Theatre programs prepare for the next season of ambitious student performances
Catch them all if you can – the next season of theatre shows has been announced and promises to be one filled with big personalities and big imaginations.
Catch Me If You Can, October 30 to November 8 Haar Theatre
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is a high-flying, splashy musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end . . . and finds something he never expected.
“Catch Me If You Can is an energetic, '60s-flavoured romp from the team that brought us Hairspray,” says Jim Guedo, Theatre Arts chair. “It's a great dance show that captures the essence of the Steven Spielberg film.”
Big Fish, February 5 to 14, 2015 Haar Theatre
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centres on Edward Bloom, a travelling salesman who lives life to its fullest . . . and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife, Sandra. But their son, Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.
“Big Fish has a lush, romantic score and is a moving exploration of family,” says Jim.
Sondheim on Sondheim, March 24 to April 2, 2015 Theatre Lab
Millions of fans know his songs by heart, but few know much about Stephen Sondheim himself. An intimate portrait of the famed composer in his own words and music, Sondheim on Sondheim provides an inside look at Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process. In this conceptual revue featuring more than two dozen Sondheim songs, the musical numbers are punctuated with interview footage of the composer, providing an intimate view of his personal life and artistic process.
“Sondheim on Sondheim gives us the work of that genius, Stephen Sondheim, whose music and lyrics are the ultimate challenge for vocalists,” says Jim.
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