Why So You Think You Can Act?

We’re so excited, So You Think You Can Act All-Star Edition is only 6 days away, but why should you come? In this blog, we’ve got the answer, or rather the answers, for those of you still on the fence!


  1. It’s a fun fundraiser! What’s better than a fundraiser for a non-profit theatre company? A fun fundraiser! We are dedicated to creating transformative theatre, and our next production is a community-based project on mental health. After an interview for the project, one person battling mental illness said “thanks for letting us get our stories out.” Monies raised will support this important initiative! Plus you will have a fun time drinking wine, eating great food and watching your favourite local celebrities try their hand at acting.
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    Big Daddy Tazz at his rehearsal with local actor Kevin Ramberran!

    Six All-Star Local Celebrities! To celebrate the fifth year of the fundraiser we’ve brought back past winners and favourite competitors to vie for the coveted trophy. We’ve got Big Daddy Tazz, Jenna Khan, Kerri Salki, Al Simmons, and Troy Westwood all coming back to reclaim their title, or redeem themselves by winning it this year. These celebrities are famous for things other than theatre, their only crack at acting was during their last SYTYCA competition, come see if they’ve been practicing!

  3. Awesome Raffle Prizes! As is tradition we’ve collected a wide variety of amazing raffle prizes for you to try your luck with. We’ve got tickets to Rainbow Stage, Theatre Projects Manitoba, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Manitoba Opera, Winnipeg Folk Fest, and more. We’ve got gift certificates for acting classes, shopping, car washes, and more. We’ve got a signed Blue Bombers football, a framed, signed Winnipeg Jets photo, and we’ve got even more than that! Come see for yourself before the show and at intermission.
  4. Critical Theatre Professional Judges! All three of our judges are theatre professionals who have vowed not to go easy on our celebrities. Ari Weinberg, Artistic Director of Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, and Andrea del Campo, improv and actor extraordinaire, have promised to be especially tough. Pablo Felices-Luna, Artistic Director of Manitoba Theatre for Young People, on the other hand is our wild card, will he turn out to be the nicest judge of the bunch or the harshest? Find out on February 17th!
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    Our emcee, Lara Rae!

    A Hilarious Emcee! Our emcee, aka our referee, will keep everything under control with her quick wit and comedy skills. Lara Rae is the Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Comedy Club after all, so she knows what she’s doing. She will be joined by six fellow local actors who will be acting with our celebrities, filling our stage with a lot of laughs and talent.

  6. Great Wine Reception! After the winner has been crowned, it’s off to the lobby for great food and wine! Included with the ticket price is a glass of wine and food from Charisma of India, Jonnie’s Sticky Buns, and Grrrumpy’s Pizza & Café. Plus our celebrities will be out there too either celebrating their win or dealing with their loss – but with an evening this fun no one can really lose!

What better way is there to spend a night? Don’t miss out, and get your tickets now for So You Think You Can Act on Wednesday February 17th at the Gas Station Theatre! Tickets for the fundraiser are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Phone 204-586-2236, or click here to get your tickets now!


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SYTYCA Presents: The Actors!

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Wondering who will help our celebrities shine on stage? Today, we are pleased to bring you our fabulous line-up of talented local actors for our 3rd annual So You Think You Can Act fundraising event! In less than two weeks, seven local celebrity participants will test out their acting chops on stage in front of a panel of judges. Once all celebrities have performed, YOU will vote for the winner of the trophy (and bragging rights of course)! Keep reading to find out more about our actors.

Grant Burr – Look familiar? You may have caught Grant playing the role of Ray in Flood Control by Marilyn Anne Campbell as part of FemFest 2013. Grant is sure to show Eva Kovacs the ropes in a scene from The Fighting Days by Wendy Lill.

Justin OttoAs a recent graduate of the University of Winnipeg Acting Honours program, Justin is the perfect candidate to play Jim Ingebrigtsen’s teaching assistant in a scene from The Essay by Hannah Moscovitch. Will this duo win over the audience’s vote?

Andrea Houssin We are pleased to have Andrea play the role of Hannah in a scene from Good Intentions by Ginny Collins. You may have seen Andrea in this very role earlier this season at the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. Will Andrea’s experience give Kris Laudien a step-up above the rest?

Lorraine James – Lorraine is no stranger to Sarasvàti Productions! Last year she played the role of Kirsty in All My Day Jobs by Kirsten Van Ritzen as part of our IWW Cabaret of Monologues. Lorraine is sure to make former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Obby Khan work for the prize in a scene from Riot by Andrew Moodie.

