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Dreary and Izzy by Tara Beagan opens May 13!

Whitehorse, Yukon. April 19, 2021

We're excited to announce that Dreary and Izzy opens May 13!

Dreary and Izzy, by Ntlaka’pamux playwright Tara Beagan, is the funny and poignant story of the Monoghan sisters, Deirdre and Isabelle, who are suddenly left to care for themselves. Deirdre, the biological child of the Monoghans – a White Catholic family – takes on the responsibility as the sole caregiver to her older sister, Isabelle, an adopted young Blackfoot woman born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Deirdre is struggling in this new role when Freddie Seven Horses, a charming vacuum cleaner salesman, arrives at their door and sparks unexplored emotions in each sister.

Dreary and Izzy will run May 13 through May 29 at The Guild. Preview May 12.

Presented in partnership with Gwaandak Theatre.

By Tara Beagan. Directed by Katey Wattam.

With Brenda Barnes, Katelyn Clark, Isabelle James-Walker and Colin Wolf.

Tickets go on sale April 26 at yukontickets.com. Limited seating so get your tickets early.

Click here for more information. See you at The Guild!



Announcing auditions for Dreary and Izzy

Whitehorse, Yukon. March 16, 2021

We are excited to hold auditions for the final play in our 2020-2021 season, Dreary and Izzy!

This beautiful play is an Indigenous-focused production, produced in association with Gwaandak Theatre. As a semi-professional partnership, performers will be paid an honorarium for their commitment.

Audition details

Saturday March 27 and Sunday March 28, 2021, 12pm to 5pm.
Auditions will consist of reading sides from the play.
Please email gwaandakpc@gmail.com to book your audition time.

About the show

Dreary and Izzy

By Tara Beagan
Directed by Katey Wattam

1975, Lethbridge Alberta. The Monoghan sisters, Deirdre and Isabelle, are suddenly left to care for themselves. Deirdre, the biological child of the Monoghans – a White Catholic family – takes on the responsibility as the sole caregiver to her older sister, Isabelle, an adopted young Blackfoot woman born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Deirdre is struggling in this new role when Freddie Seven Horses, a charming vacuum cleaner salesman, arrives at their door and sparks unexplored emotions in each sister. One key theme the play explores is the relationship between Indigenous people and settler White culture on Turtle Island.

Character descriptions

Deirdre Monoghan, White woman in her late twenties
Isabelle Monoghan, First Nations woman in her late twenties
Freddie Seven Horses, First Nations man in his late twenties
Mrs. Harper, Middle-aged White woman

What we are looking for

Folx who want to be part of a brave, creative and collaborative process. Someone interested in storytelling and its community building and healing potential. Someone who has the strength to play, be vulnerable, ask questions, listen, share space, and be accountable.

Important dates

First read-thru - April 9
Rehearsals - Tuesdays thru Fridays in the evening. Saturday and Sunday days. Times TBC.
Shows May 13 to May 29, Wed. thru Sat.

About the director

Katey Wattam is a director and creator of mixed English, Irish, Franco-Ontarian, and Anishinaabe ancestry who has worked across Turtle Island. She is drawn to stories connected to her ways of knowing while allowing space to explore and experiment with theatrical forms through an Indigenous lens. Through her embodied practice, she mines bodies for their blood memory, uncovering experiences and traumas to reclaim and decolonize bodies, minds, and spaces.

Katey is an alum of McGill University, MAI Alliance Program, and Black Theatre Workshop's Artist Mentorship Program. She is currently part of Why Not Theatre's ThisGen Fellowship and is an artist-in-residence at Imago Theatre developing a theatrical adaptation of Katherena Vermette's poetry book, river woman.



Call for Indigenous Artists

Whitehorse, Yukon. March 15, 2021

The Guild and Gwaandak Theatre are working together on an Indigenous-focused production this spring: Dreary and Izzy by Tara Beagan, directed by Katey Wattam.

We're looking to gauge interest from local Indigenous artists to fill design and production roles for this play. These would be lead roles, supported through mentorship.

Experience is great but isn't necessary. We're looking for enthusiastic people with a background in related arts who most importantly have a strong interest in exploring their art in theatre. There will be an honorarium for these positions.

We're looking for folx interested in the following areas:

  • costume design
  • props design
  • stage management

Work on the production begins in early April and runs through mid-May.

Have questions? Would like to learn more? Please email Brian Fidler at ytguildhall@gmail.com.



I, Claudia will run March 24 to April 10 at The Guild

Whitehorse, Yukon. March 8, 2021

The Guild is excited to announce the opening of the second show in our Nimble series: I, Claudia by Kristen Thomson, directed by Allyn Walton. This Canadian classic is a delightful comedy where one performer uses masks to portray four different characters and tell the story of 12-year old Claudia as she navigates, school, puberty, her dad's remarriage and a hurting heart. Click here for more information.

I, Claudia will run March 24 to April 10 at The Guild
by Kristen Thomson. directed by Allyn Walton.
With Claire deBruyn and Krisandra Reid.
Krisandra Reid will perform Wednesdays and Fridays. Claire deBruyn will perform Thursdays and Saturdays.

Tickets go on sale March 10 at yukontickets.com. Limited seating so get your tickets early.

See you at The Guild!



Update on Covid-19 safety measures at The Guild

Whitehorse, Yukon. November 23, 2020
As we anticipate further guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, we want to assure everyone that the Guild remains committed to doing what we can to support the safety of our artists, volunteers, members and patrons.

With this keenly in mind, we are now asking all our guests to wear masks at all times while inside The Guild Hall. We will be temporarily closing our bar services to support this.

This change is in addition to the previous Covid-19 safety measures that we have introduced: hand sanitizing stations, increased disinfecting schedule, reduced seating to support 2-metre physical distancing, as well as running our air exchange during performances in our theatre space.

As we go forward, we are actively following the Chief Medical Officer of Health's updates on our territory's rapidly changing Covid-19 situation and we will continue to provide our own updates here as we evaluate the safest way to move forward with performances at the Guild Hall.

Thank you for cooperation. We will get through this together!



The Guild announces full 2020-21 season

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:

  • Every Brilliant Thing, by Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe. Nov. 18 - Dec. 5, 2020.
  • I, Claudia, by Kirsten Thomson, Jan. 20 to Feb. 6 , 2020
  • TBA, Feb. 24 to Mar. 13, 2021

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.

Contact:
Brian Fidler, Artistic Director, Guild Hall
ytguildhall@gmail.com



Learn how The Guild is adapting to protect our performers and audiences during Covid.