Perfect Storm

By Gillian Clark

Directed by Jimmy Blais

Presented at Maison Théâtre

January 27 & 28, 2024

Recommended for ages 7+

Perfect Storm is a story about the complexities of true friendship, and the ways it can support us to navigate our inner critic.

Max and Kelsey have been best friends since forever. Max, a perfectionist, is known at Tiddly Wink Elementary and Junior High School as “Perfect Girl”, and Kelsey, a bit of a wallflower, is known as “Perfect Girl’s best friend”. Their friendship is challenged in drama class, where their roles are reversed. Kelsey seems to be a budding star, whereas Max can’t even play a basic improv game. It is here that both girls start to recognize their inner competitive voices that can never be satisfied. They think that the only way to satisfy their voices is to be better than their friend and get the spotlight.

The tension culminates in a disastrous final play written by their drama teacher, whose dreams of Broadway never came to be.

Sitting amongst the wreckage of their ruined play, it is here that Max and Kelsey realise that the only thing getting in the way of their friendship, was themselves. They realize that the way to quiet their inner critic is to celebrate the success and specialness of their friend. It’s just that, sometimes, it is really hard to do.

The play is joyful, funny and with lots of chances for audience members to get to have their time in the spotlight!

Instant

By Erin Shields

Directed by Cristina Cugliandro

Presented at Maison Théâtre

January 26 & 27, 2024

Recommended for ages 12+

Meredith wants to be a pop star. Jay wants to be a hockey star. Rosie just wants to help her father. Searching for fame in a world of instant communication drives all of them to make split-second choices that have lasting ramifications.

Written by Governor-General Award winner Erin Shields, Instant is a lightning-speed, multinarrative story about three teenagers who are trying to be heard in a world where it’s harder to reach the top if you don’t recognize who you really are.