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Don’t be a Grumpy Guss. $5 Preview Tickets. Get ‘em.

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Grumpy Guss

Yeah. This is you on Friday, January 4 when you wake up and realize that you forgot about Relephant Theatre’s $5 preview for Ordinary Days on Thursday, Jan 3 at 8:0opm.

Seating is limited. Really limited. AND we have tickets for less than a venti Starbucks mochaccino. $5 and you get a gorgeous show.

$5 gets you a seat plop in the middle of New York as we take Adam Gwon’s new musical to soaring heights with four heart-soaring voices, a plucky Yamaha upright being plunked by a punky pianist.

Want in? Go to Brown Paper Tickets and snag your tix for Jan 3 8pm show. Do it now.

If you’re the risky type- wait until the day of. Come to the Carousel Theatre studio at 1411 Cartwright Street on Thursday January 3 between 7-7:45pm and pay $5 cash to get a ticket at the door.

Want more info on the show? Go here…

Connect the Dots! Extraordinary Folks Take on Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days

We’re very excited to be producing Adam Gwon’s taut and tender one-act musical Ordinary Days in January 2013 at the Carousel Theatre Studio. Here is the fabulous team that will be creating a non-traditional theatrical adventure through post-911 NYC, and through the lives & hearts of four New Yorkers.

Connection is at the heart of this show. The Relephants relish the opportunity to work with connections made on previous projects. We also love making new friends.

STEVEN GREENFIELDWarren, Co-Musical Director
Steven is a graduate of the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan College, and is currently on the Theatre faculty at Capilano University. Born and raised in Calgary, he has been based out of Vancouver since 2006.  At RT:  The Exquisite Hour (2010, 2012 – Co-producer) and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2010 – ‘Moist’ & Musical Director).  He is a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and on the board of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.

ALISON MACDONALDClaire
Currently based out of Toronto, Alison is happy to be spending some time back on the West Coast.  She has garnered Jessie Nominations for her work in Back To You (Musical Theatreworks) and The World Goes ‘Round (AMC).  She also received a Jessie Award as part of the ensemble cast of Spelling Bee (Belfry/ArtsClub).  Other credits include “Maria” in The Sound of Music (Gateway); “The Narrator” in Joseph and the Amazing… (Chemainus); and “Suzy” in The Marvelous Wonderettes The Winter Wonderettes (TIP/Theatre Kingston). Next up, she heads to beautiful Banff as a participant of The Banff/Citadel Professional Training Program.

JULIE MCISAAC – Director, Co-Musical Director, Pianist
A graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Julie’s recent directing credits include The Exquisite Hour (Relephant), Countryside Christmas (Chemainus), and two seasons as an Apprentice Director at Bard on the Beach: The Merry Wives of Windsor (2012), Richard II (2009).  As a performer: The Spitfire Grill (Midnight Theatre Collective), Fiddler on the Roof (Chemainus), As You Like it (Citadel), The TempestTitus Andronicus (Bard on the Beach), The Real Thing (Belfry/Arts Club), Seussical(Carousel), and Ophelia (Jessie Award nom.) in The Honest Fishmongers’ Hamlet.

JENNIE NEUMANNDeb
Jennie is thrilled to be part of  Relephant Theatre’s Ordinary Days. Favourite credits incude: Rizzo in Grease(Footlight), Missy in The Marvelous Wonderettes(HeyLook!), Natalie in Next to Normal and Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray(ArtsClub), the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical (Carousel- Jessie Nomination), Songs for a New World and The World Goes ‘Round (Another Musical- Jessie Nomination). Up next she will be heading to Theatre Calgary to play Diana in Anne of Green Gables. For more info visit www.jennieneumann.com.

SHANE SNOW –  Jason
Shane is thrilled to be working with this talented crew.  Alison is one of his favourite acting partners from way back in his college days.  Shane has worked as an actor, director and choreographer at theatres across Canada, most recently directing Batboy: The Musical in Victoria.  Some of his most memorable projects include playing Mickey in Blood Brothers at the Arts Club, a flying priest in Quasimodo with Boca Del Lupo and his production of Joseph that broke box office records in Chemainus.  Up next Shane is headed to Whitehorse to direct a production of  Chicago.

