Sheridan Theatre’s Brantwood: 1920-2020 receiving widespread acclaim
Sheridan Theatre’s production Brantwood: 1920-2020 has been gaining significant attention from various media outlets leading up to it’s premiere on April 14th. It was featured this morning on CP 24’s Breakfast Television in separate segments at 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM. The unique story behind its creation is what makes the production so special.
Brantwood School at 221 Allan St. in Oakville has stood for nearly 100 years. It operated as an elementary school starting in 1920, closed its doors in 2010 and was purchased by the City of Oakville two years later. Visual and Performing associate dean Michael Rubinoff invited Outside the March’s Mitchell Cushman and Convergence Theatre’s Julie Tepperman to co-create a site-specific show for the graduating class of the college’s music theatre performance program. The audience is bused to the school from Sheridan along with 38 students (who take on multiple roles) and four adults (actors Suzanne Bennett, Claire Calnan, Ralph Small and Andrew Trithardt) who play the school’s principals and teachers over the years. Viewers are alumni attending a ceremony when a 1920s time capsule is dug up. But as they return, they’ll encounter the ghosts from 100 years of teenage life and hear stories of first loves, growing pains, peer pressures and youthful experimentation.
The 15-hour show is being developed as part of the Canadian Music Theatre Project, a program launched by Sheridan in 2011 that seeks to develop new works by Canadian and international composers, lyricists and authors.
The play opens April 14th and continues through to May 3rd. To purchase tickets, visit http://tickets.sheridancollege.ca, or visit the Theatre Sheridan Box Office at 1430 Trafalgar Rd., open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM or by calling (905)-815-4049.
For more on the production, visit here:
The National Post
You can view some behind the scenes footage on the production courtesy of Sheridan College’s YouTube channel.