Joni Mitchell’s Songs of A Prairie Girl
Created and Directed by Jim Guedo
Presented in association with Wild Side Productions.
Joni Mitchell. A Canadian icon. A non-linear musical on her life, music and art, Songs of A Prairie Girl illustrates her storied artistic journey. Five amazing artists reflect the different aspects of this one woman: the young Ingenue, the Free Spirit, the Explorer, the Critic and the Sage.
Featuring: Cathy Derkach, Chariz Faulmino, Kristi Hansen, Cayley Thomas, Christine MacInnis
Musical Director: Shannon Heibert
Musicians: Vicky Berg (Band Leader and Keyboards), Mo Lefever (Guitar), Tatiana Zagorac (Drums)
Choreographer: Amber Borotsik
Stage Manager Liz Allison-Jorde
Lighting Designer: Larissa Poho
Costume Designer: Brian Bast
Sound Designer: Brian Maxwell
Set Designer: Jim Guedo
Multimedia Designer: Ian Jackson
Sound Technician: Amelia Chan
Lighting and House Technician: Ashley Carter
Rehearsal Vocal Coach and Pianist: Keat Aaron
March 7 - 26, 2023
InfoThe Roxy Theatre:
Nancy Power Theatre
Run Time 165 minutes
Jim Guedo – Creator, Director
Over the last forty-one years, Jim Guedo’s work as director and designer has been showcased across the country at Canadian Stage, The National Arts Centre, The Neptune Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Sudbury Theatre Centre, The Globe Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, The Piggery Theatre, The Citadel Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Theatre Network and The Phoenix Theatre. He’s directed over two dozen Canadian premieres and won six Sterling Awards (Edmonton) for Achievement in Direction as well as two S.A.T.A. (Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award) for direction. He was nominated for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, as well as a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Oleanna with R.H.Thomson and Kristin Thomson.
Recent directing credits include London Road at MacEwan University, A Doll’s House Part 2 at the Varscona Theatre and The Feast of the Saints for Workshop West’s Springboard Festival. Pre-pandemic Wilde Side Productions in Theatre Network’s Roxy series include The Children, Small Mouth Sounds, Poison, 10 out of 12 and The Realistic Joneses.
Jim remains active in the Edmonton theatre scene as producer of his independent theatre company Wild Side Productions.
Christine MacInnis – The Sage
Christine MacInnis has had an over forty-year career in theatre , film and television in Edmonton, Canada, and abroad. She’s worked for almost every major theatre company in Edmonton, and was last seen at Theatre Network in two Judith Thompson plays, Habitat and Perfect Pie. She is a proud graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City.
Cathy Derkach – The Critic
Cathy Derkach is an award winning actor, singer, musician and educator and makes her home here in Treaty 6 territory. She feels truly blessed to have been able to create and sustain a living in live Theatre for more than 3 decades so far and is just thrilled to be a part of this incredible “Joni” team here at Theatre Network in the newly built Roxy Theatre. Past TN credits include Girl In The Goldfish Bowl and Perfect Pie as well as many productions back in the Stephen Heatley days! Cathy has worked in theatres here in her hometown and across Canada including The Citadel, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Teatro La Quindicina, Shadow Theatre, Edmonton Opera, Workshop West,Northern Light, Concrete Theatre and ATP, Lunchbox Theatre ( Calgary), Canadian Stage ( Toronto), Sudbury Theatre as well as many Fringe Festivals since 1986 here in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria and Edinburgh where he received a Fringe First award from Honor Blackman ( Pussy Galore). She has also received Sterling awards for both acting and musical direction.
A few faves: Candide (Edmonton Opera), Into The Woods, Little Shop of Horrors (The Citadel), Sister Act, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), The Science of Disconnection (Shadow Theatre), and The Finest of Strangers, Eros and The Itchy Ant (Teatro La Quindicina). Cathy plays many instruments, is an accomplished pianist, and is privileged to work as a Vocal coach, accompanist and Musical Director at MacEwan University in the Theatre Department (where she studied under Tim Ryan in the 80’s). Selected MD credits include Company, Into The Woods, The Light In The Piazza, The Drowsy Chaperone, Anything Goes, Big Fish and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Cathy also was music director for The Citadel’s Young Company’s production of Working last year and will be with them again this Spring for Peter Pan. Cathy is the mother of 2 incredible young women who continue to surprise and inspire her.
Cayley Thomas – Free Spirit
Cayley Thomas is an award-winning musician, actor, art director and video producer from Edmonton, AB. Classically trained in voice and theatre, her credits include an Advanced Vocal Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Alberta.
From her early performances at The Citadel Theatre, to her internationally-lauded album ‘How Else Can I Tell You?’, to her role as art director for the Alberta Women’s Health Foundation’s ‘We Are Not Equal’ short film campaign, Cayley has shown time and time again her commitment to producing high-quality, culturally-impactful work. Like Joni says – ‘I don’t stick to one art!’
