BOOM! at the Paprika Festival

“BOOM!” by isi bhakhomen, directed by Megan Legesse
Poster Design by Maryanna Chan


When purple popsicles can no longer soothe Tamara’s pain, she prays to the Great JB for guidance. To her surprise, He answers. Through the power of magic, Tamara and her friends embark on an epic journey. Together, they fight off the shadows that have overtaken Tamara’s mind. 

Will this be their last hurrah? Or, will these teens find a way to stay connected beyond the confines of a computer lab?

This production was made possible thanks to the support of the Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants (awarded by Obsidian, Tarragon, Roseneath, Young People’s Theatre and Carousel Theatre) and TEC grant from The National Theatre School of Canada.

A Talking Circle will follow the performance.

This Production is presented in partnership with the Paprika Festival.

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Location

250-585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
https://www.nativeearth.ca/akistudio/


Accessibility

Native Earth Performing Arts and Artscape strive to provide equal treatment to and equitable benefits of its services, programs and facilities in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.

  • The Dundas Street entrance provides barrier-free access to the building
  • Two elevators are located in the South Lobby
  • All floors have accessible washrooms and stalls, as well as accessible drinking fountains
  • Signage throughout the building is written in Braille
  • A hearing enhancement system is available in Aki Studio and the Ada Slaight Hall

NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ART’S COVID HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY


Cast

Cassandra Henry (she/her)

Shanelle

Cassandra is a graduate of York University’s Theatre program. Completing it‘s Acting Conservatory stream, she has recently earned her theatre degree, and is currently working in the field of one of her many passions: clean skincare and wellness. She is also extremely passionate about acting, singing, clean non-toxic wellness, holistic/energy healing and linguistics, as well as working with and helping children. She aims to research, experience, participate in and create art that showcases a diverse, inclusive, creative, joyful and professional community.

Ojonugwa Usman (she/her)

Felicia

Ojonugwa is an aspiring performer from Toronto, and a graduate from the Toronto Academy Of Acting For Film and Television. She’s been an extra on Disney’s ‘Secret Society Of Second Born Royals.’ Has played roles in various virtual online plays. Was a part of the 48 hour film project in the short film ‘Exit Plan,’ along with other short films and student films for universities such as X University and George Brown College. She is currently playing one of the leads in a brand new musical called ‘League Of The Damned’ and she’s also currently playing the role of Felicia in the play ‘Boom’ which will be a part of this year’s paprika festival. Along with acting Ojonugwa also sings and will be performing in the finals for The John Santos Singing Competition this may.

Meghan Aguirre (she/her)

Tamara

Meghan is a Black Filipina theatre and new media artist. Her work uses performance and technology to explore identity, family and truth-telling. She also writes plays (known only by an overflowing draft folder on her Google Drive). Meghan is a graduate of X University’s New Media program, whom she thanks for the aforementioned bottomless online storage space.

Anna Morreale (they/them)

Justin Bieber

Anna is a multidisciplinary actor and artist currently based in Montreal. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, they have always understood the importance of art in one’s community and are eager to begin creating amongst the innovative artists who make up the Canadian theatre industry. Anna is consistently inspired by theatre that is unconventional, yet remains accessible to all. Their practice reflects this as well, through the employment of movement, performance art and collective creation as focal points in their work. Outside of performing, Anna enjoys creating with other mediums such as film photography, collaging and poetry. They believe all forms of art are healing and essential to our humanity.

Creative and Production Team

isi bhakhomen (they/them)

Playwright / Co-Producer

isi bhakhomen is a Nigerian and Peruvian theatre practitioner that dabbles in playwriting, acting, directing, producing and criticism. In 2021, they graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada’s acting program. As a playwright they have participated in many writing circles such as Factory Theatre’s The Foundry, Tarragon Theatre’s Young Playwrights Unit, and Shakespeare in the Ruff’s Young Ruffians Program. This season you can catch them performing in Death and the King’s Horseman and Hamlet at the Stratford Festival. In addition, they were recently appointed as a board member for Cahoots Theatre. Through storytelling they aim to build worlds that give black children permission to breathe, to release, and to heal.

Romi Shraiter (she/her)

Co-Producer

Romi is a Jewish-Canadian theatre practitioner, hailing from Tel Aviv, Israel. Recently graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada’s Acting program, Romi is based in Tkaronto/Toronto working as an actor, producer and dramaturge.

