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Green Thumb Theatre

Discipline: Theatre
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

For over 42 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 and the US, and toured Europe, the Pacific Rim and Mexico.


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Green Thumb Theatre has grown to become one of the continent's most important sources of theatre for young people. The Vancouver Sun
These artistic ambassadors raise our province's gobal profile as a great place to live, work, play and invest, strengthening BC's economy. BC's artists make us proud at home and abroad. Sam Sullivan, MLA for Vancouver False Creek

Performances & Workshops

Cranked

Grade Suitability: Grade 7-12
Duration: 50 mins. + 10 mins. Q&A
Capacity: 600+ students
Tech Requirements: Performing space approx 25 feet wide, 25 feet deep and 18 feet high, adequate light in performance area, 2 electrical outlets. 1 backdrop 14' w X 12' h and 2 pieces of black dance floor equaling 10' deep X 20' wide are set up 1 hr prior to performance.
Fee Range: $780 - $880 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$745.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$845.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$845.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$845.00
Vancouver Island North
$845.00
Interior
$845.00
North
$845.00
Kootenays
$845.00

Stan, a.k.a. Definition, is a rising freestyle MC - or at least he was, until his life's passion lost out to his meth habit. Now on the road to recovery and prepping for a comeback 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, playwright Michael P. Northey and hip-hop artists Kyprios and Stylust have created a pulse-pounding, full-sensory experience that deals in the brutal realities of addiction and drug culture, and the redemption that can lie in recovery. Following a multi-year, international tour that included runs at The Duke Theatre on 42nd Street in New York City, and at the historic Sydney Opera House in Australia, this Green Thumb hit returns with updated content in light of the current fentanyl and opioid crises. As addiction weaves its way through communities across North America, this powerful piece is more timely than ever.

Jabber by Marcus Youssef

Grade Suitability: 8 - 12
Duration: 50 mins. +10 mins. Q&A
Capacity: 600+ students
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.
Fee Range: $780 - $880 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)


When anti-Muslim graffiti targets hijab-wearing Fatima, her strict parents have her transferred to a new high school. Socially disconnected, she finds an unlikely friend in Jorah, a boy with a reputation for anger issues. As friendship blossoms into romance, they are forced to confront stereotypes, boundaries and the consequences of their actions. Thought-provoking, comedic and sometimes dark, Jabber invites audiences to examine their own assumptions and expectations. Jabber is presented in partnership with Neworld Theatre.

Land of Trash by Ian Tamblyn

Grade Suitability: 2 - 7
Duration: 45 mins. + 10 mins. Q&A
Capacity: 600+ students
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. up 1 hour prior to start time.
Fee Range: $680 - $780 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)


Land of Trash is a futuristic adventure demonstrating the effects of environmental abuse. Nuke and Stryder are kids living on the streets of an Earth affected by climate change. While exploring a toxic waste dump, they discover relics of the "old world" - garbage familiar to a present-day audience but mysterious to the futuristic characters. When the kids come across an old man named Carson who remembers the old world, they learn about the colour and wonder that once existed on Earth, and are inspired to work with him to create a brighter future. Land of Trash instills hope and articulates that it is never too late to work to reverse the damages of pollution.

Not So Dumb by John Lazarus

Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 45 mins. + 10 mins. Q&A
Capacity: 600+ students
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 performance.
Fee Range: $680 - $780 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)


Binnie and Rocky both have trouble in school. Words don't fit together properly, and the order of the alphabet is hard to keep track of! Meanwhile, Victor - the brainy, quiet day monitor in their class - can't seem to get through a recess without somebody picking on him. When Victor catches Rocky and Binnie breaking a pretty big rule, the three are forced to take a second look at their assumptions about one another. A poignant and funny story about what can happen when you put yourself in someone else's shoes, Not So Dumb is a reminder that we often have more in common with each other than we think, and that everyone can shine when given the opportunity to do so.

Still/Falling by Rachel Aberle

Grade Suitability: 8 - 12
Duration: 50 mins. +10 mins. Q&A
Capacity: 600+ students
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.
Fee Range: $780 - $880 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)


Nina has a great life. She loves her family, she does well in school, and her friends are awesome. But suddenly Nina starts feeling... off. She finds herself slipping into a dark reality she cannot understand, let alone articulate to the people around her. Still/Falling follows Nina as she tries to come to terms with what it means to struggle with anxiety and depression, and to rise above it with as much strength, and as few scars, as possible. A realistic, honest and bitingly funny look at the difference between "teen angst" and mental illness and the ways vulnerable kids can start to find their way out of the dark.

The Code by Rachel Aberle

Grade Suitability: Grades 8 - 12
Duration: 50 mins. + 10 mins. Q&A
Capacity: 600+ students
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 performance.
Fee Range: $780 - $880 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$745.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$845.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$845.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$845.00
Vancouver Island North
$845.00
Interior
$845.00
North
$845.00
Kootenays
$845.00

Moira takes pride in standing up for what she believes in. But after spearheading a protest at school that results in the spring dance being cancelled, she receives threatening statements online and at school. Luckily her best friends Simon and Connor have her back - until Simon reveals his romantic feelings towards Moira, which she doesn't return. Feeling 'friend-zoned', Simon joins the barrage of hurtful comments, and Connor is forced to take a hard look at where his loyalties lie. THE CODE takes a look at the murky line between friendship and romance, and invites viewers to question what they feel entitled to in their relationships. With humour and nuance, the play challenges teens to hold themselves accountable for their words and actions and consider what's at stake when lines are crossed.

What If by Katey Hoffman

Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 50 mins. + 10 mins. Q&A
Capacity: 600+ students
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.
Fee Range: $680-$780 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$645.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$745.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$745.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$745.00
Vancouver Island North
$745.00
Interior
$745.00
North
$745.00
Kootenays
$745.00

Every day, Nicky wakes up to knots in her stomach and worries in her brain. While most kids can't wait for recess so they can hit the playground, anxious Nicky would rather spend her time safely hidden away in the school's sick room with her Big Book of Birds. In the sick room, Nicky can enjoy her routine in peace and quiet - but when Milo, a rambunctious boy with diabetes, comes barreling into her life, Nicky's peace and quiet turns to chaos! At first, these polar opposites' worlds collide, but as time goes on, cautious Nicky and risk-taker Milo both come to discover they may have more to learn from each other than they think.

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