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Songs My Mother Never Sung Me

Songs My Mother Never Sung Me is an opera for families about a Deaf mom and her hearing son. The piece is bilingual and is performed and sung in English and ASL. The heart of this touching and funny work is its intimate connection to playwright Dave Clarke’s experience growing up as a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult). Recommended for ages 6 and up. 

ASL/English accessible.

Presenter: Concrete Theatre

Performance dates

Wednesday, February 13th, at 1 PM
Wednesday, February 13th, at 7 PM
Thursday, February 14th, at 7 PM
Friday, February 15th, at 1 PM
Friday, February 15th, at 8:30 PM
Saturday, February 16th, at 2 PM
Sunday, February 17th, at 2 PM
 

 

cast

 

Kelsie Acton

Assistant Director

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Kelsie is a neurodivergent choreographer, dancer and Co-Artistic Director of CRIPSiE, Edmonton's integrated dance company. She is also a PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta researching timing, access and integrated dance.


Amorena Bartlett

ASL Coach & Deaf Consultant

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Amorena is originally from British Columbia and moved to Edmonton in 2009. She is a strong Deaf community member who has been involved in various roles within different organizations. She is currently an ASL sessional instructor at MacEwan University and works at Alberta Deaf Sports Association as Administrative Assistant. She has a degree in Criminology and is currently completing her diploma in Paralegal Studies at MacEwan University. Her goal with her studies and various roles within the Deaf community is to become a strong advocate for Deaf rights within the criminal justice system. Along with being an advocate and teacher, she absolutely enjoys being a Deaf consultant and getting involved with theatre and productions. She has a passion and drive to embrace new things and loves opportunities that come her way that allow her to explore the world outside her comfort zone. 


Patrick Beagan

Lighting Design

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 Born in Lethbridge, Patrick is a proud halfbreed of Nlaka'pamux and Irish Canadian heritage. He is a graduate of Red Deer College with Diplomas in both Theatre Technology and Performance. He has previously designed for Concrete Theatre for Consent and Paper Song (lighting design), Bello (production design), Under Cover (lighting design), The Antyssey (Production Design), I Am For You (Set/Projection Design), and lighting the last few years of the Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids. Other recent credits include lighting designs for Pinocchio (Alberta Opera), Honour Beat (Theatre Calgary), Major Barbara and Legally Blonde: the Musical (Red Deer College), and co-directing Reckoning (Article 11). pbeagan.com


Dave clarke

Music & Lyrics

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Dave is an Edmonton musician, writer, actor and sound designer. He has composed music for theatre, film, dance and multi-media for three decades. He worked for seven years on CBC Radio’s The Irrelevant Show. His play for young audiences That’s Danger! (Alberta Workers’ Health Centre) continues to tour junior high schools. Dave looks forward to composing music for The Tempest (Citadel Theatre) featuring hearing and Deaf actors, in April 2019.

Previous composition for Concrete Theatre include Consent, Paper Song, Jeremy Fisher, Smokescreen, Offensive Fouls, Under Cover, Routes, The Shape of a Girl, I Am For You, and the Sprouts New Play Festival For Kids.

Recent designs include The Cardiac Shadow (Northern Light Theatre), The Comedy Company (Shadow Theatre), Constellations (Alberta Theatre Projects) and The Comedy of Errors (Freewill).


Kim Clegg

Projection Design

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Kim is “Head Rat” at Rat Creek Design, an Edmonton based company specializing in Motion Graphics and Animation. He started Rat Creek in 1996 and over the last 2 decades has worked as a hands-on motion designer/compositor and as Art Director and Media Consultant on team-based cross platform projects.

Highlights include Director of Animation on Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock, a combination animation and live action FX based half-hour series for APTN; Lead Animator on Home Fire, an AMPIA award nominated series of animations for Native Counselling Services of Alberta and recent works for Full House Lottery, Calder Bateman, BBC GEL, ATB and Alberta Health Services. Rat Creek also collaborates with local artists and filmmakers on animation & MGFX for short films or in performance based productions, such as Concrete theatre's Routes and Laura Krewski’s The Yellow Wallpaper.

