Trinity Western University is invited the public to attend the New Generations Theatre Festival. Running Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, the festival features three diverse productions written, directed and performed by TWU students. Photo submitted by TWU

New generations of theatre showcased at Trinity Western University

New Generations Theatre Festival features productions written, directed and performed by students

Trinity Western’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture is inviting the public to watch some of Langley’s up and coming theatre talent at the New Generations Theatre Festival.

Running Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, the festival features three diverse productions that are written, directed and performed by TWU students.

This year’s shows — Fight or Flight, Mr. Big and Hugo’s Haunting — focus on relatable themes dramatized in highly unique ways, from the quirky to the down-right kooky.

“I think that little drop of absurdity really makes our show,” said communications student Becca Carsience, who plays character Iris in Hugo’s Haunting, a play about an elephant in the room.

“It’s what drives the humour. And it’s so relevant. Everyone knows what it’s like to fear something and need courage enough to go for it.”

It’s a theme that is also echoed in Fight or Flight, said director and communications student Cheyanne Makelki.

“No one is free from fear — we are all fearful of something, but it’s what you do with that fear that defines you. The exciting thing about this show is how relatable the characters are.”

New Generations stars Becca Carsience, Amani Charlie, Reece Doppenberg, Keltie Gardiner, Amaris Henry, Allie Howard, Paul McComber, Tasha Magnan, Micah Morgan and Nyssa Morgan.

Rachel Van Vliet is the festival stage manager. Elim Ha, Laura McCrum and Abigail Seidle are the rehearsal stage managers.

The plays run Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Call 604-513-2188 or book online at


Fight or Flight | By Joelle Wyminga, directed by Cheyanne Makelki

Adam and Blaire meet in an empty airport terminal. He is going to serve in Afghanistan; she is going to Europe. Months later, they meet again, facing fears neither expected to be confronting.

Mr. Big | By Emmett Hanly, directed by Corben Dunn

Leon was implicated in the murder of his employer a year ago. But he has an alibi, and so, the case has remained unsolved. When two strangers working for mob boss “Mr. Big” approach the hapless Leon with a job opportunity, truth and justice collide in surprising ways.

Hugo’s Haunting | By Trevor McMahan, directed by Mikayla Wust

Hugo has been having nightmares about an elephant. Terrifying, scream-inducing nightmares. He is convinced the elephant is trying to kill him. When the elephant appears in his awake reality, will Hugo have what it takes to avoid a grisly outcome? A comedy of gargantuan proportions.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

New bus route to ‘replace’ Greyhound along Trans-Canada Highway

Rider Express Transportation says they will soon begin a bus service from Winnipeg to Vancouver

Where to find Langley election results

Times reports as ballots are tallied Saturday

VIDEO: North Langley Kodiaks shut out North Surrey Bears

Defensive battle Saturday ends in Langley’s favour

A campaign to give municipalities more say over marijuana advertising

Langley Township wants to avoid a Washington-State-style flood of advertising

Spartans have a rough weekend

Women’s hockey team takes on top-ranked TNT

Legal pot price must be ‘competitive’ with black market: Blair

Bill Blair shared final words on journey to legalization ahead of official day Wednesday

Boeser tallies in OT as Canucks beat Penguins 3-2

Vancouver wins without star rookie Pettersson

U.S. pot firm urges Trump to deny Canadian producers ‘competitive advantage’

The challenge for U.S. firms lies in the fact that while recreational cannabis is legal in nine states and medicinal pot in 22 others, it remains illegal under federal law

Mayor of Kamloops says ‘history has been made’ with vote on B.C.’s lone pot shop

The store to be run by the province in B.C.’s Interior is opening Wednesday as pot sales become legal across Canada

Government says imprisoned Canadian terror suspects must face consequences

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale showed little sympathy Tuesday for such individuals who now want to return to Canada

How rules for inmate segregation in Canada will change under Bill C-83

Federal government proposing changes to rules around inmates in federal correctional institutions

Canada Post union issues strike notice; rotating strikes could begin Monday

Union says rotating strikes will begin if agreements aren’t reached with bargaining units

Carole James avoids questions on B.C.’s payroll tax (with video)

Green MLA Adam Olsen cites huge tax increase for local business

Most Read