SELFIE

CONTENT ADVISORY

Selfie explores mature subject matter. The play examines the nature of sexual consent and depicts
characters talking about a sexual assault that occurs offstage. Some explicit language is used throughout the play,
and there are scenes of underage drinking.

SEL Poster

“Let’s say there’s three versions of you. The one everyone thinks you are. The one you wished you really were. And the real you. Whatever that means.”


SELFIE - by Christine Quintana

High school students Lily and Chris decide to throw a party while their parents are away. The party is a major win. Everyone is drinking, dancing, and posting pics all night long. The next morning, Lily proudly hashtags the evidence of a legendary night. Chris is ecstatic about his romantic encounter with Emma, but Emma can’t remember anything. What was supposed to be a fun night quickly turns into a life-changing situation muddled by social media and threatening to shatter the connection between the friends.

Selfie is a smart and intense play about the complexities of teenage relationships and a sharp look at the growing influence of social media on perceptions of reality, identity, and sexual consent.

Every show is performed live and is followed by a Q&A session.

Workshops Available. Contact us for Information.

The performance fee is $250 per performance, which can be viewed by the appropriate grades via streaming link.

Running Time: 50 minutes.

Performing on April 27, 29, May 3, 5, 7
Showtimes: 10 am and 1:30 pm
Recommended for Grades 9 to 12

Lig & Bittle
Recommended for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3

This Will Be Excellent
Recommended for Grades 4 to 8

Themes: consent, relationships, use of technology/social media, self-advocacy, friendship, responsibility, perception vs. reality, conflict, self-promotion.

Character Education: responsibility, integrity, respect, caring, honesty, empathy, authenticity , decision-making, trust

Curriculum Ties: the arts curriculum, the English curriculum, the social sciences and humanities curriculum

Study Guide: Every performance is enhanced by a comprehensive study guide prepared by an Ontario Certified Teacher.


See the downloads tab below for information guide, study guide and performance feedback form.

Theatre For Young Audiences Online School Tour

About Our Company - Half a Century of Excellence

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Over 30 Years of Theatre in Education - Making Learning Interactive, Enriching, and Fun!

An important part of Magnus’s mandate is to inspire a long-term passion for the arts by exposing young people to professional theatre arts now. Magnus operates a theatre school with classes and
workshops for all ages and drama camps for young people during school breaks. The Theatre in Education programs, introduced in 1987, promote personal growth in students by building self-confidence, emphasizing communication, stimulating imaginations, and promoting self-expression and empathy in a safe environment that stimulates learning.

Touring Theatre for Young Audiences - An Entertaining & Educational Experience

Magnus is committed to creating passionate theatre that informs, challenges, and empowers young audiences. Since 1972, the Theatre for Young Audiences school tour has successfully brought entertaining, socially relevant productions to elementary and secondary schools throughout Ontario, serving many communities that may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live theatre.

Virtual Theatre For Young Audiences in the time of Covid-19

The pandemic has changed the way schools and classrooms are run, and Magnus Theatre is changing the way we create our Theatre for Young Audiences tour. This year, we are delivering the theatre
experience through a virtual platform. The shows will be performed live on the Magnus stage and transmitted to schools on a closed live stream. Each performance will be followed by a live Q&A period with the cast. Schools who have booked a performance will be sent an exclusive link to be shared with participating teachers and students.

Selfie is produced by permission of the Playwright and Marquis Literary (Colin Rivers) www.mqlit.ca
Selfie was commissioned by Young People’s Theatre (YPT) and received its English language premiere at YPT in Toronto, Canada in 2018.
Théâtre la Seizième originally commissioned the play in the French language (as part of as part of its dramaturgical development program) and premiered play in French in 2015.

Selfie by Christine Quintana

Emma – Carly Martin
Chris – Noah Boeckner
Lily – Olivia McInnis

Selfie is produced by permission of the Playwright and Marquis Literary (Colin Rivers) www.mqlit.ca

Selfie was commissioned by Young People’s Theatre (YPT) and received its English language premiere at YPT in Toronto, Canada in 2018.

