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Annie; Gateway Theatre (Upcoming show)

Dancing orphans, stray dogs and a singing billionaire return to the Metro Vancouver stage once again as Gateway Theatre presents the family favourite Annie as their 2010 Christmas musical.

Michelle Creber in Gateway Theatre's Annie. Photo by David Cooper.

The musical marks a special anniversary for Gateway. “We’re celebrating 26 years at Gateway by producing Annie, the musical we started with,” says executive and artistic director Simon Johnston. “Annie’s irrepressible optimism and hope for the future is an important message for all of us.”

Book by Thomas Meehan (The Producers), music by Charles Strouse (Bye Bye Birdie), and lyrics by Martin Charnin. Directed by Johnna Wright, musical direction by Allen Stiles, choreography by Kennith Overbey, set design by Drew Facey, and costume design by Carmen Alatorre.

Starring Michelle Creber, Timothy E. Brummund, Nora McLellan, Matt Palmer, Barbara Tomasic and Pippa Mackie. Featuring Jessie Chan, Bridget Esler, Murielle Faifman, Maria Go, Kaila Kask, Aviva Knowles, Caroline Mawhinney, Fiona McIntyre, Laura Reynolds, Colette Richardson, Makena Zimmerman, Arne Larsen, Andrea Bailey, Matthew Beairsto, Vanessa Coley-Donohue, Andrew Cownden, Xavier de Salaberry, Jeff Deglow, Cameron Dunster, Brandyn Eddy, Madelyn Kriese, Stephanie Liatopolous, Brittany Scott, and Tamara Vishniakoff.

Gateway Theatre presents Annie from December 9 – 31, 2010, at the Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond.  Tickets are available online or by phone at 604-270-1812.

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Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; Point B Theatre (Upcoming show)

From the company that brought us Reefer Madness last summer comes the musical revue Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.

Music by Jacques Brel, with production conception, English lyrics and additional material by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman. Directed by Maddison Popov and Brianna Wiens. Starring Michael Kovac, Erin Palm, Brandyn Eddy (HSM2, URP) and Kathy Fitzpatrick (Footloose, Exit 22).

Point B Theatre (formerly J.E. Productions) presents Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris from June 17 – June 26, 2010 at the PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero St.  Tickets are available online or by calling 604-684-2787.

High School Musical 2; URP (Review)

Disney’s High School Musical 2 knows its audience and plays directly to it. Opening night, the crowd was dominated by the under 12 set and they were there to be entertained.  As soon as the lights dimmed in the theatre, a wave of pint-sized shushing rippled through the room; this audience didn’t want to miss a single moment of the performance.

Judging by the enthusiastic applause, URP pulled it off.  URP mounted the original HSM two seasons ago with great success, so the sequel was a no-brainer.

 

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Scott Perrie and Shannon Adams share a moment in URP's High School Musical 2.

 

The first HSM revolved around the Disney-esque premise that everyone should follow their dreams and that people can be whatever they want to be.  HSM 2 also promises a kid and parent-friendly evening, complete with feel-good positive messages around loyalty and hard work.

The sequel follows Troy Bolton and Gabriella Marquez and their Wildcat compatriots as they spend their summer before senior year working at country club.  Scott Perrie (Les Misérables, Arts Club) and Shannon Adams as Troy and Gabriella respectively, had a very fitting G-rated kind of chemistry.

Though I spotted several twenty-somethings trying to pass as teenagers, there were also quite a few actual teens in the cast.  URP and their HSM and HSM 2 productions have provided a great opportunity for younger actors to gain stage experience.

Julie Trepanier was a somewhat subdued Sharpay Evans.  Trepanier certainly looked the part, but I found myself wishing that she’d have more fun with the role.

My only real quibble with casting was with Brandyn Eddy as Sharpay’s nicer twin, Ryan.  In Eddy’s hands, the nattily-dressed Ryan came off as more of a senior citizen than a high school senior.  Eddy is a more-than-capable actor, as evidenced by his turn as Seymour in last year’s URP production of Little Shop of Horrors.  But here, he just felt jarringly out of place.

Overall, the show accomplished what it set out to do.  The cast had fun, the parents had fun, and most importantly, the toughest critics of all, the kids, had fun.  What more could you ask for?

High School Musical 2, presented by URP Productions, plays through November 22, 2009, at the Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale, North Vancouver.  Tickets are available online or by phone at 604-984-4484.

High School Musical 2; URP (Upcoming show)

High School Musical was such a success for URP back in 2007 and 2008 that they’re mounting the sequel to the massive Disney hit for their 15th season.  HSM and its two sequels have a huge following among tweens, teens and Disney fans of all ages, which should bode well for URP’s ticket sales.

Cast of URP's production of High School Musical 2

The cast of URP's 2009 production of High School Musical 2

High School Musical 2 stars Aaron Lau, Julie Trepanier, Scott Perrie, Shannon
Adams, Brandyn Eddy, and Jessica Kelly.

URP presents High School Musical 2, playing November 3-22, 2009, at the Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale, North Vancouver.  Tickets are available online or by phone at 604-984-4484.