The countdown for the opening night is on! Only 13 more days until the show premiers!
Do you know what that means MAC? Tickets are on sale at the business office today, that’s right! $10 for students (including university students). And $15 for non-students (aka adults.) Mark your calendars! This year’s musical runs December 14-17 at La Cité Francophone from 7:30-10:00pm. Stay tuned for special discounts offered by the drama department!
This year at Mac our drama students are proud to present what is sure to be a fantastic musical called Kiss Me Kate. Mrs. Williams is directing the revival of the Broadway musical, which includes a comical plot and an evening filled with song, dance and so much more. The award-winning musical includes a masterly crafted score by Cole Porter, which will accompany the play live with a band composed of some of MAC’s most talented musicians. This helps to make the exciting production even more compelling! The song list includes Broadway classics such as ‘Why Can’t You Behave’, ‘Too Darn Hot’, and so many more that will have you humming the melodies for days after you’ve seen your peers take their bows. What makes the play so unique is its unusual set and plot. It begins with the introduction of some stage crew and actors who are all hastily preparing for their musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. More information about the characters and the seemingly disastrous show is revealed as it shows the parallels between Shakespeare’s play and the character’s lives behind the scenes. Continue reading →
Megan Macasaet: Hello! Let’s start with, what is your name, grade, and role? Could you give a brief description of your role, without giving too much away?
Navneet Chand: Hi! My name is Navneet Chand, I’m currently in Grade 12, and I star as the character Fred Graham in Kiss Me Kate. Fred Graham is an all-around superman that lives, breathes, and sleeps theatre. The title of the show, Kiss Me Kate, actually comes from one of his lines to his ex-wife, the female lead—Lilli Vanessi. Lilli plays Katherine in his up and coming musically-morphed production of The Taming of the Shrew in which he plays Katherine’s love interest, Petruchio.
MM: What do like about your role and what do you hope to bring to it?
NC: Fred Graham is a very multifaceted character, his range of emotions and passions drives me to be excited every rehearsal. I hope to present all those levels of Fred’s being to the audience by displaying that there is more to this writer, producer, director, actor, and superman than just a smug grin. Continue reading →
This year’s production of Kiss Me Kate is now in full swing. In the next few weeks leading up to opening night, Macsource will be releasing behind-the-scenes interviews with this talented crew. These interviews will give you the opportunity to get to know the lovely people who make this production happen. Three writers of Macsource: Cassandra Pryer, Julia Menard, and Megan Macasaet have teamed up to bring you this exclusive look into the production.
Make sure to catch this year’s musical, December 14-17 at La Cité Francophone. Tickets go on sale in November and each show runs from 7:30-10:00pm.
Secret Garden was a trailblazer in more ways than one when it premiered in 1989, but it’s most notable simply for being heart-wrenchingly beautiful. Based on the wonderful book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, it follows 10-year-old orphan Mary Lennox as she unlocks the secrets of her uncle’s haunted past with the discovery of a hidden garden. Written by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon, it was the first show with an all-female writing team to be nominated for a Tony, and its lead actress Daisy Eagan won a Tony Award at age 11 (!!!) The original cast also featured Mandy Patinkin as Archibald Craven and Rebecca Luker as the ghost of his wife Lily.
The whole score is absolutely gorgeous, but a highlight of the show is “Lily’s Eyes”, a tragic duet between Archibald and his brother respectively revealing the grief of loss and unrequited love. It’s known as one of the best male musical theatre duets ever written. Mary’s understated Act 2 opener, “The Girl I Mean to Be”, is strangely hopeful and endearing, without being irritating as so many songs for children are (see “Tomorrow” or basically anything from Annie). That’s one of this show’s strengths; in a very quaint and British way, it stays away from caricatures and clichés, and delivers a haunting, joyful and honest story of flawed and human characters.
Sadly, Secret Garden is rarely produced due to its hefty specifications: a male-heavy cast, an exceptionally talented 10-year-old, authentic British accents on everyone and a soprano who can sing Lily’s “Come to My Garden” up in the stratosphere. But a fantastic concert recording was made for the show’s 25th anniversary in February, featuring stars like Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo (seen in Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables), Sydney Lucas (Fun Home), Ben Platt (Book of Mormon and Pitch Perfect) and Daisy Eagan herself in an adult role. Watch some snippets from it here ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRNvPZBy5gA ): I promise you’ll be glad you did. The Secret Garden is a perfect show for summer- an intensely sad and sweet look at healing, forgiveness and love with addictively beautiful music and irresistible characters.
