What's So Funny?

Co-Devised by Jean-Marie Alexandre and Monica Dufault with the company
The Velveteen Rabbit

How will these very different people
learn from one another?

Created with input from students in grades 4 – 6, What’s So Funny? is a lighthearted new play about three characters who need to learn how to accept each other’s differences, share space together, and ultimately leave behind a better place for those coming after them.

Told through humour and playful bouffant clown physicality, this comedic live performance explores themes of friendship, inclusion and acceptance while making you laugh.

For Students in Grades 4-6

Bring What’s So Funny? to Your School

What’s So Funny? will be touring southern Ontario schools from November 21 to December 8, 2022.

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

Contact Heather Maxwell, Tour & Outreach Manager

905-682-8326 *22

Creative Team

Jean-Marie Alexandre - Co-Creator

photo and bio coming soon!

Sara Allison - Stage Manager

Sara Allison (Stage Manager) is a local St. Catharines Stage Manager and Scenic Artist, and currently the Production Stage Manager at Carousel Players. The Velveteen Rabbit is Sara’s 9th production with Carousel Players! Other credits for Carousel Players include; Pop! Pop!, Meet Chloe, Mask Minis, HBD2Me, Lig & Bittle, Water Wonder, Whole World, Hare & Tortoise. Recent credits elsewhere: This Is How We Got Here (Native Earth Performing Arts @ The Shaw Festival), Old Love, Lunenburg, Fair & Square (Lighthouse/ Showboat Festival Theatre), East of Berlin (Essential Collective Theatre), Fair & Square (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), Becoming Dr. Ruth (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Co.), Bad Jews (The Segal Centre/Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company), Master Harold and the Boys (Obsidian Theatre Company) Dracula, Chitra (Director’s Project), Me and My Girl (ShawFestival). Thank you to all my family and friends who continue to encourage me while I fulfill my theatre dreams.

Monica Dufault - Co-Creator

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. Shehas 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 created live and digital productions, including Tomson Highway’s The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, whichtoured to Vancouver and Saskatoon in 2019. Ms. Dufault was selected as the Canadian delegate to the 2019 ASSITEJ Germany Directors in TYA Conference in Berlin, and is now a member of the board of ASSITEJ Canada. She holds a BA in Theatre, MA in Comparative Literatures and Arts, and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Monica is thrilled to be directing this vibrant new adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit with this fabulous group of artists.

Kiera Forde - Performer

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Meryl Ochoa - Sound Design

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Courtney Moses Orbin - Set & Costume Design

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Alicia Plummer - Performer

Sofía Contal

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Zanifa Rasool - Performer

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