Award Nomination, Outstanding Fringe Production), The Tornado!: A Musical Prairie Tragicomedy, The Flood: A Disaster Story (Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Mischief and Mayhem Theatre); Shhhh! (Swallow-A-Bicycle) Coffee Dad, Chicken Mom and the Fabulous Buddha Boi (Guys Undisguised/Mischief and Mayhem Theatre, Sterling award for Best New Fringe Play) in both Edmonton and New York City; Willkommen in Spreepark (Mischief and Mayhem Theatre); and UBU ROI: A Grotesque Burlesque (Mischief and Mayhem Theatre). Recent Assistant Director Credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Theatre Calgary, Assistant to Dean Paul Gibson), Filth (Assistant to Kelly Reay, Sage Theatre). Michelle is in her fourth season at One Yellow Rabbit and had the pleasure to work with the OYR ensemble on: People You May Know, SMASH CUT FREEZE, Kawasaki Exit, Gilgamesh La-Z-Boy, Doing Leonard Cohen, and Sylvia Plath Must Not Die. Michelle holds a BA (Honours) Degree in Drama from the University of Alberta and a certificate in Arts and Cultural Management from Grant MacEwan College.”