CMTP Festival of New Musicals – October 18, 2020

Please join us for the Canadian Music Theatre Project’s Festival of New Musicals. Forty-five minute presentations of our three projects will be streamed live to YouTube on Sunday, October 18 as the culmination of the 2020 CMTP workshop process. The presentations will remain online for public viewing until 9:00PM (ET) on Sunday, October 25.

The schedule for the 2020 Festival of New Musicals is as follows:

Sunday, October 18, 2020 (Eastern Time):

2:00PM – Living the Dream premiere (live reading)
5:00PM – burden of proof premiere
8:00PM – Almost A Full Moon premiere

CMTP Festival LINK

The 2020 Projects are:

Almost a Full Moon

Music & Lyrics: Hawksley Workman
Book: Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman
Director: Daryl Cloran
Music Director: Ryan deSouza

Commissioned by the Citadel Theatre, Almost a Full Moon is inspired by the beloved Christmas album by Canadian singer/songwriter Hawksley Workman. The play incorporates Workman’s songs in three storylines that chase in and out of different ages of Christmas, love, and family, winding together for a timeless story.

burden of proof

Music: Scott Christian & La-Nai Gabriel
Book & Lyrics: Rob Kempson
Director: Esther Jun
Music Director: Lily Ling

Supported by the Keith and Sharon Segal Fund for International Musical Development

burden of proof
 explores the challenges met by LGBTQ+ refugee claimants in Canada. Queer refugees who come to Canada after fleeing oppressive, homophobic homelands have often spent their lives trying to hide their sexuality or gender identity for fear of persecution. However, when they arrive here, they must prove their queer identity to claim status as a persecuted minority. It’s an impossible question: how do you prove your identity without ever practicing it? How can you communicate who you are without ever having a chance to know for yourself? This question burdens not only the queer community, but all of us.

Living the Dream 

Music & Lyrics: Anika Johnson & Barbara Johnston
Book: Nick Green
Director: Mitchell Cushman
Music Director: Suzy Wilde

What do you do when you’re feeling alone? Every Tuesday, Clare throws a Zoom party. A contemporary look at relationships and loneliness in the Instagram era, Living the Dream is the story of a group of friends told entirely though commercial breaks during a viewing party of a reality TV dating show.