About this project
Who We Are
Musical Theatre Productions is a community organization that is dedicated to bringing quality musical theatre to London, Ontario, Canada. Since its founding in 1988, the company has continually presented high-quality productions at various theatrical venues around the city. Our upcoming production of Songs for a New World marks the 60th show in our 25 year history.
As a not-for-profit charity, MTP is committed to offering the community at large the opportunity to participate in musical theatre. The cast, crew, and artistic team of every production are composed of eager and devoted members of the community who come together because of their love of musical theatre, and the process of creating this art form. There are no prerequisites to joining the organization, and we have members of all ages and from all walks of life, including teaching, law, manufacturing, banking, and insurance. Our productions also frequently act as stepping stones for music students at Western University and theatre students at Fanshawe College to gain valuable performance experience that complements their studies.
Musical Theatre Productions concludes its 25th Anniversary Season with SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, a powerful musical by Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown (THE LAST FIVE YEARS & 13). This production marks a bold departure from the more traditional musicals that MTP has been known for staging over the years. Angela Southern, known for her creativity and innovation, takes the helm as Director and Musical Director. Nicole Newell is stepping behind the scenes for the first time as Assistant Director.
An off-Broadway hit, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is an abstract musical that weaves all-too-real life decisions and moments into a collection of characters and stories. They are linked through common themes and threads – anger at a loved one’s betrayal, fear of commitment and regret for roads not taken, to name a few.
The show transports its audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue, while introducing us to an eclectic array of characters -- from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. Each character is forced to confront his or her own personal turning point -- that defining moment in which one either chooses to step forward into a “new world” or to retreat. Whatever the decision, nothing will ever be the same again, for better or for worse.
The original Off-Broadway staging in 1995 featured just four performers. For MTP, Director Angela Southern has expanded the cast to depict each character as having their own story and own identity. The story arcs are molded to suit an entirely different, yet very compelling interpretation. When not a character in their featured song, cast members will be dressed in black and white to represent Everyman.
Scaffolding and risers are the main backdrop allowing the stories to be the main focus. The texture of the scaffolding creates a raw, unpolished look to complement the vulnerability of each character. We are looking to have cast members emerge from silhouette and from an Everyman persona to confront their “new world”.
Projections on various screens attached to the scaffolding will be a key component of the show’s overall design as a means to convey even more meaning to each character’s moment of decision.
A grand piano is the only other set piece on stage. Cast members will accompany songs playing such instruments as percussion, trumpet, violin, and flute.
Preview from Rehearsal:
The ensemble cast includes many of London’s best singers and performers. This cast of outstanding local talent includes:
- Brendon Ainscow
- Nicole Alcaidinho
- Sarah Abbott-Carter
- Ian Badger
- Kristina Baron-Woods
- Josh Clemenger
- Joel Dell
- Kate Deman
- Aundrea Ferrett
- Jordan Henry
- Laura Hounsell
- Laura Nielson
- Kayla Rock
- Kyle Stewart
- Braeden Soltys
- Ceris Thomas
- Liz Van Doorne
- Julia Webb
- Chris Wood
- Adam Zess
Showtimes & Venue
- Friday, June 20 - 8pm
- Saturday, June 21 - 8pm
- Sunday, June 22 - 2pm
- Thursday, June 26 - 8pm
- Friday, June 27 - 8pm
- Saturday, June 28 - 2pm & 8pm
McManus Studio Theatre at The Grand Theatre
471 Richmond Street, London, ON
What Would The Funds Be Put Towards?
Your donation will help to cover some of the costs of bringing this beautiful piece of theatre to life. The costs of this project include: ·
- Theatre rental
- Scaffolding & risers
- Projection screens and equipment
- Grand piano rental
- Publicity material - advertisements, posters, handbills
Please take this opportunity to become part of the Musical Theatre Productions family!
Risks and challenges
Over its 25 year history, MTP has a proven track record of excellence; however, the rising costs associated with mounting a full-scale musical are one of the major challenges impacting our ability to continue. In addition, our ticket pricing must remain competitive with other local groups if we hope to retain a large enough audience to make our productions worthwhile.
The purpose of the Kickstarter campaign is to assist with the costs of producing Songs for a New World. This will allow a greater portion of the ticket proceeds to go towards continuing to develop the company, rather than trying to recoup costs that have already been paid out through the course of the production period.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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