The Reel Whirled

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The Reel Whirled

TD Bank Presents - Theatre in the Park 2024

Theatre in the Park enters its 12th season with The Reel Whirled. Come with us on a journey through the online world, in search of Validation and Friends who make us feel 'real'. This year's story is about balancing our lives online and offline, and the pressures of living up to our digital identities. As always, this is an original production created by the Sum Theatre ensemble.

Kick off your summer with Theatre in the Park! Offering an original play free of charge, we perform in neighbourhood parks throughout Saskatchewan in May and June. As always, we create our production in response to current issues. It's fun and thought-provoking performance for people of all ages. Catchy original music and colourful sets, props and costumes bring our stories to life.

Where will we go? Check the MAP below!

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

Find a park near you on the map below!

Our productions are made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

Saskatoon & Area Performances

Thursday, May 16th - Grosvenor Park (GROSVENOR) - 7pm - PREVIEW

Friday, May 17th - Chief Darcy Bear Park (NUTANA) - 7pm - OPENING

Sunday, May 19th - W.J.L. Harvey North Park (SILVERWOOD) - 4pm 

Monday, May 20th - Alexander MacGillivray Young Park (STONEBRIDGE) - 7pm **ASL

Tuesday, May 21st - Optimist Park (RIVERSDALE) - 1pm & 7pm

Wednesday, May 22nd - Silverspring Park (SILVERSPRING) - 7pm

Thursday, May 23rd - A.H. Browne Park (MAYFAIR) - 1pm & 7pm **ASL

Friday, May 24th - W.W. Ashley Park (QUEEN ELIZABETH) - 7pm 

Sunday, May 26th - Al Anderson Park (HAMPTON VILLAGE) - 4pm

Monday, May 27th - Sidney L. Buckwold Park (COLLEGE PARK) - 1pm

Monday, May 27th - Swick Park (ROSEWOOD) - 7pm **ASL

Tuesday, May 28th - City Park School (CITY PARK) - 7pm

Wednesday, May 29th - Parc Canada Sportsfield (CONFEDERATION) - 1pm & 7pm

Thursday, May 30th - Funk Park (EVERGREEN) - 7pm **ASL

Friday, May 31st - Ashworth Holmes Park (CASWELL HILL) - 7pm

Sunday, June 2nd - Montgomery Park (MONTGOMERY) - 4pm

Monday, June 3rd -  Adelaide Park (ADELAIDE) - 7pm **ASL

Tuesday, June 4th - Dr. Seager Wheeler Park (WESTVIEW) - 1pm & 7pm

Wednesday, June 5th - H.S. Sears Park (FAIRHAVEN) - 1pm & 7pm 

Thursday, June 6th - G.D. Archibald West Park (RICHMOND HEIGHTS) - 7pm **ASL 

Friday, June 7th - Lakeview Park (LAKEVIEW) - 7pm 

Sunday June 9th - R.J. Gidluck Park (WARMAN) - 4pm

Monday, June 10th - Les Kerr Park (FOREST GROVE) - 12:30pm & 7pm **ASL

Tuesday, June 11th - Robert Hunter East Park (RIVER HEIGHTS) - 7pm 

Wednesday, June 12th - Grace Adam Metawewinihk Park (PLEASANT HILL) - 12:30pm & 7pm

