A play by Harry Standjofski
Auditions, rehearsals, opening night… Four young artists struggle to put on “Julie In A Snowstorm” - a new adaptation of Strindberg’s classic. The lines between rehearsal and reality are blurred as the cast tangles with the play, each other… and a dead bird.
Around Miss Julie looks at the uncertainty of being 20-something, the hilarious and sometimes manic process of putting on a play, and the relationships we develop or destroy along the way.
Director: Norah Paton
Designer: Sonya Vallis
Graham Berlin as Lyle
Miriam Cummings as Julie
Lindsey Huebner as Donna
Samantha Megarry as Ilona
Co-Founder and Actor
Lindsey grew up in Ottawa and is very excited to make her professional debut with this talented bunch of artists and friends. Lindsey received a BFA (with distinction) in theatre performance from Concordia University. Select Concordia credits include Ludlow Fair, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Peleus and Thetis and Peer Gynt. Next year, Lindsey is hopping across the pond to complete her MA Acting at the Brisol Old Vic Theatre School. Infinite thank you's to my dear family and supportive friends, without whom this would have been impossible.
Co-Founder and Actor
Miriam was born and raised in London, Ontario. She recently graduated from Concordia's Theatre Performance Program (with Distinction). At Concordia, she and Lindsey acted as Co-Presidents of their student association. Recent theatre credits include Solveig in Peer Gynt (Concordia U.) and Bianca in Taming of the Shrew (Repercussion Theatre). Hopegrown’s summer tour represents a year of dedicated work by many people. Miriam is delighted to spend this summer performing Harry's show with her best friends. Endless gratitude and joy to Hopegrown, Harry, my family and my friends.
Co-Founder and Actor
Originally from Burlington, Ontario, Samantha is a graduate of Concordia University's Theatre Performance program (BFA with distinction). Select credits include Lady Macduff/Angus in Macbeth (Repercussion Theatre), Mae in The Wild Party (In Your Face Entertainment), Rachel in Ludlow Fair (Concordia University SIPA Festival), and Antigone in Peleus & Thetis (Concordia University). After four years in Montreal with this team, everything is truly coming full-circle on Hopegrown's hometown tour. Thank you to my wonderful family and friends, the Hopegrown team, and everyone who will see the show this summer!
Mitchell Cohen studied theatre in his hometown at Canterbury High School in Ottawa, Ontario and has continued in Montreal for the past four years at Concordia University. Recent roles include: a middle-aged Peer Gynt (Concordia), Gremio and Vincentio in The Taming of The Shrew directed by Andrew Shaver and Paul Hopkins (Repercussion Theatre) and Judge Frank Littlefield in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; directed by Sarah Garton Stanley (Concordia). His directorial début was at the 2013 Montreal Fringe Festival with Good Housekeeping by James Watts. The show was nominated for three awards. He is extremely grateful, happy and excited to be playing on stage with his friends.
Norah is originally from Ottawa, Ontario and just finished four years in Concordia University's Theatre Performance program. While in Montreal, selected on stage and back stage credits include Attempts on Her Life (TNC Theatre), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Seventh Seal (Concordia University). Norah is thrilled to be taking Around Miss Julie to so many different places this summer and is so grateful for the support and enthusiasm we have already received. Here’s to a wonderful summer of wonderful theatre!
Set, Costume, Lighting Designer
Originally from Vancouver, Sonya moved to Montreal to pursue a career in the theatre. Well, an education in theatre at any rate. Currently entering her final year in Concordia University’s Design for Theatre program, she has had the opportunity to work in many facets of production on many great projects over the last few years. Projects include, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Repercussion Theatre; Head à Tête, Geordie Productions; Love U Lovecraft, The Other Theatre; The Seventh Seal, and Theatre_Business, Concordia University. Around Miss Julie is no exception; the wonderful team involved with Hopegrown Productions has made this project an exhilarating experience. Wishing everyone the best of luck as the summer tour continues.
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LOTUS posters have gone to print! Thanks to Rubiks! These’ll soon hang all-over! (Read more)
Based on the famous work by August Stringberg ‘Around Miss Julie’ takes an interesting and amusing take on the classic text. Focusing on the actors putting on a version of the play, this show is a must watch for any performer or director. Creating comedic moments from the perils of early rehearsal and ‘how they were going to ‘do’ the bird,’ ‘Around Miss Julie’ really finds its mark with hilarity and moments of poignance. Cleverly... (Read more)
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Around Miss Julie Review by Katie Penrose This is an interestingly–written play with a vibrant main character Julie, who is funny in an unusual way and almost glows with her strange qualities. Bubbly, full of hope, fresh–faced Julie has come into some money recently and by unorthodox means intends to produce and direct a play with the cash for personal reasons. Her three cast members seem almost displaced from her somehow, as if they are... (Read more)
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By Miriam Cummings, Hopegrown Productions Getting to London, Ontario was the first true “people piled in a car road trip” leg of the tour. At 5:00am on July 2, Hopegrown (and Around Miss Julie) piled into two cars. Norah and Tariq (Sam’s boyfriend and arguably Hopegrown’s #1 Fan) got us safely into London with half an hour to spare before our load-in/technical rehearsal time at The Arts Project. Oh, The Arts Project! A lovely, artist-driven... (Read more)
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By Trish West Around Miss Julie is an adaptation of an adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic play Miss Julie. Having had no prior knowledge of this classic, I wasn’t sure how much of the humor or story line I would catch. As the play progressed, I knew I didn’t have to worry, as the Playwright Harry Standjofski has set this original play up in a way that by the end you have a pretty good... (Read more)
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