MISS KATELYN'S GRADE THREES PREPARE FOR THE INEVITABLE
75 minutes, 1 actor.
Running May 15-19, 2018 at Arts Commons, Motel Theatre.
Elena Belyea - Playwright/Performer
Emma Tibaldo - Director
Tori Morrison - Stage Manager & Sound Designer
Alison Yanota - Production Designer
Jon Lachlan Stewart - First Production Director and Dramaturgical Support
Iris Turcott - Dramaturg
Meags Fitzgerald - Poster Design
Laurence Philomene - Promotional Photos
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ABOUT THE SHOW
“Earns its transformation from laughs to tears as it sinks its teeth into weighty subject matter. By the end, Belyea has made us laugh, terrified us, and tugged at our heartstrings. An A+ show!” - Vue Weekly
"There’s no denying this show’s ... gut-wrenching power.” - Montreal Gazette
"You see, boys and girls... bad things happen to good people all the time. So, it’s our job to make sure we’re as prepared as possible for the innumerable threats that can and will come our way. And not just prepared prepared. Miss Katelyn prepared."
Parkland, Columbine, Montreal, Newtown. Welcome to class 3B at Saint Joseph's Elementary School. Your teacher, Miss Katelyn, knows the world is a dangerous place and her life-saving lesson is about to begin.
Winner of Best Production and Best New English Text at the 2015 Montreal Fringe Festival, Miss Katelyn's Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable is a comedic drama about one woman's desperate attempt to keep her students out of harm's way. Not everything is as it seems in this breakneck investigation of panic, prevention, and paranoia in a post-truth world.
Production History: Presented at the 2015 Montreal and Edmonton Fringe Festivals as well as the 2016 Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival and Workshop West’s Chinook Series.
" ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ -- On the last day of school, Miss Katelyn (Elena Belyea) decides to teach Class 3B (the audience) about safety. After attendance is called, our jittery, impassioned teacher launches into today’s lesson: how to survive a school shooting. ... Unlike so many other dark comedies at the Fringe, this show earns its transformation from laughs to tears as it sinks its teeth into weighty subject matter. ... An A+ show!" - Vue Weekly (Full article here).
"Finally, there’s Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable, an initially amusing, finally genuinely disturbing take on the phenomenon of school shootings. The first two rows of the audience are assigned class name tags and solicitously advised by teacher Miss Katelyn (played by the show’s creator, Elena Belyea) on the best ways to outwit a rampaging gunman. Not surprisingly, Miss Katelyn turns out to be a powder keg of neuroses herself, and we, her little charges, gradually realize where the real danger lies ... There’s no denying this show’s sincerity or gut-wrenching power.” - Montreal Gazette (Full article here).
"Playwright and performer Elena Belyea manages to poke fun at the darkest of subjects, providing a general meditation on surviving the inevitable, whether it’s a shooting or whatever life brings you.” - Cult Montreal (Full article here).
“Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable is one of the most engaging plays I’ve seen. ... You can’t help but buy into this world that Elena has created and active engagement of the audience is one of the most interesting parts of the show.” - After The Houselights (Full article here).