Entries in Us (5)

Wednesday
Nov222017

Award-winning "Best New Musical in Production" Us, world premiere at the Regina Globe Theatre selling out fast

Monday
Oct302017

"Us" by J. Straker and yours truly WINS Stage​ ​West​ ​Pechet​ ​Family​ ​New Canadian Musical​ ​Award

Straybird Productions
Regina, Saskatchewan
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2017
Contact: Kelley Jo Burke: 306-596-0757/kelley.jo@sasktel.net or
Jeffery Straker: 416-882-0992/jeffstraker88@rogers.com
New Canadian Musical, “Us” by Kelley Jo Burke and Jeffery Straker
Announced as winner of the Playwrights Guild of Canada
“Stage West Pechet Musical Award”
at the 2017 “Tom Hendry Awards” Gala
TORONTO, ON—The Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) has awarded the new Canadian musical “Us” by Kelley
Jo Burke and Jeffery Straker with the “Stage West Pechet Musical Award” at the annual Tom Hendry Awards.
The award is presented annually to a PGC-member recognizing the best new Canadian musical in development.
Co-created by playwright Kelley Jo Burke (book) and singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker (score) of Regina,
Saskatchewan, the duo is thrilled to be receiving the recognition from the PGC as well as the $5000 prize. Their
new work is already part of the current season at The Globe Theatre (Regina, Saskatchewan) where a main
stage production run is scheduled for February 28 – March 18, 2018.
Kelley Jo Burke was present in Toronto to receive the award at The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto remarking:
“Thank you to- The Sask Arts Board, Sask Playwrights Centre, Roberta McKay and Elmer Brennan, the Centre for
New Play Development at the U of R, and a huge thanks to Ruth Smilie and the Globe Theatre in Regina who will
give our show its premiere stage in March, and to our director Val Pearson for her faith in the project. But my
hugest thanks must go to the staff, volunteers, and above all the campers of Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan and
Alberta—Canada’s leadership retreat for gender and sexually diverse youth—because they are warriors—and
this project would have been wholly impossible for Jeff and I without the gift of their voices, and the gift of their
inclusion of us.
The new musical is set at a summer camp for LGBTQ youth and is an exploration and celebration of the search
for identity amongst a wonderfully diverse group of young people. The creation team has been writing and
developing the piece for the past 2.5 years.
The ‘Stage West Pechet Musical’ award is sponsored by the PGC and Stage West Restaurants. Past recipients
include: ‘Come from Away’(2013), ‘Onegin’ (2014), 33 1/3 (2015), Prom Queen (2016).
For more information regarding the co-creators, refer to contact info at top of this release.
For more information regarding the 2018 production of “Us” at Regina’s Globe Theatre:
http://globetheatrelive.com/plays/1718-mainstage/us
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Tuesday
Oct032017

"Us" by J. Straker and yours truly, short-listed for Stage​ ​West​ ​Pechet​ ​Family​ ​Musical​ ​Award

 

So happy to finally announce: Us, the musical written by Jeffery Straker and yours truly, which opens in March 2018 at Globe Theatre main stage, has been short-listed for the Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award (Playwrights Guild Canada) for best new Canadian musical. So honored to be on this list. Huge thanks to Camp Fyreflysask, Globe Theatre, Saskatchewan Arts Board, University of Regina MAP dept, Roberta McKay & Elmer Brennan and Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre for their indispensable support of this project. Winner announced Oct 29 at the Tom Hendry Awards in TO.

 

Stage​ ​West​ ​Pechet​ ​Family​ ​Musical​ ​Award​ is given annually for a new musical work by a PGC-member, which has not yet had a premiere production. JURY: Ted​ ​Dykstra​ (Chair), Clara​ ​Bullock​, Meghan​ ​Gardiner​, and Peter​ ​Jorgensen​. Kelley​ ​Jo​ ​Burke​ ​(Co-creators:​ ​Jeffrey​ ​Straker)​ (​ SK) for​ ​Us​, Julie​ ​McIsaac​ ​&​ ​Corey​ ​Payette​ ​(BC) for​ ​Les​ ​Filles​ ​Du​ ​Roi​,​ ​and Joe​ ​Slabe​ ​(AB) for​ ​The​ ​Urban​ ​Jungle​ ​Book​.

 

Watch the announcement HERE

 

 

Thursday
Mar232017

Us: a coming in musical premieres on the Regina Globe Theatre mainstage Feb 28, 2017

Us, a musical by Kelley Jo Burke and Jeffery Straker will get its world premiere on the Regina Globe mainstage, spring 2018. 
http://leaderpost.com/entertainment/local-arts/globe-theatre-unveils-diverse-lineup-for-2017-18-season
Monday
Jun132016

What a rush!

Had the most amazing time performing with Jeffery Straker (my partner-in-crime who I adore) sharing our musical in progress called "Us". A million thanks to everyone who came out , including Marilyn Turnley and Janna Kathleen Wood for all their great help, to my darling Eric Eggertson for giving up his whole Saturday to help and take photos, to the hosts with the most Roberta McKay and Elmer Brenner, for letting us turn Roberta's gorgeous office into a concert hall and as ever my deep gratitude the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Camp FYrefly Sask for their support of the project. Word fail me- it was amazing.

And the press is taking notice!