The Belfry 101 Collective presents

COVIDEOS: Creation in Quarantine

A collection of performance videos inspired by the question “how do we create theatre together in a time of physical distancing and self-isolation, and what form can that theatre take?”  

 Video premieres here on Sunday, March 29 at 7 pm (the show runs 67 min). The show contains some strong language.

A post-show Q&A on Zoom will follow at 8:15pm

All times are Pacific Standard Time.  

Our thanks to everyone who stopped by to watch. We’ll be keeping this page up – feel free to share.

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What is this all about?

The Belfry 101 Collective is a group of 14 students from high schools around Greater Victoria. Every year this small group is selected from grade 11 & 12 students participating in the Belfry 101 program. The Collective meets multiple times during the season to explore aspects of theatre and then spends spring break creating a 60-minute play that is performed live on the closing night of SPARK Festival.

This year, on the Collective’s first day of rehearsal, the Belfry Theatre proactively postponed the rest of the 2019-2020 theatre season due to escalating concerns about COVID-19.  Instead of cancelling the most important week for the Belfry 101 Collective, we moved it online. Our dedicated group of students came along for the experiment, giving their spring breaks over to scripting, rehearsing and filming their performances on video while physically distancing or in isolation. The result, COVIDEOS: Creation in Quarantine, is a testament to talent and determination of these students in the face of unexpected circumstances. 

Belfry 101 Collective - Artist Biographies

Waylon Asp

Waylon Asp

Hi, my name’s Waylon, a grade 12 at Mount Doug who’s been acting, drawing and making stuff for over 14 years. It’s my second year with the collective, and while different from last year’s show, I still had a great time with the new group and am proud of the work we produced.




Molly Barkasy

Molly Barkasy

Hi my name is Molly. I’m a grade 12 student at oak bay high. This was my first year in the Belfry 101 program and I really enjoyed it. I loved the creative freedom it gave me as well as how many friends I made along the way. I’ve always been a performer ever since I was able to talk and this program gave me so many awesome memories and many opportunities to shine. I have been in over 10 musicals as well as plays. My plans are to do something in the future that will spread positivity and good vibes. I’m currently an instagram influencer who encourages body positivity. I’m hoping for a way to do this that’s more fulfilling. I will always continue to love and hopefully keep up my acting in my life as well.

Goldie Beckett

Goldie Beckett

I’m the set director from Esquimalt High School’s musical theatre, I’ve done backstage/crew work for Peninsula Players, Mountain Dream Productions and of course Esquimalt High musicals. I really enjoyed Belfry 101 because it took me out of my comfort zone (which is backstage) and I’m super excited to share what we created with everyone!

Dani Orellana Gonzalez

Daniela Orellana Gonzalez

Daniela has a passion for music and theatre. She started acting one year ago in Acting Class at Mount Douglas Secondary School, where she is now a grade 11 student. This is her first year as a member of Belfry 101 and she loves the creativity and sense of community of the program. Daniela wishes to pursue a career in either medical or forensic psychotherapy. In her free time, she likes to play viola and piano, sing, and hang out with her friends.

Rachel Hansen

Rachel Hansen

Rachel is currently working 3 jobs to support her pursuit of the arts as a career. She graduated from Royal Bay Secondary in 2019 at only 17. Rachel played the role of “Molly” in Blackwing Theatre’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” she also took part in the 2019 Fringe. Rachel has enjoyed her time at the Belfry and is glad to have strengthened her improv abilities alongside such a talented group!

Jessica Luo

Jessica Luo

I’m relatively new to theatre and acting, so being a part of the Belfry 101 program was a great introduction into this art form. I’m unsure of my future, but I know that I’ll be remembering my time with Belfry through all the friendships I’ve made and the collaborative creations which will now live online forever.

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Franklin Kent

Hi! My name’s Franklin Kent, I’m in grade twelve at Mount Doug and I’ve been doing the Belfry program for three years now. I used to be more of an actor, but I’m slowly letting my heart be consumed by literature; acting’s still super fun though! I aspire to write books among other forms of storytelling in my future. I haven’t been in any major productions other than last year’s Belfry 101 Live! performance. I love the camaraderie that comes with Belfry, along with all the unique learning opportunities it presents.

