July 20, 2017

Post Fringe Wrap Up: We're super thrilled to see Janelle Hanna listed by Now Magazine as one of the Fringe's OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES this year for Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun. CONGRATS JANELLE!! We are so proud of this show and all your hard work. :-) 

July 12, 2017

Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun is a Fringe Hit!

Janelle Hanna as Bad Baby. Photo by Chris Baker.

Janelle Hanna as Bad Baby. Photo by Chris Baker.

July 1, 2017

#FRINGEFRIENDS

The Toronto Fringe Festival is something special.

If you are producing a show in the Fringe, you are doing so in the company of 159 (or so) of your fellow theatre artists from Toronto, across Canada and abroad. And if you are attending the Fringe, you get to choose from an incredible selection of shows, see your returning favourites and discover new artists all in the span of a dizzying, action-packed twelve days. At it’s best, the Fringe creates a wonderful sense of community among artists and audiences. We at Lark & Whimsy Theatre Collective see Fringe as a chance to build on that sense of community -- through inclusivity, acceptance and openness -- thereby strengthening existing bonds and forging new ones.   

When we started working with Janelle Hanna on her new play, Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun for this year’s Toronto Fringe, we were delighted to discover that many of our friends from the indie theatre community were also doing the Fringe this year. Some are newer friends, some are decades old. All are passionate, talented artists, working hard to bring a story to life with (perhaps) limited resources. It takes a special kind of dedication to produce a Fringe show, and a special kind of person to take on all the inherent challenges. Knowing this, we wondered if we could all help each other out somehow. With the abundance of shows to choose from, Fringe can sometimes feel like a competition, a popularity contest. But what if we took a more collaborative approach? We’re better off working together than apart. And, what else are friends for?

Enter: #FringeFriends.

Lark & Whimsy co-founder and producer Chris Baker came up with a multi-show cross promotion by teaming up with eight (yes, EIGHT!) companies producing shows at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival. At least one person in each show in the group of #FringeFriends has a personal connection to one of us working on Bad Baby. By pooling resources, we hope that each show will find audiences that it wouldn’t have otherwise. Spread the word, spread the (friend) love.   

You’ll find our #FringeFriends flyer at each one of the eight #FringeFriends’ shows, and we’ll all be tweeting and posting on social media. We’ll be (of course) hanging out at the Fringe Tent at Scadding Court because we legit like spending time with each other. AND, we want to say to you: the more the merrier -- we thrive as artists when we seek out new connections. Being a collective means that we believe wholeheartedly in community, and that we, as artists, need to support one another. We want to get to know as many of you in the Fringe (artist and audience alike) this year as possible. So come join us!

We hope you can catch Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun playing at the Annex this Fringe, but we especially hope you can check out our amazingly talented #FringeFriends’ shows as well. And if you can’t make our show, come say hello to us at the Fringe Tent anyway.

Please join us, we'd love to meet you.

June 21, 2017

Our show poster is ready! Catch the World Premiere of Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun at the Annex Theatre as part of The Toronto Fringe.

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June 20, 2017

Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun is taking a (very) brief hiatus from rehearsal this week while our director extraordinaire Briana Brown participates in this years Directors Lab North! Way to go Bri!! 

june 15, 2017

Our first publicity image for Bad Baby. Photo by Scott Murdoch - Five by Five Photography.

Janelle Hanna as Bad Baby.

Janelle Hanna as Bad Baby.

May 4, 2017

Announcement: Lark & Whimsy Theatre Collective is producing Janelle Hanna's new solo show, Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun, premiering at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival!

Written and Performed by Janelle Hanna and Directed by Briana Brown, Rules Control the Fun is Bad Baby’s first full length solo appearance and she couldn’t be more excited to be doing it at the Fringe. She has seen a lot of solo shows. A LOT. And she knows all of the rules. ALL OF THEM.

Bad Baby is Produced by Chris Baker and Janelle Hanna. Stage Manager is Erin Vandenberg.

September 21, 2016 

We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with some amazing mental health organizations and health practitioners to help keep the conversation around mental health and addiction going beyond the performance. Bellwood Health Services, East Metro Youth Services and LOFT Community Services, as well as Drs. Stephanie Kay and Jared Berger, have all graciously donated either their time or resources (or both) to us in support of our two community talkbacks on September 22 and September 27, 2016. Please join us for after the show for more information about these issues and these incredible organizations who are working to make a positive impact on the lives of those living with mental illness.    

September 8, 2016

The first production photo from Salt has arrived. The incomparable Lucy Hill as Petal. Photo by Robert Harding. Art direction by Anna Treusch.  

Lucy Hill as Petal; photo by Robert Harding. 

Lucy Hill as Petal; photo by Robert Harding. 

AUGUST 3, 2016

We're having a party! As a fundraiser in support of Salt, we're throwing a Stag n' Doe themed event at the Boat in Kensington Market. Why a Stag n' Doe? Two of our characters, Lilias and George, could have gotten married in the time before the play begins. If they had, we think their pre-wedding party would have looked something like this. 

Doors open at 7:30pm, with Stag n' Doe games beginning at 8pm. We're also holding a LIVE PIE AUCTION at 9pm. 

$5 Early Bird Tickets are available at the door until 10pm. $10 Tickets available after that. Cash only. 

More information is on our Facebook event page!  

 

JUly 27, 2016

Please join us for the world premiere of Salt by Erin Vandenberg, directed by Briana Brown. Press Release follows below. To learn more about the show, please visit larkandwhimsytheatre.com/salt