By Thicket and Thistle
All Nicholas wanted was a normal 16th birthday. Instead, when his best friend Brian finds a magical storybook in Nicholas’ attic, it transports them to another world and takes them on a journey through an enchanted forest. Desperate to get home, they come across a Witch who they hope will help them… but they soon discover she has devious plans and they become trapped. Will they make it out alive? With the help of a rebellious fairy, Nicholas and Brian learn about the meaning of trust, friendship, and the power of a wish.
What’s Your Wish? is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI www.MTIShows.com
Originally produced by Theatre Now New York at the SOUND BITES Festival, Thomas Morrissey, Producing Artistic Director
Every now and then I am lucky enough to work on something that is alchemical; with a certain spark of creativity unlike anything else, where there is kindness, openness, and joy in the process. What’s Your Wish has been one of those projects! I feel humbled and grateful to have made art with such a stellar team during a very turbulent and heartbreaking time for our industry and the world. Especially art for young audiences and families.
During our rehearsals and team meetings, we spoke about the messaging in the stories we tell young people. It’s been on my mind a lot these past few years as I reflect on and deepen my artistic values and practices. It is so important for me to tell stories that are working towards creating a better future for young people and young artists. As Stephen Sondheim wrote in Into the Woods: “Careful the tale you tell, that is the spell. Children will listen.”
What’s Your Wish is about the call to adventure, duality, claiming autonomy over our own stories, and grappling with the realization that what we wished for wasn’t what we actually wanted or what we thought it would be. It’s also about the power that stories have to suck us in, transport us to different lands/worlds/dimensions, and how our perception of home and ourselves can change when we’ve been somewhere very different for a while.
KAYLA DUNBAR, Director/Choreographer
NELSON TALBOT, GRAHAM TALBOT Directors of Photography
LILY YUAN, Executive Producer/Art Director
JANET WANG, Producer/Production Manager
LONNIE DELISLE, Music Director
JOSHUA ZUBOT, Mandolin
JAY LEONARD JUATCO, Guitar
CAROL DYMOND, Flute
ALISON JENKINS, Accordion
PHERBIE MIDGELY, Recording/Mixing engineer
KAJ FALCH NIELSEN, Mixing Engineer
MALCOLM DOW, Sound Design/Additional Composition
BRIAN BALL, Set Design
KAYLA DUNBAR, Costume Design
JACK BUMBALA, Associate Costume Designer/Builder
MICHAEL GALL, Props/Set Consturction
TITOUAN FOURNIER, First Assistant Camera
TYLER OLCHOWY, Second Assistant Camera
CONNOR THORPE, Key Grip
ANDREW JOHNSON, Gaffer
ARMANDO HERNANDEZ, Dolly Grip
STEVEN SPARKS, Lamp Operator
VLADIMIR FEDULOV, Location Sound Recordist
MADELEINE SUDDABY, Hair/Make Up Artist
TIMOTHY ZHAO ,Visual Effect Supervisor
PAUL LI, FX Artist
SEAN TSENG, DMP Artist
DAVID MACDONALD, Editor
SCOTT MCKENZIE, Colourist
CANNA ZHOU, Production Still Photographer
MARK ZHOU, Streaming Technician
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CTORA Productions acknowledges that we live, work and play on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.