Much Ado

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When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.

– Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Set in a mesmerizing theatrical world, Much Ado About Nothing is a deadly serious and sublimely ridiculous story of soldiers in love and women confined by tradition. This bold and playful romp explores the extremes of desire and ambition, loyalty and redemption.

Critically acclaimed Classic Chic Productions delivered an evening of Shakespeare unlike anything experienced before, featuring their signature all female cast. The production ran from February 5 to 16, 2019 at the Vancouver Eastside Cultural Centre in Vancouver, BC.

Presented by Classic Chic Productions and the Vancouver Eastside Cultural Centre, Much Ado About Nothing was part of the Femme Series, highlighting the strength and power of female-identified voices and experiences. The Femme Series was generously supported by the Charlotte and Sonya Wall Arts Fund.

CAST

Corina Akeson, Kayla Deorksen, CK Kaur, Nancy Kerr, Michelle Martin, Adele Noronha, Barbara Pollard, Bronwen Smith, Sara Vickruck and Christina Wells Campbell.

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed and adapted by Rebecca Patterson with sound design and original music composed by CJ McGillivray, lighting design by Jill White, set and props design by Heidi Wilkinson, costume design by Sherry Randall, choreography by Lisa Goebel and fight direction by Rachel Scott; stage managed by Ingrid Turk and assistant stage managed by Victoria Snashell with technical direction by Nicole Weissmiller.

REVIEWS

CJ McGillivray chose world music numbers that were fresh, accessible and various in style.

– Baird Blackstone, Broken Leg Reviews

[A] wonderfully energetic hybrid Bollywood/Western soundtrack.

– Jerry Wasserman, The Vancouver Sun

[The] musical score is likewise unmoored to any particular place or time, swinging from punk-rock howls to Latinate torch songs to what sounds like intriguing Arabic cover versions of 1960’s Western pop tunes.

– Lincoln Kaye, Vancouver Observer

Romeo + Juliet

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These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Blissful love, family drama, pledges and heartbreak. In July 2018, Place des Arts presented the Summer Teen Theatre Troupe in a modern and melodic rendition of Romeo and Juliet, performed outdoors at the beautiful TD Community Plaza in Coquitlam. The energetic production incorporated original songs by CJ McGillivray alongside a playlist of youthful indie pop rock tunes and dance numbers.

CAST

Samantha Kerr as Romeo and Julia MacLean as Juliet alongside Devon Chung, Kate Cousins, Javid Nouripour, Elizabeth Punshon, Parsa Samani, Margi Stoner, Cassandra Tedesco, Shayla Tedesco and Emily Trepanier

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Melissa Oei with sound design and original musical composed by CJ McGillivray; set, props and costumes designed by Marcus Valiant; production managed by Michael Fera, stage managed by Laura Reynolds and assistant stage managed by Angel Chamberlain.

SOUND DESIGN

Here is a sampling of the original music composed for Romeo and Juliet. The folk instrumentation includes piano, ukulele and acoustic guitar.

The Prologue, written and performed by CJ McGillivray with words by William Shakespeare:

O Romeo, Romeo, written and performed by CJ McGillivray with words by William Shakespeare:

We Three

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The unforgettable journey of We Three follows a trio of new friends through a world of colours, textures, song, and interactive play as they learn who they are, the importance of friendship, and what it means to find your place in the world. The charming script by local playwright Meghan Gardiner introduces little theatre patrons to storytelling and music.Young audience members can sing and dance along and explore the five senses in an intimate drama experience that allows them and their caregivers to enjoy theatre on their own terms.

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Photo by Jenny McDonald featuring the cast of We Three, on stage from June 5 to 17 at Carousel Theatre for Young People.

CAST

CJ McGillivray, Melissa Oei and Allan Zinyk

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Carole Higgins with set design by Sarah Mabberley, costume design by Kiara Lawson and stage management by Ashley Noyes

Good Day and Good Night

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Good Day and Good Night is a delightful, interactive play written by Kayla Dunbar and Dustin Freeland with original music composed by CJ McGillivray. Ideal for young children, from newborns to toddlers, the story was presented by Carousel Theatre for Young People in June 2017.

SYNOPSIS

When they first meet, the Sun and Moon seem too different to even be friends. The Sun is confident and popular whereas the Moon is shy and easily overlooked. But through playful songs, an incredible adventure and a little help from their animal friends, the pair learn to accept their differences and become lifelong friends.

Good Day and Good Night

Photo by Faye Campbell

CAST

CJ McGillivray, Steven Greenfield and Alexandra Lainfiesta

CREW

Directed by Carole Higgins with original composition and musical direction by CJ McGillivray, costume design by Kiara Lawson, set design and props by Sarah Mabberley and dramaturgy by Jessica Gutteridge; stage managed by Ashley Noyes.

ORIGINAL MUSIC

The original music for Good Day and Good Night was written for piano, ukulele, melodica and flute. The playful score made use of bouncing rhythms and pleasant, quirky melodies, ideal for children to move around to and for caregivers to hum along with. Here are some samples of the musical score composed by CJ McGillivray.

Creatures of Earth from Good Day and Good Night:

Firefly Chase from Good Day and Good Night:

REVIEWS

What a treat for the littlest theatregoers among us. Good Day and Good Night is a thoroughly charming show for babies and toddlers that is engaging without being condescending… Live musical accompaniment by CJ McGillivray on a variety of instruments adds to the fun… Sweetness, simplicity, and virtuosity are the magic ingredients in this piece, which enchants the very young.

– Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

On My Walk

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On My Walk tells the delightful tale of Sonny and Breeze, who adventure through the seasons as they sled, hike, swim and bike. Though friendships can sometimes be tough and sharing can sometimes be difficult, having each other makes it all worthwhile. On My Walk is an interactive, playful story which invites very young children and their families to take part, clap, sing, and move together. The energetic ensemble includes Victor Mariano, CJ McGillivray and Marcie Westman.

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Photo from Artslandia featuring cast members Victor Mariano, Marcie Westman and CJ McGillivray with creative team members Jessica Mann Gutteridge and Shizuoka Kai at the 2017 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. The team from Carousel Theatre for Young People celebrated four nominations for their production of On My Walk. CJ McGillivray was honoured to receive a nomination for Outstanding Artistic Creation, Musical Composer.

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Carole Higgins with assistant direction from Kayla Dunbar and original musical written and performed by CJ McGillivray. Set design and props by Shizuka Kai, costume design by Kiara Lawson, stage management by Ashley Noyes and dramaturgy by Jessica Mann Guttering.

PRODUCTION DETAILS

On My Walk ran from June 7th to 18th, 2016 and was presented by Carousel Theatre for Young People. The script was adapted by Marcie Nestman and Kari-Lynn Winters, based on the storybook written by Kari-Lynn, illustrated by Christina Leist and published by Tradewinds Books.