Dog Sees God: Holdover Information

23 09 2009

Here’s the information for the Dog Sees God holdover! Hopefully you’ll be able to come and see it… or if you’ve seen it, please feel free to pass the information on!

Location: Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island, BC

Times/Dates: Friday September 25th @ 10pm / Saturday September 26th @ 4:45pm / Sunday September 27th @ 2:30pm

Cost: $16.00

Tickets Available: at the door or on-line at http://www.vancouverfringe.com

Hope to see you at the show!

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Dog Sees God nets Fighting Chance ANOTHER Pick of the Fringe Award!

21 09 2009

Last night the Pick of the Fringe 2009 was announced and we’re pleased to share the fact that Fighting Chance Productions was picked for the second year in a row, this year for their production of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.

The Pick of the Fringe is voted on by audience members who attend the Fringe Festival. There were 68 productions this year, which means this is an incredible honour for Dog Sees God. What it means is that we will have the opportunity to perform the show three more times at a larger (and less alley-like) theatre on Granville Island. The Pick of the Fringe will run from September 24th – 27th at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. Tickets will be available shortly at http://www.vancouverfringe.com





Our 2009/2010 Season

14 09 2009

I am really very excited about our 2009/2010 season. To the best of my knowledge it is the first time that these four shows will be presented in BC by a semi-professional company such as Fighting Chance Productions. For those of you who don’t know, what we ended up doing this year was allowed our season to be chosen by our audience – this is, to my knowledge, incredibly rare. As a company we chose four plays and four musicals – and we announced them to the general public. Then we threw a big party and performed songs & scenes from the shows. From there we had a vote and here’s the first two of our season:

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by Sean Reycraft

directed by Ryan Mooney

October 20th – 25th, 2009

Chevalier Room at the Rosedale on Robson Hotel

One Good Marriage finds Steph and Stewart celebrating their first anniversary. Shes an English teacher; hes a high school librarian. As they revisit their first year of marriage, they cannot escape the terrible sorrow that looms over them. They returned from their delightful honeymoon to find the unthinkable had happened. It’s darkly comic, and yet incredibly touching.

From Ryan: We’ll be setting the show at Steph & Stewart’s one year anniversary party – where the audience will be the guests. It’s a very cool idea and will give us the opportunity to work with the Rosedale on Robson who has been an incredible support for us over the past year. However, this means that seating for the performances will be very limited – you’ll want to book your tickets soon!

Forbidden Broadway
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by Gerard Alessandrini

directed by Ryan Mooney

musical direction by Sarah Jaysmith

January 6th – 16th, 2010

PAL Theatre

Forbidden Broadway brings musical theatre to its knees. All the big shows are spoofed in this hysterical valentine to the Great White Way. Everything from the Phantom of the Opera to Les Miserables to Hairspray to Wicked are lampooned in Forbidden Broadway. Musical theatre starlets Julie Andrews, Patti Lupone, Carol Channing and Liza Minelli are sent up as well. If you enjoyed The Musical of Musicals: The Musical you will love Forbidden Broadway, one of the longest running off-Broadway shows of all time.

From Ryan: I saw this show in New York and had tears in my eyes. It’s hysterical, and I have no doubt that we’ll be able to pull it off splendidly with some of Vancouver’s brightest (and funniest) musical theatre performers.





Rent Wrap-Up

10 09 2009

We settled up with Presentation House yesterday and after all was s7818_278350450304_700665304_8536510_7584532_naid and done, we have our final numbers for the show. Suffice to say it was definitely the most ambitious production we’ve ever attempted (and likely will attempt for a long time.) The show had over 4,000 attendees, which is roughly 1,000 a week. That may seem like small potatoes for some, but for our little theatre company that could, we’re extremely proud. Couple that with across the board stellar reviews, sold out houses and standing ovations and we are very very proud of the work that people put in to the show.

What made the Rent experience so successful was the heart and the drive that everyone who was on board brought to the table. The fact that so many of us had such a strong connection to this show made it amazing. It’s not 7829_638723406221_21007739_40352863_4538017_noften you hear that someone’s dream is to play Curly in Oklahoma! or the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – though I am sure there are those types out there. But to have a cast for who these roles were a dream to take on – well that makes it special.

We could not have done it without the incredible support of the community – and I don’t mean the theatre community – though of course we do owe them a great deal of gratitude, but I mean the Fighting Chance Productions community. People who come show after show after show to support the work that we do. I am so incredibly proud to be a part of this community – and I hope that you will consider joining this community. We’re going to be doing some pretty special things, and I’d love to have you on board.





