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"URSA: A Folk Musical" is being presented at the Kingston Grand Theatre as part of Watershed Festival in May 2022.

ABOUT

URSA: A Folk Musical

What happens when a small-town Ontario teenager runs off into the forest in search of adventure? Why, she meets an anxious bear in the midst of an identity crisis, of course! Combining the joys of a folk concert with the timeless wisdom of a folktale, Ursa: A Folk Musical weaves a whimsical story of star-crossed friendship. This unforgettable exploration of the anxieties and euphorias of young adulthood is full of fresh and surprising folk tunes performed by a live band.

PREVIEW

This is an excerpt of the song "Let It Fall" from Ursa: A Folk Musical. A shortened version of "URSA: A Folk Musical" was featured in the Watershed Festival's "New Works" showcase in May 2021.

CAST & TEAM

Ben Page

"Bear"

Ben Page is a theatre artist and fastest shawarma eater east of the Don Valley (unofficial). Having worked primarily as a composer and musician since graduating from Sheridan College in 2020, their composition debut Leaving Eden (book and lyrics by Jenny Waxman) won best musical in the New York Musical Festival in 2019. In 2021, Ben workshopped a new musical with their frequent collaborator Germaine Konji called The Lobster Who Cried Person as part of Bad Hats’ New Bad Ideas festival. In the future, they hope to do more work that centres the collective experience of live-ness inherent to theatre as an artform. Selected performance credits include: the Emcee in Cabaret (Theatre Sheridan), Spot Conlon in Newsies (Theatre Sheridan), The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel (Toronto Fringe), and The Crack of Doom (Bravo NMTI). 

Jake Schindler

Co-creator (book, music, and lyrics)—“Jake”

Jake Schindler (he/him) is a Toronto-based musician, educator, and composer who has a specific interest in creating and performing new Canadian musical theatre. Originally from London, Ontario, a music education graduate from Western University, Jake currently works as a music director, music teacher, and audio engineer for various organizations around Toronto. As a composer, his first full length musical, “Where Do We Begin?”, premiered in August 2019 to a sold-out run. Jake is a multi-instrumentalist with a keen interest in finding unique ways to incorporate popular and classical music into musical theatre storytelling in a fresh, authentic way.

Margot Greve

Director

Margot Greve (she/her) is a multidisciplinary playwright, director and producer in Toronto, Ontario. She is the artistic director of Mixtape Projects, a dance/theatre fusion company that’s quirky, colourful, and musical. Her original production, “Mixtape”, performed as part of the 2019 New Voices Festival over a sold-out run. Since that initial production she has directed both contemporary and classical works for independent companies in the Toronto area. Her second original show, “Rebecca Love”, performed for four sold out audiences this past December and is continuing it’s development through workshops this winter. She was the intimacy choreographer for the 2019 productions of “Unfunny”, Little Accomplishments” and “Over Again” and led the devising process for the 2020 Panoply Collective production of “The Bacchae”. As an artist she is dedicated to weaving story, movement and music to create sensorially exciting productions for audiences young and old.

Taylor Young

Stage Manager

Taylor Young (they/them) is a Toronto-based Stage Manager and Production Manager, originally from Calgary, AB. They hold a BFA from X University in Performance Production. Some of their recent projects include: Stage Manager, Citadel Dance Mix 2021, Citadel + Compagnie; Stage Manager, Allies & Friends, Wind in The Leaves Collective in Residence at Citadel + Compagnie (2021); Assistant Stage Manager, The Spectator’s Odyssey – o’dell’Inferno, DopoLavoro Teatrale & TOLive (2021); Stage Manager, Night Shift 2021, Citadel + Compagnie; Stage Manager, White Muscle Daddy, Pencil Kit Productions in Residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (2021 Workshop);  Production Manager, Paprika Festival (2019-current); Production Coordinator & Assistant Stage Manager, Toronto Dance Theatre 2020/2021 Season; Stage Manager, hollow mountain, Rock Bottom Movement (Wildside 2020); Stage Manager, Rebecca Love, Mixtape Projects (2019), Assistant Stage Manager, RING, Toronto Dance Theatre (2019).