CYMC celebrates Broadway genius Stephen Sondheim
Video, photos, singing, dance and spoken word blended together to create a multimedia musical event.
When: Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 7:30pm
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre
Composer Stephen Sondheim will take centrestage this Wednesday, July 7 at the Stan Hagen Theatre when CYMC Musical Theatre celebrates his 80th birthday. Often cited as the greatest living musical theatre composer, Sondheim is best known for creating such incredible musicals as West Side Story, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, and Sweeney Todd (which CYMC will premiere for Comox Valley audiences from July 20-25 at the Sid Williams Theatre).
In honour of Sondheim’s 80th birthday, CYMC Musical Theatre will present a multimedia introduction to the great master’s work. Blending video and rare photos of the composer with live performances of some of his greatest songs, the evening promises to be one of the most exciting concerts of the year. CYMC Musical Theatre Program Director, Ashley Daniel Foot says that the evening will act as a primer for those who might not be familiar with Sondheim’s work and a delicious treat for those who are. “The multimedia component of the concert is so exciting because it allows the audience to fully connect with this great man.”
In the theatre community, Sondheim is universally revered for his unique and complicated melodies and intelligent lyrics that challenge both audience and performer: “He’s a complete singularity” says performer Sean Baker (from the Victoria Operatic Society’s Grease) who will appear as a special guest in this Wednesday’s celebration. Other performers scheduled to appear on July 7 include Vanier theatre head honcho Lori Mazey, Songs for a New World star Alison Roberts, CYMC Alumni Josiah George, Lindsay Robinson (the artistic director of Victoria’s brand new theatre company ASAP Theatre), Roger Carr (the director of CYMC’s Sweeney Todd) and Ashley Daniel Foot. Musical direction for the evening will be handled by CYMC’s own Kristopher Epps. “Audiences will hear such Sondheim classics as “Send in the Clowns” but will also discover many new and exciting songs from such shows as Sunday in the Park with George and Passion” says Epps.
CYMC Musical Theatre is proud to present this very special concert, 80 Years of Stephen Sondheim: A Multimedia Musical Celebration this Wednesday, July 7, 7:30pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre. Tickets are available at the Sid Williams Theatre by calling 250-338-2430 or online at http://www.sidwilliamstheatre.com
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CYMC Musical Theatre is one of the foremost training grounds for aspiring performing artists in North America. In two weeks we put together a full length Broadway-style show and then perform it all across Vancouver Island.
Some have described our program as boot camp for creative types. The days are long, the work is hard, but you will make friends that will last a lifetime and truly become part of our family.
This year we are thrilled to present Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, an exciting musical that has been performed all over the world to great acclaim.