JESSIE VAN RIJN – Production Designer
With a background in performance, design, production, event management and marketing, Jessie is a well-rounded theatre artist and a proud member of the Vancouver theatre community.  Jessie is a Producer/Production Director with Electric Company Theatre, and is President of Delinquent Theatre Society’s Board of Directors. Previous Relephant designs include costumes for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and production design for The Exquisite Hour.

CONNECT THE DOTS

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Relephant Connections. Click on image for higher resolution. Clockwise from top right: Shane Snow (Jason), Julie McIsaac (Director), Jennie Neumann (Deb), Jessie van Rijn (Production Designer), Steven Greenfield (Warren), Alison MacDonald (Claire).

Jessie started creating the above diagram to show all the connections…but then ran out of room. Missing is EDGES (Streamlight Productions, 2008 – Shane and Steven),  The Wizard of Oz (Carousel Theatre, 2011 – Steven and Jessie), Nightingale (Chemainus Theatre Festival, 2005 – Steven, Julie and Jessie), My Fair Lady (Chemainus Theatre Festiva, 2006 – Steven, Julie and Jessie), and so many more that it made Jessie’s brain hurt.

Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days in Vancouver!

VANCOUVER, BC – The producers of the 2010 Vancouver Fringe hit The Exquisite Hour are back and buzzing like happy worker bees, preparing to present yet another Canadian West Coast premiere.  Continuing their theatrical tradition of wit and whimsy, the Relephants will be coming home to roost in the Carousel studio (where Zack and Helen first sipped their spiked lemonade… and audiences enjoyed an equally refreshing hour of theatre!)

Featuring a cast and creative team comprised of Jessie award-winners and local favourites, the Relephants are thrilled to now bring the best of contemporary Manhattan to the Lower Mainland.  Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days is a taut and tender one-act musical, sung-through with a score that’s often as riotous and colourful as Times Square, and yet as yearning as the empty space in New York’s post-9/11 skyline. Here, the ordinary is revealed to be anything but: as the lives of four young adults collide, this urban fable challenges its inhabitants, and celebrates the extraordinary that exists in every invaluable moment.

As a child, Gwon’s neighbours dubbed him “Little Mozart” and his piano prowess is evident in the composition of the show’s distinctive, rhythmically imaginative score. A hand-picked protégé of Broadway’s Ahrens& Flaherty (RagtimeOnce on this IslandLucky StiffSeussical), Gwon also provides the show’s idiosyncratic lyrics, crafting the script with keen intelligence and easy humour, while a raw beating heart provides its resonant deep end.

Although lemonade will not be served this time ‘round, audience members can indeed expect another immersive experience. The Relephants will employ a non-traditional configuration of the Carousel performance space, and director Julie McIsaac and designer Jessie van Rijn are excited to host patrons at the venue in an entirely new way.  Honey-voiced Alison MacDonald returns to Vancouver to play secret-keeping Claire, while Blood Brothers’ Shane Snow takes on earnest architect Jason, who struggles to understand Claire’s reluctance to commit.  Steven Greenfield (last seen at TUTS in Titanic) will appear as the whole-heartedly bumbling artist Warren, and rounding out the quartet is Jennie Neumann, whose powerful pipes will ignite quick-witted grad student Deb.

Fresh off a directing apprenticeship at Bard on the Beach (Assistant to Johnna Wright on the music-infused The Merry Wives of Windsor) director Julie McIsaac will also join the cast each night to play the show’s piano accompaniment, while she and Greenfield will share the show’s musical direction credit.

It promises to be an evening of fine entertainment, the equivalent of a perfect first date: with quick-flowing conversation, frank laughter, achingly slow, warming smiles – and refreshingly honest music.   A great start to the new year!

Carousel Studio, Granville Island
January 3 – 19, 2013

TICKETS $15    $5 preview Jan 3 
www.brownpapertickets.com

Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon
Directed by Julie McIsaac
Featuring Steven Greenfield, Alison MacDonald, Jennie Neumann, and Shane Snow
Set and Costume Design by Jessie van Rijn
Musical Direction by Steven Greenfield and Julie McIsaac
Sound Design by Steven Greenfield
Media Contact: Jessie van Rijn, relephanttheatre@gmail.com

The Reviews are In!

The Exquisite Hour plays until Saturday, May 12 at the Revue Stage on Granville Island. Shows are 8pm Thurs-Sat and 2pm Sat.