Thursday, June 13th - Mount Royal Park (MOUNT ROYAL) - 7pm **ASL

Friday, June 14th - Buena Vista School (BUENA VISTA) - 7pm - SASKATOON CLOSING

Northern Tour

Monday, June 17th - Keethanow School (STANLEY MISSION) - 1:30pm

Tuesday, June 18th - Pre-Cam Community School (LA RONGE) - 2pm & 7pm

Wednesday, June 19th - Westview Public School (PRINCE ALBERT) - 7pm

Thursday, June 20th - King George Public School (PRINCE ALBERT) - 1:30pm & 7pm

Friday, June 21st - Knights of Columbus Park (ROSETOWN) - 6pm

Regina & Area

Sunday, June 23rd - Elsie Dorsey Park (WHITMORE PARK, REGINA) - 4pm

Monday, June 24th - Thomson Community School (HERITAGE, REGINA) - 1pm & 7pm

Tuesday, June 25th - Glencairn Park (DEWDNEY EAST, REGINA) - 7pm

Wednesday, June 26th - Dixon Park (INDIAN HEAD) - 1pm

Thursday, June 27th - Tutor Park (HARBOUR LANDING, REGINA) - 7pm

Friday, June 28th - mâmawêyatitân centre (NORTH CENTRAL, REGINA) - 7pm

Cast & Crew

Jenna Berenbaum


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Jenna (they/them) is an actor and playwright based in Saskatoon, SK. They have worked with various theatres across the province such as Persephone Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Dancing Sky Theatre, Sum Theatre, Live Five, and Globe Theatre. They spend their time working on their current play 18 Jews Order Chinese Food, playing on the National Ball Hockey Team, and hanging with their dog Lennon.

Jesse Fulcher-Gagnon


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Jesse (he/him) is a Métis experimental artist whose scattered mind leaves him frequently moving between mediums. He is a theatre rat, dabbling in sound design, acting, directing, stage managing, and teaching. As a performer Jesse has taken on such roles as a ladybug, a cow, a bison, a rock, and a corner— like, the corner of a square. Outside of the theatre, he holds an MFA in Studio Art and maintains a studio practice involving performance and installations, projections and animations, or just junk food and bad jokes.

Ed Mendez


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Ed (he/him) is an actor, director, voice actor, and more, based in misâskwatôminihk (Saskatoon) in Treaty Six Territory. Ed has appeared on-stage in productions for Persephone Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, multiple companies with Live Five, Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre, and 25th Street Theatre. He is the general manager of Burnt Thicket Theatre, and has administered Live Five, SOTS, and GTNT over the past decade. Ed has also appeared in various animated TV series on CityTV, and in TV, digital, and radio commercials across Saskatchewan. In his spare time, Ed enjoys making memories with his partner Tamara, their three boys and two adorable cats.

Katie Moore


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Katie (she/her) is a talented actress, improviser and teacher who holds a BFA from the University of Regina. Select credits include The Winter's Tale / Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Theatre), Romeo and Juliet / As You Like It (Shakespeare on The Saskatchewan), and Luna (25th Street Theatre). Katie has also performed in many improv troupes and collective creation projects. When she's not on stage, Katie can be found tending to her garden, teaching improv and spending time with her beloved dog Lennon.

John Reaney


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John (he/him) is an actor with a passion for incorporating different art forms into his work. From a young age, he was always interested in performance, especially the voice actors of the cartoons he obsessed over on Saturday mornings. He also adores music, singing, visual art, and studying languages. Nowadays, John is focused on voiceover and improvement in his piano skills. He’s currently narrating/producing an audiobook, and is excited to work on Theatre in the Park’s 2024 show!

Rebecca Spilchak


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Rebecca (she/they) is an actor and musician from Treaty 4 territory (Ituna, Saskatchewan) who is now happy to be living, studying, and creating art on Treaty 6 territory. Rebecca is currently working toward their BFA at U of S. She appeared in Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan’s 2023 productions of Romeo + Juliet and As You Like It. Other performances include A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of Great Lakes, Concord Floral, and Gordon Winter (Greystone Theatre). They hope you enjoy the show!

Megan Zong


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Megan (she/her) is a Chinese-Canadian actor originally from Treaty 6 Territory (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) but currently based on the unceded and traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, British Columbia). She received her B.F.A in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan and has been working professionally in theatre for the past few years. She has performed in both indoor and outdoor stages across Saskatchewan in plays and musicals. Select acting credits include: Wâhkôhtowin, The Young Ones (Sum Theatre); Chicago, Mamma Mia,The Hobbit (Globe Theatre); Boeing Boeing, Pride and Prejudice (Persephone Theatre); Oz (Carousel Theatre); Gaslight (Chemainus Theatre).

