Grand Bank Theatre gear­ing up for sum­mer

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Levi Cur­tis predicts a strong sea­son for lo­cal group

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FAR­RELL Colin.far­[email protected]­erngazette.ca

Levi Cur­tis, the artis­tic di­rec­tor for the Grand Bank Re­gional Theatre is look­ing for­ward to the sea­son opener.

“I can tell you that it’s go­ing to be a strong sea­son,” Cur­tis told The South­ern Gazette. “It’s go­ing to be a lot of fun and we are set to en­ter­tain.”

He con­firmed three plays will be in­cluded in this year’s lineup.

Two of the shows have been writ­ten by him, in­clud­ing a mu­si­cal ti­tled “A Life” fea­tur­ing the mu­sic of Neil Di­a­mond.

Cur­tis said he choice to fea­ture the mu­sic of the artist be­cause of the dy­namic of his mu­sic.

“There’s some very soft and sad pieces, there’s some ex­cited and very fast pace pieces,” he ex­plained. “Plus, let’s face it, he is a mu­si­cal icon, peo­ple do like his mu­sic and it does cover a lot.”

Cur­tis used the ex­am­ple of the num­ber of peo­ple who join in when a band plays a cover of Di­a­mond’s song “Sweet Caro­line.

“They might only know the cho­rus but they’re bop­ping along with the whole bloody thing…”

An­other play penned by Cur­tis to be fea­tured this sea­son is the com­edy “Op­er­a­tion Roy, Al.”

A play writ­ten by Kath­leen Hol­lett en­ti­tled “Run­away” will fea­ture the mu­sic of the 80s.

“Set in the 1980’s, Run­away is the story of a group of in­di­vid­u­als as they nav­i­gate their lives fol­low­ing a se­ries of secrets, the tri­als of love, and learn­ing to ac­cept the un­con­trol­lable cir­cum­stances that life throws at them,” ex­plained Hol­lett.

A na­tive of the town of Grand Bank, Hol­lett is cur­rently in her sec­ond year of stud­ies at Sheri­dan Col­lege in the Hon­ours Bach­e­lor of Mu­si­cal Theatre Per­for­mance pro­gram.

Hol­lett said when Cur­tis asked her to write a mu­si­cal for this sum­mer, he thought the mu­sic of the 80s would be re­ally fun for an au­di­ence.

“I couldn’t agree more,” she said.

“I’ve al­ways been a big fan of the 80s sound, and it was re­ally fun to in­cor­po­rate these songs that ev­ery­one knows so well into a story. I’m re­ally ex­cited to show ev­ery­one what we’ve got to of­fer this year.”

This year’s cast in­cludes Kath­leen Hol­lett, Zachary Peach, Noah Shep­pard, Cody Har­vey and Aden Young. This year’s guest artist will be An­gela Black­wood.

Be­hind the scenes will be Corey King- lights and sound, Tyler Knickle- as­sis­tant lights and sound, Sarah Cormier­stage man­ager and Tracey Blag­don- wardrobe.

This year’s open­ing gala will be held on July 7, the reg­u­lar sea­son will open on July 10 and run un­til Au­gust 25, for in­for­ma­tion show, sow­times or how you can be­come a spon­sor call (709)873-ACT2 (2282) or visit http://www.grand­bank­the­atre.ca/

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Levi Cur­tis, artis­tic di­rec­tor for the Grand Bank Re­gion Theatre, said they are ready to go for the sea­son.

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