Cerulean Blue

Cerulean Blue by Drew Hayden Taylor

Live in the theatre, October 9–17, 2021 

A struggling blues band is invited to play at a benefit concert in Dead Rat River, a remote First Nation community in conflict with the local authorities. Chaos ensues as the band arrives to discover that all the other acts have cancelled. Written by award-winning Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, with original composition by Wayne Lavallee, this tongue-in-cheek comedy smashes stereotypes and celebrates connection through music.

Audience Advisory: Coarse language 

Running Time: Approx. 2 hours & 20 minutes (including an intermission)

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 Photo & artwork: Mary-Rose Cohen by Emily Cooper

Creative Team

Kelsey Kanatan Wavey Director

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Kelsey Kanatan Wavey headshotKelsey is a proud member of Tataskewyak Cree Nation. They are a native and white person, more specifically, Muskeg Ininowahk (swampy Cree) and 5th-generation German/Swedish American settler. They grew up in Winnipeg and moved to Vancouver to attend Studio 58 and graduated in 2019. Kelsey’s acting credits includeWomen of the fur trade, Skyborn: a land reclamation Odyssey, The Unnatural and Accidental Women. Directing: assistant on Boy and the Moon, Gather: Stories in Nature. Kelsey is currently part of the Arts Club’s Emerging Playwrights’ Unit, has a script in development CITY NDN LUV, 50 cent Lemonade (the cafe) and wrote Institutionalized (fourplay studio 58).
Cameron Peal Director

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Cameron Peal headshotCameron Peal (he/him/his) is a Vancouver based artist, hailing proudly from the Nisga'a Nation, and is jazzed to be back at Studio in this directorial capacity. Recent credits include: Writer/Performer - Gather: Stories in Nature (Pacific Theatre, Neworld Theatre), Narrator/Production Coordinator - Indigenous Cities (Savage Society), Assistant to the Director - She Sells Seashells (United Players), Ensemble/Person B - Reframed (Electric Company Theatre), MC/Host - Backyard Sessions (Savage Society), Creator/Playwright - The Transformation Project (National Arts Centre, Pi Theatre), and Assistant to the Director - Urinetown the Musical (Studio 58). Actor/director/writer, trained at Studio 58. 
Wayne Lavallee Music

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Wayne Lavallee headshotWayne Lavallee is an actor, musician, score composer of film and dance who received 3 Leo Awards nominations for his original music scores for the award winning NFB documentaries The Road Forward, Holy Angels and the feature motion picture Red Snow written and directed by Marie Clements. He is inspired to create music that is rooted in his Indigenous culture, a hybrid of unique modern sounds with old world sounds that evoke the ancient spirit within. 

 

Wayne Lavallee is an award-winning recording artist, singer-songwriter and producer of Métis heritage who lives in Vancouver, Canada. Lavallee is a 2 time Juno nominee, Canadian Folk Music Award winner for Best Indigenous songwriter, also winning multi Canadian Indigenous Music Awards. Lavallee’s last album brought his music to international audiences through the Dixiefrog record label in France, where Wayne toured garnering glowing reviews along the way: “The voice of Wayne Lavallee taps into his mystical roots… an album that is supernatural and enchanting” (The Review BCR); “This Canadian songwriter goes well beyond with songs like ‘Sacred Journey’ and ‘Star Spangled Sensation’… Just superb!” (Guitarist Magazine).

Jessica Oostergo Set & Costume Designer

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Jessica Oostergo headshotJessica Oostergo is an artist who explores Set and Costume Design for theatre and UX/UI for the digital world. 

 

Recent design credits include Wakey, Wakey (Pacific Theatre), Done/Undone (Bard), Same Old Same Old (Belfry Theatre), The Amaryllis (The Search Party), The Dolls House Project (Studio 58), House and Home (Firehall), It’s A Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle (Arts Club Theatre), and The Marvellous Wonderettes (Chemainus Theatre Festival). 

