“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
Jonas lives in a carefully constructed community of “sameness,” where individuality is discouraged and feelings like pain, fear, and love do not exist. When Jonas turns 12 and begins training with The Giver, he discovers the contradictions of his supposedly perfect world and grows determined to regain power over his own destiny. Based on the beloved Newbery Medal-winning novel by Lois Lowry.
PRESENTED BY DR. KIRK BARTLETT
Meet the Cast and Creative Team
Father & Projection Design
A graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Jarod has worked as an actor, projection & sound designer, and stage manager. Performance credits: Pippi Longstocking, James and the Giant Peach (Kaleidoscope), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (GVSF). Stage management: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Atomic Vaudeville), The Pansy Craze (Avery Brennan / Intrepid Theatre YOU Show), and Cities and Girls (CCPA). Recent projection designs: The Penelopiad (CCPA), The Little Prince (Chemainus Theatre Festival), and When the Sun Crosses the Line (Kaleidoscope).
Fiona / Rosemary / Lily
Haley graduated from University of Victoria in 2016 with a BFA in Theatre and is currently living and creating in Toronto. She couldn’t be happier to escape the polar vortex and be back in beautiful Victoria to share one of her favourite stories with all of you! Some of Haley’s favourite past roles include Seven in the Canadian premier of Natalie Frijia’s play Divine (SummerWorks Performance Festival), Daisy in Trunk! (Victoria Fringe Festival, Halifax Fringe Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival and the Gabriola Island Children’s Theatre Festival) Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera (Phoenix Theatre), Sissy in Unity 1918 (Phoenix Theatre), and Mary in Kaleidoscope Theatre’s 2014 and 2017 production of The Secret Garden. She is thrilled to invite you all from Elsewhere to join us on this journey into the Sameness… enjoy the show!
Brian has been seen at The Belfry Theatre in a A Christmas Carol and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. At Blue Bridge Theatre some of his favourites were Waiting For Godot, All My Sons, Our Town and Of Mice and Men. At the Chemainus Theatre Festival audience’s saw him in A Christmas Story and Hilda’s Yard. His original sound creation performance piece, Reverberations premiered at the 2017 Belfry SPARK Festival and will be presented March 7 -17th 2019 at North Vancouver’s Presentation House. Look for Brian in an acting role in Pacific Opera Victoria’s upcoming operetta Countess Maritza.
Award-winning actor, composer and creator, Elliott has worked with and performed in many of Canada’s leading theatrical institutions including the Stratford Festival (Alice Through the Looking Glass, Christina the Girl King, Hay Fever); The National Arts Centre (Table Top Tales); Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Globe Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, (Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet); The Citadel, The Alberta Theatre Project, The Arts Club, The Yukon Arts Centre, The Belfry Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille (Ride the Cyclone, original Canadian cast, winner- Toronto Theatre Critics Award and BroadwayWorld Award for Best Supporting Actor); Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre (As You Like It, Long Days Journey Into Night), Chemainus Theatre (Glorious), Crows Theatre (Morro and Jasp In Stupefaction) and more. As a composer and creator, he has worked with Mochinosha Puppet Company (Space Hippo, Shadow Kingdom), SNAFU Dance Theatre (Snack Music, Table Top Tales, Ginger Ninjas), Sex T-Rex (Bendy Sign Tavern) and Forever Epic Films (Dragons Heart). Elliott is beyond thrilled to be sharing this poignant and relevant story with such a talented group of artists. He would like to dedicate this performance to his partner Jeff. @elliottloran
Darian Ngai is a 2018 graduate of the Company C Studio Ensemble program at The Canadian College of Performing Arts. This is his second show with Kaleidoscope and is thrilled to be back telling a story such as this! Recent Credits include: RENT (VOS), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Kaleidoscope), Cinderella (TUTS), Cabaret, Wintertime, The Old Curiosity Shop, Beauty and the Beast, Under Milkwood, Mary Poppins (CCPA).