Don’t miss your hour with Helen and Zach – we have your lemonade waiting!

Tickets are available via www.vancouvertix.com or by calling 604.629.8849. You can also pick up tickets in person at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Box Office.

 

The Exquisite Hour is his, and actually small by Lemoine’s often wildlyambitious standards, with just two actors spending an hour in a suburban garden circa 1962. For Relephant, Julie McIsaac directs with what is, well, an exquisite sense of the delicacy in Lemoine’s sweet treat.

Josue Laboucane is Zach, a nebbish who loves to end the day sitting and sipping lemonade laced with a little bourbon. Nevada Yates Robart is Helen, who shows up in his garden unannounced, with an oddball proposition.

Over the next hour, Helen helps Zach emerge from his shell by showing him how even the most arcane knowledge can become a catalyst for conversation. Lemoine’s lovely layer of absurdism lurking just beneath the surface allows the actors a great forum for little bits of physical comedy, and newcomer Robart seems inspired by Laboucane’s wonderful work.” - Peter Birnie, http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Review+Exquisite+Hour+serves+garden+party+worth+laughing+over/6593572/story.html#ixzz1uUT5fBLd

“There’s a moment in Relephant Theatre’s new production, The Exquisite Hour, that’s so utterly, well, exquisite, it takes a few seconds to realize you’re crying. And you don’t want to brush away the tears, despite the stinging as your waterproof mascara blurs your vision and surely eats away at your retinas, because closing your eyes means missing something amazing.- Andrea Warner (@_AndreaWarner), http://www.popthis.ca/2012/05/exquisite-hour.html

“Quick, tell all your friends. I found summer! It is hiding inside the Revue Stage of Granville Island in a production of The Exquisite Hour that is so terrifically super that you’ll want to linger and soak in its warmth long after the curtain falls.- Mark Robins (@gayvancouver), http://www.gayvancouver.net/theatre-2012/theatre-review-the-exquisite-hour-is-full-of-happiness-and-hope


“Relephant Theatre’s The Exquisite Hour is an endlessly charming play celebrating the capacity for a life to change in 60 short minutes. It is a playful, imaginative, and unapologetically traditional piece of theatre that feels like a love letter to the art form from Canadian playwright Stewart Lemoine.” - Brian Paterson (@brian_pat, @LauraMurrayPRhttp://www.lauramurraypr.com/review-the-exquisite-hour-by-relephant-theatre

“The appeal of The Exquisite Hour lies in its balanced combination of sunny nostalgia and refreshing verbal and physical humour. It’s a warm summer evening–spent with your weird but lovely neighbours. The world’s alright, the lemonade’s cool, and it’s that little kick of something just a bit stronger that makes your hour truly, well, exquisite.” Lauren Kresowaty (@niftynotcool), http://niftynotcool.com/2012/05/03/my-exquisite-hour-with-relephant-theatre/

“The set and lighting are simple and beautiful and the venue made it really seem like you were spying a little into Zachary and Helen’s lives. You were spending the evening watch two people learn more about each other in the course of one hour like you were part of the scenery…Get out for a date night or head out with your friends for a wonderful evening. You won’t regret it.” - Gwen Floyd  (@GwenFloyd), http://www.vancouvermom.ca/for-mom/what-to-do-in-vancouver-see-a-grown-up-play/

“…head on down to Granville Island, pick up a glass of lemonade, and make one hour of your night exquisite with this shot of theatre.” - Alan Woo (@FunFunVancouver), http://funfunvancouver.blogspot.ca/2012/05/exquisite-hour.html


“Very much enjoyed #ExquisiteHour at Arts Club Revue Stage last night. Would be great to see some full houses through the run.” Marsha Lederman (via Twitter @marshalederman)

“Hard to believe a show can make me laugh til it hurts and brim with tears in 60 sweet minutes. Do your heart a favor: see #ExquisiteHour.” Christine Quintana (via Twitter @Christinequinty), Delinquent Theatre

“Home from opening night & another #ExquisiteHour. If it’s possible I think I loved it even more my second hour. Congrats to all. Beautiful.”Sabrina Everett (via Twitter @theatre_20), Twenty-Something Theatre

“Loved, loved, loved The #ExquisiteHour Like a book so good you have to hug it. See it before it ends Sat!” – Melanie W (via Twitter @melanificent)