Bremen Rock City
Book by: Sara Farb
Music by: Colleen Dauncey
Lyrics by: Akiva Romer-Segal
Directed by: Lindsay Bell
December 11-13, 2019
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Performed by members of the Yellow Door Theatre Project Junior Company and loosely based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Bremen Rock City follows the story of Jack, a guitar-shredding donkey, who escapes from his boring life on the farm to pursue his dream of becoming a rock star like his idol Spike.
On Jack’s quest he forms a band called The Strays, which includes Duke, a hopelessly muzzled canine drummer; the artistic and sardonic cat, Lex, who plays a fierce bass; and a meek baby rooster, Shelley, with the riff-tastic voice of an angel(fish). The Strays head to Bremen Rock City, where music legends are born! But Jack soon gets swept up in the world of free snacks, hugs, and rock n’ roll, and must decide what’s more important: fame or friendship.
Featuring a riotous libretto by Sara Farb (Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Stratford Festival) and an exuberant pop-rock score by Colleen & Akiva (Prom Queen, Rumspringa Break!) this show is fun for the whole family!
Director: Lindsay Bell
Rehearsal Music Director: Colleen Dauncey
Rehearsal and Show Pianist: Anthony Scaringi
Drums: Nick Tripe
Bass Guitar: Jonathon Gaylor
Lead Guitar: Nick Cooper
Production Manager & Stage Manager: *Melania Radelicki
Assistant Stage Manager: Jeanette Ward
Rehearsal Stage Manager: Amanda McDonnell
Lighting, Set, Projection Design: James McCoy
Set Build: Robert Vernon
Prop Build & Mentor: Alexa MacKenzie
Costume Designer, Instructor & Mentor: Joanne Pacinda
Costume Assistant: Avery Delaney
* The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).
COLLEEN DAUNCEY (Music) and AKIVA ROMER-SEGAL (Lyrics) are a contemporary musical theatre songwriting team based in Toronto, Canada. They have penned the scores to Going Under (Bravo Academy), Scenes From The Bathhouse, Offline (Talk Is Free Theatre), Toronto Fringe hit Bremen Rock City (with librettist Sara Farb), and contributed material to Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)Connected Age (Theatre Calgary, three Calgary Critics Awards including “Best Production of a Musical"). They wrote the score to The Louder We Get (formerly titled Prom Queen), which premiered at the Segal Centre in Montreal, received the 2016 Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award by the Playwrights Guild Of Canada, and has been showcased at the NAMT Festival of New Musicals (NYC), The Other Palace (London, UK), The Grand Theatre (London, ON) and will be directed by Lonny Price at Theatre Calgary in early 2020. Their show Grow (with librettist Matt Murray) was workshopped at Sheridan College's Canadian Musical Theatre Project and at the Next Stage Festival in 2018, and will debut at The Grand Theatre in April 2020.
LINDSAY BELL has worked in theatre across Canada as a director, actor, educator, and academic. She has also traveled to international festivals in Prague and Taipei with Flip the Switch’s production of Le Voyage.
Credits include: August: Osage County (Soulpepper Theatre); Coriolanus, Orlando, Middletown, Noise, If We Were Birds, carried away on the crest of a wave (Theatre@York); Lungs (Murmuration Theatre Company); An Enemy of the People, and she performed in Cathy Ostlere’s one-woman play, Lost: A Memoir (Saint John Theatre Company). Her radio adaptations of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and Emily Carr’s Klee Wyck were commissioned by the Shaw Festival and broadcast nationally on CBC in 2001 and 2002.
*MELANIA RADELICKI works on a wide variety of productions in theatre, musicals and opera for audiences of all ages, all across Canada. She is happy to be back with Yellow Door Theatre Project for a third season.
Recent SM credits include: La Cenerentola with Vancouver Opera, YDTP's Robin Hood, Opera5’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Calgary Opera’s school tour of Hannaraptor.
Other stage management with: Calgary, Vancouver, Manitoba, and Tapestry Opera companies; Lighthouse, Foster, and Shaw Festivals; Eastern Front, Golden Apple, and Neptune Theatre companies. Production Coordinator and Backstage Caller for the TO2015 PanAm Closing and ParaPanAm Ceremonies.
JEANETTE WARD is excited to be returning to Yellow Door Theatre Project for her second season with the company. Past credits include Makeup Designer on the productions of Damn Yankees and The Addams Family with Garden City Productions. Jeanette attended CMU College of Makeup Art and Design in Toronto and graduated at the top of her class with a certificate in Fashion Photographic Makeup. To see more of her work, you can follow her on social media! @jeanettewmakeup
AMANDA McDONNELL is thrilled and excited to be working with Yellow Door Theatre Projects for a third season, this time as the Rehearsal Stage Manger for Bremen Rock City!
She is a graduate of Brock University’s Dramatic Arts Program. While studying, she found her passion for both sides of the theatre from performance to stage management.
Some of her Stage Management Credits include: BocaMotion’s Workshop of John School (2018), Brock University’s One Acts Festival and Pantalone’s Palace (2017), Gillian’s Place’s The Vagina Monologues 2017 and 2018 and Yellow Door Theatre Projects’ productions of Wind in the Willows (2017) and Robin Hood (2018)!
JAMES MCCOY is a graduate of Brock University and the National Theatre School, and specializes in all areas of theatrical design. Recent credits include Lighting and SFX Designer for Robin Hood (Yellow Door Theatre Project), Lights and Projections for The Welland Canal Play (Essential Collective Theatre), Sound for Pantalone’s Palace (Brock University), and Production Assistant for 4th Line Theatre.
JOANNE PACINDA is delighted to return with Yellow Door Theatre Project as the Costume Designer. Jo currently works at the Shaw Festival Theatre as the Wardrobe Assistant. Credits with Yellow Door Theatre Projects include Costume Design Robin Hood, Wardrobe Assistant The Wind and The Willows, The Little Prince. Additional credits include, Costume Design East of Berlin, Senior Stories - Once in a Blue Moon, The Team, Our Lady of Delicias and Senior Stories 2018 Essential Collective Theatre; Costume Design King Ubu Brock University; Head of Wardrobe Whole World Carousel Players; Costume Design September Songs – Twitches and Itches Theatre; Wardrobe Coordinator 2016 season Foster Festival.
EDUCATION: B.A in Dramatic Arts with a Concentration in Production and Design from Brock University.
Back Row: Enzo Cocetti, Lila Olmstead, Julia King, Johnny Engel, Tannin Driedger Bradshaw
Middle Row: Hannah Baran, Cybrianna Agnew, Hannah Burns, Catherine Dubois, Lucy Hopkins, Ayla Jamal, Shakeela Vahdat
Front Row: Melzee Diao, Sophie Cadeau, Hannah Evans, Diego Rey, Alex Bergschoeff, Leah Hyatt