Kirsten Van Ritzen
Mother / Chief Elder
Kirsten has enjoyed a busy career performing in theatres across Canada and a few in the U.S. For Kaleidoscope: The Secret Garden, Hana’s Suitcase, Animal Farm, Little Women. Island credits include Blackstones & Bathtubs (Razzle Dazzle), Smalltown a Pickup Musical(Theatre Skam), 11 Chorus/Line Cabarets (Gotta Getta Gimmick); hundreds of stand-up, improv and comedy variety shows; TV roles for Disney, Hallmark, Lifetime, APTN, YTV, CBC and Netflix. Kirsten is a playwright and Artistic Director of Broad Theatrics. She creates and performs in Sin City Improv Serial Castaways now playing at the Belfry Studio. www.kirstenvanritzen.com
Roderick is excited to be heading into his ninth year as artistic director for Kaleidoscope. He began his career working on the east coast of Canada with The Stephenville Festival and Mermaid Theatre. Over the years touring the country he was grateful for the opportunities to create with many fine artists and companies. Eventually he landed in Victoria where he met founding artistic director Elizabeth Gorrie and from that point his creative life remained on the west coast. Some favourite roles include Edgar for Bard on The Beach’s production of King Lear, Captain Hook, Mercutio, and Salieri in Amadeus for Kaleidoscope. Recent directing highlights include The Little Prince for Chemainus Theatre Festival, Pinocchio, When the Sun Crosses the Line and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane for Kaleidoscope. He is very excited to bring you this beautiful story and thank you to our creative team for all your love and care sharing this very important message of hope with our future audiences.
Anthony Liam Kearns
Anthony Liam Kearns is a queer, Vancouver-based Stage Manager and Production Manager working professionally in the arts scene. He graduated from Douglas College’s Stagecraft program in 2010. He is best known within the city for working on shows that push the boundaries of what theatre is and can be. Some of the impossible, larger-than-life shows he’s worked on include The Number 14 (Axis Theatre Company), Mary’s Wedding (Shoreline Theatre), The List (BoucheWacked! Theatre Company), Robin Hood (ITSAZOO Productions), Bollywood Wedding (South Asian Arts), Debts (ITSAZOO Productions), Killer Joe (ITSAZOO Productions), Where The Wild Things Are (Presentation House Theatre) tinkers (The Only Animal), Haunted (ITSAZOO Productions), The Ridiculous Darkness (Alley Theatre/Neworld Theatre), and SLIME (The Only Animal). He has also worked as in the Production Department of Arts Umbrella, the Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF), the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and the Granville Island Cultural Society (GICS).
Following a career in the Navy, Barbara followed her passion for theatre and received a BFA in Theatre Design from the University of Victoria in 2017. In addition to her design work, she has stage and site-managed numerous productions in Victoria. Previous design credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Langham Court) Born Yesterday (Blue Bridge), 9 to 5 and RENT(VOS), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Inspector, Wild Honey, Summer and Smoke (Phoenix), When the Sun Crosses the Line, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, The Little Prince, The Rocky Horror Show, Little Shop of Horrors, Munch-ercise, (Kaleidoscope) and A Murder is Announced, Twelve Pound Note, Separate Tables (St. Luke’s Players). Hugs to family and thanks to Matt for putting up with…everything!
Hannah Beth Stenberg
Hannah is a British-born creative graduating from the London College of Fashion in Womenswear Fashion Design in 2009. After graduating, she spent time working within the fashion industry in New York City before returning to London as Production Co-ordinator for designer Markus Lupfer. She met and married her Canadian husband, Oliver and they moved to Montreal in 2012. There, Hannah continued working briefly within Fashion as well as co-founding with her husband and mother-in- law their handmade natural soaps and lifestyle company, Carriage 44. Hannah and her family moved to Victoria in Spring 2017 and started working alongside Kaleidoscope with costume design and wardrobe co-ordination. Shows include Pinocchio, When The Sun Crosses The Line, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and Pippi Longstocking.
Adam is delighted to be collaborating with friends old and new on this gift. Adam’s work in theatre spans more than three decades, lighting for Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People, Chemainus Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Pacific Opera Victoria, Victoria Operatic Society, Canadian College of Performing Arts, and Ballet Victoria to name a few. Adam lives in Victoria and is grateful to be gainfully employed as Head of Lighting for the Royal and McPherson Theatres Society.
Alexander Brendan Ferguson
Alexander is a local musician, singer, composer, musical director, sound designer, and teacher. Theatre scores/sound designs include Animal Farm, Silverwing, Macbeth, The Hobbit, Hana’s Suitcase, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pan, Neverending Story, James and the Giant Peach, Secret Garden (Kaleidoscope), Werewolves (Pi Theatre), Bangs & Buddha (The Only Animal), Treasure Tales! (Chemainus Theatre Festival), The Triumph of Love (Blackbird Theatre), True Believers (Solo Collective), Art of Murder, Around the World in 80 Days, and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Gateway Theatre). Film/television scores include She Kills Me, Gone South, Ollie and Emma, Wine Guys, and Dust n’ Bones (Less Bland Productions). Alexander also teaches at Kaleidoscope, privately, and plays music The Soul Shakers and Impulse Response. www.abferguson.ca