Podcast with Touchstone’s goPLAY Youth Theatre Viewing Club

This past year at Touchstone we were very pleased to launch a new Youth Theatre Club called goPLAY. Made possible with the generous support of the Telus Vancouver Community Board the program offered 20 high school students, grades 10 ‐ 12, the opportunity to sample a broad spectrum of what Vancouver has to offer the theatre goer. We took in a wide array of theatre ‐ from classic texts to cutting edge modern plays to devised pieces. Each viewing involved an exploration of the show, its themes, history and theatrical practices as well as the opportunity to meet up with artists involved in the productions for an intimate insider’s view of the play and its process.

July saw the program’s 2011-12 season come to a close after taking in 14 total local theatrical productions. Touchstone’s Artistic Director sat down with goPLAY members Noah Feaver, Emma Lindsay & Luke McAndless-Davis to discuss the theatre season, favourite shows and performances, surprises and more. You can play/download the podcast here: goPLAY_01

Our goPLAY program will run annually through the course of the school year. From this program will come the theatre creators and the engaged patrons and supporters of the future. For more information about the program, or to secure a spot in the 2012-13 program for a young person, please contact Keegan McEvoy at keegan@touchstonetheatre.com. Teachers are also encouraged to contact us. The web page for the program is touchstonetheatre.com/goplay

2011-12 goPLAY Shows:
The Penelopiad 
by Margaret Atwood at the Arts Club Theatre
Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata by Bill Richardson and Veda Hille at the Arts Club Theatre
Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage at the Arts Club Theatre
Red by John Logan at the Playhouse Theatre
Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare at Bard on the Beach
Goodness by Michael Redhill at the Chutzpah! Festival
Almighty Voice and His Wife by Daniel David Moses at the PuSh Festival
The Idiot, Dostoyevsky adapted by James Fagan Tait at the PuSh Festival
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Gurgis at the Cultch
Ignorance by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop at the Cultch
Westside Story by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim at Vancouver Opera
Jason and the Argonauts by Visible Fictions at the Waterfront Theatre
Shelter from the Storm by Peter Boychuk, Touchstone Theatre at the Firehall
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde at the Arts Club Theatre

Many thanks to the many artists involved with these productions who took time to meet with us this year! We are very much looking forward to what the 2012-13 season will bring.

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