North York Mirror
What happens when a city decides to shut down a local library branch, enraging children?
An revolution lead by young people, of course.
That's the story of TICK, a 75-minute family comedy that will debut at the Toronto Fringe Festival in July.
TICK tells the tale of 10-year-old Tickailia 'Tick' Summers, who thinks cost-saving measures undertaken by the city is a war against children. The last straw for Tick comes when her local library is set to close, which leads her and several friends to start a revolution.
TICK, directed by York resident and Degrassi: The Next Generation alumnus Jajube Mandiela, is written by playwright Matthew MacKenzie, who wrote the play SIA, and stars Jessica Moss.
Mandiela, who has some directing credit under her belt, said MacKenzie mentioned he had written a play when the two worked together on SIA and was looking for a director.
"I said I'd love to direct it," said Mandiela, who played Chantay Black on The Next Generation for eight seasons before her character graduated last year.
Describing TICK as a "collective" project, Mandiela said she spent time with the actors to see how children interact with each other, instead of ordering them about.
"I wanted to see how 10-year-olds play," she said, adding the first read through was earlier this month and the group has been busy rehearsing. "We are all very excited. It's a really fun show, bring your eight-year-old, your grandmother, your aunt. It's a family show."
Once TICK wraps, Mandiela will turn her attention towards an acting project scheduled for the fall, she said.
"I'm very much still into acting, it's my first love," she said when asked if she plans to shift focus to the director's chair.
TICK will run July 5 to 14 at George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place.
Tickets cost $9 in advance and $10 at the door.
For tickets or information, visit www.fringetoronto.com or call 416-966-1062, ext. 1.