Theatre in the Park

Engage With The Story

As part of our 2021 Theatre in the Park production of The Other Side of the River, we worked with local language keepers  to tell our story in 11 different languages! Watch below or on our YouTube channel.

Original music composed by Amanda Trapp and performed by the Sum Theatre ensemble. Poster design and illustrations by Taegan O'Bertos. A big thanks to the Saskatoon Open Door Society for all their help as well.

This entire project was filmed and edited by Little Ox Film Company. See their work at www.littleoxfilmcompany.ca

We've also partnered with our friends over at the Nutrien Wonderhub to make a fun craft you can do at home! Make your very own Rocky or Windy puppet with objects around your house. Post pictures or videos of your puppets in our new digital community, the Sum Space.

And our friends at the Saskatoon Public Library have created a booklist for all ages to read more about anti-racism and how to be a better friend to the people around us.

Finally, we'd like to invite you to our new digital community. We'd love for you to be a part of the conversation over at The Sum Space.

The Other Side of the River

A Theatre in the Park Show

Theatre in the Park is an original play offered free of charge in neighbourhood parks around Saskatchewan each July. Created in response to a current issue, it’s a fun and thought-provoking performance for people of all ages. Catchy original music and colourful sets, props and costumes bring our stories to life. All graphics designed by Taegan O'Bertos.

This year’s offering is a family friendly rock opera about two sides of the same river. Based on a story by Yvette Nolan, The Other Side of the River was devised by the Sum Theatre ensemble with original music composition by Amanda Trapp. Created in response to Indigenous Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter and the international movement towards racial equity and anti-racism, The Other Side of the River transports the audience on a joyful journey to a place they never expected to be.

Stay tuned to our social media this summer to follow the show!

This show is made possible from the generous support of our sponsors.

Saskatoon & Area Performances

  • July 1st | Queen Elizabeth School (Exhibition - PREVIEW) | **RESCHEDULED to 10am DUE TO EXTREME HEAT**
  • July 2nd | Chief Darcy Bear Park (Nutana - OPENING) | **RESCHEDULED to 10am DUE TO EXTREME HEAT**
  • July 4th | Grace Adam Metawinhk Park (Pleasant Hill) | 2pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 5th | Adelaide Park (Adelaide/Churchill) | 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 6th | City Park School (City Park) | 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 7th | Mayfair School (Mayfair) | 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 8th | Al Anderson Park (Hampton Village) | 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 9th | Glen Penner Park (Rosewood) | 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 11th | G.D. Archibald Memorial Park (Richmond Heights) | CANCELLED DUE TO HEAT & WIND
  • July 12th | Grosvenor Park (Grosvenor) | 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 13th | Mount Royal Park (Mount Royal) | 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 14th | Alexander MacGillivray Young Park (Stonebridge) | **RESCHEDULED to 10am DUE TO EXTREME HEAT**
  • July 15th | Optimist Park (Riversdale) | **RESCHEDULED to 10am DUE TO EXTREME HEAT**
  • July 16th | Les Kerr Park (Forest Grove) | CANCELLED DUE TO EXTREME SMOKE
  • July 18th | Ashworth Holmes Park **BROADWAY THEATRE** (Caswell Hill) | 5:30pm, 7:30pm ***NEW LOCATION DUE TO EXTREME SMOKE***
  • July 19th | Dr. Seager Wheeler Park **BROADWAY THEATRE** (Westview) | 5:30pm, 7:30pm ***NEW LOCATION DUE TO EXTREME SMOKE***
  • July 20th | Wildwood Park (Wildwood) | 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 21st | H.S. Sears Park (Fairhaven) | 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 22nd | Parc Canada (Confederation Park) | CANCELLED DUE TO HEAT & WIND
  • July 23rd | WJL Harvey Park North (Silverwood Heights) | CANCELLED DUE TO WIND
  • July 25th | Lions Park (Martensville) | 2pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 26th | Montgomery Park (Montgomery) | 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 27th | Robert Hunter East Park (River Heights) | ***CANCELLED DUE TO HEAT 6:30pm,*** 7:30pm
  • July 28th | Silverspring Park (Silverspring) | 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 29th | Wallace Park (Willowgrove) | ***NEW TIME - 6:30pm,*** 7:30pm
  • July 30th | Buena Vista School (Buena Vista)  | 5:30pm, 7:30pm