 

Christine Quintana - Playwright
Born in Los Angeles to a Mexican-American father and a Dutch-British-Canadian mother, Christine is now a grateful visitor to the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people. Christine is an actor, playwright, and co-Artistic Producer of Delinquent Theatre. In these various capacities, she has worked with Tarragon Theatre, the Arts Club Theatre Company, Bard on the Beach, The Cultch, Neworld Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, Rumble Theatre, Boca Del Lupo, Zee Zee Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Pi Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Nightswimming Theatre, and Young People’s Theatre.

Christine received the 2017 Siminovitch Protege Prize for Playwriting from Marcus Youssef, and was the Urjo Kareda Emerging Artist Resident at Tarragon Theatre. Creation/performing highlights include Never The Last (co-created with Molly MacKinnon), produced by Delinquent Theatre, recipient of 5 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations including Outstanding Production and Outstanding New Script and winner of Significant Artistic Achievement; Selfie (commissioned by Théâtre la Seizième in French, and Young People’s Theatre in English, winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding TYA Play, the Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Script by an Emerging Playwright, and the Tom Hendry award for TYA); Good Things To Do (rEvolver Festival and FoldA); writing, producing and performing in Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical (winner of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical, Small Theatre). As an actor, Christine has recently played in Anywhere But Here (Electric Company Theatre), The Coyotes (Caravan Farm Theatre), Marine Life (Ruby Slippers Theatre), Yoga Play (Gateway Theatre), East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz (Theatre Replacement and The Cultch). Christine is a proud co-founding member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia.

Carly Martin - Emma
Carly Martin (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary artist and performer from Thunder Bay, ON. She discovered a passion for performing at a young age when she attempted to stage a neighbourhood production of High School Musical and the rest, as they say, is history. She is now heading into her fourth and final year of Sheridan College’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program. Selected credits: Into the Woods, 9 to 5 and Greased. Carly is very grateful to be a part of this year’s TYA school tour and to share her love of theatre with audiences across Ontario. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Noah Boeckner - Chris
Noah Boeckner is a recent graduate of Randolph College for the Performing Arts. After training in Toronto for the past couple of years, he is excited to be home in Thunder Bay to make his Magnus Theatre “debut.” Recent credits include: Ilse in The Awakening of Spring, Lonigan in Wonderful Town, and he even performed in The Nutcracker with The National Ballet of Canada. He finds himself lucky to be working with such a small—but incredible—cast and crew, and to be performing with these beautiful people he has looked up to for years.

 

 

 

 

Olivia McInnis - Lily
Coming straight off of Magnus’ own “The Drowning Girls”, Olivia is over the moon to be apart of a Magnus Theatre production once again. Graduating from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NY) last April, she is thrilled to be able to bring theatre into our education system. Some of her credits include: Gina in The Wild Duck (AADA), Telephone Girl in The Machinal (AADA), Mary Stuart in Mary of Scotland (AADA), Leading Player in Pippin (AADA), and The Witch in Into the Woods (Paramount Live!). She would like to extend her deepest gratitude for her family, for Thom and the entirety of the Magnus Team, and the wonderful teachers and essential workers doing all you can for us and these kids. Enjoy the show!

 

 

 

Thom Currie - Director
Thom Currie is an award-winning director, playwright, dramaturg, actor and producer. A firm believer in Arts Education, Thom has created and toured Theatre for Young Audiences across North America and Western Europe and he has written 15 plays for young audiences. His play Rock ‘N’ Fables has the distinction of having the most in-school performances of any musical in Canadian Theatre history (over 2,300 performances). Thom is the recipient of the Vision TV Over The Fence Award for his television adaptation of his children’s play, The Wish. In addition to his work for young audiences, Thom is currently Artistic Director of Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and he has served as Artistic Director for five professional theatres across Canada.

 

 

 

Gillian Jones - Stage Manager 
This is my bio all about how, my life got flipped turned upside down and I’d like to take a moment before the show starts to tell you how I became involved in the live arts. In North Thunder Bay, I was born and raised. On a playground is where I spent most of my days. Chillin out max and relaxin all cool, but never shootin’ B-ball outside of the school. When a couple of folks who were up to some good, started a rehearsal in my neighbourhood. I worked on one little show and my boss was eager to off er me a job here at Magnus Theatre.

