You Are Here
You Are Here, A New Musical
A Tour De Force World Premiere
September 23 – October 16
The moon never shows its backside. True. It spends all its time circling around us saying "What? Behind my back? It's nothing. Nothing.”
Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram
Book by Brian Hill
Produced in association with Acting Up Stage Company, Toronto, ON
Directed by Robert McQueen
This powerful one-woman musical will take you to the moon.
On the night of the 1969 moon landing, an ordinary housewife walks out on her husband for no real reason. She has never been unhappy; she simply sees the astronauts taking that great step and is struck by the realization that some people lead exciting lives. And so she sets out to find one for herself. YOU ARE HERE is a musical that asks whether the grass is always greener on the other side.
“… an unabashed, irresistible tearjerker."
- USA Today, about Bartram and Hill’s musical THE STORY OF MY LIFE
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Springer Theatre Performance Times
All Tuesday performances start at 7:30 pm
Wednesday to Saturday at 8:00 pm
Matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm (starting the Sunday after opening)
Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes (no intermission)
CreativeDirector - Robert McQueen
Musical Director - David Terriault
Set & Costume Designer - Dana Osborne
Lighting Designer - Jason Hand
Sound Designer - William Fallon
Orchestrator - Chris Barillaro
Stage Manager - AJ Laflamme
Assistant Director - Rob Kempson
Apprentice Stage Manager - Michaela Steven
Copyist & Intern Dramaturg - Kevin Wong
MusiciansPiano - David Terriault
Guitar - Dave Barton
Oboe / English Horn - Anke Carrington
Trumpet - Janet MacRae
Flute - Anne Palmer
For the Playhouse: As Director and Developer: Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story
Elsewhere: Linda has co-created several shows for TV including My Talk Show, Go Girl!, and The Joe Blow Show, which she also directed. This summer, she directed Colin Mochrie and Hypnotist Asad Mecci in Hyprov (Just For Laughs UK, Montreal, and Edinburgh).
Linda Kash began her professional life at The Second City in Toronto. She has also appeared in a number of plays in Canada. Linda has directed for various theatre companies across Ontario, including The Second City. She is primarily known as Canada’s beloved Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Angel, which became one of Canadian advertising’s most successful campaigns, running for 16 years. Her greatest productions to date are her three beloved children.
MUSIC & LYRICS
Neil is the composer and lyricist of Broadway’s The Story of My Life (four Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding Musical). Neil’s adaptation of The Adventures of Pinocchio was commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater and is now licensed worldwide by Rodgers & Hammerstein. His musical The Theory of Relativity, developed at Sheridan College’s Canadian Music Theatre Project, had a successful run at Goodspeed Musicals in 2015 and at the same time played off-West End in London. Current projects include Senza Luce, commissioned by the CMTP, and stage adaptations of Something Wicked This Way Comes and Disney’s Bedknobs & Broomsticks. Neil’s awards include the ASCAP Foundation’s Yellen Award, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, and a Dramatists Guild Fellowship. Cast albums include The Story of My Life and The Theory of Relativity, both on the PS Classics label.
Brian was associate director of the national tours of Sunset Boulevard and The Sound of Music, resident director of the Broadway company of Disney’s The Lion King, and associate director of The Little Mermaid on Broadway. With composer/lyricist Neil Bartram he has written The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Theory of Relativity, which is now available for licensing through Music Theatre International, and The Story of My Life, which premiered on Broadway in 2009, earning four Drama Desk Award nominations (Outstanding Musical, Music, Lyrics, and Book). Current Bartram and Hill projects include Senza Luce, commissioned by the Canadian Music Theatre Project, and stage adaptations of Bedknobs & Broomsticks and Something Wicked This Way Comes. Brian recently wrote the book for October Sky, currently playing at the Old Globe in San Diego, and the new book for the Goodman Theatre’s acclaimed production of Brigadoon.
For the Playhouse: Debut
Elsewhere: Belles Soeurs: The Musical (Charlottetown Festival/NAC/Segal Centre); The Last 5 Years (TSMF); Funny Girl, Forever Plaid, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Guys and Dolls (Segal Theatre); Last Night at the Gayety, Schwartz’s: The Musical, Intimate Apparel (Centaur Theatre); Rooms: A Rock Romance, Altar Boyz (CETM).
