MISCELLANEOUS Productions - Monsters

MISCELLANEOUS Productions presents

October 6 + 7, 2017, 8PM
Faris Family Studio Theatre
Scotiabank Dance Centre

“Here be monsters”, ancient maps are said to have warned unwary travelers venturing too near the edges of the unknown, and there will be monsters indeed at the premiere performance of “Monsters”, a new transdisciplinary musical theatre work by MISCELLANEOUS Productions. The monsters in question are those, real and imagined, encountered by a cast of Vancouver youth as they explore the concept of ‘monsters as found in culturally diverse, historical, pre-modern, Indigenous and traditional storytelling, as well as futuristic monsters in popular culture. “Monsters” integrates these stories with the performers’ personal experiences of bullying or being bullied -- the monsters they have encountered, and the monsters they find within themselves. Loosely based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, “Monsters” is a strongly anti-bullying, anti-violence, anti-racism play designed for young audiences aged 12 an older, and performed by youth, exploring how and why a community creates and supports a ‘monster’, how collusion functions and how people are often attracted to individuals with loud, brash, forceful or aggressive personalities but are unaware of how incredibly damaging they can be.

MISCELLANEOUS Productions is a Vancouver-based non-profit society using art as a path for social change and personal transformation in culturally and socially at-risk youth – empowering them to be fully participating citizens. Founded by Elaine Carol, Jules Rochielle and a community-based volunteer board of directors in July 2000, MISCELLANEOUS Productions is currently in its 18th year of collaborating with culturally and socially diverse, multi-barriered and mainstream youth making performances, new media and music for the public. MISCELLANEOUS Productions is the only music and theatre-based boot-camp for culturally and socially diverse youth of its kind in Canada.