All the world’s a stage, and that includes Guelph. And in Guelph, the realm of the big, lively, stage musical belongs to Royal City Musical Productions Inc. It’s not Broadway, but it can be just as good, and even more conveniently located. This week, we take a peek behind the curtain.
RCMPI just wrapped up it’s fall show, the first show of the company’s 4oth season in Guelph. They performed Annie, the Broadway classic about a red-haired orphan that finds happiness and belonging when she goes to live with the wealthy Daddy Warbucks. It’s been staged several times in venues across North America, even once before in 1994 in Guelph by RCMPI. It was one of the the last shows the company did in their previous venue, the E.L. Fox Auditorium at John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute.
This was also back in the day when RCMPI only staged one show a year; since 2003 they’ve been doing two. So while this episode’s guests came by while catching their breath after Annie’s completion, they’re now actively developing their next show, holding auditions for both a youth production and their next full-out musical.
On this edition of the podcast, we hear from Tyler Livingstone, the current Treasurer of the RCMPI Board, and Karen Allen, who has held many roles in the organization as her involvement in the company goes back to just a few years after it got started. Through them, you’ll hear about how RCMPI chooses what shows they’re going to stage, what their challenges are, where musical theatre ranks in the Guelph arts scene, and just how much time, effort and energy goes into staging a musical by the all volunteer cast and crew.
So let’s raise the curtain on Royal City Musical Productions in this edition of the Guelph Politicast!
Next up for RCMPI is Disney’s Aladdin Jr., which opens on March 1 at the Guelph Little Theatre on Morris Street, and then the main company will tackle Sweeney Todd, which opens on April 25 at Co-operators Hall at the River Run Centre. For more information about how to get involved with RCMPI, or if you’d like to assist them in their theatrical efforts, you can get click here.
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