Soulpepper Theatre Company
Located in its multi-venue home the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto's Distillery Historic District, Soulpepper is one of Canada's largest urban theatre companies. Founded and guided by artists, under the leadership of Artistic Director Albert Schultz and Executive Director Leslie Lester, Soulpepper has an integrated mission which includes: industry-leading youth outreach initiatives; the Soulpepper Academy, Canada's only multi-year paid professional training program for theatre artists of all disciplines; and a year-round diverse repertory season which is grounded in the classics and committed to the creation of new works, new forms and innovative practices.
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Soulpepper Family Festival 2018/19
This application is for the “Soulpepper Family Festival 2018/19”, an expanded and enhanced Festival taking place December 3, 2018 to February 10, 2019 at the Young Centre, the St. Lawrence Centre, and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. 2018/19 Family Festival programming will include: (1) The World Premiere of “Rose”, a new family musical based on the children’s book The World is Round by Gertrude Stein. The creative team includes: lyrics by Sarah Wilson; design by Lorenzo Savoini; and featuring Hailey Gillis (Spoon River), Peter Fernandes (Onegin), and Frank Cox-O’Connell (Hamlet). Rose is anticipated to run for 25 performances and will take place at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, reaching approximately 5,900 patrons (based on past musical premieres); (2) A new Soulpepper co-commissioned site-specific work in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario. The project will be modeled after AGO’s successful 2016 partnership with the National Ballet of Canada, The Dreamers Ever Leave You, which met with considerable media and audience interest. The new work will run for seven performances at the AGO, and reach around 1,000 patrons. Soulpepper will operate a shuttle bus that will encourage patrons to visit both the AGO and the Distillery District; (3) “A Christmas Carol” (19 performances); (4) “Peter Pan”, by Bad Hats Theatre (33 performances); (5) “A Very Soulpepper Christmas Concert”, led by Mike Ross (4 performances); (6) Free Public Concerts and animations around the Young Centre for the Performing Arts are designed to reach Toronto Christmas Market attendees and expose them to the Festival.