Everyone deserves a chance to smile. Take off your shoes and stay awhile.
– Meet Me Tonight by CJ McGillivray and Jacob Wolstencroft
December 2015 was filled with incredible inspiration and motivation for CJ McGillivray and her creative collaborators over at Square One Entertainment. The weeks were spent writing and workshopping an original one act musical in preparation for the holidays. The experience was both challenging and heartwarming for everyone involved. The resulting script for Meet Me Tonight evolved into a contemporary holiday classic conceptualized by Jacob Wolstencroft and written by CJ McGillivray.
The holiday musical premiered for an incredibly engaged audience on the evening of Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at Vancouver Theatre Sports on Granville Island. The venue was decorated with holiday cheer for an evening to remember and all proceeds were donated to local charity Project Limelight on behalf of the Vancouver theatre community.
Meet Me Tonight featured the talented ensemble cast of Katherine Alpen, Sharon Crandall, Paige Fraser, Jessica Mona Marshall, Ranae Miller and Erin Palm. The premiere production was directed by Jacob Wolstencroft with musical direction by CJ McGillivray and assistant musical direction by Sharon Crandall. The creative team was rounded out with stage management by Tessa Gunn, whimsical costume design by Rose McNeil and stage photography by Kai Bradbury.
The script explores delicate themes of love and acceptance for a young mother reaching out to reconnect with her lost child. The girl was shuffled around in the foster care system from an early age but soon finds brightness and contentment within her imagination. The score features heartwarming holiday music including The Holly and The Ivy, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear and Auld Lang Syne with complimentary tunes written by Victor Herbert and Irving Berlin. One such highlight from the score is Play A Simple Melody which was arranged to feature dual harmonicas, a colourful toy xylophone and bright piano accompaniment.