Tune to A

Tune to A is a brand new play for young audiences. Ava is a 13-year-old with cerebral palsy and a love of music. After a series of attempts to play several instruments, Ava’s contributions to band class are dismissed by her teacher, Mr. B. Meanwhile, her new BFF Jordan is working hard to be the most perfect ally possible. Will their connection help Ava find her voice for when she needs it most? Find out in this tale of music, friendship, and finding new ways to support our friends with different needs from our own.

What Is the Inspiration For Your Piece?

(The seed of inspiration)

Tune to A is a play for young audiences about seeing past others’ limitations to illuminate their potential. The story was inspired by co-creator and performer Carly Neis’ real life; specifically growing up with cerebral palsy and her experiences in the theatre community and public school system. We want this play to inspire able-bodied audiences to think beyond trying to fit disabled bodies into our moulds, and instead work to make new moulds when the old ones aren’t working.

What Point In Process Is Your Piece At?

(What stage of growth is your piece at, sapling, sprout, tree, shrub, whatever you feel)

This is the World Premiere of Tune to A. It has been developed through various script, music, and production workshops since 2019, with support from Bad Hats Theatre, Blarney Productions, and the Citadel Theatre.


Approximate or Estimated Duration: 

70 minutes. (Estimate!)

Warnings or Content Advisories

A character has chronic nosebleeds that are depicted on stage.

Artistic Credits

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Ava: Carly Neis
Jordan: Michelle Diaz*
Mr. B: Graham Mothersill*

Director: Patricia Cerra*
Playwrights: Carly Neis, Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks, Cameron Kneteman

Set + Projection Designer: Whittyn Jason
Costume + Lighting Designer: Even Gilchrist
Sound Designer: Dave Clarke
Music Coordinator: Steven Greenfield

Producer: Mac Brock
Production Manager: Frances Girard
Stage Manager: Lauren McCarthy
Assistant Stage Manager: Davis Shewchuk
Accessibility + Outreach Associate: Daniela Fernandez
Project Support Worker: Priya Narine
Graphic Designer: Michelle Cortines
CP/Land Acknowledgment Consultant: Dylan Thomas-Bouchier
Design Consultant: Ksenia Broda-Milian
Accessibility Consultant: Alethea Bakogeorge

*The participation of these Artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance•Opera•Theatre Policy.

Special thanks to Stacy Fysh, Kristi Hansen, Lindy Mullen, Steven Sobolewski, Oscar Derkx, Chariz Faulmino, Matt Graham, Judith Thompson, Randy Witte, Marni Johnson, Bret Pimentel, Martina Smazal, Barrett Swendsen, the entire Edmonton Fringe Theatre team, the Edmonton Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and so many more who helped shape our world and process.

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