Megan Legesse (she/her)

Director

Megan is an actor and director of Ethiopian heritage born and based in Toronto, Ontario. She has also worked as a theatre creator, creating for The Summerworks Festival for two seasons (Lion Womxn, 2018/ The Breath Between, 2019). Her most recent directing credits include Strength [and other lessons my mom taught me] (playGround Festival, 2020) Swallow This Skin (Toronto Fringe, 2021), nowhen (Canadian Stage, 2021) [assistant director], and Incognegro (Springworks Festival, 2022). She loves rainy mornings and brass in every song she hears.

Kalale Dalton-Lutale (she/her)

Dramaturge

Kalale is a Black queer playwright and performer originally from Tkaronto/Toronto. Her work embraces experimentation, mothers, loss and pop culture. Some of her plays include Pinky Swear (Geordie Productions, nominated for a Tom Hendry Award, directed by Mike Payette, 2017), Crybaby (presented by Black Theatre Workshop and Playwrights Workshop Montreal, directed by Jesse Stong, 2019), i am entitled to rest (New Words Festival, directed by Murdoch Schon, 2020) and Habibi’s Angels: Commission Impossible (Talisman, directed by Sophie Gee, 2020). Kalale is a graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada. 

Caitlin Farley (she/her)

Stage Manager

Caitlin is a recent graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada for Theatre Production, Design, & Technical Arts. Since graduating Caitlin has had the privilege of working at the Toronto Fringe for Livestream/Technical Direction. She focused on volunteering at several community theatres in Calgary, Alberta. Caitlin also did an internship at Quest Theatre, a professional children’s theatre company in Calgary, where she continued on as an Artist in Residence in addition to spending two summers as their Summer Camp Assistant.

Along with experience in children’s theatre, Caitlin has worked on various musicals and has a passion for Shakespeare, comedies/farce, and new works. She is open to all opportunities that may come her way and is driven to continuously learn and grow with every show she works on.

Vishmayaa Jeyamoorthy (she/her)

Lighting Design

Vishmayaa Jeyamoorthy is a lighting designer and researcher based in Tkaronto (the land known as Toronto). She has designed all over the world but calls Scarborough her home. Notable credits include designing for The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Theatre Kingston, and teaching lighting workshops on BIPOC centered lighting design. Outside of her design work, Vishmayaa is currently pursuing a JD at Osgoode Hall Law School, and plans to return to theatre upon graduation, before retiring from theatre and using her JD to provide legal services to low-income artists. 

Kenzia Dalie (she/they)

Set and Costume Design

Kenzia is a production designer and artist currently based in Toronto, Ontario. She is a strong believer that everything around us has the potential to be reimagined and used for further creation. She hopes that all who engage with her work can reflect on their perspective of the world and how they see themselves in it. She is so thankful and honored to share a space and create a story with this cast and crew. You can see more of her work this summer at Panoply Collective’s Lovesick, co-produced by Bard in the Park.

Alyx Cameron (she/her)

Sound Design

Alyx is a performer, musician, and sound designer for theatre, currently participating in Paprika Festival’s Design Lab. A recent participant in Nightwood Theatre’s 2021-2022 Innovators program, she was also honoured to speak as a panelist for Siminovitch Forum’s discussion on Feminist Theatre, in honour of this year’s International Women’s Day. As a performer, she participated in the Tarragon Young Playwrights’ acting unit in 2019 (for Thom Nyhuus’s Three Sisters), where Boom! received its first staged reading. By the sheer fortunes of fate, she is delighted to have been brought on as sound designer for its officially staged premiere 3 years later. 2022 has been a banner year so far for Alyx, and next up as a performer and sound designer is her return to Toronto Fringe, where she is excited to be combining disciplines to share her dreams with you.

Chelsea Clark (she/her)

Cultural Consultant

Chelsea was born in Toronto, Ontario where she took an interest in music at a young age (singing and then piano). While taking lessons she ventured into musical theatre and performed in Legally Blonde, A Christmas Carol, Aladdin and more. Chelsea was also in local operas such as: Carmen, Tosca and La Boheme. As Chelsea was attending a master class at her music school the agent leading the class took an interest in her and asked her to audition. Soon after being signed she had her first role as Dhara on a season one episode of the ABC/Global hit show Rookie Blue (2010). She went on to play recurring roles in Life with Boys (2011) and The Stanley Dynamic (2014). Chelsea took on the role of Esme Song in the Netflix original series Degrassi: Next Class (2016) which is the current incarnation of the Degrassi franchise that launched in 1979, as well Norah on the Netflix original series Ginny and Georgira (2021). Chelsea has also worked as a writer and producer on OutTV’s Ezra, slated to be released in 2022.

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