2018 was a very busy and wonderful year for Naked Goddess! We created two shows this year! TWO SHOWS! Producing a show requires a ton of time, energy, patience and passion…and we are so proud of what we accomplished this year! Both shows were completely different from each other and each were a huge success in their own way – our spring production of A Beautiful View by Daniel McIvor garnered a Jessie Richardson award nomination and our winter production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson enjoyed a near sold out run!
In March, we presented A Beautiful View by Daniel McIvor. This beautiful Canadian play about two flawed yet unflinching genuine women and their touching, humorous journey of discovery and human connection, brought our audiences into an intimate story of love and friendship. Directed by Tamara McCarthy with a fabulous design team consisting of Nico Dicecco, Sandy Margaret and Celeste English; the play featured Sandra acting alongside the lovely Melissa Oei, who was nominated for a Jessie Richardson award for her stunning performance.
In December, we decided to do something we had never done before…create a family friendly play! Sandra had fallen in love with the book The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Richardson when she was a child and was excited to bring this to the Naked Goddess stage! We brought back our fabulous director Tamara McCarthy and a few other familiar faces in the cast and design team who we were thrilled to work with again– Nico Dicecco, Celeste English, Melissa Oei, Eric Regimbald and Sandra’s twins, Amelie Love and Madeline Angel. Dan Weibe joined us again in a different role and another familiar face, Maria J. Cruz (who created Portuguese Buns Productions with Sandra) also hopped aboard our fun train. We had some fresh faces, with Ella Heatley-Mulhall and Hristina Hristozova along with a huge cast of talented children: Charlotte Clayton, Milan Gill, Pavel Piddocke, Luciano Leroux, Brendan Clelland, Ana Trajkovic, Olivia A, Vivian Brulot, Joanna Piddocke, Aias Dalman, Peter Gereb and Alix Lefler.
This play was a huge undertaking but we never laughed so hard in rehearsals and we also experienced sold out shows almost every single night! Audiences loved this lively Christmas classic about the six Herdman kids, or “the worst kids in the history of the world”, as they take over the annual Christmas pageant. Parents and children alike got caught up in the mayhem and fun of this hilarious and heartwarming story and we are so pleased that families made our little play a part of their holiday season. We also love that many kids got inspired by watching so many kids having such a great time on stage that they, too, want to start getting into theatre….it’s exciting to see the future of Vancouver theatre!
THANK YOU to everyone who worked so hard on our productions – both on stage and behind the scenes. You are appreciated and we are so grateful for you! Thank you to our wonderful audiences for showing up, believing in what we do and sharing in the beauty and joy of the stories that we tell on stage.
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Sandra & Nicole