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2018 Cannonball Festival Auditions

It’s back!  CYPT’s 2018 Cannonball Festival of youth-driven theatre will take over West Village Theatre in May, and we are auditioning for SIX youth-directed, youth-led, and youth-performed plays!

Where: Auditions will be held at the Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703 1st street NW

When: January 28-31, 2018 – sign up for a slot below!

Who: Performers in Grade 7 and up can audition.  There is some mature content in some of the plays.

What: For your audition, please prepare one short, contemporary monologue (approx 1 minute in length – longer is not better!). Please also bring a copy of your schedule – NOTE: the Cannonball Festival runs the same weekend as the High School One Act Play Festival, so check with your drama teacher and let us know of any scheduling conflicts at the audition.  Once cast, you are expected to be completely available for rehearsals and performances!

The Festival:  Rehearsals begin March 11, and Cannonball runs May 2 – 5, 2018.  The exact rehearsal schedule is downloadable here: 2018 Cannonball Master Schedule.

The Plays:

The Love Life of Electro

Written & Directed by Zoe Bechtold

When slightly-magnetic super criminal Electro gets dumped in jail, the least he expects is some popularity. That’s all part of being “in the famous” after all. What he never foresaw was joke-wielding journalist Nelly, who instead of asking after the normal boring stuff (secret identity, backstory, etc.) asks after the one thing he’s never wanted to share (except with those involved) and the one thing she knows everyone has: a love life. And in the case of Electro, it’s seriously ridiculous.

Centre Street

Written & Directed by Mari Wilson

The rebellion is as strong as their hearts, beating as one. When a pair of twins find each other on separate sides of a city divided by wealth class, they must journey down a dangerous path to right the wrong. In this heart-pumping drama, Centre Street is sure to leave you thinking about the power of family, and how, no matter what, we all have the power of free will. Above all, this show will leave you wondering if it is who we are as an individual, or what we are a part of, that defines where we belong in the labyrinth of life.


Written by Catrina Bowles and Noah Baker

Directed by Noah Baker

There is a light at the end of the tunnel that we greet with open arms; an angel that guides us towards something more. In our final moments that light becomes blinding. As a young woman lies on her deathbed, she sees this light, this angel, and he may not be quite as angelic as he seems.

Any Night

By Daniel Arnold & Medina Hahn

Directed by Robert Morrison

When Anna, an unnerved modern dancer moves into a basement suit, romance blooms with Patrick, her helpful neighbour from above. As their relationship intensifies, so do her strange and violent night behaviours. In this Canadian romantic-thriller, audiences will be on razors edge as dreams and reality blur and sanity is questioned. Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn’s play comes to CYPT after critically acclaimed performances in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.

Unpaid Programming

Directed & Facilitated by Zach Friesen & Angel Lo

Tired of watching those same-old, boring paid programming ads on TV? Well this show is anything but boring! Watch as 6 improvisers become contestants in a Big-Brother/Survivor type competition for the chance to win… an incredible awesome prize to be revealed at the show! Who will emerge victorious? YOU decide in this fast paced improvised show.

Home To McMillen

Written & Directed by Abby Hunter

Lacey and Paul have lived on McMillen drive their whole lives, and been best friends almost as long, but a simple rift in ideologies can do a lot to a relationship. Set at the height of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, two young, vital forces have to confront the fact the most important person in their lives doesn’t share the fundamental values that make them who they are. Home to McMillen, a Vietnam era piece that isn’t really about Vietnam at all.


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