Cheryl Gensiorek – At last year’s So You Think You Can Act, Cheryl helped Kerri Salki of Clear FM shine on stage and take home the grand prize! Surely her expertise will give Alison Gillmor the upper hand. Catch these two in a scene from The Girl Who Loved Castro by Colleen Curran.

Elizabeth Whitbread – Elizabeth has appeared in a number of independent productions throughout the years. She is currently in the 4th year Acting Honours program at The University of Winnipeg. Elizabeth will be performing alongside Big Daddy Tazz in a hilarious scene from Kiss The Moon, Kiss The Sun by Norm Foster.

Danielle Savage – In a recent article, Troy Westwood stated that he is excited to be working with a pro like Danielle Savage in this year’s So You Think You Can Act. Having many years of experience on the stage, Danielle is sure to help Troy prove he can act in a side splitting scene from Why Torture is Wrong, and The People Who Love Them by Chirstopher Durang.

There will also be a special voice over appearance by local actor Kevin Anderson!

So You Think You Can Act will take place on February 19th, 2014 at 7:00pm at The Gas Station Arts Centre (445 River Ave). This unique fundraising event is sure to have your laughing in your seats! Tickets are $25 dollars and include a fabulous wine reception after the show. All money raised will go towards supporting the transformative theatre work of Sarasvàti Productions. There will also be thousands of dollars in raffle prizes donated by local businesses and a 50/50 draw (raffle licence #MGCC#5542). Help support local arts and get your tickets before it’s too late! Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or by calling our office at (204) 586-2236. We’ll see you on February 19th!

 Which pair do you think will steal the spotlight? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and/or on Twitter using the #SYTYCA!

SYTYCA Presents: Troy Westwood

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Is there anything Troy Westwood can’t do?!? With experience in boxing, singing, song writing, radio, and even tap dancing, this former Winnipeg Blue Bomber is sure to impress the audience at this year’s So You Think You Can Act! We are pleased to feature Troy today as our final celebrity participant. Troy will take on the role of Leonard in a hilarious scene from Christopher Durang’s Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them. Our 3rd annual So You Think You Can Act fundraising event is just two weeks away. Have your purchased your tickets yet?

Leonard is on a serious mission with his trusty side-kick Hildegarde. He only wishes her panties would stop falling down.

Troy Westwood – Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber

Troy Westwood - HeadshotTroy Westwood was an 18 year member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He is a multi-award winning Singer/Songwriter, including 2 time Juno nominee. He has been involved with numerous charities and non-for-profit organizations in MB and across Canada and is an outspoken advocate on the issue of ending violence against women. He is a father to two beautiful boys: Takeo 9 and Trey 5. He currently co-hosts “The Big Show” on TSN1290 weekday mornings from 6-10am.

This incredible fundraising event has received rave audience reviews since its start in 2012! Although we are known for tackling important theatrical works, this evening is really just about the fun. We invite you to come and laugh with us, enter to win fabulous raffle prizes, and stay for a drink or two after the show. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or you can give us a shout at (204) 586-2236! We hope to see you on February 19th, 2014 at the Gas Station Arts Centre. (Raffle prize #MGCC#5542)

Now that you’ve met all seven celebrity participants, who do you think will win So You Think You Can Act? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and/or Twitter (#SYTYCA).

Can’t get enough of Troy? Be sure to check out this recent article titled “Troy Westwood Thinks He Can Act”!

SYTYCA Presents: Obby Khan

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As a former centre for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, there is no doubt Obby Khan has a competitive spirit! But will his athletic abilities translate on stage? Find out on February 19th at our 3rd annual So You Think You Can Act fundraising event! Obby will play the role of Wendle in Riot by Canadian playwright Andrew Moodie.

If you ask Wendle, the first thing he’ll say is “*$@# Quebec”! After all, English is the international language of business. Who needs French?

Obby Khan – Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and Owner of Shawarma Khan

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Obby Khan was centre for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2006-2011. Prior to that he won the J.P. Metras Trophy as the top lineman in Canadian university football in 2003 and played for the Ottawa Renegades in 2004/2005. He is now owner of Shawarma Khan and a concession stand at the Investors Group Field in Winnipeg under the name Shawarma Khan In A Snap.

So You Think You Can Act is a fantastic one-of-a-kind event happening right here in Winnipeg! All money raised will help support the transformative theatre work of Sarasvàti Productions, including the Winnipeg premiere of Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes in May 2014. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here or give us a shout at (204) 586-2236!

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