Kim won the Innovation in the Arts Award at the 2005 Mayor's Evening for the Arts, was the recipient of a 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award from MacEwan for his work in the Edmonton Production community, and won an AMPIA award for Best Animation for AADAC’s Firepit.


Susan Gilmour

Mom’s Voice

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 Susan has performed in theatres in Edmonton, Toronto, Stratford, throughout Canada, and Internationally on Broadway, in Los Angeles, throughout the US, in Asia and South Africa. Selected credits:  Fantine in Les Miserables, Eva Peron in Evita, Margaret Johnson in Light in The Piazza, Delores in The Wild Party, Witch in Into the Woods, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Lottie Child in Crazy for You, Miss Andrew and Bird Woman in Mary Poppins, Bernice Trimble in Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, Mother Superior in Sister Act, Vi Moore in Footloose, Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Marilla in Anne of Green Gables, Drowsy in Drowsy Chaperone, Marmee in Little Women, Baroness in The Sound of Music, Grizabella in CATS, Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing.., Pirate Jenny in Three Penny Opera, Reno Sweeny in Anything Goes, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, and Nancy in Oliver!

Susan is delighted to be here with this wonderful company!


Caroline Howarth

Co-Director/Co-Dramaturg

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Caroline is a founder of Concrete Theatre directing numerous projects including The Early Bloomer, The Shape Of A Girl, Are We There Yet?, Sprouts and the original production of Paper Song.  She is Chair of Fine Arts at Concordia University of Edmonton where she teaches acting, directing and Theatre for Young Audiences. She has directed many productions for Concordia including The Glorious 12th, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Unity (1918), the musical Seussical and the opera Dido and Aeneas.  Last season she directed the Edmonton premiere of Mieko Ouchi’s The Dada Play at Concordia. Caroline is thrilled to be working with Mieko, Dave and the team on this great story.  Thank you to all the folks who have contributed to the development of Songs and lots of love to my family.


Andrea Konowalec

ASL/English Interpreter

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With 15 years of signed language interpreting experience, Andrea has developed strong roots in the Edmonton-based communities. Working closely with several inclusion providers and artists, Andrea has been an integral partner in making strides to opening many doors to theatrical performances. Andrea continues as an ally to ensure full inclusion in the Edmonton and Alberta arts and cultural sectors.


Sang Sang Lee

Stage Manager

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 Previously, Sang Sang has worked on The Antyssey and Sprouts for Concrete Theatre. Elsewhere, she has worked on Redpatch, Hadestown, Mamma Mia!, Sense and Sensibility, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Avenue Q, One Man Two Guvnors, Make Mine Love, Clybourne Park, Monty Python's Spamalot, Private Lives, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, A Christmas Carol, Billy Bishop Goes to War, As You Like It (Citadel Theatre); Honour Beat (Theatre Calgary); Salt Baby (Globe Theatre); Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear (Freewill Shakespeare Festival), Don Giovanni (COSI), Hunchback (Catalyst Theatre), The Super Groovy 70s and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Mayfield Theatre). She is a graduate of Grant MacEwan's Theatre Production program.


Lynette Maurice
Prop designer

C.M Zuby
Set designer

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C. M. & Lynette are artists, mask makers and puppeteers who have developed, designed, produced and created for theatres, parades, festivals and events, specializing in creative play areas for children. Their work has included developing and presenting entertaining and educational programs through puppetry and art.  Their company, Zū-Ma: Talent to Amūz, finds the two of them working on many interesting and fun projects – painting at U of A, lanterns at Flying Canoe Volant, set design for Shadow Theatre, New Years Eve for the City of Edmonton - to name a few.


Elizabeth Morris

Mom

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Elizabeth is a graduate of OCAD University, with MDes in Inclusive Design. Her award-winning research was based on creating live theatre more accessible and inclusive for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, including their families and friends.

