Just A Note

Who has never lied to her parents? In "Just a Note" , Leah almost gets away with it, pursuing her passion in music at McGill University without her family knowing... Until her mom shows up at her doorstep with a bowl of black bean noodles! This surprise visit turns into a permanent problem when her mom moves in with her - Leah must now find a way to graduate without her mom finding out that she lied about being in med school..!

Kalianore productions is proud to present the workshop reading of "Just a Note", a gentle and funny musical based on lived experience about identity, immigration and mother and daughter relationships.

It premieres at the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival from June 11th to 19th at Le Ministère (venue #8)!

SHOWTIMES

Saturday June 11, 15h45
Sunday June 12, 19h45
Tuesday June 14, 18h00
Thursday June 16, 17h15
Saturday June 18, 13h
Sunday June 19, 19h45

Based on lived experience, Just a Note explores identity through a lens of individuality and of collectivism and how personal actions have repercussions on each person’s loved ones and their community, whether they are living with them or are in a different country. This story narrates the effects of the political turmoil in Hong Kong on the already turbulent relationship between an immigrant mother and her Quebec-born daughter, Leah.

Upcoming Production

A series of workshop-readings will be presented at the Festival St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe 2022 in June 2022 under the production company Kalianore productions.

SHOWTIMES

Saturday June 11, 15h45
Sunday June 12, 19h45
Tuesday June 14, 18h00
Thursday June 16, 17h15
Saturday June 18, 13h
Sunday June 19, 19h45

LOCATION
Le Ministère :
4521 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H2T 1R2

TICKETS - ON SALE MAY 17, 2022!

$7.25: general (accessible, service incl.)
$15.25: general (service incl.)
Box office: montrealfringe.ca / 514-849-FEST (3378)

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Development History

Information

Title: Just a Note
Cast size: 2
Type: Musical Theatre
Audience: All
Length: 45 mins
Themes: Immigration, mother-daughter relationships, coming of age.

Summary: Leah is a 2nd generation Hong Kong-Canadian activist who is secretly finishing a music degree in vocal performance at McGill. Her mother believes that Leah is studying to become a doctor and is living in Hong Kong to give her daughter space. When the Hong Kong Protests in February 2019 forces the mother to live with her daughter in the same Montreal apartment, they must negotiate their boundaries every day. Leah can no longer hide her pursuit of her music degree. They end up stuck together - their mutual loss of freedom creates an opportunity for conversation and vulnerability. The mother and daughter reconcile and find that they are not as different from each other as they previously thought. Now able to communicate truthfully to each other, they sing, “We are together.”

Excerpts

"Who You Think I Am", excerpt from Just a Note
CMTWC Showcase
Sung by Marie-Pierre de Brienne
Musical Director
& Arrangement by Jonathan Monro
Book, Music & Lyrics by Christine ML Lee

Excerpt from Just a Note
YCU Showcase at Playwrights' Workshop Montreal
Directed by Olivia Woods, Dramaturgy by Jesse Stong

Artistic Team for the Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal

photo credit: Chrystian Guy

Christine ML Lee, is the writer, composer, lyricist and musical director for Just a Note.

"I want to add to the diversity of stories about immigrant mother and 2nd generation daughter relationships and inspire others to dialogue with their own parents. My goal with Just a Note is to empower other young Asian-Canadians by creating a musical in which they can see their own struggles reflected. I want to provide them with a cathartic experience through the power of music as they find a piece of their identity embodied and represented by another young Asian-Canadian on stage. I hope to touch their hearts and encourage the bravery it takes to foster a meaningful and vulnerable connection with their own parents." - Christine ML Lee

Based out of Tiotia:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal, Christine ML Lee is a composer, playwright and poet interested in the intersection between music, movement and storytelling. After finishing her last year as the Choir composer-in-residence at the University of Montreal, she completed the Songwriting Workshop at Berklee College of Music in Boston. One of her latest work, Bloom, is a choir composition for which she wrote the music and lyrics, and was premiered by the Choeur du Brouhaha. Christine works with dance and spoken word and her music has been performed at Montreal Festival Quartiers Danses and in Montreal Botanical Gardens. Poet and writer, she has contributed several articles for the music magazine La Scena Musicale. Alumna of Nightwood Theatre’s Young Innovators Unit 2020-2021, Christine is currently working on a musical tentatively titled, "Just a Note", supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and by Playwright’s Workshop Montreal. Her video poem Holding Waterways premiered at the Festival St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe 2021. Christine is serving on the Board of Directors for the Quebec Writers’ Federation.

photo credit: Jeremy Cabrera

Sophie Gee, graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Directing Programme and artist in residence at Théâtre Aux Écuries, is the director for Just a Note.

