NEXTNextfest

They’re fierce, they’re creative, they’re passionate, they’re talented and they have Math 20 in the morning. Nextfest presents our celebration of high school artists, a festival within a festival we’ve lovingly dubbed NEXTNextfest. This multi-medium showcase of Edmonton and area artists provides a platform for teen artists under the age of 18 who are serious about creating careers in theatre, music, dance, poetry and visual art. These secondary school artists are encouraged to boldly present their work…and show the twenty-somethings how it’s done!

 

Curated by Jennifer Peebles


THEATRE

Forget Me Not / A Day at the Office / The Underrated Food

Friday, June 1 at 6:00pm
Saturday, June 9 at 2:00pm in the Backstage Theatre

FORGET ME NOT
Director/Playwright:
Lucia Rodriguez-Cavanaugh Featuring: Declan Baker, Aryana Donovan, Alexis Burns, Emily Levine, Leah Ferber + Tierra Weslake
Technicians: Josh Kowalchuk + Roxie Dutertre
Stage Manager/Assistant

An exploration of the wonderful but consuming coincidental love between two young people, Forget Me Not walks the fragile line between love and hate, and questions our breaking points in this story about two people joined by fate.

A DAY AT THE OFFICE
Playwright: Max Kortzman + Anna Grindey
Featuring: Max Kortzman, Anna Grindey, Peter Kuhn, Lauren Claydon, Alexa Smith + Zeliha Yigit

In a container company office, Sharron, a middle aged mother who works endless hours to
satisfy her life’s needs, gets into an argument with Martha, the company’s manager. The argument takes a strange and horrible turn when Martha confesses something to Larry, the boss, about Sharron

THE UNDERRATED FOOD
Director/Playwright Calista Fladager
Featuring: Lora Sliman, Jordan Sopiwnyk, Isaac White + Mady Gillett
Lighting Technician: Erin Tetreau
Sound Technician: Grace Li

A teenage boy eats a sandwich and a family loses their breadwinner. Find out what happens to the rest of them!


THEATRE

LIGHT SPEED DATING / CRAZED HOTEL

Tuesday, June 5 at 9:00pm
Saturday, June 9 at 4:00pm
in the Backstage Theatre

LIGHT SPEED DATING
Playwright/Director: Grace Li
Featuring: Calista Fladager, Ben Yip, Mady Gillet, Jordan Sopiwnyk, Braedyn Hamaliuk + Xavier Swanstrom
Technician: Erin Tetreau

Year 3,000 A.C.R (After Cheesus Rice), humanity has learned to travel and has colonized all across space. Thanks to the advancement of technology, one human’s quest for love can be achieved. Join Morgan as he visits The Galaxy BarTM, a swanky hotspot for aliens all across the galaxies, for their signature event: The Single Pringle Mingle!

CRAZED HOTEL
Director/Playwright: Levi Bowling
Featuring: Katie Chapman, Teio Suyal, Levi Bowling, Jack Walker + Emily Cortes
Technician: Jayden Buchanan
Stage Manager: Jessie Gustafson

Four youths telling you about their lives. Love, music, bullying, and abuse. Everything is going fine until one of the four is mysteriously killed, and no one knowing the culprit, everyone scrambles to stay safe, and stay alive.


THEATRE

DREAMS OF HOME

Saturday, June 2 at 5:15pm
Thursday, June 7 at 5:15pm
in the Backstage Theatre
Director: Medline Vogt
Featuring: an Ensemble of Bellerose Composite Highschool Students

A project dramatizing the real stories of residential school survivors.


THEATRE

SHELTER / PHIL & ERIC’S JOURNEY THROUGH LIGHTING & SOUND

Saturday, June 2 at 2:00pm
Saturday, June 9 at 6:00pm
in the Backstage Theatre

SHELTER
Playwright/Director: Zachary Jericho Couture
Featuring: Zaheen Mahmoud, Gauri Pathak, Gurjot (G) Hothi + Yeganeh Molazem

Originally written to raise money for institutions such as YESS, the Edmonton Youth Shelter, Shelter revolves around the family dynamics of second generation siblings. This is the story of a college age brother who has become estranged from his family for dealing drugs, and his high school age sister who has been kicked out of the house for being gay. This play centres around the issues faced by homeless teenagers, as well as the struggles of minority gay youth.

