The 2008 Rolling Stock Prairie Theatre Tour
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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Sunday, April 20, 2008
Michelle A. Richard

Versatile vocalist Michelle Richard has been receiving acclaim for her engaging and captivating performances of jazz, French, original, dance music, and musical theatre:

“A warm, magnetic, soulful performer with a voice of liquid gold.”
Ken Klonsky, Assistant Director, “Condemned” Musical Play

“You looked great! You were so professional and natural with the audience. I loved your singing.”
Wendy Havens, Shaw & Fearless TV

“A great singer. We’re happy to have her as a special guest! Her soulful voice and warm stage presence will always light up a crowd!”
Rob Montgomery, Yale Pub

Michelle has a Diploma in Contemporary Voice, and draws heavily from her French-Canadian roots to enhance her music with captivating French songs. Strong influences include Billie Holiday, Edith Butler, Sarah Vaughan, and Edith Piaf.
She has performed for venues such as Shaw TV’s Fearless TV, CBC Radio-Canada, CBC TV, Co-op Radio and CJSF 90.1 FM, Maillardville Francophone Society, St. Andrew’s Wesley, the Yale Pub, Aberdeen Centre, Vancouver City Hall, and the Black History Month Market and Festival. In February of this year, she co-starred in a sold out musical theatre play called “Condemned”, to raise awareness about homelessness. She was emcee and vocalist for East Vancouver’s first Fearless Festival on July 1/07, where she also performed some of the most popular R&B tunes. Michelle has appeared in other venues such as.
Upcoming spring/summer highlights include her first album, which will feature some of her own compositions, jazz standards, and lovely traditional songs in French and English. She recently won the Pacific En Chanson, a French-Canadian musical showcase event featuring artists from the Yukon, Alberta and BC, with the winner representing Western Canada in Quebec. Michelle is thrilled for the opportunity to join Theatre In the Raw’s Rolling Stock Prairie Tour.

Check out Michelle's great new blog: www.michelleamusic.blogspot.com.

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Maria Lakes
After some early endeavors into drama classes, film-extraing and community theatre, it was the birth of her daughter that acted as the true catalyst and inspiration for Maria’s further pursuit of her dreams, including theatre. Since 2001 Maria has acted in two mainstage productions and close to 10 productions of one-acts (including a few repeats of You Are What You Eat) for Theatre In the Raw. While she likes the change and challenge of every new role, her previous favourite roles include the nun Sister Fidelia in Medicine and the dominatrix Mean Marlene in Room for Rent, a true grassroots production written, acted, and produced by the participants in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside’s Carnegie Community Centre’s Theatre Workshop under the direction of Jay Hamburger. Maria also has previously been seen juggling and fire (poi) spinning in a few East Vancouver festivals and she enjoys occasional singing, dancing, guitar and piano playing. In addition she has taught improv drama classes to children in East Vancouver.

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Zi Paris

zi enjoys organic gelato, ice cream, and chocolate chip cookies. also, he likes back rubs. occasionally, when he gets around to it, he acts in plays, and finds this quite interesting. he likes playing music, too, particularly when people don't throw things at him.

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Serge Saika

Until recently moving to Vancouver, Serge worked as an actor, musician, producer, director, and designer in and around London, Ontario. Favourite past stage roles include Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Undershaft in Major Barbara, and the Major-General in The Pirates of Penzance. The Rolling Stock tour marks Serge's fourth production with Theatre In the Raw.

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Roger Howie
Roger Howie first worked with Theatre In The Raw as running crew, during their production of 'Waiting for Godot in the 'late 20th century'. He later acted for 'TITR' in 'Monique's Interview', 'The Glace Bay Miner's Museum', 'The Inspector General', and several one-act festival's including the Vancouver Fringe.
Roger was involved with the Vancouver Carnegie Centre Theatre Group for most of its 5/6 year exixtence where Jay Hamburger was instructor/moderator.
Roger speaking on Theatre In The Raw:
"I am inspired by their mandate to produce largely local, or at least Canadian, original, socially-oriented material, often with comparatively inexperienced talent, offering many writers their first production, many crew and 'techies' their first taste of working behind-the-scenes, or (as in my case) a 're-start gig'.
Some of those who began with Theatre In The Raw have entred academic theatre programs and professional work in both stage and film.
Artistic Director Jay Hamburger is an almost tireless tour-de-force, pushing for support of original ideas.
Thanks to this inspirator, I had a piece of my own produced on Vancouver Co-op Radio and on Stage, starring three first nations actors which I am very honored by."
Roger has been involved in some form of artistic endeavour most of his life; figure skating, dancing, writing, performance poetry, music, stand-up comedy and acting. In Vancouver he has performed with/in Vancouver Folk Festival, Richmond Children's Festival, Brave New Playrights, Punchline's, Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, Citifest, Stage 43 Theatre Society, Midnight Run Productions, Dancing on the Edge, Theatre In The Raw.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008
A Hot Box
by Jay Hamburger (Vancouver, BC)

