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.

Meet Me Tonight

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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.

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