New theatre company hits the stage with The Rocky Horror Show

Posted Feb 4th, 2011 in In the News

By Lori Littleton, St. Catharines Standard Staff
February, 2011

Daniel Abadie might have a better idea of how he's feeling about having his 10-year dream come true after neXt Company Theatre's inaugural production hits the stage.

 

The new St. Catharines-based theatre troupe will unveil its first production, The Rocky Horror Show, from Feb. 10-12, at the Sullivan Mahoney Courthouse Theatre.

 

"It's quite exciting. It's one of those things where you go through a lot of different emotions when you come up to something. It's a crazy project. It's been a dream for 10 years and seeing it happen, you get all different feelings inside — fear, excitement, all of that," said Abadie, the company's artistic musical director.

 

"You feel really happy, (wondering) is it going to be as great as I think? It's exciting and scary all at the same time. ... I might be able to (better) answer the question once the whole thing is over."

 

Abadie and his partner, artistic associate Billy Arthur, joined forces with artistic director David Fancy last fall after the two new theatre companies discovered each other. Abadie and Arthur had originally created Theatre A&A, while Fancy was working on neXt Company Theatre.

 

"We developed a rapport and thought we could collaborate on the same projects. They needed help for some things and we needed for them to help us out with other things. And we thought, since we were working together next year anyway, we would put our companies together and make it a stronger company," Abadie said.

 

Though the two facets of the company had different aims, each can continue to explore a variety of theatre styles as one. Abadie and Arthur will head up the musical theatre component, evidenced by Rocky Horror Show and the June presentation of The March of the Falsettos. NeXt Company Theatre will also present That Woman A Sex Play, which was written and will be directed by Fancy and will star Monica Dufault, on April 13-16, and a documentary theatre piece in September that will deal with migrant workers in Niagara.

"We have the same idea for theatre and it's been really great collaborating so far," Abadie said.

 

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Abadie came to St. Catharines about 25 years ago. After studying voice performance at Brock University, he spent several years singing with Opera Ontario and then appeared all over Ontario with musical theatre companies, such as Gypsy Theatre, Scarborough Musical Theatre Company and Brampton Musical Theatre Company. Abadie has also directed fashion shows worldwide, including in Tokyo, Budapest and L.A.

 

Proceeds from The Rocky Horror Show will go towards neXt Company Theatre itself, to solidify its future, Abadie said.

 

"We started this project with no money. To produce live theatre is quite expensive and we decided to see if we can gather our friends we've worked with in the past, create a fundraiser and make it into a theatre piece," he said. "All the actors, the crew and the technicians for this show are volunteering to make the show happen and to make the rest of the season (a reality)."

 

The Rocky Horror Show follows sweethearts Janet Weiss and Brad Majors, who, after getting engaged, go to their old science teacher's house to tell him. Along the way, they get stranded and end up at the castle of Dr. Frank-n-furter, a mad, transvestite scientist who is about to unveil his latest creation. Unable to continue on their journey, the couple is forced to spend the night in the castle, where they are initiated into the life and customs of the Transsexual Transylvanians.

 

Michael Madden will perform the role of the narrator, while Arthur will play Brad Majors. Abadie will be Frank-n-furter, while Stacey Printemps will play the role of Janet. Melanie Ash is choreographer, with musical direction from Betsy Tauro.

 

Abadie said he's grateful to everyone working to make the new theatre venture a reality and the company plans to use as much local talent as they can, including Brock University graduates.

 

"This is a show people like to watch. No matter how many times they have seen it, they still like to go. It's a fun show," he said. "We're very committed to the area and very excited that this is actually happening."

 

WHAT: The Rocky Horror Show

WHEN: Feb. 10, 8 p.m., and Feb. 11-12, 8 and 11:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sullivan Mahoney Courthouse Theatre, 101 King St.

TICKETS: $30 adults, $28 students and seniors

INFORMATION: 905-688-5550, ext. 3257, or www.nextcompanytheatre.com

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