Kris Alvarez


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Treaty 4 Filipina artist Kris Alvarez is privileged to make relationships & art with Curtain Razors, Fadadance, Artesian, Globe Theatre, Common Weal, Scantily Glad, It’s Not a Box, RIWC, Dunlop Art Gallery, Neutral Ground, AKA Artist-Run, Persephone Theatre. Kris performs (Bad Blood, Carmen Angel - Joey Tremblay), makes (Golden Potluck, Burnt Sienna, Acknowledging), and just before the pandemic, was humbled (Reasonable Doubt - Joel Bernbaum, Yvette Nolan, Lancelot Knight). Kris continues in film (Donkeyhead, Agam Darshi), parks (Other Side of the River, Wâhkôhtowin, Sum Theatre), TV (ZARQA, CBC Gem), onstage (2021-23 Making Spirits Bright, Globe Theatre, Jennifer Brewin), in creation (Banana Musik). Summers 2022-2023, Regina Folk Festival invited Burnt Sienna Boulevard – her reimagined variety show now for younger audiences. Kris joined amazing artists to collaborate on new work (Homebuddies - So Glad, It’s Not a Box) to present at the 2023 Prague Quadrennial. In Saskatoon that fall, she performed in Persephone Theatre’s season opener (A Bright Half Life, Kathryn Smith). Kris is happy to be back with Sum’s Theatre in the Park 2024!

Mac Dawson

Co-Director/Artistic Director

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Mac (he/him) is proud to call the prairies home. He received his BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan, and has had the pleasure of making theatre with many of Saskatoon’s theatre companies. As Artistic Director at Sum, Mac is grateful to create art that serves and strengthens communities across Saskatchewan. An avid runner, hiker, and general outdoor enthusiast, Mac figures why not take theatre outdoors too?

Projects with Sum Theatre include The Young Ones (Assistant Stage Manager), The Hockey Sweater / Le Chandail (Co-Director), Zero Gravity (Co-Director), Elder Brother and the Bison / Le Frère aîné et les bisons (Director). This summer, Mac will be Co-Directing Theatre in the Park 2024 alongside S.E. Grummett.

Oli Guselle

Music Director/Composer

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Oli (they/them) is a prairie queer who is passionate about music, storytelling, and what happens when you combine the two. Oli graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance from The University of Toronto. Theatre/Opera: Bon Apetit!, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, The Brothers Grimm, La Boheme,   (Saskatoon Opera/SSO), The Adventure of Young Turtle (So.Glad Arts), Stag and Doe (Souris Valley Theatre) Concerts: Handel’s Messiah 2022, 2023 (SSO), Drag Messiah (OperaQ) Sound Design/Composition: The Maids (Whirligig Theatre Co.), C’est à nous d’y voir (La Troupe Du Jour), Death: A Love Story (Dandelion Theatre) Direction: As You Like It (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan/Apprentice Director), The Trial of Louis Riel (Riel Co.), War Room: The Musical (Saskatoon Fringe), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (UC Follies) Upcoming: Brahms Alto Rhapsody (Saskatoon Chamber Singers/Soloist) Other: Oli is also a proud member of punk band, Checkout Queens, who just released their debut EP last fall and will be performing at multiple music festivals across Saskatchewan this summer, including Ness Creek and the Regina Jazz Festival.

S.E. Grummett


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S.E. Grummett (they/them) is a queer, transgender theatre artist from Treaty 6 Territory. Over the past 5 years, Grumms has created a body of original queer work and toured it around the world, including Canada, US, UK, Europe and Australia. They are the co-creator of SCUM: a Manifesto, Girl in the Box, Pack Animals and Creepy Boys. Their solo-show, Something in the Water has toured around the world to queer audiences young and old. Most recently, their queer puppet musical The Adventure of Young Turtle premiered in Edmonton at Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival. Grumms is the recipient of the 2022 RBC Outstanding Award in recognition for their contribution to the queer and trans community across Saskatchewan, and recently won the inaugural 2SLGBTQIA+ Multidisciplinary Artist Award presented by the Sask Foundation for the Arts.

Sam Fairwearther

Stage Manager

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After months of anticipation, Theatre in the Park is finally here! Sam (she/her) is thrilled to return to the local greenspaces of Saskatchewan to play and discover with new friends and returning community members, this time with the responsibility of the Big Truck. She is a stage manager, performer, and educator born and raised on Treaty 6 Territory, and is grateful to her beautiful family - both blood and found - for their love and support. Sam’s purpose in life is to provide for her Pippa dog, the most wonderful border collie that may ever boop your nose.

Avery Fehr

Assistant Stage Manager

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Born & raised in Saskatoon, Avery (she/her) is always thrilled to be working in her hometown and is so stoked to be coming to a park near you! She attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC where she had her first experience stage managing and has continued with it ever since! Recent credits include; Anne of Green Gables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, The Penelopiad (CCPA), Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Persephone), #34 (Globe) GLORY (CTF) and Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, Cymbeline (SOTS). 

