Push Up Bar premiers at Kelowna Fringe Festival

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: An improviser, a visual artist, a dancer, a sketch comedian, a Shakespearean fool, and a musician walk into a bar…

…and Push Up Bar is the result: a collective creation, conceived in crazy times, by an assemblage of artistic minds that never would’ve found the time to collaborate were it not for the Great Pause.*

*No communicable diseases are mentioned in this show.

Wit & witchcraft. Music & movement. Saucy & subversive. Fearless & farty.

This devised theatrical piece is a wicked and weird mosaic-in-motion that draws its textures from its co-creators diverse arts backgrounds – from ballet to stand-up comedy, and from Gaulier clowning to pop opera rockin’.

Originally scheduled to headline / close out Western Canada Theatre’s Pandemic Playhouse in late November 2020, Push Up Bar’s premiere was postponed due to the second wave-that-shall-not-be-named… until NOW!

Five performances of Push Up Bar will appear at the 2021 Kelowna International Fringe Festival.

  • Thursday, Sept. 16 @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 17 @ 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 18 @ 2:00 p.m. & @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 19 @ 12:30 p.m.

$5 Fringe membership button required for all festival shows. Limited capacity with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Meet the Cast

A Sketch Comedian – Jessica Buchanan

We’re so glad that brought Jess back to Kamloops from her job with Toronto’s Second City. She’s a razor sharp writer and one heck of an improviser – and film actress too – when she’s not making photographs or teaching kids to LOVE theatre in school districts and beyond.

An Improviser – Allandra Gardner

Allandra is also an actress (we loved her as the Wicked Witch of the West in Project X Theatre’s summer fest), and aspiring clown who occasionally cameos in Burlesque…when she’s not practicing as an integrated breath coach and healer.

A Shakespearean Fool – Catriona Leger

Fool? More like Tour de Force: Catriona Leger found her way from
Toronto to Kamloops to teach Theatre at Thompson Rivers University – and Kamloops is lucky to have this lady with a career’s worth of experience in direction, performance, education, and running the whole damn theatre Company of Fools..! A
world class director brings a touch of class to Push Up Bar.

A Visual Artist – Brittney Martens

A delightful digital artist (Did you SEE our logo?), Brittney’s got the chops across the board – singing and dancing her way to an insane musical theatre resume in northern BC before props and scenic painting for Western Canada Theatre when she’s not instructing in their Stage One Theatre School.

A Dancer – Morgan Benedict

Morgan is so much more than a ballerina, but she’s so distractingly graceful – it’s the first thing that comes to mind..!
Morgan also acts (we loved HER as Glinda the Good Witch of the
North in Pro X too!) and acts out and dabbles in graphic design – managing the House of Kamloops’ live theatre for WCT.

A Musician – Devon More

A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumental musician with a slam poet’s soul, Devon More is our Fringe veteran – having toured her onewoman cabarets (and signature sonic storytelling style) across the country to accolades such as being an official Hold Over (2018) at North America’s largest theatre festival – the Edmonton Fringe. When she tires of genre-bending theatre & music from East Vancouver, this Kamloopsian-raised rocker fronts indie power trio Hang Lucy – and she’s got brand new tunes for you in the folds of Push Up Bar.

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About Fringe

The 2021 Kelowna Fringe Festival is taking place Sept. 15-19, 2021 in Kelowna, Lake Country and West Kelowna. There will be multiple performances from 18 companies (local, regional, national and international).

See the Fringe Festival website for a complete list of shows, schedule and tickets.

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