A huge congratulations to Mac’s own Jocelyn Bartolome, a fabulously talented grade 12 actress who won the Cappie Award for Best Comic Actress in a Musical at the Cappies Gala last weekend!! She’s been voted the best in the region by the students critics of this year, and I’m sure everyone who saw her portrayal of Mrs. Meers in our December production of Thoroughly Modern Millie agrees she deserves it. Thank you to all our nominees and everyone involved in Millie who attended the Gala at the Citadel Theater on June 12; it was an amazing night and an epic celebration of student achievement in the arts. Audiences were treated to excerpts from the five plays and five musicals nominated for Outstanding Production, as well as celebrity presenters like Liz Nicholls and Matt Schuurman and an opening and closing number performed by the Cappies Chorus. Click here
for Edmonton Journal coverage and photos of the Gala, some taken by our very own student volunteer photographers Haley Dang and Christine Videna. Best wishes for an equally amazing Cappies season and gala next year!
As anyone will tell you, Les Mis is an absolute classic of the musical theatre canon. Known for being dramatic, French, three hours long and very very sad, it also contains some of the most gorgeous music ever written. The (extremely complex) plot follows redeemed ex-convict Jean Valjean in his quest to do good, raise an orphaned child, avoid his relentless pursuer Inspector Javert and save as many lives as possible in the failed Student Revolution of 1832. This epic tale of love, grace, justice and mercy is almost entire sung-through, and is guaranteed to tug some heartstrings.
The score is full of unforgettable songs like “Do You Hear the People Sing”, which will make you want to start your own revolution, and “On My Own”, the classic ballad of unrequited love. “Stars”, the vow of policeman Javert, is absolutely gorgeous, and “Bring Him Home” will bring you to tears. There are lots of good recordings of Les Mis, notably the original London cast album featuring Colm Wilkinson, and the 10th anniversary cast with Phillip Quast and Lea Salonga. Be careful when watching the 2012 movie version; it take some liberties with plot and music, and not all actors are the strongest singers. Probably your best bet is to watch the 25th anniversary concert starring Alfie Boe, Ramin Karimloo and Norm Lewis. Les Mis has converted many a skeptic to a musical theatre lover; its grandeur and melodrama are irresistibly escapist, but beautifully relevant.
This little gem of a show is almost a one-act, clocking in at only 85 minutes. Written in 2008 by American composer Adam Gwon, Ordinary Days looks at four millennials dealing with life in New York City and the chance occurrences that cause their paths to intertwine. It’s a very contemporary-feeling show, with vivid and accessible characters and a charming score. Fresh and funny, its musical numbers are beautiful little portraits that could stand on their own, and include highlights like “Don’t Wanna Be Here” and “Saturday at the Met”. Its message about finding connection and beauty in everyday things is simple, but almost ridiculously relevant. Ordinary Days is definitely worth a listen if you’re in the mood for something smart, bittersweet and eminently relatable.
The fifteenth official month celebrating the history and heritage of Jazz
Navneet Chand, Staff Writer
Get ready to tap your toes and swing to the smooth rhythm of the band, because it’s Jazz Appreciation Month! Known to many simply asJAM, this month was inaugurated by the world-renowned Smithsonian Museum to shine the spotlight on one of history’s greatest styles of music.
Since 2002, people everywhere having been dancing to the swaying sound of the horns as April marks this very special occasion for both jazzy souls and audiences of all ages. The birthplace of jazz is and always will be New Orleans, the soulful hub of everything from trumpets to tenors. It originated here from early African-American styles.
The Smithsonian plays an active role every JAM by assigning a different jazz legend to be featured on their official poster and represent the month for that year. This year, they have decided to celebrate the legacy of a true pioneer of swing, Benny Carter.
Carter seamlessly fits this year’s theme that describes jazz as a democratic voice which allows a universal communication between all people. Benny Carter is forever remembered as a man who broke down musical barriers for this genre and defined the role of the alto saxophone in history. With Carter’s image at the helm of this month’s poster, JAM is sure to be an absolute hit.
So shine up the brass, sing a “be-bop” note or two, take a music class, or maybe just visit the Smithsonian website where you can view and discover interactive and immersive activities to bring out the beat of the band in all of our hearts, making this year’s JAM a truly wonderful event to remember.
Smithsonian: The National Museum of American History (Website)
1. What is Dramafest?
Dramafest is a festival of student-directed one-act plays, done by your talented classmates here in Mac’s drama room/blackbox theater. Over the past three months, eight shows have been rehearsing to perform for you, April 12-15.
2. How does it work?
During the second week of April, Tuesday-Friday, shows will be performed in PLTs, drama classes and evenings. Admission is by donation, so if you’re a broke student you’re still welcome. To see your friends perform, sign up for PLTs, come on Wednesday, Thursday and/or Friday evening or ask your teachers to bring your class to the matinees.
3. What are the shows?
This year our program consists of eight shows, five in-class productions and three extracurricular ones. Keep reading to see what they are. Continue reading →