As a professional actor, she became Stratford Festival’s first Deaf signing actor in The Madwoman of Chaillot in 2017. She has toured with National Theatre of the Deaf (Hartford, CT) and Quest for Arts (Washington, D.C.), and is co-founder of Deaf Spirit Theatre in Kingston, Ontario (Three Dynamic Deaf Women Show). She performed in Ultrasound (Cahoots Theatre), and Bird Brain (Young People's Theatre) which was nominated for a Dora Award for Outstanding Production.

Credits as an American Sign Language (ASL) coach: Love You Forever and More... and Bird Brain (Young People's Theatre), Tribes (Canadian Stage), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stratford Festival), The Spirit (Native Earth Performing Arts), and an episode of Flashpoint (Avamar Entertainment). As a Deaf Interpreter: Up to Low and Alice Through the Looking Glass (National Arts Centre), Selfies, The Secret Garden and Munch’s Time (Young People’s Theatre).

Her goal is to set up a business exploring, consulting, and educating; developing creative ways of making live theatre more accessible and inclusive.


Erik Mortimer

Musical Director

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 Erik is a musician, composer, improviser and music director based in Edmonton. He has been recognized with a Sterling awards for his composition of Sleeping Beauty (Capitol Theatre) and musical direction on The Last Five Years (Theatre Network). He was also nominated for Peter and the Starcatcher (Citadel Theatre), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Drat the Cat (Plain Janes), and Honk (Grindstone Theatre).

Erik has composed music for several productions including Robin Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella (Capitol theatre), Kill Shakespeare and Shakespeare’s Will (Thou Art Here) and Ron Pearsons Mystery Wonder Show. Other recent work includes Two Good Knights (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), What Gives (Teatro la Quindicina), Songs of the Martingale, Sweethearts of the 49th Parallel. He has music directed with the Citadel Young Company, Alberta Opera and is rehearsal pianist at Ballet Edmonton.

Erik has collaborated and performed with some incredible songwriters including Andrea House, Vissia, The Barkell’s, Bonnie Kilroe and Dana Wylie. He performs regularly as a solo pianist, lounge singer and band leader with the Erik Mortimer Trio.

He has had the opportunity to work with improv companies including Rapid Fire, Die-nasty, Rocket Sugar Factory and IBugairdini. He has music directed for RFT’s “Off book the Improvised Musical” and Grindstone’s the “11 O’clock number”. Erik has played the NY musical improv Festival and toured the North American fringe circuit.


Kieran Martin Murphy

Narrator

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Kieran has had the pleasure of working in Canadian Musical Theatre for 2 decades some of the stand out roles have been Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, King Arthur in SPAMALOT and Gus the Theatre Cat in CATS.  He appeared on CBC’s Irrelevant Show for 4 seasons and spent a little time doing a little Television; most notably Damnation for AMC on Netflix.  Having been part of the workshop for Songs My Mother Never Sung Me he is especially excited to be a part of this full professional run and to reprise the Narrator role.  It’s a show that requires a lot of concentration, but there is so much heart in it that it is the kind of work that just fills you up.  Selected Credits: Les Miserables, Buddy Holly, Rock of Ages (Arts Club), SPAMALOT, All Shook Up, J.C. Superstar (Stage West), Hamlet (U of A), CATS (Theatre Calgary), Oliver (Citadel), The Pavilion (Shadow Theatre), Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (Concrete Theatre), Two Good Knights, J.C. Superstar, The Wizard of Oz, Gypsy (Mayfield), Crescendo (John Cameron Productions).


Mieko Ouchi

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Co-Director/Co-Dramaturg

 Actor, writer, director and filmmaker, Mieko Ouchi received her professional training through the U of A BFA Acting Program. Mieko’s award winning plays include The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye), The Blue Light, Nisei Blue, I Am For You, The Dada Play, Consent and The Silver Arrow. As a co-founder and the current Artistic Director of Concrete, Mieko has directed productions of Consent, Bello, Paper Song, The Antyssey, The Early Bloomer, I Am For You, Smokescreen, Under Cover, Routes, Apples and Oranges, Nami Namersson, The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, Are We There Yet?, The Plum Tree and Naomi’s Road for the company. Last season, Mieko was recognized with a Sterling Award (Artistic Achievement TYA) for her work as playwright and director of Consent. Mieko had a wonderful time beginning her ASL studies this year through NICA. She is thrilled to be working with this talented team on this amazing new inclusive opera.


