Halcyon Youth – Toronto Fringe 2011 Press Release

From press release

The neighbourhood kids challenge you to a game of street-hockey!

Variation Theatre has taken over the playground at the Shaw Street School. Come out to the playground and challenge the students to a game of ball-hockey. The audience will actually participate in the game, with a different prominent member of the Toronto arts community joining the audience team each day.  All profits from this show will be returned to the Givins/Shaw Junior Public School, for programs that need funding. Juice boxes will be served at the end of each game, win or lose.

This is a site-specific show that was developed with the help of the students and the School Council.  Each show is a completely different and unique experience.  Variation Theatre was founded to create site-specific work, with a focus on audience integration and the engagement and involvement of youth. Variation Theatre is a new project from Michael Orlando, a founding member of the Toronto company – the Theatre Lab.

Variation Theatre Artistic Director, Michael Orlando has recruited a group of students from the Shaw Street School and members of the Toronto arts community (Colin Edwards, Omar Hady, Michael Luckett, Jordan Pettle, Michael Rubenfeld).

This is Variation Theatre’s inaugural production, before this Michael was involved in four productions with the Theatre Lab, at different times as writer, producer, actor and director –  building a loyal audience within the independent theatre scene.

During this year’s Toronto Fringe, be sure to be a part of this show.  Help raise some money for the school. And remember what it was like to be a kid again, to play until the streetlights came on.

Variation Theatre

in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents

Halcyon Youth

Created by Michael Orlando

& the Students of Givins/Shaw JPS

directed by Michael Orlando

starring Michael Orlando, Omar Hady, the Students of Givins/Shaw JPS

and a special guest from the Toronto arts community

Opens  July 6, 2011 and runs to July 16, 2011

Givins/Shaw Junior Public School
180 Shaw Street


90min. (3 shows per slot)

Wed, July 6   – 6:00PM

Thu, July 7     – 6:00PM

Fri, July 8       – 6:00PM

Sat, July 9      – 6:00PM

Sun, July 10   – 6:00PM

Tue, July 12   – 6:00PM

Wed, July 13 – 6:00PM

Thu, July 14   – 6:00PM

Fri, July 15     – 6:00PM

Sat, July 16    – 6:00PM

Ticket Prices:

$10 at the Door – $11 advance

Discount passes available

Advance tickets are available online: www.fringetoronto.com, by phone 416-966-1062 or 1-866-515-7799 in person a the Festival Box Office: The Fringe Club 581 Bloor St. W

At-The-Door Tickets are available at the venue one hour prior to show time, cash sales only.