Theatre Sheridan hosts inaugural Canadian Music Theatre Project Festival

Moll by Elise Dewsberry and Leslie Arden. Photo courtesy of John Jones

Moll by Elise Dewsberry and Leslie Arden.
Photo courtesy of John Jones

The inaugural Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) Festival was held last week from November 6th to 8th at Sheridan, and on November 9th at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto. The Festival presented four new musicals currently in development through the CMTP, each in a 45-minute reading format.

The Festival is a culmination of a month-long workshop with the writers and creative teams.  Sheridan’s fourth-year Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance students and several guest artists performed these various works.

These included:

Marathon of Hope:  Music and Lyrics – John Connolly; Book and Director – Ralph Small

“A folk musical based on the enduring and heroic story of Terry Fox”

Moll:  Music and Lyrics – Leslie Arden; Book – Leslie Arden and Cathy Elliott with Anna Theresa Cascio

“The story of a teenage sex worker who strives to rise above her circumstances”

Prom Queen:  Music – Colleen Dauncy; Lyrics  – Akiva Romer-Segal; Book – Kent Staines

“Based on the true story of a 17 year-old who fights for the right to take his boyfriend to the prom”

The Enlightenment of Percival Von Schmootz:  Music – Michael Kooman; Book and Lyrics – Chris Dimond

“A satirical comedy about an absurdly optimistic young man who sets out on a quest to end the Dark Ages”


Launched in 2011, the CMTP is Canada’s first incubator for the development of new musicals by Canadian and international composers, lyricists and book-writers. As Canada’s largest arts school, Sheridan is committed to the meaningful development of new works.

In addition to the launch of the Festival, the CMTP is developing its largest and most ambitious production, Brantwood, an immersive theatrical production co-created by Mitchell Cushman and Julie Tepperman. Brantwood will take place in April 2015 at the historic Brantwood School in down- town Oakville.


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