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ARTdrenaline show calling for fearless contributors

December event will let the people decide

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You may or may not know Whistler’s dynamic duo of Angie Nolan and Katie Schaitel, but chances are good you’ve seen some of their creative collaborations.

The gals worked together directing the outrageous and wildly successful pantomime stage production Sleeping Beauty in November 2004, for which Schaitel also played the character of Sweetums.

Last October they shocked their way to a second place finish at Heavy Hitting Films’ annual B-Grade Horrorfest with their indie horror flick Red Moon . Nolan was part of the ensemble of performers in Short Skirt Theatre’s Famous Movie Monologues Of Love & Lust stage show last February. The duo has also collaborated on several other short film projects for events such as the 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown at the annual Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival.

For their next trick Nolan and Schaitel (a.k.a. Swift Rock Productions) are throwing all their creative eggs into a mega-basket they’re calling ARTdrenaline, a multi-media/multi-disciplinary art-stravaganza of film, writing, visual arts and photography, dance and acting, to be showcased Dec. 15 and 16 at Millennium Place.

A hybrid of performance and competition, ARTdrenaline will feature competing short films, written monologues, acting performances, and visual art/photography submissions, interlaced with dance and music performances. Competition pieces will be selected in advance by a judging panel, and following the ARTdrenaline screenings/performances, the Best Of Show winner in each category will be chosen by the audience with voting ballots.

Swift Rock is currently seeking performers for ARTdrenaline as well as competition pieces in all categories. All submissions must somehow address the event’s theme: "Fearless – In life/sport/love/art."

Film submissions must be three to 10 minutes long, submitted to Swift Rock by Nov. 21. Judges will select five projects for screening at ARTdrenaline. Broadcast regulations apply.

For the art and photography categories, Swift Rock is asking for two pieces of new work from each contributor representing their take on the theme to be submitted by Nov. 1. Judges will select the top five artists and top five photographers to display at ARTdrenaline.

In the writing category, Swift Rock is asking for one-minute monologues on the theme, with the top four selected to be performed at ARTdrenaline by auditioned actors. Monologues must be submitted by Nov. 1.

There will also be an acting competition at ARTdrenaline featuring four performers chosen from an audition. Actors will be judged on their interpretation of a prepared piece no longer than two minutes. The acting competitors will also have to cold-read one of the four selected monologues from the writing category at the ARTdrenaline event. Acting auditions will be held Nov. 5.

In addition to the competition pieces, Swift Rock is seeking dancers to perform choreographed interludes and musicians to perform during the pre-program and intermission. Performers will be contributing as volunteers.

A wild mishmash of all elements in the Whistler arts scene, ARTdrenaline is an ambitious undertaking. But for Nolan and Schaitel it’s a way to combine in one night all the energy and fun of the film, art, and stage events in which they’ve participated in the past. With Nolan’s extensive background in film and stage combined with Schaitel’s background in dance, the gals are no performance virgins. ARTdrenaline proves Swift Rock is ready to rock this town. All they need now is for this town to give its creative all to ARTdrenaline.

To contribute to ARTdrenaline, or register for an audition, contact Swift Rock Productions. Actors are requested to contact Angie Nolan specifically at 604-902-2643. Dancers contact Katie Schaitel at 604-906-1321.

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