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September 9 – December 4
Cabaret

VIRTUAL SELECTIONS FROM YOU CAN'T STOP THE BEAT

Curated and Directed by Thom Allison

THE ENDURING POWER OF MUSICAL THEATRE

What is it about musical theatre that captures the hearts of millions of fans? Through wars, disasters, heartbreaks and triumphs, musicals have been there to give us a way to understand the human experience and flourish. Has there ever been a better way to represent our inner lives than in glorious Technicolor and song? We invite you on this tune-filled ride to celebrate why musicals have always been the ultimate tonic for the soul in good or troubled times.

Virtual: Selections from You Can't Stop the Beat - Song & Readings List

House Program: You Can't Stop the Beat

Virtual Runtime: One hour and 1 minute

Study Guide: You Can't Stop the Beat 





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CAST & CREATIVE

    Alana Hibbert
    Singer

    2021: Singer in You Can't Stop the Beat. Second season. Elsewhere: Caroline, or Change, Once on This Island, Parade (Musical Stage Company); The Mountaintop (Obsidian Theatre/Shaw Festival); Ragtime, Guys and Dolls, Major Barbara, Trouble in Tahiti (Shaw Festival); six seasons with the Charlottetown Festival, including Atlantic Blue, Anne of Green Gables, Hairspray; The Music Man, The Gamblers, Amadeus (Talk Is Free Theatre); Young People's Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Canadian Stage, among others. Training: Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto. Et cetera: I feel immensely privileged to be performing on stage and making live theatre right now. Much love to my BC fam. Endless thanks and gratitude to the essential workers getting us through this. Black Lives Matter.

    Gabrielle Jones
    Singer
    2021: Singer in You Can't Stop the Beat. Seventh season. Stratford (selected): Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, Camelot, Oedipus Rex, The Music Man, The Boy Friend, The Gondoliers, Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Shaw Festival (selected): My Fair Lady, The Admirable Crichton, The Cherry Orchard, Follies, A Little Night Music, Mack & Mabel, Happy End, Gypsy, Tristan, A Foggy Day, Marathon 33. Drayton Entertainment (selected): Elf: The Musical, The Miracle Worker, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Birds & the Bees, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Sexy Laundry. National Tours: Les Belles-Soeurs: The Musical, Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables. Elsewhere: Beside Myself (The Foster Festival); The Ladies' Foursome, The Sound of Music (Theatre Aquarius); Guys and Dolls (TIFT); Parade (Studio 180); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone (Vancouver Playhouse); The Diary of Anne Frank (Persephone).
    Evangelia Kambites
    Singer

    2021: Singer in You Can't Stop the Beat. Third season. Stratford: Little Shop of Horrors, Billy Elliot the Musical. Elsewhere: Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (The Arts Club); The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Centaur Theatre/BTW/National Arts Centre); I Think I'm Fallin' - The Songs of Joni Mitchell (Belfry Theatre); Lady in Orange in for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (Soulpepper); Fate in Hadestown (Citadel); The Secret Chord: A Leonard Cohen Experience (Soulpepper); The 27 Club (Soulpepper); The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (National Arts Centre). Film/TV: Minority Report (Fox); Heroes Reborn (NBC); Incorporated (Syfy/CBS); The Boys (Sony/Amazon). Training: Queen's University (BAH); Randolph College. Awards: Jessie Award for Avenue Q; META Award for Adventures of a Black Girl. Online:  evangeliakambites.com. Twitter/Instagram: @ekambites. Other: Debut album Feel the Fall available to stream everywhere!

    Mark Uhre
    Singer

    2021: Singer in You Can't Stop the Beat. Fourth season. You are allowed to erase the memories of the people who told you that you were a bad artist. They lied to you. They were wrong. You can help release these voices from your mind by doing exactly what they told you not to do - make Art. When you nurture your artistic interests, the possibilities of self-discovery can be exciting and endless. Sing. Dance. Paint. Play. Create. Anything. A person in our history books once told us that "comparison is the thief of joy." May these words forever wash away the voices that told us that we shouldn't, that we couldn't make Art. Whatever Art means to you, make it. Make it for no other reason than to help you to feel something. You are allowed. You are an artist. ~ Mark

