December 2 - 23, 2022
Making Spirits Bright
Two short Stories By Thomas King and W.O. Mitchell adapted for the stage
Back by popular demand after a sold-out run, Globe Theatre is proud to present the second annual production of Making Spirits Bright, a show that celebrates holiday merrymaking set against the backdrop of an old-fashioned live radio play. We invite you to bring the whole family to cozy up together and make Making Spirits Bright part of your annual family tradition.
The Artesian Hall is transformed into a holiday greeting card setting the stage for an evening of wintery storytelling and music making. The show begins with a rendition of Thomas King’s popular story, A Coyote Solstice Tale. It is a sweet, heartfelt, and comedic journey that follows Coyote’s path to goodwill by way of a shopping plaza and an unexpected guest.
Continuing the night’s storytelling is A Voice for Christmas by W.O. Mitchell. Set in the 1940’s, the kid has one Christmas wish – to talk to his father who is overseas at war. A sudden blizzard is no match for the fierce determination of a community committed to bringing father and child together. This is a timeless Saskatchewan tale of family, friendship, and perseverance during the darkest times of the year.
A holiday tradition with the Globe! Beloved stories by Canadian authors Thomas King and W.O. Mitchell are transformed through the old timey tradition of live radio plays.
Moose, Cashier, Jake, Ensemble
Sky is a proud father of 2 boys who he dedicates all of his work to. He holds a degree in Theatre from the First Nations University of Canada and is also a sessional theatre and indigenous visual art instructor at the University of Regina. In Winter 2021, Sky curated, directed, and performed in a playreading series for Globe Theatre. In the following Spring he developed a piece with Greg Ochitwa that was based on stories from his life titled, Holdin' on to What's Golden, which he then performed as a one-person show in the Globe Theatre's 2022 Main Stage Season.
Previously at the Globe: Holdin’ on to What’s Golden, Actor/Co-Creator; Making Spirits Bright 2021, Actor; Playreading Series, Director/Curator/Actor.
Narrator, Ma, Ensemble
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, Kid, Ensemble
Sarah Bergbusch is an actor, theatre maker, and puppeteer from Regina, Saskatchewan. She holds a degree in Theatre from the University of Regina and is a graduate of the Prague Shakespeare Company Conservatory program in Prague, Czech Republic, where she lived and studied for a year. Sarah is thrilled to be back at the Globe Theatre and is looking forward to performing this joyful holiday show once more!
Previously at The Globe: Wool Gathering, Cinderella, Women of the Fur Trade, Making Spirits Bright
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, Adult Kid, Ensemble
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.
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: Devised Young Company 2020, Haunted Ghost Tour 2020, Art Out Loud: Messages Through Time 2021.
Other: PA for The Last Children
Sydney is an actor, voice actor, writer, and aspiring director. They are crip and queer and want to create unapologetic art that reflects and honours that. Currently, Sydney is a member of Listen to Dis where they are excited to be starting a mentorship with Traci Foster this winter. They would like to thank Jennifer Brewin for her mentorship throughout this project, and Sarah Bergbush for her continued encouragement and mentorship.
Sound Designer & Operator
Michael (they/them) is a sound designer and theatre artist based in Tkaronto. 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 The Flood and What If If Only at the Stratford Festival’s DWP as well as producing and sound designing the narrative podcast The Rest is Electric. Their interests are wide ranging, but of particular interest to them are queer stories as well as stories from other marginalized and under-served communities.
Previously at the Globe: Holdin’ On To What’s Golden (2022), Making Spirits Bright (2021), Art Out Loud (2021)
Upcoming: Elephant (bluemouth inc.), Love You Wrong Time (Bad Muse Collective)
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.
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)
Mackenzy Vida (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist from Treaty 4, Regina, Saskatchewan. Art therapy in early childhood was the catalyst that lit her passion for the arts. Globe Theatre School fostered confidence in exploring her creativity. Her introduction to theatre design featured shows from the Sandbox Series; Concord Floral | Young Company Directed by Judy Wensel (2019); and In Care Directed by Kenneth T. Williams (2019).
The inspiration for the headpieces comes from the patchwork look of handmade items. The colours hark to the environment in which the animals dwell. When creating the works with the help of Celeste Pinder, we utilized scraps of fabric to play with texture and give the fur dimension. Pairing this with dyed burlap keeps them grounded in the natural world with a hint of whimsy.
Special thank you to Rob and Joanne Vida for their continuous support!
Meghan is excited to be returning to the Globe for the second run of this delightful holiday celebration. Though based in Toronto, Meghan has worked with theatre companies across North America. Recent theatre credits include: The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale (Soulpepper), The Trojan Girls and the Outhouse of Atreus, (Outside the March), Sugar Road (Lighthouse), Sweeney Todd (Talk is Free), Cottagers & Indians (Tarragon), The Ministry of Grace (Belfry), The Election (Common Boots), Hand to God (Coal Mine). Meghan is a graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University, and a member of the CAEA Council’s Stage Management Committee.
Previously at the Globe: Making Spirits Bright 2021
Upcoming: Behind the Moon at Tarragon Theatre & Macbeth at the Canadian Opera Company