Whitehorse, Yukon. September 21, 2020 – The Guild is proud to announce its 2020-21 season and our return to once again offering live theatre inside The Guild Hall! In these unusual times, we are taking an optimistic approach to the coming year, making plans for a full season, while ensuring we can adapt to the uncertainties of Covid if needed.
“We exist to build community; to share stories in person that support engagement, understanding and connection. So we’re very excited to invite Whitehorse back into The Guild Hall, ” Artistic Director Brian Fidler, said. “We’re starting this with scaled-down productions and audience sizes this fall, so that we can support safe physical distancing in our theatre. As we move into 2021, our plan is to offer a full-scale production inside - with an option to move outside if the situation demands. It’s all about adaptability.”
After ‘Round Back wraps up on September 26, The Guild will offer “Nimble - a pint-sized play series” from November 2020 thru to March 2021. This series will consist of three “tiny” plays. Each will be helmed by a local director and will feature casts with one or two performers, physically distanced cabaret-style seating for small audiences, minimal designs and maximum agility! The three plays in the series are:
Following Nimble, The Guild to partner with Gwaandak Theatre to present Dreary and Izzy by Ntlaka’pamux playwright Tara Beagan, May 12 to May 29, 2021. We are thrilled to work with Gwaandak on this funny and poignant play.
Throughout the entire coming year, we will also continue to offer small group workshops - everything from How to Audition, with Colin Wolf, Artistic Director of Gwaandak Theatre, to Set Design, with master set designer Donald Watt.
In delivering all this programming, we are working to ensure we have measures in place to support the health and safety of our artists, volunteers and patrons and to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Our plans will follow the current guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and will include following safe distancing guidelines and increasing our disinfecting procedures.
For more information on our 2020-21 season, please visit our new website at guildhall.ca.
Brian Fidler, Artistic Director, Guild Hall
It has been a tumultuous spring to say the least! And, despite the cancellation of Mr. Burns: a post electric play in April, a busy one as we adjust to the new realities of the pandemic and what these mean for our programming and upcoming season.
For all of us at The Guild, this spring and summer have presented us with some big questions. How can we safely bring you live theatre in the months to come? What opportunities could Covid restrictions present for us at The Guild? How do we ensure our programming in months to come responds to what we have been hearing from Racialized groups in our community?
This last question is a fundamental one for us with no quick answers. The Guild board and staff have begun important initial discussions on how we can grow and better support and represent our community. We recognize that we - as creators and producers of narratives that help Yukoners and Canadians understand themselves and each other - must do more to become a truly diverse, inclusive and representative community theatre. And we acknowledge that we have much more work to do and are committed to doing it. Ideas and feedback from you and our Whitehorse community is integral to this work and we welcome you to connect with us anytime to discuss these issues further and guide us as we begin the long road to change.
Yet even though there are no quick answers, inclusion and diversity - increasing the spirit of welcoming - have been key considerations as we have been busy exploring ways to bring you live theatre at The Guild Hall this coming year. And as our upcoming season takes shape we hope you see these reflected in our programming.
To start, we have built a performance space outdoors behind The Guild Hall and we’ll begin our 2020-2021 season this August with performances ‘Round Back. This eclectic summer offering outdoor will feature weekly performances from new faces and Guild regulars, poets and activists, comedy, music and original theatre. Live performance just for you!
If our best laid plans come together and the pandemic cooperates, we will then continue with a small but mighty roster of plays throughout the year. These plays - all helmed by local directors will feature small casts, micro designs and small audiences with cabaret seating.
Finally, I'm excited to share with you that our season will end in the spring with a partnership with Gwaandak Theatre to bring you Dreary and Izzy by Ntlaka’pamux playwright Tara Beagan. Stay tuned for more info.
And of course, throughout the year look for workshops at The Guild, hosted by local designers, directors and improvisers. We are beginning with workshops for small groups this summer and fall. If you’ve ever wanted to paint a floor to look like one-hundred-year-old hardwood, learn the tricks of auditioning in a safe supportive environment or how to design the set for a play we have a workshop for you.
See you at The Guild
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Do you have an idea but need some rehearsal space to make it happen? We invite you to develop your performance- new play, film concept, physical theatre piece or whatever it may be- at The Guild Hall!
Now that The Guild has permission to open our doors to small groups, we are welcoming Yukon creators and artists to plan, experiment, rehearse and build their original work in one of our rehearsal rooms. We’re offering this space on a sliding scale - knowing that artists, creators and arts organizations are working with even more limited resources during the pandemic. Small budget - no problem! If you have questions please contact us! We’re excited to hear about your plans. (firstname.lastname@example.org).