Two shows to offer at Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto this week, both brand new and both full of compelling stories and music.
On Thursday, June 16, 7:30 PM (and June 23 and 25) it is a musical telling of the story of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
I’ve written and will be telling the story, along with musical help from John Millard and a fabulous cast of players, including my beloved Lori on harp and a whole boxcar full of tuba (and gut-bucket bass) by Colin Couch. It’s, as you might expect, a story full of promise, corruption, pride, shame and all the usual Canadian suspects. Tickets here.
Plus – just two days later:
A big thrill and a first for me!
On Saturday June 18, 8:30 PM at the Young Centre for Performing Arts in the Distillery District, Soulpepper Theatre is presenting a reading of my play The Last Curlew, an adaptation of the seminal environmental novel The Last of the Curlews by Fred Bodsworth. The production will feature the wonderful actors Jenny Young and Deb Drakeford, with music by Alexina Louie, R. Murray Schafer and R. Vaughan-Williams played by Lori Gemmell and Toronto Symphony Assistant Concertmaster Etsuko Kimura, as well as spectacular solo dances by Julia Aplin. Please come!