42nd Street


sponsored by the Studio 58 Legacy Fund

February 2 - 26, 2017
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin 
Book by Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble 
Based on the Novel by Bradford Ropes 
Original Direction and Dances by Gower Champion 
Originally Produced on Broadway by David Merrick

Directed by Barbara Tomasic
Musical Direction by Chris King Choreography by Julie Tomaino
Set Design by Pam Johnson
Costume Design by Carmen Alatorre
Lighting Design by Alan Brodie
The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re in the Money”, “Lullaby of Broadway”, "Shuffle Off to Buffalo”, “Dames”, “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course, “42nd Street”. Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.
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Study Guide available here.

The Refugee Hotel


March 23 - April 9, 2017
Written and Directed by Carmen Aguirre
Set Design by Yvan Morissette
Costume Design by Elizabeth Wellwood
Lighting Design by Jaylene Pratt
Sound Design by Owen Belton

Set in a run-down hotel in 1974, only months after the start of the torturous reign of Augusto Pinochet, eight Chilean refugees struggle, at times haplessly, at times profoundly, with the effects of fleeing their homeland. More than a dark comedy about a group of refugees who arrive in Vancouver after Pinochet's coup, this play is an attempt to give voice to refugee communities from all corners of the globe. Carmen returns to her alma mater to direct.
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Now in its 17th season, the Risky Nights Series is designed as a bridge between classroom work and main stage productions. At the conclusion of their second year of training, students have an invaluable opportunity to create every aspect of an original theatre piece from start to finish with a professional director, and perform it for an intimate audience.

March 27 – April 2, 2017
Directed by Stephanie Elgersma & Shizuka Kai with the fourth term students of Studio 58