Kids Fringe Outdoor Classes
This summer, we had such a blast teaching musical theatre and improv classes at the Kids Fringe Tent! We had the chance to meet lots of friendly new faces while singing, dancing and acting outside in the sun (and sometimes in the rain). We taught theatre games and exercises and we also taught our opening number from our Winnipeg Fringe Festival children’s production - “Quest”!
Youth empowerment SUMMER CAMP (2019)
This past summer, we ran our second Youth Empowerment Summer camp centered around themes of anti-bullying, inclusion, empowerment and ending hate. This years’ camp was targeted towards students ages 7-13 (a morning camp for students 7-10 years old and an afternoon camp for students 9-13 years old) and we prepared performances at the end of the week for friends and family!
End Hate Cabaret for Change (2nd annual)
In February (2019) we hosted our second End Hate Cabaret for Change. Proceeds went towards theatre costs for our upcoming production of “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later.” This production was the Manitoba Premiere performed during Winnipeg Pride 2019. We donated 25% of the ticket proceeds of our show to the brand new Get REAL Manitoba After-School youth program for LGBTQ+ youth and allies. Performances included local artists, musicians, actors, and performers.
Screening and Paint Night
In October (2018), we hosted a one-night-only paint night and screening of our production of “The Laramie Project” at Wee Johnny’s. Our paint night theme was: “paint what you think of when you think of love.” We provided paints, paper and mini-canvases and received numerous, beautiful paintings (some pictured to the right).
Youth empowerment SUMMER CAMP (2018)
In 2018, Meraki Theatre Productions ran our first ever Youth Empowerment Summer camp. This week-long musical theatre camp centered around themes of anti-bullying, inclusion, empowerment and ending hate. Students were able to engage in meaningful conversations about acceptance and equality while creating new friendships and learning five musical theatre songs throughout the week! Our camp was targeted towards students ages 9-13 and we prepared an open performance at the end of the week for friends and family to showcase all of their hard work! We also ran a 1-Day Youth Empowerment Spring Break Camp this spring (2019) with similar themes and messages.
In June of 2018, Meraki Theatre Productions made our first visit to BLiNK at The Rainbow Resource Centre. We were able to meet several youth who attend BLiNK, one of the programs we were able to donate to through our production of "The Laramie Project" (May, 2018). Meraki Theatre Productions has had the opportunity to volunteer with BLiNK over the past year and offer theatre and improv workshops, games, crafts and activities for youth.
Winnipeg Pride Parade 2018
On June 3rd of 2018, the cast members of Meraki Theatre Productions “The Laramie Project” walked in the Winnipeg Pride Parade. We carried the flag that we had stationed at a table at “The Laramie Project” which was signed with messages of love and acceptance from our audience members throughout the run of our show. We walked in the Winnipeg Pride Parade for love, for equality, with Matthew Shepard in our mind and in our hearts.
End Hate Cabaret
March 20th - 21st, 2018, Meraki Theatre Productions held a community cabaret fundraiser at Fools & Horses Coffee Shop to raise money for our production of "The Laramie Project" for Winnipeg Pride. We sold out both evenings and the proceeds went to covering out production costs so that we were able to donate the most amount of money to The Matthew Shepard Foundation as well as The Rainbow Resource Centre's youth programming (Peer Project and BLiNK). Our fundraiser featured approximately 20 local artists over 2 days and our line-up included bands, solo artists, singers, monologues, and slam poetry.