December 15 - 23, 2021
Making Spirits Bright
A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas Kingand
A Voice For Christmas by W.O. Mitchell
Two short stories adapted for the stage in the tradition of live radio plays
Globe Theatre’s, Making Spirits Bright, will remind us all of the true meaning of Christmas. In the spirit of old-fashioned radio plays, we present the world premieres by this country’s beloved writers.
The show begins with a rendition of Thomas King’s popular story, A Coyote Solstice Tale. This sweet, heartfelt, and comedic journey follows Coyote as he learns that finding peace and goodwill during the holiday season always begins with family and friends.
As the reading transitions to A Voice for Christmas by beloved Canadian author, W.O. Mitchell, it continues the underlying message of the importance of family during the holiday season. Set in the 1940’s, a young boy has one Christmas wish – to talk to his father for the first time since he was sent off to war. This timeless Saskatchewan tale of family, love, and perseverance will remind us to never take connection for granted.
Making Spirits Bright will be Globe Theatre’s take on a live radio show, where we will get the opportunity to premier these classic stories for the first time ever on stage.
Patrons who choose to experience the live readings in person will find themselves at the cozy Artesian, where these beloved stories will come to life with the creativity of a company of actors, who together will create a full score of sound effects.
A story that will entertain children, parents, and grandparents – it is a fun holiday activity for the whole family.
Moose, Cashier (Coyote) | Jake (Voice)
Globe Theatre: Director: They Know Not What They Do reading, Where the Blood Mixes reading, Education is Our Right reading; Actor (Billy/Skyler) and Writer: wanisiniwin/kwêski-pimâtisiw (2020 Sandbox Series); Actor (weetigo), Collective Member, and Writer: Making Treaty 4; Actor (Bayley): In Care (2019 Sandbox Series); Assistant Director: The Rez Sisters (2018 Sandbox Series); and Indigenous Liaison.
Sky is a proud father of 2 handsome boys who he dedicates all of his work to. While finishing his last semester at FNUniv/U of R and creating his own work, he is also a theatre and indigenous art instructor for SUNTEP at the University of Regina. In Winter 2021, Sky curated, directed, and acted in a play reading series for the Globe Theatre, where he works as both Artistic Associate and Indigenous Liaison. In the Spring he developed and performed an outdoor walking show alongside Greg Ochitwa titled, Holdin’ on to What’s Golden, which will be performed as a one-person show in the Globe Theatre’s upcoming Main Stage Season. Most recently, Sky has been devising a show titled, mêtawêmin, with his son Leslie that will be presented in February 2022. Sky was born and raised in Regina and he is nêhiyawak, from Treaty 4 Territory.
Narrator (Coyote) | Ma (Voice)
Globe Theatre: They Know Not What They Do Reading
Kris is privileged to build relationships & make art with like-spirited humans at Curtain Razors, Fadadance, Artesian, Globe Theatre & Common Weal. Kris performs (Bad Blood, Carmen Angel - Joey Tremblay), makes (What Kind of Brown Are You, Burnt Sienna), and moments before pandemic, had life-inspiring experiences (Reasonable Doubt at Persephone Theatre)
Kris continues in film (Donkeyhead -Agam Darshi), in parks (The Other Side of the River -Sum Theatre), on TV (ZARQA -CBC Gem), onstage (Making Spirits Bright -Globe Theatre) and in creation (Acknowledgement).
Otter (Coyote) | Kid (Voice)
Globe Theatre: They Know Not What They Do Reading, Cinderella (Mainstage), Wool Gathering, Fusion 2013, Fusion 2014 (Sandbox Series).
