Our performers do an excellent job of bringing Mr. Hatch’s world to life, a world written and imagined by Eileen Spinelli. However, this puppet show would not be possible without the efforts of Artistic Director, Chris McGregor, who adapted the show from the popular storybook. The show wouldn’t truly feel alive without Stephen Bulat’s sound design. And the show would definitely feel incomplete without our star puppet, Mr. Hatch, designed by Frank Radar and costume design by Barbara Clayden.
Chris McGregor is the newly appointed Artistic Director of Axis Theatre Company. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Drama) from Bishop’s University and a Masters in Theatre (Directing) from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He has directed more than 100 productions across Canada and has been nominated for three Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and four Ovation Awards for his directing. For Axis Theatre he directed the BC touring production of Hamelin: A New Fable and the world premiere of Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. Chris has taught physical theatre, mask (Commedia d’ell Arte) and Red Nose Clown at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Bishop’s University and Studio 58.
Stephen has been active in the Vancouver theatre and music scene for over 20 years. Theatre companies he has worked for include The Arts Club Theatre, Bard on the Beach, The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, Pacific Theatre, Shameless Hussy Productions and Hoarse Raven Theatre. Stephen has worked as a producer, composer, sound designer, lighting designer, technician, musical director and musician. He has musically directed such shows as “The Rocky Horror Show”, “West Side Story” and the Vancouver premiere of “Hedwig & The Angry Inch” which was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award as a “Hot Ass Band”. As a sound engineer and music producer, Stephen has recorded a diverse range of ensembles including “Realtime A Cappella Quartet”, “The Melodious Mandolins” and “The Vancouver Cast Recording of The Rocky Horror Show.” He has also composed and written original music for various documentaries and films, including the feature films Bar None & Sub Human. For Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, Stephen created the sound design, giving Mr.Hatch’s world a lilting flair.
Frank Rader is currently teaching Art and Drama at Semiahmoo Secondary School in Surrey, B.C. There he teaches grades 8 through 12 including International Baccalaureate Art, a two-year advanced level art program. His work as a mask maker has offered him the opportunity to work with many talented performers, teachers and other artists including Donato Sartori in Padua, Italy, who taught Frank the art of leather mask making. Theatre educators in Canada, Australia, France, Switzerland, U.S.A and England work with Frank’s masks. His masks are also in numerous private collections. As a puppet maker Frank has been designing puppets for over 10 years for a variety of companies including Theatre Bagger and Mortal Coil Performance Society, both of Vancouver. His puppet designs for the acclaimed children’s show The Little Old Man were nominated for a 2009 Jessie Richardson award. He designed and built the puppets for Mortal Coil Performance Society’s highly acclaimed show The Fairy Play at The Sharing Farm last summer. Frank created the star puppet of our show, Mr. Hatch!
Barbara Clayden has been a theatre artist for over 30 years, designing costumes for various theatre and dance companies around Vancouver including the Arts Club Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Blackbird Theatre, Carousel Theatre, Electric Company, the Firehall Arts Centre, Neworld Theatre, Presentation House, Pi Theatre, Rumble, Studio 58 and Theatre Replacement. She has been nominated for numerous Jessie Awards and won a few along the way. Sometimes she likes to design costumes for puppets, like our favourite Mr. Hatch!
Come and see Mr. Hatch’s world come to life!
The world premier is happening this May.
Coming to the Kay Meek Centre on May 16/17 at 11am and 1pm +
the Gateway Theatre on May 18/19 at 10am and 1pm.
Tickets are only $12.50 a seat.
To book tickets to the Kay Meek Centre, call 604-669-0631.
To book tickets to the Gateway Theatre, visit gatewaytheatre.com