For once, I don’t really have anything to write. (I’m a little speechless, so I’m asking YOU.)
My friends: Richie, Jeff, Belinda, Mickey, Tony and Arlene.
If you loved Shotgun Wedding: The Musical, please tell us on this blog. If you didn’t get to see it, tell us you want another chance!
We want to hear from you!
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Phone: 416 966 1062
In Person: At the Door starting at 7PM on
performance nights. Cash Only.
No Latecomers. No Exceptions. Arrive On Time!
You’re all invited to celebrate Veronica Mendoza’s (Belinda Corpuz) 18th debutante birthday party! Edsel (Mickey Rodriguez) pursues his long time best friend Veronica, a Mississauga Filipino beauty queen, who shares a secret with her Scarborough boyfriend Jerome (Tony Ofori). The boys, JP and Noel (Richie Guzman and Jeff Yung) have been practising their two-step under the direction of choreographer Kate (Arlene Paculan) in this diverse coming of age story with a twist of 90s flare.
Written by spoken word poet Leonard Cervantes of FLIP TV (OMNI 2) and original music composed by Kierscey Rand, formerly the keyboardist for Down with Webster, and currently guitar player and background vocalist for Toronto artist K’Naan. Dora Nominated playwright Catherine Hernandez (Singkil, Future Folk & Eating with Lola) is at the helm making her directorial debut . Jodinand Aguillon of Kensington Market’s Pretty Freedom rounds out the creative team with the set & costume designs.
Shotgun Wedding was originally created through Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s Play Creation Unit and later went onto further development through fu-GEN Theatre Company’s Playwrights’ Kitchen.
Guests are welcome to wear their favourite clothes from the 1990s to celebrate the chaos that will ensue.
Girls dig up your darkest lipstick. Guys shine up your pointiest dress shoes.
This is our debut.
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"Shotgun Wedding" cast members Belinda Corpuz and Jeff Yung
Since ‘Shotgun Wedding’ takes place in the world of suburban Catholic High schools of the early 90s, I thought it might be a good idea to make special invitations to the alumni of some old-school high schools that made up our universe back then:
Wed. July 6 – Opening Night
Thurs. July 7 – St. Jean de Brebeuf / Philip Pocock
Fri. July 8 – Cardinal Carter / Cardinal Newman / Cardinal Leger
Sat. July 9 – Pope John Paul / Father Michael Goetz
Sun. July 10 – Loyola / Mother Teresa
Mon. July 11 – NO SHOW.
Tues. July 12 – Neil McNeil / St. Martin’s
Wed. July 13 – Jean Vanier / St Thomas Aquinas
Thurs. July 14 - Ladies Night! Notre Dame / Holy Name of Mary / St Joe’s Wellesley
Fri. July 15 – Francis Libermann / St. Francis Xavier
Sat. July 16 – Notre Dame / Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Sun. July 17 – Closing Night
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Audrey Dwyer, dramaturge
Before I started down this road, I didn’t know what “dramaturgy” was. What the heck was a “dramaturge” and why did I even need one? The truth is that without dramaturgy, I would have never been able to finish this play.
What’s dramaturgy? From WikiPedia:
“Dramaturgy is the art of dramatic composition and the representation of the main elements of drama on the stage.”
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Dark school gym corners. Red-lit basements. Rented church halls. You remember them. These were the places were teenagers became adults. Well, at least did adult things. Sort of.
In 1993 Mississauga, there was one place in particular where there were no parents, no chaperones and no teachers imposing 1ft restraining orders around our gyrating teenage hips — STREETSVILLE CHURCH. Continue reading
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If 1993 seemed like it was all about the ladies, well… it probably was, as far as music goes anyway. At our high school, it was all about guys singing to girls, guys asking girls out, guys asking girls to the prom — whatever. That’s a lot of pressure! If you want to know where adult gender role expectations originated, it was probably high school.
You SO CRAZY.... ____(fill in the blank)_____!!!
At least Salt ‘n’ Pepa thought of the GUYS for just a second when they did ‘Whatta Man’. Continue reading
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I really gotta give it up to the cast for being good sports.
Yo, T-Boz ! Is ya being a boss, Chilli what's up wit' dat sauce?
Going back to the world of ‘Shotgun Wedding’ — the early 1990s — is no easy commitment. It means donning very unique clothing, having very interesting hairstyles and going very aggressive with the lipstick shade. And I’m being polite with the description. Continue reading
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I remember getting a really weird note from a girl when I was in Grade 12.
Ever write a love letter? Ever get one?
For me, the year was 1991. Of course, this was before Facebook or email existed, even before any of us had cell phones or even pagers with voicemail. Back in Grade 12, there was only one effective way to send someone a message was to write them a note. So, you either wrote it on paper and had a friend pass it to them, or shove it in their locker or leave it in a textbook.
Or… you sent them a CANDY GRAM. Continue reading
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(SCROLL DOWN for Show and Ticket Information!)
By now you already know that Shotgun Wedding is a Musical and that features many of your favourite songs from the 90s. You may not know that Shotgun Wedding: The Musical features original music also. That music is by Kierscey Rand. And its about time you met him.
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If you didn’t know, the Director of Shotgun Wedding: The Musical is Catherine Hernandez. I’m still finding the special words to tell you about Catherine from *MY* point of view but in the meantime, she’s taken a few moments out of her super-busy schedule to write *YOU* a note.
Director Catherine is the pretty lady wearing violet down in the far right!
by Catherine Hernandez – Director, Shotgun Wedding
There are reasons why Len chose me to be the director for Shotgun Wedding: The Musical. The main reason is because I am old. Continue reading
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