Regina & Area Performances

  • August 1st | Davidson School Football Field (Davidson) | 2pm
  • August 2nd | Buffalo Meadows Park/Pool (North Central - Regina) | 2pm, ***NEW TIME - 6:30pm,*** 7:30pm
  • August 3rd | Elsie Dorsey Park (Whitmore Park - Regina) | ***NEW TIME - 6:30pm,*** 7:30pm **ASL Performances**
  • August 4th | Thomson Community School Playground (Heritage - Regina) | ***NEW TIME - 6:30pm,*** 7:30pm **ASL Performance**
  • August 5th | Fairchild Park (Harbour Landing - Regina) | ***NEW TIME - 6:30pm,*** 7:30pm
  • August 6th | Dixon Park (Indian Head) | ***NEW TIME - 6:30pm,*** 7:30pm
  • August 8th | Glencairn Park (Dewdney East Community Association- Regina - CLOSING) | ***NEW TIME - 6:30pm,*** 7:30pm

There are just a few things you need to know about attending this show!

  1. You MUST reserve your FREE spot through our website. See the button at the top of the page!
  2. Please arrive to the show wearing a mask (we'll provide one if you don't have one) and show up a minimum of 15 minutes before showtime.
  3. When you get to your park, look for large Sum Theatre banners and head over to our box office table next to them.
  4. You’ll be ushered by our team to a socially distanced hula hoop within our audience viewing area where you can watch our performance and then we will usher you out afterwards.
Thank you for following these guidelines to ensure your safety and the safety of the performers.

Cast & Crew

Amanda Trapp

Composer/Musician

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Amanda Trapp (she/they) is a Cree and Saulteaux/settler artist, member of the White Bear Band, who calls Saskatoon home. Recent acting credits include: The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Catalyst Theatre; exempt, Native Earth Performing Arts; I Lost My Husband, Persephone Theatre; Turn Turn Turn, Sum Theatre; Art of War, Hardly Art Theatre; Lady Macbeth and the Not Quite Dead, Musical TheatreWorks (for this she wrote an original song from the perspective of Cordelia in King Lear). As a composer/writer, she was nominated for a SATA for her score of Ferre Play Theatre’s The Penelopiad. “I love Sum and I’m so honoured to be composing the score for this summer’s show. It’s beautiful, it’s different, and I can’t wait to share it with you.” amandatrapp.ca

Aunya Jayde

Ensemble/Musician

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Aunya Jayde is a performing artist originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She studied acting, singing and dancing at the Randolph College for the Performing Arts (RCPA) in Toronto, Ontario and obtained a Diploma in Musical Theatre in 2019. She has always loved to perform and has always had a passion for creating. Some of her performing credits include Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family Musical (SSP), Choreographer and Ensemble for A Killer Party (Sparrow Theatre), Electra/Fury and costume designer for The Oresteia (RCPA), Officer Pasco and costume assistant for City of Angels (RCPA) and a Feature Dancer for Operations 1945-2006 Movements (Nuit Blanche).

Bongani Musa

Ensemble

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Bongani Musa was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and currently resides in Saskatchewan, Canada. He is a recent graduate at the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance. He has acting credits in both theatre and film and he has a growing interest in devised theatrical works. His acting credits include the radio play The Story (Globe Theatre); 4our (devised piece), Secrets From the Borne Settee (devised piece), Catherine Banks’ Bone Cage, Antigone (University of Regina); Terry Pratchett’s Mort, and The Caring Only Cry at Night (film), Mercy (film).

