Recent Seasons (2010 - 2020)

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the board directors had to take the decision to cancel this production.


Distant relative Monty Navarro is delighted to learn that he’s eighth in line for an earldom of the esteemed D’Ysquith family. Figuring the odds of outliving his predecessors are less than optimal, he sets off down a far more devilish path with lots of charm and just a dash of murder. As he begins to knock off his unsuspecting relatives without getting caught, the audience knows exactly ‘whodunnit’ and Monty leads a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music and non-stop laughs.


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is the knock ‘em dead, uproarious hit and the most-nominated show of the 2014 Broadway season with four wins, including Best Musical, Book, Direction and Costumes.


An OTTAWA Premiere! 


Stage Director: Andrew Portolesi

Music Director: Lisa Concessi MacLean

Choreographer: Debbie Guilbeault

2019 - 2020

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

It’s the tail end of the 1980s in Hollywood, and the rock party shows no signs of slowing. Big hair, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, the place where sexy singer Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and the groupies line up to turn fantasy into reality. Amidst the high energy power ballads, aspiring rock star Drew longs to take the stage, live the dream, and get the girl. But the rock and roll fairy-take may be about to end for good when developers threaten to raze their hangout. Can our guitar heroes save the day?


A tongue-in-cheek, comic blast from the past that features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Styx, Foreigner, Whitesnake and more!


Stage Director: Andréa Black

Music Director: Kenny Hayes

Choreographer: Andy Allen-McCarthy

2019 - 2020

Rock of Ages

The story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a little genius who dreams of a better life.


Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.


An OTTAWA premiere!


Stage Director: Jenn Donnelly

Music Director: Sophie Rochat

Choreographer: Alex Sinha

2019 - 2020

Matilda

Falsettos is the tale of Marvin, who leaves his wife and young son to live with another man. His ex-wife marries his psychiatrist, and Marvin ends up alone. Two years later, Marvin is reunited with his lover on the eve of his son’s bar mitzvah, just as a new viral threat is beginning its insidious spread.

 

Stage Director: Christine Drew

Music Director: John McGovern

Choreographer: Niamh Webber

2019 - 2020

Falsettos

The heartwarming, dazzling adventures of Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to develop a show together and take it to the middle of the Australian outback aboard a battered old bus they name "Priscilla". The three embark on unknown roads and end up finding everything they need. 


FABULOUS! 🏳️‍🌈


Stage Director: Shaun Toohey and Derek Eyamie

Choreographer: Morgan Coughlan

Music Director: Murray Doggett

2018 - 2019

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Singer Deloris hopes to make it to the big time but, instead unwittingly witnesses a murder in Philadelphia. For her own safety, she is placed into hiding at a convent until the trial. At first, Deloris feels out of place and unhappy but the mood soon shifts from depressing to blessing as Deloris finds acceptance, sisterhood, and hope with the convent’s struggling choir.


An uplifting musical that weaves song and joy into love and community. 


Stage Director: Michael Gareau

Musical Director: Gabriel Leury

Choreographer: Debbie Guilbeault

2018 - 2019

Sister Act

CELEBRATING THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MUSICAL FILM!

 

A wonderfully eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, sets about restoring an old scrap heap race car much beloved by his two children. To celebrate the finished car, the trio meet with Truly Scrumptious and head to the seaside for a picnic and discover that the car, Chitty, has some surprising abilities. But adventure and misadventure ensue when Baron Bomburst of Vulgaria desires the car for himself...Based on the much-loved 1968 film of the same name. 


Stage Director: Jenn Donnelly

Music Director: Chris Santillan

Choreographer: Niamh Webber


2018 - 2019

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, telling her story backwards while Jamie, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.


Artistic Director and Set Designer: Kodi Cannon

Music Director and Rehearsal Accompanist: Wendy Berkelaar


This production had no formal choreographer.

2018 - 2019

The Last 5 Years

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.


The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!


Stage Director: Shaun Toohey

Musical Director: Chris Santillán

Choreographer: Susie Bregg-Krzyzanowski

2017 - 2018

Mamma Mia!

