Fall Tour in Quebec
In September, we had our fill of delightful audiences, bagels, and poutine as we toured to the TaDa! Festival in Wakefield and the Montreal Clown Festival. Our closing show in Montreal had one of our favourite moments of all time, as a little boy dressed as a bunny joined us onstage for an ending that left everyone in tears.
Click here to read more about the Montreal Clown Festival
Click here to read about our show at the TaDa! Festival in Wakefield
Morro and Jasp:
MTYP Fall Tour
Of Mice and Morro and Jasp was part of Manitoba Theatre for Young People's 2017/18 season. We toured to high schools across Manitoba with bunnies in tow and Steinbeck in hand, changing the world one teenager at a time.
We got terrific feedback from students and teachers alike. Here is one of our favourite teacher reviews from Vincent Massey C.I. in Winnipeg:
“ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! They loved every moment of it. Students said it was ‘one of the best things I have ever seen’, ‘Super entertaining but meaningful too’, I am amazed at how they took the novel and made it so relevant’. As an educator, I was thoroughly impressed from top to bottom. You are doing important work. Thank you for this.”
Puberty in Winnipeg
Morro and Jasp do Puberty was officially selected to be a part of Sarasvàti Productions' FemFest 2016 lineup. The show had packed performances and it was a delicious homecoming to the city where this show first debuted in 2008. While we were there, we talked to high school students, university students, we taught two workshops, and we talked about periods on the radio. Mission successful!
On Wednesday, May 11, Morro and Jasp hosted some of the best comedy and musical acts in Toronto when they put on a special fundraising show for the relief efforts of the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal. The event was produced by U.N.IT. Productions, MARRAM, and KABIN Studio. Their goal was to raised $5,000 and the event more than doubled that by raising $13,000.
Performers included Elvira Kurt, Chris Gibbs, DeAnne Smith, Silvi Santoso, Mark Correia, Jennifer Walls, Kevin Wong, Reid Janisse, Ashley Botting, Kris Siddiqi, Caroline Brooks of The Good Lovelies, Tiny Danza, Ellevan, Duff MacDonald, Jenn Kee, The Younger Brothers (Jason O'Brien, Andy Perun and Steven McCarthy), Ergo Sum (Pamela Gilmartin, Jeff Shewchuk and Donna Michelle St. Bernard), Jeff Giles, Clancy, and McCallaman.
Sponsors, donors and visual artists offered door prizes, food and beverage, silent auction items and services. They included Dual Audio, Cinq Foods, Steamwhistle Brewery, Cobs Bread, Red Rocket Coffee, JustB Salon, Left Field Brewery, Catherine M. Thompson, George Street Diner, Toronto Dance Theatre, Shakespeare BASH'd, Steven Nederveen, Elisabeth Munsterhjelm, Second City Toronto, Nightwood Theatre, Storefront Theatre, Alex Nirta Photography, Anastasia Goryachih, Tanya Klochkov, Clare Preuss, The Good Lovelies, Jeff Giles, Ellevan, The Circus Academy, Mann Casting, Tapestry Opera, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Mirvish Productions, Mythical Matters, Joe Sutherland, Sage Whitworth Photography, Kliffer Entertainment, The Food Dudes and Fly Girl Fitness. Media coverage by Glenn Sumi (NOW Magazine), Jill Deacon (CBC Radio Here & Now) and Paul Dutton & Julianna Greco (Snap’d) is also greatly appreciated as were Alexis Da Silva-Powell’s TAPA Industry Listings inclusion (Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts).
The “Artists for Fort Mac” fundraiser took place at KABIN, a new arts incubator at 11 Carlaw Avenue, Unit 6, Toronto (south of Queen and Carlaw).
On April 28th, we performed at Buddies in Bad Times in This n' That hosted by the amazing Mary Ellen MacLean. The event was sold out and we had buckets of fun!
On April 9th, we performed at The Comedy Bar in A Very Mark Forward Pajama Party. It was a sold out evening of hilarity and we got to play with some of the best stand ups around. You can read Exclaim's write up of the evening here!
Of Mice and Morro and Jasp in ViennA
On December 1, 2015, we performed Of Mice and Morro and Jasp to a sold-out audience (with a waiting list) at the international clownin Festival in Vienna. Our show was the Canadian show amongst eleven others from Japan, Brazil, Turkey, Italy, Russia, France, Austria, Argentina, Brazil and Sweden. It was a delicious and exciting adventure and we look forward to more globe-trotting adventures soon!
Morro and Jasp in Edinburgh
Morro and Jasp do Puberty sold out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and earned rave reviews.
"Witty and entertaining...they manage to remove any sense of taboo for the men in the audience during their performance: this is not just for mothers, daughters or female friends: it’s for sons, boyfriends, male friends and dads." ★★★★
"Masters of their craft...manages to surprise and shock you" ★★★★
"Thank heavens they chose to share their consummate wondrousness with we Edinburghers...brilliantly funny stuff" ★★★★
"Morro and Jasp kept the audience on their toes and delivered a fantastic performance that had the audience laughing from start to finish...everyone fell in love with Morro and Jasp at first sight" ★★★★
Arts Award Voice
"A fun-filled yet unflinching, adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster...there’s way more bang in their buck than you may be expecting"
"Bold and empowering...the physical humour on stage in the extreme facial expressions, falling on the stage and other things had this reviewer bent double with laughter in her seat."
"Fresh, funny and insightful comedy, and definitely worth seeing." ★★★★
Bouquets and Brickbats
Morro and Jasp do Puberty was presented by U.N.I.T. Productions in Association with Common Boots Theatre
Written and performed by Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee
Direction and Dramaturgy by Byron Laviolette
Clown Direction by John Turner
Produced by Derrick Chua
Thank you to our Tour Sponsor Katherine Rawlinson
Please visit our Page of Heroes to help us recognize all of the generous donors who made this tour possible
Morro and Jasp: 9-5