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Britainy Robinson

Communications & Development

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With more than 15 years as an arts reporter and on air host at CBC Radio-Canada under her belt, Britainy Zapshalla is not only an expert but also a die hard fan of Saskatchewan's entertainment scene. She's a regular contributor to CTV Morning Live and the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. Britainy loves to help people plan their entertainment calendar with her regular blog Brit's Picks. She began her work with Sum Theatre in 2015 to help spread the word about the unique and groundbreaking productions the company stages and to help connect sponsors and local donors who believe in our vision that theatre should be for everyone. Britainy lives in Saskatoon with her husband Jake and their two children William and Katie. To find out more about Britainy and her work click here. (https://britspicks.com/)

Craig Watson

Assistant Stage Manager

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Craig Gordon Watson has been performing since the age of 8, when he fell in love with the stage appearing in Lethbridge Musical Theatre’s “Oliver!” He then became a recurring player and appeared in such production as “The Sound Of Music” Anne of Green Gables”, “Camelot”, and “Annie Get Your Gun”.  Craig has graced stages across Canada before settling into Saskatoon and appearing in Saskatoon Summer Players productions of “Cabaret” “Annie” and “The Addams Family” as well as Ppl R Ppl’s “Rocky Horror Show” ,”Avenue Q”, and “Little Shop of Horrors”. He recently was the Costume Designer for SSP’s “The Addams Family”. Craig is so excited to return to SUM theatre for the his second year in a row as Assistant Stage Manager.

Danica Tempel

Production Assistant/Box Office

& Front of House

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Danica Tempel (she/her) is an actor, playwright, amateur poet and jack of all artistic trades based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Danica has been having a blast acting in the Saskatoon Fringe Festival for the past four years, and in spring of 2020 she made her professional debut at the online Short Cuts Ten Minute Play Festival with her script, The Rerouting. Danica is thrilled to be a part of Theatre in the Park this year! She has admired SUM's values as a company for a long time, and cannot wait to watch the show unfold. When Danica isn't working on a theatre project, she strives to live her life either consuming or making art. On any given day you can find her painting, drawing, singing and playing her ukulele, writing, or dancing in her kitchen with her roommates and their adorable fur family!
Instagram: @Danica_ET

Donovan Scheirer

Ensemble/Musician

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Donovan (he/him) is a Saskatoon based actor and musician originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and is a frequent collaborator with SUM Theatre. Past credits with SUM Theatre include Turn Turn Turn, The Young Ones, Theatre in the Pool, The Hockey Sweater, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, and Hercules. Donovan received the SATAward for best musical direction and outstanding composition for Two Corpses Go Dancing (Live Five). Donovan is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a proud uncle to two wonderful nephews. Stay safe, everyone!

Iris James

Production Assistant

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Iris James is a Grade 8 homeschooler living on Treaty 4 spending most of her time learning through art. Since age 4, she has studied contemporary dance at FadaDance. She continues with her dance classes & is part of the Youth Company. When she’s not dancing, she’s drawing in her sketchbook. She enjoys drawing people, fashion, faces and perspectives. Her sharp eye for detail can be seen in architectural designs she creates with her 3D pen and beautifully decorated cakes she bakes. Music and theatre also fill her daily life. She plays the cello. She sings with her family. She has developed her theatre skills at Globe Theatre School, Artesian and circus arts workshops with world-renowned clown, Mooky Cornish. In Maudeville and The Choir of the Truly Unruly, two performance troupes, she takes on the stage name, Oresia (a Ukrainian version of Iris). Presently, she happily collaborates on The Last Children, a theatre project under the guidance of local theatre artist, Judy Wensel. Iris feels excited and grateful to continue this meaningful work in a project that centers on climate change.