Who They Were/Who They Are – Part One

8 09 2009

charliebrownSo, as most of you know, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is all about the Peanuts characters in high school. But, in case you know very little about the Peanuts peeps, here’s a little refresher…

Who He Was: Charlie Brown is a loveable loser, a child possessed of endless determination and hope, but who is ultimately dominated by his insecurities and a “permanent case of bad luck” and often taken advantage of by his peers. However he also has a sense of reality about him, usually making sarcastic jibes or using quick-witted remarks to point out the often ridiculous actions of some of the other characters.

Who He Is Now: After the death of his beloved dog CB is thrown into turmoil. Still feeling “stupid” and “like everything he does is wrong,” he begins to question death – and of course, life. CB still has the same friends he’s always had, but they’ve all taken different paths. Feeling like every choice he makes is the incorrect one he sets out on a path to “find himself” and ends up standing up to everyone he’s known his whole life.

Who She Was: Sally has flipped blond hair with a cluster of curls and sometimes a bow in front, and she wears a polka dot dress, usually pink or light blue. In the winter, and most of the time in the later years of the strip, she switched to a shirt and pants. She has a “take it easy” approach to life, preferring to slide by while doing as little work as possible. Her favorite pastime is sitting in her beanbag chair watching TV. In a series of strips from 1982, Sally actually went to “beanbag camp”, which consisted of nothing but lazing around in beanbags, watching TV and gorging on junk food, and returned home fat. She can be stubborn sometimes, and is usually convinced she’s right until someone proves her wrong, sally-fergie-400a319but she also has a good heart and a strong moral sense; like her older brother she is extremely sensitive to the unfairness of life. Charlie Brown usually goes to Lucy in her doctor’s booth when he’s feeling depressed, but Sally prefers to confide her troubles to the school building, which is very protective of her and will drop a brick on anyone who doesn’t treat her nicely.

In the later years of the strip, Sally also frequently developed “new philosophies” on life, which were typically short sayings or phrases with little or no philosophical value, such as “We’ll always have Minneapolis” (a take on the famous line “We’ll always have Paris” from the film Casablanca), “Who cares?”, “Why me?”, and “How should I know?” One time, Sally declared that her new philosophy was simply the word “No”, which was to be her answer to every question from that moment on, but then Charlie Brown caught her off guard with a question to which she responded, “Yes!”, leading her to grumble, “You ruined my new philosophy.”

Who She Is Now: A girl trying to find herself, CB’s Sister has changed her frequently developing “philosophies” for frequently changing personalities. A goth girl, a Barbie princess and a performance artist are just a few of the personalities she adopts as she too navigates the treacherous halls of high school in an attempt to discover who she really is.

meet_linus_bigWho He Was: Though young, Linus is unusually smart, and he acts as the strip’s philosopher and theologian,  often quoting the Gospels. He also invented his own quasi-religious being, The Great Pumpking who (like Santa Claus) mysteriously appears every year, bringing presents. The Great Pumpkin, however, appears on Halloween and only at the most sincere pumpkin patch, which Linus invariably believes is his own. Linus is the only one who believes in the Great Pumpkin. Though he occasionally convinces other characters the Great Pumpkin is real, they always lose faith, while Linus keeps his.

Who He Is Now: Van has parted ways with his blanket, but picked up a new crutch in the form of marijuana. He’s still the philosopher of the group – having recently discovered Buddhism, he schools CB in the ways of the religion he has so recently adopted.

Who He Was: “Pig-Pen” is a Pig-Pencharacter in the comic strip Peanuts who is a young boy who, except on very rare occasions is very dirty. “Pig-Pen” is a nickname, invariably written in quotation marks in the strip. In the character’s first appearance, (July 13, 1954), in a strip directly parodying the first chapter of Lord of the Flies, he declares, “I haven’t got a name . . . People just call me things . . . Real insulting things.” If he does have a real name, it is never mentioned. In a 2000 Gallup Poll”Pig-Pen” was found to be the fifth most popular Peanuts character.

Who He Is Now: Matt has become a germaphobe who is deathly afraid of being dirty. A terrible temper accompany his OCD tendancies as he has now become one of the coolest kids at school. His disgust for anything remotely unclean is second only to his incredible hate for anyone who mentions his former nickname.





Our Musical Mondays at Maxine’s Hideaway

8 09 2009

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We’ve now completed our first month at Maxine’s Hideaway. For those of you who are unaware we’ve been hosting weekly cabarets at Maxine’s Hideaway for the past month, and we’ll continue to do so. Every week has a different theme – but the idea is always the same. A night of musical theatre where everyone is invited.

