|Another year of SpringWorks has come to a rousing and unbelievably successful conclusion! SpringWorks 2014 was a year of dreams, moving us into our biggest festival yet – from our 7 performance venues to our largest number of volunteers to date to the 36 companies performing over 80 performances across Stratford and Perth County to audiences reaching into the thousands!Want to hear about some of our favourite moments?
OUTREACH TO ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
One of our mandates here at SpringWorks is to bring students to indie theatre, opening doors and broadening horizons these wonderful young people may have yet to know exist. And if they can’t come to us, we bring the theatre to them! This year, over 2000 students saw a multitude of performances and participated in several workshops at SpringWorks 2014.
PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE PERTH COUNTY ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY
SpringWorks strives to build strong and lasting community partnerships and this has been a record year for just that! Not only did we fill more venues in the Stratford and Perth County community than ever before, but we joined forces with the Perth County Alzheimer’s Society. Together, we helped open a meaningful dialogue about dementia with two of our productions – Cracked: A New Light on Dementia by Julia Gray and How I Became Invisible by Shawna Reiter and Kyla Read. We also welcomed Sheri Gilhula to give a short talk before each performance and have literature available before and after the shows.
SPRINGWORKS’ FIRST EVER PUPPET FESTIVAL
But not our last! From the awe-inspiring shadow puppets in The Sleeping Princewritten by Kristi Friday & Baptiste Neis (with music by Paul Shilton) to the tiny beautifully imperfect people-puppets of How I Became Invisible by Shawna Reiter & Kyla Read to the wonder and variety of found object, shadow, tabletop, and rod puppets of Handle With Care to the exquisite manipulations of hand and rod puppets in Rovero & Juliet by Allen Martin – we certainly want to be bringing the magic of puppets back year after year!
Another new-founded tradition for SpringWorks, our 2014 Closing Cabaret was such a fun night! Emcee’d by the incomparable Christina Gordon and featuring excerpts from SpringWorks 2014 shows XOXO: The Relationship Show (Franny McCabe-Bennet & Meghan Chalmers) and Pickled Heart (Jessi Seguin), a new piece by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard & Clare Preuss, and special guests Eileen Smith, Ella Nafziger, Charlene Nafziger, and Tanya Abulnar. We also announced the 2014 People’s Choice Award and had a SpringWorks’ T-Shirts Through the Ages Fashion Show.
Franny McCabe Bennet & Meghan Chalmers performing excerpts from their showXOXO: The Relationship Show. Christina Gordon & Jessica Seguin announcing the 2014 People’s Choice Award:
XOXO: The Relationship Show
We were delighted they were at the Cabaret to receive the honour! Congratulations Franny and Meghan!
It was eleven days that was equal parts inspiring, energizing, and exhausting. In honour our inaugural puppet festival, The Muppets said it best:
“Saying Goodbye, why is it sad?
But we’ll be back again in 12 short months and we hope to see you all there! Keep an eye on our website for when we are accepting new submissions for 2015 (around September) and for our 2015 line-up (around February).
NO FESTIVAL IS AN ISLAND
SpringWorks would like to thank everybody who helped us make 2014 such a success, but especially:
Eileen Smith– who took this from a beautiful idea to what we are today. Without her, there would be no SpringWorks
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