YPT presents Bello

YPT presents Bello by Governor General Award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen

Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is proud to present Bello – a unique co-production between Edmonton’s Concrete Theatre and L’Unithéâtre – Alberta’s only professional francophone theatre company. Written by Governor General Award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen (Vimy, Einstein’s Gift, Bird Brain), this beautiful parable about overcoming fears of those who are different from us will be presented on the Mainstage from October 10th to 20th, with French language performances available.

Imagine a time when there were no phones, no cars and no light bulbs – when the land stretched out like a quilted bed and the sky was like an ocean overhead. A lonely young boy named Bern gets lost traveling home from school during a snowstorm. He meets an old woman who has been shunned by the village, and from this chance encounter, Bern makes a discovery – about himself, his family and the importance of compassion.

It feels like in this political climate, it’s interesting to have a play that looks at not judging people by their outward appearance… but finding out what’s really inside. This seems like a really important message right now, to not judge people, but to get to know them, find out their real story, and welcome them into the community”. - Mieko Ouchi, Director

Bello is based on stories from the Mennonite Ukraine of the 1920s, a world where hard times and struggle are part of daily life, but where the healing powers of humour, love and family ultimately flourish. Set in a fable-like world, Bello is a stunning production, performed in rhythm and rhyme with live sound – much like an old fashioned radio play – with foley (audio) effects presented on stage in full view of the audience. Bello recently won a Sterling Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, Theatre for Young Audiences.

Directed by Mieko Ouchi, Bello features Gabriel Gagnon, Nicole St. Martin and Morgan Yamada. French translation is by Brian Dooley with Production Design by Patrick Beagan and Stage Management by Molly Pearson.

Written by Vern Thiessen
Translated by Brian Dooley
Directed by Mieko Ouchi
A co-production by Concrete Theatre and L’Unithéâtre presented in English and in French

Performance Schedule: http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/shows-tickets/bello/
Young People’s Theatre | 165 Front Street East, Toronto
Tickets: $10-$34 ea, HST & service charges extra | Online: youngpeoplestheatre.ca | Subject to change without notice
Box Office: 416.862.2222 x2 | For more information visit youngpeoplestheatre.ca

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