Our first week, the cast of Rent performed songs NOT from the show. It started off for a small, but extremely appreciative audience. Every month we’re hoping to highlight the cast of a show in the Lower Mainland at that time – so hopefully other casts will come out of the woodwork!

Next up we did our “featuring five” cabaret – this is one we’ll do every month 10423_135910917014_529067014_3037609_1986161_nas well. Programmed by our Artistic Director – Ryan Mooney – this evening featured five performers from the Lower Mainland each doing mini-cabarets. Featured in our first month were10423_135910552014_529067014_3037591_657218_n Lexy Campbell, Chris King, Brent Dawes, Cathy Wilmot and Nick Fontaine. The event was peppered with stories about the songs they had chosen, and it was a really special evening for everyone there.

Our third week had a theme of “Musicals from the Last 10 Years” and featured songs from Wicked, Avenue Q, High Fidelity and many others – we had over 15 performers that week!

10423_135910617014_529067014_3037595_2048116_nFinally tonight was a free for all – musical theatre karaoke with live accompaniment if you will. Books were shared and people sang duets and solos galore.

If you’re looking for something to do on Monday nights – we highly suggest checking out our Musical Monday cabarets at Maxine’s Hideaway. Doors open at 6 for dinner & drinks and the show starts around 8. If you have any ideas of themes – make sure you let us know! Also – if you’d like to sing, just e-mail us at fightingchanceproductions@gmail.com – we’re always looking for new talent – and especially people who love musicals. We’re hoping to expand the roster – as well as the evenings.





Questions with the Director – Laura McLean

4 09 2009

Laura McLean, hot off directing this summer’s sold out Spring Awakening for Delinquent Theatre, is finishing up rehearsals for Dog Sees God right now. DSG was done last summer with Delinquent, and features many of the same cast – and a bunch of new ones. We had some questions for her:

1. What is Dog Sees God about?

Dog Sees God is the story of what happened to sweet innocent little Charlie Brown and his friends when they grew up and went to high school. And much like high school is for everyone, it’s not pretty. Awkward angst, earth-shattering disappointment, really foul language, and explicit drug and alcohol abuse all ensue.

Laura McLean Headshot32. You directed this show with Delinquent Theatre in 2008, with several of the same cast members, what’s it like to return to the script now, a year later?

It’s great, I mean a lot can happen in a year, and for all of us coming back to this show, which is about half of the original cast and crew involved, a lot did. I’m constantly amazed at how much more we are able to see and find now in these characters. Part of that is due to the new people who are all really outstanding and force everyone to shake things up a bit, and part of that is credit to the returning actors who have all allowed their characters to evolve with them really beautifully.

 3. What’s the most difficult thing about being a young director?

 Being a young director is not easy, I think it must be one of the steepest learning curves ever. You can read books by great directors, you sit in a classroom and listen to advise from teachers, but ultimately what I’ve found is you just need to do it. You need to make a lot of your own mistakes, and you need to learn from them. Which is not easy. One thing I’ve found is as much as possible I like to surround myself with people who know more than I do. It’s terrifying, but it forces me to work hard for them, and it means I am constantly learning from the people around me.

 4. Which Peanuts character are you most like?

 Oh god, as five year olds, or as high school kids?… Well when I was little and I used to read the comics I always related to Sally best, I was an annoying little sister too, and always had a crush on the wrong guy. Ha yeah alright, I think I have to say Sally, maybe minus the awkward Wicca phase.

 sally5. What’s the best thing about working on a Fringe Festival show?

 Well I’ve never done a Fringe Festival show before, but I guess I’m going to find out. I really enjoyed going to a lot of the different shows last year at the festival, and I guess this year because I’m part of one of the shows I get a pass so I can go see all of the shows for free right? Well that’s exciting I can’t wait to see all of the other shows. I was flipping through the program and it looks like it’s going to be a really great year.

 6. What are rehearsals for this show like?

Well everyone involved with this show is also working full time, and most have ridiculously busy schedules. Everyone is volunteering their time for this, so I am conscious that I want rehearsals and the rehearsal process to be something everyone can enjoy and that everyone wants to take part in at the end of their day. And it is a really funny show; honestly I wish someone filmed our rehearsals we would have the best blooper reel ever.

 7. What’s next for you?

Well I still have one year left at UBC where I’m doing the BFA in theatre design and production, so my next project is with UBC. I’m stage managing The Laramie Project which I’m excited to start work on this fall. And then next winter I’m directing Matt and Ben with Fighting Chance Productions it’s the (both ridiculous and completely unofficial) story of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck “writing” good will hunting. That one should be lots of laughs and another great blooper reel I’m sure.