Moving into its eleventh year, Vancouver’s Fighting Chance Productions announced its 2017/2018 season as a mix of musicals and plays.
“When we first started Fighting Chance Productions and were rehearsing in my living room I would never have guessed eleven years later we would still be here and presenting some of the most exciting theatre in Vancouver,” says artistic director Ryan Mooney.
While the community theatre group may be better known for its musical theatre productions, it is no stranger to presenting straight plays (non-musicals) over the years. This season is a near even split between the two.
“Fighting Change Productions has been known for our musicals for the past five or six years, but prior to that our seasons were almost exclusively half musicals and half plays,” says Mooney.
As Fighting Chance Productions grew, Mooney says more non-musical actors and directors have wanted a chance to work with the company. He also found audiences increasingly asking why the company did not do more plays.
“We don’t know if the trend will continue, but the three play offerings in our eleventh season fit in with our theme, and we’re excited to share them with Lower Mainland audiences,” he says.
First up in the 2017/2018 season is Posh (Sep 15-30), Laura Wade’s play exploring the young, wealthy, and privileged members of the fictitious Oxford Riot Club.
In the rock musical Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (Oct 27-Nov 11), the life of America’s seventh President plays out from his early days as a child on the wild frontier to his controversial reign in the White House.
In the New Year, Fighting Chance brings the another non-musical to the stage with Jonathan Tolins’s comedy Buyer & Cellar (Feb 6-10). Part truth and part fiction, it tells the story of a struggling actor who takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar.
In Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures (Feb 16-Mar 3), elements of Kabuki theatre are mixed with the conventions of the Broadway musical to tell the story of Japan’s westernization.
The first of the Broadway classics this season, Sweet Charity (Apr 13-28) follows the title character as she sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances in the all too real world of Times Square.
Moving once away from musicals, Fighting Chance next presents a new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank (May 25-Jun 23), an impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic.
Closing the season is the Tony Award-winning 1950 musical comedy Guys & Dolls (Aug 3-25). This oddball romantic comedy takes audiences from New York to Havana, and back again, featuring such memorable songs such as “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat”.
The company is currently running a special seven show package until the end of June.
Find out more about the Fighting Chance Productions 2017/2018 season online at http://fightingchanceproductions.ca.