Arts Club season sees dead people (and gay puppets)
|Written by Mark Robins|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2012|
A year shy of its golden anniversary, the Arts Club Theatre Company presents a 2012/2013 season that includes the dead kids of Ride The Cyclone and the puppets of Avenue Q.
With 14 shows across its three stages, the offerings from Western Canada’s largest theatre company in its next season are certainly varied, but it is two musicals in the year’s line-up that will have local queers most excited.
In February, the Arts Club sees the return of the “wildly inventive and tremendously entertaining” Ride The Cyclone, an e-ticket ride that took Canada by storm in the last year. Originally produced at Victoria’s Belfry Theatre in 2009, this home-grown musical tells the story six members of the St. Cassian Chamber Choir from Uranium, Saskatchewan who meets their fate aboard the Cyclone roller coaster at a traveling amusement park. Included among the six is Noel Gruber, the only gay in the tiny town made entirely from uranium ore.
In June 2014 the Arts Club will trade in its roller skates for puppets in presenting the cheeky and irreverent Avenue Q. What can only be described as a ribald version of Sesame Street, Avenue Q tells the story of Princeton, fresh from college looking to start making his mark on life, who takes up residence among the other puppets (and a few real people) along the avenue. Wickedly funny with some serious messages, Avenue Q will definitely help sweep those clouds away on your way to where the air is sweet (and perhaps a little blue).
Other highlights from its upcoming season include the Tony Award winning musical Dreamgirls and Clybourne Park, this past year’s winner of the Tony for best play. Plus Canadian playwright Yvette Nolan’s new work, The Unplugging, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic Canada, comes to the Granville Island Revue Stage.
Continuing to bring productions to audiences across British Columbia, the touring shows this year will include the original musical Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata by Bill Richardson and Veda Hille.