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About Mission Jolly Productions

After a wonderful winter celebration last December, Mission Jolly Productions is back! This summer, come along on a fantastical, jolly, virtual, interactive adventure at one of the most magical and familiar places; the backyard. Blade and Pixie need your help to defeat the evil Thornilius and save the kingdom. Are you up to the challenge? 

Watch and participate in the 3 first episodes of the show from August 27-28 and come back to catch the exciting final episode on August 29. Enter our online Adventure Hub for more fun activities led by the show’s magical characters available now! Don’t forget see our Warrior Wall and attend the final closing event where you get to watch the show's characters answer your questions live (August 29). 

 

As the world is opening up again, Mission Jolly Productions is here to make sure that families have a fun and unforgettable summer. Mission Jolly Productions is based in Canada and was created last December when we found a need to create a free, virtual, holiday event for families to enjoy safely during the pandemic. The show featured talent from across Canada, as well as online treasure hunts, drawing challenges, and printable activities for families. The event was a great success not just in Canada, but around the world reaching hundreds of families during the holiday season and then getting extended.

Mariana Munoz 

Blade | Rocky | Wandy | Co-Creator

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Mariana Munoz is an award winning  bilingual (Spanish/English) interdisciplinary performer and artist who lives and works on the traditional unceded territorry of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, BC).

 

She is a graduate of the Theatre Performance program at Langara College (Studio 58) and a graduate of Capilano University with a Bachelor Degree in Performing Arts. As an artistic innovator, Mariana partakes in a wide rage of skills ranging from creative production design, marketing, set design, and actor for both stage and film productions.

 

With over 8 years of experience creating and organizing work with children, Mariana's latest kids performance was shown in One of a Kind  at the Vancouver's International Children's Festival in 2021.

 

This year we need joy more than ever so Mariana hopes that with this online event families can  have a laugh and participate in the summer adventure! 

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Tal Katz

Pixie | Narrator | Aunt May | Co-Creator

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Tal Katz is an award-winning, Toronto-based actor, singer, and dancer. She has been performing  in musicals, plays, concerts and official state ceremonies, as well as recording voice-overs and  creating various interdisciplinary art projects.  

Tal is a graduate of the Theatre Performance Program at George Brown College and the  Bachelor of Performing Arts Program at Capilano University. In September, she will be studying  in the Children’s Media program at Centennial College. Tal performed for children and families  all over Ontario as a member of the Judy and David Theatre Troupe and in the George Brown  kids show production, Munsch on the Moon, which she also helped write and compose. In May  2019, she was honoured to receive the inaugural Jon Kaplan Award for a Student at a Canadian  Theatre School. 

Following the success of last winter’s holiday online extravaganza, Tal is thrilled to have the  opportunity to bring joy into people’s homes with this summer’s Mission Jolly Production, Backyard Warriors - A Virtual Summer Adventure!

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Isaac Mazur

Thornilius | Actor

Born and raised in Vancouver, Isaac has been acting since birth, when he cried in the delivery room. He wasn't actually upset, it was just an acting excersize. Since then he has gone on to attend Lord Byng Theatre Company and graduate from Studio 58 (graduating with Mariana Munoz!). Currently pursuing a career in the TV film world, he is thrilled to don the cape of the mysterious, mischievous megalomaniac that is Thornilious! Muahahahah!! 

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Tanaz Roudgar

Azalea | Actor

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Tanaz is a POC, bilingual (Farsi/English) actor for film, TV, theatre and intersectional media. She graduated from Vancouver Film School with an acting for film and TV diploma in 2020. She is also a playwright, poet, storyteller, facilitator, dramaturge and photographer. Her recent play is Seda/ Voice which was developed and presented at Leap Arts Club in Vancouver.

 

Tanaz moved to Canada from Iran at the age of 15 with her parents, she now resides on the unceded and stolen lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people (known as Vancouver). Her mission as an artist is to spread awareness and share stories of women, Iranian and queer voices to bring diversity into the film industry.

 

She co-facilitated, co-created, and was the artistic director of the writing workshop “Empowered womxn of Iran”, a storytelling workshop with the purpose of generating and sharing women, non-binary and trans voices of Iran as well as creating a safe space and community. Her recent debut in writing and acting was for the kid’s show “One of a kind” at the Vancouver children’s festival 2021. 

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Land Acknowledgment

We would like to acknowledge the original caretakers and story tellers of the land and waterways on which we live and work; the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, the Wendat, and Mississaugas of the Credit (Toronto, Ontario). As well as the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, British Columbia).