Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes

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Shelayna Christante

Role: Joan/Nettie
Categories: Onion Skins & Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes

Shelayna Christante Joan/Nettie in Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes

Shelayna (she/they) is a Toronto based actor and singer-songwriter born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta. She moved to Toronto to embark on her passion for acting, and graduated from George Brown Theatre School in 2023. Since graduating, Shelayna has had the absolute joy of getting to play Lucy in Bad Hats Theatre’s production of Narnia (dir. Fiona Sauder), made their Canadian Opera Company debut in Don Giovanni (dir. Amy Lane), and is delighted to be making their Blyth Festival debut in Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes (dir. Severn Thompson) this summer. Shelayna also wishes to acknowledge and thank all of the MANY many many loving, kind, warm hands that have helped to guide her along her path.

Shelayna Christante

Joan/Nettie

Shelayna Christante Joan/Nettie in Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The...

Autumn Davis

Role: Dot
Categories: Onion Skins & Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes

Autumn Davis is a Des McAnuff award winning artist and actor. She obtained her BFA in Acting from TMU (Ryerson University) in 2022.

Acting credits include: Storybook Search (Badhats), Surviving a Widowed Father (Obsidian), Alice in Wonderland, (Guildwood Festival Theatre) RobinHood and Shanty Show (The Lakeside Players). Born and raised in Scarborough, she passionately attacks performance and creation with curiosity and joyful collaboration. This enthusiastic mover and singer is simply jazzed to continually explore classic texts, dark comedies, directing, filmmaking and writing in whatever forms they may take.

Autumn Davis

Dot

Autumn Davis is a Des McAnuff award winning artist and...

Charlotte Dennis

Role: Jay
Categories: Onion Skins & Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes

Charlotte Dennis is an actor, writer and a dancer just for fun. She is a graduate of the acting program at The National Theatre School of Canada. Charlotte was a part of the Soulpepper Academy in 2023. Recent Theatre credits include: The Walk-up (Soulpepper), What Rough Beast (Centaur Theatre), Martyr (ARC), Boston Marriage (Headstrong Collective), Dimples (Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin). Film/TV credits include: Murdoch Mysteries (S17), Forever Young (S3), Alex & Isla (MayDay Pictures). Voice Over work: CBC PlayMe, The Tunnel Runners. “I’m so grateful to be playin’ around with this group of women this summer! Thank you so much x”

Charlotte Dennis

Jay

Charlotte Dennis is an actor, writer and a dancer just...

Lucy Hill

Role: Amalia, Mr. Miller, Worm Kid, Mrs. Franklin
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Lucy is delighted to be back at The Blyth Festival for the third time! Her past Blyth Theatre Festival credits include Liars at a Funeral, and Cake Walk. In addition to performing on stages across Canada, Lucy has also appeared in the TV series Hudson & Rex, Murdoch Mysteries, and The Baroness von Sketch Show, and starred in the TV movie, Summer at Charlotte’s. www.lucyadelehill.com

Lucy Hill

Amalia, Mr. Miller, Worm Kid, Mrs. Franklin

Lucy is delighted to be back at The Blyth Festival...

Sachi Nisbet

Role: Liz, Farmer, Lucy
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Sachi Nisbet is a Vancouver based actor and graduate of the BFA Acting program at UBC. Previous credits include A Christmas Carol (Gateway Theatre), MilkMilkLemonade (Awkward Stage Prod.), Her Name Was Mary (Indigo Child Prod.), Girls! Girls! Girls! (Excavation Theatre), Les Belles Soeurs (UBC) and Edward II (UBC). She is incredibly proud to be a part of such an exciting and important Canadian play.

Sachi Nisbet

Liz, Farmer, Lucy

Sachi Nisbet is a Vancouver based actor and graduate of...

Alicia Salvador

Role: Old Farmer, Ted, Sue
Categories: Onion Skins & Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes

Alicia Salvador (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist born and raised in Toronto, ON. She is a graduate of the joint Theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto/Sheridan College, as well as the Commercial Dance program at George Brown College.

Select acting credits include: The Servant of Two Masters, If We Were Birds, Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Erindale); Hope Reclaimed (Beck Festival). Alicia is thrilled to be making her Blyth Festival debut this summer! Follow her on Instagram: @aliciasalvador

Alicia Salvador

Old Farmer, Ted, Sue

Alicia Salvador (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist born and...

Heidi Chan

Role: Sound Design & Original Music
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Heidi Chan composes and performs music, and designs sound for theatre and dance. Heidi plays bamboo flutes, percussion (including Japanese taiko drums), and modular synthesizers. 

