MAN UP! 

A Reality Stage Play
Reaching At-Risk Youth in a Dramatic new Way

A must-see if you parent, educate or advocate for youth!

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Man Up!
chronicles the true story of the original Boys Club. A gritty, heart-wrenching, emotional and life-changing story of two determined eastside educators, a group of at-risk boys on the sharp knife edge of life, a handful of generous and visionary Vancouver businessmen from all walks of life, and the compelling four year journey they took together - from the edge of frustration, hopelessness and despair to the pinnacle of hopefulness and success. Deeply personal stories of individual struggle, overcoming demons, and realizing dreams.  

The play, performed by some of Canada's best-known actors, is raw and gritty and exposes the naked truth about boys-at-risk today and how societal, moral and technological progress has resulted in a break in the continuum of ancient wisdom and intergenerational mentorship of boys, and in turn, how that impacts family, community, and the moral and spiritual wellness of society as a whole.

Central to the story is Manae, a young and fatherless First Nations boy, who leverages lessons taught to him by his elders and by his mother, to demonstrate empathy, tolerance and forgiveness, and negotiate peace.  His actions shine light on what the diverse group of adult men in the play have in common, and illustrate society’s need to restore the continuum at all levels of human interaction, education, politics, and technological development. And finally, the audience comes to understand that moral strength, not brute strength, defines good men.

Man Up! is particularly relevant to boys aged 12-19, and their families, educators, law enforcement, politicians and other stakeholders, but its lessons apply equally to all genders and audiences.

Man Up! is a  professional reality stage play produced by the Westcoast Boys Club Network Foundation.     Thanks to a funding group led by founding patron Frank Giustra, admission is free. To date, more than 18,000 students, educators and stakeholders have seen Man Up! free of charge.

Duration: 60 min performance, plus 30-min talk-back and Q&A.  A curriculum for educators and study guide for students in available in advance.
To inquire about tickets, curriculum or the touring production, email or call 778.987.1415

MAN UP! - Upcoming Performances November, 2016

November 22, 2016:  2 closed performances at Aldergrove Secondary School
November 23, 2016:  
1 evening performance in North Vancouver - tickets available
November 29, 2016:   1 closed performance in Ottawa - Parliament Buildings
November 30 & December, 2016:     3 closed performances in Ottawa Secondary Schools

March/April 2017:                    closed performance at The United Nations, New York City
March/April 2017:                      open and closed performance at Various South Bronx and New York City venues
(details of open performances to be announced)

*Closed performances, held for students, educators, youth workers, justice and other stakeholders and special interest groups are held at the invitation of host schools, school districts,  boards of education or policy makers. A supplied companion study guide and curriculum for educators and students ignites pre-play discussion and continues the conversation afterward.

Most Recent Performances

May 2016 - Surrey Municipal Hall

Admission by invitation of Mayor Linda Hepner

April 2016- Victoria, Parliament

BC  MLAs
Keynote Speaker: The Honourable Mike Bernier, Minister of Education BC

April 2016  - Victoria, Reynolds Secondary

Closed and open performances for students, educators, community stakeholders

April 2016  - Shawnigan Lake School, Vancouver Island

Closed performances for students, educators, community stakeholders

November 2015  - Courtenay, North Island College

Open performances for students, educators, community stakeholders

November 2015  - Campbell River, Quinsam Hall

Open performances for students, educators, community stakeholders

November 2015  - Comox, Highland Secondary

Closed performances for students, educators, community stakeholders

November 2015  - Vancouver, Templeton Theatre

Closed and open performances for students, educators, community stakeholders

November 2015  - Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Closed performance/fundraising event hosted by Delta Group and Rosewood Hotel Georgia