PHIL & ERIC’S JOURNEY THROUGH LIGHTING & SOUND
Director/Playwright: Ben Haney
Featuring: Ben Yip, Braedyn Hamaliuk + Erin Tetreau
Lights: Calista Fladager
Sound: Gareth Verhagen

Phil and Eric are just your average teenage best friends, living it up in their home- town. Phil: an angsty ro- mantic, and Eric: a trouble making trickster. Their lives will get turned upside down when Eric discovers a myste- rious box with strange abili- ties. Watch as these two teens navigate new worlds, teenage angst, and resenting one’s creator. It’s a wacky time to be had.


THEATRE & MUSIC

WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT / THE BLAME GAME / KYLIE JEWEL

Saturday, June 2 at 12:00pm
Thursday, June 7 at 7:00pm
in the Backstage Theatre

WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT
Playwright/Director: Olivia Stover
Featuring: Teio Suyal, Jack Walker, Jessie Gustafson, Ariana Kundlas + Katie Chapman
Sound Technician: Kija Lado
Lighting Technician: Harjot Bassi

When Connor wakes up next to Jonah, the star quarterback, together they try to figure out how they got here and what exactly happened the night before.

THE BLAME GAME
Playwright/Director: Meghan Bunn
Featuring: Maya Parkins + Eric Miracle
Stage Manager: Casey Irwin
Lighting Designer/Technician: Jillian Gerke

Recent exes Sophia and Luke are having trouble deciding who gets custody of their dog Scott, and more importantly who is at fault for the breakup. In an elaborate scheme set up by Sophie, the two recount the ups and downs of their relationship, and enlist the audience’s help to decide who’s really to blame.

KYLIE JEWEL
Kylie Jewel is a Canadian emerging indie/pop/alternative singer and multi-instrumentalist. At just the age of 15 she has already established her identity with her unique mature soulful vocals.


THEATRE & DANCE

GROUNDBREAKING / STELLAR / MOTHER’S DAUGHTER / THIS THING ABOUT YOU

Wednesday, June 6 at 5:00pm
Saturday, June 9 at 12:00pm
in the Backstage Theatre

GROUNDBREAKING
Choreographer: Jerica Hoskins-Turenne
Featuring: Maia Camus, Fiona Donnelly, Nadia Funaro, Abby Hanson, Ana Murgu + Chantel Nadeau

“When everything is moving and shifting the only way to counteract the chaos is stillness” -Katherine Armstrong

STELLAR
Choreographer: Jessie Gustafson-Walter
Featuring: Jack Walker, Teio Suyal, Julianna Heft, Eric Miracle, Malika Shourie, Gen Krushelnycky, Naiah Bean, Julianna Schmaus, Gil Luning, Nadia Funaro + Hamdi Noor

“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now” -Eckhart Tolle.

MOTHER’S DAUGHTER
Playwright/Performer: Spinelli Teleski

Lauren, a teenage girl shares her experience of taking on raising her Mother; a woman with a laundry list of disorders and illnesses including rapid cycling bipolar disorder, ob- sessive compulsive disorder, dissociative identity disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. After four rounds of shock therapy Lauren has decided to visit her Mother in the psych ward; where there is a horrific surprise waiting for her behind a mint green door.

THIS THING ABOUT YOU
Director/Playwright: Sydney Cogan-Grahn
Featuring: Trentin Legault + Emily Lizotte
Sound Technician: William Gosse Lighting
Technician: Josch Ongchango

Sixteen year old Sara deals with the complications of young love and the beginnings
of what may be an abusive relationship. How much is she willing to overlook in order to make it work?