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On Theatre: Joni Mitchell’s Songs of A Prairie Girl

Like Joni Mitchell, theatre creator Jim Guedo spent time growing up in The Battlefords and in Saskatoon, before making the move to Alberta to pursue art full-time. With his new work Joni Mitchell’s Songs of A Prairie Girl, Jim channels his long-time interest in (and affinity with) Joni Mitchell’s artistic journey into a powerful deconstruction and exploration of Joni’s captivating art.

Far from a straight-up dramatic adaptation of Joni’s life story, this new work is described as a “non-linear musical on her life, music and art”, Songs of A Prairie Girl illustrates the storied artistic journey of Joni Mitchell. Five amazing artists reflect the different aspects of this one woman: the Young Ingenue, the Free Spirit, the Explorer, the Critic, and the Sage. Interpreting these characters are Christine MacInnis, Cathy Derkach, Chariz Faulmino, Kristi Hansen and Cayley Thomas. The show is created and directed by Jim Guedo, and the all-star, all-woman live band for the production is Vicky Berg (Band Leader and Keyboards), Mo Lefever (Guitar) and Tatiana Zagorac (Drums).

The show runs through March 26 at the Roxy Theatre in Edmonton. CKUA’s Grant Stovel brought us more on the production.