Local resident Marilyn Campbell is the mother of an amazing woman, Kim Kilpatrick. Kim has been blind since birth and is high achieving very successful dynamo(disability rights activist and host of CKCU’s Welcome to My World). Now she and her friend Karen Bailey (the artist behind the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean’s unconventional official portrait) are putting on a show at the Great Canadian Theatre Company that tells the story of Kim’s guide dog Tulia from puppy to working guide dog for the blind.
Director Brownwyn Steinberg (Artistic Director of TACTICS and the upcoming GCTC production (The Drowning Girls) is producing Raising Stanley / Life With Tulia which offers a fully accessible experience with a visual effects video of Karen’s paintings and audio descriptions integrated with Kim’s performance.
Raising Stanley / Life With Tulia runs in the Studio Theatre of the Great Canadian Theatre Company from July 26 – August 5.
Kim is one of Canada’s extraordinary storytellers. A shared connection with guide dogs brought Kim and Karen together: Kim has handled four working guide dogs over the years, most recently Tulia; and Karen raised three guide dog puppies for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, including Stanley. That shared connection served as the foundation for this ground-breaking production aimed at inspiring future collaborations between artists working in various art forms and of differing abilities.
Tickets are on sale now at GCTC’s Box Office at 1233 Wellington West at Holland, 613-236-5196 or GCTC.ca.
Tickets are $15 for students and seniors, and $25 for adults.
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Sunday matinee performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Performances on Sunday, July 29 and Friday, August 3 will have ASL interpretation.