Centaur Theatre reveals casting for first two plays of 50th Season

Cast of 'Choir Boy' and 'The Children' announced

MONTREAL, May 15th, 2018Centaur Theatre announces the cast and creative teams for the first two productions of its upcoming celebratory Season 50.

“I am always so inspired by the work of actors. They offer the totality of their own humanity to create theatre that reveals how rich and varied every story is. Each one of these actors brings an entire world with them and I am thrilled to have all of them on stage at Centaur.” – Eda Holmes


Choir Boy

Written by
Tarell Alvin McCraney
2017 Oscar-winning writer of “Moonlight”

Directed by
Mike Payette

October 9th to 28th, 2018

Pharus has an angelic voice destined to praise God through Gospel music. Can his classmates, their parents, and the Drew School for African-American boys accept the person behind the voice?

The 2016 Academy Award-winning writer, Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), opens the landmark season in October with CHOIR BOY, playing from October 9th to the 28th. Mike Payette, Artistic Director of Geordie Productions, directs with support from Floydd Ricketts as the Musical Director.

The five student choir boys will be played by bilingual actor Patrick Abellard (Xavier Dolan’s The Life and Death of John F. Donovan; and Centaur Theatre’s Urban Tales 2017); triple threat Vlad Alexis (Stonewall, Centropolis Entertainment; Hairspray, Just for Laughs; and Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical, Kaleisoscope Theatre); New York actor working both sides of the border, Steven Charles (Dream Girls, national tour and Japan); 2017 graduate of Montreal’s esteemed Conservatoire d’art dramatique, Lyndz Dantiste (District 31 and Unité 9, SRC; Les fourberies de Scapin, TNM); and musical theatre/opera performer, Christopher Parker (Annie Get Your Gun, Western University; Company and Les Misérables, Intimate Opera Indianapolis). BTW’s Artistic Director, Quincy Armorer, (The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, Centaur Theatre/NAC) returns to the Centaur stage to play the boys’ Headmaster and Paul Rainville (The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, Centaur Theatre/NAC; The Comedy of Errors and Scorched, Centaur), portrays Mr. Pendleton.

Dayane Ntibarikure is the Assistant Director. Rachel Forbes designs the set and costumes and Andrea Lundy the lighting, with Samira Rose stage managing, aided by Assistant Stage Manager, Isabel Faia.

Creative Team
Floydd Ricketts, Musical Director
Dayane Ntibarikure, Assistant Director
Rachel Forbes, Set & Costume Designer
Andrea Lundy, Lighting Designer
Samira Rose, Stage Manager
Isabel Faia, Assistant Stage Manager

Cast


The Children

A co-production with Canadian Stage
Written by
Lucy Kirwood
2018 Tony Award Nominee ‘Best Play’

Directed by
Eda Holmes

November 6th to 25th, 2018

Just when they felt they had contributed all they could as nuclear scientists and simpler, slower lives beckoned, an old colleague emerges with a crucial proposal of devastating consequences.

UK playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s wickedly witty and thought-provoking three-hander, THE CHILDREN, recently nominated for a 2018 Tony Award, takes the November time slot from the 6th to the 25th and Centaur’s Artistic and Executive Director, Eda Holmes, will direct.

The ensemble acting trio is a who’s-who list of Canadian greats that includes: Geordie Johnson, who has worked across Canada as well as internationally in the US, Europe, Great Britain, the Middle East and New Zealand; Laurie Paton, an 18-year Shaw Festival veteran most recently seen in the Canadian Stage/Citadel Theatre production of The Humans; and Canadian theatre and television star, Fiona Reid, last seen at Centaur Theatre in Innocence Lost, A Play about Steven Truscott (2013).

The set and costumes will be designed by Eo Sharp (You Will Remember Me and The Baklawa Recipe, Centaur; Love and Information, Canadian Stage) and dance, opera and theatre specialist, Bonnie Beecher, designs the lighting.

Creative Team
Eo Sharp, Set & Costume Designer
Bonnie Beecher, Lighting Designer

Cast


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