Rydell High, 1959: fast cars, dreams, love, loss, leather jackets, Brylcreem, bobby sox, poodle skirts, pajama parties, rock and roll, burger joints, sock hops, drive-ins, fitting in, busting out, growing up. Greaser Danny Zuko meets good girl Sandy Dumbrowski and teenage sparks fly. But can Danny maintain his cool image and still win the girl? It’s complicated. The whole gang sings and dances around Danny and Sandy’s romance, through such hit songs as “Summer Nights”, “Greased Lightnin’”, and “We Go Together”, recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. A bright, nostalgic look at senior year in the fabulous fifties, Grease is (still) the Word.


Artistic Director: Chantale Plante

Musical Director: Ruth Kwan

Choreographer: Derek Eyamie

2017 - 2018

Grease

"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.


Shrek presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities, including costumes, sets, puppets (there is a fire-breathing dragon after all) and more! Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.


Artistic Director: Jenn Donnelly

Musical Director: Gabriel Leury

Choreographer: Mary Hills

2017 - 2018

Shrek The Musical

Before Rent,there was tick, tick...BOOM! This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning composer of Rent,is the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Containing fourteen songs,
ten characters, three actors and a band, tick, tick...BOOM! takes you on the playwright/composer's journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster.


Jon's girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city. His best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue. Yet, Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical filled with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theatre styles.


Everyone will love this youthful, endearing and thoughtful piece, and will surely embrace the universal ideal of holding onto your dreams through life's most difficult challenges. tick, tick...BOOM! features a three-person cast showcasing strong pop/rock singers and allowing performers to make creative character choices. 


Artistic Director: Gordon Guest

Musical Director: Wendy Berkelaar

Choreographer: Debbie Guilbeault

2017 - 2018

tick, tick...BOOM!

Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once On This Island, Seussical and Lucky Stiff), noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, Ragtime is the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Called by Time Magazine "A triumph for the stage," and by the International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years," this acclaimed musical is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical.

 

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together -- that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician -- united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

 

The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself, drawing upon many musical styles from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems. A truly unique and powerful portrait of America, Ragtime is sure to inspire actors and audiences alike!


Stage Director: Bob Lackey

Music Director: Terry Duncan

Choreographer: Lisa Wagner-Boisvert

2016 - 2017

Ragtime

Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Musical, this delightfully entertaining show was created by a Tony Award-winning "dream team," with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).

 

Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abignale, Jr., runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent, Carl Hanratty, though, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes.

 

Catch Me If You Can is a big and bright spectacle with high-energy dance numbers and a riveting story, making it an ideal choice for Community and Professional theatres. High School performers will enjoy portraying characters of a similar age and will relish the opportunity to sing Shaiman's and Wittman's sparkling new songs.


Artistic Director, Choreographer: Debbie Guilbeault

Musical Director: Wendy Berkelaar

2016 - 2017

Catch me if you Can

The Addams Family musical features the well-loved cartoon characters of Charles Addams in a new story.  Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable, "normal" family.  When Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before: keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.  As events unfold, the endearingly macabre Addams family is put to the test when outsiders come to dinner, hurtling Gomez, Moriticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandma and Lurch headlong into a wild, stormy night that threatens to change the family forever. And the result is delicious anarchy, Addams style!


Artistic Director: Jenn Donnelly

Musical Director: Murray Doggett

Co-Choreographer: Jasmine Lee

Co-Choreographer: Jessica Lee

2016 - 2017

The Addams Family

Spring Awakening is the ground breaking rock musical based on the controversial German play Spring Awakening (1891) but Frank Wedekind.  Set in late-19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality.  Melchior and naïve Wendla stumble into each other's arms, passionate and curious, while anxious Moritz struggles to live up to the stringent expectations of society.  This group of young men and women travel the fraught and rocky path from youth to adulthood celebrating an unforgettable journey with a power, poignancy and passion you'll never forget, framed by an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality, and rocking pop!