Amberlin Hsu

Designer/Poster Design

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Bio coming soon!

Hannah Fehr

Production Assistant

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Hannah (she/her) is a designer and artist who is thrilled to be assisting SUM Theatre as their Production Assistant this season! This last year Hannah had the opportunity to co-design costumes for Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre's Mary of Patuanak and Greystone Theatre's Metamorphosis. Graduating from the University of Saskatchewan's Fine Arts Program this Fall, Hannah has a passion for costume and set design, atop of a love for dabbling in all things art. When not covered in paint, Hannah enjoys crocheting, cartoons, and bothering her dog for cuddles.

Rowan Pantel


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Rowan Pantel is a Visual Artist, Puppeteer, and Designer currently living on Treaty 6 Territory. She holds a a Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia from the University of Regina, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Saskatchewan. For Puppetry she has trained with the Old Trout Puppet Workshop at the Banff Centre, and at the Eugene O'Neill Puppetry Conference in Connecticut. She works with a variety of media including, printmaking, puppetry, drawing, photography, installation, painting, and film. She is also the co-executive director with On The Boards Staging Company, committed to supporting spaces for artists to create and perform.

Paige Francoeur 

Artistic Associate 

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Paige (she/they) is a bona fide all-around theatre rat, born and raised right here in Saskatchewan. They have always loved the way that telling stories can help shape identity, both as individuals and as a community, and are so proud to get to help tell stories in their community and beyond. She is thrilled to join SUM as an Artistic Associate, after many years of working with the company in various capacities. Previously, they had a hand in Little Badger and the Fire Spirit (2016), The Woodcutter and the Lion (2017), Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat (2018), #consent (2019), and Zero Gravity (2023). When not in parks across the province this summer, Paige can also be found aboard the Wheatland Express for its interactive wild west shows.

Kevin Niessen

Audio Technician

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Bio coming soon!

Kei Tanaka

Designer/Puppet Wrangler

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Kei (she/they) is an artist from Treaty Six Territory. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts with a focus on painting and with a sprinkle of theatre design on the side. They are the Boutique and Administration Coordinator at the Saskatchewan Craft Council, and work on their independent illustration series Animal Friends on their Instagram @tanakeiart. Kei is a props master, recently working on Zero Gravity (SUM Theatre) and Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan’s 2023 season. Kei is always ready to share a smile and happiness through art!

Ricardo Alvarado

Artistic Producer

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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!

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. Every summer, we tour to over 25 communities around Saskatoon, and 35 communities throughout Saskatchewan. Our tour reaches rural and northern communities, and we partner with Common Weal Community Arts to reach 6 neighbourhoods in the Regina area.

What are the shows about?

Our shows are about current relevant topics that inspire conversations and bring communities together. We have created shows about Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Relations, Newcomers, Disability, Climate Change, and Race Relations.

If it's free, how are the artists paid?

Our professional artists are paid thanks to our many wonderful funders, sponsors, donors, and community partners.

When is Theatre in the Park in my neighborhood?

Please see the schedule near the top of the page for our touring information. For the visually-inclined, check out the map! 

How long is the show?

The show this year runs approximately 45 minutes. 

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.


Will there be ASL interpreters?

Yes! Informations for ASL interpreted performances is coming soon. 

Will there be audio description?

Yes! Audio description will be provided at two different performances, based on audience needs. 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.


What time should I arrive at the park?

The park is open to everyone, and we will be ready to welcome you starting 30 minutes before the show starts.

What should I do when I arrive at the park?

Once you arrive at the park, please find a patch of grass inside of the roped-off seating area. Feel free to bring a blanket or a lawn chair! Our staff will be on-site to help you find a place to sit.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Title Sponsor 

Our Builders

Community Stage Sponsor

G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation Fund at the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation

K+S Indigenous Artist Mentorship Fund

Community Stage Sponsor

Music Sponsor

Our Ambassadors

Community Connections Sponsor

Youth Engagement Series Sponsor

ASL Sponsor

Treaty 4 Sponsor

Our Park Sponsors

Charles & Leila Olfert

Charles & Leila Olfert

Our Community Partners

 Our Communities 

Saskatoon & Area