TaDa! Performing Arts Festival - May 26 to 29 2022

Theatre Wakefield is excited to present the eighth annual TaDa! Performing Arts Festival from May 26-29 at the Centre Wakefield LaPêche (CWLP) and Chelsea’s LaFab Sur Mill, both located in the beautiful Gatineau Hills.

Eighteen performers, seven shows, four days, two theatres, one workshop and a PARTY -- after two long years, we’re back!

The Festival will open at La Fab on May 26 with Bloodline, a play by and featuring master storyteller and Indigenous Elder Albert Dumont, co-created with Phil Jenkins. The play centers around the invitation of Anishinaabeg Albert Dumont to give a talk to the fictional “Kanata Chapter of the Dominion Club of Canada.” Weaving autobiography, poetry and photography, Albert creates a powerful story of one indigenous man’s spiritual journey.

The next night at the CWLP we present Frankie, a one-woman play where Mary Ellen MacLean tackles growing up gay in small-town Nova Scotia. You saw an excerpt at LaPêche Has Le Talent last summer (she was the one in the hockey sweater!), now see her play eight different characters, including Marlene van Derk, spokeswoman for “Gay-Away,” Frankie’s best friend drag queen Joey, and guitar playing, dope-smoking girlfriend Tundra.

And on Saturday, May 28 at La Fab Sur Mill, Mary Ellen MacLean assisted by Rae-Anna Maitland will deliver a workshop called Physical Playwriting, a method of creating “on your feet” using improvisation, impulses and instincts to create a very personal style of expression.

Back to Friday night following Frankie, we’ll open up the lobby of the CWLP for a party! As local musicians play, our revellers can sip wine, meet the artists, and enjoy appetizers on the house!

On Saturday at the CWLP we present local musician and children’s entertainer Derek McKinley in a family show he calls Sing Song Party Time! Known for his energy and enthusiasm, he’ll engage your kids for an hour of laughter, songs and fun.

Saturday night, we’re back at La Fab Sur Mill for – wait for it – Drag Queen Cabaret! These actor/singers caused quite a stir when we invited them into Wakefield Elementary School last fall to present Drag Queen Story Hour. Now it’s time for the rest of us to see their bold, zany and absolutely fabulous selves! Join them for two joyous fun-filled evenings of music and dance. It’s time the campy and queer world of drag hits our region!

Our Sunday matinée at the CWLP is called Once Upon Our Time and features a piece by those involved in our Seniors Create project. Working with facilitators Tedd Robinson, Diane Lemire and Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson over three months last fall, 18 creative seniors have woven theatre, dance, poetry, music and visual arts into a multi-faceted expression of who they are and what moves them. Come see a showcase of some of their ideas.

Sunday night at La Fab at 6pm, local theatre artist Rae-Anna Maitland premieres her very first play! Mayfly is a one-woman, comedic piece devoted to the investigation of a metaphor -- the life cycle of the common mayfly. Through physical exploration as much as character development, Rae-Anna builds a world where the memory, the self and the natural world intersect.

Then there’s time for patrons to get dinner…

…and return for our second show of Drag Queen Cabaret at 8:30pm, closing the Festival!

And there’s nowhere more beautiful to be for this kind of experience: located along the waters of the Gatineau River, TaDa! is truly a breath of fresh air on the Festival circuit!

Shows are between $10-$20 per person. Our Family Show featuring musician Derek McKinley has an affordable family rate of $30 for two adults and up to three children (otherwise $20 for adults, and $10 for children 5-12).

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Théâtre Wakefield gratefully acknowledges our funding partners: