Bridget Ryan's IN YOUR ELEMENT (an 80's Cabaret)
AUGUST 14 - 22, 2015 EVERY NIGHT AT 7:30 PM
Cook County Saloon (8010 GatewayBLVD)
Doors Open at 7 PM - Show at 730 PM
Bridget Ryan's IN YOUR ELEMENT
An 80's Cabaret
with Bryce Kulak on the Keys
and Owen Brierley working the VJ/DJ like never before!
At Fringe 2015 Beginning August 14 at 730 PM NIGHTLY thru Saturday August 22, 2015 at the COOK COUNTY SALOON
Bridget Ryan, alongside the ridiculously talented Bryce Kulak on the keys/vocals and Owen Brierley, DJ/VJ extraordinaire, will guide you through an evening of 80's mashups with the intention of bringing you to a greater understanding of yourself. Using 80's tunes to explore the 5 Element's of the Chinese Zodiac, you will be brought closer to understanding 'you' a little bit more. Who knew that the 80's could be so enlightening? We did. (Honestly though - the sole intention of this show is that you have a really really really good time.)
For tickets got to www.fringehtheatre.ca
or to purchase by phone: 780-409-1910.
She's the first to point out the irony, but Bridget Ryan found a new way of battling the disconnect that's part of our screen-based culture by, well, using the Internet. That's where she learned about the five elements of the Chinese zodiac—wood, water, fire, metal, earth—as different ways of looking at our personalities and understanding one another. As to how that fits into In Your Element: Ryan, the TV host/force of charisma leads us through the songs of the '80s as broken into those categorical types, as well as outlining their particular traits. Flanked by Bryce Kulak on keys and Owen Brierley on programming/beats, Ryan delivers a spirited musical revue that's rife with personality and good vibrations the whole way through. It's the only place you'll hear Tiffany segue into Iron Maiden maybe anywhere, and though Ryan points out early on in her set that there's no swearing in the show, it feels merited here: what a fucking delight. —Paul Blinov
EDMONTON SUN THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015 BY COLIN MACLEAN,
In her show Bridget Ryan’s In Your Element the performer looks very familiar. It’s as if we knew her since she was a kid. Well, actually we did. I don’t know what age she was when she arrived in Edmonton with her sister Kate (Sterling award winning director)and mother (actor/director) Maralyn Ryan. Her father Tim had just accepted the job as head of the Theatre Arts Program at Grant MacEwan. The entire family was gloriously talented and it wasn’t long before they had woven their way into our cultural tapestry.
Bridget has been omnipresent on television, participated in numerous charities and has been declared Edmonton’s “Woman Of The Year.” And, thank goodness, has continued her lifelong love affair with the stage. Her one-woman shows often sell out.
The theme of this musical cabaret is elements: wood, fire, water, earth and metal. They are just convenient hooks from which to hang her niagara of words. She doesn’t really tell jokes but she is funny and agreeable. The barely contained chaos of her super-sized energy is infectious. Ryan zeros in on the ‘80’s and offers us a full-frontal view of the decade, using her years on stages and in front of cameras to keep things rolling merrily along. She has a terrific voice and the ‘80 hits just keep comin’ as she mashes and bends the music into her own shape, singing them out in that great big voice. The songs included “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “I Just Called To Say I love You,” (performed before a big screen where large African animals were enthusiastically copulating), “Chariots of Fire,” “Fat Bottomed Girls.” “I Want to Ride My Bicycle,” “Eye of the Tiger” and so it goes. In no time she had the audience laughing, clapping and joining in.
In this she is immeasurable helped by her supporting players. Long-time Edmontonian, and now performer for the ages, Bryce Kulak has returned from down east to accompany at the piano and the essential resident DJ/VJ is Owen Brierley. Both are performers in their own right and provide solid musical and comic support. The show is also lifted by the impressive audio/visual effects of the Cook County Saloon.
At the end Ryan had much of the audience up and dancing. We all left with big smiles on our faces. BY COLIN MACLEAN,
ABOUT BRIDGET AND CABARET
Bridget began performing cabaret in NYC back in 1997 and was hooked. After moving to New York City , she discovered this wonderful world of song, story and self expression; a place where anything could happen, and often did; a place where there were no rules, only that it be from the heart. She first auditioned for Sidney Myers at Don't Tell Mama's, where he gave this complete unknown a shot, and giving her 4 dates to 'strut her stuff'. After 'packing' the first show with four people (her dad, boyfriend, Sydney Myer and 'the guy who couldn't get into the sold out show next door') Bridget slowly but steadily built an audience, eventually garnering rave reviews; Peter Filichia (Playbill Magazine) gushed 'she was the one to watch' and Time Out New York said "Bridget Ryan is hilarious'. She went on to play The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama’s and Rose's Turn with shows 'Rant Control', 'Go Big Or Go home' and 'Have You Met My Sister'. Upon returning to Edmonton in 2002, Bridget continued to share her love of cabaret. Bridget has performed 2 sold out runs at the Citadel Theatre's THE CLUB Theatre: 'Here's To The Ladies Who Laugh' in 2013 and 'In Your Element' in 2014. She recently completed a SUPER EXCITING Western Canadian 46-venue tour of 'Here's To The Ladies Who Laugh', travelling from Fort McMurray, to DaysLand, to Brooks, to Powell River BC and all the villages and hamlets and towns in between!
Bridget Ryan is an actor, singer, playwright, director, and television host in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from MacEwan Theatre Arts program (and in 2008 was awarded Distinguished Alumni) and then went on to graduate from University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Upon completion, she moved to New York City, performing at several Off-Broadway theatres such as at The Cherry Lane Theatre and The Present Company. She has performed in several national tours before getting off the stage to work alongside producers Richard Frankel, Marc Routh, Darryl Roth and Scott Rudin.
Bridget has performed at theatres all over Canada and written four full length musicals including The Winters Tale Project and Wedlocked: The Musical (both with Chris Wynters) and the plays Myles, The HypoAllergenic Superhero and His Superhero Friends, Counting Americans (with Dave Horak) and has been published by the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She returned to Edmonton in 2001, where she became Co-Host of CityTV’s Breakfast Television thru May 2015, when it rebranded as 'Dinner Television'. In 2010, she was named Woman of the Year by the CCA's in Edmonton. Bridget has proudly MC'd and hosted hundreds of events in Edmonton (and surrounding areas) over the past 13 years and is proud to be a part of such an amazing community.
Bridget has written three children’s book to date: ‘WHO IS BOO: THE TERRIFIC TALES OF ONE TRICKSTER RABBIT’ which launched at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Alberta in April 2011. In 2012, URBAN ANIMALS was released in support of the AGA’s TREX Touring show of the same name and this past August 2013, ‘WHO IS BOO 2: The Continuing Adventures of One Trickster Rabbit’ had it’s launch in Canmore. The Boo Series is currently being developed into a Children’s Television series.
In winter of 2012, Bridget and visual artist Jason Carter opened up The Carter-Ryan Gallery and Live Art Venue in Canmore Alberta on Main Street, a place where art and live performance exist happily under the same roof. Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan continue a prolific and exciting partnership with Rabbit In The Yard Productions , a multi-media production company that produces short film, promotional video as well as music video, as seen here with Christian Hansen and the Autistics’ Cocaine Trade.
Bryce Kulak is an award-winning pianist, composer, singer, and actor. Bryce grew up on stage, acting in theatre and playing classical piano. As a vocalist, he has performed with the orchestras of Edmonton, Kingston, and Banff. As an actor, he has played major roles at theatres across Canada. He is half of the new touring Canadian cast of 2 Pianos 4 Hands and performed the pianist-narrator role in Billy Bishop Goes to War at Theatre Aquarius. Bryce’s collaborations with playwright and filmmaker Trevor Anderson have produced the award-winning children's musical Nami Namersson: the Viking Who Liked to Name Things and the movie-musical The Man That Got Away. Bryce plays piano, sings, and composed new music for Bohemians in Brooklyn, The Judgment of Paris, and From Weimar to Vaudeville, theatrical chamber music concerts narrated by CBCʼs Tom Allen. He wrote Sterling award-winning songs for the new play Bears by Matthew MacKenzie. His music was heard in B.C. Place Stadium as the finale of the Yukon Experience at the Vancouver Olympics. Bryce’s albums as a singer-songwriter, Welcomeand Tin Can Telephone, as well as the soundtrack to The Man That Got Away, are available on iTunes. www.brycekulak.com
Owen is stoked to be part of "In Your Element!" Owen has known Bridget since the '80s... so this is delightfully trippy! Owen has been an itinerant theatre professional since his first gig alongside Bridget's sister Kate for a TV show that was a co-production between the CBC and Catalyst theatre. Owen worked as an actor for 10 years before discovering his inner nerd and pursuing a career in digital media. Owen is now the executive director of the Edmonton Digital Arts College. He is blending his love of theatre and digital media through work that involves something called video projection mapping. Owen's explorations and collaborations earned him a Sterling award last year for his work on the Tom Wood play "Make Mine Love." With this show, Owen is excited to add performance to the mix as the show's DJ/VJ. More on Owen