We continue our coverage of the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival with #FringeDuJour. A daily peak at some of the shows coming to this year’s festival, we’ve asked Fringe artists to answer questions to entice you to want to see what they have to offer and to cross-pollinate the Fringe.
The O.C.: The Musical
Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St
1. Tell us about your show.
Like the TV show it parodies, The O.C.: The Musical follows bad boy with a heart of gold, Ryan Atwood, as he faces the trials and tribulations of growing up, falling in love and learning to live in the cut-throat, over-privileged world of Orange County (O.C.).
Growing up in the wrong side of town surrounded by alcoholic parents and car-stealing thugs lands Ryan in juvie after a split moment’s decision to stick up for his brother turns sour. Luckily for Ryan, his Public Defender, Sandy Cohen, sees the good in him and brings him to live with his family in the O.C. Soon after arriving in the O.C., Ryan develops a lasting bromance with Sandy’s son, Seth Cohen, grows a crush on girl-next-door Marissa Cooper, gets in a fight with the popular water polo jocks at school, and becomes the target of sexy widower Julie Cooper’s vengeful hatred as she tries to stamp out threats to her privileged life in the O.C. As tensions rise to an action-packed climax, the characters learn how to express their teenage angst, accept each other’s differences, and get away with murder.
2. Why should someone come see your show?
The O.C.: The Musical is an over-the-top retelling of the popular teen drama series, The O.C., written by the same team that created the 2012 Vancouver Pick of the Fringe smash hit, Riverview High. The show features 18 original songs, played by a full band and a large cast of formally trained musical theatre artists. Those who loved The O.C. will be laughing along to inside jokes and pop culture references about the show, while those who are new to The O.C. will be entertained by the high-energy dance numbers, clever dialogue, and catchy songs created just for the show.
3. If your show was a superhero which cartoon character what would it be and why?
We would be Captain Planet. It’s that show from your childhood that you pretended to be too cool to like, but secretly loved for its formulaic storylines and unabashed camp factor.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own what show would that be?
We would see Titus: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus. Like The O.C.: The Musical, it parodies an original work, features original music, a large cast, and is also playing at the Firehall Arts Centre.
The 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 10-20 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.