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“That was the most hilarious play I’ve ever seen in my life!” - a 5 year old kid

“I went 5 times.” - A patron with good taste

“It was hard to tell if the play took place in a school Gymnasium or a Circus. - Vue Weekly

“Come watch 4 stars give a 5 star performance! - Jason Hardwick

“A drink helps.” & “You can sip a drink as you ponder what the hell is going on onstage.”

- Alan Kellogg, local theatre blogger/drink enthusiast

THE HAUS OF MERK

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CHET

---- andrew brostrom ----

Let's get things straight, Chet doesn't "get" theatre. He’s here for the paycheck. Joke’s on him.

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SPIKE TAIPE

---- sammy lowe ----

Started performing years ago, when he got up on stage at a Ted Talk to adjust a microphone cable.

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EVELYN EINHORN

---- kristina hunszinger ----

The love child of beloved German death metal ukulele ist Bartholomäus "der Scharfrichter" Einhorn and controversial former circus icon "Boogerz the Clown."

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ELLIOT

MOUTHCOCK

---- jake tkaczyk ----

Once opened for Cher – a company dedicated to sharing all things.

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EMMAH BILMOTT

---- emma wilmott ----

Studies microbiology. Dabbles in The Arts to stay relevant.

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JAYDEN

REMBACHER

---- josh travnik ----

Has successfully avoided too much instruction that may “dim his star.”

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MERK

---- rebecca merkley ----

If an Enigma had a love child with Kathy Bates. 

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MERK DU SOLEIL

Headliner "Merk," along with her Sideshow Boobs, have to complete a death defying stunt by the end of the night. Will they succeed? This one-lady circus spectacular with no circus and more than one lady features some of the most talented stupidity you'll ever see!

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Merk deux Soleil

A one-lady circus spectacular sequel to the ‘critically acclaimed’ one-lady circus spectacular, Merk du Soleil. Featuring new Sideshow Boob ‘Elliot’, a visceral dance piece and “actually attractive” actors who can sing, dance and play their own instruments. Sold out at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

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Merk the Halls: a Holiday Soleil

A one hour Christmas spectacular with no Christmas, and more than one hour. Will “Merk” find the true meaning of Christmas? Come find out! 

Sold Out their World Premiere at The Sewing Machine Factory in 2019!

Upcoming Events

  • Merk du Solapocolypse
    Merk du Solapocolypse
    Edmonton
    Aug. 12, 7:00 p.m. MDT – Aug. 22, 11:00 p.m. MDT
    Edmonton, ATB Financial Arts Barns building, 10330 84 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2G9, Canada
    “Merk'' is faced with her very own Soleil’s Choice after being discovered by world-renowned 'Cirque du Soleil.' Will she accept the opportunity of a lifetime? Or will she stay with her troupe of devoted boobs and avoid bankruptcy? Stay Tuned for the third and FINAL season of the Soleil Series!
  • Scooby Don't! A Groovy Musical
    Scooby Don't! A Groovy Musical
    Edmonton International Fringe Festival
    Aug. 11, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
    Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Edmonton, AB, Canada
    An original musical-spoof about a boy and his dog. And some other people. Premiering Summer of 2022 (as part of the Edmonton International Fringe Festival).
  • 5 SOUTH
    TBD
    5 SOUTH
    Orlando
    COMING FRINGE 2022
    Orlando, Orlando, FL, USA
    Nominated for Outstanding Fringe New Work and Best Dramatic Performance by an Actor “You could hear a pin drop as the audience was captivated by it all.” -Edmonton Journal "A Masterclass in Vulnerability!" -Beer Tent Reviews. A held over performance at The Sewing Machine Factory (sold out)
  • I, Champion
    TBD
    I, Champion
    Location is TBD
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    A team of spirited athletes enter the national aerobic championships, competing against some of Canada's fiercest fitness competitors. Based on the National Aerobic Championships of the 80’s and 90s. Currently in Workshop.
  • Dammitammy and Margin Release' Annual Fundraiser at Jill Thomson Open Gallery
    TBD
    Dammitammy and Margin Release' Annual Fundraiser at Jill Thomson Open Gallery
    Location is TBD
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    DUE TO COVID-19, THIS EVENT WILL BE ONLINE OR POSTPONED. STAY TUNED A cozy event that features a variety of performances (Burlesque, Stand-Up, Music), a silent auction from local vendors, food and libations and a Holiday sing along!!
  • Little Barbershop of Horrors
    TBD
    Little Barbershop of Horrors
    Location is TBD
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    A brand new musical comedy featuring a troupe of femme artists, straw hats, and Barbershop singing! Coming Spring of 2021

      "I still remember sitting in the fanciful tent with the free opening night drinks, and the complimentary popcorn, waiting with anticipation for Curios to begin when it came through town. It was one of the best shows I have ever seen, and yet my heart doesn’t shatter and my soul isn’t crushed knowing that I’m missing more Cirque du Soleil shows.

 

     However, as I sit here on Vancouver Island knowing that exactly 1235 kilometers away, Merk and her Sideshow Boobs are taking the stage, I am inconsolable with grief.

 

    I was lucky enough to see the show last year, and I have to say that it was possibly the hardest I have laughed at a Fringe show in 10+ years I have been attending the Fringe Festival (and I didn’t need a drink, Kellogg). The stunts were imaginative, the bits were priceless, and the music was imperfectly perfect! The story, which I can only assume is a continuation this year, is heart warming and makes me feel feelings of happiness as well as more happiness.

 

    I have been closely following the sequel at this year's Fringe via social media, and it looks bigger and better than I could have ever imagined. Merk (Rebecca Merkley who I would almost literally give my left arm to be in a show with) is back with her usual flair and panache running a tight ship as her returning Sideshow Boob (the incomparable and multi-talented Josh Travnik) and Noob Boob (the brilliant actor and all around handsome hottie, Jake Tkaczyk), set the stage while all being held together by the Stage Manager (there are no words to describe her brilliance Emma Wilmott). Social Media shows me perfectly executed characters, photograph angles, and some wonderful Instagram takeovers that really gave me insight on what it means to be a Boob. It’s lovely to see these "actually attractive" people do something on social media as well as on stage.

 

    And now some things for promotion: this show is by far a glowingly positive poster worthy quote. 

   Watch the 4 stars on stage give a 5 star show."

 

- Jason Hardwick

CAST
&
CREW

Merk du Soleil

Rebecca Merkley

Kristina Hunszinger

Josh Travnik

Andrew Brostrom

Merk Deux Soleil

Rebecca Merkley

Emma Wilmott

Josh Travnik

Jake Tkaczyk

Andrew Brostrom

Merk the Halls: a Holiday Soleil

Rebecca Merkley

Kristina Hunszinger

Josh Travnik

Sammy Lowe

Andrew Brostrom