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BOOM X

Written, Directed and Performed by Rick Miller

Produced by Kidoons and WYRD Productions,
in association with Theatre Calgary and The 20k Collective






On now until Sat, Apr 13/2019

John Hirsch Mainstage

4 STARS "An immensely entertaining, high energy magic carpet ride with a real genie for a tour guide– Calgary Herald

Playing more than 100 characters, Rick Miller takes us from Woodstock in 1969 to 1995 when the internet was starting to dominate our lives. Showcasing cutting-edge projections and Rick’s virtuoso impressions of politicians, musicians and activists, BOOM X navigates the baby boom’s tangled legacy.

Running time: Approx. 2 hours, 10 minutes (incl. intermission)
Warning: Flashing lights, recommended for ages 14+ (strong language)

Rick will do a 15-minute talkback after every performance. Please join us!

Times & Tickets

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Date Time Availability
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:30 PM Talkback (what's this?) Best Seating BUY
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:30 PM Talkback (what's this?) Best Seating BUY
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:00 PM Talkback (what's this?) Best Seating BUY
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:00 PM Best Seating BUY

Actors

Writer / Director / Performer Rick Miller

Rick Miller

Rick Miller is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer/director/actor/musician/educator who has performed in five languages on five continents and who Entertainment Weekly called “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”. He has created and toured solo shows such as the hit sensation BOOM, MacHomer, and (w. Daniel Brooks) Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL. With Robert Lepage, he has collaborated on Geometry of Miracles, Zulu Time, Lipsynch, and on the film Possible Worlds. As the artistic director of WYRD Productions and co-creative director of the Kidoons Network, Rick has most recently developed BOOM and its sequel BOOM X, and (w. Craig Francis) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, GAME of CLONES, Jungle Book, and (w. Craig Francis and Paul Van Dyck) Frankenstein; as well as animated series that educate, enlighten, empower and entertain young people. He often teaches an interdisciplinary class at the University of Toronto called The Architecture of Creativity. Rick is from Montreal, and lives in Toronto with his partner Stephanie Baptist and their two daughters.

 

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Artistic Team

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Executive Producer Jeff Lord

Jeff Lord

Jeff has a lifelong passion and vision for combining art and technology to develop original works. His projects are inspired by a love of storytelling and innovation. Through Kidoons theatrical productions, WYRD theatrical productions, and digital works on the Kidoons Network, Jeff’s artist collaborators help organizations tell their stories onstage and online. He works with not-for-profits and corporate clients across Canada and the United States with a vision to inspire and empower all generations

Lighting Designer / Production Manager Bruno Matte

Bruno Matte

Bruno Matte was born and raised in Quebec City, and graduated from Cegep Limoilou in 2005 in audiovisual design. A music enthusiast, he began his professional career as a lighting designer for concerts. He began working with local artists, then moved to international acts ranging from Richard Séguin and Charlotte Cardin to Cypress Hill and Daniel Lanois. In an effort to expand his creative research, Bruno began working on several bold theatre productions. Whether with Ex Machina or Kidoons, he found ways to seamlessly integrate lighting with video, under very rigorous technical constraints. His spatial design exploration continued in the world of dance, where he has worked with several La Rotonde choreographers on productions such as Alan Lake’s Les Caveaux. Bruno now regularly designs for the circus, which seems a natural fulfillment of his experience in music, theatre and movement. In productions ranging from Flip Fabrique to Machine de Cirque, the complexity of the work allows him to keep refining his craft.

 

Video & Projection Co-Designer Nicolas Dostie

Nicolas Dostie

An accomplished director, editor and visual artist, Nicolas Dostie studied Media Arts and Technology with a focus on television. With the arrival of the digital era in 2002, he became interested in large-scale architectural projection, and helped design the multimedia for the highly visual spectacle Cavalia. His design career then pushed him more and more into the worlds of theatre and circus. Most notably, he worked for Ex Machina and Robert Lepage on Le projet Anderson, the Jeux de Cartes series, 887 and most recently, Kodō. Considered one of the pioneers in architectural projection, Nicolas has worked on the 2014 Sotchi Olympics (with Pixmob), and the Cirque du Soleil productions Delirium, the Michael Jackson world tour and Varekai.

Video & Projection Co-Designer Irina Litvinenko

Irina Litvinenko

Irina Litvinenko is an accomplished creative artist, graphic designer and video production artist. Irina has been a longstanding collaborator with Rick Miller and Craig Francis, including as Multimedia Designer for Jungle Book and BOOM X; assisting on onscreen multimedia and DVD production for MacHomer and its educational animated Shakespeare videos, brand design for BOOM and BOOM X, and video sequences and design elements for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. As a web and video artist, Irina is a designer, animator and production editor of the Kidoons Network animated series. She has worked on advertising and multimedia campaigns for performing arts centres across Canada and the US; for shows from BOWFIRE to Carol Burnett; and campaigns including TELUS, Cirque Musica and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.

