Who Do You Think Will Win So You Think You Can Act? Vote Here!

Who do you think will win Feb. 16th???

Elections have polls to help predict the results so we thought it would be fun to see who the frontrunners are for our first annual So You Think You Can Act. Although the audience at the event will have the final say after watching our celebrities’ performances, let’s see if you can predict the strongest performer in our advance poll.

Vote here to predict the winner of So You Think You Can Act and you could win a Sarasvati Prize Package! Prize Package includes tickets to the World Premiere of EDEN!

All voters will be put into a draw and the winner will be chosen randomly.  VOTE NOW!

(if you would like to be eligible for the prize draw you must submit your name and e-mail address to info@sarasvati.ca after voting, the winner will then be contacted to pick-up the prize)

So You Think You Can Act runs Feb. 16th 8:00 pm at the Gas Station Arts Centre. Tickets are $25 and include a wine reception. There is limited seating so don’t forget to buy tickets online at www.sarasvati.ca or reserve by calling 586-2236.

Will Ace Burpee Be Aces?

Everyone knows and loves listening to Ace Burpee on HOT 103, but will everyone love his acting skills? Will Ace earn the judges praise?  It’s time to meet everyone’s favourite radio personality, Ace Burpee!

Ace Burpee is from Cooks Creek, Manitoba. He currently works as the host of the Ace Burpee Show with Chrissy Troy on HOT 103. Prior to that, he played in the NHL. This is not true. At all. Prior acting experience includes being on float with Beethoven the dog in Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure. Ace was cut from the scene prior to release.

So…now that we know Ace’s prior acting experience, we wait with baited breath to see him act! We are pleased to announce that Ace will be performing a scene with his mom, actor Jan Burpee! Not only that, but they will be performing a scene from For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls by Christopher Durang! This parody of Tennesse Williams’ The Glass Menagerie is sure to have the audience rolling in their seats with laughter. Here’s a teaser to give everyone something to look forward to:

LAWRENCE: I can’t work, mama. I’m crippled.

AMANDA: There is nothing wrong with your leg, Lawrence honey, all the doctors have told you that. This limping is an affectation.

LAWRENCE: I only know how I feel, mama.

AMANDA: Oh if only I had connections in the Mafia, I’d have someone come and break both your legs.

LAWRENCE: Don’t try to make me laugh, mama. You know I have asthma.

Will Ace and Jane Burpee will the coveted trophy?  Will they be the pair to beat?  You must come to So You Think You Can Act to find out! Join us February 16th at 8pm, Gas Station Arts Centre! Tickets are limited so purchase yours in advance on our website or by calling 586-2236.

Big Daddy Tazz: The Host With The Most!

It’s time to meet the host of So You Think You Can Act, Big Daddy Tazz! Tazz is sure to make the evening a barrel of laughs.  Any night with Big Daddy Tazz on the scene is a night you don’t want to miss!

Often described as “one of the most talented comics in the business,” Tazz has been delighting crowds at fundraisers, corporate events, festivals and on television for more than a decade and a half. Known as the “Bi-Polar Buddha”, Tazz is equal parts comedian, and motivational speaker who likes to enlighten, educate and inspire. As a result, his one-man shows have drawn rave reviews and standing ovations from coast-to-coast.

Tazz’s many national festival appearances have included the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, the Moncton Comedy Festival and the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, for which he annually multi-tasks as a writer, producer and performer. Tazz’s explosive Gala performances at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival over the years can be seen frequently on CBC television and the Comedy Network. On April 1st 2008 Tazz set a record for the longest uninterrupted stand up comedy show at 8 1/2 hrs. Tazz is currently co starring in the APTN comedy hit “Mixed Blessings.”

With this funny, talented, and inspiring man as our leader for the evening, we know So You Think You Can Act is going to be wonderful!

Come see Big Daddy Tazz February 16th at 8pm, Gas Station Arts Centre! Tickets are limited so purchase yours in advance on our website or by calling 586-2236.

Will This Judge Have The Audience Crumbling with Laughter? Meet Lee White!

It’s time to meet the final judge for So You Think You Can Act!  We are so excited to have this funny man sitting at our judging table! You probably recognize Lee from CRUMBS, and as a Winnipeg staple Lee adds that little something extra to the judging trio.

Lee White is an actor/improviser from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He started acting at the age of ten, at Manitoba Theatre for Young People.  In 1997 started CRUMBS, and since then has traveled the world performing, learning and teaching the art of Improvisation.

CRUMBS has won many international Improv competitions, been voted Winnipeg’s Favorite Theatre Group In Uptown Magazine many times and was listed in The Winnipeg Free Press’s list of top reasons to live in Winnipeg. Lee has performed in countless plays and independent films, as well as stand up comedy.

