Spyder Theatre Company
THEATRE FOR KIDS BY KIDS
Spyder Theatre Company is in its first season and we are very excited about the development and production of the New Musical Radioactive Spyder. Deborah Adelman wrote the book and lyrics. A talented group of kids from Equinox Holistic Alternative School worked with Deborah to develop and edit the play. The collaboration with the kids was an integral part of developing the script. Set to a lively Cuban beat, the main topics of this musical comedy are species extinction, money, media addiction, power, global warming and climate change. Comedy, dance and lively music provide a fun and lighthearted setting to tackle these difficult topics. The play features a song by Sarah Slean which she dedicated to the next generation -- The Day We Saved the World. Given that youth around the world are spontaneously protesting climate change and global warming in the Fridays for Future movement, Radioactive Spyder is a relevant and timely production.
In September 2019, Spyder Theatre Company will launch a New Musical Intensive to workshop the sequel to Radioactive Spyder, Scheherazade Retold. In the sequel, Radioactive Spyder is inspired to Save the World and find solutions to problems that humanity is faced with. Scheherazade is the age-old storyteller who told the tales from 1001 Arabian Nights and has returned to earth to help spin a new tale, The New Story. This New Story is ultimately a road map for our future. With the help of her magical objects, Scheherazade engages the Swamp Animals in this New Story.
To engage youth in the artistic process of creating, developing and producing theatre that is relevant and meaningful for the youth of today.
RAE-ANNA MAITLAND is a performing artist born and raised in the Gatineau hills of Québec. Rae has been blessed to develop her passion for performing and producing her own work in Montréal, Vancouver, Chicago, and Toronto. Upon the completion of a successful run as Suzy in the hit musical ‘da Kink in my Hair in the fall of 2016, co-produced by the National Arts Centre and Theatre Calgary, Rae moved to Toronto to pursue her MFA in Acting. At present, she is passionately devoted to her first-year undergraduate students at York University where she teaches acting.
KRISTEN ZAZA is a Musical Director, Composer, Actor and Writer, as well as a founding member of Toronto-based theatre ensemble The Howland Company. Selected musical credits include: Pickled Heart (Composer/Musical Director - London Fringe); Hamlet (Musical Director - Hart House Theatre); Casimir and Caroline (Musical Director - The Howland Company); Measure (still) For Measure (Composer - University of Exeter), and her original one-woman play, EARNSHAW (Writer/Composer/Performer).
CARISSA NEUFELD is a Toronto-based pianist, vibraphonist, composer and educator who studied at Humber College under Don Thompson. She has performed in concert with Pamela MacDonald (Toronto production of Phantom of the Opera) in both Toronto and Nova Scotia, Marisa McIntyre (Sophie from the Mirvish production of Mamma Mia) as well as jazz vocalists Maureen Kennedy, George Evans and many others. She has been the pianist in countless musical theater productions for companies such as Randolph College for the Performing Arts Kids Program, Scarborough Music Theatre and Brampton Musical Theater under the musical direction of Jordan Zaza. As an educator she has adjudicated piano festivals in both the Yukon and Toronto and has been a guest improvisation clinician for El Sistema. She currently owns a music school with her husband in Leslieville called “On the Off Beat Music School” with over 300 students and 15 teachers.
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ is a professional violinist and singer who has performed with three time Grammy Award nominee Jane Bunnett and Maqueque as well as the 2018 Juno Award nominated band: The Battle of Santiago. Elizabeth has attended both the Grammy Awards ceremony in 2017 and the Juno Awards in 2018. Elizabeth is presently the lead singer, composer and violinist in her band called OKAN. Singing and playing violin has been a part of her life for the past 20 years. With her band OKAN, Elizabeth is putting together all the experiences she has obtained up to this moment. Pursuing her dream of playing Cuban music with elegance, passion and a 21st century vision is what's she is all about now. Elizabeth and Magdelys joined the Radioactive Spyder Production in February and in a very short period of time they composed 8 amazing songs for the show. The music they have composed has brought this show to life!!
MAGDELYS SAVIGNE is a Percussionist, Singer and Composer. Based in Toronto, Canada. Born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Classically trained in Orchestral Percussion and Piano. She graduated with honours from University of Arts in Havana, Cuba. Composer and arranger for many bands and Performing Arts Companies in Cuba like PerCuba Ensemble; Aceituna sin Hueso; Teatro de la luna(Moon Theatre); Macuba Teatro; Folklorico Cutumba (AfroCuban Dance Company). Performed and recorded with prestigious musicians like James Morrison, Mark Isaacs and the band The Cat Empire. Moved to Canada in 2014 to record and tour with the well known Jane Bunnett as part of the to be JUNO Award Winner female jazz band Maqueque in 2015; The Battle of Santiago; The Rhythm Express; founded her project OKAN; among others. Performed and shared stages with different artists such as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ingrid Jensen, Hilario Duran, Eric Saint-Laurent; Paquito de Rivera; Arturo Sandoval; David Virelles; among others.
BOOK AND LYRICS
DEBORAH ADELMAN has directed numerous musicals with school-aged children at Equinox Holistic Alternative School, a TDSB alternative school that she founded in 2008. She currently teaches music and drama at Equinox. Her mission is to write new musicals for children that are set in the 21st century with a focus on the environment, social justice, mental health, media addiction and the myriad of other issues that children are faced with in our modern world. Deborah works collaboratively with the kids to develop and workshop the scripts that she writes. Discussing and understanding the issues brought up in the play are an integral part of the process.
JACKIE GAISTMAN is a teacher and visual artist. His art is abstract representational in style and influenced by a variety of urban, graffiti, indigenous, abstract representational and animation artists. He has had a number of different group and individual showings of his art work; A variety of shows at York University. The St. Clair Arts Festival. The Canadian Film Institute. Trevor Allan Gallery. The Queen Street Festival of the Arts. Arts on King. The City of Vaughan Festival of the Arts. The Sony Performing Arts Centre. He has been a middle school teacher for the TDSB for the past thirty years teaching in a number of schools from inner city to an Arts Based Curriculum School. Jackie brings a great deal of enthusiasm to this project and is excited to begin a new career as an illustrator, set and costume designer.
ANDRE MENDOZA-MCLEOD is a Scottish/Cree Native Canadian. He is a fluent CREE English Speaker He is from Edmonton Alberta. He is an Actor, Dancer, Comedian, Stage Manager all in all a Performer. Andre moved to Toronto in 2014 to study theatre he graduated from *Centre For Indigenous Theatre* in 2017 where he studied theatre for 3 years. since graduation, Andre has been in numerous plays, productions. He just recently finished a contract working as a junior producer for Clay And Paper Theatre where he has learned a lot. Andre is excited working as a stage manager for 2019 Fringe Festival.