Chariz Faulmino – The Ingenue
Chariz Faulmino (She/They/Siya) is a Filipina-Canadian multi-disciplinary performer based in amiskwacîwâskahikan/Edmonton. Recent Credits include: Uptown Girls, Almost A Full Moon, A Doll’s House Part II (Citadel Theatre/ Wild Side Productions); Mamma Mia!, C.J. (Mayfield Dinner Theatre/Skirts-A-Fire Festival). A Christmas Carol, Summer Roadshows (Citadel Theatre); S.I.S.T.E.R.1.0 & Remount (Fox Den Collective).Catch them next: Prison Dancer (Citadel Theatre), Everybody Goes To Mitzi’s (Teatro La Quindicina). Chariz is inspirited and re-inspired by Joni Mitchell’s poetic anthems…They are honoured to pay homage to Canadian Legend Joni Mitchell, alongside incredible artists.
Kristi Hansen – The Explorer
Kristi Hansen is a disabled theatre artist who has called Edmonton home for the past 22 years. Kristi trained as an actor at Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts Program from 1999-2001, and then at the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting Program from 2001-2004. Kristi is the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of The Maggie Tree and the former co-Artistic Producer of Azimuth Theatre in Edmonton, AB. She is currently working with the Citadel Theatre as an Associate Artist and is a researcher and budding technologist with Moment Discovery, a body-art tech company that specializes in the human body in tech. https://momentdiscovery.ca/ Acting credits include Sweeney Todd (Plain Jane Theatre); A Doll’s House, Part 2, Small Mouth Sounds, 10 out of 12, and Passion Play (Wild Side Productions); Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer (Grindstone Theatre); Hiraeth (Bright Young Things); Dear Rita (Confed Centre); Candide (Edmonton Opera); The Silver Arrow, A Christmas Carol, and Alice Through the Looking Glass (Citadel Theatre); The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare (Catalyst Theatre); Mr. Burns: a post-electric Play (You are Here Theatre/Blarney Productions); The Bad Seed, The Jazz Mother, Pith!, The Scent of Compulsion, and The Ambassador’s Wives (Teatro la Quindicina); The Hollow (Vertigo Theatre); Irma Voth (Theatre Network); Christina/Philippe (Northern Light Theatre); The Sound of Music (National Arts Centre); Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Freewill Players); The Snow Queen and Apocalypse Prairie (Azimuth Theatre); The Supine Cobbler, Monstrosities, Age of Arousal, Hroses: An Affront to Reason, Folie à Deux, and Hunger Striking (The Maggie Tree). Her one-person show, Woody, explores the themes of privilege and disability in a reflection of her life as a disabled human living in North America in contrast with other amputees (real and imagined) around the world.
Shannon Heibert – Musical Director
Shannon Hiebert is highly regarded as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, conductor and music director. A native of Winnipeg, she began her studies at the University of Manitoba and went on to train at the Banff Centre with Martin Isepp and the University of Michigan, in the prestigious studio of world renowned pianist, Martin Katz. Much in demand as a collaborative artist, she has been heard in recitals and broadcasts across Canada and the United States as well as Europe, Taiwan and Japan. A diverse performer, Shannon has collaborated with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Edmonton Opera, Groundswell, Winnipeg Singers, Citadel Theatre and several musical theatre productions. Shannon has toured with Broadway Across Canada in productions of Mamma Mia, Spamalot, Wicked and Book of Mormon. In 2009, she joined the Toronto Company of Jersey Boys. Recent projects include music direction for the Canadian Premiere of Jonathan Dove’s “The Enchanted Pig” and a new role as Chorus Director for Edmonton Opera. Shannon is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Alberta where she Directs the Opera Workshop, teaches lyric diction and works as a vocal coach/collaborative pianist. In 2016 she received a teaching award for excellence in her work at the U of A Department of Music. As a guest teacher Shannon has collaborated with Opera NUOVA, Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy.
Liz Allison-Jorde – Stage Manager
Liz is so happy to be a part of this beautiful show. A life time fan of Joni Mitchell it is truly a dream to work with such an amazing team to bring her music and story to the stage. A Graduate of both the Theatre Arts and Theatre Production programs at MacEwan University, she has spent the last 30 plus years working in theatre and festivals. Stage Management credits include, Enough, Squeamish, The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921, The Ugly Duchess, The Look and Everybody Loves Robbie for Northern Light Theatre; Cottagers and Indians for Shadow Theatre; and The Hunchback Variations at Edmonton Fringe 2022. When not stage managing she keeps busy as the Volunteer Manager for Edmonton StreetFest, and is the co-founder and producer of NextGen Theatre with her daughter Janelle. She has worked for nearly every theatre company in Edmonton and can even occasionally be seen on the stage. She would like to dedicate this show to a fellow Joni Mitchell fan, her Mom, Pat Burden, who has been and continues to be support and inspiration in everything. Enjoy the show friends and thank you for supporting local theatre.