    Laura Burton
    Keyboard

    2021: Music director of and Keyboard for You Can't Stop the Beat. 42nd season. Stratford: Music director (selected): Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music. Composer of numerous productions including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Memoir and Inherit the Wind. Elsewhere: Music director: Rich and Famous (director John Rando), A Christmas Carol (director Carey Perloff) (ACT San Francisco); Oliver!, The Music Man (Citadel Theatre, director Robin Phillips); Brent Carver in Concert (Soulpepper). Composer: I Am My Own Wife (NAC); Don Carlos (Soulpepper); Cyrano (Citadel Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia). Awards: 2014 Tyrone Award and five Guthrie Awards (Stratford Festival), two Sterling Awards (Citadel) and nominated for Music Direction (San Francisco Bay Awards).

    David Campion
    Drum Kit

    2021: Drum Kit for You Can't Stop the Beat and Finally There's Sun. 39th season. Stratford: As a drummer and percussionist, David has performed in over 100 productions at the Stratford Festival. Elsewhere: David can be heard on dozens of recording projects playing in all kinds of styles and genres. He's been timpanist for Tafelmusik, Canada's Juno Award-winning and internationally acclaimed period-instrument orchestra, for almost 40 years. He teaches percussion at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and is a regular performer with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and local jazz groups. Et cetera: David has his morning coffee in Stratford at the fabulous revel with Anne, whom he loves and cherishes so very much, and often also with his daughter, Arielle, and son, Dylan, and spouses, Dave and Julie.

    Michael McClennan
    Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass
    2021: Basses for You Can't Stop the Beat and Finally There's Sun. Stratford: Slim in Crazy for You; Billy Elliot, The Rocky Horror Show, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, The Sound of Music, Carousel. Elsewhere: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Anastasia (Mirvish); Caroline, or Change, Grey Gardens, The Wild Party (Musical Stage). Writing/Arranging Credits: Dance Legends (Drayton/Grand); The Wizard of Oz (Grand); The Producers, Cabaret, California Dreaming, Fever, Love Train, One Hit Wonders, et al. (Stage West), IAJE (inaugural winner of the Phil Nimmons/SOCAN emerging composer award). Professor of Music Theory and Bass at Toronto's Humber College. Training: Master of Music Performance, University of Toronto. Recordings: Dozens of CDs as bassist, producer and/or arranger. Michael's own CD, Sing In Me Muse, is available on iTunes, or visit michaelmcclennan.com.
    George Meanwell
    Cello, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar

    2021: Cello, Guitars for You Can't Stop the Beat. Eighth season. Stratford: Shakespeare in Love, The Taming of the Shrew, The Pirates of Penzance, The Grapes of Wrath, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, As You Like It. Elsewhere (selected): The Winter's Tale, Measure for Measure, Lear (Groundling); Once (Neptune); Lombardo, The Pigeon King (Blyth Festival). Recordings: Another Street, Late, The Easy Straight.Previously:Quartetto Gelato (1996 NPR Performance Today Debut Artist of the Year). Online: meanwell.ca; @gmeanwell. Et cetera: "The next best time to plant a tree is now."

    Thom Allison
    Curator and Director
    2021: Curator and director of You Can't Stop the Beat. Sixth season. Stratford: The Kralahome in The King and I, The Duke of Suffolk in King Henry VIII, Cinderella's Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods, associate director of Up Close and Musical. Broadway: Bernadette understudy in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Elsewhere: Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music, Coalhouse Walker in Ragtime (Shaw Festival); Darren Lemming in Take Me Out, Robin in Outrageous (Canadian Stage); Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone (Vancouver Playhouse, National Arts Centre, Citadel Theatre); Emcee in Cabaret (Theatre Calgary); Che in Evita (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Daddy Warbucks in Annie (Grand Theatre). Film/TV: Pree in Killjoys, Roger in Frankie Drake Mysteries, judge on CBC's Over the Rainbow. Directing:Seussical, Mary Poppins (Young People's Theatre). Awards: Canadian Screen Award - Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for Killjoys. Online: Twitter: @thomallison. Instagram: thom_allison.
    Laura Burton
    Music Director

