Broad­way com­ing to Burin

A cast of lo­cals to take on songs from smash-hit mu­si­cals Turn: Pro­ceeds to go to­wards fu­ture shows

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE colin.far­rell@south­erngazette.ca

BURIN, NL – Aaron Avery is team­ing up with Les­lie Ann Rowsell to bring a piece of Broad­way to the Joe Bar­ton So­cial Cen­tre in “From Broad­way to Burin.”

Avery said the two came up with the idea for the show ear­lier this year.

“Ba­si­cally, it’s din­ner and a show, and it’s go­ing to fea­ture songs from hit Broad­way mu­si­cals,” he said.

The cast of six lo­cal per­form­ers will take on se­lec­tions from such pro­duc­tions as Phan­tom of the Opera, Rent, and Mama Mia, as well as other well-known shows on Oct. 21.

Avery said when pick­ing se­lec­tions for the show, they tried to go with mu­sic that would be fa­mil­iar to those in at­ten­dance.

“The cast will be in ac­tual cos­tume and in char­ac­ter for the songs,” ex­plained Avery. “The songs are go­ing to hap­pen through­out the en­tire evening, through­out the meal.”

Avery said the plan is to of­fer shows through­out the year, start­ing with the Broad­way com­pi­la­tion.

“We are find­ing that’s lack­ing in the com­mu­nity,” he said. “I’ve tried it a few times in the school and it ended up be­ing suc­cess­ful.”

Avery said the clos­est venue cur­rently of­fer­ing live theatre events is the Grand Bank Theatre, so he and Rowsell felt it was time to of­fer some­thing closer to home for peo­ple look­ing to take in a show “and ba­si­cally bring in some sup­port and money into dif­fer­ent busi­nesses and dif­fer­ent halls up around the Burin/ Marys­town area.”

Avery said pro­ceeds from ticket sales will go back into help­ing the pair put off fu­ture shows.

“We’re go­ing to turn around and use it to get some more plays, and some more ma­te­rial.”

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Les­lie Ann Rowsell and Aaron Avery hope to start of­fer­ing theatre per­for­mances in the Burin-Marys­town area be­gin­ning with their first joint ven­ture en­ti­tled “From Broad­way to Burin” on Oct. 21.

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