Artistic Director: Chantale Plante

Musical Director: Paul Legault

Choreographer: Lola Ryan

2016 - 2017

Spring Awakening

The Who's Tommy is the tale of a young boy's journey from pain to triumph. During WWII, young RAF Captain Walker parachutes into Germany, is captured and presumed dead.  Back home in London, his pregnant wife gives birth to their son, Tommy, and takes a lover.  The war ends and the missing captain returns to find his wife with her new beau and kills him.  Tommy witnesses the murder in a mirror and is left in a total state of catatonia brought on by the shock of the murder.  His father ends up being acquitted but young Tommy is still too seriously withdrawn to show any emotion at the verdict.


His extended dysfunctional family (uncle, cousins, etc.) misuse and abuse the young deaf, dumb and blind Tommy until it's discovered that he has an uncanny knack for gaming.  He goes on to become an international pinball superstar.  Medical advice, parental affection, even a proposed sexual awakening, fail to remedy the boy's affliction.  Only the breaking of the original mirror finally frees him.


Artistic Director: Michael Gareau

Musical Director: Brian Boggs

Choreographer and assistant Director: Andréa Black

2015 - 2016

The Who's Tommy

A Chorus Line is a celebration of those unsung heroes of  Musical Theatre - the chorus dancers-- the valiant, over-dedicated, underpaid, and highly trained chorus dancers who back up the stars and often make them look even more talented than they are.


A Chorus Line is also about competition, and competition might easily be the common denominator that grabs the audience and holds it by the collective heartstring until the final choices are made.


Specifically, A Chorus Line takes the audience through the final gruelling audition run by the director, Zach, for a new Broadway musical.  At the beginning of the show, Zach, a driven, compulsive worker, has assembled twenty-six semi-finalists and is putting them through a vigorous series of dance combinations, including ballet and jazz. Soon he whittles this group down to the final seventeen.  They and the audience know that eventually this number will be cut to eight, four boys and four girls.


Instead of having them read a short audition scene, Zach wants to elicit a personal history from each one: how they got into "show business" and why they became dancers.  As he calls upon them individually, they react in every possible way, from bravado to reticence. From childhood on, their memories emerge, blending into a seamless series of musical numbers and monologues.  As their individual stories pour out in songs and in spoken words, we get to know each one of these ambitious entertainers individually, so that by the show's end, we can identify and cheer for our favourites.


A Chorus Line departs from the usual glossy backstage musical by presenting a true picture of what it's like to be in the theatre - glamorous at times, but also tough, heartbreaking and sometimes even tragic.


Artistic Director: Debbie Guilbeault

Musical Director: Wendy Berkelaar

Choreographer: Derek Eyamie

2015 - 2016

A Chorus Line

Our story is set in 1908, and takes place over a two-year span beginning when thirteen-year-old Anne Shirley arrives in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island.  This extremely strong-willed and imaginative young orphan girl arrives in our quiet and stoic little town, on a desperate search of love and family.  Despite much upheaval and growing pains in learning to control her tongue as well as her temper, Anne gradually brings new colour to this town through her energy and vitality, and becomes part of a loving family in return.  This story still resonates today with our innate desire to find our place to belong.


Artistic Director: Joyce Landry

Musical Director: Terry Duncan

Choreographer: Debbie Guilbeault

2015 - 2016

Anne of Green Gables

The 1950s are gone and change is in the air!  Hairspray, winner of eight Tony awards including Best Musical, is set in Baltimore in 1962.  Tracy Turnblad, a loveable, plus-size teen, Baltimorean has only one desire, to dance on the popular local TV dance program, The Corny Collins Show.  She has a teenage obsession with one of its dancers Link Larkin and though she is rejected by producer Belma Von Tussle at the auditions, when Tracy shows off some moves at the Sophomore Hop, Corny Collins himself gives her a place on the show.  As she lives her dream, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star.  She can't, however stand the fact that the show won't allow integration and must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her "do"!


Artistic Director: Judy Follett

Musical Director: Gabriel Leury

Choreographer: Mary Hills

2014 - 2015

Hairspray

Doctor Frederick Frankenstein leaves his fiancé and a prestigious position at a leading medical school behind to sort out an old family estate he has inherited in Transylvania. Upon arrival, he discovers an old laboratory and manuscripts, and attempts to renew his grandfather's infamous legacy by bringing a corpse back to life. With lots of help (and hindrance) from his new partners in crime – estate man servant/general dogsbody Igor, ever eager lab assistant Inga and loyal housekeeper of the Transylvanian castle, Frau Blücher, Freddy tries to continue his experiments while keeping an angry mob of villagers at bay. To his amazement, Frederick's endeavours find success, but also lead to increasingly outrageous situations and decidedly unexpected results!


