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Schedule 2016

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Susan Dunstan (Toronto/Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Danny Johnson and his Band (Thunder Bay, Ontario)

August 4, 2016  |  $5.00 at the Door

Two home grown talents will launch our first festival! 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 this fall. Our hometown favourite Danny Johnson will also share his own songwriting that is influenced by his experiences in Thunder Bay and some of his favourite artists. You don’t want to miss this unforgettable night!


by Eleanor Albanese (Thunder Bay, Ontario) Produced by STF Company (Creative Team and Cast from Thunder Bay and all across Canada)

August 5-7, 2016|PWYC - Suggested Donation: $10.00

A Family Show

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.

* Bring a blanket or a seat cushion to sit on

* Bring sunscreem


Jon Lachlan Stewart (Montreal, Quebec)

August 5-6, 2016  |  $15.00 / Person

Audience - 14 years and up

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.

Ancillary Programming


Moez Surani (Toronto, Ontario)

August 6, 2016  |  $10.00 / Person

All Ages

A Canadian poet whose writing has been published internationally will share some work from his beloved collections: Reticent Bodies and Floating Life. Then he will take participants through a creative process of their own.


Moez Surani (Toronto, Ontario)

August 7, 2016  | Pass the Hat

All Ages

A Canadian poet whose writing has been published internationally will share some work from his beloved collections: Reticent Bodies and Floating Life. Then he will take participants through a creative process of their own. Moez Surani reads from his collection of poems while listeners look out across Lake Superior.  Come hear this incredible artist in this picturesque setting.


Betty Carpick (Thunder Bay, Ontario)

August 5, 2016  |  Free

All Ages

This one-hour session will be inclusive and welcoming of all voices, perspectives, abilities and ages. Participants will be invited to take part in a number of fun and interesting group improvisation exercises.


Jon Lachlan Stewart (Montreal, Quebec)

August 6, 2016

Audiences have the opportunity to ask questions about Jon's process of creation. How do you create a solo show? Come find out!


Betty Carpick (Thunder Bay, Ontario) 

August 5-7, 2016  |  Free

All Ages

Art has the ability to merge disciplines in an interesting, accessible and transformative way. The community art-making project at the Baggage Building will be complimentary and intertwined with STF’s presentation of “Night Wings” at the Spirit Garden.  Through collaborative efforts, an art piece will be created to serve as a “legacy” of the first year of the festival.


The art-making will focus on the bird themes; the great grey
owl, the nuthatch, grosbeak and wren to create a “universal” bird. 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. Participants may also make bracelets out of fabric and beads as a take-home.


August 7, 2016  |  $10.00 / Person

All Ages

STF Breakfast with the artists is a chance to meet the artists of the festival: Director, Designer, Sound Composer, Playwright, Creators, Actors, Poet - all of the artists.

Come join us at the Finlandia Club for 3 Finnish Pancakes, 4 sausages, coffee and some delightful conversation.  We want to meet YOU!!


Young Company

This group of young actors experienced hands-on training with Superior Theatre Festival artists in workshops and through live performance. These youth are a part of the

performance of Night Wings.

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