Jesse Fulcher Gagnon

Ensemble

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Jesse is an experimental Métis multi-disciplinary artist whose scattered mind leaves him frequently moving between mediums. With projects generally involving performance in some way, he combines digital media and installations, projections and animations, or simply silliness and fun! He works frequently with La Troupe Du Jour and feels so grateful for Sasks amazing French community. Last summer he had the absolute pleasure of working with Sum Theatre on their Mobile Theatre Experience Turn Turn Turn - and WOW! What an experience it was!!! Jesse cannot wait to get out in the parks this summer and have some fun!

Jim Drake

Designer

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Jim has told stories and made puppets for quite awhile and hopes to continue for awhile longer.

Jody Longworth

Builder

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Bio coming soon!

Joel Bernbaum

Co-Director/Artistic Director

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Joel Bernbaum is an actor, director, playwright, journalist and the founding artistic director of Sum Theatre in Saskatoon. He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and Carleton University, where he did his Master’s Thesis on Verbatim Theatre’s Relationship to Journalism. Produced plays include Operation Big Rock, My Rabbi (with Kayvon Khoshkam), Home Is A Beautiful Word and Reasonable Doubt (with Lancelot Knight and Yvette Nolan). Previously for Sum Theatre, Joel has performed in Alice in Wonderland and The Pied Piper and has directed Walk the Trail, Hercules, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Nutana Talks, The Hockey Sweater, Theatre in the Pool: Earth Diver, Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat and The Young Ones. Joel is currently a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, where he is investigating the potential of theatre companies to strengthen cities. Upcoming productions include Being Here:The Refugee Project (Belfry Theatre).

Judith Schulz

Artistic Associate

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Judith Schulz (she/her) is a theatre designer and practitioner who has a passion for creating theatre with technology and movement and making stories come to life. Recent credits include: "Playhouse Creatures" (Set, Greystone Theatre), "Rooftops" (Lighting, DSA production), “The Wolves” (Stage Manager, EvilStick/littleBig), “This Is Not That Festival” (Set/Production Manager, 25th Street), “La Vie Apres le Hockey” (Lighting, La Troupe du Jour). Judith is also a founding member of SightLine Designs Inc., a theatre design company in Saskatoon.

Judy Wensel

Co-Director/Artistic Associate

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Judy Wensel is a director, creator, performer and educator who is based in Regina. Her work emphasizes connection to place and community and through her deep interest in collaboration she has conceived and directed numerous interdisciplinary creation-works and community art initiatives with organizations including Fada Dance, Globe Theatre, Globe Theatre School, Swamp Fest, Wolf Willow Band, Cathedral Village Arts Festival, and as an Artistic Associate with Curtain Razors Theatre. Her directing work includes productions of contemporary Canadian work, ensemble-based devised creations, dramaturgy and new play premieres. As an educator she has worked extensively with youth and adults through the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society, the Canadian Improv Games and Globe Theatre School. Judy has a BFA in Acting from the University of Regina and is a graduate of the Directing program at National Theatre School of Canada.

Kevin Niessen

Audio Technician

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Bio coming soon!

Kris Alvarez

Ensemble/Musician

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Kris Alvarez is a theatre artist, a Regina monologue. Kris has the privilege of relationship-building through creation & performance with like-spirited humans at Curtain Razors , Fadadance , Artesian, Heritage Community Association. At Common Weal Community Arts, Kris’ 2019 Respond to Racism residency humbled her theatre-making, inspiring Golden Potluck – project centered on diverse older women’s voices. Kris tinkers with her practice alongside Curtain Razors performing ( Bad Blood, Carmen Angel ) and making work ( What Kind of Brown Are You?) Her current instalment, Burnt Sienna continues into 2021 after an adaptive 2019-20 series! Just before the pandemic, Kris had life-inspiring experiences performing in Persephone Theatre’s Reasonable Doubt. At the end of 2020, Kris happily joined Globe Theatre’s ensemble for The Story. 2021 has Kris lucky to be in Agam Darshi’s film “Donkeyhead” and continuing relationships at Globe with a residency! This summer, “driving back up the 11”, she’ll join Sum Theatre’s Theatre in the Park.

Krystle Pederson

Artistic Associate

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Krystle Pederson is a Cree/Metis Actor, singer, songwriter with an outstanding career performing all across North America and New Zealand. Krystle’s list of acting credits include: The (Post) Mistress, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Gabriel Dumont Wild West Show, Penelopiad, and Reasonable Doubt. Krystle is the lead vocalist for Lynx Lamour Goes to Nashville a one-woman Cree musical written and composed by Tomson Highway. Krystle has used her time off during the pandemic to focus on her music. Krystle will be heading into the studio in the fall and will be releasing her first EP in the beginning of 2021.

Laura Negraeff

Producer/Artistic Associate

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Laura Negraeff is a writer, director, performer, assistant stage manager, and educator who recently joined the Sum Theatre team as a producer/artistic associate. She holds a BA in English, a Masters of Educational Foundations from the University of Saskatchewan and an Advanced Certificate in Human Resources from SaskPolytechnic. After twelve years teaching Business at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, Laura is thrilled to be be combining her knowledge of business with her passion for community engagement and the arts. Laura has been an active volunteer with Saskatoon Summer Players for many years with select credits including, The Addams Family: A New Musical (director), Annie (Miss Hannigan), and Cabaret (Fräulein Kost). She has also worked with Ppl r Ppl Productions on Avenue Q (Assistant Stage Manager) and The Rocky Horror Show (Phantom). She is excited for the opportunity to share, learn, and create as part of the Sum Theatre team.

Mackenzie Dawson

Artistic Associate

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Born and raised in Saskatoon, Mac is proud to call the prairies home. He received his BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan, and has since diversified his practice to include playwriting, direction, and stage management. Mac is grateful to play a role in Sum’s ongoing commitment to community-oriented art and radically-inclusive theatre-making. Projects with Sum Theatre include The Young Ones (Assistant Stage Manager) and The Hockey Sweater / Le Chandail (Co-Director).

Miranda Hughes-McKnight

Designer

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Miranda Hughes-McKnight is a Saskatoon based costume designer and actor. Costume design highlights include I Lost My Husband (Persephone Theatre), Will and Ernest (La Troupe du Jour), The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), Monday Night (Live Five), The Aliens (Persephone Theatre), Dominion (GTNT), and The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz (Station Arts.) Recent acting credits include The Wolves (EvilStick/BigLittle/Live Five), Jabber and For Art's Sake for the Persephone Theatre Youth Tour, Pirate Heart (Souris Valley Theatre), boom (Fire in the Hole/Live Five.) As well as performing and designing, Miranda is the Head of Wardrobe at Persephone Theatre. Miranda holds her bachelor of fine arts in acting (University of Saskatchewan).

Nathan Howe

Musician

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Nathan (he/him) is a musician and theatre artist from Saskatoon, Treaty 6. His Mom grew up on the West Side, his Dad on the East Side. He now lives in Toronto, Treaty 13, with his partner Pippa and their cat Goalie. In his late teens and early twenties he was the drummer for And The River Sharks, and played guitar and filled in on vocals for Molly Summers & The Callbacks in venues up, down, and adjacent to Broadway Ave. His songwriting habit and theatre degree have led to writing music for Sum Theatre for Walk The Trail, and on the creation team for Little Badger & The Fire Spirit and The Young Ones. His original songs and compositions have played on stage at Persephone Theatre [Matchstick (also at GCTC), The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh, and Treasure Island* (*SATAward for Composition and Sound Design)], in Aiden Flynn Lost His Brother So He Makes Another - music written with Derek Desroches (Theatre Howl), and Wing Night At The Boot (Blyth Festival). He has also appeared on stage with an instrument in Reasonable Doubt and Fiddler On The Roof (Persephone), Mr. New Years Eve (Blyth), Much Ado About Nothing and Taming of The Shrew (SOTS), and Two Corpses Go Dancing (Live Five). He is heading back to school this fall for his MFA in Scriptwriting & Story Design.