    2021: Music director of and Keyboard for You Can't Stop the Beat. 42nd season. Stratford: Music director (selected): Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music. Composer of numerous productions including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Memoir and Inherit the Wind. Elsewhere: Music director: Rich and Famous (director John Rando), A Christmas Carol (director Carey Perloff) (ACT San Francisco); Oliver!, The Music Man (Citadel Theatre, director Robin Phillips); Brent Carver in Concert (Soulpepper). Composer: I Am My Own Wife (NAC); Don Carlos (Soulpepper); Cyrano (Citadel Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia). Awards: 2014 Tyrone Award and five Guthrie Awards (Stratford Festival), two Sterling Awards (Citadel) and nominated for Music Direction (San Francisco Bay Awards).

    Kaileigh Krysztofiak
    Lighting Designer

    2021: Lighting designer of Why We Tell the Story, You Can't Stop the Beat, Play On!, Freedom and Finally There's Sun. Ninth season. Stratford: Lighting designer, Othello, The Comedy of Errors. Assistant lighting designer, six seasons (2011-2016). Selected credits: A Chorus Line, Tommy, A Word or Two, Jesus Christ Superstar. Studio Theatre technical director, 2013. Elsewhere: Honour Beat (Grand), After the Fire, The Particulars (Punctuate, The Theatre Centre); Kinky Boots, Newsies (Drayton Entertainment); Salt-Water Moon (Mirvish, Factory, Why Not); Wildfire (RARE, Soulpepper); The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely, The Breath in Between (Crow's); Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Laurier (Charlottetown Festival, TNB); Beaver (Storefront); Noises Off (Soulpepper); A Line in the Sand, The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre); Hana Hashimoto (Carousel Players). Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Et cetera: Course Lecturer at Ryerson University, Instructor at the NTSC, General Manager of Lights On Stratford, a two-time Dora nominee and a 2020 Pauline McGibbon Award nominee.

    Peter McBoyle
    Sound Designer
    2021: Sound designer of Why We Tell the Story, You Can't Stop the Beat, Play On!, Freedom and Finally There's Sun. 26th season. Stratford (selected): Over 60 productions including Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, Shakespeare in Love, Crazy for You, A Word or Two. Elsewhere: Peter has worked at most major Canadian theatres and in US cities such as New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta. Broadway credits: Come Fly Away and Barrymore. Tours include Sister Act, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, Legally Blonde and West Side Story. Recent projects include Little Canada (Toronto), Immersive Van Gogh (Canada/US), Battle of the Blades (CBC). Training: Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music (McGill). Awards: Suzi (Atlanta), Come Fly Away; Dora nomination, Caroline, Or Change, Fire. Et cetera: Thanks to Meghan, Ella and Beatrice for their unending support.
    Anne Murphy
    Stage Manager
    2021: Stage manager of You Can't Stop the Beat. 29th season. Stratford: Anne is so happy to be back for the 2021 season after our COVID year away. Elsewhere: Cabaret (MTC), Sleeping Beauty (Globe Theatre), Orpheus Descending (MTC, Royal Alexandra Theatre), toured the Belfry Theatre's The Year of Magical Thinking to the Tarragon Theatre and the National Arts Centre, toured with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the NAC's The Mikado, The Lion King and Jane Eyre in Toronto. She has had the pleasure of working across Canada at the Grand Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Neptune Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre and Expo '86 in Vancouver. Et cetera: Anne lives in Stratford with her partner, Anne; their son, Callum; daughter Brianna; Luna, the cutest German Spitz/poodle ever; and two beautiful cats.
    Cynthia Toushan
    Production Stage Manager

    2021: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre Canopy and Studio Theatre. 25th season. Stratford: Shows include Chicago (interrupted by COVID), Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I and others. Elsewhere: Over 40 years as a stage manager in live entertainment including gala events, music concerts, opening ceremonies and fundraising events including A Christmas Carol for the Stratford Hospice. Over 25 years with the Canadian Opera Company as a stage manager; production stage manager and resident director of Jersey Boys, Toronto; 25 years as a singer/dancer and choreographer in Canadian theatre; associate director/choreographer to her mentor, Alan Lund. Et cetera: Love to Paul, daughters Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law Andrew, and her grandchildren, Kennedy, Koston and Connor. I am so grateful to be back at work.

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