Celebrating our 50th with
Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat: 10 am – 4:30 pm
Wed & Fri: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday & Holidays*: Closed (*Open Heritage Day, Remembrance Day and Family Day from 12-4:30pm)
Stories at a Museum is written, produced, directed, and performed by local artists. All funds raised through this event flow through the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery.
Stories at a Museum runs for approximately 60 minutes. Please arrive a minimum of 10 minutes prior to your show time and be prepared to be entertained outdoors until the doors open.
Written and Performed by Michelle Soto & Jordan Galloway
A brief history of the origins of Red Deer that gives way to a glimpse of the traditions of a young, Indigenous woman. Connecting us to the land and the people who were here before us through song, offering, prayer and sharing.
Directed by Sarain Frank Soonias
Written and Performed by Sarain Frank Soonias & Suzanne Hermary
A chance encounter in a bus stop café between two weary travelers enroute to support their respective families. Over the course of their conversation we learn that notions of family and duty transcend race, age, and gender.
Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride as your delightful tour guides take you on an epic adventure through the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. Always on the lookout for spooky ghost energies, they’ll find and make up fantastical stories of the emotional ghosts lodged in the artifacts of the past!
Jordan Galloway is a Central Albertan local. From 2010-2014 they worked on completing their Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting through Red Deer College and have since worked as an Educational Assistant as well as a private music teacher. Now they have returned to studies at Red Deer Polytechnic, in pursuit of their education degree.
Suzanne Hermary trained at Red Deer College’s Theatre Studies Performance program before completing the Bachelor’s Degree program in Musical Theatre Performance with Honours from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. She runs a Broadway Open Mic night, works as a travel agent, an arts administrator with the Red Deer Arts Council and in an Artistic Producer capacity with Central Alberta Theatre.
Ash Mercia is an actor, improviser, puppeteer, producer and award-winning playwright. She is also a freelance writer who creates reviews and editorials for the video game industry. She holds a BEd in English/Art and a Theatre Performance and Creation diploma. She has performed and trained internationally (USA, Italy, Slovenia), and creates plenty of content locally and online. She’s a certified beekeeper and an avid squirrel enthusiast.
Iris has a warped passion for getting laughs. Naturally, they’re happy to work for Bullskit where they’ll do anything and everything to eek out a giggle from audiences.
Sarain Frank Soonias is an emerging Cree & Ojibwa playwright, actor, and producer. His 2023 credits include starring in the short film Original Vice, and collaborating with Aaron Vanderweg for his original work, Reception, which was featured at the Heartlands Regional One-Act Festival. Sarain is excited to be working alongside local talent, Suzanne Hermary, for Alberta Culture Days.
Michelle Soto’s Cree given name is Mihkwâ Osâwâw Kihew Iskwew (Red Yellow Eagle Woman), she is a forty-three-year-old Cree/Dene First Nation woman from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Alberta. Michelle’s maternal home community is Dene Tha First Nation near High Level, Alberta. Both of Michelle’s parents are residential school survivors.
Michelle is a Northern Lakes College social work diploma graduate, holds a Government of Alberta level two childcare certificate, and completed Norquest College’s Aboriginal Youth and Family support worker certificate. Michelle’s earliest mentorship began when she was four years old, with her mother and paternal grandmother, learning traditional land-based knowledge. Many of her teachings consisted of moccasin making, traditional smoked hide making, trapping, hunting, fishing, traditional food knowledge, ceremony, protocol, sewing, and historical clothing making.
In 2022, she received the Calgary Foundation for the Arts Healing the Legacy Arts Grant. In 2020, she received the Calgary Foundation for the Arts Original People Indigenous Art Grant. Furthermore in 2010, Michelle was the recipient of the Alberta Foundation of the Arts Indigenous Art Grant. Both sides of her family are healers, leaders, medicine people, midwives, and warriors.
Since 2008, Dan Vasquez has been applying his talents all over Central Alberta and sometimes a little bit outside of it. From scripted, to improv, to puppetry, to being a board member for Prime Stock Theatre, Dan has painted himself into a corner of commitments that he wouldn’t have any other way. Daniel hopes you enjoy the show and continue to support local theatre.
Arick Yasinski, a veteran actor and a former professional wrestler, has been with Bullskit Comedy Theatre in Red Deer for more than 10 years. With experience in both improv and scripted acting, Arick has become a well-respected member of the company. Having spent three years as a professional wrestler, Arick is no stranger to performance and the limelight. He is well respected within both the theater and sports entertainment industries and is always looking for new ways to hone his performance skills. He remains a humble and loyal member of his theater company and plans to continue learning and growing his craft.