Upcoming: Dogfight (Theatre Sheridan)
Chris was born and raised in Montreal and is a graduate of Dawson College’s Professional Theatre Program and McGill University (B.A. in music and theatre). Big thanks to Neil and Brian and to the whole team at the Playhouse!
For the Playhouse: Little Shop of Horrors
Dave has extensive experience in musical theatre, both as a musical director and pit orchestra performer, in over 20 productions. He is also an active composer and performer in the jazz scene in Canada.
See www.davebarton.ca for more music and news!
OBOE, ENGLISH HORN
For the Playhouse: Debut
Elsewhere: Principal Oboist of Orchestra Kingston, Regular Extra Player with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.
Upcoming: The Messiah with Orchestra Kingston (December 9th); Gabriel’s Oboes (Trio) at Music West, Kingston (February 10th, 2017).
From a young age, Anke Carrington was exposed to chamber and choir music as well as to the great oratorios. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Freiburg, Germany) and a Concert Diploma (Zurich, Switzerland). She has led many students to appreciate the art of music. As an oboist she performed in numerous concerts internationally. In Montreal she was invited to play the famous oboe concerto by Richard Strauss, and to join the Ensemble Sinfonia as principal oboist (until 2007). In 2007 Anke moved to Kingston with her family. She is involved in church music, playing both organ and oboe.
For the Playhouse: Into the Woods
Elsewhere: As Sound Designer: The Immigrant (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company); Imprints (Theatre Gargantua); In Transit (Segal Centre – Young Company); As You Like It (Repercussion Theatre); Cabaret (NTSC). As Associate/Assistant Sound Designer: A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Stratford Festival); Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Snow White (Ross Petty Productions); Life Reflected (National Arts Centre Orchestra); Niágara – A Pan-American Story (Panamania); Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Charlottetown Festival); Aladdin (Disney Theatrical); This (Canadian Stage); Hair (The Grand Theatre). As Production Sound Engineer: The Last Five Years (Toronto Summer Music Festival); The Wild Party, Once on This Island, Falsettos (Acting Up Stage Company); What Makes A Man (Necessary Angel); Alligator Pie (Soulpepper).
William is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
For the Playhouse: Tuesdays with Morrie, The Ugly One, Third Floor
Elsewhere: (Selected) Theatre Design: The Adventures of The Black Girl in Search of God (Centaur/NAC); Arms and the Man (Shaw Festival); The Summoned, Abyss, An Enemy of the People (Tarragon); The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, James and the Giant Peach (Young People’s Theatre); The Arsonists (Canadian Stage); The Trespassers (Stratford Festival). Opera Design: The Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Lyra, Edmonton Opera, Tapestry New Opera, The Banff Center, Against the Grain Theatre.
Upcoming: Sequence, Peace River Country (Tarragon Theatre); Seussical (Young People’s Theatre); Ayre (Against the Grain Theatre).
Jason has been nominated for three Dora Awards. He was part of a team that placed third in the 2011 European Opera-Directing Prize. In 2012, he was protégé recipient of the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.
For the Playhouse: Associate Artistic Director. Director: Rose’s Clothes, Violet’s the Pilot. Associate Director: Into the Woods, Dear Johnny Deere. Assistant Director/Male Ensemble: She Loves Me.
Elsewhere: Writer/Director: SHANNON 10:40 (Videofag); Mockingbird (Next Stage). Co-creator/Director: explicit (Rhubarb Festival, Buddies); #legacy (HATCH, Harbourfront Centre); In My Own Skin (YRDSB); The HV Project (Community Project). Director: IMissYou (hub 14); Songs for a New World (Claude Watson). Writer/Performer: The Way Back To Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille – Dora nomination); Performer: Hero and Leander (Common Descent/SummerWorks).
Upcoming: Writer/Director for Trigonometry (timeshare).
For the Playhouse: Into the Woods, The Pirates of Penzance
Elsewhere: Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry New Opera Works); Chimerica, Julie, London Road, The Arsonists, Red, Another Africa (Canadian Stage); All Shook Up (Globe Theatre); The Unplugging, Bingo! (Factory Theatre); Waiting Room (Tarragon Theatre); A Beautiful View, The Africa Trilogy (Volcano Theatre); Kim’s Convenience, Spoon River, La Ronde, True West (Soulpepper); Tainted (Moyo Theatre); Tosca, La Traviata, Die Zauberflöte, Le Tragedie de Carmen (Highlands Opera Studio); Cabaret, A Chorus Line (Rose Theatre); Everything Must Go (Andrea Martin).