Amber Borotsik – Choreographer
Amber Borotsik is an Amiskwaciwâskahikan based creator and performer keenly interested in the intersection between contemporary dance and theatre practices. She married into an abiding love of Joni Mitchell and is profoundly grateful to be joining this brilliant cast and creative team
Amber has performed in both theatre and dance across Canada, the United States and in Japan; and has received three Sterling Awards (Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role – Little One, Choreography and Independent Production – Scythe) as well as the TELUS Courage to Innovate award at the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts. As a creator she focuses mainly on interdisciplinary performance (Scythe, The Moon at Midnight, No Guesses Found) and collaborates often with Jesse Gervais and Aaron Macri. Her work has be presented across Canada at Neighbourhood Dance Works (St. John’s), Studio 303 and Centre de Création O Vertigo (Montreal), Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (Winnipeg), New Dance Horizons (Regina), The Fluid Festival (Calgary), as well as various places and spaces here in Amiskwaciwâskahikan including The Brian Webb Dance Company and Mile Zero Dance. Recently Amber has served as movement director for Alina by Lianna Makuch (Pyretic Productions), The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe (The Maggie Tree/Citadel) and as choreographer for London Road by Alecky Blythe (MacEwan University). She works often in St. John’s NL and is currently co-directing a collaboratively created adaptation of Oderin by poet Agnes Walsh. Next up, Amber performs in Stabat Mater at Edmonton Opera.
Brian Maxwell – Sound Designer
“Live It Live” has been the way of living for as long as I can remember. Dancer of Vagnova Ballet, and several Ukrainian Dance troops from across Western Canada, Musician, Artist, Creator/Builder of anything that can be asked for. I’ve spent as much time on stage as behind it. As a Live Sound Designer and Operator I’ve had the great opportunity to work with the amazing Canadian independent theatre and music scene as well as the top regional theatres and venues. Producing theatre and music for the masses has always been an important part of life. From the street to the seat, art is live and everywhere it is meant to be lived.
Brian Bast – Costume Design
Brian is overjoyed to have worked on such a beautiful show with such a great group of friends. He last worked with Theatre Network was not so long ago: The Messiah in 1994.
Brian’s professional design work has been seen on stage all across Alberta with Shadow Theatre, Festival Players, Alberta Opera, Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, Players De Novo, Red Deer College, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Opera Nuova, Teatro la Quindicina, McEwan University, Citadel Theatre, The Mayfield Dinner Theatre along with numerous Fringe Productions. Of his favorite productions he has designed include: 10 times 2 (Sterling Award winner for Outstanding Costume Design), My Name is Rachel Corrie, The List (Both nominated for Set Design), Race, The Enchantment, Glorious, Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, The Weir, Xanadu, Treasure Island, A Little Night Music, As You Like It, White Christmas, Twelth Night, Cinderella and The Colour of Flesh (Both nominated for Costume Design), Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and most recently Unsung: Tales from the Frontline – WWPT and London Road – MacEwan University
Ashley Carter – House Technician
Ashley (she/her) has been a fulltime Theatre & Live Event AV Technician in Edmonton since 2019. She greatly enjoys the varied scope of her work, engaging in all types of events including concerts, conventions, galas, festivals, live theatre, movie days, and so much more! So far in 2023, she has already been part of 2 festivals (Flying Canoë Volant, Another F!*#@%G Festival) and an event for Road To The JUNOS. Ashley is extremely excited to have been asked to join the incredible team at Theatre Network and is enthusiastic to bring her experience with her as well as to learn from the amazing talent surrounding her!
Ian Jackson – Multimedia Designer
Ian is delighted to be back at Theatre Network. Past Multi-Media Design work includes: Infinity, Irma Voth, Poster Boys, Buddy, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Excavations. Ian is grateful to the Edmonton Theatre community for giving him three Sterling Awards for Multi-Media Design over his career. Ian is also an accomplished professional photographer and videographer.
Larissa Poho – Lighting Design
Larissa is excited to be back working with the Theatre Network team! A multidisciplinary performer, production designer, visual artist and tattooist (crown & serpent tattoo studio), she also teaches dance for the Citadel’s Young Company, and is the newly appointed Artistic Director of the Vohon Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Select credits include: Once, All Because I’m a Woman, and Assistant Music-Director for Jersey Boys (Citadel Theatre); Infinity (Theatre Network); VEGAS LIVE, Canada 151 (Mayfield); 10 out of 12 (WildSide); The Dreamer’s Cantata (Plain Janes); Lighting Design for An Homage to Billie Holiday (Ballet Edmonton); La Raccourcie, Les Neiges, Simone et le whole shebang (L’uniTheatre); and Sterling-nominated Music Direction for the Canadian national tour of Barvinok (Pyretic Productions). www.larissapoho.com