 

 

Adam Parboosingh - Set & Lighting Design
Adam Parboosingh is thrilled to be back designing the scenery and lighting for the TYA shows. Most recently at Magnus he designed the scenery, costumes and lighting for Buying the Farm. Adam is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. Some of his more recent productions include UW’s Blink and 365 Days / 365 Plays, scenery for the MTYP on Spelling 2-5-5, scenery for Bang Bang at Manitoba Theatre Centre, scenery and projection design for Dry Cold Production’s Kiss of the Spider Woman. His ongoing support comes from his wife, Tamara and three kids (Mackenzie, Keaton and Harrison) and dog Coco. He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

 

 

 

Nadia Cheechoo - Costume Design
Nadia Cheechoo is a young indigenous woman from Wikwemikong, Ontario. She has been a part of Magnus Theatre in previous seasons, but this show, she has taken on the role of Head of Wardrobe. This is her first show in this position, and it probably won’t be her last. With carpentry already under her belt, she’s ready to continue honing old and new skills within Magnus Theatre. Then she plans to carry those skills into future shows, theatres, and film projects. Magnus Theatre has been a major stepping stone in her artist career, and she hopes to continue to share her skills with them.

 

 

 

 

Hanna Laaksonen - Props & Scenic Painting
Hanna is now in her seventh season at Magnus and is beyond thrilled with the scope of artistic challenges and opportunities this season. As a lifelong theatre nerd, she relishes all of the intricacies and improvisations that come out of props design and set decorating. There is always a new art to master and new skill to acquire. Anything can happen in the theatre, and it usually does! Hanna enjoys working both off stage and on when the opportunities present themselves. She would like to thank her family for their unwavering support. Huge love to the phenomenal cast and crew. This show is a testament to fine artistic collaboration. Bravo!

 

 

 

 

David A. Brown - Head Carpenter

Dave joined Magnus last season as the head carpenter after working as the canoe builder /shipwright at Old Fort William for 40 years. Canoe and boat building were his main jobs but Dave wore many hats while at the Fort and has been involved in many movie and television productions. From an “I- Max” production in the early 1980’s to many commercials and print productions. Appearing in National Geographic and the National Enquirer in the same year. He was heavily involved in “Haunted Fort” building many props, animatronic eff ects and enjoys lighting things up as a “licensed pyrotechnician.”. Dave enjoys the new challenges at Magnus and is getting used to building square and level, he would still like everything to be curved like a canoe or boat.

 

 

 

Nicholas Palinka - Video Stream Coordinator
This is Nicholas’ 3rd season as Magnus Theatre’s Production Manager, 5th in total. He is very excited to be back working with all the Magnus Team. Nicholas is a graduate of Brock University’s Theatre Program, which lead him to work in the Vancouver and Winnipeg Theatre scenes before returning to Thunder Bay. He would like to thank all his volunteers for the past seasons, as well as the patrons for helping keep Magnus a vibrant fixture in our community.

 

 

 

 

Tim Stephenson - Sound
Now in his third season as Technical Director at Magnus, Tim is a production award winning graduate from the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology. In the eight years since graduation he has worked as an Audio Technician at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium setting up some of the biggest shows to come to Thunder Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Chandler - Theatre In Education Director
Danielle is an arts educator and qualified teacher. She is a graduate of Lakehead University’s Education and Arts programs, and also studied theatre with a focus on Arts Education at York University. She has taught both nationally and internationally, with experience in Toronto; Tenterden, England; Melbourne, Australia and Siem Reap, Cambodia. Danielle has held the position of Theatre in Education Director at Magnus Theatre since August 2014 and specializes in classes for ages 13 - 18.

 

 

 

 

Courtney Davis - Theatre in Education Assistant
Courtney is a recent graduate of Lakehead University’s Bachelor of Education and Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a qualified educator with a special interest in all forms of the arts. She has most recently been an instructor at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery for their Summer Day Camp programs, March Break programs as well as their weekly classes. Courtney is also an avid performer in local community theatre, having been in the recent productions of Sister Act (2020) and Mamma Mia (2019) with Badanai Theatre. Courtney has been the Theatre in Education Intern since November 2020.

 

 

 

 

Cameras – Nadia Cheechoo, Liam Beaulne
Running Crew – Hanna Laaksonen