FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 18th, 2019
(St. John’s, NL) - Atlantic Light Theatre will launch its 2020 season with 9 to 5: The Musical - an empowering, satirical comedy about friendship and revenge - with music by Dolly Parton. This will be the Atlantic Canadian premiere of the show, which has been delighting audiences around the world.
“It is really exciting for us to bring 9 to 5 to the stage,” said Doug Vaughan, co-artistic director of Atlantic Light Theatre. “The comedy in the show is a big reason for us to stage this production. The writing is brilliant.” Fellow co-artistic director Jacinta Mackey Graham said the show is “a winning mix of great humour and genuinely touching moments.”
9 to 5: The Musical is an outrageous but thought-provoking comedy based on the 1980 hit movie starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. This musical adaptation is “packed with laughs as big as Dolly [Parton’s] personality,” said Mackey Graham. “There will be knockout performers and a treasure chest of upbeat songs.”
The iconic lead characters will be played by a trio of local stars: Shelley Neville, Sheila Williams and Dana Parsons. “The audience is in for a night of laughter and inspiration,” Vaughan explains. “These women are magical when on stage together.” They will star alongside Justin Nurse and a cast of dozens of Newfoundland and Labrador’s finest talent, all backed by a full orchestra.
“This would make a great Christmas gift,” said Mackey Graham. “It’s a perfect tonic for a winter’s night.”
9 to 5: The Musical runs from January 30th to February 1st, 2020, at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre. Tickets are $68.00 each and are available at artsandculturecentre.com, or by calling 729-3900.
For further information, please call:
Doug Vaughan, Co-Artistic Director: 709 728 6097
Jacinta Mackey Graham, Co-Artistic Director: 709 687 1251
Atlantic Light Theatre Brings History To The Big Screen for All 162 Junior And Senior Schools Province-Wide
(St. John’s, NL) - Thanks to Atlantic Light Theatre (ALT) and their corporate sponsors, Newfoundland and Labrador students in grades seven through twelve will have an opportunity to learn about their province’s history on the big screen. ALT is providing a professionally produced video of their hugely successfully show A Call to Arms free of charge to all 162 junior and senior high schools across the province.
A former student of Jacinta's, Trevor Myall, is hitting the Big Time in NYC:
"Jacinta Mackey-Graham, who pushed me to do my first solo ever in a choir, which helped me step out of my comfort zone."
On the very first week of the 2004-2005 school year, Gongaza High School theatre arts teacher Jacinta Mackey Graham had the impulsive idea to pull an extremely shy Grade 10 student out of his science class.
She'd been desperately on the lookout for male singers for the school's chamber choir, and had been tipped off about a potential vocalist but was told "good luck" getting him to sing in a choir.
He'd sing along to the radio in the car, or maybe while hanging out with his friends, but absolutely never in public.
But Mackey Graham was persistent, and she asked him to sing anything, even O Canada, just to let her see what his voice sounded like.
When he opened his mouth and started to sing, she knew right away he had a gift.
"I remember saying 'Oh my God' and [his] reaction was 'See I told you I can't sing' and I said, 'No, oh my God, this is a beautiful voice.'"
The singer? Steve Maloney, now the winner of multiple MusicNL awards, star of a recent production of Rent, and arguably one of the province's most well-known contemporary songwriters.
Reunited at ArtsNL awardsNearly 14 years later, the two are being honoured at April's ArtsNL awards.
Krystin Pellerin, Justin Nurse, Dana Parsons and Peter Halley to star in the musical comedy, opening in St. John’s Thursday
Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra: there are big shoes to fill when it comes to putting off a production of “Guys and Dolls,” but if anyone can do it, it’s Atlantic Light.
The local theatre company, headed by Jacinta Mackey Graham and Doug Vaughan, is known for taking on the biggest Broadway shows, bringing them to life on a local stage and successfully selling out. “Guys and Dolls” is on track to continue that tradition when it opens at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre Thursday evening.
A story of gambling and romance set in New York City and Havana, Cuba, the show has got the big, glittering musical numbers, including “Luck Be A Lady,” “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”
It’s also got the credentials: premiering on Broadway in 1950, “Guys and Dolls” won the Tony Award for Best Musical that year, and has since seen several revivals, as well as a 1955 Hollywood film starring Brando, Sinatra and Simmons.
Atlantic Light’s version also has a worthy cast: “Republic of Doyle” actress Krystin Pellerin, home from Toronto; singer/songwriter/radio host Dana Parsons, who’s a regular in the theatre company’s productions; “Jesus Christ Superstar” alumnus Justin Nurse; Spirit of Newfoundland’s Peter Halley; and more, performing under Mackey Graham’s direction.
Along with the cast, the production will star a pit orchestra led by Vaughan, who is the music director.
“A dazzling, high-energy musical filled with hilarious scenes and fabulous characters” is how Atlantic Light describes the show.
Since debuting with “Les Misérables,” Atlantic Light has produced versions of Broadway shows such as “Spamalot,” “Sister Act” and “Billy Elliot,” and last fall produced a sold-out run of “A Call to Arms.” The latter was an original musical by Petrina Bromley based on the true story of Lieut. Stephen Norris of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
The theatre company released an extra block of tickets for “Guys and Dolls,” which is almost sold out, on Tuesday. They’re available at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre box office, by calling 729-3900 and online at www.artsandculturecentre.com.