Jessica worked as a costume and mask builder on The Magicians (SYFY/NBC), and has created costumes for various commercials and music videos includingBlack Licoricefor Peach Pit, I Knew You When for Marianas Trench, and Vessel for Royal. 

 

Jessica is a two-time Jessie Richardson Award winner for Significant Artistic Achievement in design, with a total of five nominations. She has been the Assistant Head of Wardrobe at Bard on the Beach for 7 seasons. Jessica is a member of ADC 659, and a graduate of Studio 58 and Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Brad Trenaman Lighting Designer

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Brad Trenaman headshotBrad is excited to return to Studio 58 after designing the highly acclaimed 2018 production of Mortified as well as acting as lighting design mentor for 2019's Hot House 

 

Vancouver: Salmon Girl (Jessie Award - Raven Spirit Dance/Carousel), Redpatch (Jessie Nomination - Hardline Productions/Arts Club), The Magic Hour (Electric Company/Presentation House / Innovation Lighting), House at Pooh Corner (Carousel/Presentation House), Kismet - things have changed (The Chop/PUSH Festival), Baking Time and Where the Wild Things Are (Presentation House), The Events (Pi Theatre). Toronto: Shakespeare in High Park (Canstage), CATS (NuMu Productions). Las Vegas: Matt Dusk (Hilton) and Menopause the Musical (Luxor). Touring: The Stepcrew, magician Ted Outerbridge, National Chinese Acrobats.  

 

Writer for Professional Lighting and Production Magazine and a member of Associated Designers of Canada. www.batlighting.com

Katie Voravong Stage Manager

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Katie Voravong headshotKatie is grateful to have the privilege to live and work on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Since graduating Studio 58, Katie has worked on projects with ITSAZOO, the Chop, JK JK, the frank theatre, and has recently been a part of Green Thumb’s Playwright’s Gym. 

 

Thank you to: 

My dear family and friends – I am beyond lucky to be loved by you in this lifetime. The Studio 58 faculty/staff, for the warmest welcome back (special shout-out to Daniel Dolan for bringing me on board and for so much more). Heather Barr and Susan Miyagishima, for gifting me with the greatest Stage Management wisdom over tea. Jessica, Wayne and Brad – it’s been a pleasure to support your vision. Raquel, Matheus, Caleb and Sarvin – the incredible ASM team I was blessed with when I first started out. Kate, Jason, and Sofie – the incredible ASM team I’m blessed with now. The crew heads and crew – the show does not go up without the work that you do. Kelsey and Cameron, from being in school together to now witnessing you create art in rehearsal – I have so much gratitude and love for you both. The Cerulean Blue cast, for all of your grace, patience, check-ins, laughter, hard work, heart and trust. Thank you.

Cast & Crew

Cast

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OFFICER DELAIRE - Raquel Neumann (she/her)  

RUSSELL - Riley Hardwick (he/him)  

BILLY - Issiah Bull Bear (he/him)  

HELENA - Sophia Saugstad (she/her)  

ASHLEY - Cassidy Ihlen (she/her)  

CASEY - Angus Yam (he/him)  

JOANNE - Malina Fluckiger (she/her)  

ANDY - Colton Gayl Ludwar (they/she)  

PAULINE - Montana Lehmann (she/her)  

ANGELA - Laine Gillies (she/her)  

JENNIFER - Katherine Matlashewski (she/her)  

BUCK/ WEDDING GOER - Mary-Rose Cohen (she/her)  

POCO/ WEDDING GOER - Liam Dignam (he/him)  

DAVE - Brendan Law (he/him)  

KEVIN/ WEDDING GOER - Nathan Wong (he/him)  

LENORE/ WEDDING GOER - Samantha Levy (she/her)  

RUBY - Harmony Yen (she/her)  

SADIE - Andrea Abreu (she/her)  

ARTHUR - Quinn Churchill (he/him)  

OTTER - Tristen Foy (he/him)  

EMCEE SASHA/ WEDDING GOER - Sarah Kelen (she/her)  