 

Costume & Props Designer Virginie Leclerc

Virginie Leclerc

After a Bachelor’s degree in theatre and cinema from Université Laval, Virginie went on to study scenic design at Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de Québec. She was the first recipient of the design scholarship Théâtre Blanc-Desjardins. She received Quebec’s Prix d’excellence des arts et de la culture for costume designs on L’asile de la pureté (2009) and Fin de Partie (2012), and was nominated for Cyrano de Bergerac (2008) and Dans la République du Bonheur (2015). For Ex Machina, she toured with La Celestina (2004), designed props for La Tempête (2011), Jeux de Cartes : Pique (2012), Coeur (2013) and Lipsynch (2007), where she met Rick Miller. She is also a frequent designer with other renowned Quebec-based companies, including Théâtre de la Bordée, Théâtre Périscope, Théâtre du Trident and Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec. Virginie is delighted to be co-designing BOOM X, her first Kidoons/WYRD production.

Stage Manager / Dramaturg Craig Francis

Craig Francis

Craig Francis is a writer, illustrator, performer and multi-disciplinary creator, whose works are enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. A founding member of the 20K Collective, he is the co-author and co-director with Rick Miller on the productions Jungle Book, GAME of CLONES and Frankenstein (w. Rick Miller and Paul Van Dyck), as well as their Stage Manager. He’s the co-author and Stage Manager of the theatrical adaptation of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (directed by Miller), and a producer, designer, dramaturg and stage manager for Miller’s solo productions BOOM and BOOM X. Craig is co-creating reimagined adaptations of Wizard of Oz, Rose Red, and an Animazia animated series. He illustrates the cartoon characters for the Kidoons Network videos (as well as writing and voicing them), which are on display at museums in four provinces, with millions of views. Craig performed TheatreSports and improv comedy internationally for 12 years; stage credits include The Refugee Hotel (Teesri Duniya/Segal Centre). He lives in Montreal, where he has illustrated several books, been a commentator on radio and TV, and voiced several cartoons and video games.

Stage Manager (select performances) Laurel Oneil

Laurel Oneil

Laurel is excited to be working on BOOM X. She has worked across Canada, but has been working as the resident stage manager at Stage West Calgary for the past 11 years. Select credits include: BOOM (Theatre Calgary & Thousand Islands Playhouse), Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, Rock of Ages, Avenue Q, The Producers, Game Show, The 39 Steps, Chicago, Spamalot, Young Frankenstein, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Stage West), and the opening ceremonies for the 2014 Alberta Summer Games. Laurel has also taught stage management at the University of Lethbridge. She would like to thank her family and friends for their unending love and support.

Set & Sound Designer / Composer Rick Miller

Rick Miller

Rick Miller is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer/director/actor/musician/educator who has performed in five languages on five continents and who Entertainment Weekly called “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”. He has created and toured solo shows such as the hit sensation BOOM, MacHomer, and (w. Daniel Brooks) Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL. With Robert Lepage, he has collaborated on Geometry of Miracles, Zulu Time, Lipsynch, and on the film Possible Worlds. As the artistic director of WYRD Productions and co-creative director of the Kidoons Network, Rick has most recently developed BOOM and its sequel BOOM X, and (w. Craig Francis) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, GAME of CLONES, Jungle Book, and (w. Craig Francis and Paul Van Dyck) Frankenstein; as well as animated series that educate, enlighten, empower and entertain young people. He often teaches an interdisciplinary class at the University of Toronto called The Architecture of Creativity. Rick is from Montreal, and lives in Toronto with his partner Stephanie Baptist and their two daughters.

Assistant Production Manager Aidan Ware

Aidan Ware

Aidan Ware hails from Calgary, Alberta and is a graduate of the Technician Theatre Production program at the University of Alberta. His passion for live production has taken him around the world where he has worn many hats as a technical director, lighting and sound designer and various technician positions. He recently completed an 18-month practicum program at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity as a lighting technician and now finds himself in Toronto where he works as a freelance lighting programmer/technician for Solotech. He is very excited to be back on the road with the team on BOOM X!

 

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Music Licensing Lucie Bourgouin (Permission)

Lucie Bourgouin (Permission)

Music Licensing Michael Perlmutter (Instinct)

Michael Perlmutter (Instinct)

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Extras

"BOOM X picks up where BOOM left off, at Woodstock in August of '69, and takes us all the way to 1995, when the internet began to dominate our lives." - boomshow.ca

"Boom X: a frenetic, rollicking run through a fascinating time period" - Calgary Herald