Will Lee be the Steven Tyler of So You Think You Can Act? Will he bring the “X-Factor” to the evening? You’ve got to buy your tickets to find out!

Join us February 16th at 8pm, Gas Station Arts Centre! Tickets are limited so purchase yours in advance on our website or by calling 586-2236.

Will This Judge Win Over The Audience? Meet Robert Metcalfe!

It’s time to meet another judge of So You Think You Can Act! Meet Robert Metcalfe, Artistic Director of Prairie Theatre Exchange! We are so ecited to have Bob on our panel of experts judging our celebrities. A favourite in the theatre community, Bob brings his passion for theatre and charisma to the judging table.

Will Bob butt heads with Kayla and Lee? Will Bob and Kayla develop a Paula/Simon or Nigel/Mary relationship? Will Bob judge like J.Lo and tell eveyone they’re great? Let’s learn more about Bob and find out!

Originally from BC, this is Mr. Metcalfe’s ninth year in Winnipeg as the Artistic Director of Prairie Theatre Exchange where he has directed Zadie’s Shoes, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Unity (1918)Molly’s VeilCopenhagen, Dogbarkedapple, MacGregor’s Hard Ice Cream and GasChimeraHaving Hope at HomeHow it Works, The Vertical Hour, Lawrence and Holloman, Glorious!, The Savannah DisputationBurnin’ Love, and The Secret Mask. This summer, he directed for Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre in Nova Scotia for the fourth year (2011- Caught in the Net, 2010-Sleuth, 2009-Glorious! and 2008-Sexy Laundry, which broke box office records for the Festival).

Before arriving at PTE, he was the Artistic Director of Sunshine Theatre in Kelowna, BC, served as the Associate Artistic Director at Green Thumb Theatre in Vancouver, and had a successful career as a freelance director, actor, dramaturge and fight director after graduating from the acting program at Studio 58 in 1980. Most recently Bob directed The 39 Steps  for the Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. Bob’s next show at PTE will be Till it Hurts, the new comedy by Douglas Bowie.

He’s never entered a talent contest, nor judged one before, however, Bob has never let lack of experience or inadequate information curtail his judgmental nature.

We can’t wait to see your “judgemental nature” in action Bob!

Please join us February 16th at 8pm, Gas Station Arts Centre! Tickets are limited so purchase yours in advance on our website or by calling 586-2236.

Will this Judge Get the Audience’s Love? Meet Kayla Gordon!

It is time to meet the judges for So You Think You Can Act!  Our panel of experts will be sure to give Paual Abdul and Simon Cowell a run for their money!  Our first judge is the lovely Kayla Gordon, a heavy hitter in the theatre community.  She is one busy woman, and has brought Winnipeg hits like Altar BoyzThe 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, Hersteria and Spring Awakening!

Kayla has directed, acted and taught in all aspects of theatre over the past 30 years. Born in Winnipeg, and trained at the University of Winnipeg and Banff Centre, she has performed and directed in theatres in Winnipeg as well as other Canadian and US theatres.

Presently working as the Artistic Director for the Winnipeg Studio Theatre, Kayla’s most recent directing includes  Spring
Awakening ,  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Altar Boyz which is currently on at Prairie Theatre Exchange. She also teaches Musical Theatre and Acting at the University of Winnipeg Theatre and Film Department. Kayla received the Young Leadership Award from the University of Jerusalem and she was nominated for the John Hirsch Young Directors Award.

Will Kayla’s expertise make her the audience’s favourite judge?  Will she a Paula or a Simon?  There’s only one way to find out!

Join us at So You Think You Can Act February 16th at 8pm, Gas Station Arts Centre! Tickets are limited so purchase yours in advance on our website or by calling 586-2236.

Will You Vote for Judy Wasylycia-Leis?

We are so pleased to welcome Judy Wasylycia-Leis to the So You Think You Can Act line-up!  Will Judy take home all the votes and the coveted trophy?  Stay tuned!

Involved in public service all her adult life, Judy served as Manitoba’s Culture Minister before working as MP for Winnipeg North from 1997 – 2010.  During her time in Ottawa, Judy was critic of Heath, Finance, Status of Women, Immigration and Persons with Disabilities.

After running in the 2010 Winnipeg mayoral campaign, Judy became active in a number of organizations including Northend Stella Community Ministry, Community Ventures and Heifer Canada.  She has also spent time in Jordan on a parliamentary strengthening initiative and just completed a dozen townhalls in Ontario as Chair of the Public Services Foundation of Canada.

We are so excited to see Judy test out her acting skills!  Come see Judy win over voters at So You Think You Can Act!

Join us February 16th at 8pm, Gas Station Arts Centre! Tickets are limited so purchase yours in advance on our website or by calling 586-2236.