What's So Funny?Co-Devised by Jean-Marie Alexandre and Monica Dufault with the company
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 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)
Jean-Marie Alexandre - Co-Creator
photo and bio coming soon!
Sara Allison - Stage Manager
|Sara Allison is a local St. Catharines stage manager, proud to be part of the Carousel Players team that continues to bring theatre to young audiences. Carousel Players credits include: Pop! Pop!, The Velveteen Rabbit, Meet Chloe, Mask Minis, HBD2Me, Lig & Bittle, Water Wonder, Whole World, and Hare & Tortoise. Recent credits elsewhere: The Real Sherlock Holmes, Sugar Road, Old Love, Lunenburg, Fair & Square (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), This Is How We Got Here (Native Earth Performing Arts, Shaw Festival), 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, Dracula, Chitra, Me and My Girl (Shaw Festival). Thank you to my family and friends for being part of my theatre journey!|
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. 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 created ten live and digital productions, including Tomson Highway’s The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, which toured 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 president 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.
Keira Forde - Performer
Keira Marie Forde is an Ontario-based, London, Ontario born, multi-disciplinary creator, performer, and arts educator who is passionate about working with youth in community settings.
She is also passionate about exploring her connection to the Caribbean Canadian community in various art forms such as dance, physical theatre, and sound creation.
Keira’s recent performance and creation credits include No More News for Nancy with Alberta-based company Major Matt Mason collective, and Doomsday vs. DreamDay and The Deep Drawer with Theatre Direct.
Keira is a graduate of George Brown’s Dance Performance Preparation program, Humber Theatre’s Devised Theatre program and Miss Coco Murray’s Window of an Opportunity dance program.
Keira is especially appreciative of her mentors; Miss Coco, Lisa Marie, Pragna, Amorya Rea, and her big sister, Sara, who is one stellar teacher.
Meryl Ochoa - Sound Design
|Meryl (she/they) is a multi-disciplinary artist who immigrated to Canada with her family in 2012. She studied Dramatic Arts and Psychology at Brock University and had worked in new and devised pieces with several St. Catharines-based theatre and art companies. In 2019 she co-founded Tethered The Ghost Theatre Collective rooted in telling stories of the Filipin*-Canadian diaspora. In 2020 Meryl completed the Empathy Squad training by FiXT POiNT Arts and Media in Toronto and has since developed her passion for sound design and audio storytelling. Currently she is the Creative Facilitator with FiXT POiNT Arts and Media. Meryl is devoted to developing work that tells untold truths and empowers those that are under-represented.|
Courtney Moses Orbin - Set & Costume Design
|Courtney Moses Orbin is a designer interested in themes of societal decay and reimagining traditional theater works told through the black gaze. A native New Yorker, she has lived and worked in cultural destination cities such as London (UK), Cannes, New Orleans, and now is proud to call Montreal home. She holds dual degrees in Film Production (Brooklyn College) and Design for Theatre (Concordia University).
Since 2010, Courtney had been working predominantly in film and television, for companies such companies as NBC, CBS, HGTV, and Paramount Pictures. In 2017 decided to switch gears, pursuing work in the theatre in order to explore a more intimate design experience within the local community and amongst her peers. A decision that ultimately led her to the Black Theatre Workshop, Canada’s longest-running black theatre company. As a participant in the design stream of the prestigious Artist Mentorship Program, she received the opportunity to explore new avenues of her artistry, isolate her referred design process and cultivate works that directly impacted her community.
Her pursuit in design is to offer an alternative to the European saturated constructs by prioritizing the perspective of people of color. Collaboration, sustainability, and generative cultural reference are integral to her creative process. As well as her wish to support stories with new and innovative visual representations. It is a core belief that we must continue to do the vital work of utilizing the arts as substantial catalysts for change.
Alicia Plummer - Performer
|Alicia Plummer is an actor/writer from Scarborough, Ontario. Recently she has been in Obsidian Playwrights Unit, and worked as an actor for Ottawa Fringe’s Undercurrents Festival, Mixed Company Theatre and Carousel Players. Last summer she had a reading of her horror themed Caribbean play Shut The Front Door air on PROGRAMSOUND.FM radio. In 2020 her poems Recognize And Get Empowered and I Am Not a Spray Tan were published on Trick Magazine’s website. Within the same year, she wrote and directed her comedic play Fandom for the Northumberland Summer Shorts Festival. She is excited to be working with Carousel Players again, and is ready to clown around!|
Zanifa Rasool - Performer
||Zanifa Rasool is a recent graduate of the Honours and Devised program at the University of Winnipeg. They are a multi-disciplinary artist trained primarily in acting and directing. They were part of the One Trunk Theatre residency program in 2021 and Creative Manitoba mentorship. In Spring 2023, they will be an assistant director at RMTC as part of the apprenticeship program. Zanifa is extremely excited to be able to work with the Carousel Players on this project and the opportunity to work in Ontario!|