The Emcee in Cabaret is a very physical role. How do you
prepare for such an athletic role?
My preparations for the Emcee consist of either a 50-minute power
yoga practice before the show or The Spartacus workout which is an intense free weight interval program. The demands of the set, the choreography, the costume and the role as conceived by director, choreographer and myself are indeed great. I happen to be the "king of the unsustainable choice" so it is at this point in the run when my body aches that I question the wisdom of some of those choices I made in rehearsals. All that said it is a thrilling ride and I embrace the challenge. There is also a daily vocal warm-up that I do myself; that being the Elaine Overholt Big Voice CD, as well as the group vocal prior to the show. As you can see this is not the type of show where a coffee and an arm stretch are enough. Preparation is everything. Once that work is done I get to play.
Of all the songs you sing in Cabaret which is the most challenging?
The most challenging song would have to be ‘Money’ for the simple reason that it is a very physical journey up and down and around the set as well as being rapid fire lyrically. Sometimes it's hard to catch enough breath to keep a smooth line in the singing.
With two very different roles on the Festival stage, how do you turn off the role of Seth Lord in The Philadelphia Story to become the Emcee?
My habit is to have almost a ritualistic approach to leaving the role at the theatre once the show is finished. The makeup comes off, often a de-baptizing shower and I don't carry the characters home. Today I play both parts. People often ask "How do you not confuse your lines from either play?" The truth is the two worlds are so vastly different that one would have to be really out of it to get them mixed up. My cheeky response "I simply look at my shoes. If they are the patent leather Oxfords I'm in Philadelphia, if they are the pointy Batman shoes I'm in Berlin."
Don’t miss out on our enormously popular production of Cabaret. Time is running out on the show that has audiences and critics raving. You’ll be humming the songs long after you’ve left the theatre. See Juan in The Philadelphia Story until October 25 and in Cabaret until October 26.
Saturday October 4 I 11am I $25
One-hour lecture, Q&A session and book signing
Don’t miss this rare opportunity - the author of the award-winning novel The Book of Negroes, is coming to the Shaw Festival! We invite you to join Lawrence for a talk about his latest work, Blood: The Stuff of Life – a bold meditation on blood as an historical and contemporary marker of human identity.
Call or visit our Box Office to book your tickets today!
Buy your tickets to When We Are Married
See it for the first time or see it again. Two extra show dates have been added for When We Are Married. If you haven’t had a chance to see the sold out show, now’s your chance!
September 28 – 8pm
October 23 – 8pm
Special Matinees return this month
For Seniors (65+) and students enjoy special prices on tickets.
Performances are marked SM on our calendar.
Start thinking about 2015
Our 2014 Season is winding down and 2015 isn’t too far off. Really! In case you missed it, check out our 2015 Season lineup. It’s certain to whet your appetite.
Our season is in full swing and, in addition to taking in outstanding performances, please join us for our final series of special events for the season – Beyond the Stage for Members.
Meet the Actors (September 27, 11am)
You see them on the stage – now meet them in person! Interact with a special panel of actors who meet the unique demands of acting in a repertory theatre company.
We are very pleased to have the following actors on our final panel*:
Saturdays, October 18 – December 20
Discover the exciting world of theatre through the Shaw Festival’s ten-week theatre program! An opportunity for your child to discover their inner actor! Led by Shaw professionals, this engaging and interactive program is designed to encourage the creativity, and develop self-confidence. Classes culminate with a final performance, where students can showcase their talents for family and friends!
In 2014 – learn to sew with the pros in The Shaw’s costume department – classes for beginners or experienced! Students in grades 9 through 12 can either learn basic sewing skills OR they can be challenged in the Intermediate or Advanced Sewing levels. Led by professionals from our Wardrobe Department!
For more information, contact Suzanne Merriam at 1.800.657.1106 ext 2265.
To register, call the Box Office at 1.800.511.7429.
The Shaw Theatre School for Young People is part of the Slaight Family Academy.
Obsidian Theatre in association with the Shaw Festival is bringing The Mountaintop by Katori Hall to Toronto for a limited engagement starting this September. The Mountaintop will play at the Aki Studio Theatre, 585 Dundas Street East, from September 27 to October 19. Tickets are on sale now at the Native Earth box office (585 Dundas Street East) and can be reserved in person, online at nativeearth.ca/aki-studio-theatre or by calling 416.531.1402. Don't miss your chance to see this beautiful and powerful play!
Shaw Patrons! Get a special discount on Mirvish’s
Our Country’s Good
Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto
Mirvish Productions presents this brilliant historical drama (directed by Max Stafford-Clark) that tells the powerful, true story of a ragbag cast of the first Australian convicts who put on a play under the guidance of an earnest young marine officer. Special 20% discount for Shaw Festival members.
Call 1.800.461.3333 or mirvish.com and use promo code: OCGSHAW. Conditions apply.
Congratulations to Molly A. from Dundas who has won this month’s contest for Backstage Pass subscribers. She will receive a pair of tickets to a 2014 performance of The Philadelphia Story. Backstage Pass subscribers are automatically entered to win each month.