Some Assembly Theatre Company presents
The Release Party
by the Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group
DATES & TIMES Wed May 2, 1:30pm | Thurs May 3, 11am and 1:30pm | Fri May 4 and Sat May 5, 7:30pm
LOCATION Performance Centre
ADMISSION Admission is free. Donations are welcome. Limited seating. A facilitated talkback session follows each performance.
RESERVATIONS call 604-603-5247. (Leave a message clearly stating your name, phone number, date and time of the show you would like to attend.)
*Box Office opens one hour before each performance in Performance Centre lobby.
The Release Party celebrates the power of youth expression in a pursuit to manage struggles with mental health, bullying, and to promote suicide prevention. With the release of a new single and an invitation to celebrate what is meaningful to youth, guests invited to The Release Party have a powerful and life-changing experience they will never forget. The Release Party inspires with hope, and features comedy and drama along with original dance, music, spoken word, rap, visual art, film, and parkour. Performances take place May 2 – May 5, 2018 in the Roundhouse Performance Centre as part of National Youth Arts Week and BC Youth Week.
Celebrating its 17th season, Some Assembly’s theatre collaborations between youth and professional artists build awareness, promote wellness and encourage dialogue about issues facing youth. A collaboration between youth from all over the Lower Mainland and Some Assembly Theatre Company with artists: Valerie Methot, Ken Lawson, Allen Morrison, Flick Harrison, Rup Sidhu, Jeremy Baxter, Anna Talbot, Athena Ivison, Nikki McLaren, Matt Clarke and Sharon Bayly.
About Some Assembly and RHYTAG
Some Assembly Theatre Company and Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group Project
A Roundhouse partnership with Some Assembly Theatre Artists: Valerie Methot, Ken Lawson, Chandra Lesmeister, Jeremy Baxter with Athena Ivison and Allen Morrison.
Some Assembly produces new and original theatre collaborations between youth community members and professional theatre artists. Since 2002, Some Assembly has been creating and presenting inspirational youth theatre plays with the RHYTAG project to build awareness, promote wellness and encourage dialogue about issues facing youth today. This project received the City of Vancouver Youth Award for outstanding contribution to the youth community.
Community partners and supporters:
The Roundhouse, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Ministry of Children and Family Development, City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, Coast Capital, Telus, City of Vancouver, Watari, Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Scene Ideas, Methotical Productions, Vancouver School Board and The Hamber Foundation.
As a director and creator, Valerie Methot is dedicated to the creation of original collaborative theatre projects and providing opportunities for youth expression through the development of new works. Valerie started the RHYTAG project in 2002 as artist-in-residence at the Roundhouse, adding Chandra Lesmeister, Jeremy Baxter, Ken Lawson, Allen Morrison and numerous guest artists to the team. She is in her seventeenth year as the project’s artistic/project director, script facilitator and director, and has produced twenty-six collaborative theatre creations with many youth from all over Vancouver.
Valerie was nominated for Canada’s Siminovitch theatre directing award and is director/writer of several plays including: Treated with Tango, EXPOSE, Getting the Trendies, Marbles and Take a Breath. She achieved her BFA from Concordia University and MFA in theatre directing from UBC. Valerie is co-founder, executive and artistic director of Some Assembly Arts Society. www.someassembly.ca
A powerful vision of hope from local diverse youth in the search for a healthy home, both within oneself and one’s community.
Missing from Me (2016)
In an unexpected twist, eleven travellers at a train station must adapt to a sudden change in their plans. Confronted with life-altering decisions they end up discovering true inner strength and what family means to them.
Webs We Weave (2015)
A dizzying merry-go-round of challenges we all face in our relationships.
Dream Catchers (2014)
In a countdown to graduation, nine teenagers struggle to catch their dreams as they are faced with the daunting questions of who they are and what comes after high school.
Sticks & Scones (2013)
Issues of bullying and how it not only involves the victim and predator, but also the entire community.
Cleverly Painted Rocks (2012)
A play about life, love and depression.
Keep the Change (2011)
An audition for a new reality show results in an interweaving of youth experiences with loss, rejection, abuse and life changing decisions.
Death and Scrambled Eggs (2010)
Opening with a house party, consequences are revealed following an experience with the drug Ecstasy.
Not a Fairy Tale (2009)
Meet Dr. Exigo, seller of dreams and seven girls in search of answers…plus a unicorn and a troll and oh yeah, a centaur.
Tic Talk (2009)
An exploration of the anxieties surrounding issues of bullying, gang involvement, drugs and computer game addiction.
An exploration of the choices we make, the consequences, and how one decision could change everything.
Face Value (2008)
An play about identity and secrets.
Take A Breath (2004, 2007)
A community theatre happening passionately performed through dance, music, action, spoken word and raw artistry with a threaded focal point: ‘within our diversity, we share breath’.
Mirror Mirror (2006, 2007)
A play about life with depression
A symbolic journey into the subconscious.
An absurd comedy about trends and the roles we play.
Coping with life in a juvenile detention centre.
I Barely Know You (2004)
A crazed thriller in a Yaletown office building.
A theatrical performance about life on meth.
Hotel de Ville (2003)
An interactive maze of a frightening hotel.
Way Out (2002)
An inside look at teen lives and struggles.