"Kutz & Dawgs" set in the Fair Verona Junkyard at the end of the world, is an original hip hop musical based on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and Broadway's West Side Story featuring youth from the community as alley cats
and junkyard dogs. It is a strongly anti-gang, anti-violence and anti-racism play. "Kutz & Dawgs" will be going on tour beginning in November 2012.

MISCELLANEOUS Productions presents "Kutz & Dawgs" - 2 minute trailer

World Premiere May 2012 at the Vancouver International Children's Festival

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MISCELLANEOUS Productions' "Kutz & Dawgs" - set in the Fair Verona Junkyard at the end of the world - is an original hip hop musical based on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and Broadway's West Side Story. This video is the document of the 45-minute play featuring youth from the community as alley cats and junkyard dogs. It is a strongly anti-gang, anti-violence, anti-bullying and anti-racism work. This community-engaged theatre creation was directed by Elaine Carol, commissioned by and had its World Premiere at the Vancouver International Children's Festival and went on tour in November 2012. This video document was recorded in front of a live audience at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in Abbotsford, BC and Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver, BC.

Elaine Carol served as head writer and the script was co-written by Jorge Escobar, Godfrey Cheng, Silvia Leung, Jorge Alcala, Laura Contreras, Cecilia Cui, Gustavo Diaz de Leon, Marchel Eang, Astrid Herrera, Tim Mok, Chloë Macdonald-Chow, Clarita Ritchie, Rowan Sylvester and Agnes Szenàki. Featured performers are Jorge Alcala, Christina Cuglietta, Cecilia Cui, Lena Dabrusin, Gustavo Diaz de Leon, Roy Dilbert Jr., Marchal Eang, Jorge Escobar, Tim Mok, Murry Peeters, Alan Pronger, Clarita Ritchie, Rowan Sylvester.

Created, Directed and Co-Written - Elaine Carol
Executive Producer - MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTIONS
Music Composition - Ndidi Cascade, Cris Derksen and Paul Bray
Set & Props Design - Yvan Morissette
Costume Design - Megan Leson
Lighting Design - Ryan McCallion
Lighting Associate - Adrian Muir
Hip Hop & Street Jazz Choreography - Dianna David
Fight Choreography - David Bloom
Production Manager - Katja Schlueter
Assistant Directors / Community Developers - Zoe Green, Amanda Konkin and Rocco Trigueros
Youth Counsellors - Zoe Green and Hilary Murfitt
Stage Manager - Melanie Thompson
Singing Instructor/Vocal Coach - Dawn Pemberton
Director of Photography - Lloyd Choi
Editor - Mary Ungerleider

Performed and co-written by Jorge Escobar, Godfrey Cheng, Silvia Leung, Jorge Alcala, Laura Contreras, Cecilia Cui, Gustavo Diaz de Leon, Marchel Eang, Astrid Herrera, Tim Mok, Chloë Macdonald-Chow, Clarita Ritchie, Rowan Sylvester and Agnes Szenàki

"Kutz & Dawgs" Evaluation Report by Dr. George Tien

Kutz & Dawgs - Evaluation Report by Dr. George Tien - we thoroughly evaluated this project with the valued assistance of Dr. George Tien. He was aided in the collection of data by our wonderful Youth Counsellor/Assistant Director, Zoe Green. The evaluation is based principally on qualitative approaches and consists of feedback by the project’s participants, including the youth cast members and the project’s professional staff.