They’re fierce, they’re creative, they’re passionate, they’re talented and they have Math 20 in the morning…
Nextfest is very pleased to team up with Enbridge to present the Nextfest High School Festival. Dubbed “NEXTNextfest,” the festival is a multi-medium showcase of Edmonton and area artists all under the age of 18.
This year, high school takes over the Living Room Playhouse with nine full productions created by teen actors, eleven workshop play readings by teen playwrights, teen rock bands and singer/songwriters, teen visual artists and an in-house ten minute play festival where scripts go from inspiration to in front of an audience in less than a week!
NEXTNextfest provides a platform for teen artists serious about creating careers in theatre, music, dance and visual art by partnering them up with professional artists. These mentors help to encourage and strengthen creation by allowing the teen artists to shadow their process and share work.
Curated by @EllenChorley.
Lappamusic presents The Earl: A Folk Opera
Saturday, June 8 at 8:00 pm
Monday, June 10 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, June 13 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, June 16 at 4:00 pm
Created, composed and performed by Rebecca Lappa
Directed & Dramaturged by Laura Raboud
This hauntingly beautiful folk opera is performed live by the composer/lyricist/ playwright, Edmonton musician Rebecca Lappa. Watch spellbound as this epic story is created by one woman and her piano in the intimate Living Room Playhouse. Thank yous: March Music Inc. and School of Song, Visionary College.
Saturday, June 8 at 2:00 pm
Thursday, June 13 at 8:30 pm
A meeting of minds, a merging of souls, a mixing of beliefs. These two plays examine groups of friends as they come together to work out their pasts and determine where they are headed.
by Matt Bronson & Peter West
by Ashleigh Hicks
Lost + Found
Saturday, June 8 at 4:00 pm
Friday, June 14 at 7:00 pm
Innocence boxed away, lost and forgotten. These two plays study the complicated, whimsical, strange and revered customs of childhood and how sometimes growing up means giving up too.
created and performed by the Archbishop MacDonald Performance Ensemble
Heads Of Our Offspring
by Skye Hyndman
Saturday, June 8 at 6:00 pm
Sunday, June 16 at 6:00 pm
Does our justice system serve and save? Or does it falter and fail? Two gritty plays that inspect human nature’s struggle to do right when it is so much easier to do wrong.
by Dominic Edelman
by Hal Smith
Friday, June 7 at 6:30 pm
Friday, June 14 at 9:00 pm
Turn on the lights and start the band! These two shows embrace the backstage drama and on stage pandemonium of puttin’ on a show.
Break A Leg!
Book and lyrics by Rachel Koski, music by Jamie Hartfield and Ellen Buckie
Les Clowns Debutants
created and performed by the M E Lazerte Performance Ensemble
The Ten Minute Play Fest
New to Nextfest, this year, watch as inspiration sparks and creativity strikes as Edmonton based theatre artists meet, collaborate and work collectively to build a ten minute play from nothing more than a suggestion!
The Ten Minute Play Fest Kick Off
Friday, June 7 at 8:30 pm
Featuring singer/songwriter Ella Coyes
Let the games begin! Feel the audience crackle with anticipation as teams are introduced, the inspiration assignments are handed out and the design materials are grabbed Survivor style. The pandemonium is quieted with the soulful songs by budding St. Albert indie rock/ folk musician Ella Coyes.
The Ten Minute Play Festival
Saturday, June 15 at 7:00 pm
Featuring singer/songwriter Eva Foote
We’re arrived at the dramatic deadline! Three teams of artists debut their world premieres after only a week of creation while the quirky queen of laugh-out-loud lyrics, Eva Foote, tantalizes your ear drums.
The Ten Minute Play Jam
Wednesday, June 12, 5:00pm
Saturday, June 15, 12:00 pm
Workshop Play Readings
Get the first taste of Edmonton’s up and coming playwrighting talent at the NEXTNextfest Workshop Reading Brunches.
Saturday, June 8 at 11:00 am
The Emptied Bull and Faded Horse by Roland Meseck
Project Comatose by Jonathan D Bridges by Sabrina Nixon
Sunday, June 9 at 11:00 am
Grey Words by Mark Scott & Sean Borle Reaper by Kyla James
Saturday, June 15 at 10:30 am
What’s Done Is Done by Gavin Doyle Rae by Leila Plouffe
Sunday, June 16 at 10:30 am
Aquilegia by Reanna Pilkington
Testosterone by Hadrian Jang
Sunday, June 16 at 1:00 pm
Out To Lunch by Matt Bronson & Peter West
Saying Goodbye by Gavin Doyle
Wednesday, June 12 at 8:00 pm
Get ready to dance as Edmonton indie rock bands SEVEN FORTY-FIVE and THE STRANGE AND CHARMING take the stage to blow the roof off of the Living Room Playhouse!