For Blyth: Wing Night at the Boot (2018), Team on the Hill (2019), Café Daughter (2021).

Select theatre credits: Titus Andronicus 2.0, Macbeth (Tang Shu-Wing Studio, Hong Kong); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe, UK); Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) (Sagacollectif/Architect/Passe Muraille); The Tempest (Company of Fools); Trojan Girls and the Outhouse of Atreus, No Save Points (Outside the March); Anahita’s Republic (Bustle & Beast); A Number (That Arts Group); Waterfall (Theatre Gargantua). https://linktr.ee/heidiwychan

Heidi Chan

Sound Design & Original Music

Heidi Chan composes and performs music, and designs sound for...

Alison Lawrence

Role: Playwright
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Alison’s plays include The Thing Between Us (shortlisted for the Playwright Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt Award), The Catering Queen, And All For Love and Too Close to Home.   She co-wrote the play bittergirl, the book Bittergirl: Getting Over Getting Dumped (Penguin Canada, Plume US), and Bittergirl – the musical with Annabel Fitzsimmons and Mary Francis Moore.  The Catering Queen and bittergirl are published by Scirocco Drama.  Alison has worked across the country onstage and has been seen on Ghosts (CBS), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) and as a regular on Amazon Prime’s The Lake. She is an alumna of the Banff Playwrights Lab and a MacDowell Fellow. www.alisonlawrence.ca

Thank you to David R. Mitsui, to Severn Thompson and Gil Garratt, to Kim Blackwell and Autumn Smith, and very special thanks to my first readers, Brenda Kamino and Veronika Hurnik, for their notes, advice and translation on the Japanese-Canadian and Czech threads of the play.

 

Alison Lawrence

Playwright

Alison’s plays include The Thing Between Us (shortlisted for the...

Steve Lucas

Steve Lucas

Role: Lighting Design
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Blyth Credits:

Set and lights and projections for: Innocence Lost: The Steven Truscott Project; The New Canadian Curling Club; Test Drive; Billy Bishop Goes to War and The Real McCoy

Set and light design for: The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom; Queen Milli of Galt; The Pigeon King; If Truth Be Told; A Huron County Christmas Carol; The Drawer Boy and  Chronicles of Sarnia

Lighting design for:

Pearl Gidley; Stag and Doe; The Wilberforce Hotel; Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad; 

Set design for: Seeds 

Since 1987 Steve has designed award winning sets and lighting for more than 500 productions of theatre, dance and performance art. His work has toured extensively and has been seen in 27 countries around the world.

Steve has received several awards including four Dora Awards for his designs. He has also been nominated for several of Canada’s most prestigious awards including the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre and thirty three Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations.

 

Steve Lucas

Lighting Design

Blyth Credits: Set and lights and projections for: Innocence Lost:...

Amanda McDonnell

Amanda McDonnell

Role: Assistant Stage Manager
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Amanda is a passionate theatre creator, performer, and stage manager. She graduated from Brock University’s Dramatic Arts Program and is Co-Founder of Lumen and Jupiter Multi-Arts Company. Amanda is thrilled to be back at the Blyth Festival for her second season! Selected Stage Management Credits: Chronicles of Sarnia (Blyth Festival), Mommy Shark (Lumen and Jupiter), Wally’s Café (Upper Canada Playhouse), John School (Essential Theatre Collective), various productions with Yellow Door Theatre Projects including Robin Hood and Newsies and was the Child Supervisor for White Christmas (Shaw Festival). Selected acting credits: The Vagina Monologues (Gillian’s Place, 2018, 2020), Legally Blonde (Garden City Productions). Film/Web series:  Both Sides of the Curtain (Lumen and Jupiter) and Red Letter Day (Yellow Door Theatre Project).

Amanda McDonnell

Assistant Stage Manager

Amanda is a passionate theatre creator, performer, and stage manager....

Katerina Sokyrko

Role: Stage Manager
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Katerina Sokyrko is thrilled to be returning to the Blyth Festival for her fifth season.  Elsewhere, her stage management credits include Ainadamar, Die Walkure, Cosi fan tutte, The Birds, Don Giovanni, Flight, Missing, Il Trittico, La Traviata, La Boheme, The Magic Flute (Pacific Opera Victoria); Hurry Hard (Chemainus Theatre); Snow WhiteSelfie (Young People’s Theatre); Hamlet-911 (Stratford Festival); Cabaret (Grand Theatre); Silence (National Arts Centre); Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre Northwest); Mary Poppins (Grand Theatre).

Katerina Sokyrko

Stage Manager

Katerina Sokyrko is thrilled to be returning to the Blyth...

