March of the Falsettos
Message from the Director:
Do you have the perfect family? Growing up, I used to think that everyone else had the perfect family, except for me. Later on, I realized that what seemed to be perfect on the outside, wasn't necessarily so on the inside. This show goes way beyond the fake smile recorded in the perfect family portraint and allows us to see the true colours of those family members.
I ask a lot of you as an an audience. For starters, I need you to open your minds. I have taken away all but five chairs. There is no set, the music is fast-paced, the actors remain on stage during the entire performance and the few props that are on stage are often part of the actors' attire.
So what happens now? Who are the people on the stage? Whose house are we in? Is it your neighbours home or is it your cousins-friends-familys home?
Much like the painter who sits in fron of a blank white canvas, you now sit in front of your own. Let your mind create the space, the props and the set. Let the colours on stage fil lyou with the emotions that they evoke. Enjoy the journey! - Daniel Abadie, Director
View show photos here.
(Photography, poster and program design by Doug Wilson, GREATSHOTS.PRO)
About the Show
William Finns 'March of the Falsettos' is the perfect piece of summer musical confection: layered, wweet in all kinds of ways, and with the occasional moment of tart. This one act piece, part of Finn's larger Tony winning Fasettos project, first ran on Broadway in the 1980s and features the story of Marvin and his ongoing quest for self-understanding, strong relationships and a life with a happy ending. The piece invokes the relative innocence of a post-Stonewall and pre-AIDS time, when the growing collective confidence of the New York gay community could publicly express wishes and desires that had previously been reserved for middle America. The strong role and witty commentary of the child sheds light on the neuroses of the parents and invites us into a world of comical yet poignant insight about this complex but still very famliiar family dynamic.
The Cast & Artists
Marvin - Daniel Abadie
Whizzer - Preston Vendramin
Mendel - Billy Arthur
Jason - Padraic Odesse
Trina - Louisa O'Keane
Director – Daniel Abadie
Artistic Associate – Billy Arthur
Artistic Consultant - David Fancy
Stage Manager - Kate Hardy
Choreographer - Melanie Ash
Muscial Director & Keyboards - Corey Wachala
Set Design - Daniel Abadie
Costume Design - Billy Arthur
Lighting Designer - Stacey Warford-Graham
Sound Design - Jacqueline Costa
Sound Assistant - Brianne Lidstone
"Our sincere appreciation goes out to all involved for the phenomenal evening in tribute to the bicentennial of the Battle of Lundy's Lane. Those involved had no choice but to be imaginative in order to try to recreate that evening, given the geographical limitations and logistical challenges. What resulted was the best possible solution and it went off extremely well."
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