NEXTNextfest: High School

They’re fierce, they’re creative, they’re passionate, they’re talented and they have Math 20 in the morning. Nextfest presents our celebration of high school artists, a festival within a festival we’ve lovingly dubbed NEXTNextfest. This multi-medium showcase of Edmonton and area artists provides a platform for teen artists under the age of 18 who are serious about creating careers in theatre, music, dance, poetry, and visual art. These secondary school artists are encouraged to boldly present their work… and show the twenty-somethings how it’s done!

Curator: Jennifer Peebles.
Mentors: Jameela McNeil, April Killins, Cameron Freitas, James Higuchi, Bevin Dooley, and Jen Peebles

A Wedding Dress And A Child

Two people look at a wedding dress that's behind them.

Digital Theatre
Thursday, June 3
by Quinn Woodruff
directed by Quinn Woodruff and Von Andrew Collado

Accidents happen. When two children are left alone with their mother’s dress, creativity takes over. In this play, the audience is led down a wild path of laugher, absurdity, and problem-solving through the eyes of a child.

featuring Rhiannon Lewis, Arabella Spence, Ngila Stone, and Stella Drinkwater

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Estrangement Cafe

Two coffees sit on a cafe table.

Digital Theatre
Thursday, June 3
by Isabella Hudson
directed by Will McIntosh

Estrangement Cafe is a two-character play about a young adult, Sam, who left their home and childhood behind. Years later, their mother turns up, seemingly out of the blue, to ask Sam to have coffee with her. As the two sit and talk, the complexities of their relationship start to unfold through both what is said and left unsaid.

featuring Tess Valentine, Ella Raven-Jackson, Simone Gosselin, Logan Bloedel, Alyson Opatril, and Raye Mitchell

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ESCAPE

A one line drawing of two faces connect in the middle with the word "escape" in cursive.

Digital Theatre
On Demand
by Simone Gosselin

This piece follows two stories of hardship where the characters cope with by creating their own worlds through the escapism of music.

featuring Isabella Hudson, Logan Bloedel, Ella Raven-Jackson, Simone Gosselin, Rachel Conklin, William McIntosh, Alyson Opatril, and Amanda Yim

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LUCID

Two girls sit across the table from each other with a pie in the middle.

Digital Theatre
Friday, June 4
directed and written by Laura Cervera-Fuentes
cinematography and lighting by Sara Sheydwasser
makeup, costume, and set design by Brooklynn Soppet
director of photography by Amelie Lang-Muller
assistant directed by Elise Leske

“lucid dream
(ˈluːsɪd driːm)
NOUN
//psychology//
A dream in which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming and can sometimes influence the course of the dream.

Are YOU really in control?”

featuring Emma Kinasevich, Laura Cervera-Fuentes, and Elise Leske

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Who’s Holding All of the Cards?

A mysterious woman walks into the darkness while four shadowy figures linger in the foreground.

Digital Theatre
Friday, June 4
by Maria Morin

After her untimely death, Andy’s four friends receive a letter informing them that Andy was an undercover intelligence agent and that she has some unfinished spy business. They must retrieve a deck of UNO cards and deliver it to their science teacher, but they’re not the only ones who need that deck.

featuring Ava Countryman, Arthur Traynor, Grace Vandermeulen, Liam Witte, Marharyta Tsiatserskaya, Sam Michaelchuk, and Maria Morin

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Everyone Kills at Night

The shadow of a person with a knife is casted on the wall by the light coming through a window.

Digital Theatre
Saturday, June 5
written by Danica Friss Wilson
directed by Morgan Tiley

Everyone Kills at Night is a play about Amelia, an average woman who’s been listening to a lot of true crime podcasts. One night she’s awakened by a sound in her room. That sound: an up-and-coming killer trying to make a name for himself, who’d like to kill Amelia and get on with it. After being convinced not to kill her, Amelia takes this strange man under her wing, mentoring him on death, perfection, fame, murder, and most importantly, true crime podcasts.

featuring Amanda Bertrand, Tarren Vercholuk, and Danny Domahidi

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Brown Kids, Slay Monsters

Two kids stand back to back with a monster looming above them.

Digital Theatre
Saturday, June 5
written by Abhay

When Varun is outed to his family, he has two choices: leave in exile or marry a girl. As he embarks on a journey to find a wife, he is trapped in Swayamvara Resort, a place that claims to help South Asian singles find matches — however, little meets the eye here. Varun meets and falls for Dhruv, another gay man trapped in the resort, and together they learn its dystopian and kyriarchal secrets. This makes Varun’s choice increasingly difficult—that’s on top of being stuck in the resort with a tentacle monster after them.

Featuring Prishita Harikant, Vanessa Rasie, Attikah-Naz Kayani, Nico Maiorana, and Seraphim Rosenfeldt

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Kaiya: Music in Motion

A headshot of Kaiya holding a flower.

Music
Sunday, June 6

Kaiya: Music in Motion is a piece that embodies who I am as an artist. Being a songwriter, my original music is a part of me. This set is all songs I’ve written from the heart. It will include the official music video for my debut single “Speak Out” and footage from an online benefit concert Kaiya Live, all about spreading love and light during COVID. I want to introduce people to my sound, my style, and my soul.

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a means of knowing

5 performers stand on stage.