Sophie Gee is a director of mostly new creations which she presents under the name Nervous Hunter. Her interdisciplinary performance Lévriers (MAI, Montréal, arts interculturels), was part of the 2019/2020 season of the National Arts Centre. She is an artist in residence at Théâtre Aux Écuries where she will create her next piece, Bonnes Bonnes. Sophie is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s directing programme. She aims to make good work and not hurt the earth too much.

photo credit: Pierre Arsenault

Kayo Yasuhara, multidisciplinary artist with a background in Kyo-gen and in Kabuki (Japanese traditional theatre), performs the role of Mother.

Kayo Yasuhara learned theatre in University in Japan, and studied many different types of theatre such as Shakespeare, Broadway musical and Japanese traditional type theatre, like Kyo-gen, Kabuki.


Arriving in Montreal, she has shifted her focus on Japanese traditional dance, such as Kagura, folk dance, and geisha dance. She performs with a Japanese drum group on the Japanese drum. Kayo has also performed Japanese folk music with shamisen as a solo act.


Since 2010, Kayo has acted in commercials as principal, and has acted roles in dramas for multi media and TV. In 2016, she created and performed 'OKUNI', a theatrical dance and music project focused on the history of the founder of Kabuki theatre(Japanese traditional theatre), at Studio 303. It was performed again at the Maison de la Culture Ahuntsic for the Festival Accès Asie 2019.

Alyssa Yeung, soprano & soon-to-be 2022 graduate of the McGill Vocal Performance program, performs the role of Leah.

Expressive, sincere, and ardent… Alyssa Yeung is an explosion of colour on stage! Based in Montreal, Quebec, this soprano singer’s repertoire ranges from Baroque music, to Romantic lieder, to the newest pop hits. In June 2022, Alyssa will obtain their Bachelor’s in voice performance at the McGill’s Schulich School of Music. They have sung in ensembles such as McGill’s Concert Choir, Early Music Ensemble, and opera program. Throughout the years, they’ve acquired experience in the role of Serpina in Mozart’s La Serva Padrona, as the soprano soloist in Schubert’s Mass No. 2, as Charlotte in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, as the son in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, and many more. Alyssa is a multifaceted artist who practices other art forms such as theatre, photography, and songwriting. These different facets allow them to learn and expand as a musician. For the 2021 Montreal Fringe Festival, they took part in the project Self-Made/Autofait where they created and performed works on the theme of identity. Alyssa is thrilled to be back in this year’s Fringe Festival workshopping Just A Note.

CREATIVE & ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS

FRINGE CREATIVE TEAM

Composer, Librettist, Lyricist, Musical director. Christine ML Lee
Director. Sophie Gee
Actress, performing Leah. Alyssa Yeung
Actress, performing Mother. Kayo Yasuhara

FRINGE ADMIN TEAM

Brittany Chiu
Elaine Lam

OTHER ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS

Workshop Dramaturg: Lezlie Wade
Workshop Actors: Heeyun Park, Julie Tamiko Manning
Workshop Director: Al Tom
Workshop Musical Director: Ben Kwong

Cultural Dramaturg: Derek Chan (vAct)
Mentor: Jesse Stong (Playwrights' Workshop Montreal)
Mentor: Joel Klein (Association for Opera in Canada)
Thank you to the Montreal Musical Theatre Writers: Jonathan Monro, Douglas Price, Joanna Gosse, Sara Wunch Eric Elliot Lee, Cynthia Chalifour, Kenny Stein, Virginie Daigle, Graham Isaak, Alisha Ruiss

Thank you to Trevor Barrette, June Park, Elise Moser, Alexis Diamond, Marie Barlizo, Nick Carpenter, Olivia Woods.

Just A Note was originally developed in 2019-2020 in the following programs: Young Creators' Unit at Playwrights' Workshop Montréal with Jesse Stong and the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers' Collective Workshop with Jonathan Monro.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for the development of this musical.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for the development of this musical.