A real live, genuine, arrested, tree-hugger is putting the final touches on an art exhibit in her gallery. However, her work is interrupted by some unexpected knocking at her door. She doesn't want to answer – after all, anything could be behind a knock – but the knocks keep knocking...

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TO THE QUEEN
by Larry Trask (Nipawin, SK)

Two elderly gentlemen meet in the park for their regular chess game – the last of the fall season. As they play, they are told to move on by a park worker and by the police. The demands of an out-door hockey rink conflict with the old gaffers' chess game. Who will prevail?

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
by Patrick Foley (Vancouver, BC)

One man’s table in a local cafeteria is another man’s established territory.

Two bachelors – one young, one young at heart – compete for the attention of the pretty waitress and the right to sit at the table of their choice. Feathers are ruffled as these two Toms battle it out.


Photo by Peter Valentine

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Complete Tour Schedule
All shows start at 8pm (except June 8 which is a 2pm matinée)
Tickets $17 or $14 Student/Senior
Buy tickets here:

http://www.theatreintheraw.ca/tickets.html
  • VANCOUVER – May 21 (Preview - Pay-What-You-Can!), 22, 23, 24 – PAL Theatre – 581 Cardero
  • REGINA – May 27 – Templeton Studio Cabaret (Globe Theatre) – 1801 Scarth St
  • WINNIPEG – May 29, 30 – Colin Jackson Studio (Prairie Theatre Exchange) – 393 Portage Ave
  • WINNIPEG - May 31 – Ragpickers Anti-Fashion Emporium – 216 McDermot Ave
  • SASKATOON – June 2 – Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company – 228-20th St West
  • EDMONTON – June 4, 5, 6 – The Third Space (Northern Light Theatre) – 11516 103rd St
  • CALGARY – June 7, 8 – Motel (One Yellow Rabbit) – 225 8th Ave S. E. (Epcor Centre)

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Play-writing Workshops

Our Artistic Director, Jay Hamburger, will be hosting play-writing workshops. He will be sharing his knowledge of, expertise on, and years of accumulated wisdom regarding successful theatrical writing techniques. Jay's experience includes decades of playwriting, acting, directing, and producing for the theatre both in Canada and the United States. Jay is also an expert instructor, and has taught nearly all aspects of theatre in both countries to children, adults and seniors. He has worked extensively with First Nations artists in BC, wrote some of the song lyrics for the blockbuster musical Godspell, and has had a number of his original scripts produced both in Vancouver, BC, and in New York City, NY. Jay has also written both poetry and newspaper articles for various small presses. The play-writing workshops will get right into the very nature of what makes for good, engaging drama, by drawing on real life experiences that bring forth conflict and motivation. Embark on an exciting, hands-on, and informative three hour journey that will prove inspirational for future play work. Jay has a knack for drawing forth – and getting down on paper – those scenes that live in the back of the mind of every shy and inexperienced writer. Please bring three pages of original dialogue to be read, discussed, and critiqued.

WINNIPEG – May 30, 31 – Ragpickers Anti-Fashion Emporium – 216 McDermot Ave SASKATOON – June 2 – Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company – 228-20th St West EDMONTON – June 5, 6 – The Third Space (Northern Light Theatre) – 11516 103rd St
Cost $40
All workshops will run from 1PM to 4PM
For registration or further inquiry, please e-mail sergesavoy@gmail.com or phone (604) 708-5448

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Interview with Serge Saika and Jay Hamburger

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Vancouver's notorious Theatre In The Raw goes on the road with three one-acts and singer/songwriter Michelle A. Richard for performances in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. May 21 - June 9, 2008
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