John McHenry, Artistic Director announces lineup for next season 2018/19 at the Sudbury Theatre Centre.
A MUSIC AND LAUGH-FILLED 18.19 SEASON IN STORE AT STC.
When John McHenry was announced as STC’s Artistic Director in December last year, he promised his first season would include some of the hottest shows and playwrights on stages across Canada. Today, he kept his word as he announced his “music and laugh-filled” first season from the stage of STC, promising theatre-goers a good night out.
27 SEP-13 OCT 2018
THE BALLAD OF STOMPIN’ TOM
story + songs by Tom C. Connors script by David Scott director: Rob Kempson music director: David Archibald
What better way to open the season than with a show about Canadian icon and legendary troubadour, Stompin’ Tom Connors, who immortalized Sudbury in Sudbury Saturday Night. Sudbury has paid tribute to him with Tyler Fauvelle’s sculpture and Stack’s special Saturday Night craft beer.
This great Canadian’s fascinating life story is presented as a concert with flashbacks to his early years on the streets and to his breakout success in Timmins. The show features some of Stompin’ Tom’s greatest hits including Bud the Spud, Tilsonburg, The Hockey Song and, of course, Sudbury Saturday Night -songs that have become part of the Canadian cultural landscape.
Playwright David Scott, who teaches writing at Western and Fanshawe, has been a newspaper, medical journal and magazine editor.
Rob Kempson, who most recently directed Maggie and Pierre at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and directed Million Dollar Quartet at STC will direct while award-winning songwriter, composer and playwright David Archibald is music director.
We are pleased that Bernt and Marja Ivarsson are once again sponsoring the opening production as they have in past few years.
6-22 DEC 2018
PLAID TIDINGS –A special holiday edition of Forever Plaid
by Stuart Ross director: John McHenry
Francis, Jinx, Smudge and Sparky aren’t sure why they’ve returned to Earth, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they’re needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. Sprinkled among the Christmas standards such as The Christmas Song, Carol of the Bells, The Wassail Song and Jingle Bells are audience favourites like their riotous three-minuteand-eleven-second version of The Ed Sullivan Show featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir. Their Plaid Caribbean Christmas puts the “Day-O” in Excelsis!
This truly “heaven-sent” holiday treat lifts the spirits with classic music, perfect harmony, all tied up in a nifty package with a Christmas bow on top!
7-23 FEB 2019
HERE ON THE FLIGHT PATH
by Norm Foster director: John McHenry
One man. Three women. Two balconies. What could go wrong? Set on adjoining balconies in a big city apartment building, Here on the Flight Path follows John Cummings as he interacts with three women who become his neighbours over a three and a half year period. Foster’s writing is witty, clever, hilarious and, at times, touching.
Norm Foster, Canada’s best loved playwright, is the most produced playwright in the history of Canada, receiving on average, an astounding 150 productions of his plays each year globally. It has been said that on any given day of the year, there is a Norm Foster play either in rehearsal or in performance somewhere in the world.
11-27 APR, 2019
THE BIRDS AND THE BEES
by Mark Crawford director: Patricia Vanstone
Love, lust and poultry come together in a raucously funny comedy with a huge, honeyed heart. Gail, a retired empty-nester, has been quietly raising bees in solitude. Unexpectedly, her grown daughter Sarah returns home. It seems twenty years of artificially inseminating turkeys has taken a toll on Sarah’s love life, and she and her husband are through. As both women set about putting their lives back in order and reacquaint themselves with living under the same roof, they are visited by a strapping, young grad student who has come to study the declining bee population.
Since its 2016 premiere at the Blyth Festival, The Birds and The Bees has been produced across the country. As an actor playwright Mark Crawford has performed on stages across the country including STC in It’s a Wonderful Life in 2016.
Director Patricia Vanstone, artistic director of the Foster Festival in St. Catharines, is passionate about Canadian theatre, having directed many shows over the past 35 years at theatres across Canada.
15-24 MAR 2019
Leisa Way starring in
ACROSS THE POND: The British Invasion
also starring Fred Smith, Bobby Prochaska, Nathan Smith, Sam Cino, Bruce Ley (The Wayward Wind Band)
Get out your go-go boots and slick back your hair because the British are coming! The British Invasion went by the code word, “Beatlemania”. After the Fab Four appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, North American music was never the same. Across the Pond celebrates over 50 years of British pop and rock music with hits from: The Beatles, Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, Elton John, Petula Clark, Tom Jones, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Shirley Bassey, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Animals, Dusty Springfield, Rod Stewart, Adele, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Sting, Annie Lennox, Led Zeppelin, Joe Cocker, Lulu, The Hollies and many more!
Sudbury’s own Leisa Way began her career on stage at STC as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and by age 16 had already sung for Queen Elizabeth, Terry Fox, Teddy Kennedy and Wayne Gretzky. Her career launched internationally when she was cast as Anne in Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival. Leisa played this role for six seasons, including Canada, USA & Japan Tours, taping for CBC Radio, filming for television, a guest appearance on “Front Page Challenge” & three Royal Command Performances.
7-10 NOV 2018
Geordie Theatre presents
written by Pascal Brullemans translated by Alexis Diamond director: Mike Payette
A beautiful fable about choices we make when faced with adversity and the unknown, Little Witch features highly physical performance, imaginative scenic design and enchanting storytelling. This new play for young audiences is written by acclaimed award-winning playwright Pascal Brullemans. The translation by Alexis Diamond was workshopped as part of Banff’s 2017 Playwright’s Colony.
Geordie Theatre aims to entertain, provoke thought, fire up the imagination and challenge audiences of all ages. They are Montreal’s leading English-language professional theatre for audiences of all ages, entertaining and engaging the imaginations of children and their families since 1980.
Students on Stage
1-2 JUN 2019
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
book + lyrics by Barbara Worthy music by John-Luke Addison based on the Original Story by Kenneth Grahame
Amiable Mole, his hearty friend Water Rat, the genial Badger, and irresponsible Mr. Toad enjoy the most memorable and hilarious adventures. This story will enchant young and old alike!
STC’s Students on Stage program is designed for students who are ready for a more intensive and advanced theatre learning experience. Past SOS shows include Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
1 DEC 2018 | 2 FEB 2019 | 11 MAY 2019
VOICES OF THE ROCK
Our musical Cabaret evenings continue with more musical offerings. Join host Kelly Perras and some of Sudbury’s finest singer/songwriters in three nights of song including the widely celebrated Kevin Closs. The Sudbury Basin is rich is mineral resources and has been the foundation of our existence for more than a century. But another valuable commodity here on the rock is the wealth of superbly talented people who bedazzle our cultural fabric.
One Night Only Special Event
17 JAN 2019
AFFORDABLEY NUMB CELEBRATES PINK FLOYD
Some of Sudbury’s best musicians including John Newlands, Joe Fiorino and Pepper Adams have created an evening of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits – for one night only. Join them as they play tribute to one of the most successful and influential groups in popular music history. Pink Floyd: more than The Wall.
Along with the season announcement, STC launches a new Membership campaign. This membership program creates a community of like-minded people who share in the magical experience of live theatre. For as little as $35, members receive a variety of benefits as well as helping STC financially.
Subscriptions are now on sale. Call the DiBrina Box Office at 705.674.8381 or stop by in person at 170 Shaughnessy Street in Downtown Sudbury.
Sudbury Theatre Centre acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Greater Sudbury.
For more information on the 2018.2019 season, subscriptions and the membership campaign visit sudburytheatre.ca.