EMCEE PETER/ WEDDING GOER - Kosta Lemermeyer (he/him)

Understudies

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RUSSELL/ OFFICER – Kosta Lemermeyer (he/him)  

BILLY – Angus Yam (he/him)  

PAULINE – Raquel Neumann (she/her)  

HELENA – Cassidy Ihlen (she/her)  

JOANNE/ASHLEY– Samantha Levy (she/her)  

ANDY/CASEY – Liam Dignam (he/him)  

JENNIFER – Laine Gillies (she/her)  

LENORE/RUBY/SADIE – Sarah Kelen (she/her)  

POCO/DAVE/KEVIN – Liam Dignam (he/him), Brendan Law (he/him), Nathan Wong (he/him)  

EMCEE – Kosta Lemermeyer (he/him), Sarah Kelen (she/her)  

ARTHUR/BUCK/OTTER – Brendan Law (he/him)

Student Crew

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Studio 58 offers professional theatre training for actors and production personnel. The six terms of practical training consist of intensive classroom work as well as performance and backstage experience in productions. Production students and third term acting students operate sound, lighting, and video and act as running crew and stage management. 

 

Assistant to the Set Designer:  Jess Jandera 

Assistant to the LX Designer: Caroline Frost 

 

ASMs:  Jason Su and Kate Berg  

 

Set head: Zoe Sommerfeld  

Paint head: Ben Brown  

 

Set/Paint crew: Ethan DeHoog, Yana Vitkovic, Brynna Drummond, Ella Owens 

Emma Abbott, Shishy Gebru, Danica Kobayashi 

 

Props head: Hailey Conner 

Props crew: Brandon Pringle, Terrence ZhouOlivia Manojlovic, Jenna Morgan, Alyson Vance 

 

Costume head: Daniel Tompkins 

Costume crew: Serena Hatch, Emma Soothill, Amber Solivio, Marianna Zouzoulas 

 

Lighting head: Rachel E. Ross  

Lighting crew: Brodie Klassen, Hikari Terasawa, Samuel Walmsley-Byrne, Marielle Ortinez, Andrej Stanojlovic, James Stillwell 

 

Sound head: Trinity Richardson 

Sound crew: Duncan Ryans, Caylen Braun 

 

Marketing team lead: Damion LeClair 

Marketing team: Kahlila Ball, Janavi ChawlaFrancis Santillan

Professional Crew

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Sound Consultant: Ace Martens  

Lighting Consultant: Keegan Elrick

Costume Assistant: Alaia Hamer 

Fight Director: Nathan Kay

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Director's Note

Hear from Kelsey & Cameron

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Hi all, and welcome to the show! This play was originally written for a different post-secondary institution and their graduating class of theatre students back in 2015. That class had no Indigenous actors. With our production of Cerulean Blue, part of the goal was to explore material that inherently carries questions around Indigenous agency; what does it mean to tell a story with Indigenous characters and circumstances, while at the same time honouring the fact that not all of the cast members are Indigenous? It’s been very exciting and encouraging to have the opportunity to pursue those creative curiosities with a team of artists who were all willing to explore these frictions and dive into this journey together. Many thanks to the team at large, it’s been a blast seeing this project come to life, and hopefully it’s just as much of a blast for you in the audience seeing the fruits of our journey!

Acknowledgements

Arts Club Theatre Company  

Bard on the Beach  

Linda Bruce  

Jerome Ilad, JC Arnaldo, and the team at Best Janitorial 

Leanne Prain and all at the Communications & Marketing Department, Langara College 

Heidi Mede, Langara Education Technology 

Facilities Department, Langara College 

Rita Yip, Langara Fine Arts  

Moira Gookstetter, Shahin Virji, and all at the Langara College Foundation 

Jane Heyman 

Yvette Nolan

Emily Scarlett, Langara Registrar & Enrolment Services 

Security, Langara College  

Shipping & Receiving, Langara College  

Sarolta & Ross, Pink Monkey Studios 

Rosanne Wozny