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Lig & Bittle

by Elyne Quan & Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull

In Schools Spring 2024!

Lig & Bittle will be on tour to schools from April 22 to May 17, 2024.

School bookings include the live performance, a post-show Q&A with the artists, and classroom resources for educators.

The performance fee for schools is $625 + hst 
(distance surchage may apply outside of Niagara and Hamilton Regions)

Can Lig and Bittle overcome the Muckety Muck and the Ooga Monster to find the place where they both fit in?

Lig is very tall, and Bittle is very small. They both wish they could find someplace where everything is just the right size for each of them, where no one will notice that they are different. When Lig and Bittle hear about Perfeckt Phitt, they set out on a quest to this wonderful place where all their problems will be solved.

My favourite part of the play was when Lig and Bittle [became] friends because i think it is nice to have friends

student

The audio play was very engaging and encouraged the students to use their imaginations

educator

I liked when they found out it's ok to be different

student

We loved Lig & Bittle so much!

educator

I liked when Bittle said she liked Lig the way he is

student

Kids Love the Lig & Bittle Audio Play!
(adults, too)

The Lig & Bittle Audio Play is like listening to a podcast or an old-time radio adventure story. Created in four chapters, this play is perfect for listening to over several days and using your imagination to create Lig and Bittle’s world.

Production Support Provided By
Ontario Power Generation

Creative Team

demi-lee bainbridge - Bittle


Demi-Lee Bainbridge (she/her) is a Toronto-based performer and creator who is very excited to be a part of this big (& little) adventure! A graduate of George Brown Theatre School and Capilano University’s Bachelor of Performing Arts program, she is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worn many hats over the years– teacher, puppeteer, singer, composer, director, and even princess. While she currently lives in Toronto, Demi-Lee originally hails from the much smaller (though no less supportive) community of Deep River, where she discovered her love of both storytelling and music. 

Selected theatre credits include: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! And Mouse on the Move (T.Y.T.); Animal Nature (Clay & Paper); Wind in the Willows and Peter Pan (Theatre on the Ridge); Monsieur d’Eon is a Woman and The Picture of Dorian Gray (GBTS).

NICHOLAS EDDIE - Lig


Nicholas Eddie is an award winning performer and theatre creator based in Toronto. Nicholas focuses primarily on the development of new works that are physical in nature. After a four year hiatus, Nicholas is so excited to bring such a joyful play as Lig and Bittle back to its feet and finally in front of an audience. Enjoy!

 Select performing credits include: Man (ONE NIGHT ONLY, duhdumduhdum productions); Clown (Italian Mime Suicide, Bad New Days)**; Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Theatre Rusticle)*; Green Frog (Harabogee and Me, Shakespeare in Action); Storyteller (The Monkey Queen, Red Snow Collective); Timothy (Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week, Summerworks Festival).

*Dora award nominated production

**Dora award winning production

ELyne quan - playwright

Elyne is a writer, dramaturg and performer for theatre, TV and film. She has written other plays for young people including Waiting, A Rabbit Tale or The Story of Lulu and Moon, and an interactive play for young people sent out through the mail called The Hidden Slipstream. Her plays for older people include Listen, Listen, Souvenirs of Home, Stray, and Surface Tension. Elyne has also written for TV on shows such as HUDSON & REX, WONG & WINCHESTER and THE WAY HOME. She lives with her partner in Toronto in a small house with a blue door.

Jared matsunaga-turnbull - playwright

 

Jared is a director, dramaturg, actor, educator and playwright who has focused much of his artistic work on Theatre for Young People. Jared’s playwriting credits include Paper Song, Near Diamond, and Harusame, the Little Bird. His collaborations include Penelope vs. The Aliens! (co-written with Chris Bullough), and the Award winning Lig & Bittle(co-written with Elyne Quan). A former Artistic Co-Director of Concrete Theatre, Jared is currently the Executive Director of the Alberta Workers’ Health Centre, which (in addition to other programming) produces professional theatre focused on empowering young people on their workplace rights. Jared lives in Edmonton with his wife Isabelle and their two excellent kids Claire and Felix.

