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 THUNDER BAY, ON  --  July 26, 2016 (LSN) Superior Theatre Festival Launches FIRST Professional Summer Theatre Festival in Thunder Bay August 4th-7th, 2016 Thunder Bay will be home to the first ever Superior Theatre Festival that will feature a variety of performances and ancillary programming such as workshops, poetry readings, a Finnish breakfast with the artists and an interactive community-based installation. This multi-faceted festival builds on Thunder Bay’s cultural community and will showcase professional and emerging actors from our area and from across Canada.

STF founder and Artistic Director Donna Marie Baratta, originally from Thunder Bay, is excited to make her dream of bringing a festival of this calibre to her hometown a reality. She has also enlisted the talents of Eleanor Albanese, Danny Johnson, Susan Dunstan, Moez Surani, Jon Lachlan-Stewart and Betty Carpick. These Canadian artists are well known in the arts community with years of experience under their lts.

This festival has multiple venues both outdoor and indoor. Our Launch Party will be at The Foundry and will feature Susan Dunstan and Danny Johnson and his band. This will be Sue’s first appearance since she left to pursue her career in mega-musicals such as: The Lion King, Lord of the Rings, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and most recently Kinky Boots. She will share her extraordinary vocals while ruminating on what it means to be home. Come see Sue
before she heads to Broadway to perform in a new musical in the Fall. Our hometown favourite Danny Johnson will also share his own songwriting that is influenced by his experiences in Thunder Bay and by some of his favourite artists.

Our featured performance of the festival is Night Wings by Eleanor Albanese and it will take place in The Spirit Garden and encompasses a cast of mostly Thunder Bay actors, including our very own STF Young Company which is composed of youth from Thunder Bay. This performance will take place come rain or shine with The Urban Abbey as our rainout location. Night Wings centres around a 12 year old girl named Molly. The year is 1938 and Molly's world includes her brother Juri and her nearby grandfather, "Ukki". The family is under strain, not only because the father works out in the timber camps for weeks at a time but Molly has additional challenges due to the fact that she has vision loss. Juri's response is to become overly protective of his sister while Molly finds independence through an imaginary world of her own making. When Juri finds a wounded owl and decides to secretively nurse it back to health, a series of events unfold that puts both the children at risk.

The Finlandia Club will host an out-of-town favourite, Jon Lachlan-Stewart, and his one-man show called Big Shot which explores what happens when a 12 year old boy witnesses a shooting on Vancouver’s SkyTrain. In the aftermath, he replays the scene in the style of his favourite action movies. By mining the perspectives of the witnesses, the boy uncovers a shocking reality under the veneer of his cinematic fantasy. Jon transforms right in front of our eyes into 4 different characters.

The Baggage Building will host a Night Wings Community Art-Making Project that Betty Carpick will lead. Through collaborative efforts, an art piece will be created to serve as a “legacy” of the first year of the festival. It will focus on the bird themes from Night Wings and using a large metal armature of a flying bird as the foundation, participants can cut strips of fabric and tie them on the armature or onto other strips of fabric. As time passes, the bird will gain wholeness and finally, at completion, be able to fly.

Finally, Urban Abbey will host our poetry workshop with Moez Surani, A Canadian poet, whose writing has been published internationally to great acclaim as he shares his work from some of his most beloved collections: Reticent Bodies and Floating Life.

Get ready to experience the ultimate outdoor/indoor theatrical event this summer in Thunder Bay!!

For more information and our full programming - please visit our website: superiortheatrefestival.com

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