The life changing nature of theatre captured in the spirit of the Stage One Theatre Program for youth in Kamloops.
This documentary explores the unique and passionate theatre community in Kamloops B.C. set against the backdrop of the Stage One Theatre Program for youth and its summer production course in which students build a show from start to finish ending with a public run of performances. Stage One is often a beginning, a first glimpse into the world of art and theatre for kids ranging in age from 4 to 18. The spirit of Stage One and the atmosphere it creates changes the lives of those who participate, creating moments that last and opportunities to grow through theatre. Through the eyes of alumni who spent years in Stage One we will witness the impact it has had on their lives, past and present.
Our team is dedicated to bringing the story of Stage One to life with integrity and authenticity
The alumni of Stage One are key subjects of the film, offering retrospection and reflection - how much Stage One has impacted their life and the lasting impact it has had, the connections and growth that was found there. We will speak to the key group that was with us on our last year as apart of the program, as well as others who have gone through and now work in Kamloops in the arts.
An important part of the story is the current experience of the youth participating in Stage One. During the summer production course we will follow along with the progress and events of the production, checking in with the students as time goes on.
Terri Runnalls resides in Kamloops BC and is actively involved in various aspects of the theatre, teaching, acting, management and is co-founder of the Saucy Fops Theatre Company, that writes and produces all their own original work. Terri’s true passion lies in teaching drama to youth. As the Education Coordinator for Western Canada Theatre she thoroughly enjoys bringing youth and theatre together. She is most proud of the work she has done with Stage One, and has taught with the program since 2005. Terri is currently mounting a production for 35 children while chasing 2 of her own.
Stephen, a theatre instructor at Brocklehurst Secondary in Kamloops, has been actively involved in the theatre community for the past decade. Stephen has performed in an array genres from children’s theatre to main stage productions. He has directed Lawrence & Holloman (3MOS) & as Associate Director for Westsyde Performing Arts, directed students in numerous shows, he co-directed Frankenstein, Of Mice and Men, Flowers for Algernon, & How it Hangs for U.C.C. where he was formerly an instructor. Stephen has been teaching theatre for the past 3 years in Kamloops, Burnaby and Matanzas, Cuba.
In her fifteenth year with Western Canada Theatre, Jennifer has had several roles with the company before settling into her Assistance Instructor position with Stage One Theatre school. She began as a volunteer at WCT, her role then was to find and organize archives in WCT’s history. Jennifer has also worked as an Event/Fundraising Coordinator and Writer for the WCT Study Guides that are distributed to school groups that attend matinee performances. For the past twelve years or so, Jennifer has been assisting the Stage One Instructors in a variety of courses, working with students aged 4 to 18
Allison started her Stage One journey as a student and has enjoyed watching the program grow throughout the years. Aside from teaching a variety of the Stage One theatre classes, Allison also works with WCT asVolunteer Coordinator. Allison is an elementary school teacher with School District 73 and teaches private Speech Arts lessons. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Education from TRU and has an ATCL in Speech and Drama through Trinity College London. Allison always looks forward to having fun and exploring theatre with new and returning students!
The theatre and arts community is incredibly close to our hearts, this is our community, this is who the film is for, and who it will involve. This community in Kamloops is special, but not everyone knows about it, or about Stage One. This film will capture the impact that Stage One has had in the past and present while bringing awareness to the opportunity that it holds for those who participate.
Youth are the next generation of artists. We want to reach the youth of the community to inspire and encourage others to take part in theatre and the arts. This project is an opportunity to reach more parents who otherwise may not know a program like this exists.
Planning local events/showings in partnership with the Kamloops Film Society in support of Stage One and the theatre community. The goal in part to raise funds for the Henry Vandenburg Memorial Bursary to be able to offer the opportunity for more kids from every background to join the program.
Cultivate an interest in the progress of the film by sharing small snippets of the behind the scenes through out production through instagram and facebook. The journey of production will take us through out Kamloops following connections made through Stage One, and we want to share as much of it as possible.
A keepsake that captures the memories of Stage One and the community during the film's production. Including a special copy of the finished film plus the original soundtrack inspired by Stage One, and a behind the scenes notebook that chronicles the film’s making for all of the participants. We work to make this available at all events and even at future Stage One performances.