This August Peninsula Productions in partnership with the City of White Rock
and with funding from Canada 150 will present Sea of Stories a musical about the history of White Rock!
Sea of Stories Playwright: Shawn MacDonald
Shawn Macdonald is a Vancouver-based theatre artist with over 25 years of professional experience. He is the recipient of five Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, three for acting and two for playwriting. In the 1990’s, he co-wrote (with Gary Jones) two hit comedies for the Arts Club Theatre, World’s Greatest Guy and Fear Knot. His play Prodigal Son was produced by Touchstone Theatre in 2006 and his play Demon Voice was produced by Touchstone in 2009. His play Sister Judy was commissioned by the Arts Club Theatre as part of the Silver Commissions Program and received its world premiere at the Arts Club in 2015. Shawn is the Instructor and Program Leader for the LEAP Playwriting Intensive for Young Writers at the Arts Club Theatre and he is also the Artistic Associate for Green Thumb Theatre where he devises original theatre creations with teenage artists.
Sea of Stories composer and Musical Director: Dominik Heins
Dominik Heins has played before live audiences since 1989. As a child of the Hamburg Boogie-Woogie scene, the pianist and singer today regularly appears on the jazz stages and boogie festivals around the world. International performances with great musicians such as ChuckBerry and Jerry Lee Lewis have taken him to France, Denmark and Austria and allowed him to broadcast his music on both television and radio.
Sea of Stories Director: Wendy Bollard
Wendy Bollard has spent a lifetime in the performing arts. She is a trained actor and successful jazz vocalist who has performed in England, Ireland, US and Canada. In 2010 she started Peninsula Productions with Geoff Giffin. Since then she has directed seven critically and artistically successful plays including one Canadian Premiere. She has also produced over twenty concerts, directed a staged reading series and created NextGen a theatre program for young performing artists. In 2015 Wendy travelled to London, England to obtain her Masters in Directing. While there she was the assistant director on various plays at RADA and worked with the world-renowned theatre company Improbable on the UK tour of Opening Skinner’s Box. After returning to Vancouver she immediately went into rehearsals at the Arts Club where she assisted Dean Paul Gibson on The Flick. Wendy will spend the summer of 2017 as an apprentice director at Bard on the Beach and directing a newly commissioned play by Shawn MacDonald for Peninsula Productions called Sea of Stories to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.