Sofia Neilson-Miller

Sofia Neilson-Miller

She always wanted to be an actor and attended class after class of children’s acting camps. After her sister subsequently gained an interest in acting, she quit theatre altogether, but a part of her always remained near the stage – just not close enough to touch it. After discovering that stage lighting is really easy (because no one knows what they’re doing), she now sits proudly in the tech booth at Esquimalt High School and throws popcorn out the window into the audience, feeding the poor souls of all who dare to attend high school drama performances.

Sam Park

Sam Park

Sam Park is a 17-year-old senior student at Mount Doug Secondary School and is in his second year of the Belfry 101 theatre program. He practices drag in his spare time and enjoys acting, singing, and is passionate about all sorts of performance arts. His drag persona’s name is Ivory Charming.

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Faith Squier

Faith is a 17-year-old grade twelve student from Belmont Secondary School. She is currently involved in a wide variety of arts including activities such as competitive dance, acting, painting and improv. She has taken part in productions such as A Streetcar Named Desire, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. In the future Faith hopes to help inspire youth to participate in the arts. She would like to build a career in teaching theatre to kids all around the world. The Belfry 101 program has given her new skills, confidence, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Samuel Walmsley-Byrne

Samuel Walmsley-Byrne

Sam is a passionate actor and storyteller. He is his happiest on stage or behind camera. When he is not acting, he can be found obsessing over other people’s stories (and when he says obsessing, he means obsessing). He plans to act for the rest of his life.

Brandon Wong

Brandon Wong

Brandon is first-most an actor, dancer, then singer (in that order), his interests include: theatre, ballet, sketching, and video-games. Brandon is a graduating student from Mount Douglas Secondary and has been involved with Grease the Musical, Senior Improv, and Slam Poetry. Brandon dreams of becoming a performing artist and to hone his skills on the stage to make his mama proud!

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Monica Xin

Mount Doug madman. Future starving artist. I can’t wait to g(th)row up! I’m 20% literature 20% art, 20% fashion, and 50% ambition. I can’t do math. I almost failed pre-calculus 10. How I’ll die? Shot in both kneecaps.

Carly Young

Carly Young

Carly is a grade 12 student at Esquimalt High School, with a deep passion for theatre. She is very excited for the world to be seeing the art that her and fellow Belfry students have created collaboratively. Her experience participating in the Belfry 101 collective has been really quite significant to her, as have all of the people in it.

Jonathan

Jonathan Brower

BELFRY 101 FACILITATOR

Jonathan is a playwright, producer, and educator. His plays oblivion and Good Hands have toured across the country and he is currently writing several new works. Jonathan serves as the Belfry’s Education Coordinator co-facilitating the Belfry 101 program. He has been involved in theatre education and administration for a decade, working independently and collaboratively with outfits including Alberta Theatre Projects, Third Street Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, Alberta Playwrights’ Network, and Ghost River. He holds an MA in Social Justice & Equity Studies, a BFA in Drama, and a BA in Communications.

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Dave Morris

belfry 101 facilitator

Dave is a speaker, teacher, and storyteller, but mostly he’s an improviser. He is the artistic director of the award-winning Paper Street Theatre Co. and has been teaching, producing, and performing improvisation around the world for over 20 years. When Dave’s not on stage, he can be found teaching the skills of improvisation to university professors, radio hosts, business owners, or even students at the prestigious MIT. His TEDx talk The Way of Improvisation has more than 300,000 views on YouTube and is used in schools around the world to introduce students to the value of improvisation. His life’s work is teaching people how to play

About Belfry 101

Now In its 21st season, Belfry 101  is our signature  education  program for  Greater Victoria  secondary school students. During the Belfry’s season programming, this group of students  are introduced to the world of professional theatre through watching plays, participating in professional workshops, and creating work together.

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