Pewp is a children's book written by Kenton and illustrated by Nathan C. Younger. The story follows a wizard named Pewp as he learns that it's our actions that define us, not our names.
WHAT I LEARNED IN LOCKDOWN
CURIOUS K EXPLORES THE PALEOZOIC
Curious K Explores the Paleozoic is an hour long musical for kids written by Kenton Blythe, directed by Chantal Forde with vocal arrangements and choreography by Lise Cormier.
The story follows two high school students (Emma and Olivia) as they discover a robot (Curious K) in the bowels of the Royal Ontario Museum. When Curious K is awakened, it sings them the answers to their assignment about the Paleozoic Era to the joy of Olivia and to the chagrin of Emma. This causes a falling out that leads to accidentally damaging Curious K, giving him sentience in the process. Can Emma and Olivia return things to normal before their class leaves?
Curious K Explores the Paleozoic is a story of the different ways we learn, the ancient history of earth and accepting one another.
Below is the program for the 2023 Toronto Fringe Production.
CURIOUS K EXPLORES THE PALEOZOIC
Photos by Capture North Portraits
This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Festival Policy.
We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council and the Government of Ontario for their support.
Creator / Curious K
Kenton is thrilled to have you join this musical exploration of the Paleozoic Era! After a whirlwind experience this year on Canada's Got Talent, Kenton wanted to make a home for this material and he's so excited to share it with you! Selected credits: Canada's Got Talent (CityTV), Cabaret, Juno & the Payock (Shaw Festival), Evil Dead: the Musical (Starvox Ent./Jeffrey Latimer Ent.), Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftsbury Ent.)
Kenton has written a children's book called Pewp about a wizard that learns it's our actions that define us, not our names. You can check it out and/or buy it here: PEWP.
Choreographer / Producer /
Lise Cormier is a Toronto-based Jewish and Acadian bilingual actor, voice actor, singer, dancer, and creator who hails from Halifax, where she performed with RAZZMATAZZ FOR KIDS, at Neptune Theatre, as well as in multiple movies of the week.
She is a two time Dora Award nominee for her performances in TALE OF A T-SHIRT with Fixt Point, as well as in ZINSPIRÉS 3D with Théâtre français de Toronto. She performed in the Dora-nominated THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Soulpepper, in the award-winning CBC radio drama BACKBENCHER, in Netflix’s THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, and on Season 2 of Canada's Got Talent as KENTON AND LISE.
Lise is performing in THE MISER in Ottawa July 27 to August 20 with Odyssey Theatre.
Lighting & Sound Designer
From challenging and thought-provoking plays, to light-hearted, family-friendly shows, Chantal loves to be a part of creating theatre of all genres.
Most recent credits include (writing): The Complex (It’s Not A Pivot Productions); (directing) Jay and Shilo: Nightmare Neighbour and Jay and Shilo: Props Catastrophe (Goldenberg Productions), RENT (BOTG); (acting): The Dream (Shadowpath Theatre Productions).
Upcoming is the 11th annual Oakville Holiday Pantomime that she is fortunate enough to co-create with her awesome husband, Tim Cadeny.
Brianna Love is an actor and fight director based in Toronto—a bit different from growing up in a small town with a single traffic light. When not in front of the camera or on that stage Brianna can be found at Violence in Motion, a stage combat training company she co-founded.
Selected Theatre Acting Credits: Alex, Nerves (Toronto Fringe); Aggie, The Bucket (Kingston Storefront Fringe); Vesuvia Versace, Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision (London Fringe); Swing, Evil Dead: the Musical (Starvox); Cinderella, Cinderella (Chrysler Theatre); The Lady, The White Stag (2nd Short Shot Play Festival); Cassandra, Cassandra (Short Short Play Festival)
Selected Fight Credits: Twelfth Night, She Kills Monsters, Jonathan Dove’s Fight, Don Giovanni, Into the Woods, Macbeth, Heart of Robin Hood, The Three Musketeers, Zombie Hamlet, West Side Story
Jada Rifkin is excited to be working on the Curious K Explores the Paleozoic team as her 7th year performing in the Toronto Fringe Festival. Rifkin is a Jewish musical theatre entertainer, writer, and producer. She has performed internationally in Singapore and Qatar, wrote and performed her one-woman show, I’M PERFECT* to sold-out audiences and garnered over 50,000 followers as a livestreamer. Rifkin can be seen in multiple national commercials on air and will be performing at the Montreal Fringe Festival this summer. Rifkin is a graduate of Randolph College for the Performing Arts.
Cooper Sheehan is ecstatic to be working on his first theatre production: Curious K Explores the Paleozoic. A high energy individual who loves passionate people and wants to help make their amazing ideas a reality! He is usually a jack of all trades working in the film and television industry, but is excited to take part in all things creative. Coop loves to collaborate and brainstorm new and fun ideas and believes that passion and good people make the creative industry magical! Cooper is a graduate of the Film Studies Program at Brock University and the Broadcast Television Program at Seneca College.
Stage Manager /
Lawrence Paskaruk is a stage manager and multidisciplinary designer with a passion for the weird and macabre. Having recently completed studies at OCAD University, they are looking forward to continuing to combine their lifelong love of theatre with their design practice. Lawrence is excited to be a part of the Curious K team and help bring some weird creatures to life!
Stage Manager / Location Manager
Shania Mendes is a recent YorkU graduate who loves making stories come to life with a passion for theatre, television and film production. She has experience as a Stage Manager, Production Manager and Assistant Producer during her undergraduate career and is excited to continue growing in these roles. She is looking forward to all the stories being brought to life at Fringe this year and is excited to be part of the Curious K Team!