2019 Festival of New Musicals

Michael Rubinoff, Producing Artistic Director of Sheridan College’s award-winning Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP), is proud to announce the lineup of musicals that will be workshopped this month by Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Class of 2020. All three productions feature prestigious collaborations with Canadian and international partners.

The three projects are:

A high-ly entertaining new musical

Music: Colleen Dauncey
Lyrics: Akiva Romer-Segal
Book: Matt Murray
Director: Dennis Garnhum
Music Director: Wayne Gwillim
Developed in partnership with the Grand Theatre (London, Ont.)

Before they must commit to the Amish faith forever, 19-year-old twins Hannah and Ruth leave the comfort of their sheltered community to explore the outside world for the first time. After finding themselves stranded in one of Toronto’s roughest neighbourhoods, all their plans go up in smoke and they end up working at an illegal marijuana grow-op. Grow is an outrageously fun, big-hearted musical, that explores sisterhood, community, and the legalization of a once-forbidden weed.


Music and Lyrics: Rob Green and Nic Harvey
Book: Esther Coles
Director: Adam Lenson
Music Director: Rob Green
Developed by Sheep Soup Productions (U.K.) in partnership with the CMTP

Nel’s hoarding problem has reached breaking point. In a final effort to save her crumbling family relationships, she reluctantly embarks on a mammoth de-cluttering. Objects sing for their survival and old demons are unleashed as musical memories spring from the eclectic depths of the hoard. Nel’s wild and wonderful fantasy world is soon shattered by the very real task ahead. Sheep Soup’s new musical will examine what material things really mean to us, and how easily we can become buried by the past.


Music: Jeff Thomson
Book and Lyrics: Jeremy Desmon
Director: Dave Solomon
Music Supervisor/Director: James Sampliner
Developed in Partnership with RWS Entertainment Group (New York, N.Y.)

Pump Up The Volume tells the story of Mark, a shy outsider who rocks a small town by launching a Pirate Radio station in his parent’s basement, broadcasting nightly as his raucous, no-holds-barred shock jock alter ego “Hard Harry.” Under cover of darkness, Mark bravely speaks truth to power — but when tragedy strikes, the powers-that-be make the hard-talking radio pirate their scapegoat. Soon, Mark must decide whether to sign off for good… or pump up the volume.


On Oct. 9 and 10, the Festival of New Musicals will be held at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont., with performances beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

On Oct. 11 at 2 p.m., the Festival will hold a pay-what-you-can performance at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto.