Shanghai theatre students team up with Sheridan to create musical

Shanghai and Sheridan College students at the musical Kinky Boots in Toronto. From left to right: Arinea Hermans, Nicola Hadjis, Benjamin Ward, Jacques St. Pierre, Ze (Jason) Zhang, Vanessa Sears (Sheridan Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance graduate, 2014, starring in Kinky Boots), Shuang (Cool Turtle) Liang, Aizihaer (Halicov) Yasheng, Micah Richardson, Yaqi (Aggie) Wen, Yaorong (Gloria) Guo, Yiou (Eos) Wang.

Shanghai and Sheridan College students at the musical Kinky Boots in Toronto. From left to right: Arinea Hermans, Nicola Hadjis, Benjamin Ward, Jacques St. Pierre, Ze (Jason) Zhang, Vanessa Sears (Sheridan Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance graduate, 2014, starring in Kinky Boots), Shuang (Cool Turtle) Liang, Aizihaer (Halicov) Yasheng, Micah Richardson, Yaqi (Aggie) Wen, Yaorong (Gloria) Guo, Yiou (Eos) Wang.

Five interns from Sheridan’s Music Theatre program are currently working with five international Music Theatre Performance students from STA (Shanghai’s Theatre Academy) school to create a new musical for the CMTP (Canadian Musical Theatre Project). The musical is called Star Stuck, with music and lyrics by Kevin Wong, and book by Marty Chan. They will be work-shopping it until next Friday, July 24th.

In addition, the 10 students are working together towards a final Cabaret performance in Toronto called Part of your World which is set to be performed on July 28th at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. For more information on the Cabaret and how to buy tickets, visit here.

The students will also be visiting the Bethune Memorial House in Gravenhurst, which holds a historic significance in the Chinese culture. They will then travel to Niagara Falls this Sunday.

The five students from Shanghai Theatre Academy arrived on July 3rd and will be staying until July 31st. STA is one of the best art institutions of higher education in China. After decades of development, STA has grown from a single discipline school into an outstanding comprehensive university of performing arts in China. This marks an incredibly important development for Theatre Sheridan with the hope that this partnership becomes an annual event.

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