Musical

Bringing the White Pass story to musical life

Any of the millions of passengers who have ridden the White Pass and Yukon Route – “the scenic railway of the world” – in the 117 years since its completion, would immediately recognize it as a marvellous technological achievement. Indeed, the White Pass and Yukon Route is recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers …

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Splattering Comedy

Whitehorse, it seems, has such an insatiable appetite for high-camp horror that the Guild Theatre has added another week to its run of Evil Dead: The Musical. The spring break-themed romp comes with a caution: if you intend to sit in the first few rows, be prepared for laundry afterward. You’ll be in what’s called …

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Delightful Devilry: The Cancan Invades New York

Although the cancan made its North American debut with Offenbach’s opera Orpheus of the Underworld in 1861, it wasn’t until it appeared in the first American musical that the cancan became a true phenomenon in North America. In 1866 Henry C. Jarrett and Harry Palmer imported a large group of Parisian dancers to perform the …

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A Swing Through Jazz History

Jazz has come a long way over the decades. What started as a call-and-response song though the cotton fields of the south, has now become an uptempo beat familiar to most. In edition to its evolution, it has sparked the creation of many sub-genres: Latin jazz, classical jazz, funk, b-bob, acid jazz, and vocal jazz, …

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Leapin’ Lizards! It’s Annie

Curious Fact #1: stories about plucky orphan kids make wildly popular musical theatre fare. Witness Oliver!, Anne of Green Gables, and Annie. Curious Fact #2: two out of three musicals about plucky orphans involve adorable, authoritydefying redheads who find love in less-than-conventional families. “I don’t happen to be a tiny, adorable redhead, but I am …

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Puppets, Comedy, and Gore

Whitehorse has an awesome art scene. This month, The Guild will try to make it more awesome when its production of Cannibal! The Musical hits the stage. The play, which is based on the film of the same name, has been circulating North America for over 15 years, to rave reviews. The story is centered …

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Sibling Revelry

Brigitte and Caroline Desjardins-Allatt were well into elementary school before learning about their father’s musical past — and the instruments stashed in the family garage. “Before he met my mother, he used to play a lot of music with his ex,” Brigitte Desjardins explains. “Then she had an accident and died, and I think my …

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This couple makes beautiful music

Individually, the members of Duo Diorama are expert and greatly respected. Winston Choi, the pianist, was laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition and winner of France’s 2002 Concourse International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans. Minghuan Xu, with her violin, is a winner of the Beijing Young Artists Competition and has collaborated with the …

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Giant Rat finally treated as honoured citizen (psst … go see this musical)

Everyone loves a “lovable rogue”. In the Guild Society’s musical comedy, The Man From the Capital, you get 20 rogues to pick from. The plot is simple: it’s a case of mistaken identity. The townspeople expect a government inspector to come and evaluate their use of federal money. The schmuck who stumbles into town, penniless …

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Guild goes ‘Into the Woods’ and gets its wish: Magic

Just in time for spring, the Guild brings us Into the Woods. Thank you. It’s a refreshing, colourful splash after a long, cold winter. This is a solid performance by a great cast. Into the Woods has a very small libretto—which makes the cast’s accomplishment even more worthy of admiration. Nearly everything is sung. They …

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Into the Playground

Director Gerald Isaac thinks a playground makes an ideal setting for the Guild Theatre’s production of the musical comedy Into the Woods, which opens next week. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the play has been a favourite of community and school theatre groups since its Broadway premiere in …

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A Musical

“At times it’s felt like trying to build a house with popsicle sticks and paperclips, but we’ve been ridiculously persistent and resourceful,” says Britt Small, co-director of Atomic Vaudeville’s upcoming theatrical event Ride the Cyclone. Imagine six actors with complex choreography, a book of high-voltage songs, and bombastic writing fitting in a space smaller than …

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Nordic Fantasy

The 19th century Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, is best known for the naturalistic dialogue and depth of character in such stage classics as Hedda Gabler, An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck and A Doll’s House. Less well-known is his 1867 fantasy, Peer Gynt, which wasn’t written as a play, but as an epic …

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From Eden to Legoland

For several years, Amitai Marmorstein has periodically donned a drab brown uniform, complete with long stockings, shorts,vest and tie and Harry Potter glasses. Thus garbed as 13-year-old schoolboy, he joins Celine Stubel, as his similarly-attired 16-year-old sister, to tell the story of Legoland. “These two siblings, Penny and Ezra Lamb, grew up on Elysium, this …

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