On Thursday July 23, a special group of donors were invited to attend an exclusive ‘Page to Stage’ event online via Zoom. The evening was a deep dive exploration of our 2017 smash hit Million Dollar Quartet and featured host Sophia Fabiilli interviewing the creative leaders and cast for an entertaining and informative two hours.
The conversation began with former Associate Artistic Director Rob Kempson, who directed and choreographed the show. It was fascinating to hear about Rob’s vision and research, and how he facilitates casting and rehearsals. Set and costume designer Anna Treusch offered an incredible behind the scenes look at her work: from 50’s iconography reflected in the set design, to coordinated colour palettes, to choosing wardrobe pieces for each character.
Four cast members — Michael Vanhevel (Elvis Presley), Jesse MacMillan (Johnny Cash), Josh Wiles (Carl Perkins) and Calvin Laveck (Jerry Lee Lewis) — joined in, adding their charming chemistry and musical talent to the night. Each actor recorded a song from the show, and we loved their renditions of How Great Thou Art, Ghost Riders in the Sky, Blue Suede Shoes, and Great Balls of Fire.
Even though the Zoom event was a far cry from the norm, it was a fantastic way to celebrate what we do and keep the theatre magic alive. Many thanks to everyone who joined us!