Ricardo Alvarado

Production Manager

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Ricardo Alvarado (Production Manager) is a local theatre artist who believes in the power of music, positive energy, diversity, and teamwork. He is the Artistic Producer for Saskatoon Summer Players, the co-founder of Ppl r Ppl Productions, a long-time member of Artists Against Hunger, and he spends his spare time daydreaming and pretending to be a grown-up. This is Ricardo's third season with SUM Theatre and he is grateful for the opportunity to create with such a wonderful group of artists on a regular basis. Past Credits: La Troupe du Jour, Persephone Theatre, SUM Theatre, Ppl r Ppl, SSP, Live Five, Shakespeare on the SK, Greystone Theatre, and Saskatoon Opera. Up next, he's directing and starring as Jeff in [Title of Show] for Ppl r Ppl Productions and getting ready to once again hit the parks in both Saskatoon and Regina with SUM's Theatre in the Park show this summer!

Sarah Bergbusch

Ensemble

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Sarah Bergbusch is an actor, theatre maker, puppeteer, and independent artist from Regina, Saskatchewan. She holds a degree in theatre and women and gender studies from the University of Regina. Sarah has worked throughout Saskatchewan with Arts Organizations such as Globe Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Live Five Theatre, Curtain Razors, and Common Weal. She has also traveled and worked internationally in the Czech Republic and New Zealand. Sarah is committed to making art that is unique to the land and culture of Saskatchewan. Sarah is thrilled to be working and playing with Theatre in the Park this summer. Some previous credits include: Trespassers Waltz, Carmen Angel (Curtain Razors); Cinderella, Wool Gathering (Globe Theatre); Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Live Five Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Prague Shakespeare Company); Waiting for Sharkweek (New Zealand Fringe Festival). Current: Artistic Associate, Globe Theatre. Upcoming: Dear Mr. Wells (Grey Matter Theatre Collective); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 2021 Tour.

Taegan O'Bertos

Designer/Puppet Master/Poster Design

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Taegan O’Bertos is an emerging artist from Saskatoon. Her most recent work includes costume and projection design for Reasonable Doubt (Persephone Theatre, 2020), Puppet designer/builder for the travelling theater experience of Turn, Turn, Turn...(Sum Theatre, 2020), and set design for I Lost My Husband (Persephone Backstage Theatre, 2019). Taegan’s design work has led to positions such as Head of Props at the University of Saskatchewan, and Production Assistant at Persephone Theatre. She has also found artistic outlets such as Shadow Puppet Builder, commissioned poster artist, and body painting artist. Taegan has her thinking mask on and is ready to create, innovate, and integrate safety consciousness into her upcoming projects!

Yvette Nolan

Playwright/Company Dramaturg

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Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Her work with Sum Theatre includes Thicker Than Water, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat, The Young Ones and Last Sunday. Other work includes The Tempest (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), Reasonable Doubt (Perspehone), The Unplugging (Arts Club; Factory; GTNT), the dance-opera Bearing (Signal Theatre), and the libretto Shawnadithit (Tapestry Opera). Her book, Medicine Shows, about Indigenous performance in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

Zoë James

Ensemble/Musician

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Zoë James is a Grade 11 student living on Treaty 4 who enjoys learning through an arts perspective in the Balfour Arts Collective. She has been a part of the FadaDance community as a student dancer, a member of the Youth Company, a teaching assistant and now, as a teacher. Zoë loves to perform. She plays guitar to accompany her singing and songwriting. She can always be found harmonizing with her family. After many years of theatre classes and workshops, Zoë continues to hone her theatrical skills at school (Little Inez, Hairspray) and as part of two performance troupes, Maudeville and The Choir of the Truly Unruly, directed by Kris Alvarez. Most recently, Zoë was cast in a principal role in Agam Darshi’s feature film, Donkey Head. Zoë is excited to be in Saskatoon this summer to perform in Sum Theatre’s Theatre in the Park.