Dance
On Demand
choreographed by Aly Turgeon

our openness to others is evident in our bodies before words leave our mouths. knowing another person transcends conversation, it’s how we sense one another, how we make space, and how we hold one another. this piece serves as an expression of the complexities of touch.

featuring Maria Morin, Sandry Obando Ruiz, Rowan Stephens, Morgan Turgeon, Serejane Walls, Sydney Wright, Stephanie Schnarr, and David Bowden

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10 Unforgivable Sins of BUSINESSMEN

Two business men sit at a desk and shake hands. Their faces have been photoshopped over with pictures of the actors.

Dance
On Demand
Julianna Bryson and Aly Turgeon
videography by Morgan Turgeon

A regular day in the office…

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Phenomenon

Two people stand in the middle of the screen, one kneeled down lower than the other. They stretch their arms out to the side and look intensely forward. The light overlay is a dark blue.

Dance
On Demand
choreographed and performed by Abigail Fiddler and Rowan Stephans
videography by Jace S, Lynea R, and Alyssa J

This piece takes you on a journey to another dimension. “An area just beyond ordinary legal and ethical limits.” A dimension of sound, sight, and mind. A dimension of shadow and substance, things and ideas. A hidden paradise full of the essential truths of humanity. You’ve just crossed over into another dimension.

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Ava And Natalie’s Puppet Show Delight

Two puppets walk across abbey road.

Digital Theatre
Tuesday, June 8
by Jacquelyn Routledge and Grace Young

A tight-knit pair of sisters prepare their yearly puppet show as they make the move from homeschooling to public school. The eldest sister embraces the changes around them, but the youngest fears letting go of the past. As the worlds of fantasy, reality, school, and homelife collide-the girls find themselves in places that test their limits and the strength of their bond.

featuring James Dorward, Lyndsay Williams, Lexi Ericson, Aaron Yakimchuck, Hyerin Song, Erica Norton, Ellena Jin, Olivia Weimann, Haeyeon Cho, and Ethan Long

 

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A Fool’s Errand

A bunch of court jesters are defacing a poster of the king.

Digital Theatre
Tuesday, June 8
by Charlotte Thompson

These four jesters are fed up with the way the king is treating them, so they’re forming a union! And they want you to join! As an audience member, your input is greatly appreciated – these clowns don’t have many ideas of their own. Expect intellectual conversation, donuts, and a little bit of interpretive dance. Just make sure that you don’t tell any of the king’s spies, or things could go south…

featuring Asha Polard, Alix Way, Kateryna Vyshkulatova, Brooke Deya, Jorja Tupper, and Olivia Cai

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The Nocturne of the End

A close-up of piano keys.

Music
Tuesday, June 8
performed by Kristina Gao

A piano is one of the most beautiful instruments to display one’s talent in a musical art. Classical elements combined with a tone of modern-day rhythmic structure, and you have the piece titled ‘The Nocturne of the End,’ symbolizing a calm yet raging battle between forces left for interpretation. Welcome to the battle of the End.

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The Something

A yellow hand with sharp nails reaches out from a dark hole. The phrase "Next times the charm" is across the top with while lettering,

Film
Friday, June 11
by Brooklyn Soppet

The Nothing has generously decided it is going to be a host to Indigo and Lavender, who desperately want to find a way out. But, there’s The Something that’s been trying its very hardest to keep them in. It has not a lot of success in doing so. But he’ll get them this time, for sure, no more re-dos, he’s got a fool-proof crayon box of a plan.

featuring Mars Palmer, Kira Slator, Abby Nixon, Amelie Lang, and Ceili Lesko

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Lifeline

The word lifeline is written in red and connected at both sides to the up-and-down patterns of a heart monitor.

Radio Play
Sunday, June 13
by Amanda Yim
stage-managed by Will McIntosh

Lifeline is a radio play about a teenage girl, Emilia, and a 911 operator, Lambert. Emilia has been kidnapped, and her only chance of survival is with the help of Lambert on the other side of the phone. However, as the night progresses, Emilia and Lambert discover that this is not the first time their fate crossed paths.

featuring Ella Raven-Jackson, Logan Bloedel, Mehmet Dede, Simone Gosselin, Kateline Narayan, and Kennedy Sembaliuk

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Smoke in Mirrors

The comedy and tragedy theatre masks are sitting in front of a dark and dirty mirror.

Digital Theatre
Sunday, June 13
by Liam Witte
directed by Erin Harvey

Helen, a reclusive widow, cares about her daughter Phoebe’s safety more than anything in the world. But when Phoebe brings home her new boyfriend Janus, who appears to be two entirely opposite men at once, Helen is faced with her own paranoia and trauma as she tries desperately to keep her daughter safe.

featuring Emily Brinco, Jayden Leung, Arthur Traynor, and Serejane Walls

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Black Salt And Blood

The words Black Salt and Blood are displaced in a white bubble around black and red text.

Poetry
written by Zachary Ding
visual art by Stella Drinkwater

Black Salt and Blood is a poetry collection that will show you the dark underside of growth. Follow the spiral through poetic iterations of classic myths and legends, and see the stories of Icarus and a newly created siren through the eyes of a queer trans student.

featuring Logan Sunquist and Carissa Edmonds

Please view this work at https://thespiralsystem.wordpress.com/

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