Sarah Bergbusch is an actor, theatre maker, puppeteer, and independent artist from Regina, Saskatchewan. She holds a degree in theatre and women and gender studies from the University of Regina. Sarah has worked throughout Saskatchewan with Arts Organizations such as Globe Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Live Five Theatre, Curtain Razors, Common Weal, and Sum Theatre. She has also traveled and worked internationally in the Czech Republic and New Zealand. Sarah is excited to return to the Globe Theatre for Making Spirits Bright. Some previous credits include: The Last Children, Trespassers Waltz, Carmen Angel (Curtain Razors); Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? (Live Five Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Prague Shakespeare Company); Waiting for Sharkweek (New Zealand Fringe Festival), Theatre in the Park (Sum Theatre).
Globe Theatre: The Story; The Alex Blake Connection; Making Spirits Bright; upcoming Miss Caledonia.
Other: I’m Right Here (NTS); Tomorrow Love (Studio 58); and Lady Macbeth and the Not Quite Dead (Musical TheatreWorks); A Tonic for Desperate Times (Theatre Gargantua); Emilia (United Players of Vancouver)
Sierra Haynes is a multidisciplinary graduate of the Studio 58. Along with a decade of radio, she’s an actress, musician, composer, and writer. She is currently an Artistic Associate at Globe Theatre Regina. Sierra is glad to welcome audiences back into the theatre! She would like to thank family, friends, collaborators, and mentors who always encourage and support her art. Keep up with her online at: www.sierrahaynes.ca
Coyote (Coyote) | Narrator (Voice)
Globe Theatre: The Hobbit, The Fusion Project
Ruaridh MacDonald (he/him) is an actor, singer, musician, composer & playwright. He is thrilled to be back in Regina working at Globe Theatre! Ru is a 2017 graduate of Sheridan College’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program.
Theatre credits include: The Nutcracker (Caravan Farm Theatre); Portia (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chickens, Dogbarked, Fitz Happens! (Souris Valley Theatre); Floyd Collins, Trapdoor, Sunday In the Park With George, Shrek The Musical, How to Succeed... (Sheridan)
Writing Credits include: One Song, Glory (Musical Stage Co.); The Ordinary Adventures of Gordo & Herm (Super Wonder Gallery); narcissus: a cycle, The House of Special Purpose, 3704 7734 (artpop.toronto)
Other: Ru is a member of Inveraray & District Pipe Band - current Scottish, European, and World Pipe Band Champions. In 2013 he recorded Ascension: Live at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hallwith the band. Special thanks to Jennifer Brewin for bringing him home, his agents at Newton Landry Management, and his family for their constant love and support.
Artistic Director, Director, Costume Designer
Jennifer Brewin recently joined Globe Theatre as it's 5th Artistic Director. Prior to moving to Regina, she was the Co-Artistic Director of Toronto’s Common Boots Theatre and before that, Co-Artistic Director of B.C.’s Caravan Farm Theatre.
She has staged large-scale works for outdoor stages across the country, including Ottawa’s National Arts Centre - English Theatre, the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, the Caravan Farm Theatre, and six outdoor winter walking shows in Toronto at Evergreen Brick Works and Christie Pits Park.
She has directed premiers of new plays by Marjorie Chan, George F. Walker, Natasha Greenblatt, Martha Ross, Michelle Riml, and Haley McGee.
As a writer she co-authored a number of collective creations including, The Election, The Public Servant, and The Attic, the Pearls and 3 Fine Girls, all for Common Boots Theatre. With Peter Hinton, she created and directed The Frost Fair for the National Arts Centre, and at the Caravan Farm Theatre she wrote numerous outdoor winter productions and collaborated on three large-scale, mainstage musicals.
She is the recipient of a Dora Mavor Moore Award, a Jessie Award, and The Armstrong Award of Excellence (with Estelle Shook).