Monica Dufault - Director

Monica Dufault has been Artistic Director of Carousel Players since January 2018. Previously she performed with The Shaw Festival, The National Arts Centre, Theatre Aquarius, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and other companies across Canada. She has acted in many plays for young audiences and was nominated for a Dora Award for her performance in Where the Wild Things Are. Monica was the Artistic Director of Essential Collective Theatre from 2014 to 2018, where she directed twelve productions. For Carousel Players, she has directed live and digital productions, including The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, Water Wonder, The Velveteen Rabbit, Tiny Treasures, What’s So Funny? and Pop! Pop! She holds a BA in Theatre, MA in Comparative Literatures and Arts, is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, and is the current President of ASSITEJ Canada. Monica is thrilled to be returning to Lig & Bittle with this fabulous group of artists.

Alexa Fraser - Costume designer & head of wardrobe

Alexa Fraser is multi disciplinary artist from St.Catharines, Ontario. With a B.Des in Fashion Design from Toronto Metropolitan University (2006), Alexa has worked as a Technical Designer for Abercrombie and Fitch Co. in Columbus, Ohio (2006-2008), in the Tailoring Department at the Shaw Festival (2014 and 2015 seasons) and as the Head of Wardrobe for Carousel Players since 2015. Alexa has displayed textile and installation art in many solo and group exhibits, designs and sews costumes for theatre, makes and performs puppets and teaches textile and puppet making workshops. Recent costume design credits include Chicago-Teen Edition with Ridley College (2024), Newsies-the Musical, Yellow Door Theatre Project (2023), SF Bird and A Vampire Story, Brock University DART Mainstage productions (2023), Jenny’s House of Joy and Danny and Delilah (2023) and The Foursome (2022) with The Foster Festival, Mary Poppins Jr, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Nobody’s Children and Shrek Jr with Yellow Door Theatre Project (2022/2023), and Pop Pop (2021/2022), Lig and Bittle (2020), The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito (2017/2019/2023) with Carousel Players. Alexa was thrilled to start teaching wardrobe, costuming, props and puppets at Brock University’s Department of Dramatic Arts in 2023.

James McCoy - Set Designer

James McCoy (he/they) is a queer theatre artist currently working in the Niagara region. A graduate of Brock University and the National Theatre School, James specializes in all areas of theatrical tech, design, and management. He also enjoys teaching and mentoring emerging designers and technicians, looking forward to when he can work alongside them. James has worked with a variety of companies in a variety of positions. Credits include Lighting Designer for “Nobody’s Children” (Yellow Door Theatre Projects), Projections Designer and Video Editor for “Fever/Dream” (Brock University), Video Designer and Editor for “ARKangel (Hypothetical Bad Idea), Instructor in Brock University’s Dramatic Arts program, and Technical Director for Suitcase in Point. James is currently working on combining their love for games, story, and performance by designing experiences similar to escape rooms and murder mysteries.

Shane o'regan - Arrangements/Musical Direction

Shane O’Regan (he/him) is a Pianist/Musical Director/Instructor based in Toronto. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Shane studied piano with Oksana Zotova at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. He is a graduate of both the Randolph College for the Arts in Toronto and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s MA Musical Theatre Performance program in Glasgow. Recent work on the piano includes Chaos Menu: Disorder Up!, Mission Totally Possible, She the People (The Second City), Let’s Dance! (Terra Bruce Productions), Lucky Stiff, Balloonacy, We Will Rock You, Avenue Q, Urinetown (Stephenville Theatre Festival), The Rocky Horror Show (St. Lawrence College),The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito (Carousel Players), The Hobbit, The Last Five Years (RBC Chrysalis Project Participant – Neptune Theatre).

Sara Allison - Stage Management

Sara Allison is a St. Catharines based Stage Manager and Scenic Artist. Currently the Resident Stage Manager at Carousel Players, she is super excited to be working on Lig & Bittle. Sara has stage managed over 10 productions with Carousel Players! Other credits for Carousel Players include; Simone, Half and Half, Tiny Treasures, Pop! Pop!, The Velveteen Rabbit, Meet Chloe, Mask Minis, HBD2Me, Water Wonder, Whole World, Hare & Tortoise. Recent credits elsewhere: Jack & The Beanstalk, A Pack of Thieves, On The Air, The Real Sherlock Holmes, Sugar Road, Lunenburg, Fair & Square(Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Starwalker(Urban Ink Productions), This Is How We Got Here(Native Earth Performing Arts @ The Shaw Festival), East of Berlin (Essential Collective Theatre), Becoming Dr. Ruth (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Co.), Master Harold and the Boys (Obsidian Theatre Company) Dracula, Me and My Girl (Shaw Festival). Thank you to all my family and friends who continue to encourage me while I fulfill my theatre dreams.