Fringe Artist Snapshots: Sara Wunsch

Interview series with artists from the 2021 St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival


As an official media partner of the 30th annual St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, Montreal Theatre Hub brings the #FringeBuzz in 2021 with an all-new interview series with artists from this year’s edition of the fest! In this Snapshot, we feature SARA WUNSCH, one of the composer-lyricists of HOW THE FABLES HAVE TURNED, a digital song cycle presented by Home Theatre Productions from June 1-20 on the FringeTV platform.


Q&A

MONTREAL THEATRE HUB: What is ‘How the Fables Have Turned‘ about?

SARA: How the Fables Have Turned is about women having the freedom to tell their own stories their own way, without needing to fit into the narrow narrative of traditional expectations. I composed “My Siren Song” from the perspective of a siren who wants to clarify that she doesn’t sing to lure men towards her. Living on an island with other beautiful sirens, that’s the opposite of what she wants!

MTH: What can audiences expect from the experience of seeing it? 

SARA: I hope everyone who watches this show experiences the comfort of these familiar fables, with the delight of hearing them told in a new way, and the empowerment to live their own narrative the way they want to, not the way it’s always been done.

MTH: What was the idea and inspiration behind the piece? 

SARA: The story of the sirens was always told by sailors, passing port to port, warning each other of the siren song that could lure them to their own death. I thought it would be fair to let the siren tell her own story and clear up the rumours that were going around about her, and of course she does so with an appropriate amount of sass. 


Natalie Demmon performs Sara Wunsch’s “The Siren Song“, in How The Fables Have Turned (Image courtesy of Home Theatre Productions)


MTH: Why did you choose the Fringe as the place to premiere this work?

SARA: I didn’t choose the Fringe, the Fringe chose me! Actually the wonderful team at Home Theatre Productions asked me to compose for them and I am grateful for them opening the door for me into my first Fringe Festival!

MTH: What has it been like trying to create a show during a pandemic?

SARA: As a writer, spending more time at home allowed me to create a lot during the pandemic. But I do regret losing the opportunity to finish musical directing Chicago with Contact Theatre. I was so looking forward to pulling on some fish nets and conducting my scantily-clad ass off… Hopefully that opportunity will come again someday!

MTH: What’s kept you driven to keep creating during this past year? 

SARA: Easy. I want to get a show on Broadway and change a lot of people’s lives with my music. One song at a time. One show at a time. Disney & Broadway composer Alan Menken himself once told me, “I’ll see you at the Tony’s!” and I can’t let him down; he’s a legend.

MTH: How does this show speak to our present times?

SARA: Any show that allows for more diverse narratives to be told, specifically concerning gender expression and sexuality, is vital for the social momentum toward a more welcoming and inclusive world. 


Natalie Demmon performs Sara Wunsch’s “The Siren Song“, in How The Fables Have Turned (Image courtesy of Home Theatre Productions)


RAPID FIRE ROUND

What have you missed most about the Fringe?
Seeing all the many ways that my friends can think outside of the box with their creations.

Favourite Fringe show you’ve ever seen?
Captain Aurora by Trevor Barrette. We love Trevor.

#Fringebuzz: which show(s) on the 2021 lineup are you most stoked to check out?
Holding Waterways by Christine Lee & The Space Between by Justin Calla!


ARTIST BIO

Sara has a Master of Music from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music and works as a Musical Theatre Writer and Coach. Her work has been performed with the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective (CMTWC) and now the Montréal Fringe Festival! She has been Musical Director for Chicago (Contact Theatre, cancelled due to pandemic), The Addams Family, Shrek the Musical (both with WISTA), and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe (McGill Savoy). She has also performed in G&S’s Ruddigore (McGill Savoy), and as a soloist in several Broadway Revues with the Lyric Theatre Singers and the Seven Wonders Theatre Company.

FOLLOW SARA
@sarawunschmusic (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok)
www.sarawunschmusic.com



HOW THE FABLES HAVE TURNED presented by Home Theatre Productions plays from June 1-20 on FringeTV. Tickets ($10.50) can be purchased online at www.montrealfringe.ca.

Listen and purchase the cast album at Bandcamp:
https://hometheatreproductions.bandcamp.com/album/how-the-fables-have-turned.


Read here all of the interviews in the Fringe Artist Snapshots series:
www.montrealtheatrehub.com/fringe-artist-snapshots
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