Three days only to see a unique spectacle – .

Three days only to see a unique spectacle – .

“All Together Now”, a music review, features songs from favorite Broadway songs past and present and runs November 12-14.

For just three days, November 12-14, you can see a music review featuring 59 cast members, 15 song performances with solos and production numbers with up to 30 people on stage at a time.

All Together Now: a global event celebrating local theater is co-produced by West End Theater Project and TMurphy Entertainment Inc. in association with the Sault Community Theater Center.

Money raised locally will be used to upgrade theater lighting and wireless communications equipment for the Sault Community Theater.

“That way it doesn’t just benefit us, it benefits everyone who uses the theater,” co-director Lucas Beaver (co-director with Timothy Murphy).

Tickets are now on sale and a somewhat different show is planned for each performance.

“We wanted to introduce as many people as possible,” Beaver said. “A lot of times in a musical there can be five or six tracks and the rest is a set. ”

“We have six performances where we have three different actors performing this song twice,” he said.

Each performer brings their own interpretation and flair to the role.

But, logistically, it really complicates things. This means that the cast is essentially performing several different shows, which means different light and sound signals, choreography, and blockages.

Different people will play solos on different nights and the solos are staged differently for each performer. For example, Beaver said, there are three different actresses performing the song. She was mine musical Waitress. Audience members will see a different show with different performers depending on when they see the show.

Additionally, complications of adhering to COVID-19 protocols add another layer of complexity to the logistics of producing the show.

“Microphones need to be sanitized between performances,” Beaver said. “They were always cleaned but now we have to be really on top. “

All COVID-19 protocols will be strictly observed in the front and back of the house, he added.

All together now promises to be an unforgettable experience as it marks the return of live community theater in spectacular fashion.

Normally, production companies pay up to $ 12,000 – $ 15,000 for the rights to stage major productions like The little mermaid, beauty and the beast and other big box productions, as Beaver calls them.

This time, Musical Theater International, one of the licensing bodies for a large number of productions, supported community theater and set up this review, offering it for free, but there was one condition.

“They put this review together to kind of kickstart and help local theaters get back on their feet, fundraising – whatever they want to use this production for,” Beaver said. “The only condition was that it had to be presented between November 12 and 15. “

The Musical Theater International team assembled a group of professionals to organize their entire music collection and choose 35 songs to give to producers. Each company could choose up to 15 songs from that list and get the rights to perform those songs, but the show will be gone forever after November 15. They will not offer the rights to interpret the All together now never see again.

Beaver said he and Murphy chose songs based on how they wanted the night to go and they were looking for material that would best showcase local talent.

“There are songs and musicals (in this review) that we won’t be able to play here,” he added. “We don’t have the racial cast or the rights may not yet be available, because productions like Come from afar maybe still on Broadway. “

Older musical songs like Annie, Come on and Sister act will also be carried out in All together now at the Sault.

More than 2,500 organizations will conduct the review in community theaters in more than 40 countries around the world during the same period.

Each of them will have their own interpretation of the material and their own approach to its production.

Beaver said the auditions for this show were special and stood out from the auditions for the shows he has been on during his theatrical career.

“Some people were very emotional, or were emotional afterwards,” Beaver said. “There were tears. We all know we miss the arts, but it really didn’t touch us until all of a sudden it was back and you realized, ‘Oh my god, I haven’t been doing this since. so long’. “

But, Beaver said, it’s good to be back in the theater and really kick things off at last.

The West End Theater Project was due to launch around a month after the first COVID-19 lockdown

Val and Chris Horsepool (Beaver’s mother and stepfather) bought a church across from the Sault Theater Workshop and were going to launch the West End Community Theater, but it never came to fruition.

“We had always talked about how, when I moved home full time, I would kick start this and use it as my business,” Beaver said.

After returning to the Toronto Sault almost every year to take part in local theatrical productions, Beaver took the plunge and returned full-time in the winter of 2020, but COVID-19 collection restrictions got him thinking about twice before launching the new name of West End Theater Project.

All together now is the first official production of the project and next year it will produce two shows, Sister act, which will run from March 30 to April 2, 2022, and Elf, the musical which is scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 4, 2022.

For more information, visit the West End Theater Project Facebook page.


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