Artistic Director: Jenn Donnelly

Musical Director: Marlene Hudson

Choreographer: Linda Fournier-Brown and France Bastien

2014 - 2015

Young Frankenstein

Fiddler on the Roof, composed by Jerry Bock, with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein, is set in Tsarist Russia in 1905 and is very closely based on the books Tevye and his Daughters and Tevye the Dairyman by Jewish author Sholem Aleichem.  The story focuses on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives.  He tries hard to cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters - each one's choice of husband moving farther away from the customs of their faith - and with the edict of the Tsar that will eventually evict his family and all the Jews from their little village of Anatevka.


Artistic Director: Michael Gareau

Musical Director: Marylen Milenkovic

Choreographer, Assistant Director: Debbie Guilbeault

2014 - 2015

Fiddler on the Roof

9 to 5: The Musical is a well-crafted musical comedy version of the popular 1980 movie. It's a tongue-in-cheek contemporary fable that offers a witty take on issues such as office politics, workplace harassment and pay equity – all of which are still relevant today.


When three female co-workers are pushed to the boiling point by their obnoxious boss, they concoct a plan to get even with him. They plan a take-over of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do – even if it is a man's world.


This is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex/typewriter era. It's outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. It's about teaming up and taking care of business. It's about friendship and finding your voice ... even when you didn't think you had one.


Artistic Director: Judy Follett
Musical Director: Murray Doggett
Choreographer: Debbie Miller-Smith

2013 - 2014

9 to 5

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? (Source: Theatrical Rights)

 

Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle | Music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez


Artistic Director: Bob Lackey
Musical Director: Terry Duncan
Choreographer: Christa Cullain

2013 - 2014

Spamalot

Join Sammy the Skunk on his challenging quest to make new friends.


Stage Director: Michael Gareau

Musical Director: John Litster

Choreographer: Lisa Wagner-Boisvert

2013 - 2014

Be a Friend

Legally Blonde is the story of Delta Nu sorority sister Elle Woods and her search for love. After being unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend Warner, she develops a completely brilliant plan to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back.


Arriving with her dog Bruiser in arm, she's kicked out of class on the first day and finds out that Warner has a new, more “serious” girlfriend, Vivienne. In a misguided attempt to change herself to become what Warner wants, she meets the beautician Paulette who befriends her and saves her from a bad hair decision. Teaching assistant Emmett Forrest tutors Elle, helping her to discover her true potential inside the classroom and out.


Artistic Director: Cindy Beaton

Musical Director: Wendy Berkelaar

Choreographer: Debbie Millet

2013 - 2014

Legally Blonde

New England 1873, and 15 years later

Billy Bigelow is a carousel barker at a New England amusement park. Julie Jordan, shyest of the local millworkers and Carrie Pipperidge, her best friend, visit the park and ride on the carousel. Carrie is blissfully happy because she is engaged to the worthy Enoch Snow. Julie is strangely attracted to the rough and lonely Billy, and the two are soon married. Shortly after, Billy loses his job, becomes desperate, and bullies his wife, until he learns that he is to become a father. In order to get money to bring up the forthcoming child, Billy is persuaded by Jigger Craigin to take part in a robbery. Their ill-laid plans go awry, and while Jigger escapes, Billy kills himself to avoid capture.

After 15 years in purgatory, Billy learns that he will never get into heaven unless his soul is redeemed. He is given one final chance to return to earth and perform a good deed. At his unhappy daughter's school graduation, Billy manages to whisper words of comfort and hope to her that free her from her ongoing unhappiness.


Artistic Director: J. Taylor Morris

Musical Director: Drum Hudson

Choreographers: Nancy Blais and Sierra Slegtenhorst

2012 - 2013

Carousel

Every now and then a real gem of a new show comes along that is pure entertainment. The Drowsy Chaperone, a Canadian-born satire of the 1920s musicals, is indeed one of those rare jewels.


