Izzi, playing Valerie, in It's Only A Shadow. Photo by Sharyn Ayliffe; design by Colin Simmons.
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It's Only A Shadow

It’s Only a Shadow: A Self-Defence Story, follows the journey of two Karate students, Valerie and Scott, as they navigate balancing their love for Karate while setting personal boundaries to maintain their overall wellness.  Come along on the journey as we learn about navigating unhealthy relationships,  developing autonomy skills,  finding our voice, and building the confidence to use it!

We all have hobbies we love and people we want to impress but it’s important to remember that we have to take care of ourselves first! This show teaches us how! Recommended for Grades 5-8.

Ontario curriculum overall expectations in categories of Drama(Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing), Health and Physical Education(Social Emotional Learning/Healthy Living), Science (Energy and Technology Innovations)  and Language Arts (Oral Communication/Media Literacy).  


  • Izzi Nagel
  • Aaron Macpherson
  • Andy Trithardt


  • Playwright: John Daniel
  • Director: Daniel Reale
  • Stage Manager: Jory McLean
  • Cinematography and Editing: Sara May
  • Set Design: Beckie Morris
  • Costume Design: Lisa Lahue
  • Lighting Design: Dan Palmieri
  • Sound Design: Lisa Lahue
  • Sound Editing: Sara May
  • Fight Director: John and Elyse Johanis

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Running time

This show runs 40 minutes with no intermission.

Content notice

Recommended for Grades 5-8.

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Relaxed Performance

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