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Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival announces casting and creative teams for its two holiday shows
Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, the Shaw Festival’s perennial production (and audience favourite), kicks off the holiday theatre season on November 5 at the Royal George Theatre. The seasonal celebrations continue when Lerner and Loewe’s timeless musical Brigadoon conjures more magic and enchantment at the Festival Theatre on November 15.
“It’s time to for you to enjoy some comfort and joy,” suggested Artistic Director Tim Carroll. “Join us in Niagara-on-the-Lake and celebrate the season with the enduring favourite A Christmas Carol and the delightful Lerner and Loewe musical, Brigadoon.”
The casts and creative teams of The Shaw’s holiday offerings:
Lerner and Loewe's
BOOK AND LYRICS BY ALAN JAY LERNER
MUSIC BY FREDERICK LOEWE
Original Dances Created by Agnes DeMille
Revised Book by Brian Hill
Directed by Glynis Leyshon
Music direction by Paul Sportelli
Original choreography by Linda Garneau
Set design by Pam Johnson
Costume design by Sue LePage
Lighting design by Kevin Lamotte
Projection design by Corwin Ferguson
Sound design by John Lott
Associate Choreographer: Matt Alfano
Fight direction by John Stead
Previews November 15 · Opens November 18 · Closes December 23
While hunting in the Highlands of Scotland, New Yorkers Tommy Albright (Stewart Adam McKensy) and Jeff Douglas (Kevin McLachlan) stumble upon Brigadoon – a village that appears out of the mist for one day every century. After falling for villager Fiona (Alexis Gordon), Tommy realizes the bewitched hamlet will once again vanish at sunset. As the day draws to a close, he must decide whether to return to the world he knows or stay forever in Brigadoon with the woman he loves.
This production of Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon also features Kristi Frank as Meg Brockie, Madelyn Kriese as Jean MacLaren, David Andrew Reid as Charlie Dalrymple and David Adams as Archie Beaton, Head of Clan. Also appearing in this charming musical are Alexandra Gratton, Jane Johanson, Claire Jullien, Graeme Kitagawa, Jawon Mapp, Peter Millard, Drew Plummer, Jade Repeta, Travis Seetoo, Genny Sermonia, Jay Turvey, Kelly Wong and Jenny L. Wright.
Additional casting to be announced at a later date.
Age Recommendation: 8+/Grade 3+
ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Charles Dickens
Adapted and originally directed by Tim Carroll
Directed by Brendan McMurtry-Howlett
Set and costume design by Christine Lohre
Lighting design by Kevin Lamotte
Original music by Paul Sportelli
Original movement and puppetry direction by Alexis Milligan
Previews November 5 · Opens November 11 · Closes December 23
This season, Sanjay Talwar takes over the role of everyone’s favourite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge.
Visits by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, the spirits of Christmas Past (Élodie Gillett), Christmas Present (Shawn Wright) and Christmas Yet to Come changes cold-hearted miser Scrooge into a kinder and more generous human.
The Shaw’s charming adaptation of redemption, transformation and the discovery of joy also features Jason Cadieux as Mr. Hubble, Marlene Ginader as Belle, Patty Jamieson as Mrs. Dilber, Andrew Lawrie as Bob Cratchit, Jonathan Tan as Fred, Jacqueline Thair as Mrs. Cratchit and Kiana Woo as Emily.
SELFIE ALERT: following the performance, audience members will have the opportunity to take a safely distanced photo with the cast.
Age Recommendation: 6+/Grade 1+