It takes place in the mind and in the apartment of a recluse referred to only as Man in Chair. As he plays one of his old records on this antiquated turntable, this delightful show comes to life before our eyes.


Feldzieg Follies and movie star Janet Van de Graaff is saying farewell to showbiz and getting married to oil tycoon Robert Martin. Without her, the Follies stand to lose a lot of money. So the Follies' backers hire two thugs to lean on Feldzieg, their producer, to hlep protect their investment.


The Van de Graaff/Martin wedding is to take place at the estate of a rather ditzy dowager, Mrs. Tottendale. Along with her beleaguered butler, Underling, and in keeping with the era, they provide the scene-melding vaudeville routines.


Feldzieg engages the services of a Latin lothario by the name of Aldolpho who is contracted to bed the bride before her fiancé does and quash any plans for a wedding. Aldolpho enters the bride's boudoir and upon meeting the titled drowsy or should we say tipsy chaperone, immediately mistakes her for the bride.


Add to the mix one gold-digging chorine, a caring best man, an Earhart-like aviatrix along with a few other delightful characters, and there you have it, a wonderful way to escape the dreary horrors of the real world and enjoy life when it was so much less complicated.


Artistic Director: Michael Gareau

Musical Director: John McGovern

Choreographer: Debbie Millet (also Assistant Artistic Director)

2012 - 2013

The Drowsy Chaperone

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results.  When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home.  When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid.  The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for his father who walked out on him.  To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar- and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!), augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people and guiding them with a warm heart and and open mind.


Artistic Director: Shaun Toohey

Musical Director: Wendy Berkelaar

Choreographer: Gabe Wolinsky

2012 - 2013

Footloose

She has been called the most famous ship since Noah's Ark...the largest, fastest, most luxurious trans-Atlantic liner of her time...the "unsinkable" ship who, just four days into her maiden voyage, struck an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 1912.  Two hours and forty minutes later the "ship of dreams" was gone, taking over 1,500 souls with her into the freezing depths of the North Atlantic.  She is the RMS Titanic, and Orpheus is honoured to mark her 100th anniversary with this exquisite production.


This is not a musical version of the James Cameron movie.  Based on real people and events and over ten years in creation, Titanic - The Musical was launched on April 23, 1997, at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where it ran for 830 performances and won many accolades - including five Tony Awards - along the way.  Since then, it has been performed throughout North America, the UK and Australia and has been translated for successful productions across Europe and in Japan.


Bringing this now-legendary story to the Orpheus stage has been artistically and technically challenging and has required a huge commitment of time, energy and creativity from everyone involved.  With its elements of privilege and poverty, of courage and cowardice, of great achievement and catastrophic failure, it is a real-life story that, even a century later, far surpasses any screen or script-writer's imagination.


Artistic DirectorDeb Miller-Smith

Musical Director: Paul Legault

Choreographer, Assistant Artistic Director: Valerie Keenleyside

2011 - 2012

Titanic

Based on Puccini's classic opera La Bohème, composer and lyricist Jonathan Larson's revolutionary rock opera Rent tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent in the gritty background of New York's East Village in the early nineties. “Measuring their lives in love,” these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness, and the AIDS epidemic.


The cast includes Mark, a filmmaker and the narrator of the story; his former girlfriend, Maureen, a performance artist; Maureen's lover, Joanne, a public interest lawyer; Mark's roommate, Roger, a musician; Mimi, an exotic dancer, with whom Roger falls in love; Tom Collins, a computer genius; Collins' lover, Angel, a street musician and drag queen; and Benny, a former member of the group who, after marrying into a wealthy family, has become their landlord. The lead characters are complemented by a strong group of multi-talented ensemble members who play a variety of different characters to round out the production, which is almost completely sung through.


Nicole Milne: Artistic Director

James Caswell: Musical Director

Debbie Millet: Choreographer

2011 - 2012

Rent

After WW II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis leave the Army and team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. Phil sees that Bob is attracted to Betty, so he talks Bob into following the girls to their next show, at an inn in Vermont. When they get to the inn, it is practically empty because there is no snow, and they discover their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. They decide to stay to try to drum up some business for the general and a series of romantic mix-ups ensues.