Nicole Sander

Executive Consultant & ASL/English Interpreter

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Nicole has been a performing artist since childhood and deeply active in creating ASL Accessible Performances since 2010 with musicians, dancers and multiple theatres. Recent works of immense pride are Jezebel at the Still Point, Evacuated, Pretty Goblins (6 Sterling Nominations, 1 Award), Black Girl Magic, Selassie Drah & the PEI, and Unwoven

Consultation, editing perspective and ASL services to TV productions include THE A.G. BELL STORY, STREET LEGAL & THE CLASS OF ’96, along with multiple TV Interviews and News segments.

She has been a professional Interpreter since 1990 and partnered as CEO to established NICA Consolidated in 2009 to better serve the Deaf, Deafblind, Deaf-Plus and hard-of-hearing communities throughout Canada. Having extensive skills in project management and international networking, Nicole’s team at NICA provided in-depth services and supports for SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival, along with the expert curation of fully inclusive services for the entire Chinook Series 2018, making it THE most inclusive and accessible festival series ever in Canada. Nicole is a staunch advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion for all people, and embraces the building of ally-ships to further create welcome spaces in our world.


Bobby Smale

Sound Designer

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 Bobby is a sound designer based in Edmonton, Alberta. Design credits include sound design for The Dream Catchers (Confederation Centre for the Arts) Peter and the Starcatcher, Bitter Girl (Citadel Theatre). HMS Pinafore, The Magic Flute, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance (Edmonton Opera), Angels in America (Keyano Theatre). Sound and Video design for The Blue Light (Keyano Theatre). He also builds custom guitars and stringed instruments from exotic hardwoods and found objects. His instruments can be found in the hands of musicians, on display in galleries and out at guitar trade shows. To see and hear more check out bobbysmale.com


Luc Tellier

BOY

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Luc played the Boy in the 2017 workshop of Songs My Mother Never Sung Me, and he's beyond delighted to be back for more. His work as an actor and director has been seen across Edmonton, and his favourite credits include Mark in Cleave (Tiny Bear Jaws), Robin/Lady Capulet in Shakespeare In Love (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre/Citadel), Gus in Arcadia (Citadel), Juliet in Shakespeare's R+J (Kill Your Television), Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream, (Freewill Shakespeare), Norman Bates in mote, and directing Legoland and Never Swim Alone (Blarney Productions). He is a three-time Sterling Award nominee. Up next, Luc returns to the Citadel for the world premieres of The Party and The Candidate by Kat Sandler. He extends big love to Mieko and Dave for this opportunity, to his ASL instructor Christian Fontaine, and to Mama Liz!


Brooke Wigmore

ASL/English Interpreter

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At the commencement of her interpreting career, Brooke is excited to be working with Concrete Theatre on the premiere of Songs My Mother Never Sung Me. Her interest in theatrical interpreting stems from her background in musical theatre, dance, and her appreciation for the arts. Brooke has spent countless hours interpreting and prepping for theatrical productions over the course of her practicum and career as a professional Interpreter in Edmonton and surrounding areas. She hopes gaining more knowledge and experience in this field will aid in her goal of providing equitable access and inclusion for all. 


Connor Yuzwenko-Martin

Deaf Consultant & Outreach

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Connor has nurtured a lifelong passion for theatre and accessibility, and you’d be hard-pressed to find him working on one part without the other. Recent accomplishments include playing the lead in TRIBES (Studio Theatre, 2015), and serving as the Deaf Consultant for The Citadel’s cross-national The Tempest production (2018-19). Connor supports several local organizations in improving their engagement with the Deaf community through consultations and creating informational subtitled vlogs in ASL. Connor completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Alberta (2014), and is currently pursuing a Public Relations diploma at MacEwan University with the ultimate aspiration of working with organizations in Edmonton and Alberta to improve their inclusivity and help them discover new ways of communicating. Connor is humbled and grateful to accomplish his work on Treaty 6 Territory.