Youth Theatre debuts in Vancouver Community Garden

Connect the Plots ensemble Photo Credit: The Cultch

Connect the Plots ensemble Photo Credit: The Cultch

Stages can pop up anywhere: beaches (see: Bard on the Beach), former firehalls (see: Firehall Arts Centre) or even community gardens. Enter Connect the Plots, a group of vignettes staged by environmentally-conscious young actors/actresses this weekend at Strathcona Community Gardens.

The Cultch, Environmental Youth Alliance and Theatre on Earth have concocted three fun evenings of outdoor theatrics taking place in the Strathcona Community Garden plots located near the intersection of Hawks Avenue and Prior Street.

One of the most diverse and well-established community garden spaces in Vancouver, Strathcona contains over 200 garden plots. There is also an orchard with over 30 different fruit trees and a Tibetan Mandala herb garden on site. A few species of wildlife call the area home and apiarists also keep honey bees at Strathcona.

Located in the southeast corner of Strathcona Park, the community garden has been lovingly prepared all summer by the young, sustainability-focused performers and their mentors.

The group has transformed a plot into a working performance space complete with corn stalk walls, a lavender promenade and an upright piano planted in the middle. Besides planting pianos and rehearsing their gigs, the youth ensemble grew food from seed learning about sustainable, local food systems.

There will be puppetry, improv and mask work during the outdoor plays. While Connect the Plots will be series of fresh-air theatrical productions, event organizers also aim to educate.

Connect the Plots is an opportunity for folks to learn about the important role Strathcona Community Garden plays both as a place where a few families can grow their own food and a refuge for flora and fauna in the middle of a big, busy city.

Connect the Plots runs from August 16-18, starting each night at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $10 or by donation.  For more info go here.

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