Betty mistakenly thinks that Bob and Phil are taking advantage of the general's misfortune to get free publicity, so she gets angry at them. Judy and Phil think that Betty is upset because she is afraid to fall in love with Bob because she has to look after Judy, so Judy and Phil pretend to get engaged. Betty leaves for New York to get away from Bob. When the general's request to rejoin the army is denied, Bob goes on national TV to get the men from his World War II division to surprise the general on Christmas Eve. Betty sees the show and realizes Bob really is a good guy so she returns to Vermont to participate in the big show. In a memorable finale, Bob and Betty declare their love, as do Phil and Judy. The background of the set is removed to show the snow falling in Pine Tree. Everyone raises a glass, toasting, "May your days be merry and bright; and may all your Christmases be white."


Stage Director: Judy Follett-Johns

Music Director: Murray Doggett

Choreographer: Linda Fournier-Brown

2011 - 2012

White Christmas

In a small town on the French Riviera, con man Lawrence Jameson has been making a lavish living convincing wealthy women to give him expensive objects and large sums of money. André Thibault, his accomplice, and the local chief of police, informs him that another con artist known as "The Jackal" is rumoured to be in the area.  Freddy Benson, a small-town crook, appears.


At Freddy's insistence, Lawrence takes him under his wing and starts to teach him about the finer things in life.  While in training, Freddy joins Lawrence in his schemes, helping keep marriage-minded women from getting too close.


Freddy soon chafes at the situation and he and Lawrence have a falling-out.  They decided on a contest to see who will move on and who will stay.  The challenge?  The first to con fifty thousand dollars from newly arrived heiress Christine Colgate, the American Soap Opera Queen, will have the town to himself.


The game is on.  Freddy opens; Lawrence counters.  Lawrence advances; Freddy blocks.  It is false identities and convincing lies, ruse and counter-move, with Christine caught in the middle; both men try not only to take her money but also to outwit the other in the process.  As the contest develops, the con men learn that Christine is not wealthy at all, but both have fallen for her and the bet is changed, now becoming a contest to see who can win her favour.


Lawrence, the more experienced swindler, starts to emerge as the apparent winner, but Christine, before leaving town, arranges a tryst with Freddy.  Freddy has won; Lawrence must leave.


Or maybe not...


Artistic Director: Shaun Toohey

Musical Director: Wendy Berkelaar

Choreographer: Chantale Kutkewich

2010 - 2011

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch...who raps? They're all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results.


Stage Director: Michael Gareau

Music Director: Marlene Hudson

Choreographer: Debbie Millett

2010 - 2011

Into the Woods

Set in New York City in 1933 during the Great Depression, Annie is the story of a little girl abandoned as a baby in front of the steps of the Municipal Orphanage with only a silver locket around her neck and a note saying her parents would someday return for her. Having waited for and dreamed of her parents for ten long years while under the strict watch of the mean-tempered Miss Hannigan who runs the Orphanage, Annie finally decides to run away and search for the family she has always wanted. Along the way, she befriends a stray dog who she names Sandy, but before long, Annie is found by the police and returned to the Orphanage to face Miss Hannigan's wrath.


As luck would have it, Annie is brought back to the Orphanage just as Miss Grace Farrell, secretary to the billionaire industrialist Oliver Warbucks, arrives to select an orphan to spend Christmas at the Warbucks mansion. Grace chooses Annie.


Warbucks is so taken with Annie, he decides to adopt her, but before he can approach the little girl about his plans, Annie tells him the story of her locket and her hopes that she might one day find her parents again. Warbucks, wanting nothing more than to make Annie happy, offers $50,000 to anyone who can prove that they are Annie's parents. Learning of the handsome cash reward, Miss Hannigan, assisted by her crooked brother Rooster and his girlfriend Lily, hatches a plot to get the money. The key to their success is their knowledge of Annie's silver locket.


Artistic Director: Judy Follett-Jones

Musical Director: John McGovern

Choreographer: Aileen Szkwarek

2010 - 2011

Annie

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