Frequently Asked Questions

Theatre in the Park

What is Theatre in the Park?

Theatre in the Park is a free professional live theatre show for everyone. We tour to over 26 communities around Saskatoon every summer.

This year with the support of Common Weal Community Arts, we are pleased to extend our tour to 5 Regina neighbourhoods, with additional performances in Davidson and Indian Head.

What are the shows about?

Our shows are about current relevant topics that bring together community and inspire conversation and dialogue for audiences far and wide, young and old. We have done shows about Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Relations, Newcomers, Disability, Climate Change, and Race Relations.

How much are tickets?

The show is free for everyone, but you MUST reserve your ticket before you arrive.

Are the artists paid?

Our professional artists are paid by our many wonderful sponsors and donors.

When is Theatre in the Park in my neighborhood?

Please see the schedule near the top of the page for information on when we will be visiting your neighbourhood, or a park near you. Don’t forget to book your FREE tickets in advance.

How long is the show?

The show this year runs approximately 30 minutes. We will have multiple showtimes in each neighbourhood.

Why come see Theatre in the Park?

Theatre in the Park is a fun filled experience that connects community members to live theatre, and each other.

Accessibility

Will there be ASL interpreters?

Yes! Sunday and Thursday performance in the Saskatoon portion of the show will feature ASL interpretation.

Will there be audio description?

There will be audio descriptions provided at two different performances. Please contact us if you are interested in this service.

Are the parks wheelchair accessible?

Yes. All the parks are wheelchair accessible. If needed we have staff on hand to assist you.

Tickets & Seating

How do I get tickets?

Free ticket reservations can be made at the top of this page!

Are there always tickets available?

Tickets are limited this year due to COVID restrictions, so make sure you reserve yours to ensure your participation.

Are there any limits to group sizes when I am reserving tickets?

The maximum size of a group booking this year is 4 people. If your bubble is bigger than 4, we ask that you make a second reservation.

Why do I need a ticket?

We have to limit the number of people due to public health guidelines.

What happens if I don’t have a ticket?

You must have a reservation in order to view the show.

What time should I arrive at the park?

Please arrive no earlier than 30 mins before the show starts.

What should I do when I arrive at the park?

Once you arrive please go directly to the Box Office table to check in your reservation. Please maintain proper social distancing when lining up for the Box Office.

What happens once I check in with the Box Office?

Once you have been checked in, you will then be escorted to the audience viewing area by a Sum Theatre staff member.

COVID Safety

How will Theatre in the Park be different this year because of COVID-19?

Each viewing area will be properly sanitized before and after each show and our performers will be socially distanced from the audience and each other. 

Do I need to wear my mask when watching the show?

Masks must be worn at all times when arriving and inside the viewing area at the park.

Will there be social distancing?

Audience members will be seated around a hula hoop that has been placed at least 3 metres apart from another hoop to preserve proper social distancing.

Can I move my hula hoop?

Please do not move the hula hoops. It’s very important to keep the hoops where they are so everyone can feel safe and enjoy the show.

What if I am really good at hula-hooping?

If you are REALLY good at hula-hooping you may stand in your spot and show us how good you are.

Can I bring a lawn chair to sit in?

Yes. But our staff will seat you in a certain location in order to preserve sight lines and spacing.

Will the actors be speaking and singing without masks?

The actors in the middle of the play area will be masked while operating puppets. They will not be singing or speaking.

Will there be any music this year?

Yes! Musicians will be singing and playing on four platforms behind plexiglass at the edge of the park.

What if restrictions get lifted?

One of Sum Theatre’s core values is inclusivity. We want to make everyone feel comfortable watching the show for 30 minutes. If restrictions are lifted you will still be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

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