A short jaunt from Toronto, in Barrie, Ontario, Theatre by the Bay marks its fifteenth anniversary with a world premiere of the great classical work, Goethe’s Faust. Radically transformed, the work is now presented as a rich musical with original score by acclaimed composer Leslie Arden. Faust will be playing at The Mady Centre, 1 Dunlop Street West, Barrie, Ontario, from July 5 to 16, 2016. Press Opening is Friday May 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm.
Faust is the story of a man, seduced into signing a pact with the Devil. This signature in blood throws open the doors on a panoramic view of a man’s terrifying fall into Evil’s cruel hand. This impressive undertaking has attracted some of the finest talents in the country.
Jeannette Lambermont-Morey, a seasoned veteran of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and other key theatres across North America, will direct. Fascinated by the play for years, she observes, “Goethe himself obviously heard music when he wrote it. In fact, there are many places in the text that call for music.” Further, she notes, “The epic scale of the piece suggests lush orchestrations.” For this task, the director called on the gifted composer Leslie Arden to create original music for the production. It’s Arden who’s added a sophisticated, all-encompassing score, having written many of her own award-winning musicals as well as train with the musical mastermind Stephen Sondheim.
The high-calibre production will showcase an all-star cast, featuring many of the finest actors in Canada including Sean Hauk, starring as Faust, and Mike Dufays. Faust also stars Jake Deeth and Priscilla Taylor, in the roles of Mephistopheles, the devil, and Gretchen, Faust’s love interest.
This rare musical treat is produced by Alex Dault and Theatre by the Bay. Dault, the Artistic Director of TBTB, understands this to be a major step for Barrie’s entertainment scene. “Faust isn’t your average bouncy musical. It’s a dark drama, filled with humour, wit and life, and now infused with brilliant and glorious music sung by some of the most sublime voices around. It’s going to be a unique experience and I believe it’s a show that will please audiences and critics alike.”
Personally, I feel this is going to be a significant event in the history of Canadian theatre and in musical theatre in general. While the more high-profile, influential theatres play it safe re-staging pop musicals or those based on hit movies, Theatre By the Bay has ventured to present a complex drama illustrated by audacious music. Those who enjoy, love, and value theatre must see this one!
Theatre By The Bay presents Faust
Previewing July 5,6,7, Press Opening July 8 and playing until July 16, 2016
The Mady Centre for the Performing Arts 1 Dunlp Street West, Barrie, Ontario
INFORMATION ON TICKETS:
Ticket Prices $25-$33.00; Available through Box Office (705) 739-4228 at or theatrebythebay.com
Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00pm; Sunday at 2:00pm
Company Website http://www.theatrebythebay.com