The Complete History of Canada in One Hour, The Canada Show (Oct 22, Surrey Arts Centre)
Three bickering historians—one English (Alex Gullason), one French (Carly Pokoradi), and one First Nations (Frankie Cottrell)—battle to tell their version of Canadian history. Boring, right? Not! With song and sketch comedy they pair pop culture references with historical happenings. Consider Leonard Cohen singing about obscure Canadian inventions, William Shatner performing the story of Etienne Brule, a Spaghetti Western about the Red River Resistance, the FLQ crisis as a hockey game between the Leafs and the Habs, the fur trade from Justin Beaver’s point of view, the MacKenzie brothers illustrating the Cold War, a puppet version of the Ojibway/Anishinabe creation myth, the story of Henry Hudson as an episode of Mr. Dressup, and the comedy team of Cabot and Costello. It’s 60 laugh-packed minutes! For a sneak peek, see the trailer on The Canada Show page at surrey.ca/theatre.
The Canada Show kicks off the Family Series, which also features Sleeping Beauty Dreams (February 10, 2018) and Saturday performances at the Surrey International Children’s Festival (May 26, 2018). These shows and the Saturday Festival Pass are available as a series until October 22, with special pricing (more on the Surrey Spectacular Season page at surrey.ca/theatre).
WHO’S WHO | Written by Ryan Gladstone and Bruce Horak
Frankie Cottrell graduated from the Musical Theatre program at Capilano University. Select credits include: Tommy in The Who’s Tommy (Renegade Productions), Sir Galahad in Spamalot (Prairie Skies Theatre Co.), and Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden (Exit 22 Productions). Ryan Gladstone (Director) co-founded Monster Theatre in 2000. and recently completed an MFA in Directing at UBC. Recent directing credits: Hunter Gatherers (Staircase Theatre), Ubu Roi, The Russian Play (UBC). Recent writing/directing credits include Who Killed Gertrude Crump?, Assassinating Thomson, Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Houdini’s Last Escape (Monster Theatre).
Since graduating from the Musical Theatre program at Capilano University, Alex Gullason has worked in theatre, TV/film and sketch comedy. Favourite credits include Sandy in Grease (Footlight), Gertie in Oklahoma (RCMT), and Kate Murphy in Titanic (TUTS). Alex received an Ovation Award for “Outstanding Ensemble Member” in 2012.
Carly Pokoradi is an actor/writer/director who graduated from Studio 58. Favourite credits include Hansel & Gretel: An East Van Panto (ensemble – Theatre Replacement/The Cultch), the world premiere of Kosmic Mambo (ensemble – Studio 58), and the collaboratively created MOUTH (Studio 58’s Risky Nights).