Burnaby has lots of exciting things to do in the Spring time and the budding theatre scene is always one of them. Every year new productions come through and this year is no different with Titanic the Musical coming this April to the Shadbolt – one of our main theatre spots in Burnaby. Mention the name Titanic and most everyone listening could easily recite the legendary shipwreck story and the historic impression it left behind. Far fewer could likely sing any of the songs from Titanic the Musical – much less envision how a ship could be made to appear as if sinking on stage.
For the first time since a crew from Theatre Under the Stars enacted the two-and-a-half hour production several years ago, five-time Tony award winner Titanic the Musical is coming to Metro Vancouver. This time the docudrama, put to music, will be at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre for the Arts from April 12 – 14. A 27- member student cast from Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts is performing the production under the direction of Lindbjerg’s music theatre instructor Mark Turpin.
True to the screenplay, the Lindbjerg production will be as authentic as the original Broadway production that got overshadowed by James Cameron’s silver screen blockbuster and its central love story portrayed by fictitious characters Jack Dawson (Leonardo di Caprio) and Rose DeWitt (Kate Winslet).
“This group, albeit much younger than the historic characters they are depicting, has done a fantastic job of bringing this story to life. They have found a way to relate to what the passengers and crew had to be thinking about and feeling when they were aboard the ship.”
Turpin explains his Titanic cast, over a period of seven months, has worked hard to produce a show that captures the real chronicles of the passengers and crew. In addition to studying the music and lines, blocking the ship scenes and mapping out the choreography, the crew studied the characters in-depth and even went to the Titanic exhibit that was on display in Metro Vancouver for several months last year making this an even more personal experience for each of these young performers.
“That experience of going to the exhibit really inspired them all – evident in their portrayals I have seen in rehearsal,” says Turpin. “Audiences will not be disappointed.” As for the musical score, Lindbjerg’s production promises all of what makes it, as described by many theatre critics, so haunting and uplifting. “Our students put such passion into what they do, they are able to conquer the challenging harmonies and solos featured throughout. This will most definitely be a Show to remember.”
So support some young performers, a great story and this tragic memory and snag your tickets HERE. Show will be running from April 12th – 14th, 2019