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Green Thumb Theatre

Discipline: Theatre
Homebase: Vancouver
Regions Available: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley &, Howe Sound, Vancouver Island Lower, Vancouver Island Mid, Vancouver Island North, Interior, North, Remote, Kootenays
Languages: English
Themes: Mental Health, LGBTQ2SIA+, Anti-Bullying
Grant Eligibility: Eligible for 70% AIE

For over 45 years, Green Thumb Theatre has been creating and producing plays that explore social issues relevant to the lives of children, youth, and young adults. They provide theatre that celebrates the language and stories of today's generation, stimulating empathy, debate, and critical thinking. Green Thumb is one of Canada's foremost creators of theatre for young audiences. They have performed throughout Canada, the US, and 11 countries overseas.


As a touring company, Green Thumb Theatre’s work often takes place throughout the traditional homelands of most of the Indigenous Nations and cultures across British Columbia and beyond. Green Thumb's offices are located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Performance(s)

Cranked The Remix by Michael P. Northey

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Music, Theatre
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: 7 - 12
Duration: 50 minutes + 10-minute Q&A
Capacity: 600
Tech Requirements: Performing space approximately 25 feet wide, 25 feet deep and 12 feet high, adequate light in the performance area, two electrical outlets, set up 1 hour prior to performance.
Available Formats: In Person

Lower Mainland
$785
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$885
Vancouver Island Lower
$885
Vancouver Island Mid
$885
Vancouver Island North
$885
Interior
$885
North
$885
Remote
$885
Kootenays
$885
Virtual
$0

Stan, a.k.a. “Definition” is a rising freestyle MC – or at least he was, until his life’s passion lost out to his drug habit. Now on the road to recovery and preparing for a come-back show, Stan confronts his demons and recounts his harrowing journey through the wild highs and deep lows of addiction. Using spoken word and hip hop, this pulse-pounding, full-sensory experience deals in the brutal realities of addiction and drug culture, and the redemption that can lie in recovery. This highly popular production has been updated to include content addressing the current fentanyl and opioid crises. As addiction weaves its way through communities across BC, this powerful piece is more timely than ever. Curriculum Connections: Mental Health | Addiction | Social Justice | Social Responsibility

Derwent is Different by Jamie Norris

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Theatre
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: K - 9
Duration: 45 minutes + 10-minute Q&A
Capacity: 600
Tech Requirements: Performing space approximately 25 feet wide, 25 feet deep and 12 feet high, adequate light in the performance area, two electrical outlets,1 table, 2 chairs, set up 1 hour prior to start time.
Available Formats: In Person

Lower Mainland
$685
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$785
Vancouver Island Lower
$785
Vancouver Island Mid
$785
Vancouver Island North
$785
Interior
$785
North
$785
Remote
$785
Kootenays
$785
Virtual
$785

Imaginative Derwent feels like a bit of an outsider at school. Luckily, he has always been able to depend on his best friend, Ramona. But now, even Ramona says he’s “too weird”! To make matters worse, Ramona is spending time with Lucas — a classmate who is occupied with making Derwent’s life miserable. In an effort to save their friendship, Derwent creates a video diary for Ramona, chronicling his experiences. DERWENT IS DIFFERENT explores how we communicate in-person versus digitally, and the importance of staying true to yourself. Curriculum Connections: Bullying | Communication | Self-Esteem | Social Isolation | Social Media

For Now by Scott Button

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Theatre
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: 7 - 12
Duration: 50 minutes + 10-minute Q&A
Capacity: 600
Tech Requirements: Performing space approximately 25 feet wide, 25 feet deep and 12 feet high, adequate light in the performance area, two electrical outlets, set up 1 hour prior to performance.
Available Formats: In Person

Lower Mainland
$785
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$885
Vancouver Island Lower
$885
Vancouver Island Mid
$885
Vancouver Island North
$885
Interior
$885
North
$885
Remote
$885
Kootenays
$885
Virtual
$0

From the outside, best pals Jacob and Bex may seem like an odd pairing: Jacob is queer and comes from a wealthy family while Bex is straight and working class – yet they’ve navigated the minefield of high school together, venting about annoying boys and being passionate advocates for LGBTQ+ causes around their school. But on the first day of Grade 12, Bex shares something with Jacob – and the world – that may change their friendship forever. Or maybe just for now. FOR NOW is a touching and funny new play for youth that explores issues of gender, sexuality and privilege among two best friends. Curriculum Connections: Identity | Social Justice | Personal Politics | Healthy Relationships |Discrimination | LGBTQ2SIA+

Like It or Not by Katey Hoffman

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Theatre
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 45 minutes + 10-minute Q&A
Capacity: 600
Tech Requirements: Performing space approximately 25 feet wide, 25 feet deep and 12 feet high, adequate light in the performance area, two electrical outlets, set up 1 hour prior to performance.
Available Formats: In Person

Lower Mainland
$685
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$785
Vancouver Island Lower
$785
Vancouver Island Mid
$785
Vancouver Island North
$785
Interior
$785
North
$785
Remote
$785
Kootenays
$785
Virtual
$0

Best friends Leah and Zoey have been inseparable since kindergarten. They like all the same things: soccer, tacos, and well, soccer. But now, Leah would rather spend more time posting pics in a new app with mega fashionista Makayla than on the soccer field. Maybe Zoey and Leah’s shared interests… aren’t so shared after all? This vibrant new comedy from the author of the Green Thumb hit, WHAT IF, takes a closer look at how friendships evolve as we grow up, and the pressures of navigating relationships in an increasingly virtual world. Curriculum Connections: Evolving Friendships | Communication | Self-Esteem | Social Media


Testimonials & Reviews

I have always found Green Thumb Theatre to be excellent and thought-provoking. The theatre isn't always easy, and it allows for moments of discomfort- it provides authentic, timely, relevant fuel for the discussions and activities that teachers follow-up with. Mika Livingston, Vice-Principal, Manoah Steves Elementary
It was both educational and entertaining. The children enjoyed the performance and the messages embedded in the story were real and appropriate for the children. Very much in keeping with the current atmosphere in our culture. A quality production. Thank you for your hard work and the joy you bring to the children. Grade 4 Teacher, Vancouver
Fantastic performance, students appreciated the honesty and lack of sugar coating, it was engaging and informative, the range of the actor was impressive, the content very relevant. Heidi Rogers, Drama Teacher, Sir Charles Tupper Secondary (speaking about CRANKED: THE REMIX)

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