Severn Thompson

Role: Director
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Severn is a director, theatre creator, actor, and associate artistic director for Blyth Festival who began her career here. While still in high school, she appeared in The Cookie War and Fires in the Night, followed later by plays such as Local Talent, Seeds, and last year’s Chronicles of Sarnia. As a director, previous productions include Beyond the Farm Show, Team on the Hill, Wing Night at the Boot, and The Pigeon King. Other directing credits include Candida (Shaw Festival, ’24), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in High Park) and Peter Pan (Bad Hats/Soulpepper). An alumna of Blyth’s Young Company, Severn is thrilled to be part of the Festival’s 50th season.

Severn Thompson

Director

Severn is a director, theatre creator, actor, and associate artistic...

Kelly Wolf

Role: Set & Costume Designer
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Kelly Wolf is a Theatre Maker, a Set and Costume designer and an Artist Educator who has created designs for many theatres across Canada ranging from small independent companies to the major festivals. 

Blyth credits: The Team on the Hill, Judith: Memories of a Lady Pig Farmer and The Berlin Blues.

With her Hamilton Arts Award winning, community engaged, site-specific theatre company Open Heart Arts Theatre, she has created and produced Conversations around the Table and Show Home. www.openheartartstheatre.comKelly was awarded the City of Hamilton Arts – Creator Award in 2020. Kelly is currently a Sessional Instructor and an Instructional Assistant with the Humanities Dept at McMaster University, supporting all things theatre design and production related.

 

Kelly Wolf

Set & Costume Designer

Kelly Wolf is a Theatre Maker, a Set and Costume...

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Show Times:

Aug 14 - Sept 07, 2024

Runtime:

Approx 2h 20mins

Performance:

Venue:

Harvest Stage, Memorial Hall (Sept. 3-7)

Ticket Deals:

Youth: $20

Previews: $40

Groups: $43 (one complimentary ticket per 20 people)

Obstructed view: $30

Partially obstructed view: $35

Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes
by Alison Lawrence
Inspired by the book by Bonnie Sitter & Shirleyan English

Harvest Stage and Memorial Hall – World Premiere


Inspired by the book by Bonnie Sitter & Shirleyan English, Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of the Ontario Farmerettes; this nostalgic play dramatizes the incredible stories of Canada’s Farmerettes; young women all over the country who left the big cities to work as farm labourers on Canadian farms as part of the war effort during WW2. Many of these young women learned a lot more than how to dig potatoes, pull carrots, and muck a stall; they learned essential truths about who they were, who they wanted to be, and what true and lasting friendships looked like. A play about coming of age as young women in a time of change.

Eleven performances of Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz will be performed at the outdoor Harvest Stage.

Runs from Wednesday, August 14, 2024 to Saturday, August 31, 2024 on the Harvest Stage

Runs Tuesday, September 3-7, 2024 indoors at Memorial Hall

Approximate running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes

Tickets on sale to members by phone starting February 5, 2024

Tickets on sale to the general public by phone and website starting April 2, 2024

Generously supported by:

Group of four young women stand in a field smiling while using farming tools

About the artwork:


The season images were a delightful collection of locally significant storylines which I had the joy of working with for the last month. Gil approached me to do a series of Lino cut prints for the season posters and I agreed that the technique would be a fantastic link between the stories as both nod to a long history before them.

Gil and I went through the play descriptions together and brainstormed images for each play. He gave me a  reference photo for The Farm Show play, as he had an original photograph of pioneers of Blyth Theatre acting out the tractor scene, as well as the one for Saving Graceland which I think felt personally significant to him.

The rest of the images I sourced or designed myself, for example the woman on the poster for Peach Fuzz. They came out of searching for examples of Ontario Farmerettes. I love this image so much because the girls remind me of the woman I worked with at Firmly Rooted Farm, using manual tools out in the field together all day long. I can feel the bond they have between them.  –Autumn Ducharme, artist

Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes

If a performance is rained out at the Harvest Stage, the performance will be moved indoors to Memorial Hall.

Play Showings

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Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes (Preview)Wednesday14 August 20248:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes (Preview)Thursday15 August 20248:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes (Opening)Friday16 August 20248:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesTuesday20 August 20248:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesWednesday21 August 20248:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesThursday22 August 20248:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesSaturday24 August 20248:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesTuesday27 August 20248:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesWednesday28 August 20248:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesThursday29 August 20248:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesSaturday31 August 20248:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesTuesday03 September 20242:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesWednesday04 September 20242:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesWednesday04 September 20248:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesThursday05 September 20242:00 PM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesFriday06 September 202410:30 AM
Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The FarmerettesSaturday07 September 20242:00 PM