College of Performing Arts season starts with Indigenous take on classic

Two popular Broadway musicals and an Indigenous take on a Greek classic are among the six classic productions that will be re-imagined for the Canadian College of Performing Arts’ upcoming schedule.

The college, which offers post-secondary training programs in the performing arts, opens its 2019-2020 season on Oct. 17 with The Birds.

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The play by ancient Greek writer Aristophanes has been revisited by playwright Yvette Nolan and director Keith Barker, whose adaptation explores the history of colonization and the future of truth and reconciliation for Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Other classics will be similarly reassembled during the season.

Kevin Kerr’s Governor General’s Award-winning play, Unity (1918) — directed by former Belfry Theatre artistic director Glynis Leyshon — arrives on Nov. 2.

Acclaimed director Janet Munsil, making her debut with the college, will lead students in another Governor General’s Award-winning production, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). The play by Ann-Marie MacDonald opens Dec. 11.

The school’s managing artistic director, Caleb Marshall, will direct a dramatic reinvention of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Crucible, beginning on Dec. 12.

A pair of Tony Award-winning musicals — The Light in the Piazza (Jan. 31) and Newsies (April 17) — will bring the 2019-20 season to a close.

Other events on the school’s performance agenda include: Company C Cabaret fundraiser (Sept. 21); Show-Tune Cabaret Bar (November/January); Concert of Remembrance (Nov. 7) and A Christmas Carol (Dec. 18-19).

For more information on the college and its productions, visit ccpacanada.com.

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