AJ is a graduate of Sheridan College and the University of Toronto. She is also a writer; her work can be found at www.artbytheft.com.
For the Playhouse: The Drowsy Chaperone, Blood Brothers
Elsewhere: West Side Story, The Buddy Holly Story, Gypsy, Camelot, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and Evita (Grand Theatre, Kingston).
For the Playhouse: Debut
Elsewhere: Life After (Toronto Fringe Festival); Forest Boy (New York Musical Festival); The Light in the Piazza, Caroline, or Change, Falsettos,The Wild Party, Reframed (Acting Up Stage Company).
Robert trained at Studio 58Theatre School in Vancouver and the HB Studio in NewYork where he currently teaches. He currently serves as the Director of NoteWorthy, the New Works Development Project of Acting Up Stage Company in Toronto. Acting Up Stage is the proud to have commissioned Brian and Neil to create the beautiful new work you are going to see today and Robert is equally proud to be directing it’s premier at the wonderful Thousand Islands Playhouse!
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER
For the Playhouse: Blithe Spirit, Bed and Breakfast, The Importance of Being Earnest, Boeing Boeing
Elsewhere: (selected) Costume Design: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, All My Sons, Possible Worlds, Carousel (Stratford Festival); The Barber of Seville (Pacific Opera Victoria); Father Comes Home From the War, Parfumerie (Soulpepper). Set Design: Jacob Two Two and the Hooded Fang (Young People’s Theatre). Set and Costume Design: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Soulpepper); To Kill A Mockingbird (Young People’s Theatre).
Upcoming: Joni Mitchell – River (Grand Theatre); 2017 Season (Stratford Festival/Shaw Festival)
For the Playhouse: Debut
Elsewhere: The Music Man, Oklahoma (Brockville Arts Centre); Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz (Grand Theatre, Kingston).
Anne plays flute and piccolo with the Kingston Symphony and has performed with numerous other ensembles in Kingston. She has recorded with the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston and the Kingston Chamber Choir. She is a flute instructor with Queen’s Community Music and St. Lawrence College and has an active home teaching studio. Anne is also the founder and director of Flutissimo, Kingston’s community flute choir. She is delighted to be performing at the Playhouse.
APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER
For the Playhouse: Stage Manager: Rose’s Clothes (Young Company 2015)
Elsewhere: Playwright: The Acts of Thecla (Imaginary Theatre Company). Script Coordinator: Herman Voaden Playwriting Competition Staged Readings (Queen’s University School of Drama and Music). Stage Manager: Afterimage (5th Company Lane Productions). Producer/Production Manager: Drama Studio Series 2014-2015 (Queen’s University School of Drama and Music).
For the Playhouse: Debut
Elsewhere: As Musical Director: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Segal Centre); Spring Awakening, Captain Aurora (Centaur Theatre); L’Éveil du Printemps (Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de Montreal); Little Women (McGill University); Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, Fiddler on the Roof (CSLDS); Songs for A New World (Player’s Theatre); Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Godspell (In Your Face Entertainment). As Music Director Associate: Forever Plaid, On Second Avenue (Segal Centre); Wild Party (In Your Face Entertainment).
Upcoming: Fancy Nancy, Million Dollar Quartet (Segal Centre); Little Shop of Horrors (CSLDS), Belles Soeurs: The Musical (Theatre Calgary).
Graduate of McGill University’s classical piano program, David is thrilled to make his Thousand Islands Playhouse debut with this fantastic world premiere. Huge thank you to Linda, Brian, Neil, all the musicians and the entire creative, production and administration teams.
COPYIST & INTERN DRAMATURG
For the Playhouse: Debut
Elsewhere: As writer: Recurring John (2014 SummerWorks Festival/2015 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival); STAR!(ving): A Collection of Songs, Reframed/The Preposterous Posthumous Predicament of Paulie Peel (Acting Up Stage); Misprint (Women in Musical Theatre Festival).
Kevin is thrilled to be able to work on You Are Here as part of his tenure with Acting Up Stage as Intern Artistic Director through the generous support of the Metcalf Foundation. Training: Royal Conservatory of Music (Violin/Theory); NoteWorthy (Acting Up Stage); Composium (Theatre 20).
Photos by Stephen Wild.
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