Globe Theatre: Debut
Meghan is very excited to be coming to the Globe for the first time, especially for this delightful holiday celebration. She is also happy to be returning to theatre after the recent involuntary hiatus. She spent much of this time working on the TV show Y: The Last Man, which you can check out on FX Canada. Though based in Toronto, Meghan has worked with theatre companies as both a stage manager and assistant stage across North America. Recent theatre credits include: Stupidhead! (Outside the March), Something Bubbled, Something Blue (Talk is Free), Cottagers & Indians (Tarragon), The Ministry of Grace (Belfry), The Election (Common Boots), Hand to God (Coal Mine), Animal Farm (Soulpepper), Outside (Roseneath Theatre), Lunenburg (Upper Canada Playhouse), Early August (Lighthouse Festival Theatre). Meghan is a graduate of the soon to be renamed university in Toronto, and a member of the CAEA Council’s Stage Management Committee.
Director of Production and Set Designer
Globe Theatre: Over thirty productions as stage manager including: I Call myself Princess, Cinderella, Chicago, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Gracie, The Hobbit, Mamma Mia!, Shrek The Musical, Us, A Christmas Carol, Bittergirl – The Musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Salt Baby (2017, 2015), Million Dollar Quartet, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline (2016, 2012), Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash.
Other: Kenilee has stage managed all over Canada, including Othello, Mary Stuart (Stratford Festival); seven productions with Dancing Sky Theatre including Popcorn Elder, The Lucky Ones, Operation Big Rock; five productions with Souris Valley Theatre including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Kenilee holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education, both from the University of Regina. She sends love to Jamie, Elizabeth, mom, dad, Adam, Kaila, and William.
Head of Sound and Sound Designer
Globe Theatre: Art Out Loud, The Story
Michael is a sound designer and theatre artist currently based in Regina. They are a graduate of the Production, Design, and Technical Arts program at the National Theatre School of Canada, and have worked professionally as a sound designer since 2013. Their recent projects include Art Out Loud with Globe Theatre, Bunk #7 with The Raven Collective, and producing and sound designing the narrative podcast The Rest is Electric. They have also worked in live sound mixing for over a decade, with experience working in large concert venues and outdoor festivals. Their interests are wide ranging, but of particular interest to them are queer stories as well as other marginalized and under-served communities. Their sound portfolio can be found here: bit.ly/mkwsound
Technical Director and Lighting Designer
Globe Theatre: Lighting Designer: Concord Floral, Folk-lore, G-Ram, Fusion Project 2016, A Soldier’s War, Woolgathering, Rael’s Journey, Fusion Project: Touch, Fusion Project: The Stay, Alexander Abrams’ Magical Space Boots; Lighting and Sound Designer: In Care, The Rez Sisters, Hip Hop Hoop Dance, Thunderstick, Root Hog or Die, Salt Baby; Associate Lighting Designer: Million Dollar Quartet; Assistant Lighting Designer: The Last Wife; Sound Designer: Behind The Screams: Ghost Tour, Henry and Alice: Into the Wild
Other Theatre: Lighting Designer: The Last Children (Judy Wensel, Curtain Razors), Lo-Fi/Hi-Fi (Fadadance Youth Company), Leading Ladies, Music Therapy with Terrance, Over the River and Through the Woods (Regina Little Theatre); Lighting and Sound Designer: The Lords of Sceptre, Snowbirds (Menagerie Productions); Sound Designer: The Velveteen Rabbit (Regina Little Theatre); Swept Off Our Feet (Regina Summer Stage)
Globe Theatre: Concord Floral by Jordan Tannahill, directed by Judy Wensel (costume design mentee) ; In Care by Kenneth T. Williams, directed by Curtis Peeteetuce (costume design), Art Out Loud in collaboration with Narrative Design Collective (mentee artist in production).
Mackenzy Vida is a multidisciplinary artist and mixed person (Algonquin, French, Ukrainian and Hungarian) from Treaty 4, Regina, Saskatchewan. As a long time collaborator with Globe Theatre and a former Globe Theatre School student, she is eager to be working in the arts again. Her current focus is in installation/mural art, illustration and the pursuit of her post-baccalaureate studies in print media. As an emerging artist, she strives to create meaningful connections through her work, drawing inspiration from the world around her. See more of her work at www.mackenzyvida.com