Theatre production tackles math

Show at the Charlie White Theatre focuses on the importance of math

Come October, the Charlie White Theatre will be setting the stage to inspire children to care more about math. The theatre will be the venue for Math Out Loud, presented by Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit research organization that focuses on engaging youth in mathematics and science.

The show was written and is directed by Vancouver actor and playwright, Mackenzie Gray and produced by Dale Hartleben.

Math Out Loud isn’t just turning kids on by math, but helping them embrace it and discover the role it plays in their lives. It’s in everything they do,” said Gray in a press release about the show.

Mitacs CEO and professor of computer science at UBC, Dr. Arvind Gupta says capturing the attention of teenagers about the ways that they interact with math every day without knowing is key.

“Students don’t realize that MP3 players, tablet computers, cars, green energy and so much more all have roots in math. If we can help them see the connection, we maintain their interest in mathematics and careers which involve this discipline.”

Math Out Loud starts Oct. 1 and runs with weekday performances for high schools and weekend matinees for the general public until Oct. 6. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, available at the door and online at

— with files from Math Out Loud