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Canadian Music Theatre Project Inaugural Presentations Begin April 10

April 04, 2012

Come from Away and Central Park Tango to debut at Panasonic Theatre in Toronto

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2012
Oakville, ON

The Canadian Music Theatre Project is Canada’s first incubator for the development of new musical theatre works by Canadian and international composers, lyricists and book-writers. The first two works being developed are COME FROM AWAY, by David Hein and Irene Sankoff, under the direction of David Ferry and musical direction by Callum Morris, and CENTRAL PARK TANGO, by Robert Gontier and Nicky Phillips, under the direction of Jim Betts and musical direction by Aaron Eyre.

Readings of both new musicals will premiere at Toronto’s Panasonic Theatre on Tuesday, April 10 at 2PM and 8PM and will be performed by second and third year students in Sheridan’s prestigious Music Theatre Performance Program. Admission to the Toronto readings is a pay-what-you- can contribution to Theatre Sheridan. Presentations will continue, Thursday, April 12- Saturday, April 21, at Sheridan College’s Peter Gilgan Centre at the Trafalgar Campus in Oakville. Both works will be presented at each performance.

“Establishing a permanent headquarters for the development of new musicals is a culturally significant event in Canada. Sheridan is Canada’s largest arts school and this ground-breaking initiative continues its proactive role as the country’s centre for creative innovation,” said Michael Rubinoff, Associate Dean of Performing Arts at Sheridan and Toronto theatre producer. “Our rehearsal halls have been creative laboratories led by some of Canada’s most accomplished theatre practitioners.”

COME FROM AWAY

Book, Music and Lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff

COME FROM AWAY is based on the true story of when seven thousand people landed on the doorstep of Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001, doubling its population in an instant. While the world witnessed the worst acts of humankind, the stranded passengers had their faith in humanity restored by the spirited people who comforted those who had come from away.

The Company: David Alves, Karina Bershtyn, Curtis Brown, Kirsten Comerford, Mike Cox, Trevor Curran, Jake Foy, Joanna Fraser, Matt Nethersole, Alycia Novak, Samantha Piper, Jaclyn Sere, Erin Winsor and Luke Witt.

CENTRAL PARK TANGO

Book and Lyrics by Robert Gontier, Music and Lyrics by Nicky Phillips.

CENTRAL PARK TANGO is a penguin musical about the modern day family, based on the real life story of Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins from the Central Park Zoo who wish to have a family of their own. In this new musical we learn how Roy and Silo meet. We see how their relationship grows and how the penguin community around them challenges and reacts to their union.

The Company: Dave Ball, Camille Eanga-Selenge, Aaron Hastelow, Julia McLellan, Leanne Miller, Melissa Peters, Alyssa Reeve, Andres Sierra and Chad Trembley.

Theatre Sheridan presents The Canadian Music Theatre Project

Come From Away

Book, Music and Lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff

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Central Park Tango

Book and Lyrics by Robert Gontier, Music and Lyrics by Nicky Phillips.

Tuesday, April 10 at Toronto’s Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St.

Performances: 2PM and 8PM

Tickets: General Admission, Pay What You Can At the Door

Thursday, April 12 to April 21 at the Peter Gilgan Centre, Sheridan College Trafalgar Campus, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville

Performances: Tues-Sat at 7:30PM; Sat at 2PM

Tickets: $20-$25

Tickets available at theatre.sheridancollege.ca or call at 905.815.4049

About Sheridan: 

Long recognized for excellence in music theatre performance and technical theatre production, Sheridan College offers an innovative learning environment celebrated for academic excellence, applied research and creativity. Alumni perform on stages and work backstage in theatres across the world including on Broadway, in London’s West End and at the Stratford Shakespeare and Shaw Festivals. Theatre Sheridan presents six musicals a year at the Trafalgar Road campus in Oakville. The December 2011 production of RENT transfers to Toronto's Panasonic Theatre May 15th. Sheridan College/The Canadian Music Theatre Project is a